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#SJB heroes

During the Covid-19 pandemic, our teachers at St John's Beaumont School have been real heroes! 

They have continued teaching their classes the full curriculum live online as well as offering extra-curricular activities, while many of them had to care for their own families and loved ones at home during this crisis.

We are proud to have such a passionate and inspiring team of staff working at our school and would like to invite you to look behind their home-teaching screens for a glimpse into 'A Day in the Life' of our #SJBheroes during SJB Reach 2021.

The list below will be growing as we document this historic time period and all the hard work going into the provision of our boys' education. However, this list is by no means exhaustive and there are many more #SJBheroes working behind the scenes who all deserve to be celebrated! 

A Day in the Life of...

Ms Dos Santos - Head of Upper School

For those who don't already know her, we are delighted to introduce Ms Dos Santos, our Head of Upper School. We are thrilled to welcome her back to SJB from maternity leave.

Ms Dos Santos grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and went to St. Dominic’s Catholic School for girls which is also the last school she taught at before moving to England. She told us it was an exciting change going from teaching all girls to all boys.

She was a drum majorette growing up and was one of the coaches for the St. Dominic’s Junior Team for many years. Truly one of her biggest passions was coaching the girls and being there for all the sweat and tears and MANY MANY MANY hours on the field training.

She never thought she would become a teacher. She tells us she was a bit of a daydreamer so had some CRAZY ideas of what to do once she finished school. The minute she decided on teaching though she never looked back. 

It’s so much more than teaching a subject you are passionate about – it’s all about the relationships you are blessed to build with your students. 

She believes that it makes every second of teaching worthwhile when bumping into an old student and seeing what amazing young adults they have become, knowing that she might have maybe just been able to have played a small part in that.

She studied at the University of Pretoria and then after 7 years of teaching went on to do her Honours degree in Mathematics Education. She says 'Maths and Science have always been subjects I loved when I was at school myself and now I LOVE teaching them. It’s always just deciphering the unknown with all the pieces of the puzzle in front of you.'


What time do you get up?
I love mornings, so I am normally up between 5 am and 5:30 am. But now, that Benedict has arrived, I have to be like a ninja and tiptoe around the house not to wake him up before I am all ready and organised for the day.

What do you do before your school day starts?
I have my coffee and go through emails. Then I make sure that I am all ready and prepared for the day before waking up Benedict at 6:30 am. We then have some special quality time together in the morning before we both have to go to school.

How long is your teaching day?
I normally get to school around 7:45 am. I leave school a bit earlier these days, just after 5 pm, so that I can get Benedict from nursery. Then I do some planning for the next day after he has gone to bed.

Where do you teach from?
My office – it has the best view of the school.

Do you have time for lunch? What would it be?
Yes, definitely – Lynne spoils us every day, so whatever yumminess that is being served. I really missed her cooking while I was on maternity leave.

When do you prepare for the next lessons?
I would normally have planned my lessons briefly a week in advance. Then, on the morning of the lesson, I would do the last bits of prep and make sure that the lab is set up and all resources are ready.

How do you relax?
Watching boxsets. Definitely, my favourite thing to do before calling it a day. But during the holidays it would definitely be going home to South Africa and being around family. Just makes everything feel right in the world.

Do you have any hobbies?
Cooking! I love food and trying new recipes and I LOVE watching people’s reactions when they have the first bite of something that you have made for them.

Tell us an interesting fact about you?
I'm a Crazy Cat Lady – my two cats are back home in SA with my mom and dad – Frank and Bella – I have weekly video check-ins to see how they are doing. I was lucky enough to get to South Africa last year to take Benedict home to meet his grandparents and of course his furry brother and sister.


Send a message to Ms Dos Santos

Miss Thornycroft - Head of Science

Meet our resident Olympian and Head of Year 6 Miss Thornycroft.

Miss Thornycroft grew up on a tobacco and cattle farm in Zimbabwe spending most of her childhood outside fishing and exploring the farm which sparked her love of nature. Her school backed onto a game park and so most weekends were spent wondering the Park in search of animals or swimming in the dam.

She never really knew exactly what she wanted to be “when she grew up” so studied Ichthyology and Fisheries Science and Human Kinetics and Ergonomics at Rhodes University in South Africa after leaving school as they seemed like fun subjects. She enjoyed both, but her childhood dream of becoming an Olympic athlete would not go away and so decided to scrap the logic of ‘find and job and build a career' and chose to train for the Olympics.

Zimbabwe does not have the money to support its athletes and so for her first year of training the cheapest way to live was to get a scholarship to a university, and as she was so late in applying the only course still open for registration was teaching, and so she signed up and has never looked back.


