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Meet Our New Year 6 Teacher: Mrs Camilla Earp

Posted on: 24 Jun 2014 by Weston Green School | Category: Year 6

Meet Our New Year 6 Teacher: Mrs Camilla Earp

We are looking forward to welcoming Mrs. Earp to Weston Green School in September when she will join the team as our new Year 6 teacher. She has kindly taken the time to answer a few questions to introduce herself to families at the school:

What attracted you to the role of Year 6 teacher at Weston Green?
The job description really excited me. I understand that Weston Green will be saying goodbye to its very first Year 6 class this July and I was attracted by the opportunity to not only give Year 6 a great experience, but help build the profile of the year group as part of Weston Green’s burgeoning Upper School.

What skills and experience can you bring to Weston Green School?
With eight years of teaching under my belt, I am always on the hunt to find ways of boosting my skills as a teacher. In addition to helping manage and guide Year 6 through the rigorous 11+ process, I am currently both assessment and PSHC coordinator, in addition to heading up the School Council: I enjoy listening to what the children have to say, particularly as they pick up on many things that adults do not!

Having always loved the arts, teaching has given me the chance to use my Drama degree – whether it be directing school plays or putting on a class assembly. These skills seem to sit hand in hand with those that I gained in my career in media: being flexible, approachable and being able to smile and stay calm when things do not turn out how you expected! In all honesty, I do have a competitive streak which particularly comes to the fore when competing against children or parents in any activity…. quizzes and rounders matches especially!

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
Although I enjoyed my time working in media, I was never convinced that it was the career for me and it was whilst working alongside a children’s charity that I began to think about teaching. I come from a family of teachers and always insisted that I was not going to become one too when I was growing up! However, mother always knows best and since changing careers I have never looked back. The clichés that often get attached to teaching are true: it’s rewarding, fun, varied and full of surprises!

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?
The list is endless! In addition to seeing them progress through the school and leave Year 6 confident, happy and prepared, the best thing for me is that children always surprise. They often push you to do things that you could never have imagined yourself doing; whether it be jumping into a freezing lake in the rain or dusting off your old musical instrument and playing in a concert, children make you less fearful of trying new things and encourage you to practise the old.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Last year I was resolved to learn the piano and in spite of a few blips, I have been pretty constant with my practice and am really enjoying it. I love being outside and living relatively near the river allows for lovely long walks. In the summer months I often go boating but if the weather is poor, I will always occupy myself at home with some form of home improvement; however, in spite of the long school holidays, there always still seems to be a long list of jobs to do!

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