Name: Richard Marwood
Country of Origin: England
Speciality: Primary Teaching
Current Year Group: Year 5
Places he has lived: England & China
1. What was your first reaction when you arrived to Guangzhou?
I didn’t know much about Guangzhou before coming here. I was surprised at how busy it was as I had initially expected it to be quite quiet. It was a little crazy in the first few weeks but the city is full of different cultures, which really caught my interest. The food is impressive!
2. What is the best thing about being a teacher?
Seeing the students grow within one year, not just academically but socially too. I love that no two days are the same.
3. What sort of advice can you give to parents moving to Guangzhou with children?
There are lots of ways to meet people and you should grab any opportunity to do so that comes your way. Meeting people who are already living in the city will help you to feel more settled and can point you in the right direction to help explore what the city has to offer.
4. How does the British School of Guangzhou compare to other schools you have taught at?
BSG is such a well-respected organisation and offers great career development opportunities to their staff. Nord Anglia University connects you to colleagues around the world. This helps you draw knowledge and share resources with a large group of people. BSG also offers more freedom and opportunities than any other school I have taught in. The Global Campus initiative offers fantastic opportunities for students to connect with 43 schools around the world and compete in a variety of competitions.
5. Who was your role model when growing up and why?
My Dad was definitely one of my role models when growing up. He treated other people in a kind way and gained respect because of that.
6. Recommend the best place for families to visit in Guangzhou.
I would recommend families to visit Zhujiang New Town for an escape from the cities usual hustle and bustle. Zhujiang New Town is western but with a nice blend of local culture offering plenty of places to eat.
7. Your one advice for students moving or living abroad.
Students should go with an open mind and take any opportunity that comes their way. BSG offers an array of extra curricular activities that I would encourage all students to get involved with. It is a great way to make new friends and get the most out of your education.
8. What is the one lesson that you want your students to take away with them at the end of each academic year?
Challenge yourself and don’t be scared to go out of your comfort zone. Do things with confidence and remember that you have the ability to do more than you thought was possible.
9. Why did you become an educator?
I have always been passionate about education and truly enjoy working with children. I want to inspire them to have the same passion for learning new things that I do.
10. What do you do when you get homesick?
I try my best to stay active and keep myself distracted, mainly through sport. Putting on Netflix and chatting to my friends and family through FaceTime always helps too.