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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 29th March 2019

Headgirl gets the school saying thank you

Aliyah Irabor-York, Headgirl, is working hard for her GCSE exams but this didn’t stop her from taking time to organise ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’ Aliyah showed great leadership skills to create a wonderful display to celebrate and recognise the great work staff at Sarah Bonnell do to support students and help them achieve. Aliyah also made sure that every member of staff was given a post-card with a message of thanks. Be Nice

Year 11 students are working hard and aiming high

Year 11 students are making us all proud with their excellent attitude to their final preparations for the GCSE exams. Students completed practice examinations and ‘walking/talking mocks’ in Maths last week and continue to be supported by staff in all the different curriculum areas. This week the real Drama GCSE examinations took place: the girls were buzzing after their performances and Ms Griffiths, Mr Bentley and Ms Jim were really pleased with the quality of their work.  Aim High

Year 9 show their resilience and team work in Wales

110 Year 9 students and 12 staff spent a brilliant week in the beautiful countryside in Aberdovey, Wales. This residential educational visit is planned in partnership with The Outward Bound Trust and gives young people the opportunity to hike, raft and canoe in a part of the country that many of them will have never seen before. Mr Begley, Assistant Headteacher, said the students gained a lot form the experience learning how to be resilient even when the going gets tough and learning how to work together as a team. Great skills for success at school and in the future. Be Proud

Sarah Bonnell Prefects get leadership advice from Citi Bank professionals

58 of our newly selected Year 10 Prefects visited Citi Bank on Wednesday 27 March to hear from leading professionals in the world of banking how to be an outstanding leader. The students were a real credit to the school and themselves and Senior Partner, Anthony Cockett, said he was impressed with the quality of the questions the girls asked him and his colleagues about leadership. Students learnt that leadership is about doing the right thing and doing it for the right reasons. I am confident that this group of prefects are going to maintain the high standards set by our current Prefect Team and will make a positive difference to our school community. No Excuses

Sarah Bonnell get an insight into the STEM behind Thorpe Park

Ms Sahebdin, Scholarship Coordinator, took a group of students to Thorpe Park to take part in workshops showing the science, technology, engineering and maths behind the pleasure park rides. I think we would all like to know whether this helped them enjoy the rides even more! Work Hard  

Reading all about Feminism

The Learning Hub now has a dedicated area for books about feminism, women’s history and women’s studies. As a girls school this provides students with a real opportunity to learn about issues linked to the social, political, cultural and economic advancement of women in Britain and across the world. The school is using money donated by the Sarah Bonnell Foundation to purchase a wide range of books to inspire students and develop their literacy skills and knowledge of the world.

Rae Potter – Headteacher