How does it feel to be back in school?
It's a relief to be back at work. There were elements of the online teaching that I really enjoyed such as making video content for my lessons which proved popular with the students but getting back to face to face teaching is far more personal and I've enjoyed reconnecting with all our art students and staff.
What are you looking forward to this term?
Every year in Art is like a journey for our students. They develop and improve massively as the year progresses and I'm excited to see how our students use the current situation we all find ourselves in and how that might impact on their artwork. I think this year could be a very interesting year artistically in the department.
How have the students adapted to the changes around campus so far?
The students generally are quite resilient and they have adapted to all the changes to procedures and protocol very easily. I think they are very happy to be back with their friends and learning in a more 'normalised' setting. Despite the various changes they have all been enthusiastic and have engaged very well in lessons.
Given the art departments success last year what are your aspirations for this academic year?
We have a variety of goals we are working towards this year in Art. Last year was a good year for exam results. Especially at A-Level where we achieved 100% A*-B and we want to continue to improve on this. We also have been very successful recently in local and national competitions so we will look to get our students artwork out there even if that means virtually as there is much to show off and be proud of. The Art Scholars are working with me to create an exhibition commemorating the 'Forgandenny 100' which will take place at the beginning of the Summer term and I'm excited to see how we can create a fitting tribute to the school's centenary at its current location in Forgandenny.