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Michael Parkhouse (LGB & La Chât 1970-1983)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 5 juin 2015

 Michael Parkhouse   Michael Parkhouse

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
My wife, Diana, and I joined the International School as a teaching couple in 1971. We both worked at La Grande Boissiere. I joined the Lycee des Nations at La Chataigneraie to lead the very first ELP primary school that opened in September 1973. Yvonne Pottinger was my first appointment, closely followed by Jean Allaby in 1974. The primary department grew rapidly and my leadership position was designated "Principal" in 1977. By 1978 plans for a new purpose built primary school were drawn up. This was opened and occupied, together with the FLP primary department, in 1980. <BR>During this period Diana became an administrator at the Pregny-Rigot campus; a job she enjoyed greatly. Having achieved my personal and professional goals I decided to leave the school and return to the UK in 1983

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I continued my career in England from 1984 with three main Headships in South Warwickshire in or close to the well known town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Our daughter, Kathryn, (LGB Campus 1977-1983) lives near Shipston on Stour with her husband and two sons, John 8yrs and Ben 6yrs. She is a midwife. Our son, Kenwyn, (LGB Campus 1979-1983) has two daughters, Morwenna 11 yrs and Leia 8 yrs. He has left his career as a teacher in Cornwall and has begun his training as a BA pilot. He is currently in Phoenix, Arizona, completing all of the practical flying courses. After that he is off to Toulouse for three months flying the the main aircraft used by the company.

Since my retirement I have undertaken voluntary work for Coventry Diocese as a Pastoral Link Headteacher and consultant.I also serve as Chair of the Governing Body of a local C of E primary school (Ettington Primary School). I am a keen golfer and member of Feldon Valley GC, Brailes. I am a keen,but novice, watercolour artist. I return to the Isles of Scilly (St Agnes) as frequently as possible to visit my close and extended family.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
I remember my time with the Foundation with great fondness, especially the outstanding colleagues and students with whom I had the privilege of working.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
We continue to see and correspond with many former colleagues from our time with the school. They remain close friends and our contact with them is a constant reminder of many of the happiest times of our lives.

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