The January return, although a rude awakening for students as the Block 5s go straight into Mocks and 6.2s encounter the (last ever) January A Level modules, marks a timely shift back to the workday, with an additional sense of urgency given that the term is only 10 working weeks. For many students and a good number of teachers, there have been holiday expeditions. The Drama trip to Dubai, which has been going for over 20 years now, was marked in our first assembly, with excerpts from Carnival of the Animals, which they took to nine primary schools, with a final, domestic performance at Dunhurst on Tuesday. Doing something demanding, like performing a play in different venues, combines well with the more relaxing, tourist activities and gaining an insight into the extraordinary urban experiments of such places as Dubai. Extending these overseas relationships and ensuring that such educational visits get our students as far under the skin of the country they visit are part of the challenge we face in developing the international programme. In Dubai we are helped also by the additional friendly faces of Mike Lambert and Steve Gardner – who now work at Dubai College. The Philosophy, Religion and Ethics visit to Florence and Siena, sounds as if it engaged the students superbly in the culture and thought of those places. They certainly sent me a memorable limerick from Siena, which must be one of the best urban experiments in history. And the skiers had a great time and returned with no broken bones.
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.