John Hughes

John Hughes

Year 5 Teacher

I am from County Derry, Ireland, I have a First Class Honours Degree in Journalism. and completed my PGCE in Primary Education.

I started my teaching career in County Derry, Ireland in 2017. I have always worked in the primary sector and have experience across every Key Stage. Since moving to Qatar in 2018, I have worked as a Year 5 teacher in upper Key Stage 2. I spent two years at a British Curriculum school before moving to Oryx International School in 2020. I love my job and have found that delivering a high-quality education to young children is an extremely rewarding career choice.

I have no brothers or sisters and both my parents are Irish. My father works as an electrician and my mother is now retired from the catering industry. They are both happily living at home in Ireland.

I have many interests and hobbies and these mostly consist of some form of sport. I enjoy playing football, GAA (National games of Ireland) and swimming in my free time. I am a big fan of cinema and reading as well. I support Newcastle United and my favourite footballer of all time is Lionel Messi. I play for Qatar GAA and have met many friends and built strong relationships since arriving in Doha in 2018.

I am passionate about literacy and my aim would be to ensure that every child that studies at Oryx International School develops a strong platform to effectively communicate and articulate their ideas and passions through fluency and ultimately mastery of the English language. I believe that excellent social skills and reasoning can be taught in the classroom and I would like to ensure that every child develops their self-confidence and enjoys their learning. Additionally, I would love to use my experience and certifications through football to develop children’s enthusiasm for the sport as we draw closer to the FIFA World Cup in 2022.