Operation smile

 

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I work for Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity and I helped arrange for volunteer Phil McDonald to speak at last week’s Jaw. Phil, who is an anaesthetist and also the charity’s Medical Director, has been volunteering his time and expertise for over 20 years. Phil has travelled all over the world and helped treat thousands of children most of whom are now free of seriously debilitating facial deformities.

170,000 children are born with a cleft lip or palate each year; 70% go untreated. To bridge this gap, Operation Smile send volunteers on missions throughout the year to treat as many patients as possible over a five day period and train local healthcare professionals to continue their work.

Children living with clefts often suffer from infections, malnutrition, breathing difficulties and bullying. Luckily the condition is easily treatable through basic surgery and can take as little as 45 minutes to correct.

The talk ended with a short video showing a mission in Ghana – the reaction of the children and their families really drove home just how important the work Operation Smile is.

By Digby Neave, OB

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Stellar cast comes to Bedales

A stellar cast comes to Bedales on 12 July to weave together an evening of drama, music and laughter. Raising money for the Syrian Appeal of Save The Children and for Hostage UK, the organising committee includes several Old Bedalians with a strong interest in these charities. The evening event will star Clive Anderson, Hugh Dennis, Rupert Penry-Jones, Dervla Kirwan, Alex Thomson, Anthony Loyd  – if he is able after his recent escape from Syria, Johnny Flynn OB and Gareth Owen OBE, Emergencies Director of Save the Children. Tickets cost £85. A sit down supper after the theatre is included during which there will be a live auction. For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.makinglight.org.uk.

Making Light 2014

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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.

Block 5 leads from the front

Last Wednesday I gave Jaw on the effects of deforestation in the rainforests of Borneo, which I have been interested in since doing a conservation project on Orang-utans when I was 11. Next July I will be going to Borneo with two current Bedalians and two OBs with Earthwatch to help PhD students conduct research to help rejuvenate destroyed areas of rainforest. As deforestation and the effects of the palm oil industry are issues that I feel students should know about, I did a student sponsored Jaw. This is a scheme that allows students to speak to the school on an issue and in return the school donates a sum of money to an organisation or charity. Doing Jaw was a great experience; it is incredible to have the opportunity to speak to so many people about something that you are passionate about and I was pleasantly surprised to have so many students come up to me to either congratulate me or show their support. I feel as though I have made a difference and I’m glad that other Bedalians also feel strongly about ecological issues.

By Ally Swain, Block 5

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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.

Outreach at Bedales and beyond

Outreach is an important part of life, both at Bedales and for OBs. Over the last year students have helped many charities, including Tools for Self Reliance, Stonepillow and schools in Swaziland. Watch a new Bedales Outreach film. Beyond Bedales, Poppy Wetherill (OB) who works for the British Red Cross is looking for people to sign up to either a breath taking cycle ride from Vietnam to Cambodia or a beautiful trek up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise vital funds for those who need it most. For more information, please email pwetherill@redcross.org.uk or visit the British Red Cross website. Olivia Yetman (OB) is also doing her bit for charity. Prior to veterinary training, Olivia is off to Okonjima in Namibia next month as part of her gap year to work with leopards, cheetahs and other Namibian wildlife at the Africat Foundation for five months. If you would like to find out more about her adventures, she is writing a blog about her visit.

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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.

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.

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.

Bedales thanks its legacy supporters

The generosity of Old Bedalians, former teachers and parents has made the school the wonderful place that it is. Many gifts have come in the form of legacies, which have allowed us to build new facilities, improve existing ones and fund bursaries. To show our appreciation, we invited members of our legacy society, the John Haden Badley Society, to meet for lunch last week in London where members enjoyed discussing latest developments at the school with staff. View the Legacy Brochure. Read the Bedales latest Development Update Spring 2012 .

 

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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.