St Bernadette’s Primary and Nursery Staff – Our first staff meeting ! May 2nd 2012
Headteacher – Cathy Quinn
I am very lucky to be the Headteacher of St Bernadette’s Primary. I was previously the Headteacher in Sacred Heart Primary in Grangemouth; I worked there for eight very happy years.
I live in Cumbernauld and I have one very badly behaved dog; a Jack Russell named Penny. My favourite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. My favourite films are: Gone with the Wind, The Sound of Music and the Jungle Book.
My wish for our school is that it becomes a vibrant exciting school where children are happy and learning new skills every single day.
Principal Teacher – Marianne Savage
My name is Marianne Savage and I am going to be the Principal Teacher in St Bernadette’s. I currently teach in St Nicholas Primary School, Broxburn, where I have been based for the last 14 years. I have experience of teaching stages throughout the school from nursery to primary 7.
I have one pet dog, Gypsy, who is 11 years old. My favourite book is ‘Memory, Sorrow and Thorn’ by Tad Williams and my favourite movie is the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I love a wide range of music but my favourite song is ‘Willow’ by Joan Armatrading.
When I am in St Bernadette’s I could offer a recorder after school club or be part of the Eco Club. My wish for St Bernadette’s is to be a happy, vibrant, co-operative learning community, where every person achieves success.
Hi, I am Miss Allen and I am going to be a Class Teacher in St Bernadette’s. I have several years teaching experience and I am looking forward to working in a brand new school with all the lovely boys and girls! Before I became a teacher I went travelling around the world so I have lots of good stories to share with you. My favourite author is Jeremy Strong because I think his books are very funny and I like to have a laugh when I read. At weekends I like watching movies, especially Shrek and The Lion King. For the past 2 years I have coached an after-school netball team so I am really excited about possibly continuing to do this in St Bernadette’s. My wish is that St Bernadette’s school allows every pupil’s dreams to come true! 🙂
Hello St. Bernadette’s!
I’m thrilled to be joining the team at St. Bernadette’s as I know it will be an exceptional, innovative and very happy school! I’ve been really lucky to work at two excellent schools; Sacred Heart, Grangemouth and St. Patrick’s, Denny. As St. Patrick’s was my own primary school I will be sad to leave but I am really looking forward to working in a brand new school in my home town.
I can’t have a pet as they make me sneeze but my children Clare, Antony and Erin are always hounding me (no pun intended) for a dog and they’ve even named him Rico!
My hobbies are reading, painting and spending time with family and friends. I’m the youngest of seven children so being part of a big family keeps me busy with lots of family get-togethers. I read a book almost every week so it’s difficult to choose a favourite but ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a classic and a brilliant story. Erin and I have just read ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ together and we were both in tears at the end of this sad tale.
My favourite films for all the family are: It’s A Wonderful Life, Elf and Monsters Inc. I looked through my iPod and decided that it is too hard to pick the best song. But a few are: Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris (shameful), What a Wonderful Life by Louis Armstrong, Where is the Love by The Black Eyed Peas and Handbags and Gladrags by Rod Stewart. But don’t ask me to sing any of them!
After school clubs I’m interested in are Eco/gardening, Art and ICT but I’m happy to help out with any new projects. It’s an exciting time!
My name is Lisa Morrow and I am very excited about being a class teacher in St Bernadette’s Primary School. I completed my BEd in Primary Education at Glasgow University and I have now worked as a class teacher within Falkirk Council for seven years. I am currently teaching a primary one class.
I have a little kitten called Mylo who is always full of mischief. Sometimes I think Mylo thinks he is a dog as he likes to play fetch. At the weekends I love going to the cinema and watching films. A few of my favourites are Avatar, E.T. and Lord of the Rings. To keep active I often go out jogging with my friends and I really like going to Zumba classes.
I have organised and facilitated many after school clubs, such as netball and dancing. I look forward to the opportunity to continue these in St Bernadette’s.
My wish for St Bernadette’s would be to establish a supportive and caring learning environment where happy children achieve success.
I look forward to meeting you all soon!
