Fun, stimulation and learning…in the holidays

A great boon for any school is the willingness of teachers to run holiday trips that extend and stimulate what has been learnt at school. So, how very heartening to have a series of conversations with colleagues and students which reflect the fun, stimulation and learning of these ventures: the 6.2 historians in Moscow and St Petersburg; junior classicists (including some Block 2s) in Rome and Pompei; divers in the Red Sea; French students in Nice; and our creative writers at the Arvon centre in Devon. Such visits, with the sense they always bring of how much there is to learn about new places and people, also act as a spur to reading, which we have all been celebrating with World Book Day and the push on reading which English teacher Hannah Parsons has been leading. I will add my bit at assembly tomorrow. Summer term assemblies also means that traditionally one or both of my dogs feature in one assembly – so, the jury is out on what Ailsa and Zazu might add to an assembly about reading – maybe they could be, in a woolly kind of way, a prologue of kinds. We’ll see..
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.