What time do you get up?
When teaching from home I love to sleep in until 7 am as I have time to fit my exercise in between my lessons or in the lunch break, but when we are onsite I get up at 5 am some days to get a run in before leaving for school.

What do you do before your school day starts?
Feed my fish, clean and tidy the house, plan a few lessons/do some marking, and sometimes go for a run if I need to wake up or clear my head before a crazy day.

How long is your teaching day?
It usually starts around 8:10 am with a chat with my tutor class, and then lessons on and off until the day ends just before 5 pm. In between lessons I do some marking, some lesson prep and escape for walks to the river.

Where do you teach from?
At home, I put a chair on the kitchen table so I can teach standing up as for some reason I prefer that to sitting.

Do you have time for lunch? What would it be?
I always make time for lunch, some weeks I am good and make healthy colourful salads/roasted veggies, and some days I’m lazy and have peanut butter on toast or cereal. There is always space for chocolate at any point in the day, even breakfast!

When do you prepare for the next lessons?
It depends, sometimes weeks in advance, but mostly the week before with last-minute adjustments in between lessons. I have to have a plan for my day before I go to sleep so that I know what I am doing when I wake up, but I work best in the mornings and so if I am not ready for the day I just wake up earlier to get everything sorted.

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment? 
I am not sure but I always have the fear that I am unmuted or my video is on and I would be doing something I should not be, like getting some abdominal exercises done during assembly!

How do you relax?
Go running along the river, breathe in the fresh air and get lost in my thoughts, the beautiful scenery and the music on my iPod, then soak in a bubble bath. I also love a good movie or series.

Do you have any hobbies?
Running, hiking, exploring, paddle boarding, cycling, paint by numbers, DIY projects.

Tell us an interesting fact about you?
I came to work at SJB as by chance, the summer of my move to the UK I took part in a 900km rowing expedition down the length of the Kafue River to raise money for Village water, and this happened to be organised by Tim Cook, our SJB governor.

Going to the Olympics had always been a dream for me and I will forever be grateful for having the honour of representing Zimbabwe at the London and Rio Games in the single scull. 

A highlight from London was walking into the Olympic stadium at the opening ceremony, I can't quite do it justice with words but it is a feeling I will cherish forever. I had only just received my Zim kit, and of course, it didn't fit so it was duct-taped together, and was very similar to my high school uniform. The British people were the most incredible hosts, so helpful, supportive and organised! One of the best parts of the Olympics is as an athlete you can get free tickets to watch any event that you like, and so I spent the week after racing marvelling at the incredible athletes and across the diversity of sports. 

The rowing venue in Rio was amazing, sitting at the start line and looking up at Christ the Redeemer, and then being able to go for a swim at Copacabana beach post-session was just magical.

The South African team kindly 'adopted me' so I trained alongside their best athletes, some of whom have Olympic gold medals from London and are world record holders. Was a dream come true to have my heroes as training buddies and teammates.

I often describe my life as a full-time athlete as 'living the dream' as we got to travel and compete in so many different countries, and lived in a bubble of eat, train, eat, physio, train, eat, nap, train, eat, sleep and then repeat. To some, this sounds awful, but to me, there was nothing better. Every morning we woke up with such purpose of becoming the best athlete we could possibly be, squeezing every effort of energy out of ourselves and pushing our bodies to their limits. In our big training blocks, we would do over 200km of rowing a week with 2/3 gym sessions, 2-hour "recovery" mountain bike rides, and a 10km run. 


Send a message to Miss Thornycroft.

Mr Littleton - Year 3 Teacher (Middle School)

Meet Mr Littleton, our energetic Year 3 class teacher who joined us in 2019 after previously teaching in Kenya. 

Mr Littleton Year 3 teacher at St John's Beaumont School

During my Gap Year, I went back to my Prep School and experienced life 'on the other side'. Walking into the staff room for the first time was especially strange, as was having a drink with my old Deputy Headmaster, still calling him Sir of course! Having finished my stint I became hooked on teaching in a Prep School and upon returning from my travels I applied for TA roles.

I have been lucky enough to work in a number of schools in the UK and abroad with an enormous variety of different children from different backgrounds.

I love the energy that kids give off each day, eager to learn something new, both in or outside of the classroom.


What time do you get up?
Mornings are not my forte and I struggle to get out of bed, more so in lockdown, but usually I'm up by 6:30 to get into school at 7:15 am.

What does your home teaching day look like?
Thankfully I am lucky enough to work from school as my I have 4 other flat-mates who all work from home so the broadband is already pushed to its limit, therefore my teaching day is much the same as it was before lockdown.

