Teacher Spotlight Series – Marie Seivewright – Head of Girls’ Sport


Today, we are happy to introduce you to Ms Marie Seivewright, our wonderful and inspirational Head of Girls’ Sport who joined Downsend 13 years ago and we are very pleased you stayed with us!



Do you remember your first day at Downsend? Can you tell us how was it?

My first day was very nerve wracking but everyone was so welcoming, and I was made to feel very much part of the ‘family’ very quickly.  It must have been good as I am still here 13 years later!

What did you do before you joined Downsend?

I previously worked at Head of Sport at a small Greek school in London.  It was very different as we had to travel to local sporting facilities as we had nothing on site.

What’s your best memory from school?

Winning District Sports High Jump aged about 10, jumping into a sandpit rather than onto mats like we do now!

If you could grow up in any decade, which would you choose and why?

It would probably be the 1970’s for the music!

What’s your all the time favourite movie and why?

Cool Runnings!  The story of athletes overcoming adversity and trying something new and not giving up despite the obstacles in their way.

If you could pass on one piece of wisdom to your students, what would you share?

Grasp every opportunity that comes your way, you never know what door’s they will open for you.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?

It would have to be the famous saying from Baron Pierre de Coubertin “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part, the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well”  Have a go at things and don’t worry about winning, doing your best is sometimes the greater achievement!

A fun fact we might not know about you?

I have been a volunteer at two Olympic Games, Athens -2004 and London 2012and also represented Great Britain students at university in a very different ‘sport’, Ten Pin Bowling.

Any lockdown tips that you can share? 

It is so important to get out in the fresh air and have some time away from screens not only for your physical health but your mental well being too!
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