Dr Val Hennessy
I can hardly believe the school is entering its 32nd year! Even more surprising is the fact that I am still loving every minute of what I do. I miss teaching, of course, but it is important to empower those around you to continue the work you started and that is what I am trying to do. The people I work with have so much to offer that is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to help them to achieve their goals.
The world is an uncertain place at the moment but I believe as firmly as ever that being able to communicate with one another is still the best way to ensure the survival of us all. When people ask me what I do, I reply (a little pompously) that I change the world, one person at a time. There is little in life as satisfting as watching somebody you have given language skills to using those skills to communcate with a person from a different place and culture.
On a personal level, Marcel and I are braced for the end of school for Nicky, who takes A Levels in summer 2019. Saskia aced her A Levels last year and is taking a year out before going to universtiy. Nicky is likely to do the same thing but as he is intending to go and work at an elephant scanctuary after he finishes school, it looks like we will be a childfree zone in September 2019. Just in time for an extended trip to Australia in 2020.