Successful Global Schools' staff exchange
As part of Downe House’s expanding Global Schools' Exchange Programme, we recently welcomed English teacher, Lauren Maserow from one of our partner schools in Australia, Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC).
The first outgoing staff exchange took place during the last summer holidays when Dr Andy Atherton, also an English teacher, travelled to MLC. It is safe to say that the two exchanges were of huge benefit to both schools and represent an exciting new step for our Global Initiatives Department.
Eager to share her expertise, Lauren taught a range of classes, which included introducing the Aboriginal poet, Jack Davis to a Remove class and delivering a thought-provoking workshop on Language and Identity to Lower Sixth English A Level students. She also accompanied girls on trips at the weekend, including an excursion to Bath to watch a performance of Peter Pan and trips to Basildon Park and Oxford. Lauren also spent a lot of time with Lower School girls in Hermitage Boarding House.
Lauren said, “It has been so interesting to observe and participate in lessons and I have been delighted to find that there are more similarities than differences in our approach to teaching and learning. I have particularly enjoyed engaging with the girls and really appreciate the opportunities that the teaching staff have given me to get involved in lessons.
Everyone at Downe House has been so welcoming and I would like to thank everyone for making my visit so enjoyable and rewarding. I will be looking out for the Downe House girls who will be visiting MLC over the coming years!”
Needless to say it was an immense pleasure to welcome Lauren to Downe House and we were all very sorry to see her go.