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The Friday Report

January 24th


The Week Ahead

Colin's Letter

Dear Parents and Pupils,

There were inspiring assemblies all around this week.
Thank you to Arthur, who spoke movingly about his visit to Japan and the horrors of Hiroshima during assembly on Monday. Thank you to Paige, who opened assembly on Thursday with the Can-Can on the flute. We then welcomed representatives from ‘FitzRoy’ and ‘Love4Life’. It was extremely moving and motivational for us all. A magnificent amount of money was raised for this charity by the runners who took part in The Great South Run. The visitors told us how the charity has supported them and in fact, changed their life! Then on Friday, we were privileged enough to experience a fantastic account from Will and his father about their adventures sailing the Atlantic Ocean before Christmas.

Thought of the week
Family supper debate, just for fun!
When was the last time you thought about your digital habits? Is it time for a detox?
Some highlights from the week that was...
There were goals galore on Wednesday afternoon with some incredibly high scoring matches. The Blocks were triumphant on both the Hockey pitch and the Netball courts with a number of emphatic wins, whilst the Groups equally did not disappoint. The U11 girls enjoyed a comprehensive win in their Hockey match and the boys, in a much closer match, also managed to achieve a victory. A highly successful week.
Block 2 were shown lots of exciting STEM gadgets on their Science trip to the Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday.
A new initiative started this week as part of our Eco Schools Action Plan. We now have a ‘Litter Picking Station’ on the playground. If pupils, staff or anyone in our community spot any litter they can use the pickers to help to keep our school tidy!
Congratulations to the cast, dancers, musicians and crew of ‘Dreams of Anne Frank’. Last night’s performance was moving and delivered a dramatic piece of theatre, performed with much grace. The smooth transitions of cast change were beautiful, and the final dance number was compelling. We are very fortunate to be welcoming playwright Bernard Kops this afternoon with his wife Erica to watch the play, which will be a real treat for the cast and crew.
Board not Bored - from House parents, Alice and Simon
With the Blocks’ Play rehearsals in full swing, we have been spending some quality time relaxing and unwinding on the boarding wings this week. On Tuesday, we had a chill-out evening, with relaxing music, fruit tea and a cookie. The boarders enjoyed the chance to catch up with each other and take some time out for themselves. The first performance of the play was last night, with another one this afternoon. I am sure that all the children are looking forward to a well-earned Leave Weekend.

Next week the boarders will be celebrating Chinese New Year with their own take on a Chinese Dragon Dance, along with some delicious Chinese delicacies. 2020 is the year of the Rat. The traditional Chinese lunar year begins at sunset on the day of the second New Moon following the winter solstice. Chinese New Year celebrations last for two weeks and end with Teng Chieh, the lantern festival. Happy Chinese New Year!  新年快乐.

A few reminders 
  • Friday 31 January - School Council Disco - entrance fee of £1.00 and the proceeds will be donated to 4Ocean and the Australian Bushfire appeal for Koalas.  
  • 6:00–7:00pm for the Groups
  • 7:00–8:30pm for the Blocks
  • If you have siblings who are in Groups and the Blocks there will be activities before and after the Disco to enable you to collect them at the same time. Otherwise, Groups can be collected from the Well at 7:00pm and the Blocks at 8:30pm. 
  • Please advise if you wish your child/children to attend (anyone boarding on Friday night will be included).
In closing, if you have been to any Dunhurst concert recently you will, I am sure, have been blown away by the talent from all of our pupils. I am delighted and very proud to say that Shoshana, who is in Block 2, has been accepted for the U13 National Children’s Orchestra on flute. This is such an accolade and credit, the hours and hours she has dedicated to practice have paid off. Well done Shoshana!

Have a great weekend with your families,

Parents - Key Term Dates

What's Been Happening?

We have a very important visitor in school on Thursday – The Eco Schools Green Flag Assessor! Our Eco Team has worked incredibly hard over the past year to gain the Bronze and Silver Awards - now we are going for the big one! She will look at all of our efforts and initiatives – and will also be interviewing the Eco Team! One of our topics is “Litter” and the Eco Team thought it would be a great idea to have a “Litter Picking Station” on the playground. If somebody spots a piece of litter, they simply pop some gloves on, and use a litter picker to grab it and put it in the bin!
This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch! If you would like to take part, please follow this link:
It is a fantastic citizen science project that teaches us a great deal about the state of British birds; the more people who take part - the better! The timing is pertinent as we will then be celebrating the “RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch” throughout the following week. You will read all about it in next week’s Friday Report. There are plenty of binoculars and spotter guides in ODW if you would like to borrow them.

