I have the pleasure of writing this week’s correspondence from the magnificent Chateau du Baffy situated in Colombiers-sur-Seulles, a hamlet in Normandy where the Year 8 boys have been based since Sunday evening. Our hosts looked after us superbly and we were all well fed with food that would not be out of place at a swish restaurant in Sevenoaks or Tunbridge Wells.

Besides taking in a few solemn moments paying our respects at various war memorials/graves and visiting Normandy museums we have also enjoyed days on the beaches of Arromanches and Omaha. The visit to Festyland where we spent a good five hours was well received by boys and staff alike. A few brave staff members would later somewhat regret the decision to join the boys on some of the more daring rides.

A visit to a goat farm proved to be a particular highlight for some of the boys. They had the opportunity to cuddle and hold a young kid and stroke and feed the goats. Having tasted a variety of goat’s cheese at the farm, the boys have brought home a substantial amount of Monsieur Eric Robert’s products.

The boys will no doubt now be looking forward to some quality time during the weekend so that they may recharge their batteries in time to again continue with the Year 8 production rehearsals. I sincerely hope that they do put their feet up as the week has been quite hectic, but thoroughly enjoyable. Special thanks to Mr Vincent for organising this special trip.

Hopefully, they will all have recovered from the Normandy adventure and we hope that all Year 8 boys will be present on Monday. With rehearsals limited to only a few more days, Mrs Yeats-Brown would appreciate a 100% attendance. Boys are requested to continue learning their lines, the songs and also what they may perhaps be wearing.

Last week The Senior School boys enjoyed a Grease themed disco in the sports hall. To say that it was brilliant would be an understatement. Thank you so much to all of the mothers across all sections of the school who decorated the hall so superbly. Special appreciation goes the Mrs Cheryl Leonard who organised and co-ordinated the entire evening. There was an amazing turnout and the DJ had no trouble in getting the boys and girls onto the dance floor to strut their moves.

On Monday 17 June 36 intrepid Year 7 boys (and their parents!) woke up very early to board the coach – direction Paris!

With a stop in Arras to practise some French and refuel, we arrived in Paris in the evening, dined on chicken and fish and took advantage of the large sports pitches to play football and cricket before bed.

Tuesday saw us navigating the Olympic Games road closures, but successfully visiting Napoleon’s Tomb, climbing the many steps of the Tour Eiffel and finally enjoying a sightseeing cruise on the River Seine before a well-deserved meal at Restaurant Gigi in Montmartre before returning for a sound sleep.

The highlight of many boys’ trip came on Wednesday, when we had the opportunity to visit both parks at Disneyland Paris, enjoying a mixture of white-knuckle and more leisurely rides, as well as taking advantage of the shops to enhance souvenir collections.

On Thursday we departed for home, taking a final farewell look at Paris from the top of the Tour Montparnasse, before setting our course for Sevenoaks via Cité Europe for some last-minute souvenirs.

The boys had a great opportunity to mix culture and pleasure, and there was even some very good use and understanding of the language, which always makes a French teacher very happy!

A reminder to parents that with the term still in full swing, Year 7 boys will still be taught in all subjects as they prepare for their final year at The New Beacon.

I wish you all a pleasant weekend.

Mr Knipe
Head of Senior School

THE NEW BEACON SPORTS DAY 2024
Thursday 27 June
With under two weeks till sports day, we are preparing all parents and pupils for this great celebration of athletics at The New Beacon.

We are expecting it to be a great day of sport throughout the school (Y1-Y8) and hope you will be able to join us. Please see more detailed information HERE and some of the generic information below:

  1. We’re hoping the whole school will come together for a picnic on the day. Post-Sports Day for Pre-Prep and Junior school and Pre-Sports Day for Middle and Senior School at 12:30pm. Please bring a picnic lunch for you and your son. Please can you contact Nicola.Lee@newbeacon.org.uk if you will need a packed lunch for the day made by school. Boys whose parents aren’t staying will need to be supervised by staff but do let us know if your son will be joining another family for the picnic.
  2. Please ensure your son comes into school in his PE kit wearing a company coloured top (non-football tops where possible), trainers/spikes, water bottle, hat, suntan cream.
  3. Toilets- If you would require the toilets during your visit, please use the toilets provided in the NBC (sports centre).
  4. Spectating: You are welcome to go onto the field to watch your son perform his field activities but please make sure you stand on the perimeter to avoid impeding the events.  In the track events, please kindly stand in the spectator’s area to support your son.
  5. Photography and Filming: Photograph and short films taken by parents should be kept to a minimum to avoid distracting the boys who are performing and members of the audience.  All images should be for personal use only.  In respect of our Child Protection policy, under no circumstances should any images be uploaded onto social or online media of any kind.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Mr Herbert

 

SAVE THE RHINO INTERNATIONAL

Join us in support of ‘Save the Rhino International’ a UK conservation charity. It is Europe’s largest single-species rhino charity. A cake sale will be held during The New Beacon Sports Day on Thursday 27 June. We encourage boys and parents to support this worthy cause. 100% of the proceeds will go this initiative.

