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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 21st April 2017

The Summer Term has got off to a busy start this week with the launch of our Sarah Bonnell Teaching and Learning Blog https://sbpedagogy.wordpress.com/. The student Learning Ambassadors have done a great job of kicking off the blog by inviting staff to share ideas. These girls also spoke at a staff training session this week about the training they have had to become Learning Ambassadors and to encourage staff to get a ‘students view’ of learning. John Hattie, a global leader in researching what helps students learn the most, argues that feedback has huge impact. At Sarah Bonnell we believe that students can give us helpful feedback about what makes great learning and I am sure the Learning Ambassadors will soon be ‘blogging’ about the great things they’ve seen in lessons this term.  Ms Bibi, Lead Practitioner for English, is leading on the blog and is confident that this will help us share ideas about teaching and learning in a way that helps the girls achieve even more than they do already.  

On Thursday Mr Keenan, Mr Rudland, Ms Ward and Ms Nahaboo organised a lovely celebratory meal for our Year 11 Prefect Team to say thank you for everything they have done to represent the school and support the smooth running of important events like Open Evening. Miriam, Head Girl, and Lorraine, Sport Captain, gave speeches to recognise the way the Prefect Team have carried out important duties and shared great ideas for improving the school. Miriam finished by reminding the team that ‘Once a prefect, always a prefect’.

On Friday the Geography Ambassadors and Year 10 Student Council worked with Ms Vitalis, Geography Teacher, to recognise Earth Day 2017. The ambassadors and council representatives spent last term planning for this event by working with teachers to plan lessons that could be taught without electricity and today we ‘switched-off’ for an hour to reduce our energy consumption. This was a great way of getting everyone to think about the planet and our global footprint. Thank you to all involved!

Rae Potter - Headteacher