Upon Arrival: Advice to the HR Department

The following post has basically been brewing for a few years. It is largely based on observation and the concomitant whinging over drinks with the other expat teachers. My wife Bell, no-nonsense Aussie with a very sharp eye and tongue, is the primary reason I thought I'd spend a few hundred words putting down some avuncular advice for HR departments in international schools. I'm sure you, my colleagues, have a few acid comments and terse observations to share and I ...

VISITING FOR THE LAST TIME

I start interviewing students and making my final school visits in about two weeks. Sad but true. I started teaching DP visual arts 26 years ago in an international school (International School Moshi) set in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, and stayed for eight years, and during that time also became a visiting examiner, so I was able to visit and interview students in international schools in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. I also bounced about the Far East for a while (teaching DP visual ...

Japan Earthquake

I hope that the build up to the exams is going well to all of my readers (that is to those of you sitting the exams in the May session!) I have not made any posts for a few weeks as I was on my Easter vacation and I was also moving house - which was an amazingly time consuming process. Now school has started, expect my daily posts to resume! I will be blogging about carbon monoxide and smelly sulfur compounds ...