Drums signal call to act on climate change

By Clive Burch, Head of Block 3

Last Monday’s senior school assembly brought together the Three Schools under the banner of Action Against Climate Change.

Percussion teacher Kristian Bediiako opened proceedings with a group of over 20 drummers from Block 3, calling forth collective action through audience participation, with dancers of all ages taking centre stage. At some point in their time here, Kristian has taught almost every student in the Three Schools, so who better to lead the charge?

Afterwards, Anouk Szpitalak and Freddie Robinson from our youngest Eco-Team stepped up to share Dunannie’s action plan to combat climate change at a local level. Neither were daunted by the assembled masses and both spoke with a touching sincerity.

They were followed by Dunhurst’s Eco-Team who, along with Head of Outdoor Work Ryan Walsh, shared the steps they are taking to achieve Eco-School status as well as the topics they are focussing on, namely Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship, Litter and School Grounds.

We then heard from Aggie Levingston, Bella Evershed and Skye Hurwitz from 6.2 who informed us of the collective action already taken by a group of Bedales students in London and the further measures we can all take as individuals to “make Earth cool again”.

Thank you for reading – please reduce, reuse and recycle as much as you can and remember to turn that light off!

The Global Awareness team’s plea for help…

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Approximately 3 million Syrians have been forced out of their country with a further 6.5 million having to leave their homes for alternative protection. The phrase ‘no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than land‘ reflects the situation of the thousands of people stranded in Calais as you are reading now. We feel it is our responsibility as a comfortable community to give what aid we can, in any manner possible.The Global Awareness committee, formed of students from every year, have developed two immediate opportunities for assistance and we would very much appreciate your help. In the next half term there will be a period in which we will collect any material donations for the Syrian refugees that will then be delivered to both Syria and Calais through student-organised initiatives.

After half term our aim is create a collection of decorated shoeboxes full of a certain items which we will give to an organisation called Samaritan’s Purse who are running a campaign entitled ‘Operation Christmas Child’. Samaritan’s Purse is a religious organisation and we can guarantee that it gives ‘aid and assistance without regard to the race, creed, gender, religion or ethnicity of the beneficiaries.’ We feel that this is important to highlight. This is a link to possible items that could be featured in the boxes:


This includes things such as school supplies, hygiene items and toys. We would also like to ask for items of a certain level of quality. If possible please pack them over half term and bring them into school before the 15th of November. The more boxes we can get the better and if you’d like any more information please visit the website.

Additionally, a further chance to help the refugees will arise. An organisation, called Aid Convoy, have been gathering items and shipping them out directly to Syria. They are interested in clothes, tinned food, blankets, kitchen equipment, as well as other things that are on a list here. The weather will be turning soon, and spending December and January in a tent will be horrendous, so it is crucial that we do as much as we can as quickly as we can. Aid Convoy is an international humanitarian conglomerate, that is ‘committed to assisting victims of disasters and wars’. All of the supplies will be gathered into a 40 foot long container, with one having been dispatched recently (3 Oct.) As a large group of young people it is essential that we are living in awareness of the world around us, engaging, and trying to do what we can to improve it. If we remain dormant whilst those around us scream, as a generation that will soon be steering society’s moral perspective, we will be failing in doing what’s right.


By Godelieve de Bree, 6.1 and the Global Awareness team

Fresh perspectives on Bedalian life

DSC_0061Malik and Noelia enjoying Badley Weekend

By Noelia Carbajal, Groton School, Massachusetts
Bedales, or England for that matter, is unlike anything I had anticipated. Perhaps because my initial suppositions were based solely on the six season Netflix series, Downton Abbey, which takes place before World War One. Though there is no one quite like Lady Mary and her sisters, Bedales and its residents were a lovely surprise. The campus is absolutely stunning. I’ve enjoyed all of my classes, especially Ancient Civilizations with Chris who took us to Butser Farm and Stonehenge. I look forward to continuing Latin throughout my school years and even taking an archaeology class someday! I’ve made so many great friends here at Bedales and I hope to stay in contact with them. Thank you!
Malik & Noelia (Groton students)

MALIK AND NOELIA (right) with their new bedales friends

By Malik Gaye, Groton School, Massachusetts
Now that my month at Bedales is coming to a close, I think my time here has been bittersweet. At first, I felt like I was sent  into a school where I knew virtually no one and especially didn’t know how to maneuver my way around the campus. The latter usually ended up with me having to retrace my steps and ask where a certain place was. But as I got used to my schedule, the people, and the general culture, I found that I was enjoying my time here. I was making friends and finally could make my way around campus on my own. As soon as I realized this, I also realized that my time here had a deadline. It’s not like I didn’t miss home and my friends because I definitely did. But it was the sense that there was so much more to experience here at Bedales and that I wouldn’t get to experience it that saddened me. I have definitely enjoyed my time here and wouldn’t change anything about it. This month has really flown by and I will miss those I have become close with. I hope that more Grotonians will have the priviledge to come and enjoy all that Bedales has to offer.

