Welcome to Year 4
What is your favourite book and why?
I can’t say I have one personal favourite – for me, there have been different favourites for different times in my life; so my taste is quite eclectic. I love reading books that inform, books that are childhood classics, books that have a mystery to solve, or have layers of meaning or that intrigue. The Twits is also a personal favourite, because it made me laugh, but it also had a message about the need to be kind to others, or you end up like Mr and Mrs Twit. I love sharing books too, and so my favourite, most memorable books usually are the ones I have really happy memories reading with my parents, or with my children and more recently, with my grandchildren (books by Julia Donaldson are among my favourites as well as Emily Gravett’s “Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears”). For me, whatever I read, whether it’s a children’s or adult’s book, it has to be enjoyable, funny, intriguing or carry a deeper insight into life or something I personally can learn from.
Some of my personal favourites though are the unpublished books by family members written, or illustrated by them, or created with them, poetry books written by my grandfather, or books made with and by my children when they were young, and a little journal my mother illustrated and wrote about her life, or the little journals she wrote and illustrated for my children about the funny things they did when they were young, before she died. Books don’t need to be published to be your favourites - they can be stories or poems you write or create for, or with, your family.
What is your favourite memory from school?
My favourite memory from school was the day I opened my A level results, fearing the worst, but then discovering in fact that I had gained 3 A Levels and was therefore accepted to do a B.Ed. Honours degree at my first choice university, which was an answer to my prayers, and achieving the goal that I had set my heart on at the age of 7: that of becoming a teacher. It was a dream come true!
What is your most inspirational quote?
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Sir Winston Churchill. There have been a few people who gave to me at times that may seem insignificant to them, but that were transformative to me. They gave from the overflow of their lives at a cost to themselves, and their authentic love made all the difference to the way I view the world. Supportive, encouraging and up-building people provide and facilitate personal growth and achievement.
Teaching for me has been both a living and a life.