Meet our teachers: Mr Ben Mitchell

Mr Mitchell joined Trinity in 2016 and teaches English and drama in the Secondary school. We asked Mr Mitchell to tell us about his experience at Trinity over the past four years.

2020 has been a strange year. Have there been any highlights for you?

Definitely Trinity’s production of The Mikado! The students have been working so hard this year, and it was a great shame to have to postpone the show at the height of the virus (like so many other events). However, it’s been great to get it up and going again and have everybody’s efforts rewarded with the public show.

Can you describe one of your favourite teaching moments at Trinity?

There have certainly been a couple! The Staff vs Student Great Debate from 2019 Book Week brought a lot of people together and was a great way to celebrate Book Week.

In the classroom, every time students can learn something new is exciting. Helping young people learn to ask questions effectively to better understand the world around them is always fantastic, particularly when this leads to an 'aha!' moment. There have also been a few interesting lessons, with the 'kebab' lesson of 2016 and 'wind noises' from 2017 standing out as particularly memorable.

Furthermore, growing with my current Pastoral Care Group since they were in Year 7 in 2016 has been extra special. We’ve had some great times during various Edmund Rice Days (the whipped cream and water balloon stall from 2016 was a hit), as well as our camps and retreats together.

Finally, the 2018 Pirates of Penzance musical was one of my proudest moments, particularly to see the finished product as a culmination of the efforts that so many people put in to make that come to life.

Who/what inspired you to be a teacher?

I always had a passion for teaching. Back when I was in Year 5, I won a class 'auction' to run a lesson on any subject of my choosing. I ended up doing a lesson on my dad’s favourite PlayStation game, 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'. Little did I know that I ended up running a lesson on narrative structure and characterisation that wouldn’t be out of place in my year 9 classroom. This passion was later harnessed by my year 12 English teacher, Mr Taylor. He made things easy to understand, and was always accessible to his students. I actually had a wonderful conversation with him a few months ago and got to thank him again for his guidance, as he is directly responsible for leading me to where I am today.

If you weren't a teacher, what would you be doing?

I’ve been involved in events, performing and MC work for a long time. Since I’ve been a teacher I’ve continued to host quiz nights and fundraisers, as well as MC various events and weddings. If I were not teaching, I imagine that I would most likely be doing something along those lines; perhaps as a civil celebrant who could MC the reception afterwards.