We continue the Little Steps Talking Heads series, where parents can meet, greet, and get tips from Singapore’s Heads of Schools! Get personal with these fabulous personalities and find out what makes them tick, their advice for parents navigating the schooling scene, and their favorite things about living in the city.
In this edition, we say hello to Luna Deller, the Senior Coordinator for Early Childhood at One World International School (OWIS)
1. Do you have a nickname? There’s really no need for a nickname when you’re called Luna!
2. Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in rural, coastal Wales, UK. I grew up in lots of different places in the UK but mostly by the seaside or in the countryside.
3. Where do you live in the city and why do you love it there? I live at Lakeside, in Jurong, Singapore. It’s really handy for school and public transport, and we have the most beautiful public gardens just across the road where I run and my children play. I even saw a family of otters swimming in the lake!
4. What’s in your lunchbox? Usually a salad. I absolutely LOVE cheese, so a cheese salad is my favourite lunch.
1. What inspired you to choose this profession? My childhood was not easy, and school was a place of safety and escape for me. I really wanted to be able to provide the same interest and safety for other young people.
2. Describe your school in 5 words or less? Inquiry through kindness.
1. What’s your favorite thing on your desk and why? A little clay roman chariot made by my daughter when she was doing a unit of inquiry about ancient civilizations.
2. What are your 3 favorite children's books? Momo, by Michael Ende, The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and A Squash and a Squeeze by Julian Donaldson. I really love A Squash and a Squeeze because it reminds me of that beautiful moment after you’ve taken all your Christmas decorations down and your house is spacious again; it helps me to remember that we have more than we need to enjoy life.
1. What is the best way for parents to be involved in their children’s education? Read to them, ask them questions and LISTEN to their answers. I’m a parent and I know how hard it can be, at the end of a busy day, to focus on chatter, but this is really important for a child’s development and really affects how they fulfill their potential academically.
2. Any tips for parents when applying for schools? Think about the values of the schools you are considering - do they align with your own? What do you want your child to gain from school? Do you want them to memorize lots of facts or to discover answers for themselves? Do you want them to be told information or to question why things are the way they are?