Last weekend saw members of the Bedales community, past and present, and relatives of the Banks family congregate to complete the final stages of roofing the Sam Banks Pavilion. OBs Gabriel Langlands and John Russell, who have been instrumental in designing and constructing the pavilion, shared the tasks of the exterior construction with friends and members of the school who will benefit in years to come. The highlight of the weekend was the 'topping out' ceremony, an ancient Scandinavian ritual to appease the spirits of the forest, which involves mounting an evergreen branch on the structure, in this case the roof gable, to symbolize growth and bring good luck to the building. The building is a culmination of fundraising efforts with significant contributions from the various efforts of parents, students and OBs.
Photos by Josh Grubb, 6.1