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Ms Rain Jones

Head of Schools and Governor

Rain Jones, Head of Schools at Mount Kelly Hong KongMs Rain Jones (QTS, MA, MBA, NPQH) has officially joined Mount Kelly School Hong Kong (MKSHK) in July 2019 as the Principal. Miss Jones has over twenty years of teaching experience in British education, both in the independent and state sectors. 

She has recently been Deputy Head of a very successful 3 -11 primary school in London for the past 3 years. During her time there, the school secured its best examination results, putting it in the top five per cent for reading and 20 per cent for maths and writing in nation­wide progress scores and Ofsted inspection judgment in its history.  

Prior to joining MKSHK in 2019, Ms. Jones was in several leadership positions. She has been involved in a range of international school projects, including long term partnerships in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the establishment of a new 3-18 British International School in Egypt. 

She welcomes parents to be true partners in their children’s education, working with her to enable all students to achieve beyond their expectations. One of the aspects of school leadership Ms. Jones most values is the opportunity it presents to help each child grow in confidence and self-belief and to begin to discover what inspires them.

Ms Lisa Milanec

Head Mistress of Mount Kelly School Hong Kong

Ms Lisa Milanec (BA(Hons), PGCE, NPQH, MSc.Ed.L) officially joined Mount Kelly Foundation in March 2018 as Head Mistress of Mount Kelly School Hong Kong with over seventeen years teaching experience both in the UK and international sector.

After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2000, Ms. Milanec started her teaching career in the UK state sector at All Saints Community Primary School and Saxilby C of E Primary School.

Ms Milanec taught and served for Nord Anglia Education from 2006 to 2017 at three different schools in China. From 2006, she taught at The British International School, Shanghai, Puxi Campus, becoming Deputy Head of Primary in 2008. In 2012, she worked at The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun as Headteacher and Principal. In 2015, Ms. Milanec was invited to serve as a Head of Primary at Nord Anglia International School, Shanghai, Pudong.

Ms Milanec has been involved with all aspects of International school leadership. Under her tenure, she successfully implemented successful strategic planning, improving areas of the school by closely examining and evaluating the curriculum and teaching methods.

Mr Nick Rothwell

Head of Preparatory School

Mr Rothwell has a wealth of experience teaching in Independent Schools, including at Elizabeth College in the Channel Islands and more recently at Newland House School in London. He is a graduate of Gloucestershire University and St Mary’s Teaching College in Surrey.

Mr Rothwell is a passionate educator having taught inside and outside of the classroom for 17 years. He has led many overseas trips and sports tours and is keen to expand this at Mount Kelly.

Mr Rothwell wants to give the pupils the best all-round education with a holistic approach that enables each child to flourish in a different area of school life. He has been a product of the Prep School system and believes that the British curriculum alongside the Common Entrance system gives pupils the perfect platform for future studies. He has recently relocated with his family and his young daughter, Arabella, has joined the Preschool.

Ms Amelia Nissim

Year 1 – AN

Ms Nissim gained a BA (Hons) in Primary Education and qualified as a teacher in 2012 from the University of Durham. She spent her first three years teaching both Reception and Year 1, and as a Humanities subject leader in a new, outstanding school in London. Moving to Hong Kong brought about new experiences. She started her overseas teaching career in an IB school, developing an inquiry approach to learning which moulded her teaching philosophy as she combined it with her UK curriculum experience.
Ms Nissim was thrilled to be a founding teacher at a new British school in Hong Kong and has enjoyed developing the curriculum at Mount Kelly, particularly Science. She has a passion for music, a keen flautist, and has developed a talented group of recorder players over the past two years.
Ms Nissim is currently completing her Masters in Education.

Ms. Helen Wood

Year 1 – HW

Ms Wood is originally from England and moved to the dynamic city of Hong Kong nine years ago. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Japanese from the University of Manchester, England, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She has taught in both local and international kindergartens and primary schools in Hong Kong, primarily teaching children between the ages of three and six. She has also worked as a flute and piano teacher for young children.

Ms Wood is a Reception teacher at Mount Kelly International Preschool and is delighted to continue with her class as they enter Year 1 in the 2018/19 academic year. She has been ever so grateful to be part of the founding staff at Mount Kelly International Preschool and to be able to contribute to its growth and success in Hong Kong. She thinks it has been wonderful to teach children the necessary tools to express themselves fluently in English, even though it may not be their first or even second language. She has found it incredibly rewarding to create and adapt curricula to fit the children so that they learn in an environment that suits their interests, and to watch the children grow into well-rounded and confident individuals.

