from 2005 – 2009
CBSHS’s very own Emily Halloran left her role as
French teacher at CBSHS to take up a position as a teacher in a school in
Basildon (Essex) in the UK.
As well as
attending CBSHS as a student Emily returned to the school to do the practical
part of her teaching qualification at Clontarf before securing a role at CBSHS
as a full time teacher.
Her teachers gave her the much needed push to do her best academically
and she also credits them with seeing her potential - something that she couldn’t
see in herself. After teaching martial arts after
school Emily decided her vocation in life was to work with teenagers. This
coupled with some gentle encouragement from her Physics teacher convinced her
that teaching in a high school was the perfect fit for her.
Emily says that no matter what school you attend, your education is
what you make of it. Teachers are hardworking and passionate people who have so
much to share with you - make the most of them while you’ve got them.
Her love of French started while she was a student and Emily says the
subjects of French and Modern History prepared her best for life outside of
school - they instilled in her an inquiring mind and a spirit of adventure.
Without studying these subjects Emily says she wouldn’t be travelling the world
doing what she loves - teaching and learning languages, immersing herself in
new cultures, and making lifelong friends from around the world along the way.
Emily is a big advocate of our TAFE / early university entry
and says that looking back at her time at CBSHS she would have taken advantage
of these programmes and would have begun her education degree while still at
Her best memory from her time at CBSHS was the opportunity
to participate in Swiss reciprocal exchange which she describes as ‘incredible
and life changing’. It had such an impact that it even inspired her to return
to Switzerland when she was at university to complete a semester abroad.
Emily’s advice to her 16 year old self would be ‘It’s ok if you
decide to change the plan you have for your life, be open to change, be
flexible, be resilient’ and says ‘The world is a big place full of adventures
to be had, be afraid, but do it all anyway!’