Mrs Laura Dusseljee


Life before Girton
Higher Diploma in Education (Music)

Diploma in Special Education (Remedial)

Born and educated in South Africa. Invited to chaperone and coach a choir of underprivileged students to perform for Nelson Mandela’s first visit to London when he became President of South Africa

Taught Class Music, Choirs and Piano in South Africa and Botswana

 

What two things do you love most about teaching?
When a concept ‘clicks’ and an appreciation of great music develops.

What is the best thing about teaching at Girton?
The work is varied and exciting and “if I can dream it I can do it”. There have been many varied opportunities for me to grow and develop and the school has fully supported that journey. I have been able to bring back what I have learned to the classroom.

My favourite classroom activity
What classroom activity to you think the students most enjoy? The creative activities like composition and develop graphic scores, movement to music, perfecting challenging repertoire, performing successfully.
What do you feel your students get out of this activity? A sense of achievement that leads to confidence and a belief in their own ability.

What difference can good teaching make?
It can alter the course of a child’s life.

Describe the traits of a successful student in your subject or class.
A risk taker, an enthusiastic child who will try new things in a safe environment.

What attributes of your own do you hope your students benefit from?
Enthusiasm for the subject, being involved in the community, not being afraid to ask for help, opportunities, support and feedback. Commitment – doing what I say I will do.

Other Hats: What co-curricular activities are you involved with at Girton?
Girton Singers, Junior School Performance Choir, Bells Angels Bell Choir, Forever Young Rock Band.

Community Work: Artistic Director of the Women of Note and Founder/Director of Forever Young Rock Choir.

What are your passions or hobbies outside of work?
Art, cooking and reading