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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 8th September 2017

The new school year at Sarah Bonnell School has got off to a great start. Our brilliant exam results have really motivated us and students and staff are excited about the year ahead.  I am confident that with parents, governors, teachers, staff and students all working together we can do even better this year. Aim High Sarah Bonnell.

On Monday we welcomed back all staff with a training day aimed at ‘Inspiring everyone to be leaders of their own learning’. We celebrated the success of the GCSE Exam Results, shared ideas about how to make teaching ‘irresistible’ and had our annual training on Keeping Children Safe in Education.

On Tuesday Sarah Bonnell welcomed our new, larger, cohort of Year 7 students who have joined us from different primary schools in Newham and surrounding boroughs. As Year 7 were leaving today the girls told me they had particularly enjoyed their Drama lessons and Science lessons. Be Proud Year 7. Sarah Bonnell also welcomed back students in Years 8-11. All the girls have impressed me with their attitude to learning and the way they have quickly settled-in to the new term. Work Hard Sarah Bonnell.

Today I met two girls in Year 9 who had been nominated for the Headteacher’s  Student of the Week Award by Ms Servini, Associate Senior Leader and Head of World Languages, for making an excellent start to GCSE Italian. Well done to Xhenete and Naomi! Be Proud

On Tuesday 12 September it is School Photo Day - all students and staff will be having their photograph taken.

Next week we are hosting BBC Question Time – this topical debate programme is being filmed at Sarah Bonnell School on Thursday 14 September giving a number of our girls an exciting opportunity to gain a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how a TV programme is made. Although there is no disruption to lessons, it does mean that the gates in Water Lane will be not be in use. On Thursday all students will need to enter and leave school by the Deanery Road student gates near the Muga. If you are interested in watching the programme, Question Time will be aired on BBC1 at 10.45pm.

Please remember that if you drive your daughter to and from school that you can not stop or park on the yellow zig-zag lines or double yellow lines on Water Lane. Parking illegally puts girls in danger when crossing the road as it reduces their ability to see the traffic. There are safe drop-off and collection points in Deanery Road and other local side roads – please use these instead.

Rae Potter – Headteacher