Thursday earlyish and I am on the steps at Dunhurst with Dunhurst head Jane Grubb, greeting the students as they bounce up the steps. Then into assembly where we have a wonderful mixture of music, sports’ reports and youngsters presenting: these are the stars. Firstly Taran (Group 3), a young entrepreneur, reporting that he has made excellent progress with the £10 Charity Business Challenge which Jane set up at the start of the year. It is a very cunning plan: each student has £10 to invest in a mini-business and has to give the profits to the good cause, which in this case is the Sam Banks Memorial Fund which is mainly in order to build a pavilion in Sam’s memory. Taran shows the dinky and colourful woollen rosettes his granny has knitted; and, no, she is no longer only knitting 3 a night but productivity has improved and she is now doing 4 and, yes, you can pin them on your front or your head. Then we have Block 2 Tom P who appears in his camouflage uniform to tell us all about the Air Training Corps (ATC) in which he is an enthusiastic and active participant. Powerpoint is well deployed. What matters to me above all is that these young students are having such wonderful opportunities to present their ideas – and that their determined and ingenious commitment to schemes (and motivating of saintly grannies) are being voiced and celebrated.
By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.