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.

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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.

Badley Celebration Weekend

Badley Celebration Weekend provides an opportunity to bring students and staff together in celebration of the school’s unique spirit. This year’s activities will allow us to engage with our beautiful natural environment, using heads, hands and hearts to focus on nature. The Whole School Effort will see us donning wellies and planting cherry trees, while Tools for Self Reliance will encourage groups to put their practical skills to use for a good cause. We have invited a range of guests to the school who will share their passions and interests: Robin Harford will take students on foraging walks around the estate, while others will take a more energetic approach with Olly Hermon-Taylor’s outdoor Movement and Lifestyle workshops. Poetry walks and falconry displays, lantern making, tapestry weaving and mural painting will all form part of the weekend. Waterproofs are a must! Sixth formers will be meeting Old Bedalians who attended the school in the 1920s/30s, who are returning for a reunion on Sunday 22nd. On Saturday 21st at 4pm, Graham and Louise Banks are returning to open the Sam Banks Pavilion – parents are warmly invited – please email Mary Hancox development@bedales.org.uk if you would like to come.

J H Badley

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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.

Bedales clock chimes again

The restoration of the clock tower situated on the main building, which houses the Quad, dining hall and 6.2 flat, is now complete and the chimes of the bell once again ring out across the estate every hour on the hour during daylight hours. The clock has four restored cardinals faces, with new timber surrounds, night-time illumination and an electronic, programmable chime. The weather vane has also been restored and gilded by local firm, the Cumbria Clock Company. View photos. Elsewhere, the black boarding screening the building work of the new staff houses on Church Road has been brightened up with a series of murals. These painted boards of architectural vignettes were inspired by photographs taken of the Bedales estate and painted by enthusiastic students, staff, technicians and parents over the Badley Celebration weekend. View photos.

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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.