Sheelagh Warren

 Forever in our hearts

Miss Sheelagh Warren passed away peacefully in her sleep on 29th May 2022, at Frimley Park Hospital, in Surrey, UK. She was 94 years old.

Sheelagh joined Gayaza High School in 1957 teaching English and Religious Education, and was a Housemistress for Ham & Apollo, and later Corby House.

She became Headmistress of Gayaza High School in 1972 when the late Joan Cox retired. Apart from managing the school, she continued to teach and also produced a number of Shakespeare plays which included ‘Macbeth’, ‘Hamlet’, and ‘King Lear’.

In her own words, Miss Sheelagh Warren says, “I tried to teach them to persevere, to reach their full potential, to never give up.” In this she succeeded in seeing the girls through school, adulthood and beyond.

Miss Warren composed the Gayaza High School Anthem. She was awarded an MBE in 1981 for services to Education in Uganda. Sheelagh retired in 1990 and returned to the UK.

During her retirement, she wrote the book ‘Come Back at Two’ in 1993. Later, she was joined by the Late Joan Cox to write another book about Gayaza High School history, ‘The First 90 Years – 1905-1995’.

She is greatly missed.

The Funeral Service will be on 7th July 2022 , at 13:00, at St Thomas-on-The Bourne, Frensham Road, Farnham GU9 8HA.


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10 thoughts on “Sheelagh Warren

  1. Miss Sheelagh Warren was one of the most courageous people I have had the privileged to know. She stood up to teenagers’ misdemeanours, parents’ sometimes unfair demands, army men’s disruption of her school and all the country’s shortages (material and moral) with equal firmness, humour and grace.
    She was amiable; a very widely knowledged teacher of English and a very good judge of character of people she met. Sheelagh reflected a Christian life well lived and service faithfully rendered.
    Rest in the Lord’s embrace our sorely missed friend.

  2. There are no words to express my sorrow that Miss Warren is no longer with us.
    She was such a rock and guiding star during my time at Gayaza. Someone that you could trust no matter what.
    Her care of all of us went beyond a house mistress or head mistress or educator, and that is something we all appreciated.
    Long after i’d left Gayaza she was still in my life being a tower of strength, giving me the emotional support required to navigate my new world and all it’s challenges.
    She remains an inspiration and i hope that she knew how much she meant to us.

  3. Very inspiring story. I joined Gayaza after she had left (joined in 1993) but I heard my older sister talk about her frequently. How can I get the books “Come back at Two” and “The first 90 years”? The example of these women missionaries as well as my own experience at Gayaza High School (1993 – 1998) inspired me to start a Christian School in West Nile, Uganda. I would like to glean more from these ladies’ experiences while steering Gayaza. May we continue in what we have learnt.
    Humbly, a Gayaza girl…

    Ida Semyano Bakuraira (1993 – 1998)

  4. Knowing what I know spiritually, now, I can confidently say that Ms. Warren had a gift of a Seer. I recall that she sat with the girls to talk about career, and many ended up in professions she told us we belonged. If it was not for her, it would have been difficult for me to complete school. I recall that I benefitted from the study bursary available then, and as a Reverend’s daughter, it came as a huge relief. Small things that Ms. Warren did that made one feel special; sending me a condolence card when I lost my father in my senior four vacation, through the post office, made me feel loved and cared for. Rest in Peace Ms Warren, you sure touched my life!!!

  5. My aunties always talked good about Miss Warren and her English with literature as an excellent teacher.Only that made me to love both subjects because they always explained to me where I had challenges most especially with the Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë where I ended up with an “A”
    Rest with the angels dear.

  6. She taught me Literature in senior five and six and actually sent me on a suspension for two weeks for being rowdy in class! When I came back after three weeks, she showed so much concern that I had missed a lot of classes and actually took steps to help me catch up! I owe my B in Literature and law school to her! She was tough but very loving! May she rest with the Angels!

  7. Ms. Warren, always kind, and compassionate. She gave me a school mattress which my mother could not afford to pay for. When Mrs. Kavuma asked for the pay slip I told her I didn’t have it. I don’t remember what she said to me but I started to cry out of both confusion and embarrassment. Ms. Warren authorised Mr. Kasolo, the bursar, to give me a slip and I got the mattress. It was by acts of kindness by the headmistress that I attended GHS. I didn’t develop a personal relationship with her, I doubt that she remembered much of that, but I hold on to the memories that gave me and others like me opportunity to attain an invaluable education and learning. She sure stood for optimisation of the potential of girls.
    Rest in perfect peace.

  8. Miss Warren steered the school through its worst periods: the 1979 war of liberation and through the
    Luwero Bush war of 1981- 1986.
    I remember her most as my English and Literature teacher. She tried all she could to persuade me to take English at A- level but never succeeded since I had made up my mind to become a medical doctor. We fell out completely but later made up when I became the Secretary of GOGA. She helped our executive to revive GOGA which became a strong pillar for the 1st indegenous teacher, Ruth Kavuma, as she ran the school. Miss Warren was very keen to connect the students of the day with the old girls of the school. That is how the Gayaza Day which falls on the second Saturday of June was born. On that day we celebrate all that the school stands for: the love of God, being there for one another and actively participating in the development of the school. Thankfully, I wrote to her when I started writing short stories and blogging. I had come full circle!
    Thank you Miss Warren for giving us your whole. Nothing gave you as much joy as serving the school.
    You were a priceless gift to all those who passed through your hands for the 33 years you spent in GHS.
    You are worth the company of Angels.
    Dr. Jane Kavuma( student from 1958- 1971)

  9. Very sad she taught me Literature is S4 in which I easily got my credit 3 I went on to do sciences so our roads did not cross much after that! She was a stoic teacher, a woman of her words!

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