The weeks are flying by rather quickly and before we know it, the summer term examinations will be upon us Mr Vincent will shortly be posting revision lists for your perusal. Your sons need, however, not wait for these to be posted as they should be fully aware of what needs to be studied for the examinations and could already be embarking upon a meaningful revision programme at home. There are subject teachers who will have already emailed revision material to your son’s school email address.

It is always pleasing to see the good turnout at our chapel service on Friday evenings. However, we do appear to have a few boys who are not attending, and this without the permission of the Head to miss a service for whatever legitimate reason.

Attending our chapel services is part of the overall experience for the Senior School boys at The New Beacon. It only takes place approximately 5 times per term. We have two more services in the summer term and one of them is the final Leavers’ assembly on Friday, 5 July. We expect all boys to be in attendance for that service.

Heartiest congratulations to Tofarati G who has passed his Grade 5 Oboe examination. We hope to hear him playing his instrument in a Senior School assembly so that he might share his talent with his peers.

The Senior School boys have a disco to look forward to on Friday, 14 June. The theme is based around the iconic musical extravaganza from the late Seventies, Grease. The NBPA have been working hard towards this event and judging by the 8C reaction to viewing some of the YouTube clips from the film during a form period this week, it promises to be a fantastic evening of jiving. No doubt we will see a few Danny Zuko, Sandy Olsson, Betty Rizzo and Kenickie wannabees on the night!  Please see below for further details.

Good luck to all the boys and families who will be partaking in the yearly exodus from Sevenoaks to attend the U13 rugby festival in Folkestone this weekend. We hope that you enjoy your matches and have a safe journey.

Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend. What bliss!

Mr Knipe
Head of Senior School

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

 

SENIOR SCHOOL DISCO
Friday, 14 June 2024
For more information see below – please click on the link at the bottom of the poster for tickets.

Senior School Disco 2024

 

REMINDER OF THE YEAR 7 VISIT TO THE TONBRIDGE SCHOOL BARTON SCIENCE CENTRE
On Thursday, 9 May, all boys in Year 7 will be travelling to Tonbridge School Barton Science Centre. The boys will split into two groups, spending part of the afternoon taking part in the British Physics Olympiad, Year 7 challenge. After which, they will be completing some experiments in the Laboratories, being taught by a member of the Tonbridge Science department.

This is a fantastic opportunity for boys to get a taste of senior school life.

The trip will take place during normal school hours so pick up is at the usual time. The boys will need to wear their full school uniform and will not require any further equipment on the day.

 

CHAPEL SERVICE
There will be one more chapel service this half term on Friday, 10 May when we welcome Mr Yeats-Brown (Sen.) to come and speak at the service. The chapel choir have been working hard as well for their other events this term, and so this will be another opportunity to hear them before their IAPS concert and evensong service at Tonbridge. All are welcome as ever at 4.45pm.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

MONEY & VALUABLES
Just a reminder to parents that to enable staff to safeguard your sons and prevent lost items, we kindly ask that they do not bring valuables or cash to school on a daily basis. Exceptions will be made for school trips and other activities, which will be clearly communicated by the staff member in charge.

Mobile Phones:
There’s generally no need for phones in school unless a teacher requests them for a specific activity.   Boys who walk or use public transport are allowed to bring a phone for safety reasons.  In such cases, phones should be handed into the office main School Office upon arrival and collected before 5pm.

Communication During Trips:
For trips and away matches, staff will directly contact parents regarding any changes to pick-up times.

These guidelines are in place to minimize the risk of lost valuables and to create a safe learning environment for your sons.

 

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.

 

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