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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 18th May 2018

    Published 21/05/18

    GCSE Fine Art Exhibition 2018

    The highlight of this busy week has been the truly inspiring GCSE Art exhibition in the Piazza on Friday 18 May. The girls have had tremendous support from the art department: Ms Davies, Ms Pointer, Ms Hart and the quality of their final GCSE pieces and sketch-books is brilliant.  It was lovely to welcome parents, governors, colleagues from Bow Arts and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, teachers and students to the private viewing this afternoon and hear them congratulate the girls for their creative, skilful and inspiring works of art. Year 11 proudly explained their work to family and friends. s.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The exhibition not only showcased painting but also stunning pieces of 3D art, sculpture and photography. Sarah Bonnell School is incredibly proud of all the Year 11 Art students and their teacher

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Year 11 Examinations

    Published 17/05/18

    The GCSE exams have started and I am writing to remind you of some key dates and ask for your continued support during this important time.

    GCSE Examination Leave 2018

    Monday 14 May - Friday 25 May your daughter will continue to attend school as normal attending timetabled lessons to do exam preparation and revision with her subject teachers in addition to taking her GCSE exams. This enables the school to continue to provide your daughter with the support she needs to go into each examination fully prepared.

    Friday 25 May following the GCSE English Literature Paper 2 examination your daughter will attend a Year Team Assembly. This is an opportunity to celebrate your daughter’s time at the school and wish her well for the future. Following this, students will be dismissed at the earlier time of 1.00pm to make their own way home. Students taking GCSE Textiles and GCSE Sociology will remain in school to sit their examinations at 2.00pm.

    Monday 28 May - Friday 1 June is half-term and a great opportunity for your daughter to continue her examination preparation at home. The school will also be running some revision workshops during the holiday for some subjects.  You will receive separate letters about these in due course.

    From Monday 4 June - Year 11 will begin Examination Leave. This means your daughter will only be required to attend school for the relevant examinations. We would encourage you to check your daughter's GCSE timetable to ensure she is here and on time for each examination. If your daughter has two exams on the same day she will be required to remain in school for the whole day. During Examination Leave we will be providing a supervised study area in school for Year 11 girls to revise and prepare for examinations if they wish. Your daughter is invited to continue her timetabled lessons for specific GCSE subjects until the final examination. Your daughter’s subject teacher will provide more details about this. 

    GCSE Examinations and Ramadan and Eid Al-fitr

    Grades attained at GCSE are critical to further education and career prospects of all young people. This year the GCSE examinations coincide with Ramadan and Science GCSE examinations are timetabled for the morning of Friday 15 June which is predicted to be Eid Al-Fitr. I am fully aware that families will decide for themselves, in line with their mosque, how they and their children will observe Ramadan and it is certainly not the school's responsibility to interfere with those decisions.

    However, it is important that I make you aware of the realities of the external examination system and the demands it places on young people. The external examinations timetable is determined by the national examination boards and not by the school. Sarah Bonnell School is not allowed to change the date or time of any exam. If any student fails to turn up to an examination, she will not be able to sit it later on that day or any other day during the 2018 summer external examination season. This applies to all GCSE and BTEC examinations. The grade for failing to attend an examination or for a missing paper is an X which would prevent your daughter from moving on to Sixth Form, college or apprenticeship.

    If your daughter is fasting during this examination period please ensure that she is well prepared, understands the likely effects on her body during fasting and that she manages these challenges well by:

    • eating well, with a balanced meal when breaking the fast and drinking plenty of re-hydrating fluids
    • managing her sleep effectively
    • getting plenty of rest between examinations
    • avoiding over-exertion during the day, especially if the