Tributes paid as much-loved headteacher of Holy Cross Primary passes away
Education / Wed 13th Oct 2021 pm31 02:07pm
TRIBUTES have been paid after the headteacher of Holy Cross Primary, Sue McGuiggan, passed away.
A spokesperson for the school said: “It is with sadness that we report on the death of Miss McGuiggan, the Headteacher of Holy Cross Catholic Primary Academy.
“Miss McGuiggan led Holy Cross for twenty years and this was central in her life. She was known for her dedication, not only to the school but also to her parish community, where she lived out her faith. She passed away peacefully on Friday with her family at her side. Staff and parents were informed on Saturday, and children were led in prayer at an assembly on Monday. All were united in grief, but also in love to remember and give thanks for Miss McGuiggan.
Robert Simpson, the Director of Education for the Diocese of Brentwood made the following statement;
Miss McGuiggan was a well-respected and dedicated Headteacher who provided long and successful service to the educational mission of the Diocese of Brentwood.
She took on a number of senior roles over her time in Catholic education, never losing sight of the significant impact that a good education could have on the lives of the children and families that she served.
“Whilst she will be sadly missed, what Miss McGuiggan built in Harlow and in other schools across the diocese remains a real and tangible legacy. Bishop Alan and the Brentwood Diocesan Education Service will be keeping Sue, her family and the school community in their prayers at this difficult time.
Below is a day that Mrs McGuiggan was very proud of. The day, back in 2015, Bishop Alan opened the new wing. As usual, Sue stayed in the background of an event she was at the heart of.
The film below was made for the 2020 Open events.
Miss Mcguiggan leaves a hole in many many of the hearts she touched. Our family will always remembered Sue’s compassion and kindness she has shown us during our time there.
I remember the first comment a child gave when Sue started at Holy Cross 20 years ago ... 'I love our new head teacher - she wears matching jumpers and cardigans'! Sue was beautiful inside & out, extended the hand of kindness to all, she gave love & compassion when no one else would or could, Sue McGuiggan made a difference. Her hope was that we too would make a difference. Sue will be greatly missed
I remember the first comment a child gave when Sue started at Holy Cross 20 years ago ... 'I love our new head teacher - she wears matching jumpers and cardigans'! Sue was beautiful inside & out, extended the hand of kindness to all, she gave love & compassion when no one else would or could, Sue McGuiggan made a difference. Her hope was that we too would make a difference. Lets do that :) Sue will be greatly missed
Sue was sincerely caring and compassionate she certainly touched the lives of me and my son in the little time we have known her. She would always express how much she appreciated my enthusiasm. But most of all she fulfilled my dream career and that alone i will be forever grateful for! Holy Cross feels so empty without her and unfortunately a feeling that not just I feel A true inspiration! Loved and missed by many. May You, Miss Sue McGuiggan, rest In Peace
There is not a word to describe how dedicated Sue was. She led Holy Cross as though she was the Matriarch of a big family. It wasn't a job it to her. It was a calling. We were lucky to have known her and richer for it . As were the children at Holy Cross who she cared for and guided. Her faith was infectious. God bless you Sue.
I didn’t know Sue. But I feel saddened at the loss nonetheless. May her memory live on in those that she inspired to be great.
I first knew Sue when she was a teacher at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School in Grays, before she went to Holy Cross, Harlow. Her dedication to her calling as a Catholic and as a teacher was more than evident and she was loved by everyone, pupils, teachers and staff. I particularly recall her patience and understanding for a child who had a lot of difficulties in his life. Sue gave wonderful support for such young lives when it was most needed. May she rest in the peace of Christ.
My dear cousin you are so sadly missed. X
sue was my headteacher for much of my time there and from what I can remember of her she was a very knowledgeable person and always seemed to be keen on educating others , I can still remember her giving a very patriotic speech at a diamond jubilee celebration in 2012 and I suppose in many ways this showed how devoted she was both to national, educational and local affairs. her death comes as both a shock and a surprise to everyone who knew her in the past. god bless you miss former pupil 2005-2012