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Inspiring stories from schools focus of campaign

By Kyle Ritchie

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Aberdeenshire Council is inviting people across the area to recognise the good work going on in schools by sharing their positive experiences using the #ilovemyschool hashtag throughout the last week of term.

Parents, teachers, staff and the wider community can take part by tagging @Aberdeenshire on Twitter or @AberdeenshireCouncil on Facebook and some of the best examples will be shared.

People can for example tell a story about a teacher who has gone above and beyond this year or show off a whole team who is second to none, or about an event or initiative that worked wonders.

Schools from across the area can share their achievements from the school year as part of the campaign.
Schools from across the area can share their achievements from the school year as part of the campaign.

They can also share the link http://bit.ly/teachaberdeenshire to more information about teaching in Aberdeenshire as ultimately the council hope this campaign may inspire others to consider a career in teaching.

Director of children’s services Laurence Findlay said: “At the end of another challenging year I can’t thank all of our teachers and support staff across Aberdeenshire enough.

“Most of us can recall at least one teacher or important person in our lives who inspired us, one whom we felt really believed in us or one who gave us that nudge we needed at the time we needed it.

"Teachers and the schools that support them really do change lives. All too often we’re caught up in what we don’t get right but there’s so much that we do – this is about sharing that and marking the importance of such a worthwhile profession.”

Councillor Gillian Owen and councillor Mark Findlater are chairwoman and vice-chairman of the education and children’s services committee.

It steers policy relating to all aspects of education and children’s services, from agreeing the budget to giving approval for new ways of working and challenging officers’ plans when they feel that is necessary.

Councillor Owen lives in Ellon and enjoys dropping in to visit local schools and see how they are getting on.

She said: “It’s always an absolute pleasure to visit my local schools – it's one thing reading about the theory through committee papers and another to see for myself just how much is being achieved within each and every school setting.

"I’m absolutely an advocate for this #ilovemyschool campaign and I hope that every teacher, whether they voice it or not this week, takes the time to reflect on what they’ve achieved just being there for these young people.”

Councillor Findlater said: “It’s absolutely right that schools give themselves a pat on the back this week.

"If you look across the whole landscape, from supporting parental engagement and family learning to working through challenges with recruitment and managing inspections as well as delivering on attainment, these guys are our modern day super heroes.

"We appreciate all that you do – well done on everything you’ve achieved this year.”

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