Miss Gandre

I was born in Brittany, which is a region of France situated in the North-West. After my Baccalaureate, I moved to the UK to learn English. Learning languages is fun so I became a languages teacher although I love working in primary schools because we can teach and learn about lots of different subjects. We can even learn to dance, sing and sign in BSL!

I love books! They allow you to learn so much but also to escape to weird and wonderful places. I could start naming my favourite books but I am not quite sure we would have enough space here as I could go on and on...

Animals also fascinate me. My favourites are possibly big cats because they are beautiful and incredible. However, I also find wolves mesmerising, painted dogs captivating, penguins heart-warming and meerkats entertaining. I share a home with two lovely cats but I think it would be wonderful to have a suitcase like Newt Scamander’s with fantastic creatures to look after (especially Nifflers).

Oh! I nearly forgot! I belong to Ravenclaw House although I could have been in Hufflepuff House too.

There are so many people who have achieved incredible things, but I am inspired by writers like Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Jane Asuten and C.S. Lewis; people who have created such complex and amazing worlds. I would love to follow in their footsteps and write a book one day. I am also inspired by people who stand up against injustice and spread a message of hope and kindness despite the difficulties: amazing humans like David Attenborough, Malala, William Wilberforce, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller …

Kindness to me means being respectful towards others but also being kind to yourself. It is treating others the way you would like to be treated. Sometimes, people think being kind means being weak, but I think that real kindness is a sign of strength: the best “you” you can be is both assertive (strong and confident) and kind.

When I was younger, I was very shy and not very confident at all. So, when I look back, I realise how much I have achieved and how much more confident I have become! I believe it is important to celebrate the small things in life. Although I am also proud of myself for going caving with only a candle in the wet K’anba Caves in Semuc Champey, Guatemala!