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Catching up with teachers and other staff that have retired or moved on from the International School of Geneva. Rattraper avec les enseignants et autres collaborateurs qui ont pris leur retraite ou quitté l'Ecole Internationale de Genève.

 

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Diana Wise (now Stevens) (LGB 1966-1969)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 8 janvier 2016

 Diana Wise   Diana Wise 

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
Although I only worked at Ecolint from 1966 to 1969, I have very many fond memories. I was the admissions secretary in the Secretariat, working for Mr Robert Shade, which meant I kept up-to-date records of class numbers from Kingergarten up to Grade 13. This involved badgering heads of department and class teachers for numbers, a good excuse to meet them at the coffee break in the main hall.

I also showed prospective parents around the school although I very much doubt they understood my French any more than I understood their English! Not sure how it works now but we kept waiting lists and much of my work involved placating anxious parents.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
When I left Geneva I worked in London for an exam board then had a gap for marriage and two children. We moved to Scotland and my last job was as an admin assistant for The National Trust for Scotland in the Curators' Department, from which I retired in 1969.

Our garden keeps me pretty busy and I volunteer for an adult numeracy and literacy group as well as undertaking an Open University Arts Degree, which I hope to complete in a couple of years. We live in a small town on the east coast of Scotland so the beach is accessible for bracing walks if not much swimming!

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
I think I remember the friendliness of both students and teachers, the beauty of Switzerland. I had lived in Austria when I was a child so was happy to take up skiing again.

I remember many staff with great fondness. Robert Shade of course who was a delight to work for; the Knights; Phil and More Thomas, who took me under their wing; Alan and Carol Sharpe, with whom I spent a delightful Christmas one year; Paula Erni, Elma Harpur and of course the inimitable Ying Ying Jung.

How could I forget the Accounts Department?! M. Perriard, M. Stoeveken, M. Lagnado, M. Pastor – an explosive mix.  Ben and Joan Holden, before they were married. Richard and Dorothy Pierce who also entertained me one Christmas. M. Lebas and his wonderful trip round Greece which encouraged my love of Greek and Roman history. So many more staff I remember, and how envious I was that I had not been able to attend a school such as the International School.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I am not really in touch with many staff now  we have all moved around too much  although I do exchange Christmas cards with one or two. However, I have very much enjoyed reading about those staff I knew and what they are up to.

 

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Alan Haas (Foundation 1976-1978)

Posted By Alumni Office, jeudi 19 novembre 2015

 Alan Haas   Alan Haas 

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
1976-78:  I was appointed Deputy Director General and served as the Director of the three schools on the Rive Droite (Rue Schaub, Bellevue and La Châtaigneraie).

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
We returned to our home in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1978 where our two children, Jan and Kristina completed their secondary education. In 1983, a friend in Geneva and I co-founded an educational consultancy, Educational Futures, and this has been my primary occupation since. We work with students from around the world who wish to study in North America at the secondary school or university level.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
Working as a colleague with Rene Lejeune, Philip Thomas, Mike Lee, Michel Chinal, Othman Hamayed, Diana Maples and many others was a personal and professional pleasure. The support of Board members Albert van Daalen and David Barnes was gratifying. The diversity and tolerance that characterized the student body was refreshing and gives one hope that the human race can live together.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
We have a few friends among former staff, and we currently work with Foundation families on the college/university planning process, so we keep au courant with the news of the schools. We enjoy reading the occasional U.S. Ecolint Northeast Alumni Chapter Newsletter and will continue to follow it in the new digital format.

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Ted Weldon (Pregny-Rigot 1974-2004)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi 26 août 2015
Updated: mardi 25 août 2015

 Ted Weldon   Ted Weldon

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I came to Switzerland in 1974 having previously spent a few years teaching at a British Army school in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. I taught Class 2 in Pregny for twenty-four years, before switching to Primary Reception in 1998. I taught until 2001 when my wife Keeney died. After a couple of years of unpaid leave I decided not to go back to teaching again and officially retired in 2004.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I still live in our house in the village of Vich, close to Gland. I also have an apartment in Les Diablerets, which I try to visit regularly, but it can be a bit of a chore getting up there. I had a serious illness a few years ago, but I'm doing okay now. I still miss Keeney greatly - I talk to her every day.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
I loved the children. The Primary Reception classes gave me so much joy, and really were what got me through Keeney's illness.

