Envision…and chillax

Surprise myself by finding that envision, a word I am keen to use but have never warmed to and avoided using, is not a late 20th century invention, but is almost 100 years old; so, welcome, envision (meaning ‘to imagine as a future possibility’) to your first use in my lexicon (now that’s a classy, chunky word), as today is the day when our 6.1s (Lower Sixth form students in non-Bedales-speak) spend the morning meeting Old Bedalians from the next stage of their lives – which is mostly university, Art College or straight into work. In the Memorial Library, the 6.1s have a chance to browse and talk to former students – initially by academic course (here a gaggle of engineers, there a float of linguists..) and then by destination (here a gang from Bristol, there a cluster from Falmouth); and so, along with the exchange of ideas about what those courses are really like come the exchange of numbers and email addresses. So, our 6.1s, who are mostly 17, are looking over the brink into a year when they will make decisions about what they will do until they are (fearsome thought) 22,3 or 4. Envisioning (yes, managed it again) yourself these years on is not a natural human activity, certainly not a natural teenage activity, but the OB Higher Education Fair helps. Let’s trust that the morning gives them a good chance of achieving that thing, before they, envisaging the weekend ahead think about (now this really is going to hurt) chillaxing.

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.