With the first full week of the new term having come to a close, we have seen many Middle School boys enjoying their first competitive cricket matches in temperatures more akin to winter than late spring – let’s hope the weather warms up a little in the coming weeks not only for the boys but spectators, too. It is always lovely to see parents and relatives around the school grounds on matchdays, so do come along and support your sons when you can – I can confirm that the tea and cake at match tea is quite wonderful, not to mention the high-quality cricket on show!

This week I spoke to all Middle School boys about the summer exams which are already appearing on the horizon. Exams for both Y5 and Y6 commence on Tuesday 4th June, and form a key part of our assessment and tracking of your sons. Whilst the data these exams provide is important, preparing and sitting important tests is also another reason we continue with examinations when other schools have ceased – feedback from senior schools shows that New Beacon pupils are well versed in sitting tests and take it in their stride which, I am sure you agree, is a vital ‘life skill’. Y6 will be seasoned veterans when it comes to exams, but Y5 will be sitting these formal tests for the first time – whilst some may find the process daunting, we know it will serve them well when it comes to their senior school assessment processes in Y6. Your sons’ teachers will be providing revision material/guidance nearer the time, and I too will write with further details regarding the examination schedule and suggested revision a few weeks from now.

Continuing on the subject of summer, I have included some important ‘save the dates’ for both Y5 and Y6 towards the end of term below – do add these to your diaries as June/July is always terribly busy!

With best wishes for the weekend,

Tom Probert
Head of Middle School

ICELAND ADVENTURE – BOOKING IS NOW OPEN
Having just returned from our recent trip to the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’, and believe me, we saw it all and this beautiful country lives up to its moniker, it would seem strange that we are advertising for the 2026 trip already.

Needs must, as Iceland is becoming a must-see adventure for schools and unless we get in early, there is no hope of securing a suitable booking.

Boys who are presently in Years 4, 5 and 6 are eligible to sign up for this thrilling adventure.

One of the Year 7 boys who accompanied us on our latest adventure was so enamoured by the country that he has persuaded his family to book a holiday for next year in Iceland. He wants them to experience what he saw and enjoyed.

Do please note that the trip will depart soon after the end of the spring term in 2026. The intended departure date is Sunday, 29 March. This may, dependent upon available flights on Icelandair, and the availability of accommodation at our favourite guesthouse on a farm in Hjardarbol, necessitate a departure on Saturday.

If you want your son to be a part of this adventure, peruse the brochure below and sign up sooner than later as the uptake is always very good. We will only be able to take 34 boys on the trip.

The New Beacon Iceland Adventure 2026 Brochure

 

Y5 DRY HILL GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP
On Tuesday,  7 May, Year 5 will be going to the Dry Hill Local Nature Reserve in Sevenoaks for a short Geography fieldtrip.  The theme of this field trip is in keeping with the emphasis we have placed on map skills, geology and the local area on the curriculum for Geography.

The journey: We shall leave school and walk on local footpaths via ancient woodlands and fields to Dry Hill, a distance of just over two miles.  Along the way, the boys will be reading maps to help find our way and they shall plot land use too.  They will annotate a landscape sketch and learn about building materials and use of local resources.

At Dry Hill: Dry Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest: here the boys shall study how man has heavily influenced the site over the past sixty years, radically transforming it into what we see today.  They shall be exploring the geological history of the area, looking at rock weathering and erosion and studying evidence of wildlife and how that has influenced the site.

Clothing:
The boys should wear PE kit and school tracksuits.
Trainers (or similar supportive footwear) should be worn.
Some form of headwear protection from the sun.
A waterproof should be packed in the event of inclement weather.

Please apply sunscreen at home.

Equipment: All the necessary maps, worksheets and stationery will be provided.

Break, packed lunch and a small rucksack:  The boys must also bring their usual break time snack, together with a packed lunch, with drinks (please remember no nut based products). A small rucksack will help to carry the things they require along the walk.

Camera:  Digital cameras (not the highly expensive sort) are welcome.

Please complete the Permission Form on the new Reach More Parents app.

 

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!

 

YEAR 5 CAMP OUT – SAVE THE DATE! 
We will once again be hosting our now traditional ‘Y5 Camp Out’ on the school grounds on the evening of Friday, 28 June. All Y5 boys are invited to bring their tents along and join us for an evening of fun games, a BBQ, a campfire and, if we are really lucky, Mr Vincent may even give us a rendition of some 1980’s rock classics on his guitar! Tent-shares are very much encouraged, and we will be asking for parental assistance in setting up. More detail will follow nearer the time, but do encourage your sons to attend a fun-filled (and exhausting!) evening and camp out.

 

YEAR 6 LEAVERS’ BBQ
It is always sad to say goodbye to those Y6 boys who are leaving us for new adventures at their chosen senior schools at the end of the academic year. We will once again be hosting a hog-roast/BBQ to wish them a fond farewell on the afternoon of Monday 8th July – parents/siblings/grandparents of all Y6 pupils are all warmly invited, and I will be writing to you as we approach the end of term with further details. For the time being, please put this date in your diary as we would dearly love to see as many Y6 families attending as possible.

 

LOST PROPERTY
Whilst risking sounding like a broken record, please ensure that all your son’s clothing is named. Despite a ‘name check’ of uniform and other clothing last week, as I write I have in my office 7 jumpers, 2 blazers, 1 pair of tracksuit trousers and 1 fleece – all un-named. All are in near perfect condition and, sadly, I have no way of returning them to their rightful owners.

 

YEAR 5 PARENT MEETINGS – SENIOR SCHOOLS
It has been lovely to meet the vast majority of Y5 parents over the last two terms to discuss senior school options for your sons. A reminder that if you have not yet seen myself/Mrs Harris or Mrs Brownsdon to discuss your plans post-New Beacon, do email us if you would like to pop in and we can put a date/time in the diary.

 

CHARITY BOOTS
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

 

NBPA SCHOOL SHOP OPPORTUNITY!
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!

 

 

 

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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

 

NBPA REPS MEETING
Please click here for the Minutes of the NBPA Reps Meeting.
CHARITY GOLF DAY
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:
MAY THE FOURTH (FORCE) BE WITH YOU!
Starship Construction Competition.
Please remember to hand your entries to your form/class teacher or Mrs Westland by Friday, 3 May.