This time though I am the only one in my classroom. I often stay in my classroom marking or preparing lessons except at lunch break when Mr Snell, myself and whoever else is around brave the muddy woods for a socially distanced walk. 

Do you have time for lunch?
Absolutely! My day always revolves around mealtimes so I look forward to lunchtime, especially with Lynn's delicious cooking.

When do you prepare for your next lessons?
Unfortunately, I don't match Miss Mulchay's organisational skills and, therefore, I tend to prepare for my next lesson at the end of each day or during my non-contact time. I start the week off planning ahead so Sundays are also a working day though this is harder to do when there's International sport on TV.

What's your most embarrassing online teaching moment?
I don't just have one, these seem to come regularly especially at the start when I was learning how Teams worked. I would be talking to the boys without realising that I was 'muted', I would try and show the boys something on my screen but wouldn't get it to work and often I hadn't changed the settings on the work I wanted the boys to do so they couldn't edit it. Thankfully, my class are not only very patient but excellent at Teams so would come to the rescue and talk me through how to rectify the situation.

Do you have any hobbies?
Sport is a huge passion of mine so it has been frustrating not being able to get out and play any, especially golf and tennis. Thankfully there is still football and rugby to catch up on on TV but, in trying to cut down screen time, I have started reading and painting more.

Artwork by Mr Littleton Year 3 teacher at St John's Beaumont School
- Artwork by Mr Littleton -

What time do you finish work and get to have some downtime?
This varies a lot but after marking and planning for the next day, I tend to be out of school between 5:30 and 6pm. After doing some exercise when I get home, I can then make some food and relax. 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.
I have just come back from teaching in Kenya where in my first 2 weeks in the country I was bitten by a spider, kissed by a giraffe and had to 'brush' a puff adder out of my room. It was certainly a very different teaching experience!

Mr Littleton's Kenya teaching adventures


Send a message to Mr Littleton.

Mrs Beckwith - Head of Art

Our wonderful Head of Art, Mrs Beckwith, joined St John's back in September with a wealth of experience and ideas.

Mrs Beckwith graduated from University in 1995, and went on a year’s working holiday in Australia and then travelled around Bali, on the way home.  She then completed her PGCE in Art and Design in Brighton.

For the last 22 years, she has worked in the private and state sector at a Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form level in various schools in Hampshire, East and West Sussex.  

        


What time do you get up?
I get up at 4.30 am when I travel to school on a Monday, and 6 am when I stay overnight at the school.

What do you do before your school day starts?
I love pottering around my Art room early in the morning. I get all the resources I need ready for the day, mark books, reply to emails and make examples that are needed for the day.

How long is your teaching day?
Lessons start at either 8.40 am or 9.40 am as well as Mass which starts at 8.20 am. The day ends at about 5 pm but I sometimes have meetings until about 6.30 pm.

Where do you teach from?
During the lockdown, I have been teaching from the Art studio and then from home for the last few weeks of lockdown. 

Do you have time for lunch? What would it be?
I tend to have my lunch, then keep working. The school meals are delicious and my guilty pleasures are the puddings!

When do you prepare for the next lessons?
I prepare for the morning lessons very early, then for the afternoon lessons, in the break times before.

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment?
When I could not connect properly to my Magis guest speaker. 

How do you relax?
Watching a movie with my kids, snuggled under blankets and eating popcorn. Going for walk on the beach. We are lucky as we live a 1-minute walk to the beach.   

Do you have any hobbies?
Painting, sculpture, swimming, baking, beach walks collecting driftwood.

Tell us an interesting fact about you? 
I play the cello and I used to be a film extra. I am also a makeup artist. 

I am also a bit of a mad cat lady! I have 4 cats (and 2 rabbits!) Please don’t judge….

I feel very lucky that I am able to teach a subject that I feel very passionate about.

There is nothing more rewarding than knowing a pupil when they are young and watching them grow on an artistic and creative level over the years. 

As much as I loved drawing when I was at school and I have always felt that drawing is the most important technique to master, I did not have the opportunity to work with any other mixed media materials.

I really enjoy teaching a very wide range of 2D and 3D skills and techniques as I feel that it can really expand and develop an individual’s artistic creativity, confidence and skills.


Send a message to Mrs Beckwith

Dr Mollison - Director of Music

Dr Mollison is our very humble and multi-talented SJB Director of Music.

With a passion for music from a very early age, she was delighted when she was awarded a Music Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 13 and studied there until she was 21, when she won the Else Cross Prize for pianoforte. She then moved to UCLA and to Middlesex University where she received her PhD in music. 

