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Staff Celebration Day 2022 - Country and Western!

After our Student Awards a few weeks ago, it was now time to celebrate the efforts of our hard-working staff!

Staff Celebration Day for all staff in the EKC Group was Friday 15th July, and this year we at Ashford wanted to bring some old time fun to the celebrations at our campus. This led to our Student Experience Officer Megan planning and organising a whole Country and Western themed day for staff to be rewarded after their hard work this year. The day started with an update from our CEO of the EKC Group Graham Razey OBE and our Chair of Governors Charles Buchanan. Following this we had breakfast and a themed quiz in which staff had to see who had the trivia knowledge with rounds including film titles synonyms and searching for names of famous horses!

As the theme for the day was Country and Western, lawn activities and games for the day included a Bucking Bronco, gold panning, line dancing, Country and Western Karaoke and many more. The Bucking Bronco seemed to be everyone's favourite, with some people lasting over 30 seconds before being thrown off! We had mini prizes for these games which were cactus of various sizes for staff to take home or place in their offices, etc.

Although the day was a chance for staff to relax and celebrate the end of the academic year, it was also a chance for us as a college to really recognise staff efforts and reward some very special members of our staff who have made a difference over the past year. Our STAR awards were held at the very end of the day, and there were prizes for staff achievement and length of service within the EKC Group. Some of the winners of our staff awards and what they won for can be seen below!

David Mincer (Digital Production Lecturer) receiving the award for Outstanding Innovation:

This is David's first year in the role and he has made such a difference to the Computing pathway and its' students, boosting their experience of being at Ashford College.


Our English and ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) teams collecting the award for Outstanding Team Contribution:

Over the past year they have all worked so hard in order to make their subjects really engaging. They have also supported their students throughout to help them aim towards the grades they want in these subjects.


Mark Rowden (Deputy Head of Creative) receiving the award for Individual Contribution to the Wider Community:

Mark has been an integral part of ensuring that we as a college make great community impact this year, such as getting the chance for our Music students to work as crew on 'All Change for Ashford' and for leading the work we have done with Kent Community Rail Partnership.


This academic year has had it's tough moments such as dealing with the pandemic's effects on education - but our staff have really strived to keep going and have really ensured that our students have achieved throughout. We want to say a big thank you to all of our staff and all those within the wider EKC Group! We also want to thank our students for working just as hard this year which was reflected in our student awards the other week. If you would like to become a part of our community here at Ashford College on in the wider EKC Group, why not take a look at our vacancies?