Mrs Helen Snow, Head of Prep at Sunny Hill, was quizzed by Year 6 children:
1. What was the first thought that ran through your mind when you were asked to be Head of Sunny Hill?
What an exciting challenge!
2. What are your three most favourite things about working at Sunny Hill?
The children, the team of staff that I work with and the parents. I must say a big thank you to them all. I believe schools are about people and the quality of relationships between them.
3. What do you feel are the ingredients to make a happy and confident school?
I feel that there should be exciting challenges for the pupils, a rich curriculum with a wide range of experiences, understanding staff and a Head who is not afraid to make changes and developments are all important ingredients. There needs to be a positive atmosphere where pupils' achievements are valued, recognised and rewarded. This helps to make happy confident pupils.
4. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?
I think I would splash out on a large house in France that I could share with family and friends at holiday times. Perhaps I could also arrange for the Prep School children to use it for educational trips in term time - a great way to improve our French!
5. If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?
If I wasn’t a teacher I would do something that involves my passion for food and nutrition, possibly working as a Home Economist in the food industry.
6. When you were in your childhood, did you always want to be a teacher? If not, what was your ambition?
I always wanted to be a teacher. First of all, I wanted to teach small children. I then wanted to become a Home Economics teacher which is what I initially taught before going into Primary teaching.
7. If you could put one thing in the Sunny Hill Newspaper, what would it be?
Hmmm, that is a good question. I would either write an ariticle on the history of the Prep School or some kind of challenge or competition for the pupils!
8. At Sunny Hill, do you have any memories that you will treasure forever?
Watching the Pre-Prep nativity play is always a very special event in the calendar for me. I also like to watch new pupils who join us becoming part of our family here at Sunny Hill. They really do Blossom at Bruton! They so quickly become happy, confident Sunny Hill pupils ready to take on new challenges.
9. If you had to pick one place for the school to go on a trip, where would it be?
To an outdoor pursuits centre in the UK where children can experience personal, physical and mental challenges as well as get to know their friends and teachers in a different light! Holidays like this are great fun for the pupils and teachers. Or maybe I would go to France - its exciting for children to have the experience of travelling abroad.
10. Have you ever had any bad teaching experiences?
No, I have been very lucky so far! I have worked in some excellent schools and have had a very happy teaching career. I have though had some challenging classes and supported pupils and their families through sad personal circumstances.
11. What is your date of birth?
20th October. I am a Libra.
12. What is your favourite school lunch?
Ooh, lasagne and salad!
13. If you didn’t live in England, where would you live?
Italy. Italian people are lovely with children and Italy is warmer in the summer, you can go skiing in the winter and I love Italian food!