When I taught Class 2 in Pregny, I remember we had a sink in the classroom that gurgled from time to time. I used to tell the kids about the sink monster. They weren't convinced about Father Christmas but they fully believed in the sink monster! A few parents complained to the Principal: they were grateful for the stories and the fantasy but said some of the children were frightened of the sink monster. I reassured them, saying that the kids knew the sink monster was a coward and they just needed to bang on the sink and say "We're not afraid of you"!

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I am in touch with many former colleagues, who are very important to me. I am in correspondence with one former student who I taught in Pregny around 1976/77. Sometimes at school meetings former students come up to me and, while I may not remember the faces, when I hear their names I always remember them immediately.

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Ted's wife Kathleen "Keeney" Weldon also taught Class 2 at Pregny before going on to teach in the Primary School at La Châtaigneraie until her death in 2001. The library in the new Primary School building at La Châtaigneraie was named in her honour, with a plaque by the door displaying a letter from Ted that tells students and visitors more about Keeney. (If you would like to get in touch with Ted Weldon, please contact the Alumni Office.)

 

 

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Cheryl (Fisher) Lockwood (La Chât & LGB 1999-2001)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi 19 août 2015

    Cheryl Lockwood

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I was a tutor at the primary schools on the  La Châtaigneraie and La Grande Boissière campuses from 1999 to 2001.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I now live in a farmhouse in Penn Yan, New York, which is in the beautiful Finger Lakes. I am a pre-kindergarten teacher in a local school.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
I loved working with the teachers and students during my stay abroad. Silke Vannatter (former teacher at La Chât) inspired me to reach beyond my comfort zone and share the idea of integrated classrooms with other teachers.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I have tried to reconnect with those that I worked with as well as my former students but have not been successful.

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Allen Rozelle (LGB 1979-2006)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi 8 juin 2015

 Allen Rozelle   Allen Rozelle

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I worked at the International School from 1979 to 2006. I taught mainly in the FLP/Bilingual Middle School. I also took part in the Commission du personnel.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
Today, I'm retired and living in Santa Cruz, CA, USA. I'm a volunteer ESL teacher in the Santa Cruz Literacy Program, which offers language courses to recent immigrants. I also sketch, paint, sculpt, cook and play golf.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
My strongest memories concern my colleagues and my students.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I have a chance to see them every year when I come back for my European fix. Some have visited us in CA.

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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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Rudolf Bijlenga (LGB 1966-1969)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi 5 juin 2015

 Rudolf Bijlenga   Rudolf Bijlenga

1. When did you work at the International School of Geneva and what was/were your role(s)?
I worked at La Grande Boissière from 1966 to 1969, teaching physics and mathematics.

2. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I am a retired professor from the HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland), living in Geneva-Vessy and in the Haute Savoie, France. I am a member of several local societies: société médicale, société de lecture, cercle romand Richard Wagner, amis de l’opéra, amis de l’OSR. I enjoy various sports: skiing, cycling, swimming, sailing and mountain hiking. Cultural interests include life sciences, physics, chemistry, music, paintings and philosophy.

3. What are your strongest memories of working at Ecolint?
Internationalism, open mindedness and “Le Parc”. My teacher and later colleague Armand Mastrangelo. Also Chef Schaller and Mlle Hartoch.

4. To what extent do you like to keep in touch with former students and colleagues?
I was also a student at Ecolint from 1956 to 1964 at la Grande Boissière “au Château”. I am always pleased to receive news from these years.

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Ulla Marthe-Groeflin (LGB 1953-1967)

Posted By Alumni Office, jeudi 21 mai 2015

 Ulla Marthe-Groeflin   Ulla Marthe-Groeflin

1. Quand avez-vous travaillé à l’Ecole Internationale de Genève et quelle(s) fonction(s) avez-vous exercée(s)?
De 1953 à 1967 j'étais professeur de sports et d’art à La Grande Boissière.

2. Faites-nous découvrir quelques aspects de votre vie actuelle, le lieu où vous vivez et vos activités.
Je vis dans ce beau village Hermance (depuis 1963). Je suis sculpteur mais malheureusement j'ai dû abandonner l'atelier après 30 ans. Je donne aussi encore quelques cours de gymnastiques rythmiques.

3. Quels sont les souvenirs les plus marquants de votre période à l’Ecolint?
J'ai aimé cette école pour son atmosphère et sa multitude de nationalités. À l'époque c'était unique. Et son magnifique parc : les tours de parc (il n'y avait pas de salle de gym) étaient célèbres ! Par ailleurs les premières pierres posées pour le théâtre grec.

