Memories of former Wintringham head teacher are first on pupils' tree
THE memory of a former Wintringham head teacher will grow in a school memorial tree.
Pupils and family dedicated the tree to celebrate the life of Dorothy Dean who peacefully passed away at the age of 96, in October last year. The tree, which was planted over a year ago, is now mature enough for students to place their memories of their late loved ones on in the form of heart-shaped tags.
The first one is in memory of Miss Dean.
As reported, Miss Dean was head teacher at Wintringham between 1953 and 1975 and was held in high esteem among colleagues and pupils. It was in 1953 that, under her leadership, Wintringham Grammar School moved from Eleanor Street to Weelsby Avenue and in 1974 that it became a comprehensive.
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Nephew, Christopher Dean and partner Deirdre, believe the tree is very "fitting" to commemorate Dorothy, and after the service, during which they hung the first heart on the tree, they went to scatter her ashes at the Grimsby Minster.
The couple travelled from East Sussex for the day.
Deirdre said: "It is the most beautiful idea and we are very honoured to be here today. We hope the tree will be beneficial for students who want to remember their loved ones.
"We think it is very fitting in her honour because she was a great believer in students gathering their thoughts in a quiet space.
"We feel privileged to be invited and Dorothy's memory will still live on at the school."
The plaque for the Oasis Memories tree was chosen by pupils, and it stated – "To live in the hearts of those you love is not to die."
Oasis Academy Wintringham Principal, Jane Bowman, said: "It is a lovely idea that people can come and sit to remember those who have passed away.
"The tree symbolises new life and the plaque for the tree continues this theme. Dorothy is very dear to us and let her history live on."
Miss Dean founded the Grimsby Concert Society in 1959, when it was known as Wintringham Society Of Arts, and was president of the group for many years.
Year 11 head boy, Harrison Miller, 15, said: "I lost my grandma a couple of years ago and I will be able to sit at this tranquil space and remember her.
"It is a good area to remember those who were once with us."
Year 11 deputy head boy, Will Black, 15, said: "If I lost someone it would be an opportunity to come and reminisce, with the option of being alone or in company.
"More schools should follow suit and have a memorial tree."