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‘Sister Quentin was like a mother to me’ – former teacher pays tribute

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A former teacher at St Rose’s School has paid tribute to Sister Quentin, describing her as a “true pioneer”.

Sister Mary Quentin, O.P ‘Teresa Mary Colclough’ died at St Mary’s nursing home, Staffordshire last month after more than 30 years of service as headteacher at St Rose’s School in Stroud.

Hungarian teachers Janos Abonyi and Marika Takács arrived in Stroud as two young teachers in the 1990s, bringing the then revolutionary Conductive education, which was developed at the Petö Institute in Budapest, to St Rose’s School, helping pupils with cerebral palsy.

Janos, who now lives in Sweden, said: “I had the great pleasure of knowing Sister Quentin, while working at the school for almost ten years during the 1990s.

“It was Sister Quentin who, as a true pioneer, dared to employ two young Hungarian teachers of Conductive Education (CE).

“In the late 80s, early 90s CE became more and more well known in the UK.

“Sister Quentin was one of the first school leaders in England, who realised the great benefits of CE to children with cerebral palsy.

“Sister Quentin was like a mother to me and my colleague Marika. From the first day of our arrival, she looked after us with great kindness. She ensured that we learned English as quick as possible and therefore she asked one of the staff members to give us private lessons twice a week. She was interested of the results of the weekend water polo matches, while I was playing for Cheltenham. I feel privileged and honored knowing Sister Quentin and I know that she is missed by many. Rest in peace now.”

A Requiem Mass is due to take place on May 25th, 11am at The Church of the Immaculate Conception Beeches Green , Followed by a burial at The church of the Annunciation, Woodchester.

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