Hotseat: Adam Hassoun

Head of PE at the Royal Dubai School shares his memories of education


Job Title:
Head of Physical Education, Royal Dubai School.

Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in Llandrindod Wells, a small rural town in Wales. I attended Trefonnen Primary School before completing my GCSE’s and A levels at Llandrindod High School.

What was your favourite subject?
Predictably, PE was my favourite subject. However, PE outside in the winter certainly made me doubt it on many occasions. The wind, rain and frosty conditions made sport a real challenge. I loved getting out of the classroom and pushing myself in a competitive environment. A close second was English. In reality, I hated English but seeing Miss Parkes made it all worthwhile!

What was your least favourite?
I really hated history. I could never understand the point of learning about things from so long ago. It didn’t really help that my history teacher had the enthusiasm of a mushroom (mushrooms are renowned for being unenthusiastic). My text book was a depressing brown colour and the classroom was grey and gloomy. Ironically, I actually love learning about history now!

Did you have a favourite teacher?
Apart from the lovely Miss Parkes, my favourite teacher was a slightly insane Australian technology teacher called Mr Harris. He was such a maverick and would often distract us with his singing, bizarre statements and occasional fruitful language. There was never a dull moment in his lessons.

Were you good or naughty?
I wouldn’t go as far as saying I was naughty but you certainly wouldn’t find me sitting at the front of the class unless I had been moved there! I was a little bit cheeky and often lacked the concentration to sit quietly for an entire lesson. It wasn’t uncommon for me to use syringes as water pistols and rulers as catapults.

What was the naughtiest thing you did at school?
During a music lesson, when my concentrations levels were at an all-time low, I thought it would be amusing to throw my friend’s pencil case out of the window. As I leaned out of the window to see what destruction I had achieved, I discovered Mr Paisley (possibly the scariest teacher in the world) staring back up at me. Needless to say he was not impressed by his near collision.

What’s your happiest memory from your school days?
I don’t have one stand out memory but when I think back to my school days, l mostly think about all the fun I had with my friends. There was never a boring day. I always tell the kids not to wish this time away and to make the most of every moment.

What about your worst one?
The day I had to explain to Mr Paisley why I nearly killed him with a metal pencil case.

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