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Lily Martirosian and Rihanna Buchanan are our nursery class teachers

Our nursery capacity is 67 pupils (24 full-time places; 22 morning only places; 21 afternoon only places). Lily Martirosian and Rihanna Buchanan, the two trained teachers, lead a talented team. Working alongside Lily and Rhianna is Sara Byrne, our leader of learning.

 

Lily Martirossian gained a first in her BA Honours Primary Education degree from Durham University and was delighted to be joining Barnes as a newly qualified teacher in September 2017. After graduating in 2016, Lily travelled to Australia where she worked as an au pair and volunteered at a local kindergarten. She has experience working as a supply teacher in London and has previously volunteered in rural India and Bali, where she taught English as a second language. Lily has a strong interest in mathematics, which she channelled into her final year dissertation. She is keen to apply characteristics of mastery mathematics to the classroom after recently attending an insightful professional development course. The 2018-19 school year will be her second one with us. Lily passed her probationary year at Barnes with flying colours.

Rhianna Buchanan joined our school in April 2019, at the start of the Summer Term. Rhianna gained a BA double major in Film, TV and Media Studies and Sociology, as well a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Auckland. She has worked across many schools and nurseries in London since moving half way across the world to seek adventure, love and the chance to travel.  Rhianna is an accomplished sportswomen having represented her country in hockey. She has a strong love of the arts, the outdoors and being active! She enjoys physical challenges and raising money for charities in the process: running the London marathon in 2017 for ‘The Children’s Society’ and planning to climb Three Peaks this July, 2019 for The Alzheimer’s Society. To quote her favourite author, Roald Dahl, “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it!” Rhianna believes the early years is a magical time: the joy, the wonder and most importantly, the beginning of lifelong love of learning!