Meet a Teacher – Mr Paul

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Lara Beale & Keely Burton

This week on the school blog we interviewed Mr Paul (Computing Teacher). Here is what he said:

Q: What interests you in the subject you teach and why did you want to teach it?

“I have been interested in computers since I was 14 years of age when I was given my first computer, to be able to write my name on a screen and have the computer say my name was amazing to me. Throughout my life I have used computers and programming to help me get through life, when I left the army I wanted to learn to fly an aeroplane, to be able to pay for lessons I wrote some flight planning software which enabled me to gain my PPL licence”
 Q: How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching?
“I wanted to become a teacher when I volunteered to be a parent helper at my children’s school when they where in Y2 and Y4. I was going to become a primary school teacher but ended up going for computing and media in Sixth Form, later on, I changed my career to teaching Secondary School.”
Q: Is teaching you first major profession?
“No, my first job was in the Army in the Royal Engineers, I did that job for 6 years, then became a fitness instructor for 1o years and then a fitness centre manager for 6 years”
 Q: Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject for a gcse?
“Computing is not just sitting at a computer and programming for hours on end, its about problem solving and giving yourself a good base knowledge that will only help you in the future, in the years to come, many jobs will be replaced by computers and robots, someone needs to program them, why not make that person you?”
 Q: Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?
“I believe so, I really enjoy what I do. I am not one to say “never” and always keep my options open, but at this time , i have no intention of looking for a different job.”
 Q: How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have an interest in your subject you teach?
I create interesting resources and use my “acting skills” to create some interesting videos. I would like to say that I am an actor that has skills 2nd to none, my daughter has told me not to give up my day job.”
 Q: What inspired you to start teaching?
“My son and daughter’s Y4 teacher. She was such an inspiration to watch and she clearly loved what she did. In the 6 years I knew her, she turned down the opportunity of 2 promotions because she just wanted to teach children 100% of the time.”
Q: What other things do you do to improve/ help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. Clubs, extra curricular activities etc.)
“Photography and Film Club, Study 6 to help some students with homework, and general catchup sessions when ever students want/need it.”

Meet a Teacher – Miss Hannan

Lara Beale & Keely Burton

This week on the school blog we interviewed Miss Hannan (Business Studies teacher). Here is what she said:

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Q1. What interested you in the subject you teach and why did you start teaching?

“It was a subject I really enjoyed when I was learning about it myself in school.”

Q2. How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching?

“I originally always wanted to be a primary school teacher but after I had done my A-levels, I didn’t get a high enough grade to become a primary school teacher. I then realised that I had an interest in teaching a high school and decided to pursue that instead.”

Q3. Is teaching your first major profession?

“My first major profession is teaching. I’ve been teaching for 3 years now. It’s not my first job, but it is my main one. I use to be a farmer before I became a teacher!

Q4. Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject for a GCSE?

“Everything we learn about relates to the world around us and it can help you in your future life as you get older.”

Q5. Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?

“Yes, but I would like to do some traveling in between to relieve some stress.”

Q6. How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have an interest in your subject you teach?

“The teaching techniques I use are videos, worksheets and I try to relate to local life and use local businesses as examples students may know of.”

Q7. What inspired you to start teaching?

“Some of the teachers I had when I was in school, they made teaching enjoyable.”

Q8. What other things do you do to improve/ help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. Clubs, extra-curricular activities etc.)

“Enterprise club, blogging club and help out with the Duke of Edinburgh trips”

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Meet A Teacher – Miss Maughan

Lara Beale & Keely Burton

This week on the school blog we are presenting a new section which is when we question teachers and get to know them a bit. This week we have also interviewed Miss. Maughan, music teacher. Here is what she said:

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Q1. What interests you in the subject you teach and why did you want to teach it?

“I’ve always been interested in performing arts and when I was at school I was involved in a lot of music, drama and art. When I went to University I decided to focus on music because I feel like music is inclusive for all and it allows everyone to be involved and have a go. Whoop, whoop!”

Q2. How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching for?

“I’ve been a teacher for 9 years but I only wanted to be one for 11 because I really wanted to work in prisons but I thought if I couldn’t handle secondary schools I couldn’t handle prisons.”

Q3. Is teaching your first major profession?

“Teaching is my first major profession. YES!”

Q4. Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject for a GCSE?

“Practice makes perfect!”

Q5. Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?

“Yes I do, but who knows what life will bring?”

Q6. How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have an interest in your subject you teach?

“I try to go for the genre that everybody likes and that’s mainly pop music, I try to find ways of getting that involved in the music. Whoo hoo!”

Q7. What inspired you to start teaching?

“I just want to say thanks to my Mum, because she’s my biggest inspiration. I just can’t believe how far I got, without her I wouldn’t be where I am today. Oh, and I like to thank my dog too.”

Q8. What other things do you do to improve/ help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. Clubs, extra-curricular activities etc.)

“I do quite a lot of different clubs around the school like Choir, samba band. But right now I’m working with Miss Isham on our amazing production of Evening at the West End, which you should totally see in April. I also cycle with a helmet and a brightly coloured coat to promote healthy living whilst doing a daily 8 mile cycle round trip between home and school. I would also like to point out that I recently raced Mr. Ramasami into the school and I beat him, he even had a motor on his bike. Yeah!”

Meet A Teacher – Mr Ramasami

Lara Beal & Keeley Burton

This week on the school blog we are presenting a new section which is when we question teachers so we can all get to know them a bit more. This week we have interviewed Mr Ramasami. (an SME teacher)

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Here is what he said:

Q1. What interests you in the subject you teach and why did you want to teach it?

“I like the idea of helping students become more connected to the people around them. I believe SME is the perfect lesson for doing it.”

Q2. How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching?

“I’ve been teaching since I was 24 so that means I have been doing this for 170 years (not a typo!). I wanted to make a difference, it made a difference for me.”

Q3. Is teaching your first major profession?

“Yes, it is.”

Q4. Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject as a GCSE?

“Hang in there kids. It will soon be over and you can start smiling again.”

Q5. Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?

“I do”

Q6. How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have have an interest in your subject you teach?

“When planning my lessons, I try to prepare things like a good chef; quality materials, a bit of enthusiasm and gas mark 5 for twenty minutes.”

Q7. What inspired you to start teaching?

“Meeting other teachers who were great people.”

Q8. What other things do you do to improve/help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. clubs, extra-curricular activities etc.)

“I have only been here this year so far, so watch this space.”

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Evening at The West End

Lara Beale & Keely Burton

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On Monday 30th January (INSET day) some students from all year groups came to school for a rehearsal for Durrington High School’s amazing end of year production of ‘Evening at the West End’. With Mrs Isham (Head of Performing Arts) being the Producer and Miss. Maughan (Music Teacher) being the Musical Director. In this fantastic show the students present three different West End shows, these being Matilda, Grease and The Phantom of the Opera. The show is already looking superb because of all the hard work and effort the students have put into the show over the last few weeks after school and in their spare time on their INSET day. I know Durrington High School is going to live up to expectations and create yet another exceptdrama2ional performance!

 

The show itself takes place between Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th April 2017, so please feel free to purchase tickets and show your support of Durrington High School’s performing arts department. In the show the students show off their unique talents of singing, dancing, acting and more. Everyone involved has worked so hard on this performance and we all hope it is a huge success.