Richmond School pupils get sneak peak at ex-teacher’s book

Nicky Hansell, left, is a former teacher at Richmond School and returned to show pupils a sneak peak of her new book.
Nicky Hansell, left, is a former teacher at Richmond School and returned to show pupils a sneak peak of her new book.

A former teacher has returned to her old stomping ground to help the Richmond school students who inspired her to write her latest book.

Ex-Richmond School and Sixth Form College teacher Nicky Hansell is helping bring philosophy to life with a new book that pits Aristotle against Nietzsche.

Nicky was renowned as a story-teller in class, and it is that technique that she used to help students remember philosophical arguments.

Now she has put her teaching practice to good effect and, inspired by students, has written a book that tackles complex philosophical theories, setting them in a more readable context.

Nicky left the school in 2011 to look after her elderly mother and husband who are both in ill-health.

She has spent the past four years working on the book and the former religious studies teacher brought the first copies off the press to the school to give current students a sneak preview.

The Sage Train brings together history’s greatest minds in the after-life.

Nicky said: “I wanted the philosophers dead so I could play around with them.

“It should be a good revision tool because students will be reading a book that they will remember.

“When I taught at Richmond I used to tell students stories because that is the best way to remember.

“This book is also about teaching people to appreciate what makes a good life.

“It is educational as well as fun.”

The book is available through Castle Hill Bookshop in Richmond or by visiting www.thesagetrain.co.uk.