This week has seen Year 11 sit their final GCSE examinations. I was reading an interesting article from the Association of School and College Leaders that considers how changes in the GCSE examinations nationally this year have increased the level of resilience young people need. The article shows that in 2017 a student studying a typical range of 9 GCSE subjects sat 22 different examinations lasting a total of 33 hours compared with their 2016 counterpart who only sat 13 exams lasting a total of 18 hours. As a school we worked hard to prepare our Year 11 girls for these additional challenges and are supporting girls in Year 10 to practise exam skills and build exam resilience by having end of year examinations all this week. Well done to all Year 10 and Year 11 girls - Sarah Bonnell is proud of your hard-work and resilience.
Year 8 Students visited University of East London this week to take part in the annual CREST award for Science and Technology. Mr Odudimu, Lead Science Technician, said that the girls all found it really interesting and enjoyable. Theyworked alongside other students from different schools learning about Big Bang Theory, how to extract Vitamin C from fruitand they discussed the making and effects of Aspirin on the Human Body. Apart from these activities, the girls were also excited about getting a glimpse of the university life.
Next week is a another busy week for the school – please remember that all students and staff are off-site on Wednesday 28 June to take part in Sports Day and on Thursday 29 June it is ‘ Induction Day’ for all the Year 6 students who will be joining us in September 2017 as our new cohort of Year 7.
Finally, our thoughts are with the families affected by the terror attack outside Finsbury Park Mosque. Further to the letter I senthome last week, Sarah Bonnell School is planning a ‘Be Proud’ day for Monday 10 July to show our shared commitment against all forms of racism, hatred and extremism and strengthen our pride in the cultural diversity of our school community. I wish everyone a peaceful weekend and ‘Eid Mubarak’ to all students and staff celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Rae Potter – Headteacher