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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 24th November 2017

Sarah Bonnell Poet Laureate – Be Proud

This week in assembly we have been celebrating the poetic ambitions of Sarah Bonnell students. We heard some beautiful poems - some of them written by the girls themselves and others chosen by to capture ideas of around the concept of freedom. The winner of the competition was Lola Blyth-Bentil in Year 10 who becomes Sarah Bonnell’s first Poet Laureate. Her poem, ‘Lion-hearted girl’ was written using powerful metaphors to convey the idea that freedom comes from within. Huge thanks to all those girls who entered the competition and to Ms Malik, Literacy Coordinator and English teacher, for her excellent organisation of the competition.

Handball victory – Aim High

Sarah Bonnell Under 13 Handball team are Newham Borough Champions. The team went to Cumberland School on Monday night and won. Ms Norley, Head of PE, said ‘the team played brilliantly. It was a very tight game but we ended up winning 6-5 with the final goal being scored in the dying seconds by Amalia Nedelcu. Sheneika Murray-Sinclair (team captain) also scored some amazing goals, as did Zainab Raujackdine’. Congratulations on a well-deserved win against tough opposition.  The team have now qualified to play at the London Youth Games in March 2018.

Year 10 Parents Evening – No Excuses

Sarah Bonnell has a great tradition of working together with parents and carers to ensure girls get the support they need to achieve their full potential. So it was a real pleasure to see so many families at our Year 10 Parents Evening on Wednesday. There were plenty of meaningful conversations between teachers and parents /carers about learning and Mr Archer, Assistant Headteacher, Ms Whitfield, Year Leader and Ms Whitehouse, Progress Leader were really proud to share how well the year group have settled in to their GCSE courses.

Our next parent evening is for Year 11 on Tuesday 28 November 2017 but don’t forget you can get in touch with your daughter’s Year Leader or Progress Leader at any time during the year.

‘I week’  - Aim High

Sarah Bonnell Headgirl, Hannah Dale, fulfilled her manifesto promise by delivering ‘I Week’ – a week of workshops on ‘Independence’ including information about mortgages, learning to drive and paying tax! Hannah did a great job coordinating the workshops and I am sure she would want me to thank the staff who delivered the workshops during lunch-time this week. Well done Hannah.

School closed to students on Friday 1 December 2017 for NCST staff training. As part of our on-going collaboration, Lister, Rokeby and Sarah Bonnell schools are coming together for their annual training day with a focus on teaching and learning and well-being.

Rae Potter – Headteacher