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End of Summer Term Letter

Dear Parent/Carer,    

I am writing to remind you about some important dates and share some news about Healthy Eating and Well-being.

Term dates

Please make a note of the school term dates and holiday dates for the end of this school year and the start of the next.

  • Thursday 19 July 2018 students will be dismissed at 1.10pm to begin the summer holiday.
  • Summer holiday is from Friday 20 July – Monday 3 September 2018 for students
  • GCSE Exam Results Day for Year 11 – Thursday 23 August 2018 at 9.30 – 11.30am
  • Year 10 GCSE Further Maths Results – Thursday 23 August 2018 at 11.00 – 11.30am
  • Autumn term begins for students– Tuesday 4 September 2018 at 8.30am for the new Year 7 and at 10.50am for Year 8-11

The full term dates for 2018-2019 can be found on the school website.

Health and Well-being

From September 2018, as part of our on-going commitment to students’ health and well-being, we will be actively pursuing Healthy Schools status. This is a formal accreditation, endorsed by the Mayor of London and developed in consultation with Ofsted, awarded to schools who promote healthy eating, physical activity, mental well-being and support sustainability.

As part of this work there are three key points to share:

Healthy Eating

The Home School Agreement and The Sarah Bonnell Way already reflect our expectation that students will make healthy choices in the food they bring to school. Students are not permitted to bring to school, or consume on site, foods that are high in sugar, sugar substitutes and/ or have a high fat content. Please support this by talking to your daughter and reminding her that the following types of foods are not permitted on school premises:

  • Sweets (boiled, lollipops, fizzy laces, chewing gum etc)
  • Cakes (doughnuts, muffins, cookies, biscuits etc.)
  • Fizzy drinks or energy drinks of any kind
  • Crisps
  • Chocolate bars

Instead we encourage students to replace these items with:

  • Fresh fruit and /or vegetables
  • Water
  • Wholegrain snacks

Developing the cafeteria and school meals

We are working with Chartwells, our catering contractors, to support out Healthy Schools application by further reducing the sugar content of foods sold in the cafeteria and promote healthy eating.  The school meals menu is being reviewed to reflect this and Chartwells are consulting students through the School Council on the changes they would like to see.

Single-use plastic

We have already worked with students to hear their ideas on the school environment. They are passionate about recycling, reducing single-use plastic and improving our sustainability.

Single-use plastic is one of the biggest environmental pollutants of the modern day; there are an estimated 2 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean alone.  In order to reduce our impact on the environment Sarah Bonnell is phasing out single-use plastics across the school including disposable plastic cups. Please make sure your daughter brings a reusable water bottle to school every day (all Year 7 students will be given a reusable water bottle free of charge as part of their welcome to the school). Students can use the water fountains to refill these bottles before school, at break and lunch time.

I am sure you will be supportive of these changes to the way we approach health and well-being. Please get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions.


Please make sure your daughter attends school every-day during term-time to maximise her achievement. The school cannot authorise any requests for holidays or trips abroad during term-time.


I expect to see all girls wearing the full and correct uniform with pride. A full list of our uniform can be found on the website and can be purchased from our uniform supplier:

Ian Howard, 409 Barking Road, East Ham, London E6 2JT.  Tel. 020 8472 1729

Sarah Bonnell News

This terms edition of Sarah Bonnell News is packed full of stories of the lessons, trips, visits and opportunities the girls have had to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence. I hope you enjoy reading it and would like to remind you that you can keep up to date with everything that is going on at school through the Sarah Bonnell website

Finally I would like to thank you for your continued support of the school – we have achieved a lot this year including our best ever GCSE results, great opportunities for students in and out of lessons, conversion to an academy and a great Ofsted report. I look forward to another busy and rewarding year in 2018-2019 and wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer holiday.

Yours sincerely,



Rae Potter