Bedales hosts fun day for local families

For the second year running Bedales hosted a summer barbecue for Home-Start Butser, a local charity helping families with young children to cope with a wide range of difficulties. About 30 families came and started with a swim before lunch. The sport study room became a crèche for the day and children were entertained with face-painting, ball games and walks to see the animals in the afternoon. 13 volunteers from Blocks 3, 4 and 6.1 worked tirelessly with the children as well as rapidly shifting furniture to make last minute arrangements for indoor eating due to the rain. Gordon Dale and Jenni Brittain managed a brilliantly efficient barbecue, serving 100+ guests and helpers in about 15 minutes. Nicola Winter of Home-Start Butser said, “The family BBQ was a great success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we are very grateful to you and Bedales for putting on such a lovely event for our local families.” View photos.

By Graham Banks, Head of Outreach

Bedales hosts fun day for local families

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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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Sussex Snowdrop Trust collects funds from Block 4s

Block 4 students Molly Elliott and Natasha Blackley were pleased to present Diana Levantine, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust with a cheque for £750 when she visited Bedales this week. The money was raised by the students’ own fundraising initiatives including the fashion show held in the Memorial Library. The Sussex Snowdrop Trust was one of four charities in the Block 4/5 student fundraising project, which was inspired by the students’ previous involvement in the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative. Diana said, “This is a very special donation as it represents the compassion shown by young people towards the children we aim to help. It was lovely to see Bedales and meet the students and I thank them so much for their support.”

Sussex Snowdrop Trust collects funds from Block 4s

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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.

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.