Peace and Kind Wishes for the New Year
As we approach the festive holidays, I would like us to pause and reflect on the spirit of Christmas. For me as a non-Christian who celebrates the festivities in respect of the occasion rather than as a religious festival, Christmas is a time to renew our commitment to peace and kindness; peace and kindness in our personal lives, in our communities, in the world. It is a time of hope; hope for a new beginning, hope for a better way of life, hope for a brighter future.
As we look back on the year 2016, let us not allow the individual or collective challenges we may have experienced cause us to lose hope. 2016 has also brought individual challenges to many who suffered the loss of loved ones, illness or some other personal challenge or disappointment. I wish for them strength and resolve, and hope that they find that in our EFC community they can rely on colleagues’, camaraderie and generosity of spirit to help them deal with both personal and professional challenges.
It is during our more difficult times that we urgently need to recall both the symbolism and the reality of the Christmas message and the Christmas spirit. That spirit includes the great joys we have experienced this year, despite the challenges.
During my first 3 months as Chief Executive and Principal of EFC, I have experienced this joy in countless ways and in innumerable kindnesses. There have been many occasions where I have been moved and inspired by the goodness and determination of my colleagues and the impact that this has had on our learners. There have been many more occasions where I was touched by the commitment that our learners have shown to their personal and professional development and how they value the work we do at EFC.
It has been almost a daily occurrence where I observed many staff do extraordinary things, not for recognition or reward, but because of their sense of pride in, and their care for, the work they do for the success of our learners. It is a privilege to work with them all, and I feel honoured to be part of this team and College community.
As we approach 2017 we know the professional challenges we face, and I am certain we have what it takes to make a positive difference. I am convinced that with the hard work, dedication and commitment staff have already shown, we will be able to improve the quality of our provision and create an enhanced experience for our learners.
Both the Senior Management Team and the Board of Governors join me in wishing each and every one of them and their loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We hope they have a safe, restful and enjoyable break, and look forward to welcoming them back in the New Year.
Chief Executive and Principal