Teacher Austin Smith about hockey and the ISE


I’m Austin Smith and I grew up in South Africa, Cape Town. My parents had a children’s home and we had a lot of space.. I have lived in Den Bosch since 2011 and have just a bought a house with my girlfriend. As you might know I play professional hockey, so when I joined the hockey team in Den Bosch as a defender, I decided to live nearby.

Austin Smith ISE

When I was a little boy, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and a professional hockey player. In my Primary School my coach/teacher M...urray Anderson inspired me immensely. I went to University in South Africa, then in England I started my teaching career at a secondary school where I was also the director of hockey. Naturally I combined my teacher with a lot of hockey training hours. During the final year of my studies I decided to return to Den Bosch. My first meeting with my new school was quite funny. In England teachers wore black suits. So I made sure I wore a black suit too when I had my first appointment with Marcella Watts (Head of Secondary). The clothing style turned out to be very different. Not a problem for me, but good to know. I felt a bit overdressed……

In addition to my hockey career for which I train 5 days a week, I work for a travel organization and do volunteer work and… yes, this travel organization involves hockey as well. I’m the link between South African schools who want to visit the Netherlands.
I like my work as a teacher for the primary international department of the ISE a lot. The children are so warm and welcoming for new students. They know each other’s situation and give a lot of support. It works from both sides. And of course, our staff has different backgrounds. A great value for a school, because we do not only represent a world school, we share all together a lot of stories and experience. And it’s a good thing that we share this stories. I didn’t knew for example that the ISE had an Instagram account. Good to make people aware of it. Show people what we do!

??Good to know: Austin’s will play hockey in Tokyo during the Olympic Games in 2020. Of course we wish him good luck and will of course watch the tournament!

International School Eindhoven
Oirschotsedijk 14b
5651 GC  Eindhoven
Postbus 1310
5602 BH  Eindhoven
T: +31 (0)40-251 94 37

Primary School
E: primary@isecampus.nl

Secondary School
E: secondary@isecampus.nl