Invitation to parents to attend Philosophy Festival

We are delighted to be able to give you more information on the Philosophy Festival, to be held at Bedales on Saturday 13 September 2014, 10.30am-2.45pm. We are extremely excited to have speakers ranging from Laura Bates and Jeremy Paxman to Emma Bridgewater and Baroness Kishwer Falkner, with subjects ranging from cancer medicines and education to theatre and Everyday Sexism. There are 4 x 45 minute events throughout the day, including a light lunch. Please click here for more details on each of the events and how to book. I dreamed up ‘Philosophy of…’ so that anyone can hear and enjoy inspirational speakers discussing what they love, from a philosophical perspective. I wanted to go to a festival like this and I hope you all would love to join me in exploring the Philosophy of…

By  Oscar Braun-White, 6.1

Philosophy of

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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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Save the date for Bedales’ first Philosophy Festival

We are excited to announce “Philosophy of…”, a festival taking place on 13 September at Bedales during which an extremely diverse range of brilliant speakers, including Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Jeremy Paxman, Beatrix Campbell OBE, Sinclair Beecham, John Caird, Dr David Read, Emma Bridgewater, Rev Will Hughes, Dr Kamyar Afarinkia, Philip Young, Dr Valerie Sinason, and Dolores Iorizzo will share their passions, from a philosophical slant, in a series of lectures and debates. The festival is being organised by a group of Bedales students, with the support of Keith. So, please save the date as we’d love to have as large and varied an audience as possible; from students, parents and teachers to the general public. Details of further speakers and how to book will be announced next term. Whatever you love, let’s consider the “Philosophy of” it. Read more.

Jeremy Paxman

By Oscar Braun-White, 6.1

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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.

Save the date for Bedales’ first Philosophy Festival

“Philosophy of…”

Saturday 13 September 2014

Wisdom begins in wonder (Socrates)

What is “Philosophy of…”?

“Philosophy of…” is for enquiring minds.

Pioneers with vastly different areas of expertise are given a platform to share their passions, from a philosophical slant. “Philosophy of…” will celebrate rarely explored schools of philosophy, through other disciplines, providing an enticing and exciting access into philosophy.

The Festival is a stimulating day filled with events on Saturday 13 September 2014 at Bedales School. With the support of the Headmaster Keith Budge, the Festival is being organised by a Bedales student group of sixth formers.

More about “Philosophy of…”

The Festival offers a truly ambitious range of philosophical critique on numerous topics for a broad audience.  It comprises multiple lectures and debates of roughly one hour in different parts of the school from 11am – 4pm. With “Philosophy of…” we can think about our favourite subjects in a way that we may never have done before.

We are currently honoured to be hearing these speakers in September:

  • Baroness Kishwer Falkner (Life Peer and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs)
  • Jeremy Paxman (Journalist, Broadcaster and Author)
  • Beatrix Campbell OBE (Writer and Feminist)
  • Sinclair Beecham (Co-founder of Prêt à Manger)
  • John Caird (Director and Writer of plays, musicals and opera)
  • Dr. David Read (Chair of Education in Chemistry, RSC)
  • Emma Bridgewater (British ceramics manufacturer)
  • Rev. Will Hughes (Vicar of St. Peter’s, Petersfield)
  • Dr. Kamyar Afarinkia (Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Bradford University)
  • Philip Young (former Director of Studies and Music at Bedales)
  • Dr. Valerie Sinason (Poet, Writer and Psychoanalyst)
  • Dolores Iorizzo (University Lecturer)

A detailed programme will be developed in the coming months as further speakers are confirmed.

Crucial to the thinking behind “Philosophy of…” are variety, inclusiveness and opportunity. The Festival is therefore open to not only school pupils aged 11-18, their parents and teachers but also to members of the public with an interest in philosophical thought.

These events will take advantage of the beautiful surroundings at Bedales in late summer.  We have eight venues with seating ranging from 20 to 400, including indoor and outdoor theatres and catering will be provided.

Whatever your passion, experience the Philosophy relating to it.

Through “Philosophy of…” everyone can love wisdom.

For more information please contact Oscar Braun-White via this blog.

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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.

Block 3s outward bounding at Ullswater

Block 3 recently went to Ullswater, an activity centre in the Lake District, where they took part in a range of team building activities led by Outward Bound instructors, including trapeze (climbing up a high pole and jumping to grab the trapeze), kale pot (clambering along a cliff and jumping into the lake), jog and dip (in the lake), gorge walking, rowing, raft building and much more. One night was spent camping and another day climbing up Helvellyn, the third tallest mountain in England. On the return journey the group visited the Emma Bridgewater Factory, where Old Bedalian Matthew Rice welcomed the students before they went on a tour of the large scale ceramic production and the vast kiln – witnessing admirable attention to detail in both production and decoration. The highlight for the students was decorating a mug of their own with sponge stamps. View photos.

Ullswater 2013

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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.