Badley Day celebrations
Creating a new footpath, mud kitchen installation, landscaping, live music and sport were just some of the activities that took place at Bedales for Saturday’s Badley Day.
An annual event - which this year also marked the school’s 125th anniversary - Badley Day sees pupils, parents and staff work together to improve the outdoor environment of Bedales and beyond, as a celebration of the founding of the school by education visionary John Haden Badley.
This year’s projects included the construction of a footpath from Bedales Prep, Dunhurst across the school estate to the A3 footbridge, as well as the installation of a mud kitchen and storage shed at Steep Primary School.
6.2 (Year 13) students planted bulbs in the green space outside Bedales’ award-winning Art and Design building and carried out other improvements to pathways.
Meanwhile at Bedales Pre-prep School, Dunannie, new head Victoria Homewood welcomed parents and children as they took part in a range of activities – including bulb planting, clearing brambles in the nursery garden, and apple picking and cooking.
As well as teaming up with Dunannie, Dunhurst pupils along with Head Colin Baty and parents enjoyed taking part in a number of Outdoor Work projects, including clearing and weeding the school’s vegetable plot, water blasting wooden decks, yarn bombing, knitting, trimming hedges, painting benches, clearing gardens in the nursery, building a chestnut post fence and erecting a metal chicken shed.
Other contributions to this year’s Badley Day included gathering and moving wood on Steep Common for the village’s annual bonfire night, apple picking on the Bedales Orchard and music performances on the Sam Banks Pavilion stage.
On the sports pitches, Bedales faced the Old Bedalian side for their annual football match, with the current students having the edge over the alumni in a closely fought encounter to win 5-3 on penalties, while Dunhurst took on Port Regis School who were on tour to Hampshire.
Head of Bedales Magnus Bashaarat commented: “Saturday’s celebration of John Badley was Bedales at its best, showing what can be achieved when members of the school community work together to achieve a tangible outcome.
“Sixth Form students also enjoyed comparing notes with the class of 1968 who returned for a reunion 50 years after leaving.
“Thank you to all members of the school community – past and present – who braved the poor weather and made the day so enjoyable and successful.”