Universal commemoration of Remembrance

Remembrance Jaw is one of the most solemn events in the Jaw programme; one where we remember those who fought, and gave their lives, especially from Bedales, in active service. It is sometimes a puzzling Jaw for those students whose homes are not in the UK, perhaps thinking that this is a commemoration of the British war dead, but of course it is not; it is a commemoration of soldiers on all sides and in all conflicts. This universality is nothing new in Bedales’ experience of war. In WW1, for example, the German teacher here went to fight on the German side, and was killed. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to have the UN declaration of Human Rights, one of the most productive things to come out of WW2, read by students, in many different languages represented in the school community. Hearing this in German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Swedish, Urdu, Chinese, Russian, English, Welsh and Dutch made the point clear – out of conflicts where there were sides, comes a hope for unity and understanding for the future.

By Clare Jarmy, Head of PRE

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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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