My first memories of really enjoying reading are from when I was about 8 years old and I discovered the 'Fighting Fantasy' books which were a series of stories where you got to decide what happened next by turning to different pages when you made a decision. You also got to fight monsters so it was utterly brilliant! Nowadays I read every single day and love a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, written stories and graphic novels. My favourite author has always been Stephen King who used to write scary stories but in recent years has changed to writing about lots of different subjects. I love how he makes you feel that you have entered a new world for a while and are really invested in new characters.
As a mother, grandmother, retired teacher and experienced chair of governors, I am very excited to be leading the local governing body of Luxulyan School. I am passionate about providing children with the best learning experiences possible whilst they are at school. I especially enjoy living in Cornwall and as a governor I am especially interested in Health and Safety, ‘Special Needs’, raising standards and looking at how we can improve the outcomes for all our children.
Books are such an important part of my life and I’m fortunate to belong to a local book club and since moving to Cornwall I am able to order books on line, picking them up from our monthly community library van. My earliest recollections are being engrossed as a child in the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being the first of the six books. I just loved being in the fantasy world of the author C. S. Lewis. Although these books were written over sixty years ago, they have been adapted for radio, television, the stage and film and are still read today. I really enjoyed Roald Dahl books when I began teaching, reading them to both my class and my own children, always starting with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have read every one of his seventeen children’s novels. I also found his ‘Revolting Rhymes’, so amusing, with the surprise endings in place of the traditional ‘happily ever after’ finishes to the six well known fairy tales. My grandchildren love me to read to them, especially Michael Morpurgo books, the first I ever read was ‘War Horse’. I found this an inspirational novel, the experiences of Joey, a horse purchased by the army for service in World War 1 France and the attempts of young Albert his previous owner to bring him safely home was just so moving. I was so pleased to be able to watch both the film and stage musical recently, finding both of them very emotional. At the moment I am re- reading Louis Sachar ‘Holes’ I just love this story of Stanley’s life told in such an exceptionally funny way.
I moved to Cornwall in 2014. Previously I have had a career in primary education spanning 27 years as a teacher, advisory teacher, education consultant and Head Teacher. As a governor I strive to use my background in education to support Luxulyan School as it continues to flourish. In my spare time I try to keep active enjoying a range of activities including yoga, swimming, badminton and most of all, I love to walk in this beautiful part of Cornwall – in all weathers!
I love to get engrossed in a good book! One book I absolutely loved when I was younger was Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr. It’s such a gripping tale. I was completely absorbed by the characters and unfolding story and couldn’t wait to find out what happened at the end (I won’t tell!). I love children’s picture books too. One of my favourites is The Time It Took Tom by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker: it’s very clever and very funny!
During my childhood I remember my year 1 teacher Mrs Harrison reading many stories that influenced the books I chose to read. We would walk through the magical doors of the wardrobe and end up in Narnia, explore Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and meet the Oompa Loompas. But my personal favourite was imagining I was flying on a magic carpet with Mr Majeka. Mr Majeka was a teacher but no ordinary teacher he knew magic.
As a Mum I have shared these books and many more with my children. You can go on many adventures and the stories we read uplift us and can create a happy place.
But as an adult If I can’t find a story that can take me on an adventure, I enjoy reading books about mindfulness and well being.
Hi I’m Gemma. I joined as a governor in September 2019.
My two children attend Luxulyan school and I am excited to be part of the school both as a parent and a governor.
I worked for a local bank so I have an interest in the finance aspect of Luxulyan school. I hope my knowledge and experience in finance will assist me in this role. I now work as a Teaching Assistant in the school.
I am also the chairperson for Luxulyan preschool so I am very keen to continue and keep the strong relationship and connection between the preschool and school.
I love to read and have always read to my children. Jacqueline Wilson and the Mr Men/Little Miss series are firm favourites at home.
Outside of work my family and I love to go camping and out on our kayak.