Last year we had another visit of students from our Sister School in China, Shengze Primary School. As we’ve found out from the previous visit speaking a different language and coming from a different country is no barrier to making new friends, and having fun. Don Valley students enjoyed sharing their school with their new friends from Shengze and showing off our beautiful part of this country. We all enjoyed trying out our Chinese language skills and learning more about Chinese culture and customs. At the end of these visits it’s always sad to say goodbye to new and old friends but we look forward to keeping in touch through photos, cards, letters and skype.
We already have a full year planned for this coming year. We have our centenary celebrations during the year ( the first registered Don Valley Primary School was established in 1917). We kicked off the celebrations towards the end of last year with an old fashioned dress up day, old fashioned games and cake. Games of marbles and hoops were a great success! We plan on continuing the celebrations into this year.
This year we’ll be really individualising our learning program with individual student learning plans in writing, reading and speaking and listening. We have lots of extra engaging activities already planned through out the year, including gymnastics clinics for all students; an urban camp for grade 5/6 students; a girls choir; gardening and our exciting Challenged Based Learning Program on Fridays.
There’s been lots of renovation work happening at the school over the last 12 months as part of a Planned Maintenance Grant. We’re just about at the end of the sprucing up projects. The school’s looking very smart!