Hotseat: Felicity Burgess


Jumeira Baccalaureate School

Job Title:
Grade 1 Form Teacher

Where did you go to school?
St. Christopher’s School in Bahrain, then The Abbey School for girls in Reading, England.

What was your favourite subject?
I became interested in languages at an early age. I think it was because I went to an international primary school, so I was surrounded by lots of different mother tongues. English was one of my favourite subjects at school. I enjoyed reading books from a very early age.

What was your least favourite?
I was not a big fan of PE lessons at school. I enjoyed racquet sports and team games, but I didn’t really like running round and round a track. In sixth form I used to go rowing on the Thames for one of my PE options, which was great fun - but I generally didn’t enjoy outdoor sports in the English winters very much!

Did you have a favourite teacher?
I was very lucky and had lots of brilliant teachers. Two, however, were really outstanding. Mrs. Butler was my teacher in year five. She was a very nurturing teacher who really helped me to gain confidence in myself and my own abilities. I transformed from a quiet and shy girl to someone who would participate voluntarily in lessons. In secondary school, I had an inspirational Latin teacher called Mrs. Withers. She was so passionate about Roman history and she had the ability to capture your imagination for triple-period lessons – no mean feat on a Thursday afternoon!

Were you good or naughty?
I was a good child. Every school report my parents received through school informed them that I was ‘attentive and conscientious’ in lessons!

What was the naughtiest thing you did at school?
I was very happy at school and can’t remember ever doing anything naughty! I enjoyed learning new things and we had fun lessons. I never felt the need to mess around!

What’s your happiest memory from your school days?
My happiest memories all revolve around working with and spending time with friends- whether it was doing a group project together, helping each other with Latin translation homework or spending lunch breaks in the music block, playing on the pianos!

What about your worst one?
My worst memory of school was the canteen food – spaghetti that was left sitting in water until it was served, so arrived cold and soggy, and lime-green jelly that was nearly indestructible! Luckily school lunches have improved massively – now I choose to eat lunch from the canteen most days!

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