Parents gathered to meet Miss Claire Jones, new Head of International Primary at Nobel International School Algarve, Lagoa campus, on Friday 18th January.
Originally from Wales and more recently Surrey, Claire is already a familiar face at the school having taught Year 3 and 4 during the last three years. Prior to her move to the Algarve, she worked in Surrey, UK, in four schools of different sizes and has been: Key Stage 2 Leader, Acting Assistant Head Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher and, most recently, Deputy Head Teacher of a large three-form entry Primary where her main roles were Assessment Leader, English coordinator and Safeguarding Officer.
Head of School Mike Farrer formally introduced Miss Jones to around 50 parents attending the meeting, describing her as a true professional, committed to improving the quality of teaching and learning, assessment and pastoral care in the Primary School and he expressed his complete support of her vision. After the talk, parents mingled and had the opportunity to talk on a one-to-one basis.
A brief summary of Claire Jones´ introduction:
“Having taught at Nobel Algarve for two and a half years, I am delighted to begin my role as Head of Primary. I am excited to implement the experiences I have accrued both in the UK and in Portugal to further develop and support the good practices that are already in place in this great school. The school attracts pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds and of varying nationalities and it is my firm belief that each and every child deserves the very best education. Our role as educators is to ensure we match the needs of every child. This stems from a sense of safety and happiness within their environment. Once this is established, children can develop a love for learning which in turn will allow them to evolve into life-long learners.
“It has become apparent from prior leadership roles I have worked in that collaboration between staff, parents and pupils is integral to building positive relationships, thus enhancing the learning process. It is encouraging to see the parent body of FONISA developing momentum. I look forward to working alongside them as we explore the best ways to provide for our children.
“To complete the triangle of communication, we will endeavour to listen to our pupils. Giving the children opportunities to voice their opinions is a way to empower and involve them in decision making that ultimately impacts upon their daily life at school.
“Ensuring that all children reach their full potential academically is one of my top priorities. Combining this with encouraging strong core values and having all our pupils leave as well-rounded individuals is of equal importance.
“The last two and a half years have afforded me the opportunity to guide two classes of pupils and I am now thrilled to be in a position to not only positively impact on these pupils but on each and every class within the Primary section.”