Life before Girton
After finishing university in Sydney I was posted to teach at Albury High. I taught there for one and a half years then began a ski instructor career working at Smiggins/Perisher in the Australian winters and Ramsau am Dachstein in Austria in the northern winters. I completed my Austrian ski instructor’s qualifications in German and instructed mostly in that language.
In seasons when I did not instruct skiing I spent 6 months as a volunteer teacher in a small village in The Sudan, Africa and worked as a rouseabout for a shearing contractor in southern NSW.
What I Love about Teaching
The interaction with vibrant and happy young people is a serious attraction of teaching.
What do you like best about the subject you teach?
Teaching Geography helps students to open their minds to see the world around them and to think seriously about world issues that may figure significantly in their adult lives.
My favourite classroom activity.
Doing fieldwork that links theory taught with the real world makes the study of Geography a genuine study. Horse riding for four days in an alpine environment and using film footage to create a visual presentation in class time on the impact of horse riding is a highlight.
What difference can good teaching make?
If a teacher is genuinely passionate about the subject they teach that will help to inspire students to be interested also. Mixing ‘fun’ in the class room with hard work and high expectations is a good combination for learning.
As a Head of House I have had the privilege to be closely involved with students in their passage through secondary school.
My current co-curricular activity is hockey. I have played and coached for many years.
My passion is breeding and competing Arabian horses in Endurance events. I have been breeding these beautiful animals for over 40 years.
Everywhere I go out of school I am accompanied by one of my Great Danes.