Benches to be installed in memory of Woolmer Green headteacher following his sudden death
PUBLISHED: 12:33 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:33 26 July 2017
Pupils and staff at a Woolmer Green primary school are looking to honour their late headteacher by installing memorial benches in his name.
Brendan Mallon of St Michael’s Primary School in Woolmer Green died suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this year on April 18.
The cause of his death remains unknown and an inquest is set to take place in due course.
The school is now planning to install the memorial benches alongside a new mosaic area as a tribute to Mr Mallon, who was particularly passionate about sport in schools.
Sue Gray, chairman of the governors, said: “It is not difficult to see from the many tributes paid to him that Brendan Mallon was a man who was greatly loved as a teacher, head teacher, colleague, leader, community figure and family man.
“I found him to be a kind, compassionate, gentle, unselfish man who often put the needs of others above his own.
“He also had a sharp sense of humour.
“Celebrating the achievements of everyone at the school, whatever they were, makes the evident self-belief and confidence of children at the school yet another legacy he leaves behind.
“He is sorely missed by a great many people and I join with all those who send condolences to his family.”
Mr Mallon brought St Michael’s into the Welwyn Hatfield Sports Partnership and was also a headteacher advocate, advising other schools how best to use primary PE and sport premium.
The Revd David Munchin, rector of Welwyn and a frequent visitor to the school, said: “Brendan Mallon was a truly likeable man and an inspirational teacher.
“His family, colleagues and pupils are in my prayers.”
Lizzie Jeanes, deputy director of education for the Diocese of St Albans, said: “We learnt with shock and sadness of the sudden death of Brendan Mallon, who was a much-loved head teacher.
“The diocese joins the school community in expressing condolences to his family for the loss of a father and a husband.”
Following his death pupils and staff have been remembering him by writing in a book of condolence.
The children wrote their fond memories of Mr Mallon and put them in a memory jar, families made donations, and a collective worship was led by the Rev.