Teachers and Staff – Who’s Who

Senior Leadership Team

Sophie Kennedy
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Sophie Kennedy

Head Teacher

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Sophie Kennedy

Head Teacher

IPads or mini-whiteboards with pens?
iPads but of course…
What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?
Working in Advertising
What is your favourite place in the school and why?
Obviously the Year 6 classroom surrounded by my keen learners
What super power would you have and why?
Peace – the ability to wave a magic wand and everybody’s inner goodness grows.

Anna McGrory
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Anna McGrory

Deputy Head Teacher

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Anna McGrory

Deputy Head Teacher

What would be your dream place to live?
I absolutely love London – I was born right next door in the Royal Free! I am a North Londoner through and through!

What is your favourite place in the school and why? The Small Hall – especially at Christmas time when the fairy lights are twinkling, the crib is up, the tree is decorated and there are carols playing as everyone comes to school. And the entrance with all our beautiful birds up!

Sunshine or snowfall? Definitely sunshine! The hotter the better!

Suzie Harris
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Suzie Harris

Deputy Head Teacher

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Suzie Harris

Deputy Head Teacher

What super power would you have and why?
To fly –it’s a power I’ve dreamed of since watching Peter Pan. Imagine being able to visit friends on a whim and see planet Earth from a bird’s eye view.

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?
Science –I love experimenting and finding out about how things work.

Sunshine or snowfall?
Snowfall – snuggled up by a roaring fire playing games with my family.

Marmite – love it or hate it?!
Love it!

Admin Team

Barbara Meschini
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Barbara Meschini

Senior Admin Officer

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Barbara Meschini

Senior Admin Officer

What is your favourite children’s book?
The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo.

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?
A Nurse.

What would be your dream place to live?
A cottage by the sea in Portofino, Italy.

What 3 things would you save from the school if it was falling down?
Children, Adults and Our Lady’s statue in the reception area.

Brenda McShane
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Brenda McShane

Bursar

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Brenda McShane

Bursar

What would be your dream place to live? The countryside in Ireland
What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today? Accountant
What super power would you have and why? To be able to fly – so I could fly home instead of sitting in traffic!

Geraldine Kelly
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Geraldine Kelly

Clerical Officer

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Geraldine Kelly

Clerical Officer

Favourite subject at school?
History because it’s so interesting learning about things from the past.

Marmite – love it or hate it?
Hate it but love the crisps!

Favourite place in the school?
The office because you get to see so many people.

Sean McMahon
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Sean McMahon

Site Services Officer

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Sean McMahon

Site Services Officer

What would be your last meal?
Either mum’s steak pie or girlfriend’s chicken? Don’t ask me to choose!
IPads or mini-whiteboards with pens?
IPads!

What would be your dream place to live?
Big house in Hampstead.

What is your favourite place in the school and why?
Belle Vue. Great view and usually the quietest place in the school.

Norah Browne
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Norah Browne

Pupil Care and Welfare, Senior Meal Supervisor

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Norah Browne

Pupil Care and Welfare, Senior Meal Supervisor

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?
Science, because I am interested in medicine and i now do lots of voluntary work in First Aid.

What is your favourite place in the school and why? Altar – It is peaceful.

What would be your last meal? Nut roast

IPads or mini-whiteboards with pens? Ipad if I could use one!

Inclusion

Emily McDermott
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Emily McDermott

EYFS Leader, Acting SENDCO

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Emily McDermott

EYFS Leader, Acting SENDCO

iPads or mini-whiteboards with pens?
iPads – you have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips and the ability to communicate with people on the other side of the world at any time.

Marmite – love it or hate it?!
I’m a convert; I have only loved it this past year!

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?
I would have liked to have worked on art projects with schools or other community groups. I did think about training to be an Art Therapist.

Upper Key Stage 2

Anna Quigley
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Anna Quigley

Snowy Owls (Y5) Teacher, RE Lead

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Anna Quigley

Snowy Owls (Y5) Teacher, RE Lead

What is your favourite children’s book?

My favourite children’s book is a very funny and silly book called ‘The Giggler Treatment’ by Roddy Doyle. It’s about these little monsters called ‘Gigglers’ who punish parents for being mean to their children. You need to read the book to find out what the Giggler Treatment is!

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?
I would be a chocolatier because I just love chocolate!

What super power would you have and why?
I would love to be able to control the weather. It would be cool and crisp autumn weather every day! No more heatwaves or thunderstorms!

Marmite – love it or hate it?
Hate it!

David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)
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David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)

Sports Coach

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David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)

Sports Coach

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?

