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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 9th March 2018

International Women’s Day – Thursday 8 March 2018

Sarah Bonnell marked International Women’s Day by giving all students a chance to get involved in a range of different workshops and activities to help them learn from the achievements of other women, reflect on their own ambitions and develop skills and knowledge to help them take up their place in society.

During the day Year 7 were involved in doing an exciting STEM challenge where they had to use their problem solving skills to design and build a car using Lego. Year 8 worked with professional actors to create a ‘play in a day’ about some key moments in the history of women. Year 9 worked with The Girls Network to think about their goals for the future and how they might achieve them. Year 10 worked with members of our alumni to develop their Personal Statements and our Science teachers delivered Science workshops and practice exam questions to Year 11.

The day was rounded off with a wonderful evening celebration of music, poetry, art and drama attended by parents, students and important guests including governors, alumni, foundation governors and members of our Business Action Group.  The evening began with Molly Samuel-Leport sharing her inspiring story of success. Molly was a Sarah Bonnell student in the 1970’s who went on to have  ground-breaking success as a Karate Champion – representing GB in many European and World championships and coming away with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Molly talked about the importance of education saying it was the key to success and recounted the hard work she put in as an adult learner to gain her Degree, Molly talked about the importance of being resilient and aiming high – something Sarah Bonnell students know all about. Molly was awarded an MBE in 2015 for her services to Karate and has recently become a parliamentary candidate. I would like to thank Molly for taking the time to speak at our event and to all the guests who supported the event. I would also like to thank the Year 10 students who worked with Ms Sangster to make the evening such a success – Mathu, Merle, Aliyah.

I would like to thank Ms Sangster, Deputy Headteacher for coordinating such a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day and promote the important message of #pressforprogress. Sarah Bonnell provides great opportunities – it is now up to the students, with their brothers and sisters, to shape the future in a way that really ensures parity for all.

Ms Rae Potter – Headteacher