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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 24th March 2017

As well as our normal focus on learning in every lesson we have had a lot of extra activities going on again this week. Sarah Bonnell girls always ‘Aim High’ and this week Year 9 have taken this literally on their Outward Bound Expedition in the Snowden area. The 90 girls on this 5 day residential trip to Wales have been challenged to build their personal grit and determination by taking on outdoor activities like camping, hiking and canoeing.  I am sure the girls would want to thank Ms Whitehouse, Head of Progress, and all the teachers supervising the trip for organising such a brilliant experience for them.

On Thursday and Friday the Assembly Hall was buzzing during lunch-time with the Year 8 Campaign event organised by Mr Walsh, Progress Leader for Year 8, and the Year 8 tutors. The girls have worked hard to prepare campaigns about a political or social issue and at lunch-time they had to canvass for support. The campaign themes ranged from a petition against Donald Trump’s Travel Ban to raising awareness about Girls’ Education to promoting Animal Welfare. Mr Walsh had arranged for some local MP’s and Councillors to judge the campaigns. Lyn Brown, MP for West Ham since 2005, said the girls were ‘very persuasive and passionate ’and Paul Reynolds, LibDem candidate for West Ham, said he was ‘very impressed with the girls’ understanding of political arguments. The winning teams will be announced next week in the Year 8 Achievement Assembly. I was very impressed with the quality of the campaigns and agreed with our political visitors that the girls were a ‘credit to the school’.

My ‘Hot Chocolate Fridays’ have been a great opportunity this term to meet a range of students from across the school to congratulate them on their achievements and thank them for living up to the Sarah Bonnell Way. Last Friday I met Lina Amiour (8A) who was nominated by Ms Hall because her ‘homework demonstrates excellent creative effort’ and Kirandeep Kaur in 7H who was nominated by Ms Sangster for her confident performance of Juliet’s balcony soliloquy  in the Learning Hub on World Book Day.  This Friday I met Sukhveer Singh 8H who was nominated by Ms Sahebdin for ‘Aim High’ and Ziya Vhora 7H who was nominated for ‘Be Nice’ by Mr Begley and Komila Islamova 8L for ‘fantastic academic progress and participation in English’ who was nominated by Mr Walsh.  As the girls drink hot-chocolate and eat chocolate biscuits they take great pride in telling me about their favourite lessons and always say how much they appreciate the kindness of teachers and other staff in the school.

Next week is the last week of the Spring Term – school closes for students at 12.30pm on Friday 31 March and re-opens on Tuesday 18 April. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this term, wish a Happy Easter to those of you celebrating this religious festival and happy, safe holiday to you all.

Rae Potter – Headteacher