Supporting local Food Bank
Bedales Pre-prep School, Dunannie found themselves at the heart of the Petersfield community last Wednesday when they hosted their annual Harvest Celebration.
Attended by Steep’s Reverend John Owen, Terry Doubleday from Petersfield Food Bank and residents from Steep Nursing home, the event gave Dunannie children an opportunity to reflect, express gratitude and demonstrate generosity by donating to the local community.
In preparation for the event, children filled shoeboxes with items of food, which were displayed at the front of the room and later delivered to the Food Bank by Dunannie Head, Victoria Homewood.
Thought provoking talks were given by Rev. Owen, who spoke to the children about community and connection, as well as Bedales Senior School student Marcus Bugge.
Marcus launched an initiative collecting food weekly for Petersfield Food Bank as part of his Global Awareness Bedales Assessed Course (BAC), which he has continued and now plans to roll out to Dunannie and Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst.
The event was attended by Dunannie parents and grandparents, who enjoyed and participated in music performances coordinated by the school’s Director of Music Ben Harlan and Assistant Director Mea Wade.
Head of Dunannie Victoria Homewood commented: “We were delighted to host members of the local community for this year’s Harvest Celebration. It was wonderful to see the children performing with such energy and confidence for this special occasion. Hearing from a representative of the Petersfield Food Bank helped to raise awareness of the impact their donations will make locally.”