University advice for 6.1s from OBs

The Friday before last, 6.1 students received a talk from a representative from the University of Southampton about university applications. We were given an informative talk providing us with guidelines as to how to tackle the UCAS form, personal statement and what universities are looking for in a prospective student. On Saturday we visited the Library where a large number of Old Bedalians who were currently studying, about to study or had finished studying at university were ready to talk to us. The huge variety in subjects and universities represented gave us all the opportunity to discuss our future options and hear about student life from those who are already experiencing it. Both days allowed us to grasp a good knowledge of the universities that are available to us and how we should tackle the application process when the time comes in September. View photos.

By  Jojo Mosely, 6.1

Beyond Bedales 2014

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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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University advice from OBs

Last Friday, 6.1 students attended lectures from university representatives from the University of Southampton to help with our UCAS applications. We were given an informative understanding of how personal statements should be structured and what universities are looking for in them. Our second lecture was a fantastic investigation into terrorism, giving us an idea of how interesting our courses will become at university level. On Saturday we visited the Library where 48 OBs who are currently studying at university were ready to talk to us. The variety in subject and university choices gave us all a chance to discuss our future options with people already experiencing it. The two days gave us good knowledge of the universities and how to achieve places.  View photos.

By Edward Boyd-Wallis, 6.1

Careers Day

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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.

Codes cracked in National Cipher Challenge

The results are in on the National Cipher Challenge, a code-breaking competition run by the University of Southampton with prizes funded by a range of prestigious institutions including GCHQ, IBM and Trinity College, Cambridge. Out of a national field of 1,600 teams from over 700 UK schools, four teams from Bedales finished in the top 200, so many congratulations to: Fermat’s Last Code, who finished 38th, Patrick Newlands (Block 4) who finished 87th, Whale Unicorns (148th) and Wesley Crushers (180th). This was a significant achievement by all concerned, who cracked a series of increasingly difficult codes in their own time over a period of eight weeks.

By Michael Truss, Head of Mathematics

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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.

Code-breakers decrypt cipher

Four teams of Bedales students from Block 4 to 6.2 have entered the National Cipher Challenge, a code-breaking competition run by the University of Southampton with prizes funded by a range of prestigious institutions including GCHQ, IBM and Trinity College, Cambridge. Each week, the teams must crack a series of codes which allows them to remain in the competition and advance to the next challenge. This week’s meeting of the Sixth Form Maths Society was a special one to coincide with the challenge. More than 20 sixth formers gathered for an enthusiastic discussion of such esoteric encryption techniques as concealment, substitution and transposition. The conversation also moved on to the ENIGMA code, quantum cryptography, RSA keys and the Navajo Code Talkers. Most of the students had managed to decrypt the cipher RNG HZY VWV ZVG HXZ SNO. For the solution, check the Maths department’s Twitter stream.

By Michael Truss, Head of Maths

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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.