Today, we want to introduce you to Peter Bennett. Peter is originally from Melbourne (Australia) and joined StGIS eleven years ago as a teacher of Economics & English. Beforehand, he taught in different private schools in his home country and Germany. As an active member of our community, he launched the StGIS Service Day (now known as Community Day), which he organised for six years and during which our students engage for one to two days in community services in St. Gilgen. Today, he is the Head of our English department. In his spare time, Peter is passionate about road cycling and snow sports.
When the weather is good, I start my day with a cycling tour from my hometown Bad Ischl to the school in St. Gilgen. At the school, I am one of the staff who runs the mountain biking club, where we just kicked off a new indoor cycling activity for the students. Also, during the weekend, I am a mountain biking coach, instructor as well as mechanic. Of course, I try to do a lot of outdoor activities in my spare time.
The conditions for outdoor cycling are pretty good for almost all the year. But as there are some days where it is inconvenient to practice outside, we were searching for an alternative for our students. Finally, we transformed some bikes with special equipment into spinning bikes. We placed them into our boathouse where our mountain biking club can now also take place when it is too windy, snowy, or icy outside. So far, the feedback of our students is very good. Every Wednesday afternoon we gather there to practice together.
You are better than you think you are!
It depends on the time of the year but when the weather is good, my favorite place is the orchard behind the library. I like working quietly in its shade in the summer without distractions. There is something wise about the old fruit trees that fascinates me.
Being one of the longer-serving teachers at the school, I feel a sense of belonging and identity that I haven’t felt anywhere else. When I started, we had only 80 students, and today around 220. It is also a sense of growing together.