Jonny Bass will be a new addition to Marlborough College Summer School this July and he will be leading the Young Adventurers and Teenage activity programme. Jonny qualified as a teacher in 2010 and has been teaching History for the last eight years in both senior and prep boarding schools. He currently teaches at Cheltenham College Prep School. Outside of the classroom he enjoys a range of sports and outdoor activities and aims to use these interests to help create a great environment for young people at Summer School to relax and enjoy themselves in.
MCSS: Jonny, tell us about your experience of Marlborough and what excites you most about being a part of this year's event?
I have never been to Marlborough Summer School but as a boy I played rugby against Marlborough College. I believe it was a close match from memory, it was back in 2001!
Well it is my first year of being involved with the Summer School and so that excites me greatly for a start! Being a part of such a large and diverse event is hugely exciting and I look forward to bringing some fresh enthusiasm, energy and activities to the teen's camp. I am already excited for all the fun times ahead and the great memories that are going to be made this summer for all involved.
MCSS: So, you are going to be heading up our activities for Young Adventurers (9-12 year olds) and Teens (13-17 year olds). What can our young people look forward to?
The YA's and Teens can look forward to an action-packed week of activities, lots of time outdoors, sunshine hopefully (!) and the chance to make some new friends with people from all over the world. You cannot ask for a better setting than the south west countryside in the middle of summer and Marlborough will be a spectacular backdrop to all the fun that will be had.
MCSS: Tell us a bit about you and your background.
I have spent the last eight years teaching, six years as a senior school history teacher at the King's School Canterbury and the last couple of years teaching history at Cheltenham College Prep School. I love all sports and outdoor activities and have been involved in the coaching of them for several years. The schools that I have worked in have both been boarding schools and so boarding life is something that I am also well acquainted with. As a teacher, I love working with young people and seeing them develop and enjoy themselves through what they study and do.
MCSS: What are you up to currently and where can we find you for the other 48 Summer School free weeks of the year?
I am still currently teaching at Cheltenham College Prep and living in the lovely town of Cheltenham. In the school holidays, I like to travel when possible and see the world, as well as engage in my favourite activity which I am fairly useless at but love nonetheless, surfing!
MCSS: How do you like to spend your spare time?
In my spare time, I love to socialise with friends, eating is a favourite activity of mine! I also love a good box set on Netflix! To counteract such laziness, I also try to keep active, and although I no longer play any team sport, I often drag myself off to the gym in order to keep fit!
MCSS: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Friendly, adventurous, fun!