Being globally aware

DSC_0010 (Large)

By Abi Wharton, Head of Global Awareness

Being globally aware does not have a quiet period so we are starting the new term preparing for the wealth of upcoming events in the Global Awareness (GA) calendar. The eagerly anticipated V Ball, run by GA sixth formers for sixth formers, will take place on 7 February. This event is an annual fundraiser for Amnesty International; it is an exciting collaboration as we work with Amnesty to develop a range of educational materials for use in schools and colleges across the UK and beyond.

On 2 March we are delighted to be welcoming Gareth Owen OBE, the humanitarian director of Save the Children to address Jaw in Dunhurst and a Civics lecture at Bedales. Gareth’s wealth of knowledge and experience will undoubtedly give students across the three schools much food for thought.

We continue the theme of student-led initiatives on 13 March with the annual Hunger Banquet. This event gives students the opportunity to understand the inequalities that exist across the globe and the frustration that this can create. A dedicated team of students from Blocks 3, 4 and 5 are running this event.

Finally, we are incredibly excited to announce that this term, Global Awareness will run as an activity in both Dunannie and Dunhurst. This will be facilitated by myself and run by Block 5 BAC GA students as part of their BAC assessment. This will give younger students the opportunity to develop their own global awareness and allow the older students to plan and deliver the activity, developing their knowledge in a different way. Please watch this space for collaborative events being planned by the groups.

Advertisements

Invitation for all parents to the BPA Summer Party

The Bedales, Dunhurst and Dunannie Summer Party to be held on Friday 27 June, 7.15pm – 11pm, in the Summer Marquee behind Steephurst will be an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. Tickets are £85 per person and all funds raised will go towards the new Art and Design Centre. A live auction will be held by Jonathan Pratt of Bellmans Auctioneers and star of BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip. A Silent Auction will also run with opportunities to bid at Dunannie and Dunhurst Sports’ Day and Bedales Parents’ Day. Donations of prizes (such as holiday homes, shooting days, tickets to sporting events/concerts/plays, creative or professional skills) would be gratefully received. If you can help, please contact: Jane Bailey, Chair of the BPA, janebailey1964@gmail.com, 01730 233086 or Kate Voorhees, Block 5 Rep,chufster@aol.com, 01730 269046. Reserved tables of 10 are available as well as free seating. To book tickets, which can be added to your child’s bill, please click here or e-mail fundraising@bedales.org.uk.

Invitation for all parents to the BPA Summer Party

*************************************************************************************************

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.

Bedales Prep raises over £3,000 for charity

Pupils and staff from Bedales Prep school Dunhurst were delighted to have raised over £3,000 at their annual charity event ‘Helping Other People In Trouble’ (HOPiT) Fair.

HOPiT is a child run scheme at Dunhurst where the pupils decide on which charities the school should support and then they arrange a number of events throughout the year to raise money for them, including the annual HOPiT Fair.

The children planned and prepared their own stalls, selling a range of goodies from cakes and sweets to crafts, jewellery and makeovers for parents and friends.

Jane Grubb, Head of Dunhurst, commented “It was lovely to see the pride on the children’s faces as they heard how much they had managed to raise by their combined efforts. Our HOPiT Fair is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to develop skills in team-work, project management and leadership in achieving great things for causes they really care about.”

Bedales Prep raises over £3000 for charity

*************************************************************************************************

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.

Bedales Music Festival raises £6,000 for local charities

A Midsummer Music Festival organised by the Bedales Parents’ Association (BPA) raised over £6,000 following a concert held on the school grounds with the newly-completed Sam Banks Pavilion as the backdrop to the event. The Festival featured music across the genres of rock, classical and jazz performed by student musicians from Bedales and Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.

Home-Start Butser was selected as the local charity and representatives exhibited at the event. The other cause was the school’s own bursary initiative, the John Badley Foundation, which is widening access to the school for children who could benefit from a boarding school environment. Six children will be on the scheme with 100% bursaries to Bedales from September.

Tickets for the Music Festival sold out very quickly across the school community and everyone enjoyed the festival atmosphere. Integral to its success was the professional management of the stage crew, sound and technical equipment by a Bedales student-run company.

Midsummer Music Festival

*************************************************************************************************

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.

Students raise £1,000 for Comic Relief

Students across the three schools raised a total of £1,000 for Comic Relief last week. At Dunannie children wore red and funny items of clothing and paid £1 each for the privilege, raising £325, including sales of red noses. Dunhurst combined fundraising with a focus on fair-trade raising £300, which was split between Comic Relief and a school charity, Miraflor, which supports the education of children from the coffee farming communities in Nicaragua. At Bedales, students dressed up in various different comedic guises and baked cakes for the benefit of an appreciative school community who donated generously raising £600. The Spring Concert fell on Red Nose Day, giving the chamber choir and orchestra a somewhat unusual appearance during rehearsals. Read more. View photos of Comic Relief. View photos of the Spring Concert rehearsals.

Red Nose Day 2013

*************************************************************************************************

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.