What was the biggest adjustment/challenge when moving to The Netherlands?
Having to integrate into new and existing circles of friends. In the UK I had, and still have, a very closely knit group of friends whom I have known since I was a child. Realising that I would not see them every day was a sudden and sobering realisation but, with the UK only being 40 minutes away by plane, I have maintained a strong relationship with them and see them at least once every half term.
What’s the best thing about living in The Netherlands?
I particularly like the seasons of the Netherlands. The summers are slightly warmer and the winters are colder, but that doesn’t stop everyone getting on their bikes to get from A to B. In autumn, the Netherlands is awash with stunning orange trees and cycling through the forest on my way into school is made all the more spectacular.
What advice would you give a new teacher on their first day at BSN?
Throw yourself into the deep end and say “yes” to every opportunity that comes your way. You won’t regret it!
What’s the most valuable lesson about Teaching you have learned since joining the BSN?
Since moving to the BSN, there have been a greater number of opportunities to speak in front of large groups of adults to share expertise etc. Initially, the prospect of doing this scared me but, once I realised that I could apply the same skills and level of confidence as when I am talking to children, I developed a number of coping mechanisms and techniques.
What was the most recent profession development course/workshop you have done?
Recently I attended the COBIS middle leader training course. It was an excellent session led by Sue Aspinall, Headteacher JSV and Chris Bailey, Deputy Headteacher JSV and they helped us build an awareness of leadership and develop our skillset.
Can you recommend a teaching resource?
If you are lucky enough to work in a team of teachers, the best teaching resources are your other team members! At the BSN they are likely to have taught in different schooling systems around the world and are able to offer fresh perspectives and lesson ideas that may never have occurred to you.
Describe BSN in 3 words?
Research led innovation.
What do you do to unwind after a busy day at school?
Cycle home through the forest and have a coffee in the plein.
What’s your favourite destination for a weekend getaway?
At the weekends, I often visit Rotterdam. It’s a brilliant and vibrant city with so much to offer.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by the other members of my team. When I see everyone clubbing together and working as one to have the greatest impact on the children’s learning and well-being, I always feel immensely proud and inspired.