Big day for students

Thursday is big day for student performance, publications and initiative, with the Dunannie Christmas Celebration and the finals of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative in the evening. At Dunannie, on a historic day in the Press history, audience members willingly dip into their pockets for a copy of the new, jazzy, colourful Hello! Dunannie, which has some splendid jokes (favourite: What does a French cow say? Moo-La-La) and much else to engage us. In the library it is the Reception class which is splendidly to the fore, playing most of the named, nativity parts. To the finals of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative in the evening, where I am a judge. This is the second year that we have taken part in the YPI and the presentations are strong again and the research process has clearly taken the groups into territory they would not have encountered were it not for the scheme. After due deliberation the white smoke goes up and Bedales head boy and head girl, Oscar and Cecily, announce the winning charity as the Chestnut Tree House, ably presented by Amy L, Becky G, Josie P and Archie G.

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.