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primaryIC offers the Cambridge Primary Programme integrated with the Uruguayan national curriculum, a programme the School complies with. In the first years of Primary, students continue with the English phonics programme ‘Jolly Phonics’. Their level of English, Science and Maths is externally evaluated through the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint examinations in Primary 6.

IC provides Robotics and Information Technology (IT) classes. Chess, Yoga and Green Skills are additional subjects that are offered to enhance students’ skills and abilities, as well as to diversify the options available.

From Kinder to Primary 6, students are encouraged to incorporate life skills, critical thinking and reflection. This takes place through a plan of action which is carefully crafted by class teachers in coordination with teachers from the different learning areas. To accomplish this, the School encourages the use of multidisciplinary projects where the interrelation of subjects allows students to make connections to the knowledge acquired.

The Singapore Method in Maths is implemented up to Primary 6. This is an innovative teaching methodology with a closer, more hands on approach, which arises from the contextualization of mathematics and is based on problem solving.

Primary Staff

Caroline AylinigCaroline Ayling
Head of Primary

Caroline has always had a great passion for education. She has a Bachelor degree in Educational Sciences from the Catholic University of Argentina. She loves to read and put into practice what she continues to research on the area of ​​Neurosciences. 

Caroline enjoys to be with students, discovering their interests and helping them increase their autonomy; and planning together with teachers to develop their leadership and teaching-learning skills.

In her free time, she is always reading a book about education or history. She loves watching movies and even knows by heart the dialogues of her favourites!

Walking down the beach is a real pleasure for Caroline, as she has fond memories and precious moments from living for three years on these shores as a teenager.


pgonzalezPatricia González
Directora de Kinder y Primary 

Patricia joined IC in 2020. She received her teaching qualifications from the Teacher Training Institute in Montevideo. A professional with 23 years of experience in a variety of settings, Patricia has worked as an educator in Montevideo, Rocha and Maldonado. 

She has traveled around the country, serving primary and secondary state sector schools. International College is the third private institution she has worked at. Her practice and professional development have been underpinned by extensive training, particularly related to the socioemotional and academic development of young people.

This lifelong journey through education has allowed her to discover and experience first-hand the needs of countless individuals. Having witnessed some of the toughest and most challenging personal circumstances, Patricia has seen that people’s fundamental need is to feel accepted, respected and loved by a community.

In her spare time, Patricia grows plants to give as gifts. Sometimes to give to her loved ones, and other times to leave outside for lucky passers-by to happen upon. She enjoys pondering what fate these little plants met. Patricia also loves hiking through lesser-travelled places and loves nothing more than driving along listening to new music.
 samSam Irving
Deputy Head 
Originally from York, Sam attended Ampleforth College before going on to study at the University of Bristol, where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Spanish and Russian. An educator passionate about being educated, he has completed professional development courses through the UCL Institute of Education and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Sam also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Sam began his career as an international private tutor and educational consultant, working with families in Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. He joined International College in 2017, initially as a language support teacher and later as a Fifth Grade teacher. In his role as Deputy Head of Primary, Sam promotes academic and pastoral excellence at International College, embedding Caroline’s vision of an engaging, learner-centred Primary environment.

Sam enjoys designing and delivering student-centred curricula with collaboration, critical thinking and community-mindedness at their core. Beyond a commitment to fostering intellectual inquiry and scholarship, he believes that children learn best when they feel happy and secure within a challenging environment surrounded by knowledgeable teacher-facilitators.

With most of his family living 11,000km away in Cornwall, Uruguay has become Sam’s “home away from home.” He spent two years trying to enjoy maté, but reluctantly gave up his efforts in 2019 to focus his energy elsewhere. When not following his beloved Manchester City or playing the guitar poorly but enthusiastically, he can be found walking along the Brava with his fiancee, Ksenia, and their dog, Milo. Sam is also known by students for his vibrant collection of socks!

rivannaRivanna Costoya
Coordinadora de Español
Rivanna is an Early Years and Primary educator, specialising in Spanish. She gained her teaching qualifications from Maldonado's Teacher Training Institute. She has a great love for education, likes to work in teams and enjoys being part of the personal and academic growth of her students.
An ever-present since International College first opened its doors in 2017, Rivanna is one of the school's founding teachers. In 2021 she took over as Coordinator of Spanish in Primary, a great challenge that will no doubt prove extremely rewarding and serve to accelerate her growth as an education professional.

Beyond school, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets. She loves to travel and explore new places, and feels at home when surrounded by nature. Music and photography are among the hobbies she most enjoys.