I would like to welcome you to the start of the new school year and take this opportunity to introduce myself. I have recently arrived in Kobe and I am gradually getting used to the Japanese climate! I have had a very warm welcome from staff at St. Michael's and I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the school community.
Before joining St. Michael's I was Head of Primary at the International Community School (ICS) in Jordan where I lived and worked for six happy and successful years. I joined ICS directly from the UK where I had been Head of School of a large multicultural primary school in the North West of England.
In preparation for headship I spent six years as Deputy Head of a large Church of England primary school, also in the North of England. So with over 24 years of teaching, leading and managing in British and British International schools I bring to St. Michael’s a wide range of skills and experience. I have a particular passion for internationalism and I am looking forward to the diversity which St. Michael’s International School and the city of Kobe offers.
During my brief visits to St. Michael's, before taking up the position of Head of School, I was impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the attitude and behaviour of the children. Those families I did meet were friendly and welcoming, so I am very much looking forward to working alongside staff, students and SMIS families and look forward to meeting you all in the weeks to come.