Council chief salutes 'inspiring' school staff and pupils at the end of a difficult year

Date published: 24 July 2021

Oldham Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Cllr Shaid Mushtaq has offered warm words of salute after a difficult year in education.

Councillor Mushtaq said: “As we approach the end of term and the beginning of the summer holidays, I wanted to take the time to say a few words and reflect on the past year.

“I’d like to start with a massive thank you to all the school leaders, staff and governors for all your work.

"I know how much of a challenge this past year has been and your collective efforts have made all the difference in ensuring our young people are getting the best start in life possible.

“The teaching in Oldham is second to none but I know you provide so much more than that.

"Offering your support and guidance to those who have needed it whether it be in the classroom or virtually I appreciate all your work under incredibly difficult circumstances.

“I know that as we take stock over the summer break and look toward September that Oldham’s children are getting a great education whilst being supported by truly excellent and dedicated staff.

“I hope you all enjoy your well-earned rest this summer.

“Secondly, I want to say congratulations and well done to all the students who have kept going through the difficulties of this year.

“The resilience and determination so many of you have shown is so inspiring.

"The hard work you’ve put in and the commitment you’ve shown is no small thing, you should all be very proud of what you’ve come through.

"If you’re awaiting the outcome of any exams or coursework, then I truly hope that you get the result you are looking for.

“Lastly, I wanted to say a reminder on the summer activities taking place over the next few months.

“There’s a great range of school holiday activities going on over the summer break from sports camps, learning how to cook nutritious meals, theatre workshops and more.

 “If you haven’t already seen what’s available, I really encourage you to take a look at what’s on offer, and for those needing extra support know that we’re here to help in whatever way we can.

“I hope you all enjoy a well-earned rest.

“Thank you and stay safe.”

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