Over the past two weeks in assembly we looked at Earth Day, an annual international event held on 22 April. Its aim is to raise awareness for our planet and the environmental challenges it faces. This year’s theme is ‘Planet vs Plastics’. Many of the boys took part in the Big Plastic Count last term where we looked at our household plastic footprint whilst contributing vital evidence to convince the UK government to do more to reduce plastic pollution.

We are fortunate at The New Beacon to have such a committed and thriving Eco Committee, led by Mr Hutchison. The Eco Warriors, one boy from each class, meet regularly to discuss ways in which we can come together to take action to help protect the Earth. Some initiatives they have done this past year are the Big Garden Birdwatch, the Big Plastic Count, the engine idling poster competition, planting seeds, identifying and growing trees from seedlings, and litter picking. My thanks to them for their dedication to keeping our school ‘green.’

The U9 teams have had a fantastic start to their cricket season winning 5 out of 8 matches played in the past two weeks. It’s lovely to see the boys in their cricket whites, a sign that Summer is well and truly on its way.

Best of luck to all the boys and families who will be attending the annual rugby festival in Folkstone this weekend. Whatever your plans this weekend, I wish you a restful and rejuvenating long weekend. We look forward to welcoming the boys back, in Summer uniform, on Tuesday.

Mrs Alteirac
Head of Junior School & Pre-Prep

DATES TO REMEMBER

7 MayBoys must be in Summer uniform
15 & 17 MayYear 4 Play 7pm
16 MayWhole School Photograph & Class photos
24 MayOwn Clothes Day (Bottle Tombola donations)
27 JuneYear-4 Sports Day followed by picnic 1-2pm
5 JulyPrizegiving / Celebration Day

 

YEAR 4 PLAY- FINDING NEMO

The performances will take place on Wednesday, 15 May and Friday, 17 May at 7.00pm in the Main School Theatre.

Please follow this link for details on the arrangements for the day.

Bookings for ‘Finding Nemo’ can be made via the following link:

Finding Nemo Tickets

Each family can request two seats for each performance. If further seats are required, these may be requested via an e-mail to the relevant class teacher and will be assigned once the initial seat allocation has been made. These are, of course, subject to availability. Booking opens on Monday, 6 May at 9.00am and closes on Monday, 13 May at 9.00am.

Refreshments will be provided for parents in The Studio from 6.15pm before each performance.

 

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

 

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!

 

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

 

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.

 

LIBRARY NEWS
There are lots of new books in the library, and a selection of titles have been included here – New Books – May 2024

There is information about the books, as well as links to author interviews, eBooks, and audio excerpts.

You can also share comments on the books with the rest of the school.

 

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:

 

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.

 

ICELAND ADVENTURE – BOOKING IS NOW OPEN & PLACES ARE FILLING UP FAST
Please note the correction to Iceland 2026 Adventure brochure posted last week – the deposit is £370 and not £500. See link below to the updated version.

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

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

 

SAILING KIT
If you have any of the school’s sailing safety equipment at home (buoyancy aids or helmets), please could you return it to Mr O’Prey, as it is needed for boys attending the sailing activity this term.

 

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.

 

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

 

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!

Pictures of Boarders Creating