Meet the Teacher - Mrs. Jane Darrou

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In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mrs. Jane Darrou, a member of our Secondary Teaching Team and Head of Humanities.

Name: Jane Darrou – Secondary Teacher –  

What is your role at the College?

My role at Marymede Catholic College is 'Head of Humanities' and this year I am enjoying the classes that I teach which are Year 8 and 10 Humanities, VCE Unit 1 History and Year 8 English.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on with one of your classes?

I love teaching all my classes and am currently working with the Year 8s on some exciting activities about Medieval Japan. It is always gratifying to teach World War II and particularly Australia’s part in the conflict which I am currently working on with my Year 10 class.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

For me, teaching is a great privilege. It has afforded me an opportunity to make a big difference to students’ understanding of our world and to support our precious youth to flourish as good people. 

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Thai Beef Salad

Favourite Movie/TV Show: ‘Silk’ is a favourite series, ‘Foreign Correspondent’ is always interesting and I love a trip down memory lane with shows like ‘MASH’.  I especially enjoy programmes that make me laugh.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: One of my passions is singing. I performed a solo in Fauré’s Requiem for the Archbishop of Canterbury when he visited Ballarat and I ‘trod the boards’ of Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat in musical theatre performances. I’m looking forward to seeing my students in Seussical Jr. 

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Waleed Aly - Would be great as a dinner guest because I enjoy his wit and his insights.

Emmanuel Macron (Newly elected President of France) - It would be fascinating to meet him and use my French language skills to speak with him.

Sarah Millican (British Comedian) - Another top choice because I like her infectious optimism and brilliant sense of humor.