Students teach philosophy to Dunannie

By Clare Jarmy, Head of PRE
Bedales PRE department has been working with Dunannie to provide sessions of Philosophy for some of the littlest thinkers in the three schools. It has been such a rewarding experience that we decided to organise the Dunannie Philosophy Day Young Minds, where Bedales students introduced questions about the mind and thought, such as “could a computer ever think?” and “is my mind the same thing as my brain?” I think you will agree that these are pretty abstract questions for 6-8 year olds! The Block 5 and 6.1 Bedalians planned these sessions themselves, having received a crash course in teaching from the PRE department. They delivered their lessons to some very talented children. Everyone seemed to have a great time: staff, Bedales students and Dunannie children alike. For me, I think a high point was Charlie Hardy (Year 3) discovering that “if you think you can think, you can think!” This took Descartes considerably longer to work out!


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.

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