In the year ahead, she is looking forward to continuing the children’s learning journey and to move up into Mount Kelly Preparatory School with her class. She cannot wait to watch the children continue to develop into mature individuals that will shape the future of Mount Kelly School Hong Kong. Ms Wood will also play a valuable part in the bridging between Mount Kelly Preschool and Mount Kelly Preparatory School, to ensure that all of our Mount Kelly children have a smooth transition as they continue to Prep school and beyond.

Mr Nathan Beaumont

Year 2 – NB

Mr Beaumont gained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Leeds in 2013 before gaining his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 2014 at York St John University. He then gained three valuable and successful years teaching in Manchester in Key Stage One at an ‘Outstanding’ school.

Mr Beaumont was thrilled to be part of the founding staff at Mount Kelly in 2017 and has thoroughly enjoyed being part of establishing and growing a fantastic school in Hong Kong. His passion and drive in education is centred around developing early reading skills in order to help children access all areas of the curriculum at Mount Kelly.

Mrs Rachel Evetts

Year 2 – RE

Mrs Evetts graduated from the University of Liverpool, before going on to qualify as a teacher, receiving her Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Surrey, Roehampton.  Mrs Evetts also has a Trinity College certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and taught English as a foreign language for three years in Poland and Spain, before beginning her career as a primary teacher.

Mrs Evetts has a wealth of experience teaching across the primary range both in the UK and in an international setting. She taught for several years in London, where she also managed Literacy across the school and was part of the Senior Management Team. In 2014, Mrs Evetts moved to Singapore to work at Dover Court International School. Here, she has spent the last four years teaching in Key Stage 1 and also took on the role of year group leader for Year 1. 

Mrs Evetts is thrilled to be joining the Mount Kelly team. Mount Kelly is a well-renowned school with a huge range of opportunities for its students and Mrs Evetts is very much looking forward to being a part of the school’s continued journey in Hong Kong.

Ms Sophie Jackson

Year 3 – SJ

After studying Mathematics at the University of Nottingham in the UK, Ms Jackson completed her PGCE at York St. John University. She began her teaching career in 2014 at an outstanding school in Manchester, where she taught the English National Curriculum in Year 3 and became a subject leader of PE and then Geography. 

Ms Jackson moved to Hong Kong, as a founding member of Mount Kelly in 2017, excited for the opportunity to develop a new school. She is passionate about the teaching and learning of Mathematics and is leading this subject. As a keen netball player herself, Ms. Jackson enjoys coaching the netball club.

Mr Thomas Roberts

Year 3 – TR

Mr Roberts studied History at Lancaster University before completing a Primary General PGCE at Homerton College; Cambridge University. Following this, Mr. Roberts taught at a primary school in Birmingham; England for a duration of three years teaching in Year 3 (Aged 7-8) prior to moving to Hong Kong. To be able to partake in the development of such an exciting academic institute like Mount Kelly, coupled with his passion for travelling, provided an excellent opportunity for Mr Roberts to relocate to Hong Kong in the summer of 2017.

Having joined Mount Kelly as a Year 5/6 class teacher, Mr Roberts has greatly enjoyed opportunities to establish whole school policies, develop curriculum planning and to help craft a unique Mount Kelly HK identity. He has found it particularly exciting to be given the freedom to devise a wholesome, exciting and engaging curriculum for a small class, allowing for him to differentiate and cater for the specific individual needs and interests of his pupils. It has been a fantastic year for Year 5/6 as they have been the first pupils to represent Mount Kelly as the first house captains, the first pupils to represent the school in a sports tournament and the first to partake in a trip abroad representing Mount Kelly, skiing in Verbier.

The foundations that have been put in place for next year at Mount Kelly will certainly encourage the staff and pupils, as a collective, to grow and continue on this learning journey together. Mr Roberts is particularly excited about a return to Year 3, given his previous experience with this age group, and is looking forward to embracing opportunities to motivate, engage and support his new pupils through immersion days, school trips and the provision of a specifically tailored British curriculum.

