Junior Alleynian 2023


Max Lyons Donegan

n Max Lyons Donegan has spent the past two years as the Junior School Graduate Assistant Teacher, and it goes without saying that he made a lasting impression on the pupils during this time. Always keen to take on advice and listen to others, Max’s development as a teacher and role model to others has been hugely impressive. This culminated in him successfully completing his PGCE at the University of Buckingham towards the end of last year. On top of teaching Junior School Games, PE and Swimming, Max has

n At the end of the Michaelmas term, we sadly had to say goodbye to Miss Scott after five and a half years in the Junior School, where she had a massive impact on the school and the education we have delivered. She was an inspirational teacher, fabulous colleague, and brilliant form teacher. She was instrumental in making our digital learning, lockdown provision and iPad uptake such a success (and the envy of many). She has made many changes to our timetable, our curriculum and how our education is

been part of numerous residential trips and has played a prominent role in the success of football within the Senior School, notably leading the U13 A team to the ISFA Cup Final. Whilst we are sad to be saying goodbye to Max, fortunately he isn’t going far! He takes up a role as a full time member of the Senior School PE and Games department, which means he will still be spending a decent amount of his time working with Junior School pupils during their Games and PE lessons. That said, on a day-to-day basis, the Junior School will certainly miss his sense of humour, his willingness to take on any challenge and his deeply empathetic personality. WELCOME Mikhail Devitt

monitored and assessed. All of this was done in a calm, professional, smiling and humour-filled manner, which got the most out of the boys and the staff. She left us to go to Brighton College International as head of Prep Education for their six schools. In her time at the College, she volunteered for many things beyond the Junior School, for instance, being head of College Charities, working in the boarding house and travelling to Kenya on a Senior School charity mission. No Direction, the staff band, was able to pay tribute to her with a rendition of ‘When I grow up’ from Matilda changed to ‘Goodbye Miss Scott’ - the boys all had a verse to sing. Not a dry eye in the house. She is remembered for so many things – her can-do attitude to everything, her ability to light up any room she is in, and her soft Scottish vernacular (I’m still not sure what ‘djshuushing’ is, let alone how to spell it, but I think it is to make something look a little more ‘wow’). She is greatly missed. Polly Twisk

n Miki joins the Junior School from an overseas post as Deputy Head of Primary in Chengdu, China, where he was part of the founding team. Prior to this he worked at Oundle School in East Northamptonshire. He holds a BSc in Economics and Mathematical Sciences, a PGCE and a MA Education from the University of Lincoln. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing sport, reading and musical theatre. n Cara Norfolk joins us as Junior School Registrar after a career break as a Banking and Finance lawyer in the City. During her career break, Cara held a number of voluntary and charity positions, including being the co- chair of the Friends of Herne Hill School and then, more recently, Co- ordinator of the Junior School Friends. She has three children, two of whom are in Dulwich College, and is looking forward to being part of the Junior School Community.

n Polly Twisk left the role as Junior School Registrar in March, after four years. She has made a dramatic impact on the admissions process to the Junior School. She is extremely organised but able to manage her time, and those around her with calm and sensitivity to ensure all the logistics for admissions are extremely professional and slick. She builds excellent relationships with prospective parents and the boys, and that makes the whole process of joining the College at this

Cara Norfolk

early stage a seamless one for our new families. She has worked brilliantly with the teaching, operational and office staff throughout her time and has been universally appreciated. She luckily only leaves us for a larger but similar role, in the Senior School so we will be able to keep in touch; she can give us lots of advice and Dr Griffiths can still talk to her about the world of professional cycling! We wish her well and thank her very much for all she has done for us and for admissions in the Junior School.


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