Dr Mollison has enjoyed a long and successful career in music before taking up teaching. She achieved fame writing scores for films and television programmes, even being nominated for a BAFTA (East is East). Her styles are very versatile, including songs, jazz, rock and orchestral works, composing commissions from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia.

Dr Mollison Director of Music at St John's Beaumont School, Old Windsor

Her parents, sisters and brother are/were all teachers. They have always shared notes and tips on teaching. Dr Mollison has combined her teaching and composing career and feels blessed to be able to do both of the things she loves.

It still feels that being a mum ranks up there with my best achievements.


What time do you get up?
In lockdown at 7 am.  Normally 5 am as I live in North London.  I have been catching up on dreams in lockdown as I do not dream when I get up at 5 am.

What do you do before your school day starts?
Feed the dogs, some household chores, then drive to work or begin to work.

How long is your teaching day?
It varies, depending on if I teach at school or teach from home in lockdown. My days average out at 9 hours mostly, with lesson planning and meetings to add on. I have breaks in my timetable, and I use these to run the music department.

Where do you teach from at the moment?
At home, from my music studio as it has a big desk. The dogs wait outside my studio whilst I work, sometimes they snore a lot!

Do you have time for lunch?
Lunch is quick and easy.  Usually, Vegetarian during the week.

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment?
In a recent online lesson, the connection disappeared, I was then finding it very hard to get back into my own lesson! A nightmare.

How do you relax?
Walking the dogs with my husband.  I also taught myself from YouTube how to groom the dogs. I do love to do this, to relieve stress and sometimes my teenage daughter and I do it together.

Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy looking after my garden pond, which now has many frogs and I have called the biggest frog Cal. 

Tell us an interesting fact about you?
I also compose a lot, for myself and for commissions.  I composed a Bereavement Album for my father two years ago, just after he died, its called Bereavement and is on Amazon, Spotify etc. I am currently composing a chamber piece for my lovely mother and it is based on the writings of Pope Francis. 

I also watch a lot of films as I am a BAFTA judge. 


Get in touch with Dr Mollison 

Mr Gibbons - Head of English (Upper School)

Meet our resident rock-star, now Head of English - Mr Gibbons!

In his former life, Mr  Gibbons was the lead singer of The Famous Men. A band formed in Herne Bay, Kent in 1978.

They blended catchy pop/punk tunes with funky dance rhythms. The famous Men played gigs in theatres, colleges and university concert halls – audiences ranged from 100 to 500.

After university the band went their separate ways - however, they released a compilation album in February 2020 and were due to play gigs in London and Windsor last spring. They still hope to do so whenever ‘normality’ returns.

An old friend, Peter Kablean, SJB’s celebrated drum teacher, can be seen on the front cover of Bored Teenagers Volume 12


Mr Gibbons looked at careers in journalism and law before settling on teaching. He grew up in north-east England and, after grammar school, went to university in Kent and in Leeds.

He chose to teach because it seemed to fit the way he sees life – people, communication, relationships and creativity, are all important to him.

Mr Gibbons Head of English at St John's Beaumont School

My teaching gives me the opportunity to enable young people to develop these skills and experiences.


What time do you get up?
Too early! But not as bad as ’normal’ times…for decades I have got up before the crack of dawn to do school runs or to undertake commutes to central London to do my bit in our nation’s inner-city senior schools. So, yes, a luxurious lie in till 6.15 am at present!

What do you do before your school day starts?
Listen to the Today programme, check my lesson plans/Assembly/Animal Meeting plans, depending on what day it is. I try not to wake up my sleeping family too early….

How long is your teaching day?
All-day is a teaching day and usually, it’s me who is doing plenty of learning as well as some teaching! Lessons can be four hours a day but that is the tip of the iceberg – planning, marking, pre-reading, discussions with colleagues are also frequent and time-consuming.

Where do you teach from at the moment?
My outhouse AKA ‘man-cave’ at home. A bespoke, purpose-built teaching hub!

Do you have time for lunch?
Not really, I try to stretch, get some fresh air and read one of my cricket books.

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment? 
Too many to mention... Getting to know how to use TEAMS for me is rather like showing electricity to Stone Age Man.

How do you relax?
What is this ‘relax’? In normal times, I used to fall asleep whilst taking my family to the cinema. 

I write for my wife’s theatre company and am still trying to find time to get writing my best seller – respect to the boys of LF2 who have already started designing the cover!

Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, writing and music.

There is nothing better for me, in the heart of winter, than to be transported by exquisite, lyrical writing to an English summer watching or playing cricket in my imagination.

Tell us an interesting fact about you?
No interesting ones…and a lot of the boring ones already covered I think.
(Yeah, right, Mr Rock-Star Gibbons!)


