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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 28th April 2017

The week kicked off to a great start with Year 11 PE students being externally assessed as part of their final GCSE exams. Ms Norley, Head of PE, said she was delighted with the way the girls performed in a range of sports including table-tennis. We have also had the practical component of both the Drama and Art GCSE exams. Ms Griffiths, Head of Drama, feels confidentthat the girls did really well in Drama and Ms Poynter, Art teacher, described the Year 11 art pieces as ‘wonderfully ambitious’. I agree, the final pieces are ambitious, creative and inspiring.  You can come along to the GCSE Art Exhibition on Friday 5 May between 4.30pm and 6.00pm to judge for yourself!

On Tuesday we were delighted to see so many parents and carers at the Year 7 Parents’ Evening. Year 7 have made a great start to their learning at Sarah Bonnell and teachers were really pleased to be able to tell parents all about their daughter’s progress. There were some great displays in the Piazza of Year 7 art work and some booklets Year 7 had designed to send to the ‘UWS School’ in Cambodia that Sarah Bonnell sponsors. 

On Thursday Sarah Bonnell Scholarship students went to Rokeby School for the third and final of the Newham Community Schools’ Trust Challenge Days. This time the focus was Maths and our girls got the chance to compete against students from Rokeby and Lister to complete challenging maths questions and solve equations. Ms Nicholson said the girls really got involved and tackled some really difficult maths with ease!

On Friday Sarah Bonnell students in all year groups participated in an Extended Learning Day. Mr Archer, AssistantHeadteacher, worked with the Progress Leaders for each Year Group to put on a varied programme of workshops, speakers, activities, trips and lessons for the girls. Year 10 had to design a parachute for an egg and drop it from the Piazza balcony to see which team’s egg survived the fall. Year 7 were immersed in different cultures and languages and had a chance to learn flamenco dancing, Year 11 had extra revision lessons for English and Maths and Year 9 were inspired by a dynamic group of professional women who gave up their time to talk about the route they took to get in to their careers in Transport for London. Huge thanks to all the volunteers and experts who visited the school today to inspire the girls to ‘Aim High'.

Much of the school grounds and premises had a spring-clean over the Easter Break and this week the outside gardens have been re-planted. Please can all members of the Sarah Bonnell community ‘Be Proud’ and keep the gardens and school premises looking great: put litter in the bin, respect school property and no chewing gum on site. Huge thanks to the Premises Team for making sure we learn and work in such a nice environment.

School is closed on Monday 1 May 2017.

Rae Potter – Headteacher