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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 4th May 2018

ELD Day – enriching experiences for all students

We began another busy week with the fifth of our Extended Learning Days. Instead of following their usual timetable staff planned a range of great activities to help the students learn and develop new skills and take part in educational visits and workshops that extend their learning in a rich and meaningful way. Year 7 dodged the rain (again) to visit the Big Slide in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Year 10 had a ‘Boss Day’ as part of Sarah Bonnell’s excellent Careers Guidance programme. Huge thanks to Mr Archer for, once again, coordinating a very successful and rewarding day.

Ms Hart, her daughter and an England Basketball Captain (right)

Newham All Stars Sports Academy

Sarah Bonnell have started Basketball Club on a Monday morning before school, which is being run by the brilliant Ms Hart, the Founder and Chief Executive of the Newham All Stars Sports Academy. This week we had 12 excited students attend the first session, and afterwards as part of our Extended Learning Day (ELD), they then got to go and visit the University of East London’s incredibly Basketball facilities, enjoy some professional coaching, and meet the former captain of the England Basketball team!

Basketball Breakfast Club will continue running from 7.30-8.15, every Monday morning, and we can’t wait for more people to come along.

Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Regional Final 2018  

On Wednesday evening, Sarah Bonnell School were the hosts of the prestigious ‘Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge’ event. Jack Petchey organise training for students from a number of schools across Newham, to help students become better public speakers. As hosts, 60 of our Year 10 students had the amazing opportunity to further develop their speaking skills, and two – Aysha Adam and Naima Chowdhury – were selected as our school champions. With a little bit of support and advice from last year’s winner, (and current Year 11 Sarah Bonnell student) Zaynah Ali, they prepared two fantastic, powerful and memorable speeches. There were 19 speakers in total, from over 15 different schools, and the quality of the performances from every student was incredible. The event was a huge success with students attending from across the borough, who were hugely impressed by the prefects who helped host the event, the musical performances from our two Year 11 students, the performers themselves, and by the school itself. Lyn Brown, MP, was delighted to present the awards to all those students who spoke so powerfully and our congratulations go to the winner of this years’ regional final, Shima Mohammed from Plashet School for Girls – we wish her every success in securing her place in the London Final. Be Nice, Aim High, Be Proud

Special thanks to Ms Sahebdhin, Scholarship Coordinator, for her brilliant work supporting this event and bringing it to Sarah Bonnell and to Mr Begley for opening the event with a warm welcome and words of advice to all the young competitors. The organisers said ‘Last night was something special’ and I would definitely agree. Be Proud

World Languages host a visit from a school in Germany

Sarah Bonnell opened its doors to students and teachers from Germany. The visiting German students went to lessons, toured the school and experienced life in a London school as part of their trip to the UK. This gave students at Sarah Bonnell a chance to show how proud they are of their school and find out a little bit about life in a German school.  One difference they discovered was that in Germany the children stay in one classroom for most of their lessons; the teachers move from room to room to teach the different subjects on the curriculum.  Be Nice and Be Proud

GCSE Exams are here – Year 11 ‘Aim High’

This week Year 11 have had their GCSE Spanish, French, Italian and Arabic speaking examinations. I would like to thank all the World Languages team for their expertise with delivering the examinations and for the brilliant support they gave the girls prior to the exams during ELD day.

Aim High and Work Hard

A reminder that school is closed on Monday 7 May as this is a national Bank Holiday.

Rae Potter – Headteacher