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Mrs Balzaretti


Mrs Balzaretti's portrait is drawn by Jacob (Year 6) in the style of manga. (You can find out more about this style at the bottom of this page.)

Mrs Balzaretti is a Reception teaching assistant. We asked her some questions to find out more about her:

What was your dream job when you were a child?

My dream job as a child was either a librarian because I loved the peace and quiet of the library and all the different books or a marine biologist. I think this was mainly because I love dolphins and swimming. Plus, all the t.v programmes about marine life were always filmed in nice sunny places with gorgeous beaches.

What do you like to do when you're not at work?

When I’m not at work I love walking my dog, swimming, and visiting Italy.

What is your favourite snack?

Controversially I’m not a fan of chocolate (nearly everyone else in the staff room is!) but I prefer a biscuit or a packet of crisps.



Manga are Japanese comic books or graphic novels with a twist, serialised in newspapers and magazines. Originating in Japan, manga now has fans across the globe.

Manga is immersive storytelling through pictures, where images rule supreme. The Japanese characters for manga translate as 'pictures run riot' or 'pictures unbounded'. There is less reliance on text, and narrative is created through expressive line drawing along with the visual development of individual characters. It is manga's visually immersive quality that makes it so popular.