Murray Polglase

Remembering Murray

Murray Polglase
Memorial at ISPP (23 January 2021)
Murray Polglase

This is a place to remember and celebrate the life and achievements of our principal, friend and colleague, Mr Murray Polglase. Please share your stories, memories and thoughts, so we can all see what a positive impact he had on all those around him.

If you would like to share photographs to add to our gallery, then please submit them using the Get in touch link and we will add them to the gallery. If you would like to read the speech made at Murray’s funeral ceremony, it is linked here

In the future, we will make these messages and stories into a book for Murray’s family, and we know they will cherish the stories, experiences and connections of others with their husband and father.

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Melanie Vrba wrote on January 28, 2021 at 12:39 pm
Murray and I met when my family moved to Beijing in 2013 and I joined Murray on the HS Leadership team. From the first moments at WAB, Murray welcomed my whole family with warmth and generosity. Although he had been at WAB a long time, he immediately made me feel part of the WAB family.

Working alongside Murray was, quite simply, fun. I can remember shooting marshmallows at each other, supporting the school musicals together, laughing every day, teasing the whole team, and especially when dealing the more difficult parts of our roles in the school, I remember relying on each other for support and guidance.

We used to joke that in his role as Assistant Principal, Murray needed to "assist us", so we often sent him off on silly errands. What makes good jokes funny is the grain of truth in them; Murray spent his time at WAB assisting everyone. No matter what the role – staff, teacher, student, parent, community member – Murray's first response was always to see how he could help.

The last time I saw Murray in person was in January 2020. He was just the same as he always was: he wore a bit of a troublemaker's smirk, made everyone laugh, slipped in a few wise words when no one was looking… and did it all with his arms wrapped around his friends.

Thank you for the difference you made in my life, Murray.
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