Welcome to Miss Al-Dujaili (Nursery), Miss Warmington (Year 1) and Miss Mockler (Swimming Coach) who all joined BCS at the beginning of 2021. We are sure that they didn’t imagine their first few days would turn out as they did but thank them for their resilience and enthusiasm in getting ‘stuck in’! We caught up with them to find out more and to see how their first week has been…

Before joining Blue Coat, Miss Warmington worked at St Peter’s School in both Year 2 and Year 6. Prior to that, she was a Teaching Assistant in an international school in Slovakia and tutored children of different ages outside school hours.

Outside school, Miss Warmington loves crafting and sewing, most recently making face masks, bags and Christmas presents. Gardening and looking after the environment is another passion. Miss Warmington says she will always have a project on the go and loves trying to make the world a better place by litter picking, or planting flowers and vegetables.

Miss Warmington grew up in Saudi Arabia as a child and spending time camping in the desert or at the beaches is something she remembers with great fondness – as well as the hot weather! We also discovered that Miss Warmington has worked at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and at the Melbourne Museum in Australia and has experience working with curators and discussing exhibits with visitors!

“I have found my first week very different to normal but I have loved seeing the children improve their ICT skills. All of the staff and pupils have been warm, welcoming and supportive so I feel like part of the community already. I’m looking forward to continuing our online learning, but am hopeful that we will safely be in school together soon.

The highlight of my first week has been getting to know the children in my new class. They have worked so hard and have risen to the new challenges we are currently facing with positivity and enthusiasm.”

Miss Al-Dujaili completed her Early Years PGCE at the University of Worcester last year and is excited to develop as a teacher and cement her passion to work in the early years phase.

We found out that Miss Al-Dujaili previously studied jewellery design to masters level and even created her own brand; winning awards, giving presentations, tutoring, organising exhibitions, travelling and networking across the world! In 2012, she exhibited and gave a lecture on one of her collections in New York. We are all very keen to see her creations!

Miss Al-Dujaili has a little workshop in her garden where she continues to make jewellery. She loves walking her giant, social butterfly of a labradoodle, as well as drawing, collaging and reading (lots of Matt Haig). She says she cannot wait to share her growing collection of beautiful picture books with her class and encourage their own love of reading and art.

“My first week has been busy but wonderful! I have really enjoyed getting to know all the children in my class. All the staff, parents and children have been so welcoming to me, it has made it a lovely experience and I am looking forward to next week.

It was lovely seeing how excited the children were to see the snow falling this week. They were so eager to go outside and play in the snow together. They have so much excitement for everything, it really is inspiring.”

Since graduating from Birmingham University, Miss Mockler has been working for several Learn to Swim companies delivering teaching and professional development to those in the field. She has assisted several schools in setting up their swimming development programmes and has been shortlisted for Swimming Teacher of the Year in England.

Miss Mockler is currently using most of her spare time on her studies as she is studying for a Masters Degree and also hopes to complete a PhD. Alongside this she is a keen sports enthusiast so she has been trying to keep active wherever possible, though not able to go skydiving which she has done twice in Miami!

“I have absolutely loved my first week at BCS! Although I am so disappointed not to have been able to use the pool at present. I have no doubt we will make up for lost time when re open! It has been very different from what I think everyone was expecting for this term but the staff and children have been fantastic in adapting to these changes and it’s been brilliant to be part of the BCS family.

My highlight during my first week has been getting to know the children. They truly are an asset to the school. I have been fortunate enough to support those in school within the Year 3 cohort; getting to know their personalities and their likes and dislikes it’s been lovely!”