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.

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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.

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.

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.