Wyn Connolly 17th July 1948 – 23rd October 2014
A memorial service was held in Invercargill for Wyn Connolly in December, 2014.
She is remembered by the St Peter’s College community as someone special, a teacher who gave more than the average, someone who cared.
Wyn qualified as a teacher in England and after moving to New Zealand with husband, Les, worked at St Peter’s College in a full or part time capacity between 1976 and 1986. Her subjects were English, Social Studies, Christian Living and Remedial English. It is in the latter subject that she seems to have made the greatest impression, having an intuitive knowledge of how to help those pupils struggling with reading and language. In her eulogy a colleague from Verdon College in Invercargill, recalled that there was “the Wyn way of doing things” and talking to her peers you hear words like “unselfish”, “dedicated”, “giving” and “gentleness”. Here was a teacher with a genuine concern for her students, whose working day didn’t end at 4 pm but who spent many hours on lesson preparation so that her classes would be interesting and challenging. Wyn led those around her to look in depth at literature, to appreciate poetry and to explore new genres in reading.
A person who was interested in other people, she was as positive in the staffroom as the classroom and had a wicked sense of humour. Always active in Outdoor Education, Wyn accompanied many field trips as both a teacher and a parent and was also involved with other extra- curricular activities like school musicals and debating competitions. Wyn got to know her pupils well. Capable and highly organised, she was always intuitive to those who needed extra help.
Originally from Oldham in Lancashire,, Wyn maintained strong links with her family back in the UK as well as her early love of the British music of the sixties.
For the many fine qualities that she possessed she will always be remembered at St Peter’s College by those who had the good fortune to be touched by her life.