King's school interview

Year 7 teach, Mr McGarry, on his favourite school memories

Interview, Education

Mr Ian McGarry

Job title
Year 7 teacher, Kings’ Dubai.

Where did you go to school?
Vine Tree Primary and King’s Grove High School in Crewe, UK.

What was your favourite subject?
Definitely art – I loved to draw cartoons and to sketch.

And what was your least favourite subject?
Maths, because the rooms were always dark and smelled of strong coffee and cigarette smoke – yuk!

Did you have a favourite teacher?
Yes, Mr Ward who taught technical drawing and woodwork. He was sarcastic, but very funny. I remember him accidentally killing a rare butterfly when we were on a school trip – something landed on his arm when we were in a butterfly enclosure and his natural reaction was to swat it. Ooops!

Were you good or naughty?

Fairly good, although I did doodle a lot, make silly noises and do impersonations of the teachers in the corridors.

What was the naughtiest thing you did at school?
In primary school, I used to swing on a gate while I was playing ‘The Incredible Hulk’ with my friend Leon – the gate smashed into a huge pane of glass! The head teacher was furious with me. I also used to take blue-tac from the teacher’s desk to play with!

What’s your happiest memory from your school days?
Having snowball fights with our local rival school, St Thomas Moore – we all knew each other because we were neighbours, but we’d snowball fight for the honour of our schools. I love snowball fights!

What about the worst one?

Having a nosebleed that just wouldn’t stop (I’m guessing it lasted for two hours – I was getting quite dizzy) after crashing into the sports hall wall playing indoor football.

How is school different these days to when you were a kid?
The teachers used to talk at the front for most of the lesson, using a chalk board and we’d copy a lot, and the computers back then were very basic and incredibly slow. However, there were chips for lunch everyday in the canteen!

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