Principal’s Message - December 2018

We are now approaching the end of a long term and the whole school community is looking forward to a well-earned rest.

The Academy is very proud of its students and we are moving forward at pace. We are particularly delighted with our current Year 11 students have had some very encouraging results in their latest set of assessments.

In October, Don Valley Academy was selected to take part in a project involving Channel 4 filming a careers project, Guy Martin’s Building Britain. This was such an amazing opportunity for our learners and to showcase a careers project to give young people the chance to learn and experience trade, DIY, and construction skills. The idea to create a Serenity Garden was put into place and it is hoped that the garden will last for many years and will continue to grow over time.   Students now have the opportunity to visit the garden for reflection and meditation. We are all looking forward to seeing the programme on TV which will be broadcast of Christmas Eve on Channel4OD.

A large number of students have been invited to join me at the Principal’s Brunch to celebrate their effort. Students were treated to delicious breakfast treats of cooked breakfast items, croissants, waffles, pancakes.

Students across all year groups have taken part in Mindfulness Assemblies this term, an opportunity to spend time with their friends, meet new friends and take part in some fun activities.

The Attendance Advent Giveaway has once again been a huge success this year. Every student who has attended school every day during the month of December is entered into a daily prize draw to win some fantastic prizes, including electronic equipment, tablets, fitness trackers, sweet hampers and selection boxes. Excitement gathers as the lunchtime draw is made! In addition, on the last day of term, one lucky student will win a fantastic Christmas Hamper to take home for their family.

A small group of Y8 students were given the opportunity to take part in the first of three tours of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield. The AMRC is a network of world-leading research innovation centres working with advanced manufacturing companies around the globe. Having this opportunity is a testament to the level of commitment the students have shown to their science education and is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into what a career in any of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects can bring.

Some of our Year 12 and 13 students have recently attended an event with the charity B:Friend, a charity that aims to tackle issues relating to loneliness in elderly people from Doncaster. We think this was an amazing opportunity for our students to have a huge impact on the lives of lonely members of our community.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas. The Academy will remain open as usual until the end of the day on Thursday 20th December 2018. and re-open on Monday 7th January 2019. I look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Richard Brooke