I’ve come from a hotel background working either in Food and Beverage or most recently in the past few years Sales and Marketing. It’s always so fun and the places I’ve worked are destinations. I never imagined doing that though, or even teaching. I would have loved if not to coach football to work as a stockbroker or a wealth manager. Economics is my favourite subject even if that’s some years away for our pupils.

Favourite place in school?

PE Shed of course!

Where would be your dream place to live?

San Francisco. I love the weather and the scenery. Weather downtown or out in the suburbs I love the culture, food and the sense of place the people create in the city.

Ipads or mini-whiteboards?

I carry my Ipad Pro everywhere I go, it’s my office on the move, and coach is always on the move :)Last meal?

Lamb Shank, Soft Shell Crab or a roast!! Maybe all?

 

Georgie Ashby
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Georgie Ashby

Eagles (Y5/6) Teaching Assistant

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Georgie Ashby

Eagles (Y5/6) Teaching Assistant

What is your favourite children’s book?

I love so many but I’m going to have to go with Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” which is about 3 siblings who are constantly trying to escape the clutches of their horrible guardian Count Olaf! There are 13 books and they’re all so creative and interesting, I wanted more!

What would be your dream place to live?

I’d live to live in New Zealand because that’s where I was born and it’s SO BEAUTIFUL!

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?

A food critic- so I can  eat lots of nice dishes all the time.

What would be your last meal?

My mum makes a beautiful Greek Chicken and Olive dish which is my absolute favourite and always reminds me of her.

What super power would you have and why?

I’d like to able to communicate with animals like Dr Doolittle.

 

 

Rishi Vadera
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Rishi Vadera

Eagles (Y5/6) Teacher, PE Lead

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Rishi Vadera

Eagles (Y5/6) Teacher, PE Lead

What super power would you have and why? The ability to travel back in time- can you imagine the Topic lessons?

What would be your dream place to live? Although I do love London, I would have to say Canada, specifically Vancouver!

What is your favourite children’s book? It changes year upon year but I really enjoyed reading, “Can you see me?” by Libby Scott

What is your favourite place in the school and why? The playground as I can see how supportive you are to one another.

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today? Either a children’s writer or a personal trainer.

 

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Katie Ramsay
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Katie Ramsay

Condors (Y6) Teacher, KS2 Phase Leader, Maths Leader

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Katie Ramsay

Condors (Y6) Teacher, KS2 Phase Leader, Maths Leader

What would be your dream place to live?

Somewhere by the sea!

What is your favourite children’s book?

‘When Hitler stole pink rabbit’ by Judith Kerr

What super power would you have?

I would love to be able to apparate! (Harry Potter fans will know what this means!)

Mandy Long
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Mandy Long

Condors (Y6) Teaching Assistant, Associate Member of Governing Body

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Mandy Long

Condors (Y6) Teaching Assistant, Associate Member of Governing Body

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why? Maths Because I love that feeling of when you have a really difficult problem to solve and then suddenly the lightbulb switches on-Great feeling !
Sunshine or snowfall? Snowfall I’m definitely a winter baby. I love wrapping up and having cosy days in.
What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today? I always wanted to be a Midwife .

Claire Palmer
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Claire Palmer

Snowy Owls (Y5) Teaching Assistant

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Claire Palmer

Snowy Owls (Y5) Teaching Assistant

What would be your last meal?
The perfect cucumber sandwich
What is your favourite children’s book?
Such a difficult choice! A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett but there are so many close contenders

What super power would you have and why?
To stop and start time – think of all the things you could accomplish with that extra, secret time

Lower Key Stage 2

Alana Duncan
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Alana Duncan

Pelicans (Y4) Teacher, Literacy Lead

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Alana Duncan

Pelicans (Y4) Teacher, Literacy Lead

Where would be your dream place to live?

Disneyland Paris!

What would be your last meal?

Spaghetti Carbonara and chocolate pudding!

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?

English because I love discussing books!

What super power would you have and why?

I would be able to fly so that I could be like Harry Potter!

Caitlin Labrom
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Caitlin Labrom

Flaimngoes (Y3) Teacher, MFL Lead

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Caitlin Labrom

Flaimngoes (Y3) Teacher, MFL Lead

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?

Languages! I enjoy learning new words and finding out about different cultures.

What is your favourite children’s book?

The Chocolate Monster by Jan Page.

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?

I would have loved to be a pilot.

 

Charlotte Robinson
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Charlotte Robinson

Kingfishers (Y3/4) Teacher, Computing Lead

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Charlotte Robinson

Kingfishers (Y3/4) Teacher, Computing Lead

What would be your last meal?

