Back to the future for teacher

by Kent Caddick

West Melton’s Amy Robinson is delighted to be heading back to school but has returned to her old stomping ground — not as a pupil but as a teacher.

The former West Melton School head student has taken on a position as one of the school’s relieving teachers, known as the Fab Five, with one permanent shift a week and filling in when needed.

Principally she will be working with the students as a PE and dance teacher.

Ms Robinson, who has also been teaching part-time in Kirwee, said she was excited to be back at the primary school she went to.

“My parents have a farm on the outskirts of West Melton, so I went there as a primary school student,” she said.

“Getting a job at West Melton was so cool being so close to home and I have real fond memories of being here when I was younger, so it’s quite special.”

After leaving West Melton, she went on to attend Lincoln High School before heading off to university. Ms Robinson said she always wanted to be able to give back to the community in which she was raised.

“I have wanted do something, which would benefit the community I have lived in, and I have always loved working with kids. After my first placement, I knew this is what I wanted to do.”

She spent three years at Canterbury University to gain her bachelor of teaching and learning and moved back to her parents’ home in West Melton at the start of the year with a placement in Kirwee, where she still teaches, before securing her position at West Melton.

“Some of the teachers who taught me at West Melton are still here, so it’s pretty cool to be working with them.

“The values of the school are still the same, and it’s pretty awesome to see how much it has grown and how much it has changed, especially with the new buildings.”