With a slight improvement in the weather after a rather dreary Bank Holiday Monday, spirits have been high this week. Y5 had their field trip to Dry Hill in glorious sunshine, and no doubt slept well on Tuesday night! We have, once again, had numerous fixtures this week and the Middle School boys have been thoroughly enjoying their cricket which continues to be a real strength on the sporting front.

At The New Beacon, thankfully, incidents of discrimination are very, very rare. However, even in an open-minded and welcoming community such as ours, such deplorable behaviour does inexplicably rear its head from time to time. As a staff, when this does occur, we always question why – and how? Is it ignorance? A lack of maturity or understanding? Or is it something more sinister? Unfortunately (and despite Mr Bromwich’s excellent CPHSE lessons) we have to realise: it can happen here.

This week in Middle School assembly I spoke at length with the boys about their understanding of discrimination – be it racially motivated, a person’s sexual orientation, elitism or simply someone’s hair colour or body image. I must stress we have had no such incidents in The Middle School for some considerable time, but nevertheless I felt it important that the boys remain vigilant to such behaviour – prevention is better than cure. The boys were incredibly open during this discussion and were very accepting of everyone – just as it should be. We talked about celebrating differences rather than tolerating: about embracing differences and being as one community. It was rather lovely!

If, in the unlikely event you son experiences discrimination in any form during his time here, he has a number of ways of letting his teachers, or any adult he trusts, know. Boys can speak to any of us by simply ‘popping in’, through the Private Eye or via a parent/adult emailing a member of staff. It goes without saying we don’t tolerate any form of discrimination at The New Beacon, so do keep us informed should anything arise – a conversation we hope won’t be necessary.

Tom Probert
Head of Middle School

 

SUMMER EXAMS REVISION LIST
The Summer examination revision lists are now published on Teams. The boys will need to log in to their Office 365 account and navigate to the Revision folder within Teams. The files are under the General section, in the Files subsection. Links have also been sent to the boys’ email addresses.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL & CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS
We will be having a whole school and class photographs taken on Thursday, 16 May 2024.   For the class photograph we would like all Middle School boys to be wearing the same uniform.    Please can they wear shorts rather than trousers, together with the following:

blue summer shirt, ties, blazers, shorts.  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.

 

YEAR 6 GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP
On Thursday 23 May, Year 6 will be going across to the Haysden Country Park in Tonbridge for a short Geography fieldtrip. We shall be leaving school at 9.15am and returning in time for games. The theme of this field trip is to follow up river studies, land-use and flooding, together with an element of ecology.

The journey: We shall leave school by coach and walk from Tonbridge School Leisure Centre across country mostly via local footpaths, bypassing the former powder mill site, ending up at Haysden Country Park, a distance of 7 km in total. Along the way, the boys will be reading maps to help find our way, they shall plot land use and determine the siting factors for the former gunpowder factory. Moreover, they will see at first hand some of the OS map symbols in situ, e.g. an embankment.

At the Leigh flood barrier: We shall view the barrier constructed to prevent Tonbridge experiencing such damaging floods as in the 1980s and, of course, more recently back in December 2013. In Haysden Country Park the boys will learn about the rationale for such a form of landscape protection and see what measures have been implemented therein. They shall also undertake a short biological investigation exercise.

At the end of a very full few hours, we shall be transported back to school in time for games.

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

Please apply sunscreen at home.

Equipment: We will provide all the necessary maps, paper and stationery.

Break, packed lunch and a small rucksack: They must bring their usual break time snack, together with a packed lunch, with drinks (please remember NO NUT-BASED PRODUCTS). A small rucksack/ bag will help 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 by 13 May.

 

END OF YEAR EXAMINATIONS
All parents of Middle School boys should have received an email last week covering all things exams. If you did not receive this email, do let me know and can send the relevant documents directly to you.

 

WATER BOTTLES
With the warmer weather upon us, it is more important than ever that your sons remain hydrated throughout the school day. Most boys already have water bottles in school, and those who don’t are encouraged to bring one in. There are numerous water outlets around the school for these to be refilled as necessary. Please ensure bottles are named and encourage your son to bring them home for regular washing.

 

UNIFORM
Again, on the theme of warmer weather, a reminder that boys should bring their blazers and jumpers into school every day. These are important parts of our school uniform and should be worn daily. In the event of a particularly warm day, The Head may declare ‘shirt sleeve order’, upon which boys can remove their jumpers and ties and place these in their lockers. It is our expectation that proper uniform etiquette be upheld at all times – form tutors will be checking – and it is not boys who make the decision regarding the wearing of blazers/jumpers! Many thanks in anticipation of your support.

 

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:

NBPA SEALS FAMILY FUN SWIM
Summer half term, book now!
Book your child’s spot for half term at the NBPA Seals program!
Click the link on the poster below and spread the word to keep this amazing opportunity going for our entire school community.

Seals Family Fun Swim