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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 29th September 2017

Sarah Bonnell shine at the Jack Petchey Award Winners Celebration 2017

On Monday evening a group of our students attended the Jack Petchey celebration event at the O2. This event celebrates the Jack Petchey Award scheme set up to recognise young people in east London who have gone over and above.  For example, they may have achieved a personal triumph against adversity or pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone or they may have made an outstanding effort to put others first. This year six of our students were successful in winning Jack Petchey awards along with a member of the school staff, Mr Hunte, who won the School Leader award. These students were Tayeba Islam (Y11 Leaver), Nayma Sima (Y11 Leaver), Farzana Begum (Y10), Dina Benidir (Y8), Hafsa Mohamed (Y11) and Jaden Sharpe- Stroude (Y9).  Not only were each of these students awarded for their outstanding achievements, they were also each given £250 to spend on something within school that would benefit others. We are so proud of our students and staff who won these prestigious awards and look forward to seeing who will be successful in the year ahead. Following the presentation the audience were blown away by our multi-talented Head Girl Hannah who performanced of Andra Day's 'Rise Up'. 

Top Progress 8 score

I am proud to share more good news about our provisional Progress 8 score. The Department for Education has now worked this out using the national cohort data for 2017 and the school Progress 8 score has gone up to 0.78. This means that across 8 GCSEs , including English, Maths , Science, Humanities, Languages and a range of other subjects, girls at Sarah Bonnell do better, on average, by over ¾ of a GCSE grade compared to all pupils in England with the same KS2 scores. Our Progress 8 score is impressive and above the Newham score of 0.57 for girls only.

The following link will take you to a short video that explains how Progress 8 is worked out and why Progress 8 in three minutes

European Day of Languages 2017

Staff and students in World Languages really created a buzz about languages this week to mark the European Day of Languages. Six Year 10 students (Mahfuza Chowdhury, Moumita Dhar, Zamzam Mohamud, Zohra Safi, Yusra Soleman, Maria Uddin) led assemblies all week on the benefits of learning languages with a focus on cultural understanding, mutual respect and tolerance. There has been an international film festival with foreign language films showing every lunchtime in the languages area. We had films in Arabic, Urdu, Italian, French, Spanish and Mandarin. The Vocab Express League of Champions competition started and ends on 4th October. Over a 150 students are busy competing against other schools around the country to see who can learn the most words on the website. Huge thanks to the World Languages team for promoting the importance of speaking different languages and especially to Mr Munoz and Ms Begum for organising and leading many of the activities.

Headteacher’s  Student of the Week

This week I met with three Year 11 girls who has used the Italian they have learned in their GCSE lessons to support a Year 7 student who has just moved from Italy to London and needed help understanding and completing her Maths homework. Well done to Mansi Patel, Smurti Patel and Safiya Munshi for showing the school value of ‘Be Nice’ and making a difference to someone new to the school and country.

Running Success

 On Tuesday the PE staff organised a Key Stage 3 Inter-form Cross Country competition. There were around 100 girls that took part in the running event showing that Sarah Bonnell girls are active and competitive! Congratulations to the winners: Vanyza 7D, Dina 8E, Daphne 9A and to the PE staff for supervising and organising this running success.

Governors get together

Sarah Bonnell has a strong Governing Body with governors from a range of different professions who bring great skill and expertise to their role. On Wednesday we had the first Full Governing Body meeting of the school year with a packed agenda. Governors congratulated the students, staff and parents on the great GCSE results the school achieved and went on to ask questions about the performance of specific subjects so that they can support us in making sure every girl achieves her full potential at the school. Governors also received further training on Keeping Children Safe in Education. If you are interested in finding out more about who is on our Governing Body please visit the school website.

Looking ahead to next week

Next week we begin a month of events, assemblies and activities to mark the importance of Black History Month 2017 and on Friday we also celebrate National Poetry Day.

Rae Potter – Headteacher