Staff (who’s who)

Here are all of the staff at St. Peter’s School.  The children in our School Council asked the staff some questions so that we could find out a bit more about them.  We hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as we did!


Miss McNamara is our Head teacher.Staff 12-04-2016-McNamara-Miss

How did you become a teacher?

After I decided to become a teacher, I had to work really hard at school because becoming a teacher isn’t easy! I did lots of exams and was really fortunate to get a place at The University of Warwick. I loved university and got to work in lots of different schools as I learned how to be the best teacher that I could be. I always try to do my best and work as hard as I can, because being a teacher is a really big responsibility, but also a privilege!

What is your favourite subject?

My favourite subject is art, but I loved all of the subjects that I studied at school. I love learning new things, so I don’t mind which subject it is that I am focusing on!

What do you love most about St. Peter’s School?

I haven’t been at St. Peter’s for very long, but already I love it! The children are lovely, polite and very respectful. The teachers work very hard and try to do their best for all of the children. There are lots of other staff at St. Peter’s too, without them our team just wouldn’t work in such an excellent way!

What are your expectations from the children at St. Peter’s School?

I expect all of the people at our school to be honest, kind and respectful because those are three qualities that make a team work really well together.

Who inspires you?

I am always inspired by my family. My parents are both teachers who worked really hard to make sure my sisters and I had lots of opportunities when we were growing up. My mum is very strong and she inspires me to carry on when things get difficult. My dad always believes in me which inspires me to always do my best. My sisters always make me see the sunny side.

What do you like doing when you’re not at school?

When I’m not at school, I like to spend time playing with my niece (who is two and laughs at all of my jokes!). I also like going on holidays to different countries around the world. I used to work in a bakery so I really enjoy baking silly cakes.  My friends are very important to me and I love spending time with them. I love singing to myself in the car too!


photo-website-2016-61Mrs. Frost is our Assistant Headteacher and she also teaches in Class 2.

How did you become a teacher?

I did so many different jobs before I became a teacher but each one lacked something, so I decided I would try teaching as all my friends and family said I would be good at it, and even though it sounds corny, it’s true, it’s a brilliant job because every day is different and rewarding!

What is your favourite subject?

My favourite subject is Literacy. I love reading so it’s great to get the opportunity to read all the amazing stories that children write.

What do you love most about St. Peter’s School?

The children and the staff are the thing I love most about St Peter’s school. It is such a privilege and a joy to spend time with such an enthusiastic and religious community.

What are your expectations from the children at St. Peter’s School?

I expect all of the people at our school to be honest, kind and respectful because those are three qualities that make a team work really well together.

Who inspires you?

Nelson Mandela because he was a truly inspirational person, he believed in truth, justice, freedom and equality, and despite all his years in prison, held there for his beliefs, he still had a gentle, loving and forgiving nature-  what’s not to admire?

What do you like doing when you’re not at school?

My favourite thing to do outside of school is spending time with my family, having a take away on a Friday night and watching a movie together – bliss!


Mr. Rooney is our Senior Teacher and he works in Class 5 with the children in Years 5 and 6.  He leads our creative curriculum and works hard to ensure that our children have exciting and inspiring topics.Staff 12-04-2016-Rooney-Mr P

How did you become a teacher? (or TA)

I always wanted to be a teacher but needed to find out if I could do it! So, after university, I worked as a TA for a couple of years to gain experience of working with primary school children. Then – when I wasn’t scared off – I trained as a teacher whilst working in a school to learn all about how to teach children.

What is your favourite subject?

My favourite subjects are maths and writing because I most enjoy teaching them and due to the fact that they can be so exciting – allowing for children to be really imaginative.

What do you love most about St. Peter’s School?

What has struck me most in my first few days is how respectful the children are and how keen they are to impress!

Who inspires you?

In life, it has to be my caring wife and beautiful children: Freddie (one years old) and Olivia (nearly four now). They inspire me to be the best I can be and, each day, they remind me that that a smile costs nothing!

What do you like doing when you’re not at school?

I enjoy paying guitar and writing the odd song. TV – thrillers, sport and politics – also helps to relax me. Most of my spare time, however, is spent playing with the kids!


Mrs. Traynar is our Class 3 teacher.  Mrs. Traynar is a gifted singer and she is also our RE co-ordinator.

How did you become a teacher? Staff 12-04-2016-Traynar-Mrs

After my very first week in Reception, at the age of just four, I told my Mum I was going to be a teacher! So all the way through school I knew that’s what I was aiming for. I went to Royal Holloway University of London to study English and Drama, and then I went to the University of Warwick to do my teacher training.

What is your favourite subject?

Music or RE – I love the way those subjects make me feel.

What do you love most about St. Peter’s School?

I love that everyone is so welcoming, so full of joy. It’s a very happy place to work, and that comes from the staff, the students and the parents.

Who inspires you?

Emma Thompson. I love that woman! She succeeds at everything she has attempted, even though it hasn’t always been easy. She’s a fabulous example to all young women.

What do you like doing when you’re not at school?

I really love performing on stage. I have been in several musicals, and I am also learning to tap dance. It’s a whole different world!


Mrs. Hancock is our Reception and Year 1 teacher in Class 1.Staff 12-04-2016-Hancock-Mrs

How did you become a teacher?

