A school-trip to Lapland?

This weeks’ blog is written by Libby Senyard who has three children at KPS, Bella, Phoebe and Tom in Grades 5, 3 and 1. Libby is long-term friends with one of our new Prep teachers, Sophie Apperly. Libby’s husband worked with Sophie back in the days before she became a teacher and they’ve hung out together ever since. Libby and Sophie attended each other’s weddings (Sophie in a gorgeous aqua dress, apparently!) and they celebrated the birth of their children together. So it made sense for Libby to write this blog…


Hi Sophie, thanks for agreeing to do this interview so students and their families can get to know a little more about you.

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I grew up in Melbourne and am married to Richard and we have two gorgeous children, Jemima who is eleven and Charlie who is nine. We have a dog called Ziggy and a cat called Butch. I barrack for Carlton and my second team is Geelong.

On weekends I like to go for a run with my dog, watch my kids play sport and visit my parents at my favourite spot, Point Leo. I love to keep a clean house, but life is too short for tiresome housework!!

Sophie Apperly

What was your school experience like and did you have a teacher that inspired you?

I LOVED primary school and Miss Evans was my Grade 5 teacher. She inspired me to my love of learning and said I would make a great teacher! In Grade 6 I was school captain which was a memorable way to finish primary school.

What did you do before you become a teacher?

When I left school I went to University and completed a double degree in Business and worked in various management roles. After nine years I rediscovered my joy in education through my volunteer experiences in pre and primary schools. My next adventure was to study integration and I worked as an integration aid.

My love for children and education inspired me to complete my Graduate Diploma in Education and here I am at Kew Primary in my first year as a teacher!

How have you found Kew PS so far?

The children are so happy and enthusiastic and I just love being around them. The teachers and staff are amazingly supportive and share the same passion for education and children as I do.

The best thing so far is being surrounded by energetic, creative, enthusiastic and spirited children, and the most challenging thing is finding time to go to the toilet!!!

What do you consider to be the most important thing a teacher can do?

I think the most important thing is to inspire students to love to learn, explore, take chances and be proud of who they are and of their achievements, no matter how big or small. I want them to leave each day with a smile on their face.

Lastly, if you could take your class on a fantasy all expenses trip, where would you go?

My class loves colour so we would begin our fantasy holiday in Lapland seeing all the colours of the Northern Lights. We would then spend a few days making snowmen and sledding with reindeer.

Our love for animals would take us from Lapland to Africa for a wild safari tour where we will experience a guided tour of the lands. We will get so close to the animals we will be able to hear them breathe.

We would continue our fantasy journey with a food trip through Asia and Italy as all the children in Prep 015 love food, with noodles and pasta being top favourites.

Our love for water and swimming will lead us to holidaying with turtles and swimming right back to Australia on the backs of the turtles. We would all have magical underwater swimming powers so we could travel all the way to the Great Barrier Reef and down to Melbourne with the turtles.

Our fantasy trip would end with a really long sleep in the most comfortable bed ever made.

That’s a great fantasy, Sophie. Thanks so much.

Libby Senyard

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