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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 3rd November 2017

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn Term

The clocks have gone back and the days are getting shorter, but Sarah Bonnell is still buzzing and we seem to be packing more and more into each week.

ASDANdeveloping letter writing skills

My week began with a visit to Ms Harrison –Taylor and her ASDAN class. As part of the ASDAN course girls develop key communication skills and before half-term had written letters to me as part of this unit of work. I visited the lesson to thank girls for the letters they had written to me and enjoyed hearing the circle-time discussion about what they had been doing during the half-term break. Well done Azraa, Zahraa, Clene, Jessica, Fatima and Riya. Be Proud

Year 11 Geography Field Trip to Dorset

On Friday 20 October 120 GCSE Geography students and teachers set-off to Dorset to complete fieldwork on ‘Coasts’ as part of the GCSE Geography course. Although the extreme winds and high tides meant that some beach-based activities had to be cancelled, the girls gained a lot from the trip. Huge thanks to Ms Vitalis, Head of Geography, who organised the education visit so well and all the staff who gave up their time to make this trip possible. Work Hard.

STEM Club – designing an ‘eco-classroom’

On Tuesday lunch-time I went along to the always popular STEM club run by Ms Saleh. Following the success of last year when the girls had to design and build a suspension bridge strong enough to take a 2Kg bag of flour, this year the girls are being given the challenge of designing an ‘eco-classroom’. The girls have already begun designing some impressive rooms and buildings and I can’t wait to judge the final entries to this competition. Aim High.

‘High performing school with a great ethos’ – Collaborative Review

On Thursday, as part of our on-going work in the Newham Community Schools Trust, we were joined by school leaders from Rokeby, Lister and the NCST who came to visit lessons, look at work and talk to teachers and students about the school. The Review Team were really impressed by what they saw and described the girls as ‘ambitious young women with a great attitude to learning and exemplary behaviour in school’ and the staff as ‘committed and hard-working’. The lead of the review told me he had really enjoyed visiting the school and described Sarah Bonnell as a ‘high performing school with a great ethos’. Well done Sarah Bonnell. 

Helping your daughter to stay safe on-line 

Next week we are having a parent workshop on ‘On-line Safety’ – the workshop will involve a performance from our Barbican Box Drama group, talks from experts in school including our Digital Leaders and an opportunity for parents to ask questions. Please contact Ms Sangster, Deputy Headteacher for more information or look on the school website for more details.

Working with the community to help keep all young people in Newham safe
Sarah Bonnell is hosting a community event ‘Newham Community Call to Action 2017’ on Saturday 11 November 2017 from 11.30am to 3pm. The event is being organised by Newham London, Metropolitan Police and Newham Voluntary and Community and Faith groups in response to the recent increase in gun and knife crime and serious youth violence across East London . All parents/carers, students, community groups and organisations are welcome to attend to share ideas about how to implement positive actions to tackle youth safety in Newham. Please click on the attachment below for further information. 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/newham-community-call-to-action-2017-tickets-39443869676

Rae Potter – Headteacher