Bedales, TPS and Bohunt partnership continues

On Wednesday, Head Students Ollie and Lettie visited The Petersfield School (TPS) for the second Three Schools meeting of Bohunt, Bedales and TPS. It was good to meet again with the other Head Students/School Council representatives and it was a really productive meeting as we already all knew each other.

We discussed mental health and pastoral care in each school and how we can learn from each other, specifically looking at the different support in each school to help student Well-being and to combat anxiety and depression. We all shared the different approaches to supporting young people in each of our schools, as well as each school’s existing platforms. We discussed how to deal with high levels of stress in exam years by helping to find alternative solutions to help students manage exam stress such as mindfulness and exercise.

We discussed smoking and vaping rules and how each school approaches these issues, as well as looking at ideas to help those who smoke or vape as a stress reliever to find alternative ways to relax.

We also discussed lost property and theft, looking at differentiating petty theft from serious theft and how to approach each according to the gravity of the situation.

There were some other ideas for more healthy eating in meals and in the school cafe as well as creating safe spaces for students to share in, building on the good work of student led groups at Bedales such as LGBTQ+ society and Tea & Chat.

Everyone appeared very excited to take their feedback to each of their school councils. We are looking forward to another meeting in the third term, hosted by Bedales, to continue learning from each other and share the progress we are making.

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Head Students visit the Minerva Theatre

By Bedales Head Students

Last Tuesday, the Head Students, along with Magnus, saw Cock by Mike Bartlett at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester. While it was frustrating to watch due to the high levels of tension, it was also charming, funny and intimate. The dysfunctional relationship between John (Luke Thallon) and M (Matthew Needham) made the audience cringe and laugh. The fast moving pace of the writing made the relationship between John and W (Isabella Laughland) seem move exciting.

In the story we see these relationship’s put to the test when John goes from dating M to dating W. Therefore identifying as gay to identifying to bisexual. The twist comes when John makes promises to both parties that he wants to stay with them. This in turn leads to the climatic end to the story where we see M’s dad get involved in the situation Although the ending is left ambiguous the acute frustration of a household chore is amplified in John’s horrific decision. It is not the final choice that it is horrific, of course, the journey that he took there.

The staging of this play was very simple. There were no props or set. On the floor was red tape in the shape of a decagon. To show that time had passed, a alarm bell would ring and right lights would flash. The actors would change positions based on emotions rather than on particle steps. The beautiful and intricate writing of Mike Bartlett was portrayed perfectly, the words feeling natural for each character.