A Tribute to Tom Molloy
Qatar International School is extremely sad to announce the passing of our much loved Primary Deputy Headteacher, Tom Molloy. Tom had been fighting serious illness since the summer of 2015 and many parents will know that he has unfortunately not been with us for much of the year, following a major operation last August. Despite his reluctance to leave Doha, Tom was advised to return to the UK for further treatment in February but he sadly lost his fight on Wednesday 15th June.
Tom joined QIS in March 2012 as a class teacher. Since then he was promoted to Year 5 & 6 Block Leader and most recently, Deputy Head in charge of Key Stage 2. He played a major part in the recent improvements in the school as both a key leader and also a role model and mentor for younger staff. His office door was always open and he was always the first member of staff to greet the children and parents on the playground each morning.
Tom came into the teaching profession later in life after doing a variety of other jobs first. He studied for his Bachelor’s and his Master’s Degrees in History at Liverpool University before studying to become a post graduate teacher at Nottingham University in 2000. He was the embodiment of the life-long learning philosophy and continued to train and develop in his time at QIS. Only last summer he successfully completed the OLEVI Outstanding Leadership Programme demonstrating his commitment to the role.
Throughout his illness Tom’s only aim was to get well again to return to the school and children that he loved. Although he was not able to do this it is some comfort that he was at least surrounded by his family at the end. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and the school will place a book of condolence in Reception for anyone who would like to pay their respects and make a comment. I will leave the last word to Tom who wrote this very apt sentence about teaching in his CV when applying for the job at QIS.
“I am committed to the idea that the whole ethos of teaching should focus on encouraging pupils to be actively involved in the learning process, which should be challenging, productive and enjoyable.”
Mr. Tom Molloy – (3rd September 1959- 15th June 2016)
Receiving a good education is one of the key cornerstones of life and this is what Qatar International School sets out to achieve. We are a school where, “Learning Comes First,” and this philosophy is understood by staff and students alike. Our aim is to be the best international school in Qatar and so we strive to provide the best for our students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Qatar International School-“Aspiring to Excellence; Building Futures; Celebrating Diversity.”
The ABC of Qatar International School is a motto that underpins all the work carried out at QIS that will lead us to becoming the best school in Qatar. Through high quality teaching and learning we will establish ourselves at the heart of our community locally, nationally and internationally. QIS will be recognised for its excellent work in all areas of international education and for its focus on ‘learning comes first.’ Everyone who belongs to QIS is a learner. The only distinction is where each of us is at on our learning journey. In order to achieve this we will strive to become: