Hotseat: Julian Pederick
Foremarke School headmaster shares his educational memories
School: Foremarke School Dubai
Job Title: Headmaster
Where did you go to school?
My first school was called Barley Close Primary School in Bristol and my earliest memory is of swimming lessons in the outdoor pool – it was freezing! My father was in the police force and when I was ten he was promoted so we moved to Weston-Super Mare, a seaside town in the South West of England. Here I went to St Martins Primary School, then on to Priory School.
What was your favourite subject?
I would say I had the most fun in my Physical Education classes and really loved getting involved in all the sports available and representing my school in all the main seasonal sports.
What was your least favourite?
It would have to be Chemistry. I just could never seem to get the hang of all those chemical equations and my teacher seemed to have very little sympathy with my apparent ineptitude.
Did you have a favourite teacher?
I liked teachers who were firm but fair and who had a good sense of humour. That’s a balance I try to achieve in my day to day working life with pupils and I think it gets the best results. I can still remember my first tutor at senior school, Mr Morgan who was tremendously kind and always encouraged me to do my best in both my academics and my sport.
Were you good or naughty?
I would like to think that mostly I was good!
What was the naughtiest thing you did at school?
Well, there were definitely one or two occasions when I got into serious trouble but I am not going to reveal what those were because I don’t wish to give Foremarke pupils any ideas!
What’s your happiest memory from your school days?
It’s hard to choose just one because you look back now with so much fondness, but the highlights for me would be friends of course, school trips (especially those involving outward bound and overnight stays) and of course, the hot summer lunch breaks spent playing football and ‘bulldogs’ on the school field.
What about your worst one?
Oh, that’s an easy one – the examinations - but luckily I have a pretty good memory so I did reasonably well, even in Chemistry!
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