At 2:00pm Wednesday 21st October staff and students from the Derby High School lined the streets to pay their respects to Mrs Alexander.
Our Headteacher Ms Hubert paid tribute to her:
“Christine Alexander has been at The Derby High School since 1982. Her first post was as a Teacher of Art and Craft. She was passionate about education and undertook a number of qualifications securing a Diploma in Education, another in Careers Education and a Masters in Multicultural Education. During her time with us she has been the Assistant Head of Lower School, Head of Careers, Head of PSHE, an Advanced Skills Teacher for Citizenship and Acting Head of Art. In her later years she oversaw our student support provision coordinating high quality counselling and mentoring for our young people with other agencies. This included Art Therapy, Relateen, Bury Young Carers and many more. She was an incredibly compassionate person who understood young people and they in turn had a huge amount of respect for her. Hundreds of students have benefitted from her support at times of need. Students will also have worked with Mrs Alexander on the Be Safe Be Cool Day, Hate Crime Day and she organised our involvement in Holocaust Memorial Day. Mrs Alexander also contributed a huge amount to staff welfare at The Derby High School and has helped to formalise staff well-being events during recent years.
The world has lost someone incredibly special; a good and kind person. She was someone we all admired and she has touched so many hearts. Mrs Alexander will be much missed at The Derby High School and with all those who knew her.
Mrs Alexander’s memory undoubtedly lives on through the work she has done at The Derby High School. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be considering ways in which we can recognise her tremendous contribution to our school community.
Losing such a wonderful member of The Derby High School family leaves such a gaping hole for us all, both personally and in our work in inclusion – helping those who are most in need. At times like this we often reflect on the meaning of life, questioning what we are doing during our time here. Christine gave so much for others whilst also enjoying life to the full. It was a life well lived. If we can all take a little bit of Christine’s example into our daily lives we will all be the better for it.”