Hello! My name is Rowena. I have been at Juniper Hall for two years now as a tutor. However, now is the end of my time here- I am moving on to new things in the frozen North, at Newcastle University!
It’s going to be so cold.
As part of the tutor team, Juniper Hall has been a fantastic experience. From waking up every morning to this view…
I’ve taught some very interesting groups in my time:
- Students that have found the free U2 album on the ipads and played music while recording river measurements
- A-level biologists from London that have played hide-and-seek after class because they’ve never been to the countryside
- “Miss, can woodlice fly? I bet they can.”
- “Miss, is that a cow?” [Points at black & white horse]
- A KS2 group that had to almost run back to centre from Box Hill after a freak thunderstorm, getting drenched by the time we were back (It was actually in Reigate)
- A KS2 student that decided to make “leaf angels” with me (You rock!)
- Every single student that’s sung the Banana song the next morning after a campfire
- My last group that cheered so hard, and climbed on each other’s shoulders (in Bebbington. I feared for their heads)
- All the students that have tried to jump the River Tillingbourne at Crossways, especially those that have failed (especially the ones that failed on camera!)
- The students that have gotten stuck in Pagham Harbour with big muddy smiles
- The students that wanted to spray paint rocks to investigate longshore drift (always a good idea!)
- The KS2 children that made themselves beards out of burrs and stickyweed
- The children that have fallen in the River Mole at the Stepping Stones (or leapt)
- The Real Family Holiday families and children who have all been so curious- those that have climbed the starfish (I fear for you), the amazing red-haired super-mum who pushed a double buggy all the way to the shelter building area, the sweet kids that sat and made apple bird-feeders for hours last year, the huge set of families that made the most incredible shelter I’ve ever seen, that sat about 10 and didn’t leak a drop!
- All the lovely schools that have brightened my days with thank-you letters…
It’s been said never to work with children and animals, and yet I’ve spent most days working with both (for better and for worse!)
- Once I found a mole in the River Tillingbourne
- I’ve been headbutted by the goats so many times
- I’ve spray-painted a chicken purple
- A student once just straight-up grabbed a lizard from underneath a log and it was awesome
- The horses at Crossways Farm have chased me around the field about 10 times in the last 2 months
- The students that, instead of picking up an invasive crayfish after they dropped it, jumped on it, then threw it in a tree
- The teacher that allowed me to scare their entire class with a pet stick insect (they all left the room entirely for 10 minutes)
- The school that drove me to Leatherhead Animal Rescue to rehabilitate an exhausted brown long-eared bat and got me in the newspaper!
I’ve had such a good time while I’ve been here (in all weathers- sun, rain, snow, thunderstorms), with so many incredible memories. Perhaps one day I’ll come back to teach again! After all, I haven’t yet had a pond named after me like Kate (one of our recent Education Assistants).
This is definitely the best spot to teach from
Thanks for all the great memories, Juniper!