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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 18th January 2019

Who will be the next Headgirl of Sarah Bonnell School?

Nine of the newly elected Year 10 Prefects were successfully shortlisted to attend interviews for the opportunity to campaign to become the next Headgirl of Sarah Bonnell School. The nine awesome students competing for this year’s prestigious Head Girl position have been working hard preparing presentations for their interview. The candidates were put through their paces by a panel made up of the Year 10 Leadership Team (Ms Costas, Mr Keenan and Mr Begley), Mr Leslie (Chair of Governors), Mr Rudland (Assistant Headteacher), Aliyah Irabor-York (Headgirl) and me. I was really impressed with their manifesto ideas, confidence and public speaking skills. In their presentations the girls talked about the pride they have in their school, the opportunities that have developed their confidence and leadership skills (Headstart, Form Time, Digital Leaders, School Performances) and praised staff for everything they do to support students in the school.

Well done to Dorcas Mbala, Israa Ibrahim, Jaden Sharpe-Stroude, Xhenete Mani, Maariyah Ali, Aanaya Miah, Jasrah Hannan, Sukhveer Singh and Shukri Yusuf for seizing this opportunity.

The quality of the presentations made it very difficult for the panel to decide but the five students selected to campaign for Headgirl are Dorcas, Israa, Jaden, Maariyah and Shukri.  I look forward to Election Day on Thursday 7 February 2019 when students and staff will be able to cast their votes for our next Headgirl.   Be Proud

Basketball star, John Starks, visits Sarah Bonnell

On Wednesday 16th January a group of students were part of a basketball masterclass hosted by Natasha Hart MBE, founder of the Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA)and John Starks, former New York Knicks basketball player and member of the NBA Hall of Fame. To start the session, the students and John were part of a talk led by Anthony Okereafor, a NASSA player and founder of the initiative ‘Carry a Basketball Not a Blade’ (CABNAB) after losing a close friend to knife violence. John supported the coaching session alongside Natasha and spoke to the girls about his experiences growing up and how basketball had influenced his life. Some of the students were also able to attend the New York Knicks v Washington Wizards at the O2 on Thursday 17th January. Both events were inspiring and motivational for all involved. A huge thank you to the New York Knicks for their time, the tickets and the wonderful bags they gave all players. Aim High

King's College Medical Activity Day

On Wednesday 16th Jan, 28 Year 10 Triple Science students visited King’s College to attend a Medical Activity Day. The students were able to consolidate what they have been learning about in lessons, as well as find out more about a range of healthcare professions through workshops led by University students currently studying Medicine. They also had the opportunity to develop their clinical skills by learning how to check blood pressure, take a blood sample and administer CPR, amongst many other activities.

Overall, the students really enjoyed the day and we received lots of positive feedback from the facilitators of the event who were really impressed with the girls’ level of enthusiasm and brilliant behaviour. Be Proud