We spoke with Mr Clement, Head of Classics to find out more about him and his role at Belmont Preparatory School.
I have worked at Belmont Preparatory School for 20 years. I started in September 2001.
I am the Head of Classics and I also teach French and History. A large part of my role involves making dreaded Latin grammar exciting to learn. One way I do this is by using famous mottos of football teams and institutions in Europe that pupils are familiar with.
My department is quite small, so I’ve got to know my fellow colleagues well. I have established close relationships with the teachers which is fantastic. The other Latin teacher in my department is actually my best friend!
I also enjoy spending time with my pupils. I feel the most comfortable when I am in front of a class teaching. I love helping pupils broaden their knowledge and find new interests. Finally, I feel very lucky to work at Belmont Preparatory School because of the beautiful grounds at the school. I have a lovely view from my classroom and I can see the flowers blossom in the spring.
I would advise our pupils to embrace the Belmont way. This asks pupils to be kind, try their best and embrace challenges. I think that this is a great way to approach life and I feel that our pupils fully embody these qualities. Additionally, of course, pupils should try to learn their Latin vocabulary!
I have lived and taught in Kenya. During my time there I placed for a team in Nairobi called ‘The Railway Wanderers’. In one of our football matches, I scored a goal straight from the kick offline! The goalie was tying up his shoelaces and was a little distracted – so I took a shot and it paid off! I must also mention that I love my cats and I support Wolverhampton Wanderers.
I have two favourites. The first is ‘The Gormenghast Novels’ by Mervyn Peake. I love the characters and imagery. The second is ‘Tales of Mystery and Imagination’ by Edgar Allan Poe, which is a collection of short stories. When I was at school I won an award and was able to choose a book from the library as a prize. I definitely made the right choice because the book is filled with mystery and imagination!
Ben-Hur. This film has a great story and an amazing chariot racing scene.
“No eternal reward will forgive us now For wasting the dawn”. This quote inspires me because it reminds us to make the most of the day and it also comes from my favourite band, which is the Doors!