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Christy O'Donnell

20 June 2020

Christy hails from Edinburgh, Scotland and has been teaching for five and a half years. He started his teaching profession at Balfron High School in Stirlingshire. Soon after, he took up a permanent PE Teaching position at the High School of Dundee where he taught Nursery, Primary and Secondary education. Christy has gained excellent teaching experience through numerous and increasing levels of responsibility. During his time in Dundee, Christy took the lead in designing and implementing the new Higher certificate SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) PE programme and was responsible for the continual adaptability, assessment, examination and coursework for this course. Christy is a UKCC Level 2 Rugby qualified coach and led his High School of Dundee Under-16 side to the 2018 Scottish Schools Cup Final at Murrayfield, Scotland’s National Stadium, in which they narrowly lost to the rugby-renowned George Watson’s College. As Head of Athletics, Christy compiled, implemented and administered the extra-curricular Athletics programme for the entire school. Within the PE Department, Christy was also responsible for creating and organising the inaugural Sports Awards Dinner to raise the profile of school sport. This is now an established annual event in which past guest speakers such as Andy Nicol (British and Irish Lion and Scottish Calcutta Cup winning captain) have spoken. His philosophy as a teacher is to provide an engaging, stimulating, challenging and positive environment in which pupils can meet their full potential, and firmly believes that Physical Education and Sport develops children physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. He wants his pupils to excel to the best of their abilities and to be innovative thinkers, socially confident and lifelong-learners who possess an international mindset. He is passionately committed to delivering first-class teaching, with an unwavering focus on ensuring that each pupil thrives on the sports field and achieves their full potential, and an absolute commitment to excellence. He is committed to taking part in, and expanding, the programme of extra-curricular sport. Christy thoroughly enjoys taking an active role in school extra-curricular programmes and has travelled the world on sports tours, along with other departmental trips, in which he has visited places such as South Africa and the USA and a number of European cities including Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona. He is excited by new countries and cultures and is looking forward very much to starting the next chapter of his career in Hangzhou. Outside of the workplace, you will either find Christy on the rugby pitch, at the side of a rugby pitch or on the golf course. From an early age, Christy has been a devoted sportsman. He has represented Edinburgh Rugby age groups as well as the University of Exeter, but has more recently taken up distance running. Christy completed the Helsinki Marathon in 2015, but admits that 5km and 10km distances are his forte from now on! Christy is incredibly excited to join Wellington College International Hangzhou and is looking forward to challenging himself in a new and different environment along with being exposed to a new culture, interacting with local people (and attempting the local language!) and experiencing local cuisine.

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