Spanish study trip to Bilbao

By Lily McGregor, 6.1

Last weekend we went to Bilbao as in 6.2 we will study El Otro Árbol de Guernica, which is primarily based in Bilbao. We walked through lots of the streets and plazas that appear in the book. We all took lots of photos as Melanie Jimenez (Bedales Head of Spanish) summarised the relevant parts of the book. It was extremely helpful to have this deeper background information and I now can’t wait to read the book!

We went to the Museum of Peace which offered lots of facts and stories about the Spanish Civil War, which is when the book is set. There, we sat in a room whilst an audio played of a woman telling a heart-breaking story about the struggle of war. This was prominent as the two protagonists in the book – Santi and his sister Begoña – were evacuated and probably went through a similar experience. That same day we also went to visit the tree after which the book is named. We learnt that it was there that all the important decisions were made and that the officials made their vows to the villages and laws of Euskadi around that very tree. There, there was a beautiful building where the decisions took place and it also displayed a stunning stained-glass ceiling.

During the trip we went to many eateries that boasted traditional Spanish food. We tried croquettes, Spanish ham and churros just to name a few.

On the last day we visited the Guggenheim museum which was a brilliant way to end a great weekend. In pairs we strolled around whilst admiring the works of Cezanne, Picasso, Giacometti, Van Gogh and many more.

Overall it was a trip that none of its participants shall forget, I just hope they do it again next year so I can do it all again!

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Bedales hosts International Day

By Tristan Wilson, Head of Modern Languages

Thursday 4 October saw Bedales International Day. Proceedings kicked off with an international dress competition. There were some highly entertaining staff and student entries but the winning outfit was a Colombian dress worn by Miranda Ashby. At lunchtime students were treated to a generous international spread in the Dining Hall before flocking to the stalls for anything from cheese to Chinese food in the quad. Here they could buy student-made world food from France, Belgium, Greece, China and Italy or have their names written in foreign scripts. The Geography department also ran an interactive mapping event. Some maths sets were lucky enough to have maths lessons in German or Czech before heading to one of the many student and staff led workshops on offer which included Kung-Fu, Kendo, Albanian, Swedish, Origami, Model United Nations, Chinese and Modern Greek. Perhaps one of the highlights was the International Open Mic Night which proved to be an enjoyable evening featuring poems and songs in Chinese, Swedish, French, Japanese, Portuguese and an unforgettable Chinese rap.

Thank you to Charlotte Whiteside, Lola Vogel and Mia T (all 6.2) for photographing the events on the day.

Bedales International Day: 4 October 2018

By Tristan Wilson, Head of Modern Languages

Thursday 4 October will see several departments combine forces for the first Bedales International Day.

This is an opportunity for us to celebrate not only the diversity of nationalities of students at the school, but also to embrace the creativity, knowledge of language, and the customs and opportunities to learn that come along with that.

The day will kick off with an international dress competition in morning break. During lunch break, there will be stalls set out in the Quad, with some traditional activities go on and traditional food for sale in addition to the canteen’s international menu.

In the afternoon, the Bedales International Film Festival will take place, with student submissions having a chance of winning a ‘Boscar’. Finally, the day will finish in the evening with a non-English open mic event in the Lupton Hall.

This will be a great event for students from overseas, but also for those who have an interest in languages and engaging positively with people from other countries and cultures. International Day ties in with the Study Abroad Roadshow, which will be happening in the library from Period 6.

Charlemagne famously said, “To have another language is to possess a second soul”. Bedales International Day is a chance for students to show us their second soul.