Jaw on collaboration

After all the togetherness of the Global Awareness Badley Celebration Weekend, collaboration seemed an appropriate theme for my first Jaw. We started assembly with an experiment: everyone drawing a house without looking, then tidying it up themselves and then working to improve it further with a neighbour. Most people enjoyed the freedom of the activity and found working with others led to better-looking houses, but some, of course, found the experience irritating or uncomfortable.

These feelings chimed with the results of a survey about collaboration also done over Badley Weekend and which I shared at Jaw; most students declared they find collaborative work enjoyable and stimulating – ‘two heads are better than one’ – while some declared others can be annoying and distracting. Opinions were yet more divided over collaborating with animals; many find great pleasure in walking and training their dog but one asked ‘who collaborates with animals?’

The two messages from this exploration of collaboration are both deeply human. Each of us wants to feel part of the community but a time to reflect, to be silent and alone is an important element of a happy life together. And, for humankind, when we consider what we achieved as a small community over a weekend, we can believe that we may achieve the seemingly impossible* to help the global community so that the work of one may be for the weal of all.

*borrowed from Michael Truss’ commentary on the collaboration of the Apollo space missions

By Louise Wilson, Managing Head


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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Badley Celebration Weekend round up

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This year’s Badley Celebration Weekend was one of the busiest to date, with over 30 different activities taking place over the two days. Students experienced a diverse range of workshops categorised into the following areas: language and skills; art, culture and cooking; music and movement; global awareness. As part of the Whole School Effort, each tutor group planted hazel trees and bluebells on the banks near the tennis courts, as well as helping to fence off an area for a chicken coop – the aim is to reintroduce chickens to Bedales early in the New Year. Sixth formers also worked hard on their own project – clearing overgrowth and creating space for a seating area with fire-pits near the large pond, to provide a space for supervised study groups.

As this year’s weekend had a global awareness theme, we were enormously privileged to be joined by four external speakers who brought the world to Bedales, just for a couple of days. Katie Millward spoke about her work as a journalist with the environmental agency Ecostorm, and as a grantee of the Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting. James Askew, a member of the British Army who has served in the Congo, spoke about Child Soldiers in the Congo. Robin Gorna, a current Bedales parent and HIV/AIDS specialist, spoke about whether AIDS is still a global problem. Finally David Retter, head of educational inclusion services for Hampshire, spoke about the elsewhere right here – the shocking stories of young people on our doorsteps. As a Badley first, we also had five student-led sessions, on subjects as diverse as the Ebola crisis and the ethics of meat-eating.

One of the workshops over the weekend included a Communications Hub, which directed students to go out and capture as much coverage of different projects and workshops as possible, by filming interviews, taking photos and writing blogs.


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.

Can you help with this year’s Badley Weekend?

The school’s annual Badley Celebration Weekend provides an opportunity to bring the whole Bedales community together in support of the school motto, ‘Work of Each for Weal of All’. This year, the weekend (27 and 28 September) will celebrate the school’s Global Awareness focus with a range of talks, activities and workshops from around the world. If you have any contacts or suggestions, or are interested in offering sessions based around this theme we would love to hear from you. Please email Jen Moore. Many thanks!

J H Badley

By  Jen Moore, Teacher of English and Badley Weekend Co-ordinator

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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.

Badley celebrations and Sam Banks Pavilion opening

At the end of September the school community participated in activities to celebrate our founder’s ethos, working on projects across the estate in support of the school motto, ‘Work of Each for Weal of All’. The overall theme was the appreciation of nature, with activities ranging from foraging and bush-craft to falconry and poetry inspired by the outdoors. Other activities included tapestry weaving, lantern making and mural painting. The Whole School Effort transformed the area behind Steephurst, through the planting of an orchard of cherry trees. To mark the official opening of the Sam Banks Pavilion, Louise Banks and Keith Budge mounted an engraved school cricket bat on the wall of the pavilion whilst Graham Banks declared the building officially open. Read more. View photos of Badley Celebration Weekend. View photos of the opening of the Sam Banks Pavilion.

Badley Celebration Weekend 2013

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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.