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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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