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20/09/2021

Derry MLA extends best wishes to school teachers, staff and students for new academic year

Karen Mullan
A Foyle MLA has extended her best wishes to school teachers, staff and students returning to their schools after their well-deserved summer break. Sinn Féin education spokesperson Karen Mullan was speaking as schools prepare to welcome students back for the new school year:“I want to wish everyone returning to school; teachers, staff and students the very best of luck for the year ahead. “This is an exciting time of year and it offers our young people the chance to reunite with friends and get back into their routines. However, it can also be a daunting time of year for many families due to back to school costs. “To this end I would urge anyone with children who are entitled to free school meals and uniform grants to apply for and avail of these benefits if you haven’t done so already. “I want to offer best wishes to incoming GCSE and A-Level students. They have a particularly busy year ahead. With recent newspaper reports of increased mental health and well-being issues among our young people it is important they are aware of all the supports available to them. “I also want to thank principals and teachers for their commitment and dedication to our young people. The work you do is hugely appreciated especially given the current climate of Tory cuts to public services. “Lastly, I want to end on something Nelson Mandela famously said: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ “This is the message I implore our young people to listen to today as they return to their classrooms, be bold, be courageous and aim high.”

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