AVS Newsletter December 22 2017

AVON VALLEY SCHOOL Fortnightly News December 22nd 2017 Dear Parent/Carer At the end of a very busy and productive term, it is time to look back at what we have achieved over the last 4 months. Clearly the biggest triumph for the school this term has been our fantastic production of ‘A Christmas Carol’. I’m sorry to say that if you didn’t attend, you missed a real treat! This was the first show that we have put on since I have been Headteacher and I felt incredibly proud of the production that our staff and students created. This year, for the first time, we looked for external sponsorship for our production and both the show’s sponsors were incredibly impressed by the quality of what they witnessed. I was asked by one how the school managed to produce a performance of this standard, when so many schools are cutting back and focusing purely on exam performance. I was proud to say that at Avon Valley we recognise that there is far more to education than a good set of exam results, important though they are, and that we are committed to developing confidence, resilience, team work and a whole host of other skills alongside academic performance. Whatever the government agenda, the performing arts remain at the heart of our school and we are steadfast in our commitment to provide a rounded education for the students in our school. The academic year has a very familiar pattern and, after nearly 30 years in education, I am very aware that the autumn term is in many ways the most challenging. Students arrive back in September full of enthusiasm, with new uniforms and fresh exercise books. The sun shines, the days are long and everyone is fresh and keen to learn. 16 weeks later the students look exhausted, the weather is damp and foggy and everything has started to look a bit ‘dog eared’. Thank goodness for the Christmas break! However, along the way so much has been achieved and, as we enter the final week of term, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate the many successes with our students in the Gold Book assemblies. Over the last week of term I have the privilege of awarding ‘Achievement’ badges to over 40 students from each year group who have excelled in their attitude to learning and progress in subjects ranging from Art and Psychology, to Maths and Science. From our Yr 7 students, who have just completed their first term, to our Yr 11 students, who are looking increasingly anxious about the challenges of the GCSE exams in June 2018, all of our students can feel proud of what they have achieved over the last 4 months. As we finally come to the end of term, I would like to thank you all for your support of the school over the last year and to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2018. Don’t forget to follow @AvonValleySch on Twitter and AvonValleySchool on Facebook for up-to-date information and news