Being appointed as Head of St. Helen’s College has been the proudest achievement of my career. Twenty-seven years ago, while St. Helen’s College was in its early years of leadership with Mr. and Mrs. Crehan, I was embarking on my teaching career in a large secondary school in Hertfordshire. It was not long before I made the switch to Prep School education and spent three years in a lovely school in Wimbledon. However, my inquisitive nature and sense of adventure was not satisfied and I was fortunate to be appointed as a Head of Department in an international school in the heart of Tokyo. During that time I learnt a lot about myself and people. I was introduced to a lifestyle which was incredibly busy and somewhat frantic, but the Japanese culture was embedded in serenity, reflection and a strong awareness of spiritual and personal well-being. I spent many hours of reflection sitting on tatami mats in the school chapel, or in one of the numerous temples contemplating life, embracing the moment and the wonder of our incredible world.
I have been very fortunate in the path that my career has taken. After Japan I found myself back at home on the west coast of Scotland, undertaking further studies at university and experiencing life as a peripatetic teacher visiting numerous schools. The pull to the south was too strong to resist, though, and my childhood dream of being in a boarding school came to fruition! Working and living on site as part of the community at the Royal Masonic School in Rickmansworth was a very happy and busy time for my family and me, but after 11 years another opportunity arose as I continued my journey as a Deputy Head.
A few years ago I had the pleasure of sitting beside a most interesting Head at a conference dinner, who spoke about her school with such passion. I was so intrigued by the curriculum on offer and the ethos and values of the school and promised I would come to visit to experience one of her ‘Mindfulness’ sessions. However, as you may have guessed by now, my first visit to St. Helen’s College was under a different guise! I was so astonished to hear that Mr. and Mrs. Crehan had made the decision to step back, but after what was a long and extensive recruitment process I feel blessed, as though my journey had been mapped out for me and I have arrived.
I am so looking forward to the future, to add to the already outstanding school that St. Helen’s College is and to work with the ‘TEAM’, staff, pupils, parents and principals. Together Everyone Achieves More.
Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Crehan for giving me this opportunity and thank you to you all in advance for supporting me as my journey at St. Helen’s College commences.
What underpins everything we do was interpreted by the pupils here a few years ago, and remains as relevant as ever:
Strive for excellence
Help everyone achieve
Care for each other
...and I am looking forward, with you all, to putting into practice once more our Latin motto which is 'excellentiam e concordia' or 'excellence through working together in harmony.'