1. How long have you worked at St Hilda’s School?

I started working at St Hilda’s School in 1998 but had a 12-year break from 2007-2019. In total I have worked at St Hilda’s 13 years.

2. You have had various roles at St Hilda’s - how do you like the changes between the roles?

Before leaving I had various roles; French teacher of course, IBMYP Coordinator, MS Head of Year and Assistant to the Head of Middle School. I enjoyed all these roles because I was able to work with the students outside the classroom and also develop curriculum. I like the variety of opportunities that teaching, and education can offer.

3. What inspired you to become a teacher?

After university, I was not sure if teaching was going to be a long-term career. However as soon as I went to my first school (a small country town school in Central Queensland) I knew that this was what I wanted to do. Teaching has allowed me to live and work overseas, work with so many wonderful colleagues and see students develop into amazing young adults.

4. What do you love most about your job?

I love being in the classroom and teaching. There is nothing better than getting to know students and hopefully inspiring them to learn French and to love the French culture. Last year, we had trip to New Caledonia, and I have to say that it was one of the best school trips I have ever been on. I also love the school spirit at House events. They are so much fun.

5. What are your hobbies and interests outside of teaching?

Although I do not have much time for hobbies, I have been able to cross some items off my ‘bucket list’ over the years, such as a black belt in martial arts and a scuba diving license. I love to travel and hope to discover more interesting places in the future. On weekends, I enjoy cooking, catching up with friends and going to the movies.

6. Tell us about your role as Head of Languages.

As Head of Languages, I aim to provide support for the French and Japanese teachers and promote the study of languages at St Hilda’s School. While learning a language can be difficult, the benefits of speaking and understanding another language is so rewarding. Languages open doors to new cultures, experiences and much more. I hope that in my role, I can inspire students to pursue their love of languages.

7. What is your vision/goal for the future?

My goal is to continue to transmit the love of learning French, enjoy each lesson and each day. I am looking forward to the school trip to France next year.

Natalie Hunt