Mr Richard Tinning

Year 4 – RT

Mr Tinning received a Primary Education PGCE in 2012 from the University of Brighton. During his initial teaching experience, he worked across Key Stage 1 and 2 at outstanding schools both in England and overseas. When moving to Hong Kong, Mr Tinning sought a school with an already outstanding reputation and became a founding member of Mount Kelly School Hong Kong in 2017. Mr Tinning is passionate about the development of English throughout the school and always aims to enthuse children into writing to the best of their ability – whether they are creating a comic, writing a movie script or designing a fact-file website. 

Ms Natalie Powell

Year 5 – NP

Ms Powell completed her degree in Primary Education in 2005 at Birmingham City University in the UK. Following this she began her teaching career working in Key Stage 2 in various schools in England, holding responsibilities for ICT and Head of Key Stages. Driven by a passion to travel she moved to Malaysia in 2011 and began teaching at the British School of Kuala Lumpur. During her time in KL, Ms Powell was a Head of Year and Primary ICT coordinator, teaching in Key Stages 2 and Early Years.

After joining Mount Kelly in August 2018, Ms Powell began teaching in the prep and pre-schools, leading ICT development. She now teaches Computing to the Prep school students where she has designed and implemented a forward thinking ICT curriculum that utilises new technologies, embeds aspects of STEAM and engages students through a cross curricular approach, encouraging them to take risks and experiment with their learning.

Next year Ms Powell will be a form teacher at Mount Kelly in the upper prep school, teaching ICT and History in addition to being Deputy Safeguarding Lead. She is really excited about living in Hong Kong and developing her teaching skills and pedagogy further.

Mr. Peter Wood

Year 6 – PW

Mr Wood is originally from London and over the years he has gained a wealth of international experience having lived and worked in Brunei Darussalam for 8 years and South Korea for 7 years.  Since gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education with (QTS) and a Diploma in Specialist Teaching from Canterbury Christchurch College in the UK, Mr. Wood has worked across all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 both in the UK and internationally.  He has held a number of middle leadership positions including curriculum responsibility and has been Head of Year for multiple year groups in Seoul, South Korea.  Mr Wood has a big passion for wellbeing and PSHE as well as Drama.   

Currently, Mr Wood is Head of Year 4 at Dulwich College in Seoul, South Korea.  During his time at Dulwich, he has been involved with many initiatives including the development of school council and student voice, enhancing the playtime experience as well as directing a number of successful school productions from musicals to Shakespeare.

Mr Wood is very excited about moving to Hong Kong to teach at Mount Kelly. He is looking forward to working with the students and staff, being part of the student’s academic journey and having the opportunity to make a difference.

Ms. Yasmeen Russul Saib

Year 7 – YRS

Ms Russul Saib graduated in 2012 with a BA in Primary Education from Manchester Metropolitan University.  Though a qualified Primary Teacher, she taught for 4 years in an inner-city High School in Moss Side, Manchester as the SEN Transition Teacher working with Year 7 and 8 pupils.  She taught a class of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD), Dyslexia and Hearing Impairment.  After a few years, she also acquired leadership positions as Curriculum Area Leader of Transition and Primary Liaison Leader.  Prior to her teaching career, she worked as a Legal Secretary for an International Law Firm in London for four years. 

Through her teaching approach, she believes in creating an exciting and stimulating classroom environment so pupils can flourish by allowing opportunities for creativity, building confidence and encouraging motivation and passion!  Her main interests outside of the classroom are reading, travelling, exercise and spending time with her nieces and nephew.     

Ms is truly excited to join Mount Kelly School Hong Kong to meet staff and pupils and looking forward to contributing to inspiring the keen young minds of today within an exciting school.

Mrs Laura Whiting

Year 8 – LW

Mrs Whiting is a qualified Music Teacher with 6 years of teaching experience in Hong Kong schools; both local and international. She holds a BA in Music from Leeds University, a Masters in Music Education from UCL London and a Primary PGCE qualification, as well as a TEFL qualification and a range of experience teaching in EAL settings. Mrs Whiting holds Grade 8 ABRSM certifications in Voice, Piano and Violin and has experience in teaching each of the instruments. In addition to her main musical focus, she has experience as an English and Phonics teacher in Key Stage 1.

Mrs Whiting has led the music department at MKSHK this year, focusing primarily on creating fun, stimulating and safe classroom environments and activities for all the children. A key focus has been on building key relationships with the students, discovering their musical strengths and interests and developing a core love for singing - a skill so important in childhood. Alongside music, Mrs Whiting has led PSHE lessons for all age groups; helping to foster self-esteem, confidence and a greater sense of community both within and outside the school. 

