YPI winners attend London celebration

Last Tuesday, as the winners of this year’s Block 4 Youth & Philanthropy Initiative, we were lucky enough to go to London for a winner’s celebratory lunch and presentation event. We had chosen to support Stonepillow, a Chichester based charity which aids the homeless. After visiting them, delivering numerous donations, making a film and writing a song, we were presented with a £3000 cheque on behalf of the charity. Our determination and hard work was really rewarded on this special occasion. There were so many inspirational and amazing people who we felt privileged to have listened to, especially a nine year old girl affected by AVM, who had received a donation for her charity; it really showed the incredible difference that YPI makes to people’s lives. Although no prizes were given to Bedales it amazed us to see what we were capable of achieving when we put our minds to it. View photos.

By Lulu McConville and Polly Caines, Block 4

YPI winners attend London celebration

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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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Students help Stonepillow secure £3,000 funding

A group of Block 4s has successfully campaigned to secure £3,000 for local homeless charity, Stonepillow. The students won the cheque for the charity at the final of this year’s Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) which was a culmination of a process that involved the students researching charities and working as a team to act as ambassadors for their chosen charity. As well as Stonepillow, six other local charities (Footprints; Rosemary Foundation; Bereavement Counselling Charity; Naomi House; The Rowans Hospice and PALs) were represented by groups of students. The groups competed in several rounds receiving feedback from their peers and teachers before presenting their case for funding at the final in front of Managing Head of the Senior School, Dominic Oliver, Assistant Head Katie McBride, Deputy Head Girl Freya Deane, Head Boy Rufus Rock and one of the previous YPI finalists, Bea Jarvis. Read more. View photos.

Students with Stonepillow CEO Sylvie Johnston

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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.