Janet Stuart Centenary Mass

Beechwood's Chamber Choir sang and represented the school beautifully last Saturday when they joined choirs from the other Sacred Heart schools to celebrate the life of Janet Stuart-an important figure in our Sacred Heart history on the centenary of her death. The Mass was streamed live on Youtube enabling interested viewers from all over the world to take part virtually in the Mass. This was particularly appreciated by some of the sisters in America and Canada-one of whom has sent this praise to all those who took part "It was all so well done and the children were outstanding. Mother Stuart would have been proud. Congratulations to all!"



Centenary Year

Beechwood will soon be 100 years old. As we remember the school's foundation in 1915, we also recognise the contribution made by Janet Stuart, the leader of the Society of the Sacred Heart at that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Erskine Stuart (1857 - 1914), was the sixth Superior General of the Society. She was instrumental in the decision to purchase property in Tunbridge Wells  and establish our school at Beechwood, although she did not live to see the school opened in February 1915, as she died in October 1914. Mother Stuart was one of the most influential and forward-thinking educators in the Society of the Sacred Heart, writing that educators must "bring up children for the future, not for the present."
Representatives of Beechwood will attend a Centenary Mass of Thanksgiving at Digby Stuart College Chapel in Roehampton on Saturday 11th October.



Dresses go to a new home

Thank you very much for all the donations of the old-style Prep summer dresses and pencils that have come in. Last Friday, our Prep School Charity prefects were delighted to help load up, ready for everything to be sent on its way to Gambia. The shipping container is leaving in November and will also be carrying donations from our Second-Hand Uniform shop too. We are all very happy that the goods are going to a good home.



Poetry Please

With the theme of ‘Remember' for this year's National Poetry Day, what better way to celebrate than for every child in the Prep School to learn a poem by heart?

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One Hundred Years old

Our school was founded in February 1915 and so we have just begun our Centenary Year. On Thursday, all our pupils joined together to form the numerals of 100 to mark this historic occasion, captured with the help of 21st Century technology in the shape of a drone. 



Happy at Heart Fest

At 6:50 am on Monday 22 September twelve Year 6 and 8 pupils travelled north to Newcastle to take part in Heart Fest 2 - the second gathering of pupils from the six Sacred Heart schools in England.

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Food Experiment!

On Wednesday, Year 1 children tasted some food, wearing blindfolds. We had to taste 5 different kinds of food and guess what food they were. I really liked the salty crisps but I didn't like the marmite! The next morning we had to smell different things and guess what they were. There were some really smelly things, the worst was the cheese, yuk! Aibhe Boles



Learning Outside

Year 4 had an exhausting but enjoyable time on Friday as they tackled assault courses, blind-fold trails and more..

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Pizza and Teeth!

The Nursery were visited by Malcolm, the Catering Manager, who then cooked pizzas ready for the children to eat for their lunch, which they all enjoyed very much.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Perera, a Dentist in Tunbridge Wells, came in to talk to the children all about being a dentist. He showed them how to clean their teeth properly and all the instruments he uses to check his patients teeth.



Simply Delicious

The Prep School held their final two events of the year raising money for the Heartlands Children's Academy in Nepal last week. Since September, each class has taken it in turn to choose how they would like to support this cause. This time, Years 3 & 4 held a ‘Simply Delicious' sale which was full on ‘yummy treats' for the children to buy at break-time (raising around £100) and 2H ran a ‘Name the Bear' competition (raising £42.50). The bear was won by Elana Hurst who chose the name - Paddington.