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Staff Profiles: Marie Anne Sefton

Marie Anne Sefton

Primary Music Teacher

I love teaching and have been a teacher since September 2000. 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 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. 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 a teacher friend. Since qualifying, I have taught as a primary teacher in all year groups of KS2 and I began teaching at St Andrews as a Year 6 teacher. From 2015, I began teaching music from KG up to Year 9. I have ABRSM diploma on the piano and Grade 8 on the clarinet and organ. I can also play the saxophone. 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 in Asia. My mum also works as a teaching assistant in England. I have three children: Ava, Lana and Micah. My husband, Mr. Damon, is a Head of Primary PE at St Andrews. We enjoy spending time together travelling, meeting up with family and friends, going swimming, cycling and reading books together. I am also learning the violin with my daughter Ava.

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