Get in touch with Mr Gibbons

Mrs Walker - Year 2 Teacher (Pre-Prep)

Mrs Walker is a Cape Townian and moved to England 2 ½ years ago with her family (her husband Luke, son Noah and Jack Russell, Coco). 

She completed a Bachelor Degree in Education at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and then went on to complete an Honours Degree part-time at the University of Cape Town.  She studied as a “mature” student at the age of 24. 

Mrs Walker initially completed a foundation course in Art and Design and, as much as she loved the idea of completing a fine-arts or textile degree (perhaps when she retires), she decided that she wanted to make more of a difference in the world.   

I love young children and feel that we can learn so much through their eyes.  I am passionate about finding new ways to make our lessons fun, exciting and meaningful.  If your son is or has been in my class, he will tell you how much I value and emphasise kindness.  It goes a long way!


What time do you get up?
6 am.  I am fortunate to live very near to the school.  I also am a very guilty snoozer!  I am more of a night owl and then always regret not getting to bed earlier. 

What do you do before your school day starts?
I make coffee for the grown-ups and Noah’s porridge.  I do a 15-minute pilates session every morning.  Sometimes, my son, Noah joins me too! (Those are the best starts to my day). We both get ourselves ready and drive down the hill to school.  (My son Noah is in Reception at SJB.  I feel so blessed to have him at school where I teach).

How long is your teaching day?
I start teaching at 8:15 and finish our teaching day at about 3.00 each day. I mostly prepare for the next lessons in the afternoons and the evenings once Noah has gone to bed.  

Where do you teach from at the moment?
I am currently teaching from school in my classroom.  In Pre-Prep, there is a lot of printing and preparation that is needed, so being at school makes it so much easier!

Our boys in the Pre-Prep have a pack delivered each Friday which includes worksheets, books and resources for the lessons for the following week. 

Do you have time for lunch?
I eat my lunch behind my laptop.  I must say that Lynne’s food is always such a treat and feels like eating at a restaurant on a daily basis!  Guilty pleasures are chocolate and coffee! 

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment? 
Hmm… I think I embarrass myself on a regular basis.  I am forever doing star jumps and strange exercises to get the boys moving.  I am also guilty of occasionally making mistakes in lessons.  When I first started teaching online I was so worried about doing everything perfectly and as much as I give my heart and soul into our lessons, I am also human and I think it is good for the boys to see that side of us as teachers.  Both adults and children make mistakes. 

How do you relax?
Family time! I love going for walks and runs in the Great Park with my husband, son and dog.  Noah and I quite enjoy baking, gardening and doing arts and crafts together in our spare time.  I also do love a good glass of wine (South African of course!) and sitting by the fire or in the garden.

 

Do you have any hobbies?
I love sewing, making ceramics, reading, cooking, gardening, making jewellery, painting and other arts and crafts. 

Tell us an interesting fact about you?
I was a whole school Art teacher and Pre-Prep Art teacher for 4 years in Cape Town. 

I am passionate about saving the environment and always looking for new ways to make a small difference. 

Otherwise, I am a working mom who is trying very hard to look cool calm and collected 


Get in touch with Mrs Walker

Mr Monni - Head of RE (Upper School)

Meet Mr Riccardo Monni. He is half-Sardinian and half-English and grew up in London before moving to Norfolk when he was 16.

His mother was a primary school teacher and told him never to go into teaching! However, he decided to follow in her footsteps after working as a study assistant for students with disabilities and loving it.

 

 

 

 

Children come out with the most amazing comments and reflections on the world and he wouldn't swap it for anything (asides from chocolate)!

After studying at the universities of East Anglia and Oxford, he then completed a CELTA and worked as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Spain, Austria and Britain prior to teaching at a grammar school in Buckingham.


What time do you get up?
6:40 am. However, I'm not a fan of noisy alarm clocks and therefore prefer to use a vibrational alarm on my watch to wake me up!

What do you do before your school day starts?
I feed my cat and sometimes water my plants if they look a bit glum. Then I get ready and driving over to school from home in beautiful Slough.

How long is your teaching day?
It varies depending on how many lessons and meetings I have but is usually 8 am to 5 pm.

Where do you teach from at the moment?
I teach from my RE classroom in School. It's a beautiful place to teach from and it is such a privilege to have the chapel close by. There is a gorgeous view from my classroom and friendly colleagues abound (although currently at a distance).

Do you have time for lunch? 
I always have time for SJB's famous lunches - the jacket potatoes are particularly good, and I wouldn't hesitate to give them a Michelin star. 

