Amber Le Scelle graduated from the Kolbe Catholic College community in 2002, following her sister who was one of the first students to attend Kolbe.
After graduating, Amber studied at Murdoch university before moving to Toronto and then eventually deciding to pursue her teaching career in Hong Kong.
“At Murdoch University I met people from all over the world who had moved to Perth to study, which opened my eyes to different ideas and cultures and ignited the desire in me to travel and live in other countries,” she said.
You will now find Amber’s teaching career thriving at Kingston International School in Hong Kong where she teaches the International Baccalaureate Curriculum to year one students.
Amber said there are many differences from teaching in Australia, but one of the most prominent differences is space.
“The schools are built vertically up several floors to maximise space and there are no ovals to run around on.”
Along with teaching, Amber is also an author where she has produced a series of picture books based on mindfulness.
The series is called The Mindful Dino Crew and each book teaches one mindfulness technique through the use of fun characters and rhyme.
“The idea came about when other teachers at my school expressed an interest in introducing mindfulness into their classrooms, but they were unsure of where to start.
“I self-published the books which was a huge learning curve and I was lucky enough to have very artistic members of my family illustrate the books.
“A few schools in Hong Kong and Chicago are using them, so the word is definitely spreading!”
Amber said exposing students to these books has seen them embrace the dinosaur characters which are featured and it has helped the students to develop a common language to talk about their feelings.
“For example if one student is upset then another student will say, ‘Oh, you are angry like Baby T, you should do some belly breathing to calm down’.
She believes that their is greater scope to introduce mindfulness into curriculum, drawing on the fact that schools worldwide have successfully introduced mindfulness programs.
“My school have now sent several teachers to complete mindfulness training as they want every student to be able to learn and access mindfulness.
“Mindfulness programs also link well with anti-bulling, health, social and emotional programs, along with physical education lessons.”
Amber Le Scelle said that her time at Kolbe taught her to make the most of every opportunity.
“We were so lucky to have so many resources and experiences available to us through field trips, art performances, sport events, technology, books and public speakers.
“I’m so grateful to have had inspiring and supportive teachers while at Kolbe who always made me feel that I had the ability to accomplish anything I wanted.
“I really did feel that teachers from a range of subject areas cared about me and wanted me to succeed.”
She highlighted how she felt like she was able to develop a real relationship with the staff during her final years of high school, some of which she still stays connected with.
Amber’s words of wisdom for current Kolbe Catholic College students is for everyone to be a life-long learner.
“Be curious, get out of your comfort zone and take that first step toward new knowledge or experiences.
“Read more books, dance more often and meditate!”
If you would like to more information on her mindfulness picture books, click here.