Meet Miss Curtis, Teacher of French and Spanish and Acting Housemistress of Murray House here at Mill Hill School. We spoke to her to find out a bit more about her and her role at Mill Hill School.
How long have you worked at Mill Hill School?
I completed a teacher training placement at Mill Hill School whilst doing my Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at King’s College London. I then worked at a school in Islington. When the opportunity arose to work at Mill Hill School again I jumped at the chance. I have been here for three years since then.
What does your role involve?
I teach Spanish and French to all year groups at Mill Hill School. I am also the acting housemistress of Murray House. This involves looking after the pastoral care of all 97 pupils in the house. I encourage pupils to come to me with any issues in school and I put plans in place to help solve them. This can involve liaising with parents, tutors and teachers to support pupils.
I also manage a tutor team and organise assemblies and fun social events for everyone to enjoy as a house. I thoroughly enjoy my role; it feels worthwhile and rewarding even when I am very busy!
What is your favourite thing at Mill Hill School?
My wonderful colleagues and the beautiful grounds are my two favourite aspects of working here. I am lucky to work with people who are spectacular professionals and friends. I love the grounds at Mill Hill School; each time I look outside at the beautiful surroundings here, I feel incredibly lucky.
Do you have any advice for our pupils which could help them to get the most out of their time at Mill Hill School?
Mill Hill School pupils always have someone to help them when they need it. Pupils may feel a little nervous about asking for help sometimes. However, all of our staff are kind, approachable and want the very best for their pupils. There is a massive amount of support available from a variety of people here. Pupils can go to teachers, heads of houses, graduate assistants and many others. I would remind our pupils to take advantage of that.
Can you tell us something that we might not know about you?
During university, I and some other students created a play which we performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival throughout August. On nights when we were not performing we spent time marketing our production. This was a truly fantastic experience.
What is your favourite book and film for our pupils and why?
My favourite book is ‘I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban’ because it is so inspirational.
My favourite film is ‘Les Intouchables’. I would recommend that our pupils watch it; it teaches us to never prejudge people and shows the value of individual relationships and having an open mind.
Finally, Could you share an inspirational quote with us? How does it inspire you?
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” This quote reminds me of two things. Firstly, to aim as high as possible. Secondly, not achieving what you set out to do is not the same as failing.