MFL Staff List
Mrs K. Bonail (Head of Modern Foreign Languages)
“A French surname, Spanish relations and Head of German! My parentage is, however, fully English and I, therefore, learnt my languages just like you. I teach German and French and look forward to teaching Spanish, too. I believe that learning languages has opened my mind and enhanced my understanding of other cultures, as well as saving me from an unfortunate incident or two with the German transport police! / as well as saving me from the perils of a Cuban hospital! I have been at Knights Templar for over ten years.”
Mrs M. Oget (Deputy Head of Modern Foreign Languages + Head of French)
« Je suis française originaire de Bretagne et j’habite en Angleterre depuis janvier 1999. Ma famille est bilingue et nous parlons tous français à la maison. Ça me fait toujours plaisir de rencontrer les nombreux enfants bilingues de KTS qui eux aussi parlent une autre langue à la maison. J’aime voyager et découvrir de nouvelles cultures et traditions. Je parle Français, Breton et allemand et j’aimerais apprendre l’Italien et l’Espagnol. J’enseigne à KTS depuis septembre 2002.
I am French, from Brittany, and I have been living in England since January 1999. My family is bilingual and we all speak French at home. I am always pleased to meet bilingual children at KTS, of which there are many, who also speak another language at home. I enjoy travelling and discovering new cultures and traditions. I speak French, Breton, German and would like to learn Italian and Spanish. I have been teaching at KTS since September 2002.”
Mrs E. Carr
"I can still remember sitting in my 1st year (year 7!) French lessons… I can remember the ‘cahier’ we had, the pictures, the characters – and absolutely loving the sound and look of the words! That love of language learning stayed with me through school and onto university, where I studied French, German & Economics.
Becoming a teacher has enabled me to share that experience with young people. Although English is undeniably widely spoken, our world in the 21st century surely requires us to have the respect for other people that we learn about their culture and how to speak their language… the ability to communicate in another MFL opens other countries up to us, whether for leisure or work."
Mr L. Farina (Assistant Headteacher)
“I was actually born in England but I was brought up following both Italian and English traditions. I spoke Italian at home and this gave me a love for learning languages. I enjoy travelling and find I get much more from countries in which I understand the language. I speak Italian, French and German and would love to learn Spanish. I've been teaching at the school for over twenty years.”
Miss G. Gibbs
"Being born in Australia and moving to England when I was young has put me in a good position to appreciate the similarities and differences between cultures. I have been studying languages since I was at school and it was there that I developed a love of linguistics and language learning. I started with French in year 6, then German at secondary school, added Spanish at University and am slowly teaching myself Italian now! Having spent two years living in Spain and a couple of summers in Austria and Germany, I realised how important it is to learn languages and how much more of the culture you can access when you do. I found it both a challenging and rewarding experience and it is this that I want to pass on to my students."
Mrs F. Haynes
"Learning a foreign language is challenging and it can be frustrating, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences we can have. Seeing the childrens’ faces when they suddenly realise they have communicated something and they have been understood is a fantastic sight. Like my colleagues, I am passionate about languages. I teach German and French here at KTS and I can honestly say I love my job.
Before my time here I worked for eighteen years in industry and I understand fully the challenges these young people will face when they leave school. I once read that schools are places where people come to find out about their futures. Being able to speak another language is a gift. It is something which can be part of our young peoples’ futures. I hope that, during their time at KTS, our students will develop a passion for learning about different cultures, that they will want to learn languages, and that we, here at KTS, will have given them the skills to do so."
Mrs M. Johnston
I don’t know if my first word was in German or in English as I grew up speaking both: English at home with my family and German outside with my friends. I couldn’t wait to start learning French as my parents always used it as a secret language to discuss Christmas and birthday presents in front of us. My school also taught Latin and I was surprised that my teacher was able to bring this ‘dead language’ to life. I found it fascinating and it also helped me to learn Spanish as there are many similarities. When I travel to other countries I always try to learn a few new basic words and I think it’s true that the more you learn the easier it gets!
Mr A. Pilgrim
"Unfortunately, from an MFL perspective, my heritage is as dull and as English as it can get but thanks in part to some kind of nominative determinism my passion for languages has come from travelling. So far I have tried my hand at learning 10 different languages but the ones that have particularly stuck are French and Spanish. The most important reason I could give anyone to learn a language would be to think of all those people you could be friends with, if only you had a language in common!"
Mr J. Sherry
"Born and bred in Hertfordshire, I learnt German, Spanish and Latin at school, before venturing to Leeds to study German and Politics. I have worked in Germany, the USA and London, before deciding to become a language teacher. I made this choice because I loved learning languages, especially when I was at school; visiting other countries, meeting a variety of people and learning new cultures. I am determined to provide language learners at KTS with opportunities to experience language learning beyond the classroom."
In addition to these members of staff, each year we enjoy the services of a French, Spanish and German assistant.