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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 19th May 2017

This week the GCSE examinations got into full-swing with many girls involved in exams every day. Sarah Bonnell School is really proud of the way the Year 11 girls have approached the examinations and wish them continued good luck.

On Wednesday Sarah Bonnell athletics team set off to take part in the Newham Borough Athletics Competition. Despite the rain, two of our students came away as Borough Champions in the Shot Putt – congratulations to sisters Shaneeka and Shareena Murray-Sinclair.  Be Proud!

At Sarah Bonnell we believe in staff development and every Wednesday during our weekly early morning ‘Teaching and Learning Briefing’ we share ideas about how to teach in a way that engages the girls and helps them make the best progress possible. This week staff were inspired by colleagues in the PE department to try out some new revision activities. PE teachers shared ideas about competitive, active and fun revision games using balls and running to get girls engaged and build confidence. Teachers will be trying out these activities in lessons in the next few weeks.

Staff development continued after-school on Wednesday too as our Lead Practitioners explained how to develop marking and feedback using a new approach called AIR time. AIR time helps the girls Assess Improve and Respond to the marking their teachers have given on a piece of work. Girls should look out for this new slide in lessons and ‘Work Hard’ to improve their work.

This week all girls in the school had an important assembly about the work we are doing as a school in partnership with Headstart to develop emotional health. Sarah Bonnell was a pilot school for this borough-wide programme funded by the National Lottery in 2015-2016 and this year we have been doing even more to ensure the programme is an integral part of the way we approach personal development and well-being in the school. The Headstart programme focusses on five main strands of well-being that all dove-tail with The Sarah Bonnell Way. For example the programme aims to develop resilience – this focus on ‘never giving up’ and ‘having hope for the future’ fits in well with our values of ‘No Excuses’ and ‘Work Hard’.

Next week promises to be another busy week with examinations and the start of Ramadan for many of our families. School closes for half-term holiday from Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June 2017.

Rae Potter – Headteacher