In a recent article in Independent School Parent magazine, Headmaster Keith Budge traces the roots of debating skills as an essential component of a liberal arts education, and discusses their place in school life at Bedales. In the classical context, the focus of education was on the subjects and skills deemed essential if one was to take an active part in civic life – for example, public debate. Essential were the disciplines of grammar, logic and rhetoric – the art of speaking persuasively. Cicero, the Roman lawyer, philosopher and politician, was famed for his rhetoric. He believed that the ability to speak well was the very basis of civilisation, and was inextricably bound up with the development of a virtuous character.
A fundraising evening featuring comic greats John Lloyd and Harry Enfield has raised more than £7,000 for Bedales Schools’ charitable bursary arm – the John Badley Foundation. The event, held on 17 October, saw a packed-out lecture theatre of students, parents and alumni captivated by tales of the luminaries’ careers. Comedian, actor, writer and director Harry Enfield, who rose to fame as Saturday Live’s Greek kebab-shop owner, Stavros and iconic 80s builder Loadsamoney, told writer and producer John Lloyd, known for Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI, that he was his hero.
Posted on 25 October 2016
Why is outdoor learning not being experienced by children on a regular basis?”, asks Dunhurst head of Outdoor Work, Ryan Walsh, in an article for New Forest Living magazine. The Department of Health recommends that children are active for at least an hour a day, with numerous studies suggesting that outdoor learning has much to offer. Lessons undertaken outdoors can be more enjoyable and engaging, and improve pupils’ social skills, health, wellbeing and behaviour.
Posted on 24 October 2016
Bedales School’s annual Global Awareness Lecture was held last week and focused on the role of journalism in promoting in-depth engagement with global issues through innovative reporting and education.
Posted on 17 October 2016
A Harvest celebration held at Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie last week is set to benefit Ramscote residential home and the Petersfield Foodbank.
Posted on 14 October 2016
Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst has won the ISFA (Independent Schools Football Association) U11 seven-a-side regional tournament, qualifying them for the national finals in May 2017.
Posted on 13 October 2016
In its newly-launched termly digital magazine Chalk & Chat, The Good Schools Guide features Bedales as a stand-out school for outdoor learning.
Posted on 12 October 2016
Bedales is one of a number of independent schools to move away from the national curriculum, and to either sign up to alternatives or develop their own. A decade ago Bedales stopped offering non-core GCSEs and replaced them with Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs) – written and assessed by teachers, with external moderation. Students can choose from a wide range of courses including history, geography, drama, art, design, classical music, ancient civilisations, philosophy, religion and ethics and the more practical ‘outdoor work’.
Posted on 11 October 2016