On 11 November at 11am pupils and staff marked Remembrance Day across the three Bedales Schools.
At Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie, children attended a special assembly led by Deputy Head Sharon Rose, where they heard about the significance of the poppy and learnt about Noel Chavasse, who was a doctor in World War I. They also heard about the work of the military today, with a particular focus on their peace keeping roles around the world and the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. Children in Year 3 also made wool winding poppies.
At Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, pupils and staff gathered on Cobbs Field for an Observance of Remembrance, where Head Colin Baty spoke about the relationship Bedales has with Remembrance following a Group 1 (Year 4) assembly earlier that day which highlighted the Bedales chronicles. Head of History and Philosophy, Religion & Ethics (PRE) Steve Jeggo read excerpts from ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon. Block 2 (Year 8) pupil Lily McIlwraith played beautifully ‘The Last Post’ which then framed the two-minutes silence.
At Bedales Senior, students and staff gathered outside the Memorial Library. Acting Head of Bedales Will Goldsmith and the Head Student team read out the names of the Bedalian students and staff who lost their lives in World War I and II. ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’, which framed the two-minute silence, were played by 6.2 (Year 13) student Fergus Taylor. Fellow 6.2 student and music scholar Jamie Loudon played ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ for the Steep remembrance ceremony held at the village war memorial and at All Saints Church, Steep, on Remembrance Sunday.
Pupils at all three Bedales Schools observed a two-minutes silence at 11am to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who fought and lost their lives in wars.