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01/07/22

This is a market visit followed by lunch on Sword Beach. https://t.co/HAHCpa2gmg

01/07/22

This week's newsletter. https://t.co/Lq1sHqkb99

29/06/22

Congratulations to all our ball boys representing the Beacon school at Wimbledon this year. https://t.co/wI9uXpZBy4

27/06/22

Word of the Week https://t.co/EmsnxCpY0q

24/06/22

This Weeks Newsletter https://t.co/bNc3tmpLJK

15/06/22

Bring down your entries to the Art Department and hand them over to Mrs Barnwell, Mrs Quinn, Mrs Thorne, or Mrs Wellburn. Good luck, enjoy and we look forward to receiving your entries soon. https://t.co/eamt7mRrOW

15/06/22

See the attached sheet for full details and some ideas on what your own personal shoe box gallery may look like. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries across all GLF schools. The deadline for the submission of entries is Monday 11th July. https://t.co/ggvm7EjyS4

15/06/22

Year 7 and 8 GLF Art and Design competition GLF and The Beacon School would like to invite you to enter an exciting Art competition. We would like you to design your own Shoe Box Art Gallery. https://t.co/uvdkiHQdmw

10/06/22

This Weeks Newsletter https://t.co/JlquPSTgMH

08/06/22

Music exam requirements https://t.co/RLHKUsJnKr

04/06/22

Retweeted From Mr O'Donnell

What a day! Our Y7 A&B teams got to play at Stamford Bridge as part of the tournament. The B team reached the 1/4 finals and our A team were runners up after losing the final on penalties. What an experience! Congratulations to https://t.co/IgKx3uZlYe

27/05/22

This Weeks Newsletter https://t.co/3zjwJW95MJ

23/05/22

Current House Points Totals https://t.co/4jIjSwilLa

23/05/22

Word of the Week. https://t.co/4IJP9az9GV

20/05/22

This Weeks Newsletter. https://t.co/3bUoFoyTDY

18/05/22

Retweeted From The Beacon Friends' Association

Please join us for the official lighting of our amazing BFA Beacon on 21st June 2022 at 6pm . Just scan the QR code to RSVP👍 https://t.co/Ky3wor4CPF

16/05/22

Current House Points Totals https://t.co/y6DLJx15Zi

16/05/22

Good Luck to everyone sitting exams! Students begin sitting their first GCSE and A-Level exams since 2019. https://t.co/XJvaxxz9N8

16/05/22

Word Of the Week https://t.co/lMsrfHkKiG

14/05/22

👏👏👏🎉🎉 https://t.co/jbCDIW4Ybb

Posted on: 16/06/2022

MESSAGE FROM MR MITCHELL

As an English teacher, it never ceases to amaze me how certain topics and themes seem to repeat and re-occur throughout not only the literature that we study, but also these are reflected in current affairs. Studying ‘An Inspector Calls’, JB Priestley’s play warning the audience of the evils of unfettered capitalism in the post-war world, still resonates today with debates around zero-hours contracts, for instance.

This week, revising Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ with my Year 12 class, there was a news article about the book. By way of protest about freedom of speech and pro-choice being rescinded or reduced in the USA, the author has created an ‘unburnable’ version of the novel which has sold for $130,000 at auction (all proceeds to charity). This was accompanied by an interesting picture of the 82-year-old writer attempting to burn said book with a flamethrower.

Students might often comment on why we study certain ‘old’ texts or periods of time in history or far-away places in geography. Teachers and Subject Leaders consider these topics and choices very carefully indeed. It was fascinating this week during the Young Faculty review to hear the History, RS and Geography departments discuss and debate why certain units were designed the way that they were and taught when they were across the key stages. It is often through these ‘milestone’ texts, topics and units that we can help students understand not only the past, different beliefs or distant places, but also the world around them now.

Although the fictional events of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ may seem extreme and detached in some respects, all students can understand and appreciate how a lack of a voice or the right to an opinion can make them feel. By arguing with an educated opinion, we want students to be able to see injustices and challenge them in a way that reflects our core values of excellence and respect, not just throughout their time at school but also when they become citizens in their community at the end of their time with us.

Mr Mitchell

Deputy Headteacher