Sports News


U9 Hockey v Great Ballard  (Won 5-3)
On Wednesday the U9 Girls’ Hockey team travelled to West Sussex, to play Great Ballard. Naomi, their Captain for the day, warmed up her team, won the toss and chose to push-back first. It took a little while for the girls to get used to ‘indoor rules’ on an ‘outdoor pitch’ – playing off the side boards, but soon the scoring began. Great Ballard were first with a ‘soft’ goal, centimetres from the goal-line, but Dunhurst equalized within minutes with a lovely shot from Annie. Just after that, Jemima popped in a second. Great Ballard battled hard and there was end to end play, before they too, got their second goal. Both teams were determined to do well, although sometimes in their enthusiasm, their skills suffered, with a number of free hits being given away for ‘kicking’ the ball. Aggie and Hermione were stoic in defence, allowing a chance for Naomi to push through to score Dunhurst’s 3rd. Seconds from half time, the hosts yet again managed to equalise. Going into the final period, Panarea and Annie tackled hard to gain possession. Sophia did some amazing clears from the defending ‘D’, while up front, Jemima and Evie peppered the goal with shots. At the end of an exciting 40 minutes, the final score was 5-3. Well done to Jemima (Players’ Player) and Panarea (Coach’s Player)
Debbie P
U10 Hockey v St. Edmund’s and Meoncross (Won 2 and drew 1)
The U10s hosted St. Edmund’s School and Meoncross on Wednesday. With 4 teams this enabled us to play lots of small sided games and a round-robin tournament. This is a great platform to play different schools and get lots of match experience. With a depleted side, the U10s faced St. Edmund’s first. Georgia S was pivotal in the middle, driving forwards and she managed to strike the ball with good pace to get herself on the scoresheet on numerous occasions. Annie R showed good stick work, she was able to roll out of congested areas and change the channel to protect the ball and attack from a different angle. The final score in the first match was 4-2. Dunhurst took on St. Edmund’s Green team in the second match. St. Edmund’s were first to score and used the width to their advantage. Dunhurst reacted well with Chloe B making some solid tackles at the back and clearing the lines with confidence. Dare C made some good challenges, working hard to win the back after a turnover. The final score was 3-1 to Dunhurst. With only 6 players, Dunhurst took on a full complement of Meoncross players. With 1 player down, Dunhurst had to work hard to win the ball and drive forwards. Meoncross took an early lead and Dunhurst threw players forwards. Maddie M played a fantastic through ball for Georgia to duly run onto and score from. Final score was 1-1. A lovely afternoon of hockey with some passages of positive play. Well done to all who took part.
Boys’ U10 Hockey v Prebendal School (Won 3-2)
Dunhurst hosted a small squad of Prebendal pupils for a hockey training fixture at home. The boys played a mixed game where they concentrated on their core skills. There was some great play from all players and it was a fantastic opportunity to play in some new positions. A great time was had by all and a huge thank-you to the parents that braved the winter chill.
U11B Girls’ Hockey v Great Ballard
The U11B girls’ Hockey teamed were whisked off to Great Ballard this week to play their away match. It was a cold grey afternoon but the girls were not perturbed. They set off eagerly in the first half, but Great Ballard were quick to snatch up the ball. Mattie A and Emily D fiercely defended the Dunhurst goal with Eowyn J backing them up in midfield. Some excellent play from Great Ballard saw them score a number of goals in the first half. Spirits were still high among the Dunhurst team in the second half of the match. Jemima H played with real vigour, determined to not let the ball go anywhere near Great Ballard’s half of the pitch. She attacked hard, passing to her team-mates Mollie R and Liberty M who pushed up towards the goal. Mollie made some excellent shots, with some very close near-misses, earning her the Bees’ Knees. The final score was 0–5 to Great Ballard. Well done to all who took part.

