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Meet Ms Moir – Grimsdell Pre Prep Teacher

Meet Old Millhillian Ms Moir (McClure 1991-93). We spoke to Ms Moir to learn more about her life during and after her time at Mill Hill School.

Since being a pupil at Mill Hill School what are you up to now? 

I am proud to say that I have worked at the Mill Hill School Foundation on and off for 20 years. I am currently a Year 2 teacher, forest school leader and mindfulness coordinator at Grimsdell Pre Prep.  

What are your career highlights so far? 

I am particularly proud of becoming the first mindfulness coordinator in The Foundation. It is an absolute pleasure to bring mindfulness practices into young people’s lives and I was honoured to be welcomed into Belmont and Mill Hill International during Mental Health Week to teach sessions to pupils. These skills help our pupils stop and notice their feelings, think about why they might feel that way and what they can do to help themselves feel better. Overall, it is fantastic to see the positive impact mindfulness is making on our pupils.  

What is your favourite memory from your time as a pupil at Mill Hill School? 

Whilst at Mill Hill School I always appreciated spending time with my friends and doing fun activities. I was in McClure House and back then, school prefects were allowed to register pupils! 

I particularly loved house hogs on the top terrace in the summer. This was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and spend time with pupils in your house. The summer ball was also a super evening as it was a fabulous night filled with fun, laughter and friendships. Finally, I have very fond memories of playing hockey with my friends.

Can you tell us anything that you think would be of interest to the Mill Hill School community? 

I met Jon Kabat-Zinn at a mindfulness conference. Meeting him was very special because he has been championed for bringing mindfulness to the western world. I am thankful to have found mindfulness because I can now share what I have learnt as I am trained by Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) to teach ‘Paws b’ and ‘Dots’ mindfulness curriculums.

Could you share an inspirational quote with us? How does it inspire you? 

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn). This quote encourages us to accept our emotions and embrace life 

Do you have any career advice for our pupils? 

Find something you’re passionate about and grab it with both hands. Simply put, pursue a career you love!