E-ACT The Oldham Academy North rename theatre in honour of student Alisha Goup
Here at E-ACT The Oldham Academy North (TOAN) we have renamed our theatre in honour of our former student, Alisha Goup.
A ceremony was held on Tuesday the 17th of October at the academy with students, staff and Alisha’s family in attendance to unveil the Alisha Goup Lecture Theatre. Alisha’s younger brother revealed her memorial plaque at the theatre which was covered in blue organza, her favourite colour. We also created a memorial card for the event, which featured a poem written by Alisha’s siblings. A cake was also kindly donated by Desi Cakes & Shakes, Chadderton, from the parents of another student at the school.
Alisha was an intelligent, hardworking and dedicated student who would produce the most beautifully organised work. She achieved great academic results and was a role model to others.
Many of her teachers have paid tribute to her, her history teacher said she was “always giggling”. Her maths teacher said she had a “quick and dry sense of humour and enjoyed making people laugh”. Miss O’Malley called her the “perfect student” who had “blossomed into an amazing person”. She said Alisha was “determined to make her family proud”.
Jessica Giraud, Headteacher said:
“The death of any young person is tragic; loss of life before it has really begun is always heart breaking. Her death had a huge impact within the academy and her family’s strength through this ordeal has been incredible.
“Personally, I felt profound grief which was also palpable all around the academy and we all wanted to do something to honour Alisha permanently. I hope renaming our theatre in her honour lets her family know how much she meant to us.”