We began the week looking at Earth Day, thinking about our planet and how we care for it and for ourselves. This year’s theme is Planet v Plastics. This also reminds us of The Big Plastic Count and the importance of reducing our plastic waste. We have reminded the boys that we don’t just think about this for one day of the year, it’s important to think about it every day!

We are at the end of our first full week of the summer term. This is always such a wonderfully busy term, filled with so many fun and exciting activities and events. It is also a long term, and I expect everyone is ready for a lovely weekend!

Mrs Taylor
Head of Early Years

Thank you to all the Nursery parents who attended our Roots to Shoots parent workshop ran by Mrs Beresford and Mrs Markies from our Unlocking Potential (UP) department this week. We hope you found the talk informative, and we are very pleased so many of you were able to attend. The slides can be found here for you to revisit. Mrs Beresford and Mrs Markies are happy to repeat the talk for those who couldn’t make it. Please email marie.taylor@newbeacon.org.uk if you wish to attend.

We are planning on offering some additional parent support sessions focusing on particular themes throughout the rest of this term. It is likely to be Tuesday afternoons, starting the 7th May. More details will follow next week.


I would like to remind you of the date for our Early Years Sports Day. This will be on Friday, 28 June between 9am – 10:30am. We are delighted that you can join us for your son/s Sports Day. Refreshments will be served in The NBC Studio from drop off and Sports Day will commence from 9am on the Upper Field. More details will follow shortly.


We are now into the Summer Term and all the children are making good progress with their phonics work in our Read Write Inc. sessions. Please use the links attached to further support your son’s understanding and application of the phonics he is currently learning. A reminder that you can click into the reading level your son is on, or revisit other levels. Thank you again for your ongoing support with your son’s reading at home. Please click here for the links.


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The NBPA School Shop is looking for friendly, helpful and enthusiastic parent volunteers to join the team. The role will entail being in the school shop one or two mornings a week, Monday and Thursday 8:15-9:15, to sell uniform and process donations.

We are a very friendly team of parents who provide invaluable support to the school, it’s also a great opportunity to get to know other families within The New Beacon community.

No previous experience is necessary as full training will be given. A DBS check will be carried out and references will be required.

If you are interested in joining the team or would like to find out more, please email Alison Harrison: alison.harrison@newbeacon.org.uk.

Please come and join us!




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

Please click here for the Minutes of the NBPA Reps Meeting.
Join us for a Charity Golf Day at Knole Park Golf Club Sevenoaks on Friday, 14 June 2024!
Tee off times start from lunchtime onwards so gather your team for a Fourball and join us for a fantastic day of golf,
raising money for a Charity that is close to our hearts and was chosen by our boys – The Stroke Association.
If you are not a golfer, then please come along and join us afterwards for a family BBQ and children’s putting competition!
For more information and to book your fourball please follow the link below:

We have a new initiative mirroring the one from last year, where each boy in the Pre-Prep and Junior School will be offered the chance to plants two seeds.  Please follow the link below for more details.

Eco Initiative


We are always looking for ways to make a difference beyond our school community and are grateful to William in Year 5 for drawing our attention to Charity Boots.

If your son has outgrown a pair of football boots that are in good second-hand condition and could still be used, please look out for the ‘Charity Boots’ collection point outside the NBC from next week.

Charity Boots – About Us

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


The children have really enjoyed our ‘Changes’ theme with the special focus on ‘Seeds in Foods’. Next week we shall be focusing on the growth of our caterpillars and learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly.


Change is inevitable, and there are many changes that occur in our lives. As we look towards Mrs Beresford’s departure we have an exciting day planned for her last day on Friday, 10 May. We would like to celebrate her new adventure with a tea party on Friday afternoon. If your son does not usually attend Nursery on a Friday, please do bring him along for 2pm, if he would like to join in the celebrations. We are aware that children need time to process news, and prepare for change. We also know that the concept of time is difficult for young people to understand. We shall be telling the Nursery children on Thursday, 9 May in preparation for the party celebrations the following day. We hope this will help you with your discussions at home. More exciting details will follow next week.


A notice that swimming will start next week. Please ensure you have checked your emails from Mrs Beresford regarding which day your child will swim on. Please do encourage your son to try and dress himself and dry himself after a bath or shower.


Next week we are learning about caterpillars and butterflies. The caterpillars arrived this week and each boy chose one to ‘look after’. The caterpillars are so tiny at the moment, but are growing bigger each day. It will be fascinating for the boys to follow their growth and learn about this life cycle. The boys are enjoying checking on them daily (and some even hourly) to monitor their growth. When they eventually turn into butterflies we will release them and sing songs to wish them on their journey.

Next week we will be focusing on symmetry as we turn our attention to butterflies. Please have a look out for symmetrical things this weekend and please send us any pictures of things you find.


We are also ensuring that the boys dress smartly and that they take pride in their school uniform. “It is our aim that boys achieve their best through high expectation, excellent teaching and nurtured confidence.” Boys should have the correct uniform, socks pulled up, shirts tucked in, ties inside their jumper, and top buttons done up. The boys are required to wear their summer uniform from Tuesday, 7 May.


On Friday, 21 June, the Reception boys will be hosting a Grandparents’ Afternoon. This is an opportunity for the boys to show their special visitor/s their school. If you do not have a Grandparent available, please do ask a relative or neighbour or special friend. This event is not for parents. More details to follow soon. But please have a think about who the special visitor will be, prior to our formal invitation being sent.


Please click here to catch up with all your son’s highlights over the last week.