I had always wanted to teach and as a small child was often found with all my teddies sat in front of my easel however I could not follow my dream immediately. Several years later after having children myself I decided I had to follow my childhood dreams and set out to do so. I had to work really hard to pass all my exams at Worcester University and it took a very long time as I had to also look after my family and work at a school at the same time. I was very happy to graduate and become a teacher with real pupils instead of teddies!

What is your favourite subject?

I find all subjects interesting and enjoy teaching them all however I feel my favourites are Maths and Art. I do enjoy being creative and love to teach the children song and dance too.

What do you love most about St. Peter’s School?

The feeling of love is the best thing about St. Peter’s School. As a new member of staff I have been welcomed with such warmness from everyone and received such strong support from existing staff. The children are polite, caring and equally supportive of each other, their classrooms and their school.

Who inspires you?

The children.  Their incredible wit, the ability to hold some very deep and meaningful conversations even from a young age and their endless enthusiasm and endless energy (class 1 especially!) The moment when they ‘get it’ and the glow that radiates from their faces leaves us all feeling elated. Children will never cease to amaze me!

What do you like doing when you’re not at school?

I enjoy spending time with my 3 daughters who love to go shopping most weekends. We have 3 dogs who are all rescued and we love to take them for walks and play football with them. I also play netball and my position is Goal Shooter which I really enjoy however some cold and wet Sunday mornings I do wonder if there is a warmer sport to play instead!

 


mrs_giacaloneMrs. Giacalone is our School’s Higher Level Teaching Assistant.  She co-ordinates all of the teaching assistants to make sure that they are always in the right place at the right time to help our children learn.  Mrs Giacalone also teaches in other classes when the teachers have their planning, preparation and assessment time.

Why did you decide to become a TA?
I have three children of my own,  all of them came to St Peter’s.   When my eldest started in reception I began to help out in the class, I enjoyed it so much things spiralled from there.
What advice would you give someone at St. Peter’s School?
Enjoy it – your time here passes so quickly!  Your memories and friendships will stay with you for a very long time.
Who inspires you?
My family primarily, although I have also been lucky enough to work with many inspirational people.   A lot of inspiration is taken from the children I work with, who never cease to amaze me.

Mrs. Wijeratne works in Class 3 with Mrs Traynar.  She works every day.Staff 12-04-2016-Wigeratine-Mrs

Why did you decide to be a TA?
I have decided to be a Teaching Assistant because I love working with children. I am a responsible and understanding person and these qualities are key to my profession. I know that I can really make a difference in children’s learning through my work. Also, I like to work in an institute where my knowledge, skills and dedication will be truly valued.

What would your best piece of advice be for a child at St. Peter’s?
Never stop learning. If you just learn something little every day, it will add up over time.

Who inspires you?
My past experience working in the education sector encouraged me to continue in a career related to education.


 

Staff 12-04-2016-Yadvinder Baga-MrsMrs. Baga works in Class 2 and Class 4 every day.
Why did you decide to be a TA?
I decided to be a TA because being a mother of 3 myself I’ve always respected the teaching profession and the way it has influenced my children. When I first applied to be a TA I wanted to give back my time to other children; and to have a positive impact on their education and development.
What would your best piece of advice be for a child at St. Peter’s?
I always advise the children of my class to be kind and respectful to one another, and the people around them and to learn with passion and enthusiasm, because there will never be a day you won’t learn something new.
Who inspires you?
Mother Teresa has always been an inspiration of mine; through her pioneering work with children and people, but my family inspire me every day.

Mrs. Reynolds is one of our Teaching Assistants.  She is mostly in Class 2 and 4.  Staff 12-04-2016-Reynolds-Mrs

Why did you decide to be a T.A?

The reason I became a T.A was because of the enjoyment and wonderful time I had with my own children at a young age (as I was a hairdresser). I got such a buzz from being with  them and watching them grow and learn. So I childminded as thought I had something to give to the children. When my children went to school I thought I would love to work with young children. It’s such a satisfying job seeing what the children achieve and being apart of that by supporting and helping them to learn. It’s so rewarding.

What would your best piece of advice be for a child at St.Peter’s?

My advice would be to enjoy your life. Be kind to each other, help each other, love each other. Try your best at what ever you do that all  that can be asked.

Who inspires you?

I have as few  people who inspire me. Friends, colleagues, my husband and family. The way they deal with life’s ups and downs. Good and bad, how to make a bad into good be positive and make the most of life.


Mrs Dillon works with Mrs Hancock in Class 1. 

Staff 12-04-2016-Dillon-YvonneWe are looking forward to hearing more about her soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Staff 12-04-2016-Rowberry-MrsMrs Rowberry and Mrs Maoudis work in our school office.

They are really helpful so if you have a question, you could give them a call! Mrs. Rowberry works every morning and Mrs. Maoudis mostly works in the afternoons.

 

 

 


 

At lunchtime, we have lots of wonderful mid-day supervisors who come and look after us during lunchtime.  Here are two of them; Michelle and Sanika!

Staff 12-04-2016-S. Bhanage-Mrs SanikaStaff 12-04-2016-Campbell-Michelle

As you can see, we are so lucky to have such a fantastic and dedicated team.  If you wish to contact any of the teachers, please email the office and put FAO: (teacher’s name) in the subject line.  They will get back to you as soon as possible.