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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 1st February 2019

    Published 04/02/19

    Creative Careers Event – Find your future

    On Wednesday 30 January 2019 the Art and Design department of Sarah Bonnell hosted our first Creative Careers event delivered in partnership with Bow Arts Consortium.  To start the event, we had keynote talks from Leyla Reynolds – Artistic Director of gla-dem magazine and Jessica Ashman who is a BAFTA award winning animation artist and arts educator. Students then had the opportunity to meet creative professionals from across a variety of art sectors and learn about the careers available. Parents and students were also able to speak to industry professionals including those working in the areas of Architecture, Interior Design, Design Innovation and many more. The feedback from the artists and designers visiting the school was fantastic with photographer ‘Skallywag Fox’ commenting that Sarah Bonnell students are ‘thoughtful, interested and polite’ as they talked to him about his powerful fashion photography and portraits. A highlight of the evening for me was listening to Janine Francois, a former Sarah Bonnell student herself, talk about her happy memories of school and describing the journey she had taken to become a pioneering lecturer at London College of Fashion and PhD student working for her doctorate. The feedback from parents and students was also excellent with students gaining knowledge about how to ‘Find their future in Creative Careers’ Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell reflects on Holocaust Memorial Day

    This annual event marks the national day to remember and learn from the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur. Students were involved in a variety of activities to remember what Holocaust survivors went through between 1942-1945. In changing times, it seems even more appropriate that we learn from the past in order to secure a peaceful future. Be Nice

    Newham Civil Society Youth Commission

    Ms Sangster (Deputy Headteacher) and Ms Clark (Deputy Headteacher) took 11 Year 8 students to the Newham Civil Society Youth Commission on Tuesday 31 January 2019. The students were exemplary and Ms Sangster said she was ‘incredibly proud’ of them. They contributed to important discussions about how to make our community safer and how to build better relationships with the police. Several people commented on what the girls had to say and how impressed they were with them. Be Proud

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 


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  • Half term Holiday Offer at the London Stadium

    Published 30/01/19


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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 25th January 2019

    Published 28/01/19

    Year 9 Tenner Challenge

    Our year 9 students have been involved in the fantastic Tenner Challenge across the last two weeks at lunchtime. The Tenner Challenge is an interactive programme that helps students to develop key employability skills including creativity, resilience and problem solving, whilst using real money to make as much profit as possible from the £10. The girls showed their creativity by making jewellery, canvases and recycled stationary. I was really impressed with their ideas and the students involved really enjoyed the challenge. The money raised will be donated to our school charity United World Schools. Be Proud

    Year 11 Practice GCSE Exams

    Year 11 have finished an intensive two weeks of Practice GCSE Exams. It’s been nice hearing students talk about feeling proud of the fact they’ve coped so well with the pressure and hearing them talk about feeling confident that they’ve done well. Staff look forward to sharing exam results at the Year 11 Parents Evening on Wednesday 6th February 2019. Work Hard

    Sarah Bonnell’s Creative Careers Event

    On Wednesday 30th January 2019 the Art and Design department will be hosting a Creative Careers event alongside Bow Arts. To start the event, we have Keynote talks from 5:20pm by Leyla Reynolds – Artistic Director of gla-dem magazine and Jessica Ashman who is a BAFTA award winning animation artist and arts educator. Students will then have the opportunity to meet creative professionals from across a variety of art sectors and learn about the careers available. Parents and students will be able to speak to industry professionals including those working in the areas of Architecture, Interior Design, Design Innovation and many more.  We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday from 5:15pm.  Aim High

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 18th January 2019

    Published 18/01/19

    Who will be the next Headgirl of Sarah Bonnell School?

    Nine of the newly elected Year 10 Prefects were successfully shortlisted to attend interviews for the opportunity to campaign to become the next Headgirl of Sarah Bonnell School. The nine awesome students competing for this year’s prestigious Head Girl position have been working hard preparing presentations for their interview. The candidates were put through their paces by a panel made up of the Year 10 Leadership Team (Ms Costas, Mr Keenan and Mr Begley), Mr Leslie (Chair of Governors), Mr Rudland (Assistant Headteacher), Aliyah Irabor-York (Headgirl) and me. I was really impressed with their manifesto ideas, confidence and public speaking skills. In their presentations the girls talked about the pride they have in their school, the opportunities that have developed their confidence and leadership skills (Headstart, Form Time, Digital Leaders, School Performances) and praised staff for everything they do to support students in the school.

