A memorial to Maxine - garden opened to honour respected Grammar School teacher

In memory of Maxine
In memory of Maxine

A lasting memorial has been unveiled to a much-respected teacher in Caistor.

Maxine Jackson was assistant head at Caistor Grammar School and had taught there for 20 years.

A year ago, at the age of 55, she lost her battle against 
cancer.

Last Wednesday, members of Maxine’s family, colleagues and students gathered at the Grammar School to officially open the Memorial Garden in her honour.

“We still miss Maxine very much and this garden is a way in which students and staff can remember her,” said headmaster Roger Hale.

The Memorial Garden was officially opened by Maxine’s husband Colin, during a service that included readings from school secretary Hilary de Wit, and Head of Middle School Monica Jacques, as well as an address by Mr Hale.

The junior choir sang ‘I Would Be True’ to the tune of Danny Boy and ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful.’

Afterwards there was a reception provided by the school’s catering manager Amanda Gould.

Maxine was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in August 2010 and, after chemotherapy and an operation to remove the affected tissue, had a period of remission, enabling her to return to work in April last year.

However, during the summer holidays Maxine became ill again and she died on 
November 12, 2011.

The garden also includes a bench dedicated to the memory of Val Chapman who worked at the school for more than 20 years as a science technician and who also died recently 
from cancer.

Val’s husband Nev was in 
attendance at the opening service for the garden.