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Staff Profiles: Marie Anne Sefton

Marie Anne Sefton

Music Teacher (woodwind specialist)

I love teaching and have been a teacher for 17 years. I graduated from University of Wales, College of Cardiff in 1997 with a 2:1 in History and Music. Then I trained as a teacher, completing a PGCE at Bristol University West of England. 

I began my career in the school I actually attended when I was a child, Holy Rood Catholic Junior School, Swindon. I spent some time travelling the world during 2003-2004, including visiting Thailand. I then worked in the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur. I returned to Swindon to get married and was asked to go back to Holy Rood Junior School as the Assistant Head Teacher. I was part of the Senior Management Team there for 6 years. 

Over the past 17 years, I have taught as a primary teacher in all year groups of KS2. Since 2015, I have been teaching as a Music teacher from KG up to Year 9 specialising as a woodwind teacher. I have ABRSM diploma on the piano and Grade 8 on the clarinet and organ.  I can also play the saxophone. 

My husband and I wanted our children to experience different cultures so we decided to look for teaching jobs abroad. We were recommended to apply to St. Andrews by Ms. Fiona, who had worked with my sister in London, England.

I come from a musical and a teaching family. My brother and three sisters all play instruments to a high standard. Two of my sisters are also music teachers in international schools; one works in Singapore and the other at Bangkok Prep, and my mum works as a teaching assistant in England.

I have three children: Ava, Lana and Micah. My husband, Mr. Damon, is a PE Teacher at St. Andrews as well. We enjoy spending time together going swimming, for walks and reading books together.  More recently, I have started yoga and I am also learning the violin with my daughter Ava. 

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