Date you joined the School
2007.

What do you do at Bethany?
I work as a team with Sister Stephanie in the medical centre, providing physical, emotional and mental healthcare to students and staff

What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I am a wife and a mother, and I was an acute medical nurse, surgical nurse, play assistant and worked in an EMI unit in a nursing home.

What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
The first hardback book I read, which was ‘White Fang’ by Jack London. It’s about wolves (which I love!) and survival.

What is your favourite quotation and why?
I have two favourites:

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. – Thomas Palmer; I am determined and don’t believe in quitting.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde; You should be true to yourself and happy with who you are!

What was your favourite subject at school and why?
English, because I enjoyed writing stories and poems using both my imagination and my love of the countryside.

Why do you like working at Bethany?
I like the diversity of the health needs of the people I look after.

What interests do you have outside Bethany?
My family; walking my dog in the beautiful surrounding countryside; cooking, entertaining and socialising; reading when I get time!

What is your favourite childhood memory?
Building a massive igloo in the middle of the farmyard when we had very deep snow in 1985. My brothers and I spent hours making it, then we all went inside- including our two farm dogs!

What is your favourite colour and why?
Red, as it represents life and passion.

If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
I would like to be an aid worker, providing care for refugees.

Penny Thompson