Old Princethorpian Interview

Dani Black

When were you at Princethorpe?

2002 – 2009

What did you do after leaving the College?

I studied Sports Performance for three years at The University of Bath.  I then worked at Rugby School as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for one year. I am currently a PE and Games Teacher at Princethorpe. 

What was the school like in your day?

Princethorpe is very similar now to when I was there. However, there seems to be much more available to pupils now. The same friendly environment is still there but I think that the discipline has definitely stepped up a gear.

How did Princethorpe affect the person you are today?

My time at Princethorpe has strongly influenced my character today. I had such a fun time but alongside that, developed a sturdy set of core values. The pupils and staff I met at Princethorpe have also influenced who I am today.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Don’t waste time trying to be cool or worrying about what other people think of you. Be happy with who you are.

Who or what has been the greatest influence on your life?

My Grandparents for so many reasons.

She is going to hate me for saying this but Chris McCullough (Head of Year 10 and PE and Games Teacher) has hugely impacted me as a person. Aside from her being the reason behindme following a career in teaching she has taught me a lot of important things and is the best advice giver I know.

What keeps you awake at night? 

When I haven’t written a to-do list for the next day!

What has been your proudest moment/greatest achievement so far?

Playing hockey for my country was great. I have recently bought my first house which makes my smile every time I go home!

What’s your biggest indulgence?

Pot Noodle. Horrible but I can’t resist them.

If you had to have one last meal, what would it be? 

Sea food spaghetti and a nice red wine.

What is your favourite TV Show and why? 

Greys Anatomy. It makes me feel like I’m a doctor.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be and who would be with you? 

Somewhere in South East Asia with my best friends.

Lasting memories of Princethorpe:

I am still best friend with my two closest friends from school so everytime we are together it feels just like school again. Memories from South Africa will stay with me forever.