My View, Bobbie Roberts: Plenty to celebrate as school year ends

The lions at Doncaster's Yorkshire Wildlife Park have celebrated the fifth anniversary of being rescued from the squalid conditions at the Oradea Zoo in Romania five years ago, thanks to a public appeal.
The lions at Doncaster's Yorkshire Wildlife Park have celebrated the fifth anniversary of being rescued from the squalid conditions at the Oradea Zoo in Romania five years ago, thanks to a public appeal.

As another academic year draws to a close it is time for us to celebrate the learning, growing and developing that has taken place during the past 12 months.

It is important we take time to celebrate the achievements of our pupils and students from across the Doncaster borough and the hard work of the teachers and staff who have supported them.

Things like effort and progress need to be commended as trying hard and delivering the best that you possibly can is a wonderful attribute.

Not everyone is academically gifted.

But, if you know that people are working to the best of their ability, then they deserve to receive the highest praise.

It is lovely to see pupils and students being rewarded for their efforts this week.

And many of our pupils have been given day trips out to some great places like the Dome and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

For some, the end of the this academic year is the end of their journey in education.

However, for many other children in schools it might be the stepping stone from infants to juniors, or from junior school to comprehensive school.

I hope they all have fond memories of the year they have had and can take new skills and knowledge with them as they progress to their next challenge.

This week, at the Communication Specialist College, which is part of the Doncaster Deaf Trust, we are taking the time to celebrate our students with our annual awards day.

At a special ceremony, we give our students certificates for their achievements which they are proud to receive in front of their families and friends.

We also give out a number of special prizes for those who have excelled in an area.

There are also awards for those who have made an outstanding contribution to college life.

The great thing about providing specialist education is that we are able to recognise that deaf, hard of hearing and people with communication difficulties have very specific needs.

And there needs to be specific services for them as well.

Providing those services is what we do well.

Here’s to celebrating achievement.

And best wishes to all those pupils for their future ‘journey’.

* Bobbie Roberts, chairman, Doncaster Deaf Trust