To mark her retirement, Mrs Slaymaker invited staff, governors, friends and supporters of the college to join her in exploring the progress made in the latest development; the University Centre Farnborough building. Mrs Slaymaker shared her memories, triumphs and plans for the future, then guests were treated to refreshments while enjoying a preview of the colleges new flagship building.
Mrs Slaymakers 15 years at Farnborough College of Technology have culminated in a college to be proud of, thanks to her unstinting commitment to providing the community with a college of outstanding local, regional and national profile.
This achievement was recognised in 2011 when Ofsted confirmed the college to be Outstanding in all categories, in 2014 when Mrs Slaymaker was awarded a CBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for services to further education and in 2015 when the college reached the top of the national league tables for student success.
One of Mrs Slaymakers final duties as Principal was to lay a brick by the reception area of the new building with the help of colleagues and local dignitaries to mark the half-way point of the buildings completion.
The colleges own Catering department contributed to the celebrations by baking a scaled-down, sponge-filled version of the new building while Floristry students decorated the area with college colour-themed floral displays in hard hats.
Mrs Slaymaker said:
I have been truly privileged to be able to serve our communities for the last 15 years.
I have enjoyed all my time with the college and I pay tribute to the hard working, diligent and professional staff who have achieved so much in terms of national accolades and plaudits but also for each and every individual student who has studied with us. It is undoubtedly the case that without them, I could not have enjoyed such a rewarding career.
Chair of the College Corporation Board, Professor Martin Earwicker said:
The college has been most fortunate in having such an outstanding leader as Christine. All of us governors, staff and students past and present wish to extend our thanks to Christine for all she has achieved and to wish her every happiness for the future.
Deputy Principal Iain Wolloff said:
The College has achieved great things under Christines leadership and she now leaves us in an excellent position to carry forward her legacy for the benefit of future generations of students.