Name: Nicole Torrens
Country of Residence: China
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Subjects I teach: Primary
Grades I teach: Year 1
Places I’ve lived: Northern Ireland, India, Switzerland, Scotland, China
What was your first reaction when you first arrived to Guangzhou?
“Gosh it’s hot!” I remember that there were strange smells, sights and sounds which was a complete bombardment of the senses but in a fun way as well as being a little bit scary.
What is the best thing about being a teacher?
Everyday is different and it’s never boring, you are constantly able to be creative and fun. The students are forever making you laugh and smile. There is no other job like it in the whole world.
What is the most challenging thing about being a teacher?
There are so many things that you want do to but it can be hard to find the time to do it all. Trying to ensure that you are doing everything to the best possible standard that you can and providing the classroom environment that you want for your children can be extremely time consuming.
How does BSG compare to other schools you’ve taught at?
The opportunities that students have at BSG are incredible in terms of the chance to participate in a variety After School Activities (ASAs), and the ability to participate in a real orchestra, I mean what other Primary school has that? Also taking part in large-scale productions in an external theatre and the Juilliard collaboration are all remarkable opportunities that very few Primary schools are lucky enough to experience. The teachers are also the most fun that I have ever worked with!
What do you do when you get homesick?
Skype! FaceTime! I then go to Corners Deli to walk around and fill my basket with home comforts and if I am really homesick, I get my mum to send me a box of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.
If you could be a superhero what would you want your super powers to be?
I would love to be able to travel backwards and forwards in time. I would love to go back to Ancient Egypt with all the information I know now and become a God haha!