    Well done to Dorcas Mbala, Israa Ibrahim, Jaden Sharpe-Stroude, Xhenete Mani, Maariyah Ali, Aanaya Miah, Jasrah Hannan, Sukhveer Singh and Shukri Yusuf for seizing this opportunity.

    The quality of the presentations made it very difficult for the panel to decide but the five students selected to campaign for Headgirl are Dorcas, Israa, Jaden, Maariyah and Shukri.  I look forward to Election Day on Thursday 7 February 2019 when students and staff will be able to cast their votes for our next Headgirl.   Be Proud

    Basketball star, John Starks, visits Sarah Bonnell

    On Wednesday 16th January a group of students were part of a basketball masterclass hosted by Natasha Hart MBE, founder of the Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA)and John Starks, former New York Knicks basketball player and member of the NBA Hall of Fame. To start the session, the students and John were part of a talk led by Anthony Okereafor, a NASSA player and founder of the initiative ‘Carry a Basketball Not a Blade’ (CABNAB) after losing a close friend to knife violence. John supported the coaching session alongside Natasha and spoke to the girls about his experiences growing up and how basketball had influenced his life. Some of the students were also able to attend the New York Knicks v Washington Wizards at the O2 on Thursday 17th January. Both events were inspiring and motivational for all involved. A huge thank you to the New York Knicks for their time, the tickets and the wonderful bags they gave all players. Aim High

    King's College Medical Activity Day

    On Wednesday 16th Jan, 28 Year 10 Triple Science students visited King’s College to attend a Medical Activity Day. The students were able to consolidate what they have been learning about in lessons, as well as find out more about a range of healthcare professions through workshops led by University students currently studying Medicine. They also had the opportunity to develop their clinical skills by learning how to check blood pressure, take a blood sample and administer CPR, amongst many other activities.

    Overall, the students really enjoyed the day and we received lots of positive feedback from the facilitators of the event who were really impressed with the girls’ level of enthusiasm and brilliant behaviour. Be Proud

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 11th January 2019

    Published 14/01/19

    A great start to an exciting Spring Term

    Happy New Year and welcome back to another exciting term at Sarah Bonnell. Students and staff are looking forward to a number of key events this term including:

    Parent Workshop on Wednesday 16 January exploring ways to nurture emotional health and well-being, Creative Careers Event on Wednesday 30 January 2019, Year 11 Parents Evening on Wednesday 6 February and our next Extended Learning Day on Tuesday 12 February.

    Year 11 continue to work hard during their Practice GCSE Exams

    Year 11 Practice Exams continued with written examinations taking place in the school Sports Hall throughout the week. Staff have told me how proud they are of the Year 11 students who have showed a great attitude and resilience throughout this exam period. #GotThis

    Brilliant Club visited University of London

    24 Sarah Bonnell students visited Kings College London for an introduction to the Brilliant Club Scholars Programme. The students heard from current Kings students about what University life is like, and The Brilliant Club gave an overview of what the programme would be, and how it would help them aspire to University in the future. The students had a tour of some of the amazing facilities at Kings College, seeing some of the buildings, learning spaces and student union. It was a really inspiring and academic day.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 14th December 2018

    Published 14/12/18

    Sarah Bonnell students shine in the school show ‘A Christmas Carol’

    On Thursday 6 December and Friday 7 December, after weeks of rehearsals and preparation the school show was performed last week to delighted audiences of friends, family and staff.  The Drama and Music staff are to be congratulated on another stunning school show but special thanks must go to Ms Griffiths, Curriculum Leader for Drama, Mr Bentley, Lead Practitioner and Mr Slater, Curriculum Leader for Music, Mathu Yoganathan in Year 11. The girls’ performances were excellent – Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Mrs Cratchit all acted and sung with confidence, humour and passion. Well done to our brilliant Sarah Bonnell performers and staff. Be Proud

    December is ‘Be Nice’ month

    This year we have matched on one of our five school values to every month on the school calendar. December is linked to ‘Be Nice ‘and students were invited to make a pledge showing their support for one of our ‘Be Nice’ campaigns. Be Nice

    Bow Arts Celebration another success

    On Wednesday 5 December we welcomed students from primary schools in The Sarah Bonnell Bow Arts Consortium. The children came to take part in creative arts workshops and show-case the work they had produced alongside the Bow Arts professional artists. It was a fabulous exhibition – guests, friends and family commented on the imaginative work the children at Sarah Bonnell and the primary schools had created.

