Tribute to Sam Whitehouse

Sam Whitehouse
Peace Mala Ambassador and inspirational teacher
In loving memory

It was with deep sadness that we heard of the passing of Sam Whitehouse on Wednesday 8th August 2018 after his courageous battle with cancer.

We were touched to hear from Sam that the enjoyment of working with the Peace Mala project was keeping him focused and positive and that the Peace Mala bracelet itself gave him great comfort during his first lot of treatment and hospital stay.  He was looking forward to doing so much more with Peace Mala and was researching ideas for a special future celebration at his school.

Sam taught at Newall Green Primary School in Wythenshawe Manchester.  He was the Peace Mala Coordinator for the school and an ambassador for the project in Greater Manchester.  Sam’s enthusiasm for Peace Mala was truly inspirational as he encouraged his pupils and fellow members of staff in creative engagement with the project.

Newall Green Peace Commitments:

We believe that our pupils have the right to learn in a safe environment and believe they should feel and be safe at all times. To enable this to happen we work together with all members of the school community, children, staff, parents/carers and governors to promote our Peace Mala Golden Rule:

‘To treat others as you would wish them to treat you!’

Newall Green Primary School Peace Mala Re-Accreditation Silver Award Ceremony 2016

When the founder of Peace Mala, Pam Evans, came up with the idea of an International Interfaith Liturgy for World Peace at Llandaff Cathedral in Wales, she asked Sam if he would like to coordinate three schools to deliver the Peace Mala story and messages of the symbolic bracelet.   This was to be a real challenge as the chosen schools were based in Yorkshire, Manchester and Wales and would not have the opportunity to rehearse before the event.   True to form, Sam set about liaising with the Yorkshire and Welsh schools.  The outcome was truly splendid and very moving.  The highlights film will give you an idea of the wonderful ceremony that was achieved on the 20th of July 2017.

Sam had the initiative to suggest creating a blog space on our website for schools to share and celebrate their involvement with Peace Mala. We hope that it will provide inspiration for those who have not yet started their accreditation journey as well as acting as a resource for those already on their way.  We are grateful to Sam for this wonderful idea.

Before the end of the summer term of 2018, the school engaged with the ‘Bee in the City’ artistic project in Manchester. this was led by Helena Jeacott, Arts Coordinator for Newall Green.


A colony of giant Bee sculptures is winging its way to the streets of Manchester this summer…

Wild in Art and Manchester City Council are bringing all of Manchester’s communities together for Bee in the City, one of the most spectacular public art events the city has ever seen.

Over 100 Bees are waiting to be discovered on this free, family-fun trail, taking in the city’s landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each Bee has been designed by a different artist and celebrates the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene. An inspirational learning project will give schools, colleges and community groups the chance to take part.

Join the trail from 23 July until 23 September 2018.

Peace Bee With You

The Details

Name: Peace Bee With You

Location: The Forum, Wythenshawe

School: Newall Green Primary School

Design Inspiration

‘Treat others as you would wish to be treated’. Newall Green Primary School’s Bee represents the school’s peace promises, reminding everyone at the school to be good, caring citizens. Peace Mala beads represent fourteen faith communities, whilst the white bead represents one’s own spiritual path.

Pam Evans and Shelley Lynton with the Peace Be With You Bee

Peace Bee With You, featuring Peace Mala


Sam you will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved you.  May your legacy with the pupils of Newall Green Primary School live on.   You will not be forgotten.  When the school achieves its Peace Mala Gold Award we will remember you and all that you have done for Peace Mala.

May you be at peace in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment. God bless you Sam.
Creative Education that Empowers and Embraces All
Uniting the World in Peace


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