Mr Craig Donoghue
Position: Teacher, Head of Physics, Assistant Housemaster, Third Form Tutor
Department: Bruce House,
Qualifications: BSc Dundee
Telephone: 01280 818223
Life before Stowe
Before Stowe, I lived north of the border where I studied Physics and taught at Dundee and Edinburgh Universities. I’ve worked at a boarding summer school in the north of Scotland for the past 10 years, most recently as a Housemaster – it was working there that led me to decide that teaching is the career for me. After a brief stint in radio, and an even briefer in nuclear research, I decided to embark upon my real passion – education. I’ve been at Stowe since September 2015, and became Head of Physics in 2017.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
Physics is the foundation of science. To me, no other subject allows for the study of such a diverse range of fascinating topics that can inspire and astound in equal measure.
What do you enjoy most about Stowe?
It is impossible to pick just one thing. The architecture and the scenery continue to amaze me on a daily basis, the staff are truly a delight to work alongside each day, but it’s the Stoics that make the place what it is. They are a pleasure to teach and can always be trusted to keep me on my toes.
What is your favourite Lesson?
My favourite lessons are ones where Stoics ask brilliant questions, the kinds of questions that show they are thinking about physics in a new way. This is when the real learning happens. The best questions send us on a journey through the complexities of the universe, and I love explaining how it all links with what we are studying. The interconnectedness of everything is one of the beauties of physics.
What do others say about you?
“Is that the Scottish one?”
Assistant Housemaster in Bruce, keen (but woefully ill-equipped) classic car restorer, rock-climber, occasional adventurer on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, mentor to the Lower School Academic Scholars, Chapel Chorister.
I continue to love to learn new things, and the beauty of teaching is you learn new things from colleagues and pupils on a daily basis. I love music and drama, kayaking and running around this wonderful campus we call home.