Welcome to Beaconhouse Newlands International School. As Head of Primary, I feel privileged every day to come to school and I am committed to providing a warm and supportive environment where students are inspired and challenged to excel; be it in the classroom, on the sports field or in performing arts.

At Beaconhouse Newlands, we learn together to achieve success for all, based on high expectations and equality of access for every one of our students. We nurture the growth of the whole child, academically, socially, emotionally, morally and physically, celebrating their achievements in a safe, caring and creative environment.

We pride ourselves on being a warm, welcoming school and are always looking forward to working together to achieve the best outcomes for all of the children. Our students are highly motivated, enthusiastic and respond positively to challenge and consistently exhibit high standards of discipline and behaviour. Agreed values are shared, upheld and our students respect and understand the diversity of the wider world and their place as citizens in it. Students are placed at the centre of everything we do, focussing on developing every student as an individual. In the Primary Section, we believe a happy child will be a successful child and work to ensure every child enjoys school and achieves success. I want your child to be inspired to work hard, be curious about the world around them, ask questions, seek answers and solutions, develop their independence and sense of responsibility, have the aspiration to succeed and meet their full academic potential, and to have a genuine love of learning. We do this by providing the best teaching and learning experiences that we can through an exciting and engaging curriculum.

We have a very dedicated and hard-working group of teachers who will go that extra mile, as only the best will do for the children in our care.  The entire teaching team works together to bring learning ‘alive’ and extend pupils’ experiences so that they are well prepared for the next steps in their education. We work in a very close partnership with parents so that every child is fully supported. We know the importance that parents play in their child’s education and so welcome your involvement in your child’s education and in the life of our school. We ask your opinion on a regular basis, as well as inviting you into school as much as possible. We encourage all of our parents/guardians to come into school to discuss any concerns or issues.

May I close by saying that we are proud of our school, our students and our community. Beaconhouse Newlands will give you a warm welcome and ensure that your time with us will be both successful and memorable. I look forward to working with you all and hope that your child will love learning with us, growing with us and that when they come to leave us, will go forward with pride, with enthusiasm and with confidence.

Please call in at any time to see me or make an appointment to see me or any other member of staff if I am not immediately available.




Dear Parents & Guardians, It is my great pleasure to be part of the dynamic team at Beaconhouse Newlands International School. There is nothing more rewarding than nurturing students’ creative abilities to help them grow into exceptional and community-contributing adults in their journey to success. I aspire to ensure that our students pursue a clear path to reach their life goals, accomplished through Beaconhouse’s enhanced holistic learning techniques which students find enjoyable and rewarding. Students that are happy to attend school are far more likely to succeed in studies and life. Therefore, creating an atmosphere conducive to achieving the highest possible learning outcomes with students happy to attend school is my primary aim.

Our teachers should inspire young people to feel creative and ignite their curiosity which will encourage life-long learning and people capable of facing the challenges of the new workforce in the 21 Century. The World Economic Forum reported that the top five job skills are: analytical thinking and innovation, active learning, complex problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis, creativity, originality and initiative; but many regional school systems worldwide are stranded in an educational model designed for 20th-century factory-mentality outcomes. The decisive advantage of working in international schools is that the same restrictions do not bind us, which allows us to target higher-order learning proficiencies. It is my primary focus and priority to assimilate these traits into our local teaching strategies.

By 2025, 50% of the workforce will need reskilling. People’s ability to continually adapt and learn new skills will make the difference between success and stagnation. Therefore, as an international school, we need to prepare our students to be internationally-minded and to continuously fuel them to go beyond pure academics in an ambitious vision for the future.

As an educator, I have 24 years of experience in schools globally, including Australia, the UK, the Middle East, Thailand, China, India, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, and Malaysia. I have experience with the Australian, UK, US and various regional education systems including Cambridge international, A-Levels, Edexcel, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and Singapore curriculums.

Before university studies and teaching, I performed various life-enhancing roles in the automotive industry, the Australian Army, transportation and logistics. At a well-known Australian University, I achieved an Honours Degree in Science Education and taught Sciences and Mathematics for years and many other subjects. Over the years in leading schools and departments, I have upskilled with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Armed with the latest knowledge and skills in educational research means I can instruct teachers to put the latest academic research into practice.

I hope to meet all of you soon in our partnership of educating your children to become well-rounded, and empathetic adults capable of success in a challenging modern world ahead.


Kind regards,

John Roydon Barratt