Welcome back to what promises to be a super summer term. I sincerely hope that you have all enjoyed a suitably enjoyable holiday.

For some this is their final swansong at The New Beacon and we wish all of our Year 8 boys the very best wishes for an enjoyable and successful term.

A group of boys in Year 8 will soon be sitting their Academic Scholarship examinations at Tonbridge or Sevenoaks School. We also have a candidate competing for a Drama Scholarship at Sevenoaks School. Our very best wishes accompany them.

Tonbridge Academic Scholarship – 24, 25 and 26 April (Edward B, Eli C, Shabd L, Frederick P and Tom S)

Sevenoaks Academic Scholarship – 30 April and 1 May (Hugh S and Thomas B)

Sevenoaks Drama Scholarship – 2 May (Fraser T)

For the rest of the boys in Years 7 and 8; they will no doubt be striving to do the very best that they can in the time available this term. We shall soon be embarking on a thorough and meaningful revision programme in the lead up to the final examination after the half-term break.

We congratulated Tom S on becoming a Head Boy at our assembly on Wednesday. We wish him good luck for the term as he joins Alex P and Alberto S-W in this role.

The satisfying sound of leather on willow will soon be heard, interspersed with the frequent plea to the umpire of ‘Howzat!’ as the boys begin to do battle against our opponents on The Upper and The Lower and in far flung corners of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. May we be blessed with sunshine so that all of our fixtures can be honoured.

A contingent of boys in the Senior School, enjoyed an amazing adventure in the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ during the first week of the holiday. They have all been waxing lyrical about their adventure and no doubt will enthuse boys in Years 4, 5 and 6 to sign up for the next adventure to Iceland in 2026. Mothers, you may well be having to add Skyr to your shopping list as the boys absolutely devoured lashings of this special Icelandic yoghurt each morning.

If you have any matter that you may want to discuss in relation to your son, whether it be about school work, extra assistance, reassurance about Senior School selections, etc. do contact either myself or Mr Ribbans-Opara andrew.ribbans-opara@newbeacon.org.uk Contact subject teachers if the matter relates to a specific subject. Emails for subject teachers can be found in the Senior School Handbook on the school website (Parent portal).

For all matters relating to Sport contact Mr Herbert or the relevant coach, with Mr Herbert copied into the email owen.herbert@newbeacon.org.uk

Good luck to the boys who have made it to the General Knowledge Quiz Final at King’s Rochester. This final will take place at 2.30 p.m. on Monday, 22 April.

Enjoy the summer term.

Mr Knipe
Head of Senior School

YEAR 7 PARIS TRIP
Thank you to all those parents who have completed their son’s details on the travel portal as per the email that went out during the Easter holiday. If you have yet to do so, please could you complete these as a matter of urgency? Should you have any problems accessing the portal, please don’t hesitate to contact me – Andrew.ribbans-opara@newbeacon.org.uk

 

EASTER ART COMPETITION
The deadline for the Easter Art Competition entry has been extended to 26 April.  Please remember to hand in your son’s entry to Mrs Jackson for Middle and Senior School, or your class teacher in Pre-Prep or Junior School.

 

SENIOR SCHOOL CHAPEL SERVICES
Note that we have two consecutive Friday Chapel services, the first being this evening and the following one on Friday, 26 April. These services are compulsory for all Year 7 and 8 boys unless they have special permission from Mrs Brownsdon to miss them.

The services will start at 4.45 p.m. and should conclude at 5.20 p.m. We request that parents are on the premises at that time.

The choir members and any siblings can be collected from outside the Music and Art Centre with the rest of the boys from outside The New Beacon Centre.

 

MAY THE FOURTH (FORCE) BE WITH YOU!
Star Wars Day is on May the 4th!

The Library is celebrating with a Starship Construction Competition.

You should design a Starship (individually or in teams):

  • It will need to transport much of Earth’s population to the far reaches of our solar system.  The ship will need to transport a selection of people, animals and plants.
  • It will need facilities to educate, feed and care for the ship’s inhabitants throughout the long journey.
  • It will need to protect itself against unknown forces during its journey through space, such as alien encounters (good and bad), meteor showers and alien diseases.

Please hand your entries to your form/class teacher or Mrs Westland by Friday, 3 May.

 

CALLING ALL BUDDING COMPOSERS!
COMPETITION FOR YEARS 5 – 8

In class music, some boys have been listening to Camille Saint-Saens’ ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and seeing if they can guess which animal is being portrayed. They have also listened to Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf which uses an array of different instruments to portray the various characters in the story.

