Year 4

Greta Toorneini

Class Teacher

Greta has been teaching since 2015, having completed a degree in English Literature and then qualifying as a Primary School Teacher. Greta used to work as a Teaching Assistant in a small village school near Truro. Her first teaching job was in another Newquay school where she led music and organised lots of choir events including Voice in a Million and Songfest. Greta is new to St Columb Minor Academy this year and has returned to teaching after taking time out to have her baby boy and enjoying the first year of motherhood.

Why did Greta choose teaching?
Greta has such fond memories of her time at school and built such strong relationships with her teachers that she still keeps in touch with a few of them today. Greta believes that every child should look back on their school years with great happiness. She feels it would be a honour to inspire, motivate and challenge children to create the best years of their lives while realising their own potential to do amazing things.

Outside of school:
Greta enjoys family time with her husband, son and dog. She is often out exploring Cornwall and creating adventure for her little boy. She also loves the feeling of being nice and cosy with a good book, hot chocolate and a tasty treat that she baked herself.

Most unusual fact about Greta:
Greta used to perform as part of an amateur dramatics group from the age of 7-18. She has performed both on stage and television as a soloist, principle role and as part of an ensemble.

Favourite Quote: 'Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.' Roald Dahl
Cordelia Hamshire

Class Teacher

Cordelia joined St Columb Minor Academy in September 2013 as a newly qualified teacher. She has taught in both KS1 and KS2. Prior to teaching, Cordelia worked at Barclays and HSBC after completing a Masters degree in English Literature through the Open University. Cordelia attended Cardiff University in 2004 where she completed a law degree. Since being at Blue School, Cordelia moved to Truro, got married and had a baby.

Why did Cordelia choose teaching?
Teaching has always been a firm career choice. From playing registers with Barbies, to being hugely inspired by her own primary school teachers, she knew teaching would be rewarding. Faced with being a lawyer or a teacher, Cordelia decided to choose teaching. She wanted to make a difference, to inspire young people and to give children opportunities. Teaching is rewarding and fun, who else can dress up as Cleopatra for their job?!

Outside of school:
Cordelia enjoys running regularly in her spare time. Having run two marathons, Cordelia is now building her mileage back up after having a baby. Her main motivation to run is so she can eat cake! She has three cats, Holly, Ivy and Stig (named after Stig of the Dump). The intention was to only have two cats and then Stig arrived – life has never been the same since!

Most unusual unknown fact about Cordelia:
I played the cello for the Queen!

Favourite quote: 'If it's meant to be, it will be.' Anonymous
Helen Willson

Class Teacher

Having started her teaching career in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, Helen has been teaching at St Columb Minor since January 2003. Before teaching, and before moving to Cornwall, she worked in IT, developing computer systems for big companies,

Why did Helen choose teaching?
Helen enjoys finding out new facts, watching TV programs about history, camping, playing sports, learning the piano and making stuff – all things that she loves sharing with her class. It was probably inevitable that she became a primary school teacher, although it took her a little while to work this out!

Outside of school.
Helen enjoys walking on the beach, drinking coffee and ice skating at the Eden Project (notwithstanding the broken bones.)

Most unusual unknown fact about Helen:
Helen sang with a choir at the Royal Albert Hall (twice!!).

Favourite quote: 'Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.' Dr. Seuss
Amy Bardell

Class Teacher

Jane Browning

Teaching Assistant

Karen Moore

Teaching Assistant

Hayley Cooper

Teaching Assistant

Lisa Hedaux

1:1 Teaching Assistant

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