Pizza

Who is your favourite Superhero and why?

Batman because he overcame his fears.

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?

Design & Technology because I like making things

Sunshine or snowfall?

Sunshine

David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)
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David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)

Sports Coach

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David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)

Sports Coach

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?

I’ve come from a hotel background working either in Food and Beverage or most recently in the past few years Sales and Marketing. It’s always so fun and the places I’ve worked are destinations. I never imagined doing that though, or even teaching. I would have loved if not to coach football to work as a stockbroker or a wealth manager. Economics is my favourite subject even if that’s some years away for our pupils.

Favourite place in school?

PE Shed of course!

Where would be your dream place to live?

San Francisco. I love the weather and the scenery. Weather downtown or out in the suburbs I love the culture, food and the sense of place the people create in the city.

Ipads or mini-whiteboards?

I carry my Ipad Pro everywhere I go, it’s my office on the move, and coach is always on the move :)Last meal?

Lamb Shank, Soft Shell Crab or a roast!! Maybe all?

 

Ginelle Stewart
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Ginelle Stewart

Pelicans (Y4) Learning Support Assistant

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Ginelle Stewart

Pelicans (Y4) Learning Support Assistant

What would be your dream place to live? My dream place to live would be on the tropical caribbean island of Tobago; Trinidad’s sister Island.

Sunshine or Snowfall? Sunshine ?

What is your favourite children’s book?Roald Dahl’s James and the giant peach.

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why? English Literature and creative writing .  I’ve always loved reading, learning and exploring various styles of writing particularly poetry

Marmite – love it or hate it?! I HATE Marmite!! ?

 

Ushie Bheekha
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Ushie Bheekha

Y3/4 Teaching Assistant

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Ushie Bheekha

Y3/4 Teaching Assistant

Sunshine or snowfall?
Snowfall!

What is your favourite children’s book?
‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?
Maths, because I love solving problems and learning about its real life uses.

What super power would you have and why?
Telekinesis, because I wouldn’t have to move a single muscle ever again! I could make objects fly smoothly through the air and right into my hands!

Jacqui Hayter
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Jacqui Hayter

Flamingoes (Y3) Teaching Assistant

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Jacqui Hayter

Flamingoes (Y3) Teaching Assistant

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why? Maths! I didn’t enjoy maths when I was young but the Rosary has shown me how much fun it can be.

What would be your dream place to live? Portugal- sun, sea and sand!

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today? When I was younger I wanted to be an Air Hostess.

Tayyaba Ahmed
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Tayyaba Ahmed

Pelicans (Y4) Learning Support Assistant

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Tayyaba Ahmed

Pelicans (Y4) Learning Support Assistant

What would be your dream place to live?
My dream place to live is in the beautiful hill areas of Pakistan

What is your favourite children’s book?
Too many – it is so difficult to choose just one but my kids loved the Harry Potters so I will go for this one!

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?
History. It fascinate me to think about how humans have progressed and how different cultures and dynasties shaped and influenced the world today.

Rita Lyon
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Rita Lyon

Pelicans (Y4) Teaching Assistant

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Rita Lyon

Pelicans (Y4) Teaching Assistant

What would be your dream place to live? My own flat but less cluttered!
What is your favourite children’s book? ‘Where the Wild Things’ are by Maurice Sendak. I also collect ‘Alice in Wonderland’ books and I have over forty different versions!
What would be your chosen super-power? Flying! I am always flying in my dreams!

Key Stage 1

Anna O’Toole
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Anna O’Toole

Macaws (Y2) Teacher and Humanities Lead

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Anna O’Toole

Macaws (Y2) Teacher and Humanities Lead

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?

An ice-cream creator for Ben & Jerry’s, I have checked that it is a real job

What is your dream meal?

Chicken wings and a huge ice-cream sundae for dessert

What is your favourite place in the school?

My classroom because it is always such a happy place to be, never dull ad is usually very peaceful.

What super power would you have and why?

The ability to time travel so I could meet interesting people of the past and see what the future is like but mostly so I could have more time to sleep.

David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)
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David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)

Sports Coach

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David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)

Sports Coach

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?

I’ve come from a hotel background working either in Food and Beverage or most recently in the past few years Sales and Marketing. It’s always so fun and the places I’ve worked are destinations. I never imagined doing that though, or even teaching. I would have loved if not to coach football to work as a stockbroker or a wealth manager. Economics is my favourite subject even if that’s some years away for our pupils.

Favourite place in school?

PE Shed of course!

Where would be your dream place to live?

San Francisco. I love the weather and the scenery. Weather downtown or out in the suburbs I love the culture, food and the sense of place the people create in the city.

