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Minerva Tuition: Get to Know Our Tutors

We have a team of fully-qualified, highly experienced tutors, fully conversant with the UK curriculum. In order to help you get to know our tutors better, we asked some of our tutors six questions. Over the next few weeks we shall be sharing some of their responses. Today we are introducing you to Valerie Weston, the founder of Minerva Tuition. Valerie was born and educated in the UK and taught Classics at some of the UK’s leading independent schools for over 15 years. She moved to Singapore in 2007 and, latterly, to Hong Kong in 2016. She founded Minerva Tuition in 2011. 1. What do you like about living in Hong Kong? I love that there is such an interesting variety of things to do here - there’s the city feel, the island feel and of course lots of beautiful and unspoilt countryside. When not teaching you will probably find me reading a book at the beach or exploring Hong Kong one cafe at a time! 2. What subject(s) do you teach & what do you like most about your subject? I teach Latin and Ancient Greek. I have always loved the logical structure of both languages. Of course, so many words in European languages stem from Latin and Greek and so much literature & philosophical thought can be traced back to the Greeks & Romans. Both languages have been enormously influential. 3. What is your favourite book & why? The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It’s a great thriller set in the present day against a classical backdrop. Without giving too much away it follows the plot of Euripides’ ‘The Bacchae’. 4. If you could have dinner with a historical figure who would it be & why? Cicero. He lived at a very interesting political time (in the years preceding the downfall of the Roman republic) and he beat the odds in getting to the top of the political ladder despite his relatively humble beginnings. His writing is very diverse from acerbic legal speeches to the more personal letters & philosophical writings. His Latin is of beautiful quality. 5. If you could only listen to one piece of music for the rest of your life what would it be & why? Allegri’s ‘Miserere mei, Deus’. It’s such a beautiful setting of Psalm 51. 6. If you were stranded on a desert island what one luxury item would you take with you & why? A diary (with a pen attached!) so I could record my experience and always have the facility to write something down.


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