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It was my first real teaching job and I thought, “Yes, I’ve done it!” I have a lot of fond memories because I have taught some lovely pupils so it is difficult to choose just one! I’d have to say my proudest moment was receiving a message on a snow day to let me know some of the boys from my (11 Galahad) Form had helped dig a lady’s car out of the snow on Grove Lane, rather than rushing home after the school closed early. It’s one of my favourite stories from my time at HGS. Funniest moment? I decided it would be a good idea to have a donut eating contest as part of 10 Alfred’s Form assembly on Hanukkah (donuts are traditional Hanukkah food). We filmed it after school and the boys edited it themselves. It made for very funny viewing. I also used to run “the R.S. factor” at the end of the year with some classes. Pupils would rewrite lyrics to an instrumental version of any song they liked to fit with the topic we were studying in R.S., we’ve had some interesting performances to say the least! Also, when Mr Arnold decided to sit on Mr Duck’s lap in the staffroom, rolled off backwards and got stuck between two chairs, flailing about like a tortoise on its back. He managed to kick a full cup of tea over Mrs Hartt in the process. I enjoyed that! Funniest question you have been asked by a pupil? I’ve had a lot of strange questions, the funniest are probably unrepeatable! What will you miss most about HGS/Bham? I’ll miss the pupils, particularly my Form 10 Alfred, who are bunch of lovable rogues. All jobs have their tough moments, but here at HGS there is always someone to help you out, and always a pupil to say something that will make you laugh. I’ll miss the discos we have in Mrs Donoghue’s room before Open Evenings, and I’ll miss the cheese toasties. B’ham – I will miss spending so much time with my family, particularly my sister who is my best mate, and our family dogs Pippa and Ginny. I will also miss Mount Fuji in the Bullring cos I love sushi and food in general! Who was your favourite teacher when you were at school? I had a few favourite teachers because, unsurprisingly, I loved school. Miss Mellors, my German teacher was scary but really funny. She also had the best (very 90’s) outfits and was never phased by anything. I also had a brilliant Drama teacher, Mr Cleland, who could help you with any teenage dilemma, and my R.S. teacher Mr Rodgers who would pose really interesting philosophical questions and leave us all thinking “eh?!” That was what got me into Theology and eventually teaching R.S. What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were at school? I did a fair few naughty things at school that I would love to tell you, but I don’t want to give you all terrible ideas, so I’ll tell you the least naughty one. I stole my German test before Miss Mellors could mark it because I’d zoned out during the instructions and didn’t know what to do. The next lesson she thought she had lost it and was really apologetic. To this day I feel guilty about it. I’m still in touch with her, maybe I should confess? Any advice for students? Don’t be afraid to work hard and keep doing the things you love. The comedian Amy Poehler explains: “The talking about the thing is not the thing, the doing of the thing is the thing.” In other words, if you spend the time you do worrying actually doing the things that worry you, you’ll get everything done a lot faster! Remember family, friends and pets (!) are the most important things in life. Always be yourself, even if others think you’re a bit odd, it’s better to stand out than fit in. What is your motto for life? “You’re only given one little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams 45 MS LIN-FELLOWS What is your favourite equation? I don’t have a favourite – I like algebra and so love equations Which formula/symbol would you be and why? The symbol for complex numbers because most of me is real but there are some imaginary parts too! Who is your favourite mathematician? Rene Descartes What is your favourite book/author? To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee What are your hobbies? Netball (only watching these days) and reading Who was your favourite teacher when you were at school? My form tutor – she inspired me to be the best I could be. What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were at school? Wore red shoes when the uniform stated black only. What is your motto for life? Aim for the sky (and hope you at least reach the ceiling!) I did a fair few naughty things at my German test before Miss Mellors could mark it because I’d zoned out