Miss Morrow 🙂
My name is John Cloherty and I will be a class teacher at St Bernadette’s Primary School. I completed a one year probationary period at St Francis Xavier’s Primary School and thereafter was appointed on a permanent basis at Kinnaird Primary School. I was lucky enough to be part of the team who worked together to establish Kinnaird Primary and I am very excited to be doing this for a second time. Throughout the years I have been teaching I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of stages. I was also a drama specialist for a short period of time.
I have no pets at the moment but had a Labrador when I was a child. I enjoy reading and like to read autobiographies. I enjoy watching films from the James Bond series. I would say I have an eclectic music taste but love anything by Kylie Minogue. 🙂
I have been part of a team in St Francis and Kinnaird who runs after school drama clubs. We have put on productions of ‘Oliver’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’. We are currently working with a group of children to showcase ‘Annie’.
My wish for St Bernadette’s is for it to become a fun, welcoming and happy environment where children’s talents and abilities are recognised, celebrated and developed allowing them to achieve their goals in life.
Hello! My name is Maria McNally and I am really looking forward to becoming a class teacher at St Bernadette’s. I am currently teaching P6 at St Andrew’s Primary in Falkirk. I have been really lucky teaching at St Andrew’s as it is a great school and I have met wonderful children and staff over the last 2 years. Although I am sad to be leaving, I am also very excited about starting a new adventure with the children and staff of St Bernadette’s.
I am allergic to most hairy animals but have a gorgeous pet tortoise named George J He is 3 years old and always up to mischief. George has a very exiting two-storey wooden house of his own where he can relax and eat cucumber all day long to his heart’s content. However, he would still rather escape and go exploring around the house. I usually find him hiding underneath the fridge!
I have a lot of favourite books so it is difficult to choose one. I love reading anything by Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson and I am also a huge fan of the Twilight and Harry Potter books. I have many favourite movies too…I love Harry Potter (especially the Deathly Hallows) and Twilight. I’m also a big fan of musicals and my favourite would probably be Oliver! As for my favourite song, it would have to be Maggie May by Rod Stewart.
My wish for St Bernadette’s is that the children feel happy, safe and included, and are excited to come to school to learn lots of new and exciting things.
I am Fiona Baker. I am currently a P4 teacher at St Francis. I did my probation year at St Francis and have worked there for three and a half years. I also worked at Sacred Heart for 6 months. My original degree is in Art.
I have 2 cats called Tiger Lily and Oliver. One of my favourite pastimes is going to the gym. I am interested in setting up the Cross Country after school club with the children who have requested it. I have a few favourite movies and like the TV series 24 and Prison Break.
My wish for St Bernadette’s is for it to be very successful and the children and staff to be happy working together. I am sure everyone will enjoy this exciting time together.
Clerical Assistant – Fiona McKinnon
My name is Mrs McKinnon and I will be the Clerical Assistant at St Bernadette’s. I currently work as a Clerical Assistant at another school and I am looking forward to starting at St Bernadette’s very soon. My favourite book is ‘The Shadow Of The Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. My favourite movie… is ‘Harvey’ starring James Stewart. Although I love a huge range of music, I think my favourite song would have to be ‘Terrified’ by Katharine McPhee. As I love to go cycling a cycle club would be a fun after-school club. Finally, my wish for St Bernadette’s… I wish that every day is a great day!
Support for Learning Assistants:
Hi, my name is Sandra Galloway and I`m coming to St Bernadettes to work as a Support for Learning Assistant. I have been a support assistant for about twelve years, having spent most of that time at Sacred Heart Primary, where I`m still based.
I have had many pets, from hamsters, guinea pigs and dogs, but at the moment I have a horse called Dominic, and a goldfish with the uninspiring name of Fish!
My taste in books is varied. At the moment I`m reading a thriller by Mary Higgins Clark but also enjoy reading Freya North and Carole Matthews.
I have a couple of favourite films, both of which feature Richard Gere and they are Pretty Woman and an Officer and a Gentleman.
My favourite song is Dance with my Father by Luther Vandross.
I was part of the after school Drama Club team at Sacred Heart and enjoyed helping with rehearsals and performance nights. I also have an interest in art and craft activities if anyone is interested in this too?
