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.

Block 4s win £3,000 for Chestnut Tree House

This year Block 4 took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). In this competition, Block 4 split into groups and chose different grass root charities from the local area. The groups then had to meet the charities and make a presentation to their individual classes. From these presentations, teachers chose six groups, on their presentations and efforts only, to take part in the YPI final to win £3,000 for their respective charities. All the presentations had a lot of effort put into them, but in the end, the charity that won was Chestnut Tree House with the group Amy Lock, Becky Grubb, Archie Graves and Josie Parker. Even though there was only one winner, all the groups did very well and even those who didn’t make it to the final formed strong bonds with the charities they looked at.

By Tilly Driscoll-Smith, Block 4

Block 4s win £3,000 for Chestnut Tree House

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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.

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.

Come and hear Block 4 students pitch for charities

Thursday 29 November see’s the return of the Block 4 Youth and Philanthropy Initiative final. At 7.15pm in The Quad seven teams of finalists will be presenting their case for the charity that they have chosen to represent to win the £3,000 prize money.  The finalist charities are; The Elizabeth Foundation, Chestnut Tree House, The Rosemary Foundation, Dreams Come True, The Rainbow Centre, The Kings Arms and Over the Wall.  The finalists are working hard to perfect their presentations, and would appreciate your support on the night.  If you would like to attend, the event is not ticketed but an indication of numbers would be appreciated.  Please email Wendy Hudson on whudson@bedales.org.uk. Refreshments will be provided, and we will be finished by 9pm.

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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.

Block 4s to raise funds for local charities

By Graham Banks, Head of Outreach
After participating in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative some Block 4 students felt that, pleased as they were that the Simon Says charity had gained £3,000, it was a shame to be giving nothing to other charities with which they had formed strong links. A group has formed, pledged to raising a further £3,000 for four more local charities nominated by members of the year group. These are Canine Partners, providing dogs for people with disabilities; the Sussex Snowdrop Trust, caring for children with life-threatening illnesses; the Elizabeth Foundation, supporting children with little or no hearing; and Enable Ability, supporting disabled people in Hampshire. The aim is to give £750 to each of these charities by the end of the summer term. The group is busy organising a range of fundraising schemes, but is conscious that to raise such a large sum they will need to attract donations from outside the student body as well. If you would like to give the group support or advice please contact Graham Banks.

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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 school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.