Bizarre to think that this has been my first opportunity to see you all this term, as we seem some way in now. To those of you who have been busy sitting mocks, well done for getting through, though the most important part of that process is still to come: getting good feedback on where you went right and wrong and learning from it. Hopefully, you will have an idea of what gaps need to be filled between now and May and can act accordingly.
Unless you are someone unfortunate enough to suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and have spent most of January in front of a SAD lamp, there is something quite optimistic about a new year and we are provided with an opportunity for self-reflection, which sometimes passes us by at other times.
The cusp of 2016/17 has been particularly interesting with so many pundits, luminaries and media types banging on ad infinitum about what a dreadful year 2016 was – largely on the back of quite a few celebrity deaths, rather than owing to more meaningful human disasters that occurred, I’m afraid.
The result is that poor old 2017 has quite a burden of expectation placed upon it and I will look forward with interest as to how this year shoulders the heavy weight thrust upon it.