Match report: U14 Girls’ Hockey in the UKSA 7-A-Side Hockey Tournament, 7.11.2019

By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

On Thursday the U14 girls’ hockey team made the long trip to Burgess Hill to participate in the UKSA 7-A-Side Hockey Tournament.

Looking at our opposing teams, we knew it would be a tough day, and our first game saw us facing Benenden School. Bedales dominated the game from the outset and an early goal from Ottilie Douglas gave us the lead we needed. A brief lapse in concentration gave Benenden all the opportunity they needed to sneak a quick goal, which saw the scores tied. Our second goal came from an excellent short corner strike from Sage Bidwell, which she hammered into the bottom left corner, giving us our first win of the day.

After a brief rest, we then faced Caterham, who were also strong. An extremely even end-to-end game was played with both teams trying – but failing – to convert numerous goal scoring opportunities. In the final minutes of the game, Izzy Land gave us our winning goal, with a textbook strike from the right post.

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Old Bedalian costume designer returns to Bedales 

By Louise Fellingham, Head of Fashion Design

Old Bedalian and professional costume designer Natasha Blackley returned to Bedales on Monday to set an industry-style brief to 6.1 Fashion Design students.

The brief – which will be worked on over the next five weeks – will see students design characters for a live pop-up performance event to promote the launch of Blade Runner 2049 by Denis Villeneuve based on a character, scene or theme of their choice.

Although the pop-up event is hypothetical, the project provides an opportunity for students to try out ideas and demonstrate their knowledge and creative skills, while working to a brief under the guidance of an experienced costume designer.

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Putney School exchange – postcard from the halfway point

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By Alastair Harden, Teacher of Classics and Day Housemaster

For this year’s exchange visit to the Putney School in the United States, Chloe Hamill and I have escorted eight intrepid Bedalians as they shrug off a week’s recuperation in the October half term for a fortnight of honest toil in the Vermont countryside. The trip is part of an annual programme which places our students in a setting that draws enlightening points of comparison with what we offer at Bedales.

The Putney School’s entire structure is built around student responsibility, from washing the dishes to milking the cows, raking the leaves and sorting the recycling, in an educational environment where the onus is clearly on the students to manage their education alongside the smooth running of the community. Each year we look forward to this quiet hive for inspiration, and each year the students bring home big questions and big ideas.

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Match report: First XI Girls’ Hockey in the Hampshire Trophy Tournament, 16.10.2019

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By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

This week the first XI travelled to Southampton to participate in the Hampshire Trophy Tournament, a competition which brings together a number of Hampshire schools to compete and win their place at the regional event.

Our first game was against King Edward’s School Witley, and after a slow start, the team warmed up and Marthila Douglas secured us our first goal. Not long after that, Nell Freeborough gave us our second and third goals, and our final goal came again from Mathilda.

A quick drink break and then we were back on against Ryde. Eliza Goodfellow was extremely threatening on the right, continuously driving the ball up the pitch with pace and providing us with countless attacking opportunities. Despite dominating most of the possession, we just couldn’t quite get the goal. However, the team managed to hold Ryde to a 0-0 draw until the final nail biting seconds, when Ryde was awarded a short corner. An unbelievable reverse stick lifted ball save from Shanklin Mackillop-Hall cleared the ball from the circle and let us walk away with the draw.

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Join the 1893 Club today

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By Tanya Darlow, Head of Development

Do you know about the 1893 Club?

Members choose to donate £18.93 every month or quarter to the John Badley Foundation, to help widen opportunity at Bedales and commemorate the school’s founding year.

Through fully funded bursary places, the John Badley Foundation transforms the lives of individuals who are able to join Dunhurst and Bedales from difficult home and school situations. The Foundation currently supports ten students in this way, but we rely on the generosity of regular givers to offer more young people this transformational opportunity in the years to come.

Will you help us do this by making a regular gift today? It’s easy to set up through your online banking or by completing a standing order form. Every pound you donate will be matched by Bedales, giving a child an incredible start in life.

As a way of saying thank you, we will invite you to the annual donor reception and give you a special pin badge which qualifies you for a free drink at the Rock Show and other school events.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions about making a donation and the impact your gift can have. I would be delighted to hear from you – email me at tdarlow@bedales.org.uk.

Match report: First XI Girls’ Hockey v King Edward VI School, 09.10.2019

By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

This week the first XI travelled to Southampton to face King Edward VI School. The first goal came from King Edward’s when they were awarded an early short corner, but this was quickly followed by a goal from Eliza Goodfellow.

King Edward’s then followed this up with a second goal of their own, which was quickly followed by a goal from Mathilda Douglas. Shanklin Mackillop-Hall dominated the centre of the pitch, picking out any pass made by King Edward’s and feeding it to the forwards, which eventually led to a third goal from Nell Freeborough, who slammed the ball into the goal from the centre of the D. The fourth Bedales goal came just a few minutes later from Amber Pearson, sending us into half time with a 4-2 lead.

The second half of the match proved to be much tougher, as King Edward’s came back strong, and it wasn’t long before they had taken the score to 4-3. Tyler Staring made some excellent saves in goal, but it wasn’t enough to keep out a fourth goal from King Edward’s. Frustratingly for the Bedales team, having had a 4-2 lead at half time, the final score ended up 5-4 to King Edward’s.

It was great to see three Block 5 students making their first team debut and I doubt it will be their last game in the first XI this season. Sammy Smith was awarded Most Valuable Player for her composure and strength on the right. Next week the first XI travel to Southampton again to participate in the Hampshire Trophy Tournament.

Bedales represented at Round Square International Conference

By Julia Bevan, Teacher of English 

Bedales was delighted this year to be one of the schools represented at the 51st Round Square International Conference in India. Al McConville and I were joined by two 6.2 students, Freya Leonard and Anton Ellis, on the trip. It was Bedales first delegation to the five-day conference, which this year was attended by 1000 people – 700 students and 300 staff – from all five continents.

For three days, the conference was hosted at the Emerald Heights International School, a boarding school on the outskirts of Indore that has 4000 students in total. Student delegates from around the world slept in the school dormitories. Over the course of three days, we saw all the keynote speakers, including a Nobel Peace Prize winner who works to end child slavery, a Government Minister (in opposition to Modi) and Madam Ghandi, a feminist musician.

Other highlights included a presentation with an AI robot. In between speakers, the students broke into Barazza groups to discuss issues relating to this year’s conference theme, ‘the world we wish to see’. We also spent time meeting other delegates, learning about the Round Square organisation, and meeting representatives from other schools that might wish to arrange international exchanges with us in the future.

We spent a day sightseeing at the city of Mandu, where we visited a beautiful mosque which is now a historical site of interest, rather than a working mosque. We also saw some impressive forts and palaces overlooking lakes and hills. We spent nearly six hours travelling to and from Mandu, which gave us time to observe Indian life and culture from the windows of the bus. It was fascinating – families of four riding on mopeds, Tuk-Tuks behaving like pushy, rude teenagers, and cows sitting on the road. At one point, our coach had to reverse to allow a chicken and six chicks to cross safely!

Another day was spent doing service in the morning and sightseeing in the evening, and there was one very early start with a run for charity alongside Blade Runner, the first Indian to run with a prosthetic foot! Al, Freya and Anton got up early to join him, and a tree was planted to honour the occasion.

We had a very long journey there and a long journey home, so we are now looking into carbon off-setting for the trip, which seems particularly fitting as climate change and air travel was a hot topic amongst delegates.