Completing the Pavilion roof

Last weekend saw members of the Bedales community, past and present, and relatives of the Banks family congregate to complete the final stages of roofing the Sam Banks Pavilion. OBs Gabriel Langlands and John Russell, who have been instrumental in designing and constructing the pavilion, shared the tasks of the exterior construction with friends and members of the school who will benefit in years to come. The highlight of the weekend was the ‘topping out’ ceremony, an ancient Scandinavian ritual to appease the spirits of the forest, which involves mounting an evergreen branch on the structure, in this case the roof gable, to symbolize growth and bring good luck to the building. The building is a culmination of fundraising efforts with significant contributions from the various efforts of parents, students and OBs. Read more. View photos.

Sam Banks Pavilion

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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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Shingling commences on the Sam Banks Pavilion

The roof of the Sam Banks Pavilion has now been raised and OBs John Russell and Gabriel Langlands spent last week laying the wooden tiles made out of Canadian Red Cedar (with a little bit of help from students and Sam’s older brother Joe). The tiles, known as ‘shingles’, are very robust, hard-wearing and an excellent material for this type of construction. When first laid, the shingles will have a red and brown hue, which will start to grey over time like the colour of the Orchard building. If you are passing, come and see the wonderful work that has already been done to this fitting memorial to Sam Banks OB (help always welcome). View photos.  View Dunhurst student’s sketches of the Sam Banks Pavilion.

Sam Banks Pavilion

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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 help construct new Sports Pavilion

The Autumn term has marked the start of construction of a new sports pavilion at Bedales School dedicated to the memory of former student Sam Banks, who died at the age of 20 whilst travelling in India. In Outdoor Work, large oak beams are being shaped to form the pavilion’s framework by Old Bedalians Gabriel Langlands, John Russell and Henry Russell. Students have been helping chisel the green English Oak into the many elements of the framework using a traditional English timber framing method. The next phase of the project will be to transport the timber frame to its permanent home, where the foundations are being made ready for the erection of the framework. Read more. 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.