Bedales Prep student awarded distinction in Maths Junior Olympiad challenge

A student from Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, has received a distinction from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) after completing the Junior Mathematical Olympiad challenge.

Block 2 (Year 8) pupil Harry Snell qualified for the Junior Mathematical Olympiad after receiving a very high score in the qualifying rounds. The Olympiad consists of a two-hour paper of in-depth mathematical problems set and marked by UKMT.

Harry was one of the top 25% of participants to receive a Certificate of Distinction. He also received an award for successfully submitting mathematically accurate solutions to at least four questions in one of the exam papers.

Commenting on the result, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, said: “We are delighted with Harry’s achievement and the effort and hard work that went into this – he clearly enjoys solving mathematical problems. The questions set by the UKMT require students to use their knowledge to solve complex mathematical issues. Our approach in teaching at Dunhurst is to encourage a growth mindset so that children are encouraged to delve deeper in their learning and not shy away from more challenging questions.”

Harry progresses from Dunhurst to Bedales Senior School in September where students achieved an impressive 99% A*-C pass rate at IGCSE Maths this year.

Harry Snell

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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.

Bedales Prep pupils learn from award-winning Stomp artists

Pupils from Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, enjoyed participating in a recent dance workshop led by members of the award-winning West-end production ‘Stomp’.

Stomp’s multi-award winning show consists of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance using a variety of materials such as plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel good rhythm. They took centre stage at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and perform regularly in London, New York and internationally.

Nass and Dave from Stomp’s crew spent time with Dunhurst’s pupils showing them how to move their bodies and utilise household items to produce complex rhythms.

Commenting on the workshop, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep, said: “The whole school seemed to reverberate with the rhythm and the sound of the toe-tapping beat during the workshop. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the chance to express themselves in a way they hadn’t explored before in dance and theatre. These skills will all help to build their repertoire as we look towards next year’s Youth Dance Platform.”

Bedales Prep pupils learn from award-winning Stomp Artists

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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.

Bedales Prep pupils become evacuees for the day in study of World War 2

Bedales Prep (Dunhurst) pupils from Group 3 (Year 6) became evacuees for the day as part of their project on World War 2. The day took them on a journey to simulate what it would have been like as a young evacuee to leave home and start a temporary life in the countryside while bombs rained down in London.

Every part of the day was authentic, from the clothes through to identity cards and ration pack lunches. The children visited the Watercress line and took a train ride with a guide who explained that trains would have had blackout blinds in the windows and dim lighting to prevent German planes spotting them from the air. The journey then took the pupils to Kent where they visited caves 22 miles long used in the war to shelter families from bombing raids. They learned that anyone staying in the caves during the war had to pay 1 penny per night, which was considered quite a high tariff in the 1940s.

Commenting on the day, Dunhurst pupil, Sofia said; “Some of us were wearing berets or a blazer; some people even wore old school uniform that looked like an evacuee outfit from World War 2. When we went on the train it was as cold inside as it was outside.  We all got a seat but it was a squash because there were about 3-4 on a bench and about 7-8 by a table.  We filled in our identity cards with our names.  Before the day, we chose World War 2 names and a birthday.  I was called Violet and was born on 19th August 1930.”

Dunhurst pupil Oscar added, “When we had registered we went up to the dining hall to get our World War 2 pack lunches. They were not like the modern ones we were used to.  Because of rationing in World War 2 there was a limited amount of food.  The German planes were bombing the ships so there were no imported goods and no oranges, only apples.  We got an apple, a flapjack and a bottle of water. When we arrived at the caves it was quite light but as we got deeper it got darker and darker. Our guide told us that it would have been like an underground city.  We saw a hospital and an information bureau and lots and lots of bunk beds in caves.”

Commenting on the evacuee experience, Jane Grubb, Head of Dunhurst, said: “By the looks on the children’s faces this experience really struck a chord with them. They thoroughly enjoyed immersing themselves into the life of a young evacuee, even devising their own imaginary names and birth dates. They learnt far more about the history of the era by experiencing, at first-hand, the journey of an evacuee. Their understanding and knowledge will be far greater as a result. This was yet another excellent example of learning through doing at Dunhurst – text-books, films and lectures are no substitute for experiences such as this.”

Meanwhile, on Tuesday (12 February), Bedales Block 3 students (Year 9) embarked on a four day visit to the World War One trenches as part of their study of European History.  The students will attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium which has taken place every evening at 8pm since 1927, except during German occupation in World War Two.

Bedales Prep pupils become evacuees for the day in study of World War 2

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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.

Fun in the Bedales snow

Students across the three schools enjoyed various activities in the snow last week. Sledging proved popular with boarders over the weekend with teachers joining in too. Sixth formers took part in a snowman building competition followed by hot chocolate. A big thank you to the Facilities Department kept the three schools moving throughout the snowy weather by using snow ploughs, salt spreaders and  good honest shovelling to keep the roads and paths free of snow and ice, and most importantly safe for the community. Assistance was also been given to our local Almshouses, the main roads between the schools, Steep parish church and to staff who have been stuck in the snow in their cars. One of Bedales snow ploughs was pictured on The Daily Mail website the Friday before last, clearing Bell Hill. View photo (3/4 way down the page). View photos.

Fun in the Bedales snow

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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.

From Bedales to Oxbridge

Seven Bedales students are celebrating offers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge on courses in the humanities and science. Five current sixth formers hope to secure the grades this summer to take up their places and two former students have received unconditional offers. Oxford bound are Sam Wilkinson (Physics) and Katie Millard (French & Linguistics). The Bedales sixth formers heading for Cambridge are Maddie Green (Medicine), Mohammad Pechuho (Classics) and Nell Whittaker (English). Former student Christy Callaway-Gale will read Spanish at Oxford after achieving three A Level A* grades last summer. Rosie Nicolson will study Architecture at Cambridge, having gained three A Level A* grades at Bedales in 2011. Three of the students, Christy, Sam and Maddie, were taught at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, before progressing to Bedales senior school and sixth form. Read more.

Oxbridge students

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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.