Meeting Mr Steve Foster

We are happy to introduce Mr Steve Foster who joined the Prep School at the begining of the Christmas term as the new Director of Co-Curricular. Mr Foster wishes to develop a world class co-curricular programme at the Prep School, that enables pupils to develop the skills and qualities to achieve one of the school’s key aims – to live and lead with integrity.

What’s your role here at St Andrew’s Prep School?
My role at St Andrew’s Turi is Director of Co-Curricular for the Prep School.
What was you previous role?
My previous role was similar – I was Head of Co-Curricular and Outdoor Education at a secondary school in the UK
What did that entail?
My previous role involved overseeing all of the co-curricular activities and school trips at the school. I was also in charge of all the Outdoor Education programmes and expeditions
What brought you to Turi?
I believe that coming to work and study at Turi is part of God’s plan for my family and I. I first heard of the school quite some time ago and always thought it would be a great place to work, and we are all delighted that is has happened! We are really excited to be living and working in such an amazing place!
What excites you most about the co-curricular side of school life?
There is a real buzz about the co-curricular side of School life, and such diversity in the activities that are on offer, as well as great potential to develop new opportunities. The co-curricular side of the school is so vital in developing well-rounded and confident individuals with a breadth of interest and experience, and I am looking forward to seeing students engaged in a wide variety of experiences that enable this growth to happen.
What is your main aim for the co-curricular provision at St Andrew’s?
To develop a world class co-curricular programme, where pupils can engage in a wide range of activities, that enables them to develop a range of skills and qualities  Involvement in a range of activities will also help to strengthen friendships through common interests, which in turn helps pupils to be happy.
How have you found your first week at Turi?
Busy! After a very hectic summer of moving over from the UK and then settling in, I have really enjoyed meeting the pupils and getting to know the routines and how the school works.
Tell me about your family.
My wife Katy is the new Head of Key Stage One and EYFS. She worked in an orphanage near Eldoret as part of her gap year 25 years ago, so was excited to be returning to Kenya. We have 4 children: Matthew is 16 and has just started year 12 in College, Abi is in Year 10 in the Senior School, and we also have Finlay and Iona in Year 8 and Year 5 of the Prep School.
Outside of teaching, what do you like to do?
Apart from spending lots of time with my family, I really enjoy spending time walking and climbing in the mountains when I have the opportunity, so am excited about the prospect of climbing some big mountains here! I also enjoy running, and feel that I am gradually getting used to the high altitude!