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.