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My Day: I get up early and arrive at school around 7:30am. I spend the next hour or so setting up different activities to hopefully excite and stimulate the children but one day last week, I came in to find our back field invaded by cows! Katie (the head teacher) and I tried, in vain, to shoo the cows off our land from the comfort of the car-park. We were far too girly to herd them by going on to the muddy field as she had heels on and I was wearing my new suede boots! Fortunately, four men (a rare sight in our all female school) quickly arrived to do the job far more efficiently!
This week we have spent part of each morning creating little books of the Christmas story. We started with the Angel Gabriel coming to Mary and telling her that she was going to have a baby called Jesus. One of my Year 1 pupils happily went off to start his own version of the beginning by doing a picture. He came back with a lovely drawing of two ninjas! When I asked him if he could remember what we were supposed to be doing, he replied, ‘Oh yeah! The Christmas story!’ Delighted that he had grasped what our books were going to be about, I let him return to his work. He excitedly came back a few minutes later with a picture of Father Christmas fighting the two ninjas. Hey ho!
Afternoons are spent rehearsing for the forthcoming nativity play, The Hoity Toity Angel , which inevitably results in my children becoming very fidgety and needing lots of visits to the toilets. The Year 1s all sit on benches at the front of the stage and today I looked over to see three pairs of legs peeping up over the benches because three young girl shepherds had fallen backwards and were trapped between the stage and the bench. To their credit, they tried to make as little fuss as possible and just waited until I came to lift them out. I know all will be all right on the night but, at the last rehearsal, one little lad completely unaware of when to say his line, suddenly remembered it ten minutes after he should and shouted it out at a completely irrelevant moment! This was followed by a Reception child singing his own little song while Gabriel was trying to deliver a message to Mary.
People often say that the little ones steal the show but I just hope it is for the right reasons this year.
Dress: I don't wear a uniform although my own children might argue with that, as they tell me I dress distinctly like a typical primary school teacher. Cardigans are the worst apparently. Like all Early Years teachers, I also have paint and glue marks everywhere.
What is the favourite part of your job? The children! I love the children I teach – they are so gorgeous, caring, entertaining and funny and are just like sponges at this age. I also appreciate working in a beautiful school with supportive parents and great colleagues. It is a very happy place to work.
What is the favourite part of your job? The hours – I probably work as many hours outside of teaching as I do actually teaching and if I'm not doing the job, I am thinking about it. My own children despair when I see things in a charity shop window and drag them in saying that some bizarre old thing would be good for my next topic!
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Audrey Hepburn – I would like to be portrayed as beautiful, calm and glamorous. Miranda Hart would probably be more true to life.
What would be your dream job if you weren't doing what you do now? I would like to play the starring role in any West End musical.
How do you relax when you are not working? I love going to the theatre, shopping, watching trashy TV and visiting friends and family. I used to sing with The Handbag of Harmonies but I just don’t seem to be able to fit it in at the moment so I get my fix singing mad songs around the house with my kids!
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame? I did go on a BBC talent show called Last Choir Standing with my choir A Handbag of Harmonies a few years ago. Although we didn't get through to the live shows, we had great fun filming for the early rounds. One day I was on a train in London and when I opened my bag, my pink feather boa (Handbag trademark prop!) peeped out. The passenger opposite me saw it and asked if I was from the choir on the telly – this made me feel famous for a few seconds!
Name: Susanne Wearden
Job: Reception/Year 1 teacher (4-6 year olds)
Education: I went to high school in a new town called Chandler's Ford near Southampton, did a degree in Environmental Science and Education at Surrey University and have studied cartography and Remote Sensing (images from space) at Kingston University. I qualified as a teacher at the University of Chester 11 years ago and more recently did a qualification in Special Needs Education at Edgehill.
Family life: Married to Dave with three teenage girls
Next week: Promoter Neil Kendall, of Goldust Productions.