Much talk still nationally about competitiveness in schools – and in school sport in particular. Here, suitably competitive trials have taken place for who is going to start in which team – so, which boys and girls are going to be in which football or hockey team respectively; the difference between us and most comparable schools is that this process is based only on those who want to be in teams; however, happily there are sufficient numbers coming forward to give the competition an edge and there will be no shortage of strong competition in inter-school matches. Others will need to choose different, non-team-games sport options. In parallel, in the world of drama, competition has also been strong for the two school productions, both auditioning in the first week of term. Competition for selection here is intense, with many called and few chosen, even with the 30 roles within the two plays – the sixth form production (early November), Noises Off, directed by Jay Green; and the winter production (early December) The Relapse, directed by Phil King. On both scores, sport and drama, much good to look forward to.
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. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.