Three Old Bedalians and a former teacher have visited Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie to talk to children in Year 1 about the rich history of the school as part of their project for this half term, ‘Being Bedalian’.
Former Head of Dunhurst and Bedales teacher Alastair Langlands, former head girls Jane Kirby and Seona Ford, and Laura Greene, who attended all three Bedales Schools, talked to the children about Bedales history to help them learn about the school’s rich past.
Through the talks - and by looking at old photographs, diary entries from a Dunhurst pupil in the 1950s and other artefacts and buildings - the children have been finding out what life was like at Bedales decades ago, contemplating what makes Bedales so special, and how it may look in the future.
A highlight included Alastair Langlands bringing with him the first ever piece of Bedales furniture, which the children enjoyed sitting on and hearing Alastair’s story of how John Badley started the school with one bench, three boys and six teachers.
Dunannie's Year 1 class teacher Leanne Payne said: "I love teaching this project but Laura, Jane, Seona and Alastair have really enriched the children’s learning and interest. There is a great sense of being part of a family; connecting with different generations whose tales and knowledge have been passed on to some of our youngest learners."