Your task, boys, is to compose your own original piece which conjures up a particular animal. Here are the guidelines:

  • Your piece must be original and have an animal/creature title.
  • You may combine with another boy/boys and work collaboratively.
  • You may use software like GarageBand to help you.
  • Once you have finished your piece, send your recording to me. I will produce a short list and Dr. Maslin will judge the winning entries with prizes for different age groups.
  • All entries should be submitted by half term.
  • Good luck!

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR BOYS TO PARTICIPATE IN MINDFULNESS SESSIONS
This term your son will have the opportunity to learn about mindfulness once a week as part of a classroom-based curriculum.  Please follow the link below for more information.

Mindfulness Sessions – April 2024

 

SUMMER TERM CPSHE

Year 7 – Relationships
Self-worth; relationship boundaries; healthy and unhealthy characteristics of relationships

Health and wellbeing
Healthy routines, influences on health (alcohol), unwanted contact

Year 8 – Relationships
Discrimination – discrimination in all its forms, including racism, religious discrimination, disability, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Gender identity, sexual orientation, consent

Health and wellbeing
An introduction to contraception; sexually transmitted diseases and infections

Do contact Mr Bromwich should you have any queries relating to the above-mentioned topics.

 

IT HAPPENS

We are delighted to share with you the news that we will be working with the organisation ‘It Happens’ on Thursday, 9 May (online parent session at 6pm) and Friday, 10 May (in school) to complement the delivery of the CPSHE curriculum to all boys in Years 5-8.  It Happens is a team of RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) specialists with extensive professional experience.  Their sessions are engaging, inclusive and interactive and are delivered in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner.  Please follow the link below for more details.

It Happens Workshop

Parents from boys in ALL year groups are welcome to join the parent session, not just those in Years 5-8.

 

READING PHOTO CHALLENGE
Thank you to everyone for entering our Reading Photo Challenge over the Easter holiday. We had so many entries from all aspects of the school. Please click here to see more about it.

 

KINDNESS CHALLENGE
Thank you also for the emails regarding our whole school Kindness Challenge. It has been heartwarming seeing how kind and thoughtful our New Beacon boys are.

 

CONSIDERATE PARKING
Please do respect our neighbours if you are choosing to park in a nearby road at drop off or pickup. We have received reports of driveways being blocked and pavements rendered impassable for pedestrians which has understandably upset local residents.

 

SPEED LIMITS AROUND THE CAMPUS / MOBILE PHONES
Parents are requested to adhere strictly to the speed limit whilst on the school campus and to be wary of boys who may inadvertently step out from behind a building or who had ‘forgotten’ to use the pedestrian crossing. We do constantly remind the boys about road safety and to be vigilant when crossing the drive.

Mobile phones must not be used whilst you are driving. Please save answering a call for when you are stationary.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM – LOST PROPERTY
At the end of the spring term, we collected numerous items of clothing from around the school and placed them in the school room. To say that there was a mountain of lost property on display would be an understatement.

At the start of this term, we were able to reunite some of the boys with their item/s of clothing if it was clearly named. As blazers, jumpers, etc. are expensive to replace, we urge you to ensure that all your son’s items of clothing are clearly marked with his name and surname. This includes socks, ties and shoes.

 

SNACKS
A reminder that any and all snacks your son brings into school should firstly be, healthy and, very importantly, nut-free.  We also do not encourage any fizzy drinks.

Trying to get your boys to eat healthily can be a challenge in itself. Put that together with a rushed morning, one does tend to grab the first available snack in the fridge or cupboard. Snacks, and eating what is on offer on the daily menu in the dining room, can help them stay full and energised through the busy day as well as set up healthy habits for a lifetime.

Two easy tricks for a healthy snack

Boys may know what’s healthy, but they don’t always like it. You won’t win every battle, but these tips could keep their diet healthier.

  • Try to include fruit and vegetables, even if it’s just cucumber slices or carrot sticks.
  • Try to include dairy or another calcium-rich food, as boys are building bones, for which calcium is needed. Plain yoghurt with frozen blueberries is popular.

 

THE NEW BEACON SUMMER FETE
On Saturday, 8 June 2023, 12pm – 3pm. 

We have a fabulous afternoon planned for all The New Beacon families. Please come along and join in the fun!  Please follow the link below for more details.

The New Beacon Summer Fete 2024

 

REMEMBERING REX
Camilla and Paul Gooden (Year 3’s parents) will once again be hosting their 7k Community walk to remember their son, Rex who passed away suddenly in 2015. They will be raising vital funds for SUDC UK (the charity Camilla co-founded to fund research and support families affected by Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood www.sudc.org.uk)

The walk takes place on Friday, 10 May, 9.30am-11.30am at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, tickets are £20 and there is also an option to donate £20 for a virtual ticket if you are unable to attend and would like to support. For more information about the walk and for tickets please follow the link below.

2024 Walk for Rex


Please click here to catch up with all our other highlights over the last week.