Brenda Wallace fcJ is awarded the OBE
Queen Elizabeth Birthday Honours List, June 2013
Sr. Brenda Wallace who held the post of Headteacher of Gumley House Convent School FCJ for 24 years until her retirement in 2012, has been awarded an OBE for services to education in the Queen’s Birthday honours.
Ewa Kolczynska, current Headteacher of Gumley, stated: “Sister Brenda is particularly recognised by all; in her vision to provide an environment where young women regardless of their background could excel through academic achievement and emotional well-being. This vision underpinned every strategy that she created and implemented. The school motto, ‘Vive ut Vivas’ “Live that you may have life” was her mantra and as a result she has inspired and empowered generations of young women to attain their personal goals”.
During her tenure as Headteacher, she led the school in achieving outstanding academic success whilst growing its student population across the 7 year groups. As well as one of the longest serving Heads of Hounslow she was an active member of the Hounslow Head’s Secondary Partnership. Sister Brenda was often the first to introduce new educational initiatives and was frequently seen as a pioneer and someone whose expertise was often sought.
She championed numerous additional initiatives that included: being the Founder member of the Association of Maintained Girl’s Schools, introducing the learning of Mandarin resulting in Gumley being the first school in Hounslow to teach this language from Year 7.
Preparing students to be global citizens was a key part of her agenda, by instigating partnerships with schools all over the world including Misikhu Friend’s School in Kenya and Saint Andrew’s Junior College in Singapore plus working with the The Confucius and Hanban Institutes in China to name but a few. She provided so many opportunities for students to travel and develop their cultural understanding through joint curriculum projects with these schools.
Many loving congratulations Brenda!
Other FCJs have been honoured in this way..-
Brigid Halligan was awarded the OBE in 2008, for services to Catholic education in Liverpool.
Christine Frost was awarded the MBE in 2008, for voluntary service to children, older adults and to the community in Poplar, London.
Margaret Olsen was awarded the Medal of Australia in 2004, recognising her work for victims of Aids.