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Today we are both moved and delighted to introduce a very important member of the school: Josephine McDonnell.
After many years (apparently the last one counts double) of helping our dear students, Jo is retiring. She will be missed but never forgotten! 

Tell us about yourself

I am Irish and have been at Mougins School for 33 years. I have worked mainly as a Mathematics teacher, teaching all age groups from Form 7 through to A-level. I was Head of Maths for almost 30 years before passing on the position to Mr Pugnat. I also taught P.E in the early days. Sport has always been a big part of my life in school both on a personal level and with school events. I have seen a lot of changes during my time here and have seen Mougins School grow and develop into what it is at the moment. I am now retiring and hope the next chapter will be as good as the one I had here.

Tell us about your greatest achievement

There have been a lot of highlights in my career at Mougins. Teaching Maths can be a big challenge where students have preconceived ideas of it’s difficulty. I guess the greatest satisfaction comes from seeing students discover that they can do it and look at you with glee and say ‘I actually get it’.

What is your steepest learning curve?


I found the idea online teaching during the first lockdown a huge challenge. I was not at all confident in the use of technology and Zoom. However I did manage in the end 😉

Mougins School is a great place because…

This is a wonderful place :
a) because of its location!
b) a fabulous community spirit and
c) committed and dedicated teaching staff.

Anything that you would like to share with the community?

I have been involved with the organisation Mimosa who collect money for Cancer Research and we have entered teams in the Cannes-Nice Marathon Relay to support this cause.