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Hello! I’m Mrs O’Brien and have just joined Glastonbury Thorn a few weeks ago.. What a time to start a new job!! However, I couldn’t be happier! – Mainly because I have been a teacher of many animal classes before BUT never a Chimpanzee class and believe me when I was at school I was a little monkey!!
So school for me was a mix of emotions My biggest memory was running for the school bus to middle school ! Ah, we lived in the village, at 8.04am the bus drove past the end of my road to stop at the top of the main road at 8.05. I was always running up the road at 8.04 trying to beat the bus to the bus stop.(Because if I missed that bus I was in serious trouble!!) Naturally I would blame Fluffy and Buffy my rabbits they were a great distraction – I used to play for hours in the garden with them and managed to get them to jump cane hurdles and all sorts. I used to love to daydream and it was always around nature and animals that my day dreams took me to. Another memory I have is my 1st school where we had swimming lessons in the outdoor pool – it was never heated, us girls had to wear swimming hats - mine was the biggest floral type hat you’ve ever seen. Our head teacher used to ride his bicycle to school too.
I remember my favourite subjects to be Art and Games, possibly due to frequently running for the school bus I was particularly good at cross country and 100m sprint.
I have strong memories of one teacher spending time to ‘chat’ to us all individually where she really wanted to give us the confidence to be the best that we could be, she made our learning unique to us all and it is because of her that my desire to teach began. Having studied up north for my teaching degree I also developed a fond love for exploring and adventure. So my first teaching job took me overseas to work in a private school where English was a second language for most. I quickly learnt that education needed to be visual, fun and engaging, that the students learnt by doing; being involved and experiencing.
It is this that I look forward to bringing to Glastonbury. As a teacher I thrive to get the best results possible for each child in my care ; academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually – just like my most memorable teacher!
I can’t wait to finally meet you all.