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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 30th June 2017

Sarah Bonnell has had another great week with lots going on outside the classroom in addition to great learning in lessons. On Monday 27 June Maria Nagawa, Gabija Narbutyte and Hamida Razali travelled to the Royal Society for the finals of the TeenTech Awards. The year 7 students put in an incredible amount of hard work to gain their place in the finals. Their invention was an app on different types of pollution. The girls gathered an amazing amount of research and data on pollution and the harm it does to us every day and wanted a simple way to share this with others. The app told users the least polluted routes to take, showed the most polluted areas in cities via crowd sourced information and also gave suggestions for how users can reduce their own carbon footprints. Judges, Andrew Cohen (director of BBC’s Horizon) and Gemma Morris (SkyNews), were blown away by how much effort the girls put into both their research and product development. The girls didn’t win this time but are already brainstorming their inventions for next year.  Mr Nolan, our Technology Technician, accompanied the girls and said ‘It was a great experience for them and has seen them really develop over the competition, I’m excited to see how team Pollution Evolution evolves in future!’  

Another highlight of the week for many of us was Sports Day which was held at the Terence Macmillan Stadium on Wednesday 28 June. The day got off to a great start with some of our Year 7 meeting Christine Uhuruogu, Team GB Olympian, who was training with her coach at the Newham track. The students and staff in the crowd did a great job of supporting all the competitors and there was lots of healthy cheering and banner waving. Girls competed with determination in traditional athletics events like javelin and 4 x 100m relay and events like tug of war, wellie throwing and skipping races. This variety of events made sure everyone in the tutor group was able to take part and enjoy the day. The staff finished the day with an exciting staff relay race with Mr Begley, Progress Leader for Year 11, just beating Ms Emmerson, Progress Leader for Year 7 in an exciting finish.  Sports Personality of the Year awards were presented to girls in each year group who have shown great skills, attitudes and team work in sport and PE. Huge thanks to our amazing PE department for organising such a brilliant day of sport and thanks to all the staff who took on roles to make the day a success.

This term Sarah Bonnell Drama students have been involved in the prestigious ‘Barbican Box’ Project. A selection of our Year 9 Drama students were presented with a box, created by repertory company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, with a range of stimuli inside to inspire a performance. As part of the project, students were invited to the Barbican to see a special performance of Kiss and Cry and had the opportunity to work with a professional Barbican artist, Endy McKay.  On Thursday 29th June, as a culmination to this, students performed at the Rich Mix theatre in Bethnal Green. Congratulations to all members of the cast for their fantastic performance and commitment to this exciting project.

On Thursday we welcomed our new cohort of Year 7 students. The day was meticulously organised by Ms Paine, Assistant Headteacher and Ms Fraser, Year Leader and Mr Walsh, Progress Leader and the new Year 7 enjoyed meeting their tutors, making friends with girls from different primary schools, finding their way around the school and taking part in lots of team building activities. A great first day – Aim High Year 7.

Rae Potter – Headteacher