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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 10th March 2017

This week I have really enjoyed seeing Year 9 girls talking to parents, teachers and Year 10 students about which GCSE subjects are going to best suit their talents, interests and aspirations for the future. At Sarah Bonnell, the GCSE subjects are organised into four pathways. The pathways are named after inspirational women –Angelou, Curie, Rowling and Hadid: all lead to success and provide opportunities for girls to study a wide range of subjects including English and Maths. I was delighted to hear Year 10 students giving the Year 9 and great insight into what make the different GCSE subjects on offer at the school so enjoyable and valuable to their future studies.

I also enjoyed seeing our girls competing against other students from St. Bonaventure’s and Chobham Academy in the Faraday Challenge on Tuesday 7 March. This event gave our girls the chance to work together to programme micro-bits and, as result of creative thinking and brilliant team work, the Sarah Bonnell team won. Congratulations girls and Ms Adel.

On Tuesday 7 March, Ms Griffiths organised a rewarding trip to the famous Globe Theatre by the river Thames. This was a really inclusive trip with 120 Year 9 girls gaining a great opportunity to get a flavour of a different part of London life. Thank you Ms Griffiths and all the staff who made this trip such a success.

On Friday 10 March our new cohort of Prefects spent the day in Canary Wharf hosted by one of our closest Business Partners, Citi Bank. Anthony Cockett, Head of Private Equity Clients at Citi Bank and Chair of the Sarah Bonnell Business Action Group, welcomed the girls and explained some of the key priorities at Citi Bank. The Year 10 girls lived up to the school motto ‘Be Proud’ by acting as excellent ambassadors for the school during the Leadership Training that followed Mr Cockett’s welcome. Thank you to Mr Keenan and Mr Rudland for coordinating the trip.

And finally – Happy International Women’s Day to all the Sarah Bonnell community. The 8 March is a date set aside to celebrate the achievements of women, past and present, across the globe and to remind ourselves to come together to challenge the barriers that still exists for women in work, family life and politics. Our girls are the leaders of tomorrow and I am hope that they are set for a future where there are ‘No Excuses’ for inequality.                                                                                                       

Rae Potter – Headteacher