Bedales Parents’ Association Silent Auction

The Silent Auction is a collection of 22 unique opportunities generously donated by the Bedales community. Items include a day’s fly fishing on the River Loddon, at the Duke of Wellington’s Estate at Stratfield Saye, an Arty Party for up to 14 children, a week in a beautiful apartment in Salcombe and ‘Glamping’ for four in the Forest of Dean. Bid online at http://interactivefundraising.co.uk/bedales/. Bidding will continue until midnight on Wednesday 2 July when the auction will close. All funds raised will go towards the new Art & Design building.

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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.

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Invitation to Midsummer Music Festival

Bedales’ first Midsummer Music Festival, organised by the Bedales Parents’ Association, will take place on Sunday 23 June 4pm – 7pm. An outdoor festival featuring the best rock, jazz and classical music from the Bedales community for parents and pupils of all three schools, the event will also celebrate the completion of the Sam Banks Pavilion and raise funds for the John Badley Foundation and Home-Start Butser. Tickets, including food, are £20 for adults, £10 for children (under 18s), students and OAPs, and £50 for a family (2 adults and 2 children) and can be added to your child’s school bill by emailing fundraising@bedales.org.uk with your requirement. To pay by cheque or credit card or for further information, please email midsummermusicfestival@live.com. As this is a charitable event, tickets are non-refundable. View flyer. Read more.

Midsummer Music Festival flyer

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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.

Event raises £43,000 for Bangladeshi bursaries and Bedales Sports Pavilion

At the end of term, Bedales held its first combined fundraising Summer Party in a marquee in the grounds for parents across its three schools: Dunannie, Dunhurst and Bedales. The evening comprised student music and magic, an auction, dinner supplied by Madhuban (of Liss) and an entertaining talk by broadcaster and former Bedales student Peter Grimsdale.

Organised by the Bedales Parents’ Association, the event raised £43,000 for a new Sports Pavilion, dedicated to the memory of Old Bedalian Sam Banks, a keen and talented cricketer who died at the age of 20 whilst travelling in India. 25% of the funds raised go to The Sam Banks Memorial Fund to provide bursaries for Bangladeshi students from low income backgrounds to study photography at Pathshala South Asia media Academy in Dhaka.  The Banks family decided on this initiative as Sam had been accepted on a place to study Film and Television Production at the London College of Communication when he returned from his travels.

The fundraising auction was expertly run by Jonathan Pratt, TV auctioneer and MD of Bellmans. Donated by members of the school community and local businesses, auction lots ranged from a tour of Rolls Royce and tickets to the Goodwood Revival Meeting, to a week’s work experience with Vintage TV and a stay at a beautiful family villa in Barbados. On the night, the combination of great entertainment by Bedales students, some very moving personal recollections of Sam, and a clear desire from guests to have fun and throw their support behind the event produced a special atmosphere and an amazing result from the live auction.

The Sam Banks Pavilion will provide a multi-sport facility supporting tennis, hockey, athletics, rounders, cricket and football, and will also be available to the local community. Bedales students will help construct the new building.

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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

Event news from BPA

The Bedales Parents’ Association has been working with the Bedales Schools Development Trust to organise a fundraising event, the Bedales 3 Schools’ Summer Party, to take place on Friday 29 June 2012 at 7.30pm. The event will enable the school to start building work this summer on the Sports Pavilion in memory of Sam Banks and to raise money for bursaries offered by the Sam Banks Memorial Fund to students in Bangladesh. At this stage you are encouraged to hold the date – read more. Also, the Bedales Parents’ Literary Review continues to thrive, meeting twice a term to discuss different classic works of literature. The next meeting will be on Monday 5 March, at 8.45am in the Dunhurst Dining Room, and the group will be reading and discussing Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth in recognition of her 150th birthday this year. Do come along and join in. Copies of the book are available from One Tree Books.

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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.

Informal BPA gathering in London

By Catherine Bryan, BPA Chair

The Bedales Parents’ Association (BPA), which acts as a communication channel between parents and the three Bedales schools, has arranged a drinks evening for senior school parents in London. It is kindly hosted by Jane and Anthony Bourne on Tuesday 31 January at 14 Holland Park Avenue, London, W11 3QU, from 7 -9 pm.

This is an opportunity for parents to meet informally and we look forward to seeing any parents who would like to come along. Please RSVP by email to your year group representative.