When do you prepare for the next lessons?
It varies quite substantially. Usually the week before but I wouldn't be afraid of changing a lesson the evening or morning prior to a class if a particularly interesting thought came into my mind about how to adapt it. From cancel culture to vaccine cultures, there is always something topical that can be brought into RE.

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment? 
The time that I attempted to make a joke about losing my mouse and no one laughed. Tough crowd.

How do you relax?
I love to go for walks and -in normal times- very much enjoy ambling around the city of dreaming spires and through the winding roads of London. I am a huge fan of spending time with others, whether they're friends or friends-yet-to-be-made. I am planning to organise a Zoom escape room with my amigos and love to grab a coffee (almost always an espresso) when I have a spare moment.

One idea that has always captivated and inspired me is the idea that each human being is made in the image of God and has a spark of the divine in them. Why does each person have a right to life? Why is it that we get so unhappy when we take a materialistic view of the universe if not that it's in our nature to be more? People, and the wonder that I experience at working and living with them, inspires not only my social life but also my teaching practice, too.

Do you have any hobbies?
Many! I'm a keen fencer and clay pigeon obliterator but also love badminton, football, swimming and running, among others. I love to read (especially the Lord of the Rings) and spend time with animals (I have a pet cat called Montgomery. Monty for short.) as well as volunteering for Age UK.

My new apartment sits right next to a park known for its wooden sculptures that have been carved using chainsaws; something that I want to try in the future! I even have an online pun page that I (try to) update on a daily basis. 

Tell us an interesting fact about you
I'm a knight! Or an ex-knight: I used to be a member of the Knights of St Columbus. Deknightful!


Contact Mr Monni here

Miss Carver - Year 1 Teacher (Pre-Prep)

Ms Carver Year 1 teacher at St John's Beaumont School Old Windsor Berkshire

Aloha everyone. I’m Miss Carver and as most of you already know, I absolutely love teaching. From the very first time I held a board pen, I dreamt of the day I would get to be a real teacher, and now, I feel grateful every day to be living my dream!

Teaching allows you to share the things you love, with the children who matter the most and I spend my time encouraging the children to follow my motto: throw kindness like confetti! 

I’ve been at SJB for 6 years and have so many memorable moments from my time in Middle School and now in Pre-Prep. I’ve always loved school and always will. 

Fun fact: I have one sister (Leanne, who you all know) and 118 cousins who thanks to my mixed heritage are scattered all around the globe. This makes travel easy, fun and I’m grateful to be a regular jet-setter, however it has made wedding planning a little bit of a challenge…


What time do you get up?
Ms Carver's puppyGetting up is a tricky question for me as I’m torn between loving a ‘hit the snooze’ and really wanting to make the most of the day! I have two unbelievably cute Cavapoo puppies, Bear and Cali, that usually wake me up at 6AM every day. Luckily, they are trained to sleep till 8AM on Sunday’s… I’m sure from that you can guess my favourite day of the week.

What do you do before your school day starts?
The moment I wake up, I say a little prayer and thank God for another day and always pray for anybody who is unwell or having a hard time. Ms Carver's dogThen, I take Bear and Cali for a walk while listening to my favourite music to start the day in a fun way! After I get ready, I enjoy a Vanilla Coconut Latte with my fiancé, Aaron. He has a flat white and our two puppies have Puppuccinos…It’s a hot drink haven! 

How long is your teaching day?
My teaching day is from 8AM to 4PM. Although, I love marking my boy’s work or planning something extra special, often way past 4PM. I usually treat myself to some pizza, French fries or a Kinder Bueno milkshake when I do work till really, really late.
I’m doing my Masters in Catholic Leadership at the moment and therefore almost every evening is a fries and milkshake evening!

Where do you teach from at the moment?
I have five keyworker boys in school so I teach them and the boys online from my classroom – my home away from home. 

Do you have time for lunch? 
I don’t usually eat lunch as we serve the boy’s lunch and clean it away for them, but Lynn and Claire have some tempting treats and I never say no. My SJB guilty pleasures are the ridiculously divine rocky road, the melt in the mouth rice pudding and the wagga’ chicken katsu! Outside of school, you will often find me with a slice of pizza in hand. 

When do you prepare for the next lessons?
I prep my lessons at the start of term so that they are ready well in advance. Being very OCD, I like everything planned and organised way ahead of time and then just tweak things as I go! 

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment? 
Surprisingly, nothing yet. I say surprising because anyone who knows me, knows that I am the kind of person something embarrassing would happen to. 

How do you relax?
I love to browse or shop (in store or online) with an iced coffee and a best friend (ideally Leanne). I also really love playing games with my family – I have EVERY game available in my game area at home and my family are my best friends. Last, but not least…I really love relaxing with a giant bubble bath, a show on my iPad and a glass of chilled Ribena and Cream soda (if anyone hasn’t tried this, I REALLY recommend it).

