Block 3 visit the Battlefields

By Jasmine Woudstra and Flora Shaw, Block 3
Block 3 students recently visited the chilly steppes of France and Belgium for a tour of the Battlefields. The trip really gave a sense of the monstrosity of the war and the horrific number of deaths that were suffered by both sides, needlessly. Seeing over 50,000 names of soldiers (whose remains had never been found), etched on The Menin Gate, gave a strong visual impression of the scale of the loss. We laid a wreath at The Last Post Ceremony at The Menin Gate inscribed with the words of Badley as a tribute to the 60 Bedalians who lost their lives in the First World War. We also found Flat Iron Copse, a cemetery tucked in a beautiful corner by woodland a mile off the beaten track, where by an extraordinary coincidence, despite there being over 400 cemeteries around the Somme, were the graves of two pupils’ relatives. View photos

Bedales School


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.


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