Sad news for our school

It was with great sadness and an acute sense of loss that we learned at the weekend of the death of our esteemed colleague and much loved friend, MrPhilip Wallace.

Philip has been our P7 teacher for the past 16 years and throughout that time has been an integral part of Maralin   Village   Primary   School. His high standards of teaching, care for the children and friendship towards staff and parents alike have characterised his work. Philip was an enthusiastic sportsman and he enjoyed coaching the school football and cricket teams, leading them to victory on many occasions. Always a supportive and committed member of staff, Philip was never too busy to lend a helping hand, and I know that we have appreciated his kindness, helpfulness and great sense of fun. Philip and I have accompanied the P7’s on their school trip every year for the past 16 years, and I along with all my staff feel a huge sense of loss. He was not only a colleague, but a good friend.

This sad news was announced to the children at assembly this morning, where we read the scriptures and prayed. We remembered how today he is at home with his Saviour whom he loved dearly and served faithfully.

I am sure you would join with us in extending sympathy to his wife Anne, sons Andrew and Matthew, parents and all the family circle.

The funeral will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 4th December) in Dungannon Presbyterian Church at 1.00pm. In order to afford staff the opportunity to attend, school will be closed tomorrow. Events for the rest of the week will go ahead as planned.

In lieu of flowers, school will make a donation to Missionary work, as the family has requested. I know that many of you have expressed your wish to contribute to this, some having already sent donations. If you wish to join with us in this, please send your contribution to the class teacher.

Gillian Napier

14 Responses to Sad news for our school

  1. Elidh McKnight says:

    I heard the news on Saturday morning, and I would just like to say how much Mr. Wallace will be missed. He was such a fantastic and caring teacher, and he will be sorely missed. Will be praying for his family.

  2. Karen Patterson says:

    Our whole family are so sad to hear the news. Mr Wallace has played a larged part in the life of both James and Sarah and for that we are grateful. Our prayers are with his family and the st aff and pupils of Maralin school.

  3. madeleine says:

    Mr Wallace has played a huge part in my life I will NEVER EVER forget him. Thank you Mr Wallace love you always Maralin see you in February

  4. lauren gilmore says:

    I also heard the news on saturday morning and was very shocked and annoyed and would like to just say that mr wallace was a caring and very funny teacher he would always cheer you up if you were down he was a fantastic teacher and for some of us a great friend. He will be sorley missed and for the teachers at m.v.p.s there lives won’t be the same without him and the staff room will be much more quiet without him. I will be praying for him, his family and tthe school. At this time it is ok to mourn but we should also rejoice that he is with the one and only holy god and that he is happier up in heaven that down here and that if you are saved you will see him on that glorious day when jesus comes back.

  5. Dawn Mckinney says:

    We are saddened and shocked to hear the news about Mr Wallace. Our thoughts are with his family and his friends at Maralin Village Primary School. A great teacher with a great sense of humour, he is remembered with fondness and respect.

  6. David Sloan says:

    Gillian, staff and pupils of MVPS,
    We are greatly saddened to hear of Philips passing. Another very sad day for the whole school community.
    Be assured of our prayers and love as u try to deal with a great loss. May God grant you all strength, guidance and wisdom in such a tragic situation.

    1 Thessalonians 4:12-18 (NIV)
    [13] Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. [14] For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. [15] According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. [16] For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. [17] After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

    A wonderful reunion awaits all who know The Lord, when we will meet loved ones gone before and we will never be parted again:)

    God bless x

  7. morgane vince :D says:

    you were the best Mr Wallace you were really funny i still remember the reindeer joke that there was another reindeer called olive ”rudolph the red nose reindeer had a very shiny nose like a light bulb olive the other reindeer” that is my favourite he was also very kind and loved by many 🙂

  8. Lauren Fox says:

    When I heard the news on Saturday, I sat in silence in a state of shock and remorse. Being in his P7 class many years ago, I remember his caring and friendly attitude towards all of us who were lucky to have him. No problem was ever too big for him to help with, and I remember his kindness, particularly in him saying to my parents that ‘whatever secondary school gets her will be very lucky.’ I also remember how he would always be able to make me laugh in class and all his brilliant ways to keep us engaged in the class. Being fortunate to have worked with him on work experience a few months ago, he made me feel at ease in the environment, making my stay very enjoyable. I can only hope that some of the amazing qualities that he possessed will be instilled in me as well, being one of my favourite teachers ever. He will be missed greatly and I am praying for his family and all those at Maralin PS at this devastating time.

  9. It is so sad to hear the news he will be greatly missed for his funny and caring spirit xx

  10. Zara white says:

    He really was the best teacher he will be largely missed and I hope and pray for Anne, Andrew and Matthew are ok:)

  11. abby smith says:

    im so sorry to hear what happened to mr wallace and to his children and wife so close to christmas we will miss him so much xx

  12. jonathan johns says:

    I went to school with Philip at the Royal School Dungannon.I spent five happy years there,and very much enjoyed Philips company,he had a great sense of humour and was an all round good guy.He loved history class with Mr Teddy Edgar and we would all have had great debates about the past.Following o levels I went to Armagh Tech and then on to England.I lost contact with Philip and wasnt awre that he was teaching only 5 miles away from where I lived..i only wish i had had the chance to meet up with Philip before his untimely passing.God bless mate,and may your family keep strong .psalm121 jonathan johns

  13. kaitlin says:

    i miss mr wallace

  14. Katie Sloan says:

    Mr Wallace was a great part of my life my family and I had just got the news that my Nana had sadly passed away then I got the news the loved Mr Wallace had sadly passed away. I really miss him.

    John 3:16 (KJV)

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

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