What are you most looking forward to in 2019?
I always look forward to Term 4, not because of the approaching holidays, but because that is always the time when you recognise the great progress boys have made and there are always strong connections, basically you realise how great your class is!
On a personal note, I am really looking forward to returning to Spain and finish off the Camino del Norte; a pilgrimage across the north of Spain that starts at the French border and mostly follows the coast west to Santiago de Compostela. I got almost halfway last year and unfortunately fell ill so I will start off where I finished.
Can you describe one of your favourite teaching moments at Trinity?
That’s a hard one. In the Junior School, you get to see so much growth, especially in Year Four. The boys come to us from all different places; they are all at different stages of development and have different expectations and fears. I love it when that all comes together. The boys develop that sense of belonging and brotherhood and become a cohesive group.
What inspired you to be a teacher?
I have always had an affinity with young people and know that I have one of the best jobs in the world. You never know what is going to happen in your day, it doesn’t matter how well planned you are, there are always surprises and more often than not pleasant ones. I feel privileged to be entrusted with other people’s children. Knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of students is one inspiration. It is hard work but it also has an enormous element of fun!
Outside of teaching, what are your hobbies and what do you most like doing?
I have done a couple of different pilgrimages or Camino de Santiago, which literally translated means the Walk of St James. I am now hooked! I first walked the last 100 kms of the French Way 10 years ago and returned in 2016 to do the whole French Way. Now I am focusing on finishing off the Camino del Norte and leave in four weeks. I am sure that won’t be my last one – I am already thinking ahead to my next pilgrimage!
I love my garden and have put a lot of work into creating a great little garden with lots of interesting nooks and crannies. I am also an avid reader although during term don’t indulge much. I love to keep fit, but this is harder work in winter.