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Rafay Qadiri

What type of governor are you? Staff / Teacher governor.

Why are you a governor of St Mary Magdalene Academy? To bring experience from the classroom that will help make the best decisions for the Academy.

Which subject at school did you love best – and why? It was always science, even in primary school. I’ve always been fascinated with understanding how and why things work.

What’s your favourite book of all time? As a child, Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson. More recently, I really look forward to receiving the Kyoto Journal four times a year, which brings beautiful perspectives on life from the far east.

Who was your most memorable / inspiring teacher at school? On reflection, my GCSE art teacher, whose name I’ve forgotten. She managed to undo my conviction that art was something I couldn’t do, and I remember feeling proud of the effort I put into my portfolio.

What’s your favourite: chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate ice cream, because the two are far better together.

What are your hopes for St Mary Magdalene Academy? That we can continue to grow as a community that inspires everyone to achieve their full potential.