Jessie remembered on Whitecross primary’s anniversary wall

Jessie Dick was Whitecross primary's Dux in 1941-42. Picture: Michael Gillen
Jessie Dick was Whitecross primary's Dux in 1941-42. Picture: Michael Gillen

The former Dux of a village school who has sadly passed away is to be immortalised on its 60th anniversary memorial wall.

Jessie Dick died at home on Friday, December 11, nine days after she created a terracotta tile for Whitecross Primary School’s special milestone to mark the sixth decade at its present location.

Jessie, a well known character in Whitecross, was the dux in 1941-42 and went along to the school after they asked ex pupils to contribute to the commemorative wall, made up of more than 250 tiles, current attendees are making.

Head teacher Claire Quigley said: “We were delighted that Jessie was able to come along and make her tile.

‘‘She is truly part of our story and is now recorded on our dux board and our 60th anniversary wall.

“It was an honour to have met her and share memories of her days at school.”

Jessie’s granddaughter, Diane Balloch (41), said Jessie was the “life and soul of the party” and would have loved seeing the commemorative wall when it is finished.

She added: “It’s a shame she won’t see the finished wall now but she would have loved it.

“She was the heart of our family and was the life and soul of any party. She loved having her family around her and loved dancing.

“She was always up for a laugh and had a great sense of humour.

‘‘She could never find fault with anyone and always saw the good in people.

“We will all miss her so much.”

Pupils, staff and parents are creating the memorial wall in the foyer to celebrate Whitecross Primary School’s 60th year at its present location.

The youngsters are working alongside pupils from Graeme High School who are helping them design and decorate the terra cotta tiles.

Once designed, the tiles are being dried and fired at the secondary school

Through the project pupils are building links between the school and its community which they say is contributing to the life and ethos of both schools and the wider experiences of pupils.

Designs are made up of things that are personal to those who made them. The finished article is to be unveiled at a formal event scheduled for January.