Pupils, staff and parents of Bedales Pre-Prep, Dunannie, celebrated the School’s 60th Anniversary through a variety of activities associated with School Founder, John Badley’s vision, to educate head, hand and heart.
The key event of the day was the creation of a new addition to the orchard garden and quiet area for the children to sit and cogitate. The whole Dunannie community helped to fence the garden and plant a hedge followed by the ceremonial planting of a 60th anniversary purple beech tree. The children enjoyed special activities including designing bunting and creating designs for a commemorative mug to mark the occasion as well as a nature themed scavenger hunt.
Head of Dunannie, Jo Webbern, then rounded off the day with the cutting of the 60th cake made by Caroline Baker. Commenting on the event, Jo Webbern said, “It was a wonderful opportunity for us all to come together to create a legacy that will be enjoyed by generations of Dunannie children for another 60 years. It was a fitting way to mark the anniversary in keeping with the School’s motto ‘Work of Each for Weal of All’.”
It was a term of anniversaries at Bedales as The Hive, a day nursery based on the Bedales estate for the children of Steep, turned 30. Old Bedalian Talia Pick, who graduated from Bedales last year after starting at The Hive when she was very young said, “My time at Dunannie and the Hive was the happiest start a little person could have had. It was such a special introduction to life, and one which was entirely reflective of the Bedalian ethos; learning all the time, even if we weren't immediately conscious of it in the conventional sense. If we weren't growing vegetables to take home, we were cooking the food of different cultures, learning the Didgeridoo, moulding our surroundings in clay, writing 'Whole Class Poetry'. It was such a well-rounded way to begin our education, and one that had us up on our feet, all the time nurturing the growth of what later manifests itself -in typical Bedalian style - as the ability to take an interest in anything and everything.”
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Pictured: 1) Jo Webbern cuts the 60th cake
Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, Hampshire (UK): Dunannie (http://www.bedales.org.uk/