The day begins with a feeling of tremendous sadness following yesterday’s heart-breaking events at Cults Academy. The anguish being suffered by parents, family and friends is unimaginable and I am certain I speak for us all in expressing the deepest sympathy to them.
I know that Anna Muirhead and her team at the school are putting everything possible in place to ensure pupils, parents and staff are provided with the support necessary at such a difficult time. I pay tribute to her and to them. I know that there were individual acts of heroism at the school yesterday and I fully appreciate that there were sights and experiences for many that you simply do not expect to have to face.
The school community is being supported by colleagues from Education and Children’s Services, from across the Council and from partners, in particular Police Scotland, and I want to put on record now my appreciation of everything that has been done to date and my grateful thanks for the work that will be done in the coming days and weeks.
Pausing briefly for reflection, it strikes me that it is precisely because yesterday’s appalling incident and its tragic consequences are so out of the ordinary for Aberdeen that they are so very shocking for us all. There will be difficult days ahead, but I will always be keeping this at the forefront of my mind.
I was delighted to have the opportunity last Friday afternoon to attend the formal opening of the refurbished garden on the St Nicholas Centre rooftop.
The project is another fantastic example of colleagues from the Council playing an important role in a partnership activity that makes a great improvement to the City centre. Aberdeen Inspired, Bon Accord/St Nicholas Centre, Aberdeen Forward, Creative Core, Atkins and Aberdeen Greenspace all deserve credit for the initiative.
I am pleased to offer particular thanks and congratulations for their work to Council colleagues – Gary Cooper, Iain Cumming, Bryan Donald, Jim Findlay, Stuart Lyon and Ian Mitchell. A job well done.
A quick note to draw your attention to the EU Safety and Health at Work Week which is taking place from 19th – 23rd October, with the theme of ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’.
The Health, Safety & Wellbeing Team have organised several sessions on managing stress taking place throughout the week. Topics include practical workshops on Quality of Working Lives Stress Risk Assessments, HSE Management Behaviour and HSE Behaviours.
These events are free to attend and are aimed at supervisors and managers. To find out more about EU Safety and Health at Work Week and to book your place to attend any of the sessions, please click on the link below:
There is also additional information on stress available on the Zone, click on the links below: