Bedeans in Drama and Broadcasting

Charlie Bristow (2007-2011)

Sports Reporter
Newstalk ZB & Radio Sport

Leaving St Bede’s College in 2011 Charlie secured a place at the New Zealand Broadcasting School to study Broadcast Journalism. The course runs for two and a half years with a heavy hands on approach. Throughout Charlie’s study he hosted a weekly radio sports show, produced a documentary on Christchurch’s Police Dog Squad and anchored a weekly TV news bulletin. Towards the end of his study Charlie was approached by Newstalk ZB & Radio Sport and was offered an internship as a sports reporter. Charlie remains a sports reporter at Newstalk ZB & Radio Sport having covered the Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup and Commonwealth Games as well as hosting a weekend sports show. Charlie was the recipient of the Sir John Wells Sport New Zealand Scholarship and announced 2016’s Best New Broadcaster at the New Zealand Radio Awards.

Studying Drama at St Bede’s College helped me hone my story telling abilities, learn how to successfully improvise under pressure as well as gaining a healthy amount of self-confidence. The Drama staff were always encouraging and provided the necessary resources to achieve any vision.

James Campos

Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)
Massey University

After finishing school in 2013, James packed up and shipped off to Wellington. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Public Relations at Massey University. He is excelling at university and made the Dean’s List. In August of 2016 James moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to finish his degree at Colorado State University. He will graduate in May of 2017, and has hopes of travelling the world and completing his Master’s degree – in which order he is unsure.
James Campos took drama every year at school and felt it was a great opportunity to escape from the monotony of school and release all the pent up energy most boys have too much of, but in a positive way. He felt it was important for young men to be able to express themselves and laugh at themselves otherwise who knows how you may end up.

Forget all the misconceptions about boys doing drama – there were plenty of top athletes, academics, prefects, deputy and head boy in my class. Drama was important in shaping me into an efficient and competent communicator, which is vital in my line of study.

Sam Pickering

Upon leaving St Bede’s Sam was accepted in to the New Zealand Broadcasting School. Being on the news was always where he wanted to be, especially working with sports. He completed two years on campus and finished his degree with an internship at ONE News on the sports team, based in Auckland.

It’s such an amazing experience, I’ve interviewed some world famous names like Sir John Kirwan and Warren Gatland. I’m writing for the 6pm sports bulletin daily. I’m only 20 and would never have thought I would’ve had this all under my belt already, but somehow I’m doing it! And being English I get to do all the football stories – it’s mint.

Hayden Withers

When graduating the American musical and dramatic academy Hayden was one of only three in his class to graduate with a professional job lined up! He was very humbled to be offered a role in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolinas production of Singin’ in the Rain! After a terrific season it was back to New York to start auditioning for Hayden! Whilst juggling 3 survival jobs and expensive rent Hayden went on to book three more professional gigs during the auditions season unfortunately they all conflicted and Hayden had to pick one! He chose to do All Shook Up at the prestigious Fireside Dinner theatre in Wisconsin! He was fortunate enough to also be cast as the understudy for the leading role! A ate up in his professional career! Again after this Hayden returned to New York to continuing his survival jobs of which included assistant stage managing shows in the city! This was definitely something he thoroughly enjoyed and wishes to Pursue this further at some stage in his bright future! After returning to New York Hayden was lucky enough to be offered a contract with the Walt Disney Company on Disney Cruise Line! He was hired as a dancer! He is about 2 thirds of the way through his contract and is absolutely loving it! Unfortunately Hayden’s American working visa had expired and so he is currently in the works of applying for his green card! He was excited to return home to put the finishing touches on his application whilst performing in the Court Theatre production of Legally Blonde as well as Priscilla – Queen of the desert!

I am so grateful to have gone to a school that was so accepting and giving to my talents and determination to do better! Without the St Bede’s faculty and support I would not be the performer or person I am today!