An Inspired School

Colonna - Educational Team

EDUCATIONAL TEAM

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Kathleen Slocombe | Principal Colonna

"Schools in the 21st Century must develop students to become curious inquirers, who are lifelong learners. As Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."

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Marthinus Barnard | Vice Principal Academic

“When students are happy, they love coming to school and they enjoy their learning, they are set up for life. Add emotional wellbeing, growth mindset and good health to this equation and they are truly ready to fly and to lead successful lives. Education is about lighting fires, not filling buckets. Finding the dots, not connecting them.”

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Kara Chapman | Vice Principal Pastoral

"At St. Louis School we ensure an outstanding international education set in an environment that excites, inspires, supports and challenges every student to excel academically and socially. It is a great privilege to be the Deputy Head of Primary at such a thriving community where high aspirations and caring family ethos are at the heart of what we do"

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Arthur Russell | Primary School Academic Coordinator

"Our aim is to provide a curriculum for our children that initiates critical thinking about the world around us, drawing upon the knowledge we acquire both in and out of the classroom, combining their practical skills and conceptual understanding of the topics covered within the British National Curriculum. Ultimately, we in the Primary team want to foster a love of learning for the students in our care, in an environment where the children feel safe and secure to challenge themselves as they move forward in their educational journey."

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Elena Brevi | Primary School Italian Coordinator

“Educating means allowing the new generations to have the tools to make better the world they live, to act with awareness, to grow and mature with conscience, a critical spirit and loyalty to themselves and others. School has to be understood as a " laboratory of life” in which to experiment, choose and act by developing a critical sense, open-mindedness and re-elaboration of contents through one's personal vision of the world. ”

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Robert Bulmer | Academic coordinator

"I believe that every student has the right to a learning experience that exposes them to a range of different teaching styles, that can exploit a culture of inquiry and that allows them to maximize their potential"

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Davide ZanoniMiddle School Italian Coordinator

"I don't think there's anything more stimulating than working with students. Dealing with intellectually lively kids, at an age where the mind is open and eager to learn, brings with it a lot of satisfaction but also a big load of responsibility. I always try to keep in mind a famous quote by Sydney J. Harris: "The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows". In fact, I like to see the teacher not as someone who metaphorically reduces students to "mirrors" that uncritically reflect other people's ideas (or even worse, their own ones), but rather as someone who helps them to become "windows", something that, supported by curiosity, opens up and allows you to look far away."