New Staff Profiles
We would like to introduce a few more staff to you this week that have joined our school. Do read on!
Ms Julia Newman
Hello everyone! My name is Julia and I started in Year 3 at the Junior Campus in August. So far, I am absolutely loving the positivity, support and enthusiasm at BIS and in Vietnam. The children are hard-working, kind and fun to teach. It is my first time coming to South-East Asia and even though I have only been here a month, I have already discovered so many cafes, bars and restaurants at the weekends while taking in all the different buildings and street sights. Crossing the road is still a bit of challenge and I am getting used to hopping on mopeds to get around the city which is great fun.
Vietnam is very exciting and I look forward to seeing more of it throughout my time here. I lived in London for many years but am originally from Bournemouth and grew up there with my parents and two older sisters. Although my hometown has a great beach, I can’t wait to visit many Vietnamese beaches that I’m sure will be better and be able to swim in water that isn’t freezing cold! I am planning to do lots of snorkelling and scuba diving during my half term in October and also want to explore North Vietnam when some friends and family come to visit during Tet and Easter holidays.
Mr Shane Gallagher
Dublin, Ireland is where it all began,
Where the streets have no name,
And the Liffey boys swam.
To kicking footballs on the streets,
To coffee shop meets,
After all the spars in All Saint’s ABC,
Something rang clear to me,
New beginnings, new people,
A city so robustly charming,
With the finest cuisine,
My favourite Pho,
I can never say No,
No alarm clocks needed,
As the horns get repeated
And gradually any homesickness depleted.
Ho Chi Minh,
My new flame,
My aul triangle will have to wait,
As this city makes one feel great.
Ms Katherine Gale
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and share that city’s obsessions with food, coffee and football. I also love music and so, after high school, I studied a degree in classical trombone performance and then a diploma in education. I taught high school music and social studies in Adelaide, as well as stints working in Special Education support. I have always enjoyed teaching because it’s one of the best ways to make sure you keep learning.
I moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 2015, intending to stay for one year. Forty-eight months later and here I still am! I love the friendly people here and the strong coffee but, if I’m completely honest, I think it’s the delicious bún thịt nướng that really keeps me around.
Since coming here, I have been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), mostly in language centres. I am very happy to be joining the BIS EAL team, and to be working as part of a whole school community again, complete with sports clubs, coffee mornings and, best of all, a choir.