U11 Girls’ Hockey  v Meoncross (Won 5-1)
Another great display from the U11s girls. Meoncross took an early lead but this did not deter the our girls. Their effort levels were superb and with Valentina (the pocket rocket) up front, soon equalised with a great striker’s goal into the bottom left hand corner. Poppy R and Bella were solid in defence keeping any attacking opportunities from the opposition at bay. Birthday girl and captain Brooke added to the score line with 2 goals in quick succession. One was a great strike from the top of the D and the other goal showed great composure and confidence in front of the goal and defenders to slot the ball in the right hand corner.
Dunhurst were playing well and there was some exceptional passing from the wide players to the attackers in the middle. Millie and  Sorrell drove the ball at pace down the wings to draw the defence and then confidently passed the ball to the forwards in the D. Emily C was confident when in possession and her passing was first class. Emily even got on the score sheet, showing her determination in the D to score! Marlie and Paige were dynamic through the game showing great skill when in possession to get the ball down the wings and attack the D. Both were unlucky not to get in the score sheet! Poppy L played well in defence, making some strong tackles. It was great to see her playing on the wing as well. It was good to see them using the self pass to their advantage and their restarts were super quick!
A great team performance and they understood the use of the rolling substitutions. Well done to Bella and Brooke for being named the Bee’s knees!
U13A Hockey v Prebendal (Won 5-3)
With the Hockey season in full swing, the boys produced a very strong performance to come out on top against Prebendal. By passing and moving off the ball well, several chances opened up for Dunhurst in the first ten minutes. Both Harry R and Hari W capitalised on this to make the score 2-0. Prebendal were kept at bay for most of the first half by some excellent positioning by Rhomey and Ned in defence, however they did manage to break away and score before half time. In the second half, the game was in the balance. Both teams attacked at pace and were able to convert chances. This put the score at 3-3 with ten minutes to play. Dunhurst realised they were in a scrap but did not panic. With the same composure they showed at the beginning, Dunhurst put together some precise bits of passing and managed to score two goals to put the final score at 5-3.
U13B Boys’ Hockey v Prebendal (Won 11–0)
This week the U13B’s were once again at home with an early start. They were soon to prove that last week’s outstanding win was no flash in the pan. They started strongly and Saffi F soon put Dunhurst 1-0 up. Goals followed from Aubrey B, Dom R, Saffi F again and another one from Dom R to put Dunhurst 5-0 up at half time. The second half started and was soon following a similar pattern with further goals for Zeb J (his first eve for the school), Dom R (3), Oscar H and Charlie C – so that Dunhurst ran out 11-0 winners. What was really pleasing was not just the number of goals scored but the overall play. There was some really slick passing and moving the ball diagonally from one side to the other that the opposition simply couldn’t live with. A special mention to Seb L, who volunteered to go in goal and, although he didn’t have a shot on target to save, the few times Prebendal did get in to the Dunhurst D he looked alert and ready to spring in to action. Jack O’C, who was unlucky not to get on to the score sheet himself, played selflessly, setting up several goals for his team mates.
Man of the Match: Dom, not just for his 5 goals but some of them were absolutely top class strikes that a much higher level goalkeeper would have had trouble stopping.

U13A Netball v Highfield (Won 10 -0)
Despite waiting 30 minutes in the cold to follow the U13B game, the girls made an impressive start; dominating the court with solid passing and assertive defending. We rushed quite a lot and needed to slow down and clear space, but this is something we need to continue to work on. The shooters did their best in goal, but the cold was an issue for their poor hands and we weren’t up to our normal standards – they were tricky conditions but they didn’t give up! Highfield struggled to gain possession throughout and we were excellent at defending in all areas of the court. It was another solid performance from a team with much potential. The Bee’s Knees went to Milly for her shooting and to Sophie in defence. My player of the match was Posy who dominated the court, the top of the D and communicated brilliantly throughout. Well done!
U13B Netball v Highfield (L 2 -10)
The U13Bs began in strong spirits against Highfield, despite the cold. We soon realised that we were playing a well-drilled side who were very quick to intercept. Unfortunately, we stayed behind our opposing players to receive high balls and they jumped to intercept the ball for a large majority of the game. There was some fantastic driving towards the ball from Maia and Ella and a great defending stance from Izzy – putting pressure on her player. It was a good effort from the team and the final score was 10-2 to Highfield. The Bee’s Knees went to Jazz and Maia. My player of the match was Maia – well done!



It was fantastic to welcome visitors from Fitzroy for assembly on Thursday morning. ‘Love4Life’ members Grace and Ian told the pupils how the project has changed their lives and members of the Bedales Great South Run team presented FitzRoy with a cheque for over £5,000.
Please put the date in your diary for the School Council Disco on Friday 31st January. At the request of the School Council we are charging a small entrance fee of £1.00 and the proceeds will be donated to ‘4Ocean’ School Council Charity this year plus ‘Australian Bush Fire Koalas appeal’.
The format of the evening will be:
4:20–5:30pm JAW as normal
5:30–6:00pm Supper
6:00–7:00pm Groups’ Disco
7:00–8:30pm Blocks’ Disco
If you have siblings who are in the Groups and the Blocks there will be activities before and after the Disco to enable you to collect them at the same time. Otherwise, Groups can be collected from the Well at 7:00pm and the Blocks at 8:30pm.
Please RSVP to Dunhurst Reception team  to confirm attendance.
Bedales students are set to take part in the Rural Refugee Network (RRN)’s upcoming Walk for Hope on 2 February. The Walk for Hope, which has been organised every year since the RRN was set up four years ago, gives supporters an opportunity to learn more about the work of the charity and meet other supporters, while taking part in a three-mile walk to raise money to support families from war torn countries settle into our local communities. Four Bedales student volunteers will help marshal the walk over the Downs, which sets off from Weir Field Barn at Elsted at 10.30am and concludes with tea and homemade cake at Elstead Village Hall whilst listening to the stories of some of the Syrian families the charity supports. All parents are invited to take part in the walk - and please bring your friends, dogs and children! Family tickets are £10 and can be paid on the day; find out more about the event on the RRN’s Walk for Hope web page.
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