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Sandra Oakley (Pregny 1976-2011)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi 23 mars 2015

 Sandra Oakley   Sandra Oakley

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I was a teacher at Pregny from 1976 until 2011, working with children from 6 to 8 years of age. When I first joined the school, the former United Nations School (Pregny and Rigot) had just merged with the Foundation to form a third campus, which had equal status with La Grande Boissière and La Châtaigneraie. In 2005 Pregny became the Early Childhood Centre for Campus des Nations. From 2004 until I retired I also held the post of Assistant Principal.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I still live in Versoix, even though as retirement approached I really thought I would go back to England. Since I retired, I have become a volunteer for esca, the English-Speaking Cancer Association, where I help to man the Drop-In Centre and work in the library.

I continue to sing in the Foundation Choir, having been a member from its very beginning in 1992, if my memory serves me correctly. Choral singing brings me enormous pleasure. I also love to travel, especially to London for theatre weekends, but also further afield, to Morocco, South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
Working with young children has been my passion. Looking back on my many years at Pregny, I always appreciated how open and inquisitive they are and how much energy and enthusiasm they bring to discovering about their world. I loved to sing with them and to read them stories and at the end of each year I was proud to say that almost every child had developed a love of books! I feel extremely privileged to have spent most of my teaching life in such a wonderful school, where I made so many friends and encountered so many amazing young people.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I must confess that keeping in touch is not one of my talents! There are a number of former colleagues who live in the Geneva area with whom I am in regular contact. Sometimes, children I have taught, now long grown-up, find me on Facebook.

Occasionally someone will come up to me in the street or at the supermarket and say, “Do you remember me? You were my Class 1 or 2 or 3 teacher.” It can be a challenge to put an adult face together with the distant recollection of a child I may have taught 20 years ago, but it surprises me how often I am able to piece the memories together. Maybe having this questionnaire posted on the Alumni website will put me in touch with even more of those many students, who so enriched my teaching journey.

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