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St Joseph's One Time Teacher Sister Felicity Retires

News that one time popular St Joseph's teacher, Sister Felicity, has retired.

We were fascinated to read a Shropshire Star news report on the one time St Joseph’s teacher Sister Felicity.

It announced that Sister Felicity, the head at St Winefride's Independent School in Shrewsbury, for 36 years had taken her last register and was finally retiring.

Originally from Cork, Sister Felicity left St Joseph’s to go to Shrewsbury in 1984 having been appointed head of the school by the Sisters of Mercy. She had originally qualified as a teacher in 1964 and taught in Swansea as well as Kenilworth, before finally taking up her role as Head of St Winefride's.

Foundation Archivist, Janette Ratcliffe, told us, “Sister Felicity appears to have taught the Transition class/Juniors at St Joseph’s from at least 1978 (she may have been there earlier but I haven’t got anything to prove it) until 1984 when she went to her new role in Shrewsbury. She is pictured in this photo from 1979. In the Crackley Hall 70th anniversary memories Sister Felicity was mentioned specifically by Emma Hughes and noted as being very kind."

Assistant Head, Alex Darkes, added, "My guess is that Sr Felicity would be nearer 80 than 70, I think Felicity was in the Mercy convent at Princethorpe with Sr Loyola (Dorothy) O’Donnell (RIP) and Sr Linda (RIP). When that house was closed we bought it twice: the first time the transaction was ineligible because charity law hadn’t been followed and the second time around all the legals were correct The photo shows Sr Mary Patrick as Headmistress and includes Rachel Taylor, who teaches Latin here at Princethorpe College."

You can read the full Shropshire Star report click here and Janette would welcome any information or memories of Sister Felicity from our St Joseph's alumni to add to our collections. You can contact her on

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