Mama Meets...Rebecca Smith

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This week we are chatting to Rebecca who teaches Business at Beechwood Sacred Heart School, in Tunbridge Wells and is Mum to two girls Freya (6) and Lucy (5). A few years ago Rebecca set up an Enterprise Challenge for Year 6 students - it went so well, she decided to go bigger and through some fantastic support from local businesses including Markerstudy Leisure the event has now been offered to local primary schools.

This year there are 15 teams from primary schools in the local area competing over three days for the title of Enterprise Champions. The students are given a project brief and they have to work as a team to create and market a product. On day 3 they hold a trade fair and deliver presentations to a panel of judges! They also learn some basic marketing skills, make a TV advert, create and deliver a presentation based on market research! The event started today and ends on 7th June. Good luck to all the schools taking part…

Take a read below and find out how Rebecca juggles family life with working at a school full time…

What time did you wake up this morning? 

6am

What was your very first thought of the day? 

Where has the sun gone, then how sad I would be to say goodbye to my Year 13 class today.

What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em? 

Shower, coffee and cooperative children who wake up on time!

Describe a typical working morning? 

Up at 6 and straight in the shower. Try to get dressed and ready whilst waking the girls up and repeatedly asking them to get dressed. Hopefully by the time my husband leaves at 6.45 the girls are dressed and eating breakfast. This gives me a chance to down some coffee, double check the school bags, send some emails and get them out of the door by 7.15am. Once at Beechwood the girls colour, play or ask incessant questions in my office while I try to work! Luckily they can be dropped off at 8am and they go to the school where I work! Once they are deposited I can crack on properly with my day.

Can you tell us about your job and what you are organising? 

I have just gone back to teaching full time this year (after 6 years part time) and am now Head of Junior Division (Year 7 and 8), at Beechwood and I teach A Level Business and PE. I am also Chair of the schools’ Parents Association (Friends of Beechwood) and organise/run the Tunbridge Wells Junior Enterprise Challenge. I have a fabulous team around me of family, colleagues and friends who help and sponsor the event. I love the Enterprise Challenge as the creativity and hard work of these children is totally inspiring and makes it all worthwhile!

What's the best part of your job? 

Seeing students ‘get it’ be it in a Business lesson or a PE lesson. I am delighted to still hear from many ex-students about how they are getting on and was even privileged to attend weddings of two ex-students. I truly love seeing students grow and develop into amazing young adults.

#1 tip for juggling work and family life? 

A very understanding partner (and wine!)

The happiest moment in your day? 

Getting cuddles from my girls before bed and hearing about their day. (cheesy I know)

The hardest moment in your day? 

Getting the kids out in the morning and getting my youngest to bed!

Most overused word of the day? 

Awesome

Once the kids are in bed I...

cook dinner, reply to emails, finish any school work, run/dance/play netball, watch a bit of TV and finally read my Kindle in bed. (loving Harlem Coben books right now)

Best piece of advice for fellow Parents...

Organisation is crucial along with communication with your partner. I used to bottle stuff up and get grumpy that my husband didn’t magically know how I was feeling or how busy I was. Since working hard at stopping this we are much more on the same wave length and can support each other much more effectively. My going back full time was hard for both of us, but we make it work. I do love my diary!!

You can find out more about the Tunbridge Wells Junior Enterprise Challenge on their facebook page @twjuniorenterprisechallenge