Do you have any hobbies?
I do event planning and charity fundraisers alongside teaching (and studying). I absolutely love aesthetics and seeing people smile. I really enjoy doing as much of this as I can in my spare time. 

Tell us an interesting fact about you?
Three years before I joined St. John’s Beaumont, I sang live at the 02 Arena in front of 8000 people.

More importantly, I’m getting married this summer. It’s doubly exciting as it was meant to be last summer (01.08.20 as it was my grandma’s 100th birthday) but now countdown #2 is well on the way! Miss Mulcahy is one of my closest friends (all thanks to SJB) and part of my ‘bride tribe’. So this is my last teaching year as Miss Carver, after the summer it will be Mrs Carver-Williams…

Ms Carver Year 1 teacher St John's Beaumont School


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Miss Mulcahy - Year 3 Teacher (Middle School)

This is Miss Mulcahy's third year at St John’s Beaumont and she has loved her time here so far.

She previously worked in Year 2 at Englefield Green Infant School. Miss Mulcahy studied Primary Education at Roehampton University and originally trained in Early Years/Key Stage 1 but absolutely loves teaching in Year 3.

She always knew she wanted to be a teacher, when she was younger she even used to pretend to be a teacher and made her grandparents be her students!


What time do you get up? 
I’m not a morning person. Now that I’m working from home, I leave it as late as possible before getting up! I get up between 7 and 7.30 am, depending on how sleepy I feel and get my computer set up with assignments and power points for the day. I always start my day with a huge coffee and a healthy smoothie.

What does your home teaching day look like? 
Working from home involves a lot of staring at a screen, drinking a lot of coffee, eating lots of snacks, dealing with technical issues and laughing lots with my hilarious class.

Where do you teach from? 
I teach from my breakfast bar.

Do you have time for lunch? What would it be? 
I tend to make quick lunches like bacon sandwiches or pitta bread and hummus. I miss Lynn’s fab lunches at school.

When do you prepare for the next lessons? 
I LOVE being organised so I try to plan out the week’s lessons in advance. I spend time preparing when the boys have lessons with other subject teachers, after school or occasionally at the weekend.

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment? 
It has to be when you forget that your camera is on in a meeting and you forget to control your facial expressions!

Do you have any hobbies? 
To help me relax I love watching films, going for a walk, reading a book or catching up with family and friends over Zoom or Facetime. I try to keep active by doing Zumba and miss doing my dance club with the fabulous Middle School boys! I have also been learning to cook new recipes!

What time do you finish work and get to have downtime? 
The time I finish work depends on the day! Sometimes I get everything done during the day and can log off at 4 pm. Other days, I take a break from the screen and then come back to do any marking or prep. Sometimes I get marking done straight after 4 pm and carry on until I’m done.

Tell us an interesting fact about you? 
When I was younger I loved dancing, especially ballet and performed in some shows at my local theatre.
Despite everything bad that happened in 2020, I managed to become a homeowner and I’m super proud of doing it all by myself.
I’m a big Marvel fan (which most of the boys already know) and got to see Infinity War before it was released in the cinema.


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Mr Baker - Science Teacher (Upper School)

Meet Mr Baker who joined us in September last year and commutes from Reading each day. He has two grown-up children and one foster-grandson. Mrs Baker says that Mr Baker and his grandson get on so well because they both act like they are 7 years old and get up to mischief when they are together. She recently found them eating Golden Syrup out of the tin, using the gooey syrup to make patterns on bread before eating it. (Sounds like a fun Science experiment!)

Mr Baker Science Teacher at St John's Beaumont School

Mr Baker has a degree in genetics from Birmingham University and various qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy. Although he always knew that he would be a teacher one day, his passion for social justice came first. He spent 15 years as a community worker at his local church in Reading where he became assistant minister and church manager before finally training for the teaching profession in 2005.

Before lockdown in March 2020, Mr Baker reviewed his priorities and resigned from his position as Head of Science in Reading to be able to support his local community in other ways throughout the pandemic. However, he was delighted when the opportunity arose to join St. John’s Beaumont and to pursue his passion for teaching Science. 


What time to you get up?
6.30AM

What do you do before your school day starts?
I feed my two cats and drive to school in Old Windsor.
Then I set up my classroom for the day and make note of any meetings I need to be in or other things that are happening in the day.

How long is your teaching day?
I am teaching from school at the moment, so I start at 8:00am and leave at 5:00pm, but I am not teaching every hour of the day.

