Being globally aware

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By Abi Wharton, Head of Global Awareness

Being globally aware does not have a quiet period so we are starting the new term preparing for the wealth of upcoming events in the Global Awareness (GA) calendar. The eagerly anticipated V Ball, run by GA sixth formers for sixth formers, will take place on 7 February. This event is an annual fundraiser for Amnesty International; it is an exciting collaboration as we work with Amnesty to develop a range of educational materials for use in schools and colleges across the UK and beyond.

On 2 March we are delighted to be welcoming Gareth Owen OBE, the humanitarian director of Save the Children to address Jaw in Dunhurst and a Civics lecture at Bedales. Gareth’s wealth of knowledge and experience will undoubtedly give students across the three schools much food for thought.

We continue the theme of student-led initiatives on 13 March with the annual Hunger Banquet. This event gives students the opportunity to understand the inequalities that exist across the globe and the frustration that this can create. A dedicated team of students from Blocks 3, 4 and 5 are running this event.

Finally, we are incredibly excited to announce that this term, Global Awareness will run as an activity in both Dunannie and Dunhurst. This will be facilitated by myself and run by Block 5 BAC GA students as part of their BAC assessment. This will give younger students the opportunity to develop their own global awareness and allow the older students to plan and deliver the activity, developing their knowledge in a different way. Please watch this space for collaborative events being planned by the groups.

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Four schools’ Save the Children concert

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Bedales musicians and singers were busy again last week. Along with students from Churcher’s, Ditcham Park, and The Petersfield School each school showcased their talent to provide an entertaining and varied evening of song, music and dance. The funds raised are in aid of Save the Children and it is always a well attended, enjoyable evening. Bedales cello ensemble performed the powerful Beethoven’s Funeral March under Will Lithgow’s direction and Nick Gleed’s singers were joyous in his arrangement of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and also two madrigals. I am deeply grateful to the musicians and music department for their continuing support of this annual event when it is such a busy time for them all and with the added stress of it clashing with the Whole School Dance.

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By Moony Budge


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.

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.

Bedales supports Royal launch of charity sale

Members of the Bedales community were involved in Save the Children’s 50th anniversary Big Sale last week, which was attended by the Princess Royal. In addition to donating items for sale, students used their keen eye for fashion to select ensembles and model outfits as a preview of the sale, and Block 3 art students helped by designing the invitation. The School’s catering manager, Dave Greenman, was present in recognition of the support he has given in loaning school crockery and cutlery to the branch. Read more. View photos.

Save the Children's Big Sale 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.

Postcard auction raises £1,567 for charities

By Cheryl Osborne, Teacher of Biology

Nicholas Nelson, a volunteer speaker from Save the Children gave an assembly and received a cheque for £800 which was raised for the charity as part of a student led activity last year called ‘Run a Charity’, designed to give students a taste of managing a charity. They decided that any money raised should be split between Save the Children and the Bedales Swaziland appeal. Their next task was to decide how to fundraise. This took a lot of discussion with everyone having differing opinions on what would and wouldn’t work. It was decided to carry out a postcard auction on Parents’ Day, which seemed a relatively easy task but proved not to be. They asked all members of the community to contribute, but a lot of the postcards came in at the last minute creating some anxiety. On the day people were very generous and £1,567 was raised. View photo.

Bedales School

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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 Barbershop Boys raise funds

The Bedales Barbershop Boys took part in a concert to help raise funds for Save the Children hosted by Churcher’s College. This event is now in its sixth year and is the only event in Petersfield that combines the talents and enthusiasm of pupils of the four senior schools in and around Petersfield, namely Bedales, Churcher’s, The Petersfield School and Ditcham Park. The evening is always a wonderful display of community relations between the four schools and this year £1,500 was raised for Save the Children with 200 people attending. The evening culminated in a massed choir singing a four part harmony of Away in a Manger having been taught it moments earlier.

By Moony Budge