As I sit writing these lines in a rather warm classroom, it appears that summer, or at least spring, might well have finally made an appearance after a classic English Bank Holiday downpour!

In the past week we have enjoyed sporting successes at the Sevenoaks School Athletics fixture, as well as a record-breaking number of cricket matches, with nearly all the boys in the Senior School involved at some level. Well done to all involved for your efforts.

In a less positive vein, here 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.

We have spoken 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 and we feel it is important that the boys remain vigilant to such behaviour – prevention is better than cure. The boys are always very open to discussions and very accepting of everyone – just as it should be.

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.

Finally, today saw our final chapel service before the Leavers’ Service on Friday, 5 July, which always promises to be a special and moving occasion, and we look forward to seeing all the boys there.

On that note, the Chapel Choir, in yesterday’s assembly, gave us a wonderful rendition of some of the pieces they will be performing alongside other Prep Schools at the inaugural IAPS Choral Concert at Benenden School on next Tuesday, 14 May – we wish them the very best for this special performance and hope to see many of you there in support.

With very best wishes for a restful weekend!

Mr Ribbans-Opara
Assistant Head of Senior School

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.


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

blue summer shirt, ties, blazers, trousers.  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.


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


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


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


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:

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