Mrs Whiting is looking forward to an expanding student body in the year ahead; opening up the music department to older students and continuing to develop the skills of the lower key stages. A particular passion of hers is in developing extra-curricular choirs and ensembles which will become a key focus for the next academic year. Most of all, Mrs Whiting looks forward to enjoying making lots more musical memories with the children; with lots of smiles and plenty of fun!

Mr Richard Lankshear

Head of Sports and Activities

Mr Lankshear gained his PGCE in Physical Education from the University of Greenwich which is where he also gained his degree in Sports Science. He taught PE in a number of schools in London before moving to Hong Kong where he worked at Hong Kong International School in their Activities department, overseeing all their after school activities for all ages and coached all of their girls rugby.

Mr Lankshear is Head of our Sports and Activities. In this role he firstly ensures everyone has access to a diverse and challenging Physical Education programme no matter their age or ability. He also runs our extremely fun and exciting Shackleton Programme which aims to develop and celebrate leadership, practical skills and teamwork. Mr Lankshear ensures the smooth delivery of our comprehensive after school Clubs programme which offers activities ranging from chess, dance, Super Scientist and Robotics to name just a few. Another part of his role is to oversee all House competitions and challenges that we have throughout the school year for all ages. 

Next year, Mr Lankshear will be looking forward to taking part in more Inter-school competitions around Hong Kong in a number of different sports. He will be introducing Fencing at the school, this will also be added to the curriculum at all ages with the aim of also entering a number of tournaments. One thing he is really excited about is adding some new areas to the Shackleton Programme, like raft building and camp craft for most of the year groups in some new and exciting locations. 

Ms Suea Han

Chinese

Ms Han is a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and King’s College London, holding two masters degrees. She relocated to Hong Kong from Beijing in 2007 and finished her Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree and teacher accreditation in 2011. As a dynamic Chinese language teaching specialist, she has taught Chinese Mandarin as a first language in Hong Kong as well as a second language in London.

Since joining Mount Kelly as a founding member of staff, Ms Han has greatly enjoyed opportunities to develop a school-based Chinese curriculum that caters for students’ individual needs and learning preferences through a variety of interactive activities.

Madame Anaïs Fenning

French

Mme. Fenning is originally from Normandy, France, where she studied languages, business and communication. Upon graduation, Mme. Fenning took a government position in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in her home town of Rouen. This position gave Mme. Fenning exposure to organising cultural and economic events in the region. In order to enhance her language skills Mme. Fenning moved to the UK and undertook her MFL PGCE at the University of Brighton.

Mme. Fenning has three years of experience teaching French from KS2 to KS5 and Spanish at KS2 and KS3 at Brighton and Hove High School, an independent girls’ school. She is passionate about language learning and culture and in particular encouraging students to use the target language spontaneously in the classroom. During that time, Mme. Fenning enjoyed the pastoral responsibility of being a form tutor for Years 8 and 9.

Mme. Fenning used her previous experience to give the students an opportunity to engage with international events and to open their eyes as global citizens.  To do so, she arranged exchange programmes in France, introduced a work experience week in Belgium, designed a festival to celebrate international arts and worked on a collaborative design project with a school in Malawi. For the last three years, she has taken groups of Year 7 students to a zero-emissions farm in Normandy where they have taken part in a variety of environmental workshops.

Mme. Fenning is looking forward to getting started at Mount Kelly and is keen to immerse herself in the rich cultural diversity of Hong Kong. In particular, working with teachers with experience of teaching all over the world and inspiring a passion for language learning in the students.

Ms. Joanne Cheung

Art

Ms Cheung studied BA Surface Design at the University of the Arts London. She completed a Foundation course as well as her BA degree there. Her studies included; fine art, typography, photography, book binding, textiles, CAD, silk screen printing, ceramics, graphics and much more. Ms Cheung has been in Hong Kong for several years and has gained teaching experience at reputable schools. She has taught English and General Studies from Years 1 to 4.

Ms Cheung is Mount Kelly’s Art and Design Coordinator and this year has been teaching assistant to Year 4. She is honoured to be a part of the founding team and privileged to take up the Art and Design Coordinator post. During the course of her first year of teaching Art and Design, she has put together many amazing projects for the students.

Another exciting year awaits Ms Cheung; she can’t wait to develop the student’s skills further and equip them with inspirational ideas and creative skills.

