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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 13th October 2017

International Day of the Girl

Wednesday 11 October was International Day of the Girl – a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the inequalities girls face in education, family life and well-being across the globe. At Sarah Bonnell girls have access to great opportunities in lessons, trips, after-school activities and visits. I challenge all Sarah Bonnell girls to take-up one new opportunity after half-term in order to appreciate the privileged position they are in compared to girls in other parts of the world. ‘Aim High’ and ‘No Excuses’.

Open Evening 2017

Wednesday 11 October was also special because Sarah Bonnell opened its doors to Year 6 children and their families for our annual Open Evening. Students and staff were delighted to talk to visitors about the things that make Sarah Bonnell a great school to learn and achieve. The Year 7 Drama Club performed a short piece about Rosa Parks, PE students demonstrated their trampoline and climbing skills, Music students performed their version of ‘Hallelujah’, Art students were helping Year 6 do screen printing, History students were sharing facts about the height of key historical figures like Fidel Castro and Rosa Parks, Science students were demonstrating chemical reactions , Maths students were getting visitors involved in solving problems and Computing students were getting visitors to use muffins to create binary code. Every Curriculum area had something great to show-case including English and Technology were students could play computer games using banana power! The atmosphere in school was buzzing and we had lots of great feedback including one parent who said ‘Sarah Bonnell has a great reputation, now I can see why!’ Thank you to all our amazing staff who worked so hard to plan and prepare for this event and all our brilliant student ambassadors who represented the school so well. ‘Be Proud’.

Music Concert

The week finished on a high with some fabulous performances in the half-term Music concert after school on Friday 13 October. Once again the talent of students at Sarah Bonnell shone out as friends and staff were treated to some lovely performances from vocalists, pianists and violinists. I particularly enjoyed Lina’s violin solo of ‘Theme and Variation’ by Paganini.

Next week

On Tuesday 17 October we have the first of our Extended Learning Days giving all students an opportunity to focus on one aspect of learning for the whole day. The theme of this first ELD of the school year is ‘Awareness’ and students in Years 7-10 will be involved in a range of different activities to develop their understanding of how to stay healthy and safe. IN Year 11 students will be extending their learning in Science and RE to gain more knowledge and understanding of some key topics in their GCSE courses in these subjects.

On Wednesday 18 October we have the Year 7 Celebration of Learning at 4.00pm. This is an opportunity for all Year 7 parents to come to an exhibition of work completed by Year 7 during their first half-term at Sarah Bonnell as part of their ‘Exploration project’ in all subjects.

On Thursday 19 October at 9.00am we are holding an extra ‘Open Morning’ for parents wanting to secure a secondary school place for their daughter for Year 7 in September 2018.

On Friday 20 October school closes at the usual time for the half-term holiday. The second half of the autumn term begins on Monday 30 October 2017. A reminder that on  Friday 1 December 2017 school is closed to students for a staff training day.

Rae Potter – Headteacher