Students enjoy intriguing adaptation of Beowulf

Last Friday, Block 4 BAC English and Classicists enjoyed a cultural visit to Butser Ancient Farm for a performance of Beowulf. The Medieval evening involved traditional foods, including a tasty stew, and a unique performance of Beowulf which we enjoyed sitting in the round house. The production was engaging and exciting, featuring evil mythical creatures made creatively of materials such as wood and wool, and a cast ranging from children to seniors. Ultimately they formed an intriguing adaptation of a complex piece of English literature alongside some appetising foods, making the evening one to remember.

By Pippa Lock, Block 4

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.

Invitation to poetry and arts events

By John Barker, Arts Programme Co-ordinator
The first week after half term gives Bedalians the opportunity for direct contact with the work of poet Douglas Dunn and a diverse display of prints by 13 distinguished artists, including Mimmo Paladino, Howard Hodgin and Peter Blake.

Bedales School - Dunn

The reading on Tuesday 21 February and the Gallery reception from 11am – 1.30pm on Saturday 25 February are open to families and friends. You are warmly invited to share these special events with us. We would also welcome your help in spreading the word to anyone with an interest in these areas.

Please see the Bedales Arts pages of the website for detailed information or contact John Barker on 01730 711510.


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.

Learning from the art of war

War artist, Arabella Dorman, recently gave a moving lecture to students about her work with the British military and showed them portraits of soldiers and paintings of military action, as well as pictures of Afghans and Afghan life. She read from her diary a chilling account of her experience under fire in Iraq illustrated by her paintings. After Iraq she visited Afghanistan where the soldiers had passed beyond the chirpy bravado displayed in Iraq to a new level of exhaustion and apprehension. Families of soldiers killed in action have said that her painting is their most precious memento and Arabella attributes this to the power of the medium to capture something which no photograph can. Students learnt a great deal about war and art during the evening but also about our common humanity.

By Graham Banks, Head of English