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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.



Questions and Interviews conducted by the School Council.