I`m really excited to be coming to St Bernadettes and helping it become a happy school, where we have a strong sense of community and where children love to learn and everyone feels valued.
I’m Kay McLaren and I’m a Support for Learning Assistant. I’ve worked at Bankier Primary School in Banknock for the last 9 years and did some voluntary work at St Francis.
I have fabulous new fish tank currently awaiting its first resident – hopefully I’ll be able to tell you all about it in August.
I’ve never read a Roald Dahl book I’ve not liked, but my absolute favourite is a short story called The wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.
I love Christmas so my favourite movies are all Christmas films: It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (any version) and Miracle on 34th Street.
My favourite song is My Life by The Beatles, but I also love anything by Paolo Nutini.
At Bankier Primary I helped run lots of sporting clubs including tennis, dodgeball, cycling and Frisbee. I also learned netball and noticed that some of you already play.
My wish for St Bernadette’s is that it’s a fun and happy place to work and learn.
My name is Julie Heeps. I am going to be a Support for Learning Assistant. I am married with 2 children. I currently work at Larbert High School and have been there for 7 years. I am looking forward to working in a primary school! I have a cat called Koochi. I love reading all different kind of books, one of my favourite authors is Jodi Picoult. My favourite movie is White Christmas. My favourite song is Somewhere, Somehow by Wet Wet Wet, although I love all different kinds of music. My wish for St. Bernadette’s is that it is a successful school, full of smiling faces!
Senior Early Years Officer – Nicola McCarter
My name is Nicola McCarter and I am the new Senior Early Years Officer in St Bernadette’s Nursery Class. I have over 12 years experience in childcare and have previously worked in Heathrigg, Airth, Stenhousemuir and Bainsford nurseries with Falkirk Council. I have a pet Labrador at home and her name is Daisy. My favourite film is The Shawshank Redemption. My favourite song is ‘Relight my fire’ by the fabulous Take That! My wish for St Bernadette’s is to have an outstanding Nursery class where everyone finds learning fun and everyone is made to feel welcome. I am super excited to see the finished school and nursery.
Miss N MCarter
Early Years Officer – Lynne Marshall
My name is Lynne Marshall and I am going to be the Early Years Officer in St Bernadette’s Nursery Class. I have a BSc in Biology from the University of Stirling as well as a HNC in Early Education and Childcare from Forth Valley College. I have worked in a variety of jobs during my time as a student including working in a sweet shop and after school care. Since qualifying in 2009 I have worked within Falkirk Council as an EYO at Camelon Nursery for a year and then Rannoch Nursery for the past two years.
I have no pets but would like a little pug. I love reading and I am a massive fan of Harry Potter, Twilight and celebrity autobiographies. My favourite author is Dan Brown. I also love film and one of my favourite films is Dead Poets Society. It would be impossible for me to pick a favourite song as all music is great. I like anything from U2 and the Foo Fighters to Beyoncé and Westlife!! I have a passion for live music and enjoy going to music festivals in the summer. As well as books, film and music I enjoy travel, my favourite place in the world is New York.
My wish for St Bernadette’s is to become a fun, happy, caring school and a vital part of the community for children and families 🙂
My name is Gillian Rooney and I currently teach at St Mary’s R.C. Primary School in Bo’ness. I am going to be a class teacher at St Bernadette’s Primary and I am very enthusiastic to be working in the new, motivated, team of staff. I am very eager to get to know the children and parents of our school and look forward to building strong relationships with them throughout the school year.
Sadly, I do not have any pets at the moment, however; I did have a pet chinchilla. His name was Charlie and he enjoyed taking baths in sand! My favourite book is ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding and my favourite film is ‘My Girl.’ In my spare time, I like to go swimming to keep healthy and also enjoy spending time outdoors and going camping. I have a real love for nature and specialised in citizenship throughout my studies at university. I would therefore like to take forward any citizenship or nature based clubs throughout the school year.
I envisage St Bernadette’s to be a resilient and strong team. I believe that the pupils, parents and staff will work together to nurture a school ethos where every child is an individual and feels encouraged to develop to reach their full potential.