Mr Clayden will be leading 110 students on the Year 5 residential trip to Nanbeihu from Monday 6 June to Thursday 9 June.
1) What do you love most about residential trips?
Seeing the children develop confidence during residential trips is the best thing. In the beginning they can be quite nervous before attempting some of the difficult challenges. Many of the children say they can’t do it or it’s too difficult. The sense of achievement they get when they do complete the activities is very rewarding to see. They come back from the residential trip having learned so many skills and it really helps to develop their character! The children also make memories and have experiences that stay with them for years to come. It is always the highlight of the year!
2) What is your educational background, both academically and career wise?
I studied at the University of Edinburgh where I obtained my First Class Honours Degree in Education. I taught for 3 years in Scotland in a very successful primary school near my home town. I have been working at BISS Puxi for almost 5 years now and have been both the Year 1 and Year 5 leader during my career.
3) What has been the most memorable experience to date in your career?
Getting the opportunity to move from Scotland to Shanghai! Teaching internationally was always something that I aspired to. I love the diversity of teaching in an international school. You get to meet so many different students and colleagues from all over the world who have great ideas and experiences to share.
And now for some light-hearted questions
4) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
The Maldives! I taught English in the Maldives at the beginning of my career and fell in love with this beautiful island nation. I’m a keen scuba diver so being able to wake up on the beach and dive every day is my idea of paradise!
5) If you could get a selfie with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Lewis Hamilton. It would be pretty cool to take a photograph with him on a luxury yacht in Monte Carlo! He’s quite an inspiration. He came from a working class family and put in hard work and dedication to get to where he is today.
6) Describe your perfect Sunday in Shanghai?
Taking my dog Aila for walks around the city and meeting friends.
7) If you could choose one actor to star as you in a film, who would you choose and why?
Leonardo Di Caprio. I know he looks nothing like me but I think he’s a great actor! Maybe if he took on the role he would get some more Oscars!
8) What’s your favourite restaurant in Shanghai?
Nova on Dagu Lu. They do a great steak!
9) What 3 things could you not live without in Shanghai?
My partner, my friends and my dog.
10) Have you got anything exciting planned for the summer break?
This summer I will be travelling to Indonesia. I will be visiting the temples of Yogyakarta and then moving on to Bali and Lombok for some diving. I am hoping to complete another diving course to further develop my underwater skills. My brother is also coming out to Shanghai so I am looking forward to showing him around the city.
Thank you for your time Mr Clayden.
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