Choreography, collaboration and Dubai College

By Hebe Bartlett, 6.2

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I am currently sitting in a Hiccup Project workshop (run by a Brighton-based comedy/theatre duo) with the Dubai College students, having spent the last two days with them. We have spent the afternoon pretending to be evolving monsters, talking about buildings as if we were breaking up with someone, and dancing happily to Titanic – which is harder than it sounds. Over the last few days the Dubai College students have treated us to their A2 Devised production See a Girl Dance Again, and taught workshops based on their piece.

This is the 25th year of the Dubai exchange (you can view more photos here), and we have all loved spending time with them on 6.2 flat. We will miss you!


Lest we forget

Librarian Jane Kirby and I wanted to commemorate those Bedalians who died in WW1.  I suggested we marked the 100th anniversary of their deaths and we agreed this should include a small presentation in the Bedales Memorial Library, the School’s War Memorial, designed by Ernest Gimson and opened in 1921. We have very limited archival resources but close study of The Bedales Record (published annually in September) and, from 1907, The Bedales Chronicle, produced information about most of the OBs. I use my membership of and other genealogical sites to begin research into family backgrounds and regularly consult surviving material at The National Archives, The British Library and the Bodleian.  Many of the OBs feature in published works (usually to be found in our Library), and in several cases I have been loaned material by surviving descendants.

Bedales is unusual in commemorating an ex-pupil, Ferenc Bekassy, who died in the Hungarian Hussars, and an ex-teacher of German, Herr Hinne, who was killed in the German infantry.  I have added to the 63 ex-students and 2 members of staff, two ex-members of the domestic staff, previously ignored.  17 people have already been acknowledged (go to History of Bedales: WW1 on the website) so there is still a large task to be completed.  If any readers of this Bulletin have information about ancestors who were at Bedales and died in WW1 we would be delighted to receive it.

By Ruth Whiting

Old Bedalians reunite in Oxford

The second of last week’s OB reunions based on universities took place in Oxford on Thursday when nine OBs currently studying at Oxford met up at the Old Bank Hotel.  First, second and third year undergraduates attended. Also with them were headmaster, Keith Budge, and four current and two former members of staff together with OB Oliver Jacobs (1952), Emeritus Fellow of Engineering at St John’s College. Other subjects represented included Fine Art, Physics, English, Modern Languages, Biological Sciences and Medicine. The eclectic mix made for much interesting conversation as school links were renewed and the value of the Bedales network in offering shared experience, professional guidance and opportunities for mentoring made clear.

By Philip Parsons, 6.2 Housemaster and Alumni Officer

Sharing experiences at university reunions

Exeter OB reunion

Continuing our series of OB reunions based on universities, nine Old Bedalians all connected in some way with Exeter University met on Monday evening in The Old Fire House in Exeter with two former and two present members of staff.  The OBs included Rebecca Langlands (1990), currently Associate Professor in Classics at Exeter and Helen Sail (nee Bird, 1982), currently Head of Geography at Exeter School and colleague of Graham Banks (former housemaster and Head of English at Bedales). More recent OBs at Exeter were reading English, Modern Languages, Drama, Medicine, Biochemistry and Engineering and all had experiences to share. It was a very pleasant evening, and a very useful way of updating each other on developments at Exeter and Bedales and maintaining the extended Bedales family.

By Philip Parsons, 6.2 Housemaster and Alumni Officer

Young actors auspicious start

Former Bedales School student Jamie Campbell Bower is on his way to fame and fortune, having appeared in two of the biggest film franchises of the last five years, Twilight and Harry Potter.

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An accomplished actor at only 22 he has already got his teeth into the role of playing a powerful vampire leader and Gellert Grindelwald, an old friend of Albus Dumbledore.

Jamie had just left Bedales School when he landed his first big break – a role in Sweeney Todd, opposite Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter – when he was 18.

Now his latest role sees him in a period drama called Anonymous which is based on the theory that William Shakespeare never put a quill to any of the Bard’s plays and sonnets.
Instead, the greatest works in the English language were actually secretly penned by Jamie’s character Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford – but a drunken actor, William Shakespeare, took the credit.

We await with interest to see Jamie’s forthcoming film role in Mortal Instruments when it comes out next year. Like Twilight and Harry Potter, it’s based on supernatural books, with Jamie playing the demon-fighter Jace, who falls for mortal teenager Lily Collins.

Here at Bedales School we wish him and his acting career well.


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 school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Feeling the itch to Stitch!

Jazz Domino Holly, Bedalian and daughter of the late punk legend Joe Strummer who was the Clash frontman has revealed another aspect of her creativity by writing a book.

It’s not about punk rock or being a rebel but, rather surprisingly, about crafting and knitting. Since her father died suddenly in 2002 at just 50, Jazz, 27, has turned to the straight and narrow along with her sister Lola, 25.

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Her punk father and her education at Bedales School in Petersfield taught her the importance of individuality and creativity. She went onto to study further at the London School of Fashion and for an English degree whilst continuing to do crafting as a hobby.

She ran a cake club called Diva Cakes and became a founder member of Shoreditch Sisters the UK’s hippest chapter of the Women’s institute specifically for younger women.

As membership thrived with hundreds turning up each week Jazz decided to put together her modern women’s crafting bible containing all her crafting, cooking and gardening ideas.

In addition to being a crafter, author and monthly craft column writer for Company magazine Jazz is on the board of trustees for Strummerville, a charity set up in her dad’s memory, which gives support to aspiring musicians and music projects in developing countries.

Queen Of Crafts, by Jazz Domino Holly, is published by Fig Tree Books, priced £16.99.