The Geoffrey Bean Boarding Scholarship

Author: David Cornish, Executive Officer, Prince Alfred College Foundation.

Fifty years ago, in 1969, an Englishman named Geoffrey Bean was appointed Headmaster of Prince Alfred College.

With a young family, a school to run in a new country, and much to learn, Geoffrey Bean had plenty to contend with.  An early and appreciated source of all manner of things for the new Headmaster were the Boarders, who by his own admission provided him with friendship, support, and wonderful stories still recounted today.

In 2017, Geoff’s views were sought on how to recognise his outstanding contribution to the life of the College.  His wish was to help lads from the country, and in 2018 the Geoffrey Bean Boarding Scholarship was launched.  The endowment was established using a bequest from the late Tom Bascomb (PAC 1944-48), himself a boarder from Eyre Peninsula, and additional gifts which have seen the fund grow to nearly $100,000.

Recently, Geoff Bean visited the College and was introduced to the inaugural recipient of the Geoffrey Bean Boarding Scholarship.  Year 10 boarding student Caleb Crook comes from Renmark and met with Geoff Bean for lunch in the Dining Hall.  It was a lovely meeting, and they spoke about their shared interest in Cricket, Geoff’s time as Headmaster, and Caleb’s impressions of College life after three weeks in the Boarding House.

Geoff’s delight in meeting Caleb and wishing him well was a special moment. Pictured is Caleb Crook with Geoffrey Bean AM (Headmaster 1970-87).

Over his seventeen years as Headmaster, Geoff Bean influenced the lives of countless young men.  He is highly regarded for his leadership, wise nature, and his devotion to PAC in the 32 years since his retirement, and the scholarship will ensure his contribution lives.

I was a beneficiary of Geoff Bean’s leadership.  If you were also and would like to honour this, please consider a gift to the Geoffrey Bean Boarding Scholarship. For further information or to make a donation please contact me, telephone 8334 1255 or dcornish@pac.edu.au.  Donations can also be made online through the PAC Foundation Scholarship Fund at https://pac.edu.au/community/foundation/giving-to-the-foundation-donate-here/

David Cornish
Executive Officer
Prince Alfred College Foundation