Rhona's first jobs were in some very interesting schools in Glasgow where a dry sense of humour was a prerequisite.
Soon, an opportunity arose to move to Brunei where she taught English as a Foreign Language to Brunei Malay soldiers in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Various units would come before being posted for technical training to the UK or HongKong. This meant working with the band, the Rapier missile units and the mechanics amongst others, so, having had to learn the technical vocabulary, in theory she knows how to fire a Rapier missile and how to tell if the pistons in your engine are not firing properly! As for working with the band, well that meant there were some very interesting trips into Brunei’s famous Water Village or sometimes a longhouse where the band would jam on traditional instruments while their English teachers would eat local delicacies.
Giving this up to raise a family she found that she became heavily involved in supporting the schools her children were attending: in one, this meant raising funds for and designing a new playground; in another, she was first chairperson of the PTA, started a support group for mothers with toddlers and created initiatives for inclusion and diversity within the school community. She also got involved with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Saddle Club where she taught horse riding to the soldiers and some civilians and helped retrain the Sultan’s ex polo ponies as dressage horses. Once the last child was in school, she returned to teaching: this time working with special needs students, but also completed a course in Supporting English as an Additional Language in mainstream classes. She loved this time in Brunei - both the times spent working and when being a mum as it felt like such a huge adventure and privilege.
Having worked with special needs students in Brunei she had heard of Dover Court and its inclusive policy, so it seemed a natural move to want to apply here when we moved to Singapore - her son also came here for 4 years. Since working here she has done a Masters in Special Needs and qualified through the British Dyslexia Association as a specialist dyslexia tutor and assessor. She loves working at Dover Court, seeing the playground full of ‘all the children of all nations’ as the school song says, chatting together, helping each other and being friends. However, she has no energy left at the end of the day for any horse riding!