Those of you who attended the Adult Learners’ Week presentation evening last night will I am sure agree that it was a very special event. This year’s event was extra special as we celebrate 40 years of offering a wide range of high quality learning and developmental opportunities in Sutton and South London. It is always a privilege to be able to celebrate the successes and achievements of our learners and to be inspired through their amazing stories of their learning journey. Throughout the evening we heard from people who have had their lives transformed for the better. The evening commenced with the SCOLA drummers performing ‘We’ve got Rhythm’ and a link will shortly be available for you to view the performance on you tube. We were honoured to have the newly elected Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Sean Brennan, who kindly agreed to present this year’s awards, as well as a short performance by professional magician, Lewis Swires. Ric Machin was available throughout the evening to draw caricatures of those attending the event. Throughout the evening excited prize winners and their proud family, carers and supports took advantage to tell our principal how SCOLA had made a difference in their lives. This morning the Principal received the following email from the wife of one of the learners who received an award on Wednesday evening: I just wanted to write a quick email to congratulate you on last night’s celebration. My husband, was of course delighted to be nominated for an award by lovely Jenny Roden. However, the whole evening was wonderful and inspiring. So many students received awards and it was lovely to be part of the event. Very many congratulations to you and your dedicated staff who work so hard to support their students. (We loved the drumming too – well done!) A wonderful evening was had by all!