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Staff

Find out about the staff and some of their favourite things

Mrs Maria Brenchley

teacher in Jupiter class

Mrs Susie Winchester

teacher in Venus class

Animal: Giraffes because being so tall they can see lots of things without having to go far

TV show: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away but we usually end up watching Peppa Pig these days.

Football Team:Tottenham because I’m from a big Spurs supporting family.

Miss Zara Munns

TA in Venus class

Colour: Red

Animal: Elephant

Disney Film: Beauty and the Beast

Miss Lizzy D’Anna

teacher in Mars class

Book: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis. I love reading the witch’s part out loud, with a hint of an Italian accent.

Pastime: To play music- I sing and play guitar with my friend, quite often we play for our supper…Yes people are prepared to feed us if we entertain them.  Great fun!

Food: Champagne and oysters with a hint of tabasco – yum!

Mrs Katie Vasu

TA in Mars class

Film: Any of the Harry Potter films. They remind me of the years they came out, of Christmas, and of the excitement that surrounded the release of each one. More importantly, they now keep my children quiet for almost 3 hours at a time.

Place: Anywhere by the sea. Preferably somewhere with white, sandy beaches, but Hythe will do.

Pastime: My favourite, and yet sometimes least favourite pastime is running. I love that it’s the one thing I do by myself, I enjoy the challenge, and it’s the one sport I have achieved something in, by finishing the 2015 London Marathon in 4 hours and 21 minutes. Just please don’t ask me to sprint….

Mrs Natasha Sparkes

TA in Mars / Neptune class

Food: As a treat my favourite food is Ben & Jerrys ice cream! Anything with caramel in it. I have a bit of a sweet tooth.

Place: At the weekends when the weather is nice you’ll find me at the beach looking for shells and ‘treasure’ with my daughter. We love the sea and would like to live closer to it one day.

Pet: We have recently got 2 kittens – Monty and Rafferty – they are grey and very soft and cute and keep us on our toes at home. They follow us everywhere.

Mr Colin Taylor

Assistant headteacher, teacher in Neptune class and SENCO

Film/book: Anything to do with Star Wars, I like the films, books and cartoons (which my son Matthew and I watch together)

Pastime: Marvel comics and films (I am currently learning how to draw in the same style as the Marvel artists)

Place (and time):Ancient Egypt.

Mrs Paula Head

TA in Neptune class

Animal: It’s a toss-up between all things feline and all things bird of prey!

Hero: The Dalai Lama because I think he is so wise and his teachings have helped me get more out of life.

Pastime: being an active member of the Western Heights Preservation Society. We are trying to preserve the Drop Redoubt and the other Napoleonic fortifications in Dover. I spend one Sunday a month clearing scrub from ditches, rubble from the fort and marshalling (in costume) at open weekends and special events.

Mr Andrew Stapley

Headteacher

Place: Rocky Mountains, Canada

Food: Thai

Quote: We all smile in the same language

Mrs Dawn Riggs

TA in Jupiter class

Animal: Orangutan – we both have wild hair and are flexible.

Place: Borneo – a place of true wildness.

Quote: Life always gives you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.

Ms Helen Cresswell

additional teacher

Film: The Time Machine (1960 film) (I would love to have a time machine and visit the near past 100 years ago / the future 100 years from now). The original version of HG Wells novel is by far the best.

Animal: Black cat (my black cat is called Felix).

Meal: Lasagna (any Italian food).

Mr Richard Dray

specialist music teacher

Hero: Leonard Cohen

Place: small town in Powys, North Wales

Past time: restoring my vintage Land Rover which I have completely had to rebuild.

Mr Alex Cotter

PE/Sports Coach

Mrs Wendy Stryzyk

cook

Book: Lord of the Rings

Singer: Tina Turner

Film: Love Actually

Mrs Audrey MacCormack

office manager

Quote: There are no problems only solutions – John Lennon

Meal: Roast dinner (preferably home cooked by someone else)

Film: Bridget Jones – funniest film ever

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