Ipads or mini-whiteboards?

I carry my Ipad Pro everywhere I go, it’s my office on the move, and coach is always on the move :)Last meal?

Lamb Shank, Soft Shell Crab or a roast!! Maybe all?

 

Olivia Cleary
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Olivia Cleary

Lorikeets (Y1) Teacher

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Olivia Cleary

Lorikeets (Y1) Teacher

What would be your dream place to live?

Canada- I love snow!

What is your favourite children’s book?

Any book by Enid Blyton, I re-read my entire collection during Lockdown!

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?

Working with animals in some way.

Becky Marsden
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Becky Marsden

Toucans (Y1/2) Teacher, KS1 Phase Leader, Science Leader

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Toucans (Y1/2) Teacher, KS1 Phase Leader, Science Leader

What is your favourite children’s book?
Mrs Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix potter. I have memories of being read the story so many times when I was younger. It was always my favourite from the collection.

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?
Science – as it’s SO important in ways you don’t even realise. i-phones wouldn’t be around if science didn’t exist!

IPads or mini-whiteboards with pens?
Ipads always, they have so many resources I love and would have enjoyed so much if they were around when I was younger.

Jenny Wheatley
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Jenny Wheatley

Macaws (Y2) Teaching Assistant

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Jenny Wheatley

Macaws (Y2) Teaching Assistant

What 3 things would you save from the school if it was falling down? Children, myself and my tabard! (It has a first aid kit in the pocket 😉 )
What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today? Running vintage tea rooms.
What is your favourite place in the school and why? KS1 floor, because it’s calm, friendly and bright.
If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why? Home Economics. Everybody needs these life skills!

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Joan Solomons

Macaws (Y2) Teaching Assistant

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Macaws (Y2) Teaching Assistant

What would be your dream place to live?
Cornwall, by the coast

What is your favourite children’s book?
Dogger by Shirley Hughes

What super power would you have and why?
The ability to split myself in two – so that I can do two things at the same time

Karen Coleman
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Karen Coleman

Lorikeets (Y1) Teaching Assistant

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Karen Coleman

Lorikeets (Y1) Teaching Assistant

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?
Wardrobe for film and television, personal shopper or a makeup artist.

What would be your last meal?
Fillet steak

What 3 things would you save from the school if it was falling down?
1. The Children
2. The staff
3. The biscuit tin

Early Years and Foundation Stage

David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)
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David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)

Sports Coach

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David Marques (a.k.a Coach David)

Sports Coach

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?

I’ve come from a hotel background working either in Food and Beverage or most recently in the past few years Sales and Marketing. It’s always so fun and the places I’ve worked are destinations. I never imagined doing that though, or even teaching. I would have loved if not to coach football to work as a stockbroker or a wealth manager. Economics is my favourite subject even if that’s some years away for our pupils.

Favourite place in school?

PE Shed of course!

Where would be your dream place to live?

San Francisco. I love the weather and the scenery. Weather downtown or out in the suburbs I love the culture, food and the sense of place the people create in the city.

Ipads or mini-whiteboards?

I carry my Ipad Pro everywhere I go, it’s my office on the move, and coach is always on the move :)Last meal?

Lamb Shank, Soft Shell Crab or a roast!! Maybe all?

 

Geraldine Barry Murphy
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Geraldine Barry Murphy

Ducklings (R) Class Teacher

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Geraldine Barry Murphy

Ducklings (R) Class Teacher

What super power would you have and why?

If I could have any superpower, I would like to have the gift of teleportation! That way I could visit all my friends and family in an instant, and not lose any time at airports or on trains! I would have so much more time to do nice things!

What would be your dream place to live?

I would like to live somewhere with green fields close to the sea, with warm weather (but not too hot as I’m too pale and freckly!). I would have all my friends and family living nearby as well, to keep me company as otherwise, I’d be too lonely!

What is your favourite place in the school and why?

My favourite place in the school would have to be the hall! I am always so impressed by how much talent is in this school, whether it’s earning a maths star during assembly or singing a song during a show!

What 3 things would you save from the school if it was falling down?

If the school was falling down I would save the children first, then the staff, and then I’d have to run back for my cup of tea…. Even a falling building daren’t come between me and my tea!!!

 

 

Reva Valmont
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Reva Valmont

Ducklings (Reception) Teaching Assistant

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Reva Valmont

Ducklings (Reception) Teaching Assistant

What is your favourite children’s book?
‘Peace at last’by Jill Murphy.

What job would you be doing if you weren’t doing this one?
I would be a vet because I love animals!

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?
Art because I would like to be able to draw.

