Adam is Acting Head of School at ICHK Kindergarten & Primary.
Why did you want to become a teacher?
I have been drawn to working with children from an early age. I am not sure where this desire came from… fate?
I also hated secondary school, so I am on a mission to make sure schools are a place that are warm, welcoming and engaging.
What is your first memory from school?
Being terrified in a large playground.
What makes a ‘good day’ at school?
A loving smile or hi-five shared with a child.
That ‘aha’ moment in a child’s eyes.
If I walked into your classroom on a typical afternoon, what would I see going on?
Meditation followed by engaging project-based learning which is designed and led by children.
What’s the funniest thing a child has ever said to you?
Too many to remember a specific one! Every day I get to laugh at least once.
This week my head was used by Nursery children as a playground for toy animals. I enjoyed that!
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?
The following books are ones I read every year. I get deeper and deeper into them. The Outsider by Albert Camus; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami; The House of Sleeping Beauties by Yasunari Kawabata; The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway.
The following movies I watch every year and I love them even more each time: Seven Samurai and Casablanca. I recently fell in love with the movies Shoplifters from Japan and Parasite from Korea. I would love to watch them again.
What is the hardest thing about being a teacher?
Ensuring the learning needs of every single child under your care is being consistently met.
The constant waking up at 3am with your brain running at full capacity with ideas and worries.
What inspires you?
Having intellectual debates with colleagues.
Seeing people dedicating their own time and energy to make the lives of other more rewarding.
My desire to change schools
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Leaving Australia and exploring the world. Travel is the greatest accomplishment for anyone. It opens the mind and challenges preconceptions.
What would students be surprised to find out about you?