The boys have returned from their half-term breaks with a fantastic attitude towards their exams. There has been a generally positive feeling around the school with the boys demonstrating their enthusiasm to do well, their diligence towards their work and their respect for each other. These qualities have shone through as they have quietly undertaken the challenges in front of them. There has been barely a sound during exam time, only the busy scratch of pen to paper as the boys write furiously. We know that this can feel a stressful time of year for the boys (and parents!) and we want to take this opportunity to congratulate them on all their hard work.

The sun is blazing through the window as I write and hopefully, it is here to stay through the weekend so that we can all enjoy a wonderful Summer Fete. I know that the NBPA work tirelessly to ensure that the fete is a fun-packed event and fantastic fundraiser; I am sure that this year’s will be no different.

As we are in our final half-term of the year the calendar is brimming with activities. Year 6 will be going to PGL for a few days of outdoor activities which will be great and, most probably, messy fun. Year 6 parents should have received a letter from Mr Woodard with further details of the trip; please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Towards the end of term Year 5 has a trip to IWM Duxford to look forward to. A day when Mr. Probert’s knowledge and love of planes come to the fore; I have heard it is quite an experience and more details will follow next week. Year 5 have also been invited to attend an immersive experience to mark Refugee Week; an event run by two local charities Empathy Action and Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees. There are more details below with a permission slip to complete.

Finally, let me wish you all an enjoyable time at the Summer Fete and the rest of the weekend that follows.

Best wishes,

Georgia Harris
Assistant Head of Middle School

SUMMER FETE – SATURDAY
12pm – 3pm
We are looking forward to seeing you and your families and friends this Saturday for our Summer Fete.

We have got everything you need from live entertainment by our very own Mrs Wagstaff and her band The Sarah Jayne

Project, food trucks, the famous Year 7 Long Bar, Junior Raffle to a wide range of activities. Including a Tractor Ride, Inflatable Assault Course, Football Speed Cage, Welly Wanging, Teddy tombola and so much more!

We thought it would be helpful to share the programme and pitch plan ahead of the event.

We can’t wait to see you there!

The New Beacon Summer Fete 2024 Poster

Summer Fete Programme

 

HEALTHY LIVING WEEK
10 – 14 June
Next week is Healthy Living Week! The focus is on ‘Give it a go!’ There will be a specific focus for each day of the week and we are asking the boys to come dressed in one item of clothing in the correct colour along with their uniform.

Monday (Green): Get at least 5 a day – Fresh, frozen, dried and canned all count! 

Tuesday (Red): Stay hydrated – Have about 6-8 drinks a day. Tap water is a great choice. 

Wednesday (Orange): Move more – Find ways to be more active every day. 

Thursday (Yellow): Focus on fibre – Have more wholegrain foods, fruit, vegetables, beans and lentils. 

Friday (Multicolours): Reduce food waste – Aim for the right amount when you shop, cook and eat. 

Please click HERE for more information about ‘Healthy Living Week’ next week.

 

WATER SAFETY WEEKS
The weeks commencing 10 and 17 June are Water Safety Weeks.
All boys will need to bring to the pool; a pair of shorts and a T-shirt to wear over their normal swimming kit.
Please ensure they also bring their normal swimming shorts.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 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!

 

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:

Charity Golf Day 2024

 

WORLD REFUGEE DAY – DESPERATE JOURNEYS
Thursday, 20 June
On Thursday 20 June Year 5 have been invited to attend an immersive experience to mark Refugee Week which runs from 17–23 June. This is an arts and cultural festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

The experience is delivered in a maze-like set with improvisation and immersive theatre techniques, visual installations and a powerful soundtrack to engage the participants.

We will be leaving school promptly at 8.30am and so do require boys to go straight to form for registration at 8.20am.

Please complete the permission form on the new Reach More Parents app by Monday, 17 June.

 

BOARDING EXPERIENCE TRIAL NIGHT
We are offering trial nights experience to Year 5 & 6.  It will be week beginning 17 June on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night when Year 7 & 8 are away on their residential trips.

For those boys who are considering boarding at Senior School it is an excellent way to gain some early insight into boarding and develop confidence in a familiar setting but even for those who are not intending to board in the future, flexi-boarding at The New Beacon provides a wonderful opportunity to develop independence and build relationships with other boys in a family-orientated and reassuring environment.

We will be offering one-off trial nights for boys who are not currently booked into boarding, so if this is something you are interested in or would simply like further information about, please do get in touch: nicola.buckner@newbeacon.org.uk

 

NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUB ON FINAL DAY
Please note on Wednesday, 10 July, the final day of term, there will be no After School Club, Prep or Activities Club. Boys will need to be collected promptly at their finishing times (see below) as staff are going straight into an inset day.  Younger brothers may wait for their older brothers to finish, please email Mrs Harding if you would like your son to stay.  All boys to be collected promptly at 1pm.

Many thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Finishing times:

12pm    Nursery and Pre-Prep
12:15     Year 3
12:30    Year 4
1pm       Middle/Senior School


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