Julie Meiklejohn

Senior Primary HOD & Grade 5 Teacher

What made you decide to become a teacher?  One of my favourite presents as a little girl was a school desk, I used to love playing ‘school’ with my pets and dolls! I always loved the idea of being around children and doing fun things with them. I’m pleased to say I get a better response from real live children than I did from my dolls and pets!

What is your favourite subject to teach and why?  It would have to be either Drama or English, I love seeing how children grow though the journey of Drama and performance, although I also love History. Maths is probably the most rewarding subject to teach though, and I just love those ‘lightbulb’ moments when a child suddenly grasps a concept.

What is your first or favourite memory from going to school when you were a child?  My favourite memory was more of a teacher than a moment – and that was my Grade 4 teacher (Standard 2 in those days), and that was when I realised it is the heart of the teacher, and not what they teach or how, but how they care and love for their pupils that makes someone  a good teacher.

What is one of your hidden talents?  Well my family say I make the best lemon meringue pie, and I can hold my breath under water for a long time! Not very exciting actually!!

What interests do you pursue outside of the classroom?  I love belonging to clubs, book club, wine club, dinner club, craft club – just occasions to chill and spend time with friends actually. I love reading and I try to keep fit by walking or running with my dog three times a week.

What inspires you?  My husband inspires me – I don’t know too many people who can get up every day at 4 am, even in the middle of Winter and go running alone – and to have spent more than half his life doing this absolutely amazes me! He has taught me  a lot about grit, determination and humility, at the same time making sure his life is balanced between family, work and his running.

What song do you know all the lyrics to?  I LOVE Grease – and rated myself as a Sandra Day wannabe when I was younger – I can sing Summer Days in my sleep!

What would we be surprised to learn about you?  I am actually a very untidy person – and never close cupboard doors or drawers – drives my husband mad!!

What book are you currently reading?  Two books next to my bed – Diane Chamberlain – Secret Lives and Stormie Ormatian – The Power of Praying for your Adult Children. My Bible is always on my bedside cabinet.

What sort of morning routine do you have to get jazzed for class?  My day starts with coffee being brought to me in bed, and then a cooked breakfast also made by my husband – and then loud music on the way to school – my 80’s Music is always on standby if I’m feeling grumpy. No one can stay grumpy once they have listened to  a couple of 80s songs!

If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them?  If I could take pupils anywhere in the world I would take them on  a European cultural tour, but during Summer!