Bedales hosts local dance showcase

Bedales Olivier Theatre played host to a stunning display of local dance talent at the school’s annual Youth Dance Platform over the weekend. The event gives young people the opportunity to perform on stage and see other performances from their contemporaries with the overall aim of celebrating and developing dance style and talent.

The lively fast moving show comprised various short works by the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Frensham Heights, Totton College, Amesbury School, Petersfield Academy of Dance and students from Bedales and Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.

Dunhurst Block 2 (year 8) pupils performed ‘Those magnificent men in their flying machines’. The Bedales AS Level exam trio performed ‘Shattered’ and the Bedales Dance Company performed ‘I believe’, a student devised piece led and rehearsed by them in their own time. The Bedales Block 5 (year 11) group’s ‘Night Light’ saw dancing to an electronic score with a film projection, designed by the students as part of their project.

Erin Norris, Dance Teacher at Amesbury School, said:

“We all had a fantastic day at Bedales. It was such a great opportunity for the pupils to meet other students and to get a chance to share work with each other. It was a really positive event and we are looking forward to next year already.”

Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:

“The Youth Dance Platform provides a wonderful opportunity for dance students to practise and perform in front of a knowledgeable and appreciative audience. We enjoy hosting this event, enabling local dance companies and school students to learn from each other through sharing their talents and passion for dance.”

Bedales hosts local dance showcase

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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.

Art bus visits Bedales – marking retirement of Head of Art after 34 years

Bedales School was fortunate recently to host the CAA Art Bus, a mobile work of art designed by Sir Peter Blake which is also a mobile art gallery. The visit of the bus marked the retirement of George Hatton after 34 years as Bedales Head of Art.

Sir Peter designed the bus in a pop art style, with the aim of creating a rock ‘n’ roll tour bus for art and artists which visits schools, communities, festivals, galleries and art events. Bedales students were able to climb aboard and experience the art of some of the UK’s finest contemporary artists first hand by seeing their work in the bus gallery space.

Art Bus

George and his wife Serena, mounted a small exhibition entitled ‘Hat’s Off!’ to mark George’s retirement. Both have remained committed makers of art since leaving Corsham Court (Bath Academy of Art) in the early 1970s, from where they both received a BA in Fine Art. George has continued to make paintings and prints based on his response to the landscape of the South Downs and its wildlife, especially focussing on rooks and crows.

Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales commented:

“George joined Bedales as Head of Art in September 1978.  Not only was he, at 27, alarmingly young to be Head of Art, but George was also prepared to challenge the status quo. He has been hugely influential in raising the status of Art over his 34 years in post. The current standing of Art at Bedales, the take up of Art in the sixth form, the results and the numbers going on to do Art Foundation and even directly into Art-based degrees all speak for themselves.  Throughout his time George has, devotedly and with a quietly steely determination, encouraged students to take part in and enjoy what the subject has to offer.  Above all, he has combined the fine artist’s conviction in the power of observational drawing with a determination that students should be able to bring their own individuality and creativity to bear on their work.  The school owes a huge debt of gratitude to George for all that he has done for Bedales Art and he leaves with our best wishes for what we trust will be the next happy and productive phase in his creative life.”

George Hatton

The end of term also marked the retirement of Fran Box, Head of Learning Support at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, after 28 years. She joined what was then known as ‘The Middle School’ at Bedales in 1981, and after a short break, returned to Dunhurst in 1984.

Jane Grubb, Dunhurst Head added:

Fran has brought so much to the school. Through her diligent work she has helped children grow in confidence, enjoy their lessons and achieve great things. Pupils and staff will miss Fran immensely.”

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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.