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Ms Ciara Gardener


English Teacher

Ms Ciara Gardener has over ten years of teaching English to all secondary key stages. Since qualifying for her PGCE at Roehampton University, she has taught across a variety of schools in London where she has very much used the city as her best teaching resource; taking students on frequent trips to Shakespeare's Globe theatre, galleries, museums and around other notable landmarks. Having previously spent some time living in New Zealand, she is very much looking forward to the challenge of teaching on yet another new continent and is excited about the travelling opportunities that living in Kuala Lumpur will provide for her.

I began my PGCE in September 2007 in South London with placements in two Ofsted Outstanding schools. From here I relocated to North London (my home) and taught for an additional 4 years in an Oustanding department within a very good school. Whilst here my career progressed from NQT to Second in Charge of the English Department. After a year of travelling in New Zealand (teaching in a few schools along the way), I returned to London and worked in 2 schools in 4 years holding the position of 2iC initially until I completed my accreditation as a Lead Practitioner in the second school in Harrow. It was in my 10th year of teaching that I relocated to Malaysia and commenced teaching at BSKL.

As a huge Harry Potter fan, one of my favourite quotations of all time can be found in the words of Albus Dumbledore: "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it." This is a theme that pervades in my classroom as an English teacher, I want students to always be aware of the power of their words. When not re-reading the Harry Potter series for the 457365th time, I can usually be found crafting textiles which is a keen hobby of mine, particularly at Christmas. My Grandfather taught me how to knit when I was young and this is one of my all-time favourite crafting hobbies, although sadly in Malaysia there isn't much call for woolly hats and scarves. Perhaps I could take inspiration from Hagrid and knit a tent?

Promoting student happiness is the main reason I am a teacher. I wasn't always a very happy student at school and so my mission is to make sure that students are as happy as possible and enjoy being at school.