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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 9th June 2017

On Tuesday it was lovely to see so many families at Year 10 Parents Evening talking to teachers about the achievements of the year. I would like to wish Year 10 all the best with their trial examinations and work experience in the next few weeks. Aim High Year 10.

On Tuesday Sarah Bonnell hosted the HeadStart Board meeting. Three of our HeadStart Champions gave an excellent presentation to the board to explain what they have been doing, the impact it has had and their ideas for the future. Well done to Elizabeth, Jaden and Shukri for speaking with confidence about their role important role in this emotional health programme. Thank you to Ms Flowers, Head of Access and Inclusion, for organising this meeting.

On Wednesday GCSE PE students visited the West Ham United football stadium in the Olympic Park as part of their course. The girls saw the changing rooms, the pitch, press rooms and more.

Democracy was alive and well at Sarah Bonnell yesterday as students and staff took part in the Mock General Election organised by Ms Servini, Curriculum Leader for World Languages and Mr Keenan, Student Leadership Coordinator. The mock election was a great platform for girls to discuss the manifesto pledges of the different political parties and gain more understanding of the electoral process in the UK. 89% of the Sarah Bonnell vote went to Labour.

On Thursday Ms Saleh, Science teacher, invited me to the STEM club to see some excellent presentations on the problem solving challenge they have been doing in club. The girls successfully used lolly sticks to design and build a bridge capable of holding 2kg of sugar. The girls had researched different kinds of bridges, used calculations to reduce costs and used their STEM skills to design and build some great bridges. Well done to the winning team of Year 10 who not only designed an aesthetically pleasing but a very strong bridge! Ms Saleh had also invited a former Sarah Bonnell student, who is now a qualified architect, to act as a judge. 

This week has also been a week of reflection and an opportunity for us to revisit our school values in response to events in London and Manchester. Sometimes the news young people get, from social media sites or from the newspaper, radio and television, can lead to misunderstanding. This week I have spoken to staff to request that they talk to the girls about the recent events in Manchester and London and remind them of the importance of keeping safe. We consider our school to be one community standing together against all forms of extremism and hatred: our thoughts are with all those affected by these tragic events.

Rae Potter – Headteacher