Mrs Ngai's portrait is drawn by Jess (Year 6) in the style of Kees Van Dongen. (You can find out more about the artist at the bottom of this page.)
Mrs Ngai is a Reception teaching assistant. We asked her some questions to find out more about her:
What was your dream job growing up?
I always wanted to be a primary school teacher. I remember playing schools from a really young age with my two sisters.
What was your favorite subject at school?
My favorite subject was PE and Dance. I was in the girl's rounders, hockey and football team at school. I also used to do trampolining and dance outside of school.
What do you like to do when not at school?
I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy paddle boarding, walking my dog and going to the gym.
Kees van Dongen
Kees van Dongen was a Dutch-French artist known for his vibrant paintings and prints of almond-eyed women and bourgeois leisure scenes. Some of the painter’s most famous works depict fashionable celebrities, including the French actress Brigitte Bardot. “The essential thing is to elongate the women, especially to make them slim,” he said of his models. “After that, you just need to make their jewellery bigger.”
Van Dongen’s use of colour and expressive line became integral to his style. In 1926, the artist was inducted into the French Legion of Honour, and, in 1927, awarded the Order of the Crown of Belgium.