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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 8th June 2018

Be Proud - Sarah Bonnell Music Hub and Cafeteria extension

Following several months of consultation and meeting with architects, we now have some exciting plans for this building project to enhance the school facilities. The project will transform the existing Edwardian building, where the cafeteria is situated now, into a much larger cafeteria space on the ground floor and a suite of high quality music rooms on the first floor. These plans are still going through the consultation stage and students and staff will have further opportunities to make suggestions and share ideas in the coming weeks. The project aims to be completed for September 2019.

Aim High - GCSE Exams

The whole school community is proud of the way Year 11 students are approaching the GCSE examinations. The students are showing great resilience to the rigours of the national GCSE timetable. This week there have been examinations in the morning and afternoon on four days of the week with some students taking 11 examinations this week alone. Next week is another demanding schedule – if you see Year 11 please congratulate them and encourage them to keep up their great attitude and hard work.

Work Hard- Newham Community Schools Trust

Sarah Bonnell School continues to work together with Rokeby and Lister schools to prepare for conversion into a Multi-Academy Trust called Newham Community Schools Trust. Sarah Bonnell is getting prepared to convert on 1 July 2018 so that we can access the £600 000 CIF funding towards our building project to create a new Music Hub and extension for our cafeteria. Rokeby and Lister will convert shortly after this.  All three schools are looking forward to building on the great work we have done together so far in the new school year.

Be Nice - Welcome to all the new Year 7 students and their families

This week it has been a real pleasure meeting so many of the new cohort of Year 7 girls that will be lucky enough to join Sarah Bonnell School in September 2018. This year we have 270 Year 7 girls joining us and this week alone we have managed to have one-to-one meetings with over 240 of the new girls and their families. The meetings are an important opportunity to welcome them to our school community, share the Sarah Bonnell Way and check we have all the information we need to give these girls a great start to Year 7. I am really looking forward to meeting the girls again on Transition Day on Thursday 28 June and seeing them meet their teachers, the other girls in their tutor group and get to know their way around the school. Aim High new Year 7! Huge thanks to Ms Paine, Assistant Headteacher, Ms Fraser, Year Leader, Mr Walsh, Progress Leader and Ms Spiers, Front of House Reception, for everything they have done to make these meetings go so smoothly this week and to all staff who have taken part in welcoming the new cohort.

No Excuses –be here to learn every day.

At Sarah Bonnell we take great pride in the excellent attendance record of our school which was well above national averages for girls at 96.5% in 2016- 2017. I would like to thank parents and carers for the support they give their daughter with minimising absence and ask you to ensure that your daughter continues to be in school every day until the last day of this important term on Thursday 19 July 2018 and is ready to return to school on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

Final reminder – school is closed on Friday 15 June for Eid-al-Fitr for most of the school community (Year 11 - school is OPEN for GCSE examinations until approximately 12 noon)

Rae Potter – Headteacher