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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 17th March 2017

This week Year 11 have been getting feedback from their teachers about their recent mock exams. It is great seeing them at lunch-time and after school working hard with their teachers in the English and Maths halls to use this feedback to improve. Every minute of practice and revision counts at the moment and I am impressed with their determination to do well in all their subjects in this final run up to the exams.

As well as our normal focus on learning in every lesson we have had a number of additional opportunities for girls this week. But before I go on to these events I want to mention something that took place last week. On Friday 10 March, two year 8 students and two year 9 students took part in the UKMT Team Maths Challenge. Sanjeeda Ahmed, Merle Robinson, Fiza Abbas and Maria Zaman represented Sarah Bonnell at the event and did fantastically well, coming in the top 4 out of the 30 schools who participated. This is a really challenging level of maths and Ms Boughton, Deputy Curriculum Leader for Maths, said the girls did the school and themselves proud.  Well done girls.

This week has been STEM week with girls taking part in a range of inspiring events during lessons and at lunch-time to develop their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills. I really enjoyed seeing students compete in groups to design and build a model ‘high-speed train’ for a track in the Assembly Hall. They had to use their problem-solving skills and technical skills and really enjoyed the challenge. Thank you to Ms Christophides, Lead Practitioner for Science, for organising such an interesting range of visiting speakers and events to develop the girls’ skills and knowledge in these important subjects.

On Tuesday we welcomed children of all ages from three visiting schools to rehearse for a performance in July at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Newham Young Voice Choir.  Also on Tuesday, Ms Clare-Tipton and the Music Department staged an amazing evening for our twelve talented finalists in Sarah Bonnell’s Got Talent show. Mr Grice, Vice Chair of Governors attended the evening alongside many parents, staff and students and said ‘it was very enjoyable and a real credit to the school, staff and students’. The prestigious judges picked three finalists to go through to the audience vote and Catherine, with her rousing performance of ‘It’s a man’s world’, was crowned overall winner.

On Thursday we welcomed students from Lister, Rokeby and Sarah Bonnell to our Scholarship Challenge day. The day was planned by Ms Sahebdin and Ms Bibi to ignite the imagination and get students to develop their English language skills by talking, reading and writing with flair. The students really benefited from the opportunity to work together with a visiting author and a journalist. The feedback on the day has been really positive and shows how well the three schools in the Newham Community Schools Trust are working together.

On Thursday we also had a group of intrepid Year 8 reporters working with Ms Rodney, Deputy Curriculum Leader for English, on their BBC News Report. They spent the day researching and filming for their report which will be submitted to the competition.

The week finished with a final touch of Sarah Bonnell magic in the Drama Studio as the Music Department said thank you to Mr Anderson for all his work leading the Sarah Bonnell Mega Band with the March Music Showcase. The band performed three songs with absolute skill and professionalism to a lucky audience of parents, little brothers and staff. Sarah Bonnell really has got masses of talent and in so many ways. Be Proud!                                                                                                    

Rae Potter – Headteacher