Principal's Message

It is another very busy but exciting time here at Don Valley Academy, with lots of events happening throughout the Academy.

On 30th January 2018, we hosted our annual Year 8 Options Evening.  Students, along with their parents/carers,  were invited to discuss GCSE subjects available to them to choose to study in Year 9.  Once our students made their choices, every student had a detailed conversation with myself, Mr Wallace and Mr Pochin about the choices they had made and the opportunities and life chances this may bring about in the future.

Don Valley’s annual production this year was the ‘Wizard of Oz’.  Students across all year groups took part, performing over 3 evenings on  21st-23rd February 2018,  showcased their acting and singing talents. Students from Year 7 acted as ‘front of house’; they welcomed parents/carers and sold tickets.  A thoroughly enjoyable event for everyone involved!

During February half term 23 students and 4 members of staff left Don Valley Academy on the 20 hour coach journey to the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur.

With many of the students experiencing skiing on snow for the first time we were lucky to have such amazing conditions on the first 3 days of the trip. With clear blue skies and reasonably mild temperatures for the time of year the students quickly progressed and ‘goggle tans’ were a common feature!  A fabulous time was had by all those who took part.

Attendance is really important and can make a big impact of achievement.  We continue to promote excellent attendance at the Academy by launching our new incentives.

‘Fab Feb’ was launched throughout the Academy and bring some competition to our VMGs. We monitored attendance for the month of February and the winning VMG Countries in each Continent have been invited to celebrate their success with a breakfast brunch.  Around 150 students have been invited, as well as an additional individual prize draw which involves approximately 550 students, all of whom had 100% attendance in February.  On Friday 9th March, 3 students will be drawn at random and each will win a £20 voucher.

On Tuesday 27th February we hosted the Y11 Revision Evening.  The evening was an interactive session giving an opportunity to discuss and assist students and parents, with revision strategies across all subject areas.   Students were given the opportunity to taste the types of brain food that will support revision during the exam period and all students received a revision pack, worth £20, which included all the resources needed to begin revision and lots of activities from teaching staff.

On 1st March 2018, 34 students began their training as Anti bullying Ambassadors. They learnt how to identify signs of potential bullying around the Academy, as well as strategies to support students around our Academy.

The Student Leadership Team have been very busy this term.  They are involved in planning and creating some exciting activities for the Year 6 Transition Days on 4th and 5th July 2018.  We look forward to welcoming these students into Year 7 in September 2018.   They have also conducted surveys with our students, finding out about opinions of the food served in the Academy.  They are working closely with our Catering Manager to meet the requests of our students.  Our Vice Presidents have also recently both been appointed to Doncaster Youth Council and representing the views of students from our area to Doncaster Council. On 8th March 2018, representatives of the Student Leadership Team met with me and Miss Hanquinoux to discuss the progress made so far this year. Students had the opportunity to discuss random acts of kindness and teaching and learning. All students who participated made amazing contributions to the discussion and were confident to be open and honest.

The Academy continues to move forward at pace … we are looking forward to exciting times ahead, including the Graduation Ceremony, Y7 Residential to Kingswood and the annual Y11 Prom.

 

Richard Brooke

Principal