Department: History

Mr Christensen was born in Ballarat (a Koorie word which means ‘meeting place’) in Victoria, Australia. It is famous for two reasons; the first being something of a Mecca for gold prospectors in the 1850s, and the second, a notoriety for staging the infamous Eureka Stockade rebellion of 1854.

He completed an Arts degree at La Trobe University, Melbourne; majoring in English and History. As an undergraduate, Mr Christensen keenly pursued his other love – film – as a hobby, and then took a year out to work as a freelance script writer for various community arts groups.

After completing postgraduate studies in Librarianship & Information Management, Mr Christensen worked as an administrator at the University of Ballarat for eight years, and discovered that the part of the job he found most rewarding was helping students and he pursued further postgraduate study in Education.

Mr Christensen first visited England in 1995 and fell in love with the place for its rich history and natural beauty. He returned several times before finally moving here permanently in Autumn, 2000.

He has held teaching jobs in the private and public sector since then, and feels very fortunate to have found Kingsmead, where he began teaching in September 2006. Mr Christensen says that the place feels very much like a small country school in Australia, where pupils develop friendships across age and year levels, and where there is a palpable sense of community, and everyone is valued and respected.

His hobbies include playing cricket (no surprises for an Aussie!), chess, music and exploring new places. He also retains a keen interest in film and drama, having directed several school productions over the years.