Ms. Angela Blair

Special Educational Needs

TBC

Mr. Andre Oelofse

EAL

Mr Oelofse is an enthusiastic EAL Support Assistant from the UK who has been teaching English in Hong Kong for more than five years. In the UK, Mr Oelofse worked in finance for 5 years in which he gained his Bachelors Degree. He then found interest in languages, when working as Project Manager for a translation company, and decided to complete his CELTA Qualification.

When Mr Oelofse first arrived in Hong Kong, he immediately took up a position as a full time English Tutor teaching English to 4 to 9 year olds. This included a variety of programmes from phonics to advanced grammar and writing for young students as well as helping students attain Certified English Qualifications. Mr Oelofse has continually increased his teaching age ranges and experiences within Key Stages 1 and 2 (5 to 11 year olds).

Within Mount Kelly School Mr. Oelofse is currently a Teaching Assistant and works alongside core Teachers providing students with specific EAL support with reading, writing and speaking across all year groups. Mr. Andre provides invaluable support to new students, especially those with low English ability.

Over the last year, Mr Oelofse has been extremely impressed by how committed the students have become after joining Mount Kelly School and how much their English has improved. Mr Oelofse has thoroughly enjoyed engaging with all the students that have joined Mount Kelly and is constantly inspired to help each and every student achieve their English goals. Mr Oelofse is excited to take on new challenges and new students in his EAL Support role in the upcoming year.

Ms. Ella Hatton

EAL

Ms Hatton graduated from Swansea University in 2015 with a degree in English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Whilst studying for her degree she also gained her Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), furthering her desire to teach abroad. Following her graduation, Ms Hatton came straight to Hong Kong where she first taught for a year as an English teacher at a Kindergarten. In her second year, Ms Hatton was an English teacher at a learning centre for students from the age of 3 to 17, which specialised in application for schools in the UK. 

Throughout Ms Hatton’s childhood, she swam nationally, which brought her to Mount Kelly UK on numerous occasions to compete and take part in national training camps. Ms Hatton saw Mount Kelly opening in Hong Kong as a very exciting prospect. She was delighted to gain her current role as an EAL support teacher. Ms Hatton works both in class and takes small groups to develop the school’s second language learners’ English. The students have also been taking part in swimming lessons where she has been able to give support in the water. Ms Hatton has had a wonderful first year at Mount Kelly, being part of the team of founding staff. She has thoroughly enjoyed the small school environment to build a rapport with all students from Year 1 through to Year 6. The progression in the students’ English in this first year has been fantastic. They have had such enthusiasm to learn. 

Moving into the second year of Mount Kelly Hong Kong, Ms. Hatton is looking forward to developing the school’s EAL programme and seeing the students flourish. She is also excited to get more involved in building up a Mount Kelly Hong Kong swimming team! 

Ms. Vivian Chung

Teaching Assistant

Ms Chung holds a PGCE in Primary Education with Sunderland University, UK as well as a BA in Communication and a Masters in Project Management from the University of Warwick, UK. She is originally from Singapore and relocated to Hong Kong in 2014.

Previously Ms Chung worked within a learning support department and had the opportunity to instruct a wide variety of students from various backgrounds. She loves being able to work with teachers and students across the different year levels.

Ms Chung has greatly enjoyed her experience supporting the students at Mount Kelly School. It is a source of tremendous satisfaction to see them improve their English and understanding of British culture.

She is looking forward to meeting the new children who will join the school next year, as well as welcoming back all the returning students.

Ms. Vicky Li

Chinese Teaching Assistant

Ms Li graduated from Zhejiang Gongshang University, China and gained her Masters degree in City University of Hong Kong. She relocated from Zhejiang, China to Hong Kong in 2016 and joined Mount Kelly School Hong Kong in August 2017 as the Chinese teaching assistant. She used to work as a youth English teacher and teaching assistant in Mainland China before she came to Hong Kong. Ms Li has passed the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (LPAT) in Putonghua and has the Mandarin secondary-level A certificate.

After a year at Mount Kelly, Ms Li has really enjoyed teaching pupils who are non-native Chinese speakers and is delighted to see the progress they have made. In particular, their understanding and interest in the Chinese language and culture. Ms Li feels very fortunate that she gets to spend her days teaching such enthusiastic pupils and has the chance to teach them in small groups, which enables her to cater for their specific individual needs and interests.

Ms Li is looking forward to contributing to the future of Mount Kelly School Hong Kong and to develop her teaching career in this outstanding school.