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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 12th May 2017

Last weekend Sarah Bonnell girls threw themselves in to two very different but equally rewarding residential trips. Mr Ellis, Curriculum Leader for Maths, and Mr Begley, Progress Leader for Year 11 took a group of Year 11 GCSE Maths students to Fairplay House for some focussed maths revision and some team-building activities. Mr Ellis said ‘ Attitude is altitude’ and that the girls did half a term’s revision in one weekend. Aim High Year 11! The other trip was led by Mr Rudland , Assistant Headteacher, Mr Keenan, Progress Leader for Year 7 and Student Leadership Coordinator, Ms Brown, Year Leader for Year 10 and Ms Koli, DT teacher. The trip was and Outwards Bound trip to Ullswater for Student Leadership. The girls had the opportunity to take part in some challenging outdoor activities to develop their individual resilience and communication, leadership and  team work skills. The girls, and staff, showed a real ‘No Excuses’ attitude by cliff jumping, rafting, walking and more in the beautiful Lake District. Huge thanks to all staff who gave up their time to make both these trips so rewarding for the girls.

On Monday Zaynah Ali became champion of the Newham Speak-Out Challenge sponsored by the Jack Petchey Foundation. Zaynah did an amazing job delivering a 5 minute speech in front of a supportive audience and panel of judges. This talented public speaker is now going to represent Newham in the London Regional finals. Ms Sahebdin, Scholarship Programme Coordinator said Zaynah had made Sarah Bonnell proud. Well done Zaynah and good luck in the next round.

The wining tutor group of the Year 8 Campaign Project organised by Mr Walsh, Progress Leader Year 8, Ms Clark, Deputy Headteacher and the Year 8 Tutors were rewarded by a visit to the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 11 May 2017. The girls had the opportunity to tour the Houses of Parliament and find out more about the workings of our parliament. We hope that by learning about the political process of a campaign and visiting the heart of government that these Year 8 girls will know more about, and even set their sights on, a career in politics! ‘Work Hard’ and ‘Be Nice’ Year 8.

Next week the GCSE examinations get into full-swing with many girls involved in exams every day. Sarah Bonnell School wishes you all good luck.   ‘Aim High’ Year 11.

Rae Potter – Headteacher