Ambition, Bravery and Curiosity at The Hive workshops
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Mr Mostert, Year 4 Teacher, talks to us about changing teaching styles, the value of an all-girls only school and aviaries!
Tell us about yourself.
I am a Year 4 Class Teacher and Science Coordinator, overseeing Science across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I started at Blackheath High School in January 2012, initially in a maternity cover position and have been here ever since!
Before Blackheath High School, I taught in South Africa. I moved to the UK in July 2000 to take up a position as a Year 7 teacher in a middle school. When that school became a primary school, I took up a teaching post in an all boys’ prep school where I mainly taught Chemistry and Physics, as well as games. Having taught in co-educational schools as well as an all-boys school, I see the value of having an all-girls only school and how this improves girls’ learning and confidence building.
What do you like most about your job?
I like the fact that no two days are the same and that the girls at Blackheath High School are engaged and so open to learning new ideas and concepts.
What makes working at Blackheath High School so rewarding and enjoyable?
The thing I find the most rewarding is seeing the girls grow in confidence.
What has been your biggest challenge at Blackheath High School?
Coming from a boys only school, I feel that my biggest challenge was changing my teaching style.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and experimenting with different cooking styles.
Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I have an interest in keeping Finches and have two aviaries at home.