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Staff Profile: Ms Marie

Marie Sefton

Head of Primary Music

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 International School Bangkok 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 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.