Bedales' end of term festivities
As the autumn term draws to a close for Christmas, pupils at Bedales have been getting into the festive spirit with a series of events across the three Bedales Schools.
Father Christmas and his magical elf took time out in the build-up to the big day and visited Bedales Pre-prep School, Dunannie for a special event for over 100 local pre-school children and parents on Wednesday 5 December.
The winter wonderland themed morning included a magic show, visit to Santa’s grotto, decoration-making and other festive fun activities in the Dunannie Nursery barn.
Head of Dunannie, Victoria Homewood, said: “It was wonderful to welcome so many children to our magical morning, and to see parents and their children getting into the spirit of Christmas with such a wide range of festive fun. The event was so popular we have already started planning an outdoor Family Fun Day in the spring!”
Also this week, a reverse advent calendar installed in reception at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst emphasised that Christmas is a time for giving as well as receiving. Pupils were encouraged to reflect on those less fortunate than themselves when opening their own advent calendars and to fill the crates of the reverse calendar with food donations, which were delivered to the PACT Petersfield Food Bank on Friday.
The philanthropic initiative builds on the success of the annual HOPiT – aka ‘Helping Other People in Need’ – Fair which took place on Saturday 1 December, raising £4,000 for a number of local, national and international charities, including Cancer Research UK, Age UK, the IAPS Charitable Trust, Diabetes UK and Sport4Kids.
Head of Dunhurst, Colin Baty said: “As well as raising funds for over 15 charities this year, the school donated food for the PACT Petersfield Food Bank and gifts for local people to enjoy over the festive period. The understanding that giving is more valuable than receiving at this time of year has been the theme throughout the school over the last few weeks.”
A carol concert performed by students at Bedales Senior School in nearby Steep Church and a Winter Concert performed by pupils from Dunhurst signalled the arrival of Christmas celebrations at the school earlier this week. The concerts are the latest in a string of recent music events – others include a Christmas concert performed by Dunhurst pupils at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield, Dunhurst Christmas Concert, Dunhurst Christmas Service in Steep Church and a festive concert in aid of Save the Children performed by pupils from Bedales, Churcher’s College and Ditcham Park School.
At Dunannie two Christmas productions – a rendition of David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang performed by children in Years 1-3 and an Early Years’ Nativity performed by Nursery and Reception children – were also thoroughly enjoyed by parents.