Garden planned at new Burntisland school in memory of teacher

The new Burntisland Primary School is taking shape
The new Burntisland Primary School is taking shape

A special garden in memory of a dedicated former Burntisland teacher is being planned as part of the town’s new primary school.

And an appeal to raise funds for the project, proposed by local woman Maxine Walker whose four children attended the school, raised over £500 in just a day.

Margaret McCormick served at Burntisland Primary School from the early 1970s until she retired in 1997, as depute head teacher.

When names were being sought for the new school wings, her name was put forward by many people who recalled her dedication to the school.

However, when pupils voted to stick to the compass points for reference, head teacher Julie Anderson met with Maxine to discuss how Mrs McCormick could be remembered, and the idea of a memorial garden was born.

Maxine said: “Margaret McCormick was one of the most caring teachers that Burntisland Primary has ever known. She was also a very highly respected member of our community who will never be forgotten.

“This project will ensure that her legacy will live on for generations to come. The old school will be closing soon, and we want to ensure that Margaret’s memory lives on in the new school. This is the perfect solution.”

As well as a planting area where the children can learn about growing, the garden will have seating and a plaque with Mrs McCormick’s name, as well as bird tables as she was a great bird lover. A JustGiving page has been set up with a target of £2000.

“I am delighted with the response from the people of Burntisland and can’t wait to see the final plans,” said Maxine, who will work with pupils and the PTA on the project.