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Meet Miss Stephens

We were excited to speak with Miss Stephens, Assistant Teacher of Games, Sports Teacher, and Hockey Coach. We spoke with Ms. Stephens to learn more about her and her role. 

How long have you worked at the school? 

This is my fourth year working for Mill Hill Schools. 

What does your role involve? 

I teach Core PE at the International school, as well as help to run the co-curricular side of things. I also coach hockey at Mill Hill School. I’m Head of Swimming and help to run the @MillHillSeniorSport Instagram account. 

What is your favourite thing at the school? 

A standout feature of Mill Hill School for me is undoubtedly its fantastic facilities, especially the state-of-the-art gym, studio, and Astro. However, I do hold a profound admiration for the boarding community. I have been lucky enough to work in three different boarding houses during my time here, and as a visiting tutor, I thoroughly enjoy being able to involve myself in this unique and exciting aspect of our school. 

Do you have any advice for our pupils which could help them to get the most out of their time at the school? 

I would say to just embrace every facet of Mill Hill life. This school offers so many incredible opportunities for pupils to discover new interests, learn, and cultivate passions that can extend beyond their time here. 

What is your favourite book and film for our pupils and why? 

“Jessica” by Bryce Courtney is among my top picks for books. It offers a captivating narrative with numerous twists and turns that keep readers hooked throughout. It’s also an excellent choice for our pupils, as the characters are relatable and share the same age range, making it easier for them to connect with the story. 

Naturally, my favourite film would be a sports movie! “Cool Runnings” stands out for its compelling storyline, hilarious characters, and powerful message to never give up! 

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

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” This quote is inspiring to me because it emphasizes the importance of hard work and perseverance over innate talent alone. It suggests that even if someone possesses natural talent, it’s not enough to guarantee success unless they are willing to put in the effort and work hard. It reminds me that consistent hard work and determination are essential for achieving one’s goals and realizing one’s full potential, regardless of initial talent levels. 

Can you tell us something that we might not know about you? 

I was born in the UK but moved to New Zealand when I was 2 years old. I started playing hockey when I was 5 and have played ever since. I currently play for Southgate Hockey Club, along with many other members of staff at Mill Hill!