Who 's who
Committee members' personal profiles:
Anne Steadman - Chair
I am French and a scientist by training. With my British husband Paul, we have three bilingual children, one in secondary S3b and two in primary years 4FE, 2FE.
I have been for the last 5 years a representative of the French section in CESPA, the European school parent association and part of the event group, organising the traditional Christmas fair, summer fete, carnival, world book day.
I have always been a fervent advocate of the whole school approach, volunteering in both schools. Last year, we formed a team with Rasha, Anna and Rui to organise the Coffee morning and I was part of the Summer fete joint team.
To be the chair of the PTA is a continuity of my engagement in the school communittee.
This year is a fantastic opportunity to continue exciting existing projects like the international day, st Martin and to start as new, to meet and greet parents in the European family.
I’ll promise I will keep the fun in fundraising and will support the school to enhance our children experience.
Aiga Summersgill - Vice Chair
We are a German/English family and bring up our two children in both languages and traditions. Europa School was the natural choice, but getting in was not easy. After 5 years on the waiting list, our children finally joined the school in 2017 and are now in 5DE and 2DE. Whilst waiting for a place, I often browsed the PTA's website and got very excited about the variety of activities on offer. As soon as my children joined, I decided to become a member of the committee. My particular interest lies in language support and cultural events, because languages and different cultures are what sets this school apart.
My background is in law, which I practised in Germany. In Oxford, I ran a German language toddler group for several years and organised their fundraising events.
Sinnika Kroese - Treasurer
We – a Dutch family of four – arrived in the UK in the summer of 2016 and we feel proud to be part of the Europa School community. Our daughter is in 6DE, our son in 3FE.
After a year of being in the PTA committee I took over as Treasurer in September 2017. My background is in the diplomatic service and as university lecturer/ researcher. Currently I work for a consultancy firm focused on international development.
Please feel free to approach me anytime to discuss the PTA’s financial matters! Or anything else of course...
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Paul Steadman - Secretary
We have three children living in a bilingual household since I am English and my wife, Anne, is French. Having the convenience of a bilingual education for our children is therefore fantastic for us. All children are based at the Europa school in 4 and 2 primary years of the French Section. The eldest is in secondary 3. I am fluent in French having lived in France for three years and plenty of time to practice with my wife, parents and sister in law. Professionally I am a scientist currently working at Diamond Light Source, although I have done some teaching which was mainly at university level but taught mathematics in a college for a year giving me a slight insight into the workings of a school. I have done many popular science lectures to members of the public two of which were hosted by Café Scientifique in Didcot. Moreover I am a keen musician playing several musical instruments (but mainly piano and guitar). As a result several of my science lectures have been on the subject of Science and Music. I would be very keen to help with science and music activities at the school.
I have a child in 4FE and one in 1FE, this is my fourth year on the committee. My specialty is marketing and the food element of the PTA.
We have joined the school in 2015, my son is in 2EE, and as a family we are really excited to be a part of the diverse community the school has to offer. I joined to PTA to help support and strengthen the school community. I am a scientist by training and support researchers involved in EU funded projects, from writing proposals through to the implementation of the project.
We are a bilingual family and have 2 primary school children at the Europa school. I am german and my husband is british. We have been with the school since its opening in 2012.
I have joined the PTA this year because I love the school and would like to give something back in return to this brilliant multilingual and multicultural education that our children are receiving and that we are lucky to have just on our doorstep.
For this year I have taken on the organisation for the St Martin's event but i would also be keen to set up a greater variety of after school sports activities.
Professionally I am a paediatrician and am working part-time which allows me to spend some of my free time helping with school related activities which i really enjoy!
Our daughter has just joined RDE in 2017, and we are very proud to be part of this international community and unique school. My wife is Armenian, I am German, and our main household language is English. A scientist by training, I support researchers and research strategy. I want to help make this great school the best it can be and inspire parents to make the best use of our respective networks to achieve this.
I am a part of a binational & bilingual French/English family of 5. Our youngest daughter in S6 and our 2 eldest are students in London.
We are truly multicultural since, having lived in Australia & Sweden, I/we have picked habits and traditions from 4 countries. Celebrating Christmas in our family is a smorgasbord!
I am a double hatted academic on the cusp of Humanities and Sciences with a degree in Linguistics and another one in Psychology. When we lived in France, I worked primarily around Giftedness and the impact of it on families.
With the PTA, I specialise in Coffee Mornings, hopefully not all on a snow day, and my Mulled wine is, apparently, legendary!
I have three children at Europa 2 in primary and one in secondary. As a founder member of the Europa free school i am keen to see the school continue to prosper and the PTA is a great way to do this!
I also run Culham After School Club and Kiddylinguistics multilingual preschool all of which came about following the pleas of parents who required childcare that fitted better around Europa... oh and i am also in charge of the BBQ and the Bar at the summer fete !
Susana Calvo Redondo
I am Spanish, my husband is German and I have 2 “European" kids in 6DE. We moved from Germany to the UK in 2013, . The main condition was to find a German-English school, taking into consideration there are only 4 in this country, this was the best option….A "European Free School". After living in several European countries I consider myself more European…..than Spanish…..just missing the weather and the tapas….
Back in 2013, I have been supporting the PTA with the L&F of the ESUK, but I went back to work as a full time consultant in Telecoms. So, now, I have some extra time ;-), between working, studying an MBA in Oxford and family, I am taking care of the PTA, Sports Sub Committee, trying to support in the organisation of future sports activities for the ESUK. As a former athlete, I believe sports, it is a great way to build great people, great teams and great communities. It is all about tenacity, effort and fair play!!!
I have been closely involved in the PTA since my daughter joined Europa in 2014 and now have 2 children at the school.
I was keen to get involved in the PTA as I think it is a vital link between the school and the families and gives the school a greater sense of community.