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On Friday 15th July Sarah Bonnell held its annual ‘Achievement Day’ assemblies.

The assemblies were an opportunity to celebrate the varied and plentiful accomplishments of the 2015/16 academic year. Students from each year group were presented with certificates for their achievements in various curriculum areas, 100% attendance, and progress and achievement. Year Leaders and Progress Leaders also selected students from their year group to be awarded prizes for exemplifying the Sarah Bonnell Way.

The school community welcomed our guest speaker, Becca Dean from the Girls' Network. Becca is co-founder and director of the Girls' Network and began her career as an English teacher working in inner city schools where girls had low academic and career aspirations. She decided to begin a mentoring programme within her own school and it eventually became the Girls' Network in 2012. Becca co-founded the organisation with Charley Young, a fellow teacher. Their mission statement is to inspire and empower girls from less advantaged backgrounds through access to mentoring and a network of professional women. Since launching in 2012 the organisation has supported 1000 young women across years 10-13 to raise their aspirations and expectations. Sarah Bonnell has been involved with the programme since 2014 and our students have benefited from a variety of opportunities and experiences. Becca's speech fully supported all aspects of our school motto and had the additional message of be prepared to take risks, small or large.

Performances from Hannah Da‚Äčle in year 9 and the Chamber Choir added to the triumphant and uplifting mood, it was a joy to hear their performances. The assemblies were the perfect way to end a successful and productive year.