    KS3 Prefect Ambassador Programme

    On Friday Year 10 students who had applied to be KS3 Ambassadors were involved in Prefect Interviews with professional volunteers from our Business Action Group. It was great to see so many KS3 girls keen to take up roles of responsibility in the school. Good luck. Aim High

    Preparing for a Positive Future

    On Thursday 6th December 2018 we had our second Extended Learning Day of the school year giving all students an opportunity to focus on one aspect of learning for the whole day. The theme of this ELD was ‘Futures’ and students in Years 7-11 were involved in a range of different activities to prepare for a positive future. Year 9 students were involved in a rotation of seminars led by Positively Mad to help them prepare for a bright future and encourage resilience, confidence, motivation and leadership. Year 10 were involved in a variety of activities led by Headstart, Diversity Role Models, Fix Up Speakers and Big Talk Education which involved developing positive relationships and futures. A huge thanks to Mr Archer for, once again, coordinating a very successful and rewarding day. Work Hard

    Christmas Jumper Day raises £1897.89 for our school charity UWS

    Staff and students got dressed up in jumpers that jingled, sparkled and glowed to raise money for our school charity United World Schools. Be Nice

    Year 11 Practice GCSE exams begin

    Next week the Year 11 Practice Exams continue with written examinations taking place in the school Sports Hall throughout the week. Good luck to all our Year 11 students who have been working hard to prepare for this opportunity to prepare and practice for the real GCSE exams ahead. # Got This

    End of Term

    Friday 21 December marks the end of a busy and successful term – students will be dismissed at 1.10pm. The Spring Term starts on Monday 7 January for all students at the usual time. I wish everyone a safe holiday and a very happy new year.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • End of term arrangements

    Published 12/12/18
    Dear Parents and Carers, It has been another busy and successful term at Sarah Bonnell with much to celebrate. This week all year groups will have achievement assemblies to celebrate these successes and recognise some individual achievements. Y
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  • Enhanced Learning Day

    Published 06/12/18

    Thursday 6 December 2018

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 30th November 2018

    Published 03/12/18

    Sarah Bonnell students at The AllBright Club

    On Thursday 29th November three of our Year 11 students, Melanie, Sephora and Sorrell, represented Sarah Bonnell at the Fitzrovia AllBright Club. The students were invited by Seyi Akiwowo, Executive Director of Glitch and former Sarah Bonnell Student, who was chair of the event.  Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene, authors of ‘Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible’ were keynote speakers at the event. The event focused on the issues pertinent to black girls and young women in society today with the authors of the book speaking about their motivation for writing the book and their own experiences growing up in London. The students were also interviewed about the issues black girls face online and the possible solutions to these issues. It was an inspiring evening and the students were eloquent, thoughtful ambassadors for Sarah Bonnell and for their generation. Huge thanks to Seyi for providing this opportunity – a great example of how Sarah Bonnell alumni can support our current students by giving them confident, successful, ambitious and powerful role models. Aim High

    December is ‘Be Nice’ month    

    This year we have matched on one of our five school values to every month on the school calendar. December is linked to ‘Be Nice ‘and the Year 8 team are leading the way with a ‘Happy Tree’ with different rewards available for students each day. Be Nice

    Year 11 find out about Sixth Form and prepare for GCSEs

    On Wednesday Sarah Bonnell welcomed over 20 different Sixth Form colleges to the Piazza for our annual Sixth Form Fair. It was great seeing so many of our former Year 11 students and hearing about their Key Stage 5 courses at places like Brampton, London Academy of Excellence, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form and more.

