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Drama Teacher and Year 12 Co-ordinator, Olly Craze has been teaching at PLC for the last four years. We asked Olly a few questions to get to know him better!

What led you to this career?

Whilst I was at University studying a Performing Arts degree, I was also part of a touring band!

During one of my lectures, my lecturer said to me that I should consider teaching, as he thought that I would be good at it. Initially I laughed and dismissed it, as it was never a career I had thought about. After much thought and deliberation, I completed my degree and decided to quit touring and signed up for a teaching degree. I’m so happy I did as I have never looked back.

What’s an accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

I am always proud of the productions I put on at PLC. Directing a show is a very long and laborious task, but the diverse range of shows we tackle with the girls is always inspiring. Being able to put on a variety of different shows, from musicals to plays, takes effort and a real passion for your Job!

What’s one of your favourite memories from the past year?

It has been a very busy year for me as I embarked on a new role, directed the lower Senior School production of “The Tempest” and also started up Radio PLC with some amazing colleagues. However, one of my fondest moments from the year has to be taking part in the 50-Mile Walk. Although I didn’t complete the walk in its entirety,  I will always look back at the incredible feats of effort and determination shown by many of the girls in my cohort.

Where’s your favourite place in the world?

Meelup Beach, just outside of Dunsborough, is very idyllic…especially having been brought up in South Wales where the beaches are far less attractive. Ningaloo is also on my favourite list! Last year, I took part in the Ningaloo Sea Kayaking trip with the Outdoor Education team and thought it was amazing.

Who, living or dead, would you most like to invite over for dinner?

The possibilities are endless…however, I think meeting Robin Williams would have been a real treat. I can imagine him being really funny and kind.

What aspect of your role at PLC do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy so many aspects of my role, as every day is different!

If you want a career where you are constantly kept on your toes, I would recommend teaching. I’ve found that working with young people makes you feel young. Why would I want to give that up?

What do you hope to accomplish/improve on in 2020?

I see teaching as an ever-evolving career. A good teacher should constantly be developing, so I would really like to concentrate on becoming a better teacher this year.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Well, as someone who was never fond of school, I would tell myself:

  • Start learning all of the key terminology for all of your subjects in English. Knowing them in Welsh is not going to be very useful for you in the real world.
  • Stay strong and surround yourself with people who will support you. There is always someone there to help if you reach out to the right people.
  • Find something you love to do and do it every day!
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