Meet Rebekah, Assistant Head Teacher at Mevagissey Primary School and keen dancer, singer and baker.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m Rebekah, I was born in Birmingham but I left when I was 12 and now live in Newquay! I’m big into performing arts and love to dance, I do ballet, I choreograph for a local theatre and I sing in choirs and do a bit of wedding singing.
How did you get into teaching?
I started in nursing and midwifery as when I was at school I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to go into care and medicine or teaching. So I did a year of midwifery, then a dance and a theatre degree then a PGCE in music, which lead me teaching a bit of music at secondary level. Finally, I did a primary level placement and fell in love!
What’s your role in the Trust?
I am Assistant Head Teacher at Mevagissey through the week, Head of school on a Friday and I also lead Read, Write Inc, which is all about supporting other schools and their younger children with learning to read and write.
What’s the biggest challenge of your role?
Wearing so many hats is a challenge – but it’s something that I enjoy and have come to embrace as a role. A positive is it’s nice to know if someone comes to you with a problem I feel I can always help.
What’s the most rewarding part?
The children. Always. Especially when you get a child who can’t do something one day, and the next day they’re smashing it. Watching kids write their name for the very first time is huge.
What exciting stuff have you got coming up?
Beach school! We rolled it out last year for KS1 which was really successful so we’re now rolling it out for KS2. It’s exactly how it sounds, children have their foundation subjects taught literally on the beach. Also last year we had a pirate theme learning about beach safety, cooking, live creatures – all really useful life skills in an exciting environment.
What are your most important goals for 2018 personally and professionally?
Personally, I’m in a play so hoping that goes well! I want to be able to manage that success and my job well. I’d also like to see Beach School being rolled out further afield and I’m a big pioneer for children’s rights. I do a lot for UNICEF, teaching children about their rights and I would love to introduce it across even more schools. I’d like to see all schools using that and also taking on Read Write Inc.
What do you like about living and working in Cornwall?
Beach. Sea! Coastal walks. With work, I’ve only ever worked in Cornwall so can’t compare much, however there’s loads of interesting places you can take and educate children like the beach, like the Eden Project. You can make learning really, really fun.
What do you enjoy to do outside of work?
I really focus on my performing arts but I also cook and make cakes and decorate them – I love making wedding cakes. I also spend a lot of time on the beach with my two children.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing a career in teaching?
Be organised with it. Be adaptable and flexible and you must love the job – and always have children’s best interest at heart because that’s what it’s all about.
What makes the Peninsula Learning Trust the place where you want to work?
Career wise it’s been fantastic because I’ve been able to move up into the position I am now. It’s also great to have other experts just an email away and it’s great to share your expertise and learn from CPD opportunities. I feel so welcomed with what I bring to the table. I think the opportunity to see other schools and share ideas is fantastic.
Movie – Mamma Mia!
Food – Curry
Band/Musician/Artist – The Beatles
Animal – I’m not an animal lover but I do like feeding ducks with my children!
Place in Cornwall – Fistral Beach