Bushcraft Club Camp
The end of the first season of Bushcraft Club at Beechwood ended last weekend with a double Campover in the school woods for our daring pupils who love everything about the outdoors. On Friday it was the turn of the Senior School students who braved the elements to sleep under basic shelter whilst on Saturday fourteen keen Prep children had their go. As well as singing lively traditional camp-fire songs and enjoying burgers, beans, hot-dogs and bannock (home-made quick flat-bread), new skill of water-heating (using a Kelly Kettle), kit-arranging, braving bugs, identifying some star constellations and finding the way by torchlight were also taken on board too. Bushcraft Club will return in early summer next year for more intrepid adventures!
Perfect Pumpkin Party
Last Friday the PA hosted a Pumpkin Bop. We all enjoyed it very much including the hot dogs before the Bop began. Everybody had made a brilliant effort with their costumes and make up. The Bop gets better and better every year.Grace Boyes & Margaret Hobart
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!"
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.
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?
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.
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
Year 4 had an exhausting but enjoyable time on Friday as they tackled assault courses, blind-fold trails and more..