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!

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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

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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 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

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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 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

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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 Prep Pupils fundraise for school in Nicaragua and help design classroom mural

Pupils from Bedales Prep Dunhurst were delighted to discover that their fundraising efforts had helped to build a new classroom for El Jilguero School, Miraflor, Nicaragua. The pupils also took part in a competition to design a mural for the new classroom and enjoyed viewing images of their winning designs gracing the wall of the Nicaraguan school.

The designs were selected as part of a competition to create a mural on the theme of ‘What Dunhurst means to me’. The entries were judged by members of all ages from the El Jilguero community and they were so impressed with all the Dunhurst entries that they were unable to choose just one so decided to create a design based on a fusion of a selection of images. The Nicaraguan pupils also designed a mural to mirror the partnership between Dunhurst and El Jilguero School, Miraflor, Nicaragua. For many years Dunhurst has supported this school through a variety of fundraising activities to help the children of coffee growing families in Nicaragua receive an education. This partnership has been facilitated by the owner of fairtrade coffee company Hada del Café, Martina Gruppo.

At a recent Dunhurst school assembly, Martina gave a presentation to show the outcome of the Nicaraguan mural competition and talked about how the mural was received by the teachers and pupils at the Nicaraguan school. In her blog following her recent visit to oversee the building and painting of the new classroom, Martina said: “I had completely underestimated how this community felt about what had been done for them. Living in an isolated community where they rarely saw foreigners and with no other outside help for the education of their children or assistance with their further education this was an event which was to be celebrated; they wanted to show their appreciation to all of us and that party atmosphere started in the farmer’s meeting…”

The painting was carried out by the El Jilguero community, pupils of the school and Martina and her volunteers under the guidance of a local Mural artist. The El Jilguero community were so delighted with the mural and the new building that they organised a big inaugural celebration on completion.

Over the last eight years Dunhurst has raised £25,000 for much needed equipment and building improvements for the two main schools in the coffee farming community of Miraflor: This has included the building of new lavatories, a classroom and a playground at Esquela Vincente Talavera and a new classroom at the nearby Escuela Eljilguero.

Commenting on the schools partnership, Dunhurst’s Outreach co-ordinator, Louise Banks, said: “The new classroom at Escuela Eljilguero will have a range of additional uses including a community meeting room and school canteen. Martina has managed to combine her Hada del Café coffee business trips with sustaining links between our schools. It has been a very effective and productive way to manage this global schools partnership – having someone who knows exactly what’s needed by the Nicaraguan community and ensuring that the money raised gets put to good use.”

Dunhurst Head, Jane Grubb, said: “This partnership has given our pupils an insight into the lives of their contemporaries who live in a very different part of the world where access to learning and the chance to shape their own destiny is extremely difficult. In addition to fundraising and supporting the community initiative to provide learning facilities in Miraflor, our pupils have been able to make language links with Escuela Eljilguero and Martina showed photos of the Nicaraguan pupils reading letters written in Spanish from Dunhurst’s Block 2 (Year 7) Extended Language learners. They were enthralled to see their letters in the hands of Nicaraguan pupils.”

View more information on Dunhurst’s work with Miraflor.

Read Martina Gruppo’s blog.

Nicaraguan school mural

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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.

Feast of music at Outdoor Festival

Bedales’ first Midsummer Music Festival, organised by the Bedales Parents’ Association was a great success last Sunday, raising funds for the John Badley Foundation and Home-Start Butser (still counting but in the thousands of pounds). The event which transformed the Dunhurst pitch into an outdoor festival was a sell-out with parents and students braving the weather and enjoying rock, jazz and classical music from the Bedales and Dunhurst students, plus hog roast, healthy snacks, photography booth, and face-painting. The event also celebrated the completion of the Sam Banks Pavilion. Thank you to all those parents, students and staff who put in so much effort to make it such a success. View photos.

Midsummer Music Festival

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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.

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

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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.