Two Bedalian prize-winners at HMC Eisteddfod

Sleeping Buddha

The HMC Conference this year in Wales held a competition for over 250 schools to celebrate the creative arts entitled ‘Finding a Voice’, consisting of poetry, choral composition, and visual arts (painting, sculpture, lens media). The poetry was judged by National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke. The choral was judged by acclaimed Welsh choral composer, Paul Mealor and the visual arts by former BP Portrait winner and current judge, Peter Monkman (Head of Art at Charterhouse).

Georgina Ullman (6.2 leaver, 2014) won the poetry prize and was invited to perform her poem ‘Accent’, at the Celtic Manor in front of a large audience of heads. Chloe Zhao (6.1) was a close runner up with her sculpture ‘Sleeping Buddha’, and was invited to the presentation awards to meet Peter Monkman.

The celebration of the Arts was instigated by the new chairman of HMC, Richard Harman (Uppingham School) to form a mini ‘Eisteddfod’. The event showcased the extraordinary quality and diversity of the Arts in HMC schools and was a very lively and exciting event.

By Simon Sharp, Head of Art


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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