The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.
So, with this in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people that have worked with the Learning Support team this year to support a large number of students at John McGlashan this year.
To the senior students that have participated as EXCEL Tutors - thank you.
This programme will run again in 2019. Students can keep an eye on their emails and the student's notices for further information about signing up. Senior students leading this programme next year are Tim Scott and Harrison Biggs.
To the teacher aides that work intensively, 1:1 with a number of students - thank you.
Your work is tireless but I know you all find it infinitely rewarding. We appreciate all that you do and all that you bring to the college.
To the long list of community members that have generously given their time as reader/writers or exam supervisors - thank you.
We have had a huge number of people donate their time in this way this year. I have been heartened by the resounding number of positive comments, not only about the quality of the students you worked with but all the reward of the experience. We will be asking for volunteers to fill this role again next year. If you think it is something you might be interested in, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Special thanks to Marianne and Tim Hanagan, Claire Gregory and Sarah Gaffaney who have given considerable time to assist in this way, throughout the year.
To the students - who is on your list? Who should you take the time to say your thanks to before the year is out, or before your time at John McGlashan College comes to an end?
Sometimes it feels like an awkward thing to do - but the worth of this action cannot be questioned. You could send an email. You could leave a handwritten card. However, the most effective thanks are always the one you deliver, in person.
So...back to that list...