King’s Portrait丨Mr Gary：The Head of Pastoral Care
About previous experience
Q1. What inspired you to choose pastoral care as your career development after being a head of mathematics?
Q2. Could you please raise some examples about the key events and PTA initiatives you have organised as a Deputy Head?
About pastoral care
Q3. Pastoral care is a quiet new concept to many Chinese parents, could you introduce it from parents’ perspective?
Q4. As you mentioned, why and how does pastoral care also support personalised learning for children?
Q5. As far as you’re concerned, why is it also important to provide pastoral care for academic teachers? How did you work with teachers in your previous schools?
The school is a community and as such support has to be in place for every member of the team. Teachers, much like the children in their classes, have to feel supported by the school. Creating a school, where collaboration and communication are paramount, establishes a happy and vibrant establishment, in which every person feels valued, respected and happy. It is so important to build a school where everybody arrives with a smile on their face ready for the day. I have already seen this in my short time here and am excited to assist in developing this further.
Q6. What’s your teaching philosophy, and why?
Q7. Why did you come to China and choose KSS?
Q8. Based on your previous work experience, how would you implement pastoral care in KSS?
Firstly, I am eagerly looking forward to meeting all our little learners. Once the school year is up and running we need to create all the systems that will support our children. Each one of these systems needs to operate holistically and involve myself, teachers and children. Working together, support and extension programs will be introduced and personalised care will be put into place allowing each child the opportunity to flourish. In my role, I will be available for any concerns from staff, students and parents and it is this community minded approach which allows pastoral care to blossom effectively.