12th May 2023
I am Housemaster of Wakefield and teach Music, PSHE and EPQ.
I started in September 2022.
I live in Wakefield house. Before that I lived and worked in China for four years with my family. I was born in Brentwood, Essex.
I honestly love working with teenagers and delivering my subject and passions. The students are really fantastic in this school, and I love helping them on their way through their education and eventually into young adulthood.
I am a music teacher and love my subject. I play guitar, sing and love writing songs and studied composition to a Masters’ level. I am intrigued by the composition process and how songwriters and composers are very different in their approach. I also love sport and the outdoors and have just joined Guildford Hockey Club, plus enjoy racket sports, football and cricket. I was also in scouting when I was young so enjoy outdoor activities such as abseiling, climbing, canoeing, pioneering, building fires and outdoor shelters and I also just started fly fishing! I also love to spend time with my family and small dog Orla…
Well, I had no idea growing up, but when I was in primary school, I was interested in dinosaurs so wanted to be a palaeontologist, but that was mainly because it was a very long word for me at the time!
For me, some of the responses I get in my subject in written exams are quite funny. For example, there was a question on Mozart’s life and the funniest answer I got was ‘He was dead when he was young’ which created images of a Mozart Zombie in my head! Also, I asked in an exam to explain how a ‘trill’ sounds which is 2 notes next to each other played in quick succession and the answer they wrote was ‘la la la la la la la la la’ which wasn’t far off!
I am a bit of a Science Fiction and movie enthusiast and so my favourite book is by Arthur C Clarke called ‘Rama’. My favourite film is the recent Dune film by Director Denis Villeneuve (all of his films are great) and I am very much looking forward to the sequel. My favourite song must be the hardest question for me to answer so here are some of my favourites within these genres…
Alternative – Joga by Bjork
Indie Rock – Inhaler by Foals
Metal – Minerva by Deftones
Classical – Glass’s Violin Concerto: II. Performed by violinist Adele Anthony.