|It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the Principal of Traill International School. My name is Mr. Gordon Espley-Jones. I am married, and have three children.
I have been teaching for almost 40 years, initially in London and Bristol in the UK, and for the last nearly 30 years in various international schools around the world. During this time, I have been Principal of a school in China and have held senior positions in schools in South Africa, Malawi and Qatar. All of these schools taught the British National Curriculum. I aim to bring this wealth of experience to help further the aims of Traill.
I have seen the tremendous benefits which my own children have gained from living in different communities with different cultures and from attending international schools. It has given them the opportunity to learn more languages and to understand and respect other peoples’ viewpoints more clearly. I believe that this has given them a great advantage over their friends in the UK, as the ability to relate to other cultures in this ever-shrinking business world we live in, is a great asset to have. It is for these reasons that I fully endorse the emphasis which Traill puts on internationalism, within a rigorous academic framework, and I will endeavor to expand the opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, for all students.
Mr. Gordon Espley-Jones, Principal