4. Dans quelle mesure appréciez-vous de garder des contacts avec vos anciens élèves ou collègues ?
Je n’ai pas de contact avec des anciens élèves ou collègues, mais quand je les rencontre j’ai toujours un grand plaisir.

 

 Mme Marthe-Groeflin ajoute: "Tout à coup j'ai pensé à cette sculpture que les anciens élèves avaient acheté dans mon atelier pour l'offrir aux actuelles, il y a bien longtemps.

Ulla Marthe-Groeflin
"Dans l'union la fracture" (fer et ardoise) par Ursula Marthe-Groeflin. Offert par les anciens, 1999, 75e anniversaire de l'Ecolint. (La Grande Boissière)

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Mme Erna "Musy" Gras (LGB & Foundation 1956-1979)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi 18 mai 2015

 Mme Musi Gras   Mme Musi Gras

1. Quand avez-vous travaillé à l’Ecole Internationale de Genève et quelle(s) fonction(s) avez-vous exercée(s)?
J’étais aux admissions du côté français et je suis arrivée à l’Ecolint du temps de M. Roquette (que je connaissais déjà : j’avais travaillé pour son beau-frère au Maroc) et j’ai d’ailleurs écrit un petit livre sur cette période.
Je suis restée à l’Ecolint jusqu’en 1979.

2. Faites-nous découvrir quelques aspects de votre vie actuelle, le lieu où vous vivez et vos activités.
Je suis à la retraite et vis dans un EMS (maison médicalisée) à Vésenaz (Genève) non loin du bord du lac (le bus E, arrêt Bise, s’arrête devant l’EMS) avec d’autres personnes âgées. Je suis toujours heureuse de recevoir des visites, car je ne peux plus me déplacer toute seule (je suis dans un fauteuil roulant) et je n’ai pas de famille à Genève.

3. Quels sont les souvenirs les plus marquants de votre période à l’Ecolint?
C’est à l’école internationale que j’ai rencontré mon mari (grand sourire !) ; “nous étions plus jeunes” et maintenant je vis de ces bons souvenirs :
Par exemple, avec “Muti Hartoch” qui enseignait l’allemand mais qui ne souhaitait pas trop parler en allemand avec moi qui suis d’origine Suisse allemande (de Lucerne)... J’habitais près de l’école et invitais souvent les collègues à des thés : j’étais connue pour mes gâteaux ! C’est d’ailleurs M. et Mme Dorsay qui ont repris mon appartement, c’est moi qui les avais fait venir.

J’ai encore de jolies photos de l’école ! C’est Mme Stereva qui avait dessiné la porte, dont je garde une photo. Le chemin de l’école est un chemin de vie, il faut continuer...c’est ainsi qu’il deviant mondial ! J’avais l’amour des langues et j’ai aussi voyagé pour mieux les apprendre en vivant à Londres, au Maroc et à Florence.

4. Dans quelle mesure appréciez-vous de garder des contacts avec vos anciens élèves ou collègues ?
J’apprécie beaucoup les visites, aussi celles des anciens élèves de mon mari, M. Gras, qui est arrivé après moi à l’école internationale (décédé en 1994). J’aime toujours les enfants !

Des voisines, qui enseignent aujourd’hui aussi à l’Ecole Internationale, me rendent parfois visite avec leurs enfants et cela me fait très plaisir. Mais malheureusement je n’ai pas d’ordinateur pour garder le contact et regarder le site de l’Ecolint !

 

(Nos remerciements à Isabelle Gilliéron (LGB '82) pour l'interview de Mme Gras - et pour la belle photo !)

 


 

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Renée-Jeanne Bonhomme (LGB 1958-1993)

Posted By Alumni Office, jeudi 30 avril 2015

 Renée-Jeanne Bonhomme   

1. Quand avez-vous travaillé à l’Ecole Internationale de Genève et quelle(s) fonction(s) avez-vous exercée(s)?
J'étais professeur de Français de 1958 à 1993 (à La Grande Boissière).

2. Faites-nous découvrir quelques aspects de votre vie actuelle, le lieu où vous vivez et vos activités.
J'habite à Genève. Je vois beaucoup mes enfants et petits enfants et mes amies, en particulier mes anciennes collègues à l'école.

3. Quels sont les souvenirs les plus marquants de votre période à l’Ecolint?
J'ai adoré enseigner à l'Ecolint.

4. Dans quelle mesure appréciez-vous de garder des contacts avec vos anciens élèves ou collègues ?
J’apprécie beaucoup.

 


 

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