Last night Brockwood Park School’s internationalism was particularly pronounced as we held an international food festival. The students and staff formed 15 location specific groups delivering regional food from each. By dinner time food from five continents all prepared with love and care adorned a long banquet table ready for an unforgettable feast, and what a feast it was. (Photos: Brockwood Park Development Team, Suseela and Mark)
As anyone who has been here will know Brockwood Park is full of hidden treasures, but yesterday it was our mission to team up and hunt for some very specific and cleverly hidden ones. Teams comprised of Inwoods Small School’s students and staff, Brockwood Park School’s students, staff and mature students, all erupted onto the grounds as the ‘Brockwood Park Fancy Dress Treasure Hunt 2014’ commenced.
The South Lawn was awash with 10 teams hurriedly searching for three clues which would indicate where each team’s hidden prize was located. All clues finally led the teams to the Rose Garden where they discovered their prize, but that was not the end, rather it was another beginning. Each team was to then create a performance story or activity with the prize and plans were made and rehearsals held all over the Rose Garden. When everyone was ready the 10 teams made their way to ‘Inwoods Small School’ to perform their improvised piece. It was the first time Inwoods Small School had everyone come to visit and after 10 hilarious plays, choreographies and sports activities, all felt at home and welcome. Whether five years old or fifty years old all had a fantastically adventurous and creative morning and we look forward to the next event. (Photographs: Development Team and Mark Apted)
Mary began working for Krishnamurti as his secretary in England in 1958. She was the first Trustee to be appointed to the KFT and is still a Trustee. She was involved in the establishment of Brockwood and has been actively engaged in its operation ever since. A member of the KFT Publications Committee, Mary is herself a published author of 28 books. She was awarded a doctorate by Lancaster University for her services to children’s literature and the publication of Krishnamurti’s teachings.
Yesterday was a warm autumn day in Hampshire during which the entire school hiked to Beacon Hill for a picnic lunch. Sandwiches were eaten in a meadow overlooking the rolling South Downs with marvellous views of Brockwood in the distance. The six hour round hike was part of a week of orientation and preparation for the new academic year.
Photographs by Pierre Smith Khanna
Over the past few days students from all over the world journeyed to Brockwood Park School. This year we have students of 22 nationalities and we are looking forward to sharing company and cultures.
“The Beginning and Ending of Ignorance”
From the 19th to the 21st of September:
“If you assert and I assert, if you stick to your opinion, to your dogma, to your knowledge, and I stick to mine, then there can be no real discussion, because neither of us is free to inquire. To discuss is not to share our experiences with each other. There is no sharing at all: there is only the beauty of truth, which neither you nor I can possess. It is simply there.”
After months of preparation, taking registrations, getting rooms’ ready, assembling welcome packs and discussing menus, Brockwoods 45th Reunion happened last week and was a success. There were 370 alumni present over the five days, spanning every one of Brockwoods’ 45 years, and this included one of Brockwoods’ very first teachers from early 1969.
Thank you to all those who helped organise the Reunion and thank you to everyone who came back to see us at Brockwood. We had a wonderful five days, with good weather, a beautiful marquee, delicious food, inspiring workshops, a magnificent bonfire, photos, conversations, dances, walks, classical, marimba and rock and roll performances, tree planting, morning meetings and lots of rota! Prior to this, we had a smaller Reunion of a group of alumni from the 1970’s who joined us for four days and it was delightful to meet them and to hear them comment on their time spent at the school.
I hope that you manage to keep in touch with us, and not have to wait another five years for a Reunion. You can do this through visits to the school, as well as through sharing your projects and the work that you are involved in, and maybe offering workshops to our students. Thank you all, and do stay in touch!
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