Where do you teach from?
Mostly, from the wonderful basement Science classroom. The school has put a lot of effort into making this a really excellent space to work and teach from. And it is also the warmest room in the building! 

Do you have time for lunch? What would it be?
The boys all know that part of my weight management regime is to avoid the good food provided by the canteen. Therefore, I prepare pot-noodles for my lunch and afternoon snacks. These are quick, hot and tasty. It means that I can also do some work-out on the exercise bike that the school have allowed me to have in my classroom.

When do you prepare for the next lessons?
I do all of my planning during the school day. At the moment, this usually means learning about new ways of presenting and teaching and using the technology, which is evolving every week to help us all stay effective from a distance.

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment? 
I am well past the point of embarrassment now. I am so grateful that the boys can give me assistance, during the lessons, to operate the technology. “Click the three dots, select this, then that...”

Do you have any hobbies?
I love assembling vintage model kits, which remind me of my boyhood. No-one in my family previously paid much attention to my models, until my grandson came along! Now, every new model is something we can talk about and make up stories about. We had some excellent World War One dogfights last weekend with British, French and German biplane fighters.

What do you do to relax?
My wife and I devour audiobooks. We find an author we like and then listen to their whole catalogue. This means that we can be together, but also doing separate things. That is when I do my modelling.

Tell us an interesting fact about you?
My mother was always something of a novelty as she came to the UK from Lebanon in 1960. So Lebanese food and Lebanese relatives were always part of our home life. Mum died two years ago and now me and my Dad try to recreate the foods that she made. It’s not a competition, but Mum never actually showed us how she prepared food so it is always very rewarding when we get close to something authentic.

Mr Baker Science Teacher at St John's Beaumont School


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Mrs Le Houx - Year 4 Teacher (Middle School)

Meet our Year 4 teacher, who is a mum of four (including twin boys) and comes from a long line of teachers. After a short detour, working in the City of London, she found her calling in teaching. She has a combined honours degree in English and Geography with History of Art at Liverpool University. 

Mrs Le Houx Year 4 teacher at St John's Beaumont School Old Windsor

Mrs Le Houx is a teacher with many hidden talents and passions. She is not only very musical, with experience in the performing arts and the ability to play the piano by ear, she's also a talented dancer and keen singer with a love for rock music. (Her mum and dad used to be in a rock band!) Bring on, SJB's got Talent...

This is not where the surprises stop with Mrs Le Houx who also happens to be a national rower with the claim to fame of beating the team coached by Sir Steve Redgrave when coaching/coxing her team for Henley Regatta. While training with the Liverpool University rowing team, she worked alongside Sal Hassan, ex Olympian turned teacher, who inspired her to follow this path.


What time do you get up?
5.30AM

What do you do before your school day starts?
I make breakfast for my two eldest children and get myself ready before waking up my twins at 6.15AM and feeding them. We then leave for the nursery run at 6.45AM before dropping the twins off and driving back home, in time to get my other two ready for school. Thankfully, my husband can do their school run. 

How long is your teaching day?
It starts at 8.20AM with assembly and then a full teaching timetable for Year 4 goes until 4pm.

Where do you teach from?
Normally at my desk in the playroom. 

Do you have time for lunch? What would it be?
I try to cook up a batch of soup on the weekend. Guilty pleasure is definitely Marmite and Cheese toasties. 

When do you prepare for the next lessons?
I try to do as much as I can during the day, but mostly in the evenings throughout the week/weekend.

What’s your most embarrassing online teaching moment? 
Last lockdown, bouncing the twins around on my hips and generally dancing around like no one’s watching in ‘fitness fun/Zumba’ forgetting that the parents were watching too. 

How do you relax?
I love a good film. I got married at Heatherden Hall in Pinewood studios when my husband worked there as a broadcast engineer. Give me a good film, a glass of wine/a mojito, popcorn and I am a very happy lady! 

Do you have any hobbies?
As a passionate rower, whilst I occasionally get out on the river with old crew mates, I now try to do a minimum of 30 minutes a day on the Peloton that my sister gave me for my birthday. I actually don’t know what I would do without it!

Tell us an interesting fact about you?
I performed in Annie at Woking Theatre in 1996 in over 30 performances. This was the moment I found my self-belief and confidence to perform in front of others. My Head of Music at Halstead signed me up for the audition, but I was reluctant when I heard there were 250 children auditioning. It was a time when I lacked confidence, but he believed I could sing quite well and I loved every single moment. I have since sung on a Cruise Ship and at four weddings. It is a massive reminder of how much one teacher can change your life. 

He believed in me and I doubt I would be teaching now if it wasn’t for that moment.


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