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Meet the Staff: Mel Framp, Melissa Black and John Mitchell

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Week 7,
Term One, 2016

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Over Terms One and Two 2016, we'll ask our Junior School staff a few questions about themselves. We invite you to learn what they have to say in their answers below!


  1. Your name? My birth name: Melanie (meaning ‘dark’) Whelan (meaning ‘wolf’) - dark wolf. I’ve had many names Melanie Whelan, Walsh-Till, Framp and soon to be Melanie Lamb
  2. Your role in the Junior School? Physical Education Teacher
  3. How long have you worked at Somerset College? 13 years
  4. What do you like most about your job? Interacting with and energising the lives of young students who are so eager and willing to learn new skills, to become lifelong healthy people.
  5. Favourite Food? Mangoes and Strawberries
  6. Nickname at primary school (if you had one!) Smelly Melly (because it rhymed and I always smelt so lovely)
  7. Favourite colour? Blue sky blue
  8. What other job would you like to do if you were not doing this job? I would like to be an author of children’s books or a musician; creating words and music and writing stuff that encourages positivity in life.
  9. What person inspires you the most and why? To inspire means to ‘fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.’ My two daughters inspire me the most. They are absolutely beautiful, resilient, strong and kind. They inspire me, because they fill me with the urge to give constant love and feel loved. They make me want to be a better person, daily. And they certainly encourage me to be creative.
  10. Favourite quote? I love quotes…three of my favourites to live by. "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." – Paulo Coelho
    "Be Kind, whenever possible; It is always possible." - Dalai Lama
    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain
    ." - Vivian Greene

  1. Your name? Melissa Black
  2. Your role in the Junior School? Specialist Music Teacher in the Junior School, teaching Pre-Prep to Year 5
  3. How long have you worked at Somerset College? 51 days or about 1224 hours
  4. What do you like most about your job? I have the best job in the world. It’s never a dull day coming to work to sing, dance, create and of course play triangle, xylophones and boom whackers with all of our Junior School friends! I love that I have the privilege of walking with children on their musical journey, and sharing my passion with them. If I can help children to experience how wonderful music can be, and to help them see their own potential through offering musical opportunities, then I am happy.
  5. Favourite Food? Seafood
  6. Nickname at your primary school? Just Mel! Nothing too original there
  7. Favourite colour? Bright, Fluoro Pink or Bright Blue
  8. What other job would you like to do if you were not doing this job? A princess. I think I’d be pretty good at it.
  9. What person inspires you the most and why? My Year 6 teacher Mr McMahon, who always found ways to encourage my creativity, challenge me and extend me in all subjects whilst opening up new creative avenues in the school. Also Mrs Oberg, my high school Clarinet tutor – her passion and commitment to her students drove my love and commitment to music.
  10. Favourite quote?When words fail, music speaks” - Hans Christian Anderson

  1. Your name? John Mitchell
  2. Your role in the Junior School? Strings Teacher, Director for Year 2 Strings and Year 4 Band.
  3. How long have you worked at Somerset College? 15 years
  4. What do you like most about your job? Helping students achieve high abilities!
  5. Favourite Food? Spicy food, curries.
  6. Nickname at your primary school? “Mitch!”
  7. Favourite colour? Purple
  8. What other job would you like to do if you were not doing this job? Playing in an orchestra or band.
  9. What person in history (either ancient or modern) inspires you the most and why? Dr Shinichi Suzuki. His belief that every child can develop high abilities and good character when nurtured in a good environment
  10. Favourite quote?Play with Heart, Play with Living Soul” - Dr Shinichi Suzuki.
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