Representing Bedales: UK-German Youth Ambassador


This year I was lucky enough to be chosen to represent Bedales as a UK-German Youth Ambassador. Working with 29 other Brits and 20 other Germans, our brief was to encourage bilateral discussion between the younger members of the two cultures via various projects. My own projects were a music exchange and an introduction to ‘St. Martins Tag’ for the Bedales German classes. However projects ranged from films to pen-pal exchanges. This weekend saw the final seminar of this year to take place, in which we celebrated all the hard work we had done over the year. The seminar (held in Berlin) itself was a mixture of reflection, celebration and plans for the future, including the possibility of consulting to the UK-German Connection itself as an alumni.  All the UK-German Youth Ambassadors found Berlin to be a wonderful city. It can be best described as an eclectic mix of German tradition and the more avant-garde, forward looking side of the European community, with one perfectly balancing the other.

Personally, I have learned a lot about myself and how I best work thanks to this opportunity. I have (as expected) learned how to balance time very efficiently – a very important part of the scheme, if any potential applicants are reading- and how to be realistic in the long-term. On the social side, I met 49 wonderful people. The other Youth Ambassadors were incredibly passionate, with unrivalled flair and unprecedented talent.  Seeing that there were 500+ applicants and only 50 Ambassadors, it was a real honour for me to be picked to serve as a UK-German Youth Ambassador (or ‘Jugendbotschaftler’ in German). I hope that we as a school can encourage much more exchange and bilateral discussion between the two nations in the future, and perhaps even a few more Youth Ambassador applicants along the way.

For more information about the UK-German Connection, please click here:

By Cameron Cross, 6.1

Engaging lecture by North Korean defector

DSC_0020Last Thursday, the Bedales community was fortunate enough to have a Global Awareness lunchtime lecture from Young-il Kim, a North Korean defector who founded an organisation called PSCORE (People for Successful COrean Reunification). Their mission is to promote the successful reunification of the Korean peninsula and to improve the human rights situation in North Korea. Young-il painted a picture of a regime that is highly oppressive, where the majority of the public do not have basic human rights, freedom or adequate nutrition. We were informed that despite there being food stores, these were often a front and the majority of the ‘food’ inside was fake – as shown in the recent film ‘The Interview.’ Young-il spoke of his own experiences in the army, where many of his friends starved to death, and of his efforts to escape North Korea. He finally achieved this by lying on the roof of a train, only inches from the overhead power lines, for over 16 hours. Then followed years of living in fear and uncertainty in China, until at last he could reach South Korea and gain asylum.

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Young-il’s anecdotes were exceptionally engaging, chilling and in some cases alarming. Some students were lucky enough to have their questions about the circumstances in North Korea answered, and any who could stayed on when afternoon lessons started, reluctant to miss such a rare opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from such a secretive country.


We all wished Young-il and PSCORE luck as they took their case to Geneva this week, and the UK Parliament next week.


By Godelieve de Bree, Block 5

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 engage in Youth Philanthropy Initiative

Bedales Block 4 students (Year 10) spent this half term working on the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). Split into teams, the students have been researching social problems in the local area and creating engaging and persuasive presentations on a local charity they believe is best placed to tackle the issues they care about. At the YPI School Final, the winning teams from each class will deliver their presentation in front of a large audience and a panel of judges, in a bid to win £3000 for their charity. We would like to invite parents to attend the final in the Quad on Thursday 31 October at 7.30pm. YPI has positively engaged thousands of secondary school students across England and Northern Ireland who have, since the project’s inception in 2006, awarded over £1 million to small, local, social service charities. Visit the YPI website.

By Jenni Brittain


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.

Gyles Brandreth supports John Badley Foundation

By Lorraine Galliers, Development Manager
Gyles Brandreth, OB, has successfully turned his hand to many different skills during his professional life – from television presenting, to being an MP, to penning bestselling books, and expounding his memorable anecdotes as an after-dinner speaker.

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However, during December, he unleashed his newest talent as a female impersonator to tackle Oscar Wilde’s most fearsome dame, Lady Bracknell, in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Riverside Studios in London. Keen to support the John Badley Foundation, Gyles organised subsidised tickets to the hit show in Hammersmith, followed by a reception afterwards. Around 50 OBs, parents and friends made the trip to London to be entertained by Gyles and a very talented cast, followed by some festive mulled wine and mince pies – and the chance to chat to the cast and crew. Our huge thanks to Gyles and his team for their support.



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 school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.