Staff Profile: Emma Cornick

This year, we will continue to share staff profiles to get to know members of our school family a little better. Each week we will feature a member of staff across all areas of the school including teachers, admin staff, support staff and more.

Our profile this week is Emma Cornick, FS2 Teacher. Below Emma gives us a snapshot into her background and how she came to work at BIS:

If I start off with a polite g'day then I am sure you can guess where I am from. Yes, I come from the land down under, but I come from that magical and mystical part where Tasmanian devils roam, platypus swim through the clear cold streams and spiders the size of dinner plates pop in when it is raining. Although us Tasmanians are often referred to as unicorns (heard about but never seen), I can vouch that we are real and so are unicorns!

Growing up I always thought that the other side of the world was so far away and going to the big smoke was a dream. I remember going on an airplane for the first time at 16 and being so excited the night before that I was still awake at 3 am, and now I am so lucky to be able to travel often and to those places I always dreamed of.

I left Tasmania for the 'mainland' when I was 21 and took my first overseas job just before after my 24th birthday. I said goodbye to my family and friends and started my very own adventure. This flight to my new job was also my first overseas trip and when I landed in Qatar, boy oh boy were my little eyes wide open. I spent 7 years there, travelling the world in my holidays and somehow found my husband along the way. Together we traveled some more and eventually moved to England, where I threw myself in the deep end work-wise. I spent the time working in a school in a socially deprived area which was an amazing experience but I missed the sun terribly! I saw the job advertised while sipping a cup of tea late one grey afternoon, still at work and thought 'hmmmm this is a great school, maybe I should apply and see what happens...' and as they say,' the rest is history.'

I teach in our Early Years department and you can often find me in the mud kitchen baking cakes or throwing mud balls, I might be hiding under a table reading with a child, I could be encouraging someone to be a Tryatops and have a go at something they are nervous about or I could be having a giggle with my favourite class of little people.

Early Years education is my passion and has been for over 10 years now, some say I spend my days finger painting or making playdoh! Yes, that might be true at times and that's what make it the greatest job I have ever had. I get to watch my students achieve each and every day, I see them become confident, resilient and independent, read words for the first time, as well as see their natural curiosity and creativity shine through!

I am so lucky to work in a great team among passionate and dedicated people who motivate me to always become a better practitioner. At the end of the day, I want my children to keep trying and love learning and to be able to instil those values to my class, I try to do the same in my own life.

Emma Cornick