Olivia Prince-Smith, Lower Fifth

I've been at Bede's for five years, having come up from the Prep School.

The best thing about it is the way the school makes time for me to do the things I'm passionate about.

I don't take Drama as a curricular subject, but I've acted in every play since I arrived. Most recently we put on this abstract, strange production of The Minotaur. It gave us the chance to breathe life into stories that many people perceive as dry, which was really rewarding.

What I appreciate most about Drama is the way it encourages teamwork. The plays I'm in, it's not about you - it's about everyone. If you don't think like that then you crumble and die as a company. And that's a lesson that doesn't just apply to plays. It's effected every aspect of the way I work with people.

In terms of Music, I play the violin, piano, guitar and I sing. I'll pick up any instrument and have a go.

I'm all about the challenge and never stop performing, in and outside of school. Plus, the variety of musical genres I explore here is amazing, with classical, jazz, cabaret and big band.

I'm so glad that I don't have to choose between performing arts and academics. The idea of leaving Academics actually hurts. Why would you ever want to stop learning?

It's not about fitting in, Bede's. There will be a trumpeter sat next to a Maths genius, and that reflects me and who I am. I don't fit into a niche, and I appreciate that Bede's allows me to revel in the knowledge that my future is undefined.

 

This interview was conducted in the Summer Term of 2012, when Olivia was in the Lower Fifth. She is now studying History at Edinburgh.

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