15 December 2016

Human kindness binds us together

All staff Christmas message from Richard Gill, CEO.

The true spirit of caring and thoughtfulness rings true throughout all seven of our ATLP schools every day!

We have been delighted to welcome visitors to our decorated schools – to listen to our choirs, to enjoy our Christingle services and to meet our fantastic children and their families at the Christmas fayres. These events remind us that we are here to serve our communities and that there is nothing more rewarding than seeing joyful children around us. It is also a reminder that the common thread that binds us all around this time, regardless of belief, culture or religion is charity and love for each other in terms of human kindness.

As we draw towards the end of another busy term and prepare for the break ahead, I’d like to say a sincere “thank-you” for your hard work and commitment. You give so much to your schools all year round.

Together, we are helping to transform young lives and I am proud and privileged to be working alongside such a fantastic ATLP family, who are committed to improving the life chances of our children.

This generosity of spirit – the gift of giving and receiving in equal measure – is what makes our partnership sparkle.

We were delighted to welcome Erdington MP Jack Dromey to one of our schools to support their Christmas food bank appeal.  He saw how hard the thoughtful pupils had worked to carefully gather the items that will give great pleasure to other families this December.  This holiday, that sees us all welcome in a new year, gives us the opportunity to reflect on our individual and collective successes in 2016 and set some personal and professional goals for 2017.  It also gives us the time to find peace, to share our goodwill and to show our kindness and thoughtfulness for each other.

The communities that we serve are diverse; indeed, our MAT is a microcosm of society. Yet we are one big, happy family, sharing success, supporting and caring for each other. We are a family where we are stronger together. Children are at the heart of our lives and we are all aspiring to give them the greatest gift at all – a quality education that will provide them with opportunities throughout the rest of their lives.

So, in these final few days of term, I wish those who celebrate, a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. To all of you, regardless of faith or belief, please spend quality time with family, friends and loved ones and celebrate all that you have. There is so much to look forward to and so many children whose lives are all the richer because of you.

Thank-you again for everything you do. Here’s to another fantastic year for the ATLP.