2017 has got off to a really great start at Sarah Bonnell School. If I were to sum up this week in one word it would be FOCUSSED.
Year 11 students really do have their ‘eyes on the prize’ and it was great to see so many year 11 girls at the ‘Exam Results Evening’ on Tuesday with their families. I was proud of the girls as they opened the gold envelopes with the mock exams grades and predicted grades inside because they showed a determination to try their best to improve their effort whether they felt pleased or disappointed with their results. It was also great speaking to parents and carers who had taken time to write messages to their daughters on the ‘Inspiration’ post-cards we had at the event. I know we can keep working together to support and encourage the girls to keep putting in 100% effort and get the success they deserve. The buzz of this successful event planned by Ms Sangster, Assistant Headteacher and Mr Begley, Progress Leader has been evident in Year 11’s attitude to learning this week. I have been really pleased to see them taking up the opportunity to work in the Silent Study area at break and lunch-time to do practice exam papers and prepare for the summer exams.
On Wednesday a number of students in Year 11, Year 9 and Year 10 were lucky enough to focus their attention on one of two amazing theatre performances that have been planned by teachers this week – ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens was performed in our own school hall and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime’ by was performed at the Geilgud Theatre.
There was more focus on Thursday evening when, despite the ‘ thunder snow’, Year 10 students delivered a variety of creative and engaging art workshops for students, staff and parents as part of a project with Bow Arts to help them achieve Arts Award Silver.
Huge thanks to staff who organised all these events and to students for taking part in such a focussed and positive way.
At break-time today I had my first student guest for ‘Hot Chocolate Fridays’ – this week a student was nominated by Ms Adel, Curriculum Leader for ICT and Business Studies, for always going ‘above and beyond’ in her contribution to the school community and completing 21 ‘Leadership Hours’ as part of her Sarah Bonnell Award. It was a lovely way to finish of the week and I look forward to meeting other students for this weekly treat in the weeks to come.
Rae Potter - Headteacher