Fiona Hunt
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Fiona Hunt

Pufflings (R) Teaching Assistant

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Fiona Hunt

Pufflings (R) Teaching Assistant

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?
A gardener.

What would be your dream place to live?
New York.
What would be your last meal?
Grilled fish and spinach.

Venetia Stefanou
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Venetia Stefanou

Pufflings (R) Class Teacher, Art & DT Lead

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Venetia Stefanou

Pufflings (R) Class Teacher, Art & DT Lead

What would be your dream place to live? In a treehouse in the rainforest!

What is your favourite children’s book? Without doubt, Harry Potter. I am a very proud Hufflepuff and wish I could apparate to school every morning!

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why? Art! I love to make and create things and use all sorts of different materials.

What super power would you have and why?  I would love to be able to speak and understand every language on Earth!

 

Emily McDermott
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Emily McDermott

EYFS Leader, Acting SENDCO

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Emily McDermott

EYFS Leader, Acting SENDCO

iPads or mini-whiteboards with pens?
iPads – you have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips and the ability to communicate with people on the other side of the world at any time.

Marmite – love it or hate it?!
I’m a convert; I have only loved it this past year!

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?
I would have liked to have worked on art projects with schools or other community groups. I did think about training to be an Art Therapist.

Anne Pordage
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Anne Pordage

Pufflings (Reception) Teaching Assistant

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Anne Pordage

Pufflings (Reception) Teaching Assistant

Favourite place in the school? The reception because all my little ducklings are there!

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why? Art, so I could learn how to draw.

What super power would you have? To be able to put a meal on the table by just thinking about it.

Sarah Liddell
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Sarah Liddell

EYFS Support Teacher, EYFS Maths Lead

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Sarah Liddell

EYFS Support Teacher, EYFS Maths Lead

What would be your last meal?
Spicy squid salad with steamed thai rice.

What 3 things would you save from the school if it was falling down?
The children.
Mrs Pordage
Doglett the Puppet.

If you could only study one subject at school what would it be and why?
Literacy because there are endless possibilities to reading and writing. Reading gives us somewhere to go when we have to stay where we are.
Sunshine or snowfall?
I like both but probably snowfall so I could go skiing!

Annie Scott-Horne
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Annie Scott-Horne

Chicks Nursery Nurse

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Annie Scott-Horne

Chicks Nursery Nurse

Sunshine or snowfall? Snow fall.
What is your favourite children’s book? ‘The Jolly Postman’ by Janet and Alan Ahlberg.
What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today? I would have been a midwife.

Kathleen Pagnal
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Kathleen Pagnal

EYFS Support Staff

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Kathleen Pagnal

EYFS Support Staff

What is your favourite children’s book? ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ by Dr Seuss

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today? Practicing Reiki Fulltime.

Marmite – love it or hate it?! LOVE IT!!!!

What would be your last meal? Turkey Dinner.

Languages and the Arts

Ann-Marie Lake
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Ann-Marie Lake

Spanish Teacher

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Ann-Marie Lake

Spanish Teacher

What would be your last meal? Well, I love food so it’s hard to choose ,something with pastry or macaroni cheese

What would be your dream place to live? Somewhere that is hot most of the time with lots of hills, trees and beautiful scenery, preferably near a beach, river or lake.

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today? I think I would  been have doing a really boring but useful job such as as  an admin officer

Sunshine or snowfall? Has to be sunshine

 

What super power would you have and why? The super power I would like to have is to be able to read people’s minds.

 

Pippa Wright
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Pippa Wright

Music Teacher & Lead

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Pippa Wright

Music Teacher & Lead

What super power would you have and why?

Time travel so I could have the ability to live in the 1970s as it’s my favourite musical decade.

Where would be your dream place to live?

Dream place to live would be Cornwall by the sea with chickens and goats.

What three things would you save from the school if it was falling down?

The piano, the Rosary Statue and the staff room coffee machine.

What would you have been if you weren’t doing the job you do today?

A nurse

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Musical Instrument Teachers

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Musical Instrument Teachers

Visiting Teachers

We are so lucky to have these fantastic musicians working at our school. Music is such an important part of life at Rosary School and we love hearing these teachers and their students practising around school!

Kitchen Staff

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Kitchen Staff

Linda and her team of fantastic kitchen staff work tirelessly to create delicious food for all of us everyday. They greet us every lunchtime with smiles and we are so lucky to have them all at our school.

Cleaning Staff

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Cleaning Staff

Our wonderful cleaning staff make sure that our school is always looking spotless. They work very hard and we are so grateful for the effort they put in to make Rosary look so lovely every day.