    Mr Archer, Ms Whitfield and Mr Hudson also gave advice about how to revise effectively and prepare for the GCSE exams. Year 11 Practice Exams take place in December and January.

    Tickets are selling fast for our brilliant school show ‘A Christmas Carol’

    If you haven’t got your tickets yet, there is still time! The shows are on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December at 7pm in the Assembly hall. Tickets are £2 for students and £4 for adults and can be purchased from student services.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 


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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 23rd November 2018

    Published 26/11/18

    Sarah Bonnell students start Girls Network

    Year 10 went to Pinsent Mason on Monday 19 November to meet the professionals who have volunteered to mentor and coach students from Sarah Bonnell as part of The Girls Network. After a successful matching event on the 5 November 2018 the students began their mentoring sessions to support their Year 11 preparation for exam and post 16 options. This coaching and mentoring helps develop leadership qualities and make them resilient young women.  Be Proud Year 10 Parents Evening Sarah Bonnell has a great tradition of working together with parents and carers to ensure students get the support they need to achieve their full potential. So it was a real pleasure to see so many families at our Year 10 Parents Evening on Wednesday. There were plenty of meaningful conversations between teachers and parents /carers about learning and Mr Begley, Assistant Headteacher, Ms Costas, Year Leader and Mr Keenan, Progress Leader were really proud to share how well the year group have settled in to their GCSE courses.

    Our next parent event is for Year 11 on Wednesday 28th November 2018 – there will be information about Sixth Form and Post 16 options as well as information about GCSE exam preparation. Don’t forget you can get in touch with your daughter’s Year Leader or Progress Leader at any time during the year. Work Hard Sarah Bonnell’s Sustainability Presentation On Thursday 22nd November Year 8 students presented their sustainability presentations suggesting ways the school can become more environmentally friendly. The students involved spent 6 weeks working with The London Stadium Learning centre based in the Olympic Park learning about sustainability. The project included a visit to The Siemans Crystal where they found inspiration for their own ideas for the Sarah Bonnell community. The suggestions included innovative ways to recycle and reduce single use plastic. Be Nice

    Newham Community Schools Trust – working together on Challenge and Well-being

    On 23 November staff from our three schools – Rokeby, Lister and Sarah Bonnell worked together on curriculum planning with a focus on Well-being and Challenge. Our guest speaker was Dave Keeling from Laughology. Dave made us laugh and shared the importance of feelings. Staff were re-energised and galvanized to continue creating environments where students can feel confident, happy and inspired to learn. Aim High and No Excuses Sarah Bonnell wish those celebrating Guru Nanak’s Birthday an enjoyable time with family and the wider Sikh community.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 16th November 2018

    Published 16/11/18

    Sarah Bonnell’s curriculum is broad, balanced and brilliant!

    This week the Sarah Bonnell Leadership Team have been reflecting on Ofsted’s renewed focus on the curriculum regarding the three ‘I’s’ of the curriculum – Intent, Implementation and Impact. I know the SB curriculum ticks the guidance. It is broad enough for all students to learn a range of different subjects, balanced enough to ensure students have the right access to pathways that secure the appropriate next steps in further education, training or work and brilliant because it is engaging, enriching and effective. If you would like to find out more about one aspect of our curriculum called the KS4 Pathways Curriculum please follow the link to watch the latest film.

    Our curriculum is so much more than just the subjects taught on the time-table. As John Dunford said it is ‘the whole experience of school’ including clubs, educational visits, professional relationships between students and staff and the development of character through form time, school council and other leadership roles. November has been jam-packed with examples of this ‘broad, balanced and brilliant’ curriculum. Sarah Bonnell students have shown their curiosity, creativity and commitment in and out of lessons – read more below Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell students get ‘STEAMed’ up

    On Thursday 8 November the Science, Technology, Computing and Business, Art and Maths teams came together to deliver a whole day of activities to inspire learning about these curriculum areas. Ms Adel, Associate Senior Leader, did a great job of coordinating the day which included workshops led by Maverick Medics and a visit to an inflatable planetarium. During lunch-time the Maths hall was buzzing with activities led by students and staff including opportunities to build mathematical models, make lava lamps, solve problems, code computer micro-bits and more. Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell students unite in support of national Anti-bullying week

