Bede's
Sixth Form: Meet our new Heads of School
Georgie Pearch, Tom Waring, Alice White and Connor Malewicz (Sixth Form)

We are delighted to introduce our new Heads of School for the academic year 2021/2022. Georgie Pearch and Tom Waring take on the roles of Heads of School, while Alice White and Connor Malewicz are our new Deputy Heads of School. Here, we ask them a few questions to learn a bit more about them as they start their new roles.


Georgie

What have been your fondest memories of Bede's so far?

There are several special memories that I have made over the course of my time here. One of them definitely has to be representing Bede’s at the National Tennis Championships with my teammates couple years ago. But I also treasure all the times I’ve been surrounded by my friends at socials or formal dinners.

How are you settling into your new role, and what are you hoping to achieve?

Settling into this new role has been great so far. I am excited to see what myself along with Tom, Alice, Connor and all the other School Prefects can achieve over the course of the year. Although being Head Girl is undoubtedly a huge responsibility, I am determined to achieve my goal of making Bede’s an even more compassionate community where both the day and boarding community know they have an active voice in making positive change.

If you could travel to any period of history, where would you go?

If time travel was possible, I would go back to the Age of Exploration when Christopher Columbus was around. It must have been so exciting setting sail across the vast ocean with no idea of what was on the other side - or even if there was anything at all.

Who is on your dream dinner party guest list?

First on the list would have to be Princess Diana, as she was such an influential figure who left a legacy on the world we live in today. I would then invite Michael McIntyre for a good laugh and Leonardo DiCaprio to fulfil my dream of meeting him.

You have one book, one film and one album to take with you to a desert island – which do you pick?

My chosen album would be 'Exudus' by Bob Marley for the sole purpose of having the song 'Three Little Birds' also known as 'Don’t Worry About a Thing' to listen to when fighting for survival gets too stressful. In terms of films, 'Grease' never fails to disappoint, and finally I would take an empty book so I could use it as a journal and log my experiences until my hopeful rescue.


Tom

What have been your fondest memories of Bede's so far?

My fondest memory of Bede's so far must be the Spanish Football Tour; to go away to a different country surrounded by my friends playing the sport that we all love, whilst also exploring a new culture, was an unforgettable experience 

How are you settling into your new role, and what are you hoping to achieve?

I feel the time of my appointment is very timely with hopefully the worst of these unprecedented times having been and gone. I feel this allows myself, Georgie, Alice and Connor to really push forward out of what’s been a very difficult time and make some lasting changes on the School. During my time as Head Boy I’d like to integrate the houses more and introduce more interhouse competitions to increase the inclusivity in and across years. 

If you could travel to any period of history, where would you go?

My first thought would be 1966 to see England win a World Cup. However, as its coming home in 2022 that won’t be necessary, so I would travel to post war Britain in 1920 to watch the emergence of gangs and communism, as well as the new ability of women to vote in the UK. 

Who is on your dream dinner party guest list?

My dream dinner party guest list would begin with Tiger Woods, to explain how someone can become the world’s must renowned sportsman. Joining him would be David Attenborough, so I could hear his honest “off air” opinions on climate change and whether or not it is reversible, and finally to top of the dinner party I would have to choose Lewis Dunk as he’s an icon in my eyes.

You have one book, one film and one album to take with you to a desert island – which do you pick?

My book of choice would be a Bear Grylls' 'Survival Skills: Desert', to ensure that one day I can be rescued! My song of choice to keep me on my feet dancing when I get cold would be 'TGIF' by Katy Perry, and I can’t choose a film so I'd have to be greedy and bring the Peaky Blinders box set.


 Alice

What have been your fondest memories of Bede's so far?

My fondest memories of Bede’s so far are definitely the Cabaret’s I was involved with in First Year and Lower Fifth, as they were very magical and fun experiences - especially as they were before Covid, so there was a lot of buzz and excitement about performing making it very memorable. 

How are you settling into your new role, and what are you hoping to achieve?

I am settling into my new role well, and with new opportunities arising due to Covid restrictions becoming less intense I hope to create more events so pupils can have even more enjoyable experiences at Bede’s and increase physical and mental wellbeing.

If you could travel to any period of history, where would you go?

I would love to go to Ancient Egypt and meet all the powerful pharaohs such as Tutankhamun and Cleopatra, and see her influence over people like Julius Caesar. I would also love to see the incredible statues like The Sphinx, before its nose was broken off. 

Who is on your dream dinner party guest list?

I would love to have a range of empowering women at my dream dinner party such as Toni Morrison and Margaret Atwood to discuss their books and experiences, as well as Margaret Thatcher and Rachael Blackmore as they are both inspirational people who are the first women to make the achievements they have made. I would also invite Mary Berry as she could provide some delicious food. 

You have one book, one film and one album to take with you to a desert island – which do you pick?

I would take the book ‘The Handmaids Tale’ as it is a favourite of mine and one I could reread repeatedly, I would pick Lewis Capaldi’s album ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’, and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' as the movie to make me happier after the emotional songs of Lewis Capaldi’s.


Connor

What have been your fondest memories of Bede's so far?

Despite my short time here at Bede's (I joined in the Lower Sixth), I have had the opportunity to experience an array of great moments. I think my fondest memory would have to be earning my PADI Scuba Diving qualification with my schoolmates as part of my activities at school, as this really highlighted how fortunate I am to attend a school that pushes me to be the best I can be.

How are you settling into your new role, and what are you hoping to achieve?

I feel very honoured to be appointed to my role as Deputy Head of School, and I am full of enthusiasm and excitement to discover what myself and the rest of the Prefect team can accomplish in the upcoming academic year. I have always wanted to make a long-lasting and positive impression, and this is a fantastic opportunity to do just that! I am keen to help promote more collaboration between day and boarding pupils through more social events, as we make our long-awaited departure from the restrictions of Covid!

If you could travel to any period of history, where would you go?

I would love to travel back in time by 5,000 years and investigate the civilisations of Ancient Egypt. The construction of the Egytian Pyramids are something of great personal interest, therefore I would love to witness first-hand just how such fantastically complex structures were built without the use of modern day technology.

Who is on your dream dinner party guest list?

Tyson Fury, a man who has battled with mental illness despite having all the money and fame one could ask for after his fantastic boxing career, would be such an interesting guest to have spoken to. I'd also love to have world-class comedian Ricky Gervais, who I am sure would be great fun to talk to.

You have one book, one film and one album to take with you to a desert island – which do you pick?

If I were stranded on a desert island, my book of choice would be 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khalid Hosseni, which is such an interesting and heart-wrenching story. I would choose 'Titanic' as my film, as I will never become bored watching it, regardless of the amount of times I've seen it! 


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