Welcome to Leasowes High School

On Thursday 7 th March 2013, Leasowes High School was brought together in very difficult circumstances. On her way into school on that morning, Christina Edkins was stabbed fatally. The school had lost a member of their community. A girl in year 11, bright, fully enjoyed her sport, especially netball, and was actively involved in representing her school, and giving of her best.

Everyone in the school and in the wider community were very much in shock at the news. But everyone came together in a very powerful way. Although there was much anger towards the man who had caused this pain, the community came and stopped and paid its respects to such a popular young lady.

Every year, a trophy will be given to a year 11 who has the best attributes and aspirations of Leasowes students, as well as the Players’ player of the year for netball.

In December 2013, the memorial stone was placed at the front of school, so that her memory will live on. On the stone the following words are engraved:

Forever in the thoughts of friends, teachers and all who knew her. Greatly loved and sadly missed. Also on the website it says ‘Your example inspires us every day and the way you touched our hearts will never be forgotten’. Whilst we observe some time of reflection, a wreath will be laid at the stone by Mr Shaw and the Head boy, Head girl and deputies. These words were written by Mary Frye in 1932, and are very appropriate for the moment.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there. I did not die.