Representing Bedales: UK-German Youth Ambassador

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This year I was lucky enough to be chosen to represent Bedales as a UK-German Youth Ambassador. Working with 29 other Brits and 20 other Germans, our brief was to encourage bilateral discussion between the younger members of the two cultures via various projects. My own projects were a music exchange and an introduction to ‘St. Martins Tag’ for the Bedales German classes. However projects ranged from films to pen-pal exchanges. This weekend saw the final seminar of this year to take place, in which we celebrated all the hard work we had done over the year. The seminar (held in Berlin) itself was a mixture of reflection, celebration and plans for the future, including the possibility of consulting to the UK-German Connection itself as an alumni.  All the UK-German Youth Ambassadors found Berlin to be a wonderful city. It can be best described as an eclectic mix of German tradition and the more avant-garde, forward looking side of the European community, with one perfectly balancing the other.

Personally, I have learned a lot about myself and how I best work thanks to this opportunity. I have (as expected) learned how to balance time very efficiently – a very important part of the scheme, if any potential applicants are reading- and how to be realistic in the long-term. On the social side, I met 49 wonderful people. The other Youth Ambassadors were incredibly passionate, with unrivalled flair and unprecedented talent.  Seeing that there were 500+ applicants and only 50 Ambassadors, it was a real honour for me to be picked to serve as a UK-German Youth Ambassador (or ‘Jugendbotschaftler’ in German). I hope that we as a school can encourage much more exchange and bilateral discussion between the two nations in the future, and perhaps even a few more Youth Ambassador applicants along the way.

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By Cameron Cross, 6.1

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Striking culture change for Sixth Formers in Swaziland

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During half term students in 6.1 and 6.2 flew into Johannesburg, South Africa, from where we drove, via a rhino and ostrich populated petrol station, into Swaziland. If not shocked by the beautiful landscape, birds and purple jacaranda trees, the culture change was really, quite striking. From working in a wonderful but rather poor school to food shopping in a westernised, built up shopping centre. Then a traditional Swazi craft market and glass factory to driving through hillsides of impala and dilapidated houses. There was so much to see. In amongst teaching lessons and learning lessons in the primary school Mkhuzweni, we focused primarily on digging trenches and laying pipes for water from the top of the hill to the bottom, painting a classroom and meeting the community. The plan is to continue with the fundraising we started before we went and also raise awareness through Amnesty for a man unjustly imprisoned and look at the current human rights issues that Swaziland is facing as an absolute monarchy.

By Clare Denning, 6.1


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.

Digging deep for Swazi schools

Sixth form students and teachers spent half term helping two schools in Swaziland as part of an ongoing philanthropic initiative. The group helped to get water flowing to New Thulwane School, the second Swaziland school adopted by Bedales, by digging 250 metres of trenches, installing water pipes and concreting the foundations for the water tower. Mbalenhle School, which Bedales has been supporting since 2007, was also visited by the students who helped to paint classroom exteriors, as well as painting a giant world map mural at each of the schools. Students also took part in teaching Maths, English, Geography and Social Studies to pupils. The Swaziland visit was the culmination of a year-long fundraising initiative organised by the students raising a total of £19,000 through various events. 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.

Students support Swaziland

Last weekend Bedales sixth formers hiked 20 miles across Hampshire to raise money to install a water supply at Thulwane School, Swaziland. The students aim to raise £6,000 as the final part of a year-long fundraising initiative by Bedales. The project is already underway with the creation of a borehole. A group of 28 students will then spend a week in Africa, over October half term, to help dig and install the new water pipes and get water flowing to the school. This is the biggest student group to visit the Swaziland school project since it began six years ago. Students will also visit Mbalenhle School, which continues to go from strength to strength and, thanks to Bedales support, is well on the way to self-sufficiency. To donate to the project please visit www.justgiving.com/Swazilandwalk.

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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.