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Interview with Des Phillips

A great interview with Des Phillips - teacher and parent at Marlborough House School

Des Phillips
Des Phillips
20 Dec 2018
Alumni News
1. When did you teach at MHS?
We landed in the UK on 22 August 1991 and started teaching that September! I retired in July 2014.

2. What did you teach?
I was appointed as Head of Geography but always taught Mathematics as part of my timetable. When I started I also taught Science in Year 6 for a few years!

3. What was your best memory of the school?
There were so many major milestones that one remembers as the school grew and flourished. As a family we lived in school accommodation and found ourselves hosting and becoming good friends with many of the New Zealand Gap Students. Many of their parents stayed with us when they came over from New Zealand to visit their children at MHS. I am still in contact with many of them and we looked them up when travelling to NZ. So those memories of our time at MHS live on even now.

4. What made MHS special to you?
The family feel of the place-besides which it was our home, our base as we moved continents. A place where our "history" began and grew in the UK. It was a place where we made many special and lasting friendships.

5. What have you done since you left? 
I tutor Mathematics on a one-to-one basis at Benenden School three days a week. Other than that I have four grandchildren which I try to see regularly.

6. What was it like being a Parent at MHS?
Being a teacher/parent was obviously different to the norm. I taught both my children and had the privilege of being close at hand to enjoy their individual achievements in the classroom and on the sports field. Our children enjoyed living at home on site and thus also had the opportunity of becoming good friends with the boarders

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