Jaw, a name said to have been coined by Oscar Wilde when he was a Bedales parent, allows (typically fortnightly) a speaker to take the students into moral and spiritual territory. Fitting therefore that the first of 2013 is by Clare Jarmy, who generally organises other Jaw speakers but on Wednesday sets a very good example herself with this first one, talking about pastoral care. Starting with the shepherding roots of the word and the concept of pastoral care, various engaging and thought-provoking images are projected and ideas are suggested, with a wonderful animation of the parable of the good shepherd highlighting aptly but humorously the nature of pastoral care here. What is relayed above all is the sense that caring for each other – in the language of the relevant school aim, feeling nourished by the community – should be our aim and expectation.
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.