Please bring along CASH only for your boys to enjoy some yummy treats.

Did you know?
Many of the workbooks purchased by The New Beacon that the boys use in class support Save the Rhino International. Look at the back of your son’s book and you will see their logo.

 

DIVERSITY WEEK
Next week the whole school is celebrating National Diversity Week. We are asking the whole school to wear one item of multicoloured clothing on Friday.

 

GILLMAN & SOAME PHOTOGRAPHS (REMINDER – Closing Date 26 June)
Hopefully, you will have received the order information for your son’s class photograph and whole school photograph. A proof card was given to the boys, so if you have not seen it yet, you may need to rummage in their book bags. To place an order for the class photograph you will need to visit www.gillmanandsoame.co.uk and enter the login and password listed on the card.

Please click HERE to order the whole school photograph.

 

PRIZEGIVING AND CELEBRATION DAY
On Friday 5 July all boys in Middle and Senior School are expected to be in school at the normal time, registering in their form rooms. All MS/SS parents are invited to join our Prizegiving ceremony which will start promptly at 9am. Coffee will be served in the dining room prior to the ceremony if you would like to wait after dropping your son. Prizegiving will finish at approximately 10:30 when the school will be opened for Celebration Day. A detailed programme of events and activities will be shared nearer the time so that you can see the boys engaged in a range of activities around the site and enjoy touring the school with your sons.

The school day will end at 1pm, before lunch, however afternoon provision will be in place for any boys who can’t be collected at 1pm. When leaving school, please sign your son(s) out with a member of staff before leaving the site. Alternatively, please let us know if you would like your son to go home with someone else.

For any boys staying from 1pm for the afternoon, lunch will be provided, and boys can be collected at their usual collection times. There will be no clubs, however  Prep will run as normal along with the after-school club provision.

Our Year 8 Leavers’ picnic, cricket match and Chapel service will all take place during the afternoon.

 

TEXT BOOK COLLECTION 
Boys in Senior School should bring all their text books to school on Monday and hand in to their form teacher. Boys will have until Tuesday at the very latest to return these books.

The cost of any books not returned, damaged or lost will be added to bills.

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY BOLOGNA TRIP 2024

A space has become available for the following trip.  If you are interested please contact Mr Barratt at tony.barratt@newbeacon.org.uk.

The Design and Technology Department of The New Beacon is taking a group of current Y5, 6 and 7 boys to Bologna. For more details and a provisional programme of events please click here. Alongside the obvious design and construction elements, boys will explore the flavours of Italy at Fico Eataly World with an ice cream making masterclass. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love gelato!

 

BOARDING
(Current Y4-Y7)
If you are interested in boarding for your son from September, please use the Reach More Parents App for the booking form by Monday 1 July with the nights you wish your son to board. Once I have received all the requests for boarding, I will be able to confirm places.  Please see the link below for more details.

Boarding 2024-2025

 

 YEAR 8 CORNWALL ADVENTURE 2025
Present Year 7
We have decided to take the Y8 boys back to Cornwall for their final residential trip at The New Beacon in June 2025. We will need a deposit by next Wednesday for this adventure as rooms at St Christopher’s Inn in Newquay will need to be secured soon. It is a very sought after venue and we have stayed here twice before. With Towan Beach on the doorstep, this was a popular place to enjoy a swim or merely playing games on the beach. Please follow the link below for more details.

Diverse Cornwall 2025

 

TONBRIDGE ACTIVITY AFTERNOON 
Year 8 only
Monday 24 June and Friday 28 June
Year 8 will be travelling in the minibus to Tonbridge School next week for a range of sporting activities.  Please can you collect your son from Tonbridge School Sports Centre at 4.25pm on both days.  The boys will need their PE sports kit, water bottles,  non-marking trainers and normal trainers.