“May is the month of expectation, the month of wishes, and the month of hope”.

We have started to feel the sun on our faces and leave our jumpers in our classrooms this week. We look forward to the brighter days and the exciting events ahead of us this term. For those in Nursery, we look ahead to Friday for our tea party to bid a fond farewell to Mrs Beresford, and wish her good luck in her new role. ‘Expectation, good wishes and hope’ are such wonderful key words to take us into this month of May.

Have a lovely long Bank Holiday weekend, and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Mrs Taylor
Head of Early Years

IT HAPPENS
Please see below the Teams link for the “It Happens” CPSHE parent webinar which is taking place on Thursday, 9 May at 6pm.  If you missed this in the Friday Report on 19 April, please see the ‘It happens Workshop’ link below.

It Happens Workshop

Join the meeting now
Meeting ID: 371 566 074 601
Passcode: MnwWJR

Please note that is recommended to be able to access www.mentimeter.com on a second device, such as a mobile telephone, to fully participate in the session. A polite request that cameras/microphones need to be off.If you have any questions relating to this webinar, then please contact Mr Bromwich at james.bromwich@newbeacon.org.uk

 

RWI
The boys have enjoyed their second week in their new RWI group this week. Please click here for this week’s online video links.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SENIOR SCHOOL DISCO!
The NBPA are looking for parent volunteers in Nursery to Year 6 to help with decorating or supervising at the Senior School Disco – please follow the link below for more information.

Volunteers Needed!

 

WHOLE SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPH
We will be having a whole school photograph on Thursday, 16 May 2024. Please could the boys wear the following:

Blue summer shirt, ties, blazers, trousers or shorts. If wearing shorts, please can they wear the summer ankle socks. Nursery should wear their usual attire. Please ensure the boys have tidy hair and polished/ clean shoes.

The photography company, Gillman and Soame, will provide details of how to order photographs in due course.

 

REACH MORE PARENTS 
All parents should have received the welcome email, with access instructions, for the Reach More Parents portal/app.  Please let the office know if you haven’t received your welcome email.

We are starting to build up the amount of information we have on the app, but it may take some time to get it completely up-to-date. Please bear with us!

Please take a look at all the areas available on the app at the moment.  We hope to introduce absence reporting, after school activities and payments for trips etc. at a later date.

📰Newsfeed – here you will find images and information about classes or the whole school.

📅Calendar – regularly check to ensure you don’t miss anything.

🗨Messages – through ‘push notifications you will receive information messages. You will also receive messages that you need to action just by the push of a button. You will be able to give consent for trips or events. Please ensure that you enable push notifications.

🎯The Hub – this will signpost links to other websites we ask you to use such as payment information, parents’ evening booking, policies and curriculum links.

📄Forms – here you will find various forms, which you might need to access at some point. They do not need to be completed unless it is required.

 

USE OF SCHOOL SITE AFTER HOURS
With the arrival of the warmer weather, we have noticed an increasing number of people using the school site outside of school hours. This includes use of cricket bowling machines and playing on the cricket squares. We are also aware that, on occasions, children are being left unsupervised.

It therefore seems timely to share a reminder that the school is not insured to cover people using the premises except for school events or those that formally hire the premises.

It is also important to note that, in the lighter spring and summer evenings, when our boarders are given greater freedom to explore and play outside, this unregulated activity can impact on their ability to enjoy the site.

A lot of time and effort is expended in keeping the cricket square in good order and suitable for play during the school week.  Any damage could cause it to be unsafe for school matches and further work has to be undertaken to ensure any weekend use does not impact the use of the pitches for the week.

We appreciate that not everyone on site out of hours is a parent or pupil of The New Beacon, so we will be reinforcing this message to external hirers so that full access to our facilities for lessons and fixtures isn’t impacted or restricted.

Thank you for your support ensuring that our pupils can benefit from the beautiful grounds that our Grounds Staff work so hard to prepare for their use and enjoyment.

 

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

 

TOMBOLA COLLECTION
Do you have a teddy bear that needs a home?  Please click here for more information.

 

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:
BRITTAINS LANE
Entrance to Brittains Lane from the Riverhead end has closed again and will remain so until at least Wednesday, 8 May (estimated) .  Please use Oak Lane entrance.
HAMA BEADS & BOARDS
If anyone has any unwanted hama beads and boards at home, the boarding house would love them!  The Boarders are really enjoying using them but are going through the beads rapidly!

NURSERY NEWS

We have really enjoyed looking at the life cycle of the Butterfly this week.  Next week we are moving onto the Life cycle of a Frog. If anyone has any frog spawn at home, can you please bring it to school on Monday?

Can I please remind you to write your son’s name in every item of clothing that comes into Nursery. As you can imagine, it is really difficult to identify belongings from home if they are not named. Can you please check at home for any clothing that doesn’t belong to you as we have some missing clothing which we would like to return to their owner. This also includes for any bags, swimming items, coats, socks and pants too. It is also important that your son comes to Nursery wearing velcro trainers/shoes. We frequently go to PE and Games, and it is not easy to participate wearing wellies or shoes with laces.

I hope you have all received the email from Mrs Markies regarding our Parenting Sessions. The first one will be held on Tuesday, 7 May, “What does parenting mean to us and what do we want for our children”. Please click here for the form to complete and more information about all four sessions.

A reminder that we have our special tea party for Mrs Beresford on Friday, 10 May. Please can you email me to let me know if you would like your son to attend from 2pm in the afternoon, when it is not one of your usual days.


RECEPTION NEWS

A reminder that the boys need to be wearing their Summer Uniform from Tuesday; blue socks, blue shorts and the short sleeved blue shirt, with their usual jumper.

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 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. Please kindly complete the form here to identify the special visitor and provide their mailing address.

SCHOOL MINIBUS SERVICE
The New Beacon currently operates a morning minibus service which covers three routes to bring in boys from Sevenoaks (incl. Sevenoaks station), Wrotham and Tonbridge.  For further details on each route and to book please follow the link below.

Minibus | The New Beacon


 

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR SON’S  LATEST SPORTS NEWS, INTERVIEWS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OUTSIDE SCHOOL

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