Teacher Tuesday – Ms Jenny Westaway
This week we talk to Ms Westaway, who teaches Year 6 at KIS.
How many years have you been in teaching and where have you taught?
This is my ninth year of teaching and I previously taught in a small school in the UK. Fun fact about that town, it was the first capital of the UK in 925; long before London.
How would you describe the KIS community?
The KIS community is warm and friendly. It is always nerve racking moving to another country and I felt fully welcomed into the school and the community. With the introduction of coffee mornings and other initiatives I can only see the community getting stronger.
What do you find most rewarding about being a teacher?
For me, it always comes down to the students. I do my job because of them. Every day I wake up not knowing what the day will hold and I love that! Children are so vibrant and question what they are being taught – that really keeps me on my toes.
What is your favourite classroom resource and why?
As with most Primary school teachers I couldn’t be half the teacher I am without the amazing support staff around me. Miss Syifa is an outstanding TLA and I love working with her and know how lucky we are to have an amazing group of TLAs working in the school. Thank you all for all the hard work and dedication you put into your jobs. I also find the student themselves a great resource; coming up with ideas and leading topics/activities into areas I may not have thought of myself.
What guidance would you give to parents with children progressing from the Primary school to Secondary?
DON’T PANIC! Whilst this change does seem dramatic it is a natural progression in their learning that all children go through. Through their time in Year 6 we see the children grow and mature; preparing themselves for the move. They are ready by the end of the year! For myself and Mr Fletcher, the main areas we aim to develop in Year 6, in preparation for moving into Year 7, are independence, resilience and self-motivation. These skills will be used in all subjects, so are vital to ensure their smooth progression of learning.
You’ve been at KIS since August 2017, what is your favourite memory of your time here?
I’ve had the opportunity to make wonderful friends since I joined the school and travel to countries I never otherwise would have had the chance to. Within school, having the opportunity to accompany the Primary FOBISIA squad last year was something I’ll never forget (and I can’t wait to go again this year). Seeing the children excel in various sports but, more importantly, represent the school with pride and determination is always something I will remember.
Where in the world would you like to visit?
I’ve had the opportunity to go to so many countries over the last 18 months and I can’t wait continue exploring. Cambodia and Vietnam are still on the list and will hopefully be checked off over the next few years.
What do you enjoy doing in KK when you’re not working?
I recently qualified as a diver so enjoy explore the amazing waters around KK as well as spending time with friends. After a long week of school, Jari Jari Spa has become a second home on a Sunday afternoon.