Year 5

Kath Donnelly

Class Teacher

Background:
Kath has worked at Blue School for the past 5 years, where she joined us as a newly qualified teacher. Since then she has worked in Years 4 and 5, leading the More Able and the Pupil Premium teams. One of her great loves in teaching is encouraging children to use their deeper thinking skills and runs a regular Philosophy club. She is always reading the latest research paper and trying out new ideas in her classroom. Prior to arriving at Blue School, Kath worked as a teaching assistant and 1:1 learning support, where she worked at some other schools in the local area, specialising in special educational needs and inclusive practice.

Why did Kath choose teaching?
Kath has always enjoyed being around children and her favourite part of being a teacher is being in the classroom with her pupils. She loves helping a child to understand new thinking and giving them the tools to enable their own learning, stimulating their thinking and engaging their interest. Kath believes that the most magical moment is when you can empower children for lifelong learning, where they can believe and aspire.

Outside of school:
Kath enjoys being outdoors and this is often where you will find her, with her two dogs and the families’ two horses. She enjoys spending time with her family and is always kept busy as a mum to three teenagers. Kath enjoys reading, cooking and can often be found in the garden.

Most unusual unknown fact about Kath:
Kath used to work on a horseracing yard and feels that there is no better adrenalin rush than a horse galloping full pelt.

Favourite quote: 'How beautiful is youth! How bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!' Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Jennie Narayan

Class Teacher

Background:
Jennie lived abroad for more than 8 years and she spent that time in France, Spain and Italy. She worked for a number of years at an international ski school where she learned to speak French fluently and some basic Italian. This time aboard sparked her love for languages and so she went to university as a mature student to study French and Spanish. She went on to work as a legal interpreter and translator which she thoroughly enjoyed. She then worked in Manchester teaching English as part of an adult education teaching programme. She got married and had a daughter, who has just joined our family at Blue School.

Why did Jennie choose teaching?
Jennie returned to Cornwall after living abroad and having enjoyed teaching both children and adults in the UK and France.  A change in personal circumstances offered an opportunity for Jennie to launch into a new venture…. Teaching. She recently finished her PGCE in teaching and did this alongside a school based training course. In the last year she has continued to train to work more closely with our SENCO team.

Outside school:
Jennie loves anything crafty and creative and she had begun to dabble in watercolour painting, which her young daughter likes to do alongside her. She is very keen of Japanese cooking and is starting to really get the hand of making sushi and other traditional oriental dishes.

Most unusual fact about Jennie:
Jennie has got a terrible fear of heights, even thinking about them makes her go a bit ‘funny’

Favourite quote: 'Never be ashamed of yourself. Be proud of who you are, and don't worry about how others see you.' Kristen Butler
Tiffeny Ashton

Class Teacher

Background: 

Tiffeny is currently in her 4th year of teaching at St Columb Minor Academy. During this time, she has become geography leader for the school, as well as Eco Coordinator supporting the school to refresh its Eco School status last year. Prior to this, she completed her teacher training at St Columb Major Academy and St Merryn School. Tiffeny previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at Charlestown School in St Austell for four years which is when she decided to apply for teacher training.

Why did Tiffeny choose teaching?

Tiffeny enjoys trying new ways of working with children in order to support all children to achieve their full potential. Her favourite moment is when you see a spark in a child’s eye at the moment they grasp a concept for the first time. Tiffeny believes a classroom should be a stimulating educational environment where children can safely grow physically, mentally and emotionally.

Outside of school:

Tiffeny has 3 children, all of which are girls and keep her very busy outside of school. They enjoy being active and outdoors whenever possible and were all very excited about picking up their new puppy in half term.

Most unusual unknown fact about Tiffeny:

She once performed in a play at the Royal Theatre in London.

Favourite Quote: 'There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.' Brian Tracy

Katie Middleton

Teaching Assistant

Tina Page

Teaching Assistant

Jules Smith

Teaching Assistant

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