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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 7th September 2018

Another great year ahead
 
The new school year has got off to a great start. Students and staff are ready for another busy and rewarding year ahead and there has been a really positive atmosphere around school. Aim High
 
One Vision-One Team-One Voice 
 
On Monday we welcomed back all staff with a training day with a focus on ‘One Vision – One Team-One Voice’: We celebrated the success of the GCSE Exam Results, shared ideas about how to make teaching ‘irresistible’ and had annual training on Keeping Children Safe in Education. Work Hard
 
Ready to learn 
 
On Tuesday Sarah Bonnell welcomed our new, larger, cohort of Year 7 students who have joined us from different primary schools in Newham and surrounding boroughs. Once again the school is over-subscribed with record numbers of parents putting Sarah Bonnell as first choice school for their daughter’s education. We also welcomed back students in Years 8-11. All students have impressed me with their attitude to learning and the way they have quickly settled-in to the new term. Be Proud
 
Healthy Schools
 
Thank you for supporting the school with our continued focus on Healthy Schools and making sure students bring healthy snacks and packed lunches. Our ‘Sustainability Garden’ has thrived over the summer holiday with tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins ready to harvest Be Nice
 
Great KS5 places for Sarah Bonnell students
 
GCSE success has ensured that Sarah Bonnell students have gone on to start great Key Stage 5 courses. I am delighted that so many of our students have gone on to study at local colleges like Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, NewVic, London Academy of Excellence and other school Sixth Form Colleges. I am confident our girls will make a valuable contribution to these colleges and look forward to hearing more about their success in the months to come. Five of our top achievers at GCSE are eligible to apply for the O’Brien Family Scholarship, worth up to £25000, which is awarded to one Sarah Bonnell student each year who has demonstrated a commitment to the Sarah Bonnell Way. I look forward to announcing the winner of the scholarship in November. Two of our students have secured a Beale Bursary to fund a full boarding place at Cheltenham Ladies College. Manisha Teji and Abida Hayat will attend the prestigious independent girls’ school to complete their A’level courses. Be Proud
 
Road Safety
 
Please remember that if you drive your daughter to and from school that you cannot stop or park on the yellow zig-zag lines or double yellow lines on Water Lane. Parking illegally puts girls in danger when crossing the road as it reduces their ability to see the traffic. There are safe drop-off and collection points in Deanery Road and other local side roads – please use these instead. Be Nice
 
Rae Potter – Headteacher