    As part of our on-going work to promote positive relationships in school, Deputy Headgirl Melanie Corbin worked with other members of the Student Leadership Team including Taylor, Mathu, Merle to strengthen commitment to one of the key Sarah Bonnell values ‘Be Nice’. There were assemblies about Anti-bullying Week and the student leaders created a great interactive display of the pledges supporting this message.  Be Nice 

    Sarah Bonnell students shine at Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018

    Students from Years 8-10 performed in two plays at this prestigious national event hosted locally by Stratford Circus. The performances got great feedback from the audience and Director of the Festival. Special thanks must go to Ms Griffiths, Ms Jim and Mr Bentley for their excellent productions and giving the girls this great opportunity.

    Girls Network are off to a flying start

    Students in Year 10 went to Pinsent Mason on Monday 5 November with Ms Sangster and Mr Rudland to meet the professional women who have volunteered to give some time out of their working week to mentor and coach students from Sarah Bonnell as part of The Girls Network. This opportunity gives students access to meaningful coaching and mentoring from women who have ‘been there and done it’ –role models to inspire our girls to go on to even greater success.

    Sarah Bonnell Silver Arts Award

    On Wednesday 7 November the Art Curriculum Area hosted an event to show-case the creative leadership skills of students following the Silver Arts Award in partnership with Bow Arts. The after-school events gave parents, visitors and students the chance to try different creative techniques and appreciate the art work on display.

    GCSE Awards Evening 

    On Wednesday 15 November we welcomed back our Year of 2018 to present their official GCSE certificates and present some special awards for achievement and contribution to the school. Head Girl 2017-2018, Hannah Dale, gave a nice speech reminding the year group to cherish the memories they have and continue to follow their dreams. Ms Brown, Ms Ihsan and Mr Rudland gave speeches too, thanking the students for their contribution to school life and reminding them to keep in touch

    ‘Once a Sarah Bonnell girl. Always a Sarah Bonnell girl’.

    Guest speaker Alex O’Brien, a Science Writer, talked about the importance of hard work and determination before announcing Zaynah Ali as the winner of the O’Brien Family Scholarship 2018. This generous scholarship, funded by the O’Brien family, provides financial support of up to £24 000 to one Sarah Bonnell student over the fiveyear period of Key Stage 5 and University. The scholarship is awarded after a rigorous and fair selection process and is intended to support with funding educational resources and experiences. Last year’s winner, Binta Bah, came back to give some words of advice on coping with the first year of A ‘Level and also explained how she has benefited from the scholarship by using it to pay for BMAT exams, the Gap Medics programme and essential books and resources.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • School Letter: 9th November

    Published 09/11/18

    Dear Parent(s) / Person(s) with Parental Responsibility,      

    I am writing to update you regarding the issue of False Widow Spiders that has been affecting Newham recently and let you know more about how this has affected Sarah Bonnell School and how we have responded.

    The safety and well-being of students, staff and visitors to the school is of the highest importance and throughout this period I have taken every precaution to respond quickly to any issues or concerns that have been reported to me.

    Students and staff are doing a great job of keeping both vigilant and calm about this issue. When individual issues have been reported, or there have been worries or concerns shared about the presence or effect of spiders, these have been taken seriously and followed-up using the guidance from Public Health England and the London Borough of Newham.

    In addition, Sarah Bonnell commissioned site surveys by the authorised Pest Control team and their expert advice has been followed throughout every stage of treatment of the school site. This involved spraying and fogging the exterior and interior areas of the school with an approved pesticide. School buildings and outdoor areas have been safe to use within four hours of any of these pesticide treatments. The contract we now have with the Pest Control team includes regular monitoring of the school site to check for presence of these spiders or their nests.

    Sarah Bonnell School does not have a False Widow Spider infestation, unlike other local schools that were forced to close, but I will continue to monitor the situation and act in the best interests of the school community should this situation change.

    I hope this letter reassures you that any evidence of False Widow Spiders has been treated seriously.

    Don’t forget you can keep up to date with everything that is going on at school through the Sarah Bonnell website

    Yours faithfully,

    Rae Potter


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