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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 15th June 2018

Be Proud and No Excuses – Borough Athletics Event  

Students from Sarah Bonnell represented the school in the Borough Inclusive Athletics Event on Thursday 7 June 2018. The Year TG girls competed well and really enjoyed the day. Be Proud

Aim High - GCSE Exams

The Year 11 students continue to show great resilience to the rigours of the national GCSE timetable. This week there 8 examinations with some students taking exams in both the morning and afternoon sessions.  Next week the schedule begins to tail off with the final examination on Friday 22 June – if you see Year 11 please keep congratulating and encouraging them. They have done us and themselves proud.

Work Hard- Sarah Bonnell students collaborate, evaluate and achieve

On Monday 11 June I visited some lessons as part of the normal school day and was really impressed with the way students were learning together. In English, Year 7 were constructing their own interpretation of a poem by Simon Armitage called Harmonium. In PE Year 10 GCSE students were using ipads to review video footage of their sprinting techniques in order to identify how they could improve. In Drama, Year 10 GCSE students were devising their own drama pieces in preparation for their assessed component. In Business Studies students were writing a practice exam question about whether a Bicycle Factory should remain in China or be located to the UK. In all of these lessons the girls were working together in a really effective way by discussing the work and evaluating strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to the task. There was lots of independent learning taking place and I appreciate the hard work done by students and staff to create such a great classroom atmosphere.

Be Nice – Lunch-time for learning, for sport and for friends

Lunch-time on Monday was a great time to see Sarah Bonnell students working together and showing that all important quality of Be Nice. The sun was shining and lots of different groups of girls were making great use of our outdoor space – one large group of Year 8 were with Ms Emmerson playing rounder’s on the Muga ( I saw two great catches),  another group were sitting in a circle of friends on the playground celebrating a birthday, three Year 7’s were working together on an English presentation about the War Poets from World War 1 and lots were reading on the green. In addition to this every lunch-time Sarah Bonnell Film Club shows a topical film over the week with an opportunity for a group discussion and critique on the Friday of each week. Last week students watched ‘Suffragette’. Huge thanks to Mr Begley, Assistant Headteacher for setting up this club and for all staff who are running clubs and activities at lunch-time.

Be Nice – Jack Petchey Award winner Faythe shares her passion for drama   

On Tuesday Lunch-time, Andrew Roberts-Mudie shared his skills as a professional actor with a select group of Year 10 Drama students. Faythe Desousa had used her £250 Jack Petchey Award to organise this Drama Workshop and the feedback from the students was really positive.

 Eid Mubarak – to all those in the school community celebrating Eid

The devotion and faith of the Muslim community has been shown through these long summer days of fasting and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone celebrating Eid this week ‘Eid Mubarak’. 

Rae Potter – Headteacher