Miscellaneous but engaging matters

Summer’s lease is starting promisingly, with sunny weather presiding over the weekend and its miscellaneous but engaging matters: on Saturday, a Block 3 parent-teacher meeting with the double doors of the Library open and a spring in most steps as younger siblings took advantage of the Orchard; on Sunday, the annual Gentlemen of Bedales XI vs the Bedales Schools’ Teachers’ XI on the Mem Pitch; the final run through of the Summer Production (sneakily observed by me and, yes, it is definitely worth seeing) in the Theatre; and a memorable reading of Troilus and Cressida on the patio (stoep if you like Afrikaans) of 50 Church Road by the Shakespeare Society, followed by the traditional pizza and ice-cream and plenty of discussion about all those different versions of the Trojan story and its associated, titanic characters.

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales School


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.