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Mrs Kirby 

 

Q: How long have you worked at the school?

A: I’ve lost track… but I think it’s 6 years now! Where has the time gone?!

Q: What is your favourite lesson at school?

A: I really enjoy English as there’s so many lovely texts to explore and styles of writing to learn about. I used to love it when I was at school aswell.

Q: What was the highlight of your year so far?

A: I loved the Ancient Greek day that we had as it was a good excuse to get dressed up and to try lots of different foods from Greece.

Q: You are not from The Isle of Wight-Where did you used to live and what jobs have you had?

A: I grew up in Poole, Dorset and after going to College for my teacher training I wanted to get a teaching job somewhere in the South of England. A job came up on the Isle of Wight (West Wight Middle School in Freshwater) so I moved to the island to start work there. I taught year 5 and 6 English and French there for 13 years! After the Middle Schools closed, I applied to work here at Dover Park where I started in Year 5 and then moved up to Year 6 when 2 classes were needed.

Q: What do you like best about The Isle of Wight?

A: I love the variety of things to do: walks on the beach, amazing views from the downs, cycling in the forests plus lots to do with my children.

Q: What is the best book you have read?

A: That’s a really hard question…. I’d have to say my favourite book as a child was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl… but more recently I love all the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. I have just re-read them all with my daughter and love all the excitement as each chapter ends on a cliffhanger!

 Q: Have you always taught in year 6?

A: No… see question above!  I prefer teaching Year 5 or 6 than the younger year groups – I don’t have the patience that Early Years or KS1 teachers must have!

Q: What's your favourite song?

A: It changes all the time but I like music from the 1980s (when I was a child!) : Kylie or Madonna , but I also like music from Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessie J etc…. lots of female singers there! I enjoy watching Strictly Come Dancing so also enjoy music which the stars dance to, such as Big Band music.

 

 Mr. Chubb

 

Q: How long have you worked at the school?

A: This is my 3rd Year.

Q: What is your favourite lesson at school?

A: Maths!  For me it's fun and a challenge and you need maths in everything that you do - whether old or young.

Q: What was the highlight of your year so far?

A: I really enjoyed the trip to the Science Centre, Winchester.  It's such an interesting place and the planetarium has the real WOW factor - it's the 2nd biggest in the Country!

Q: You are not from The Isle of Wight-Where did you used to live and what jobs have you had?

A: I was born in London but moved to the Island when I was 4.  I attended Wootton Primary School, Osborne Middle and Medina.  I even did a course at the Isle of Wight College!  I then moved off the Island for quite some time and came back in 2007 as I wanted my daughters to grow up here!

Q: What do you like best about The Isle of Wight?

A: I love the Sea.  I like it all year round not just in the summer - a walk along the beach on a cold, blustery day watching the waves crash in is the best cure for a headache or de-stressing!  Most of my family live on the Island so being close to them is great too.

Q: What is the best book you have read?

A: My favourite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy - I read them long before the films and the books are so much better!  I really enjoy historical novels too - authors such as Bernard Cornwall, Conn Iggulden and Robyn Young.

Q: Have you always taught in year 5?

A: At Dover Park - yes.  Before Dover Park I taught at Haylands Primary School for 5 years where I taught year 3 and 4.  Prior to that I taught at Nodehill Middle School teaching Year 6 (and maths to Year 7) and I started teaching in Somerset where I was a Year 5 and 6 teacher.  I did teach Year 1 and 2 for a short while - so I haven't taught in Reception (but I don't think I'd be very good down there!!)

Q: What's your favourite song?

A: I have a wide range of musical tastes.  Because I own two scooters (a 1961 Lambretta and a Vespa PX) I love all the types of music that go with the 'scene' - particularly Northern Soul.  When I was at school I was really into Madness and the Jam and still love both of them today.  But my Ipod is full of all sorts from Classical to Country & Western and from dance to blues, and everything inbetween!

Mrs.Leftley

 

Q: How long have you worked at the school?

A: Three Years.

Q: What is your favourite lesson at school?

A: Maths or Computers-I can't decide! But I really love teaching all subjects, especially when I can plan together with the children in my class.

Q: What was the highlight of your year so far?

A: Taking Year 2 on trips and watching the guide stroke a tiger, winning the attendance award, reading some excellent stories the children had written, receiving our pen-pal letters from Birmingham and having a water fight!

Q: You are not from The Isle of Wight-Where did you used to live and what jobs have you had?

A: I was born in Birmingham but I have worked in London and trained in Chester. I once taught in a school near Cadbury's chocolate factory where I could smell warm chocolate in the playground everyday!

Q: What do you like best about The Isle of Wight?

A: The sea, the beach and the wide open spaces, plus the people are really great!

Q: What is the best book you have read?

A: It is so hard to choose but anything written by Earnest Hemingway. I enjoy reading Dr.Suess books to Year 2 and also Michael Foreman books for Key Stage 2.

Q: Have you always taught in year 2?

A: No I have been teaching for 16 years and have taught every year group, including reception. That's why I like to invite all year groups to the clubs I run because I like to meet children from all over the school.

Q: What's your favourite song?

A: I love dancing and singing. I like all genres of music and I once went to a Justin Beiber concert! I can't choose one favourite song because I always like songs which have a meaning and good lyrics. So I am listening to Nina Simone, Rufus Wainwright, Paul Weller, Echo and the Bunnymen but I also like rap, soul, reggae and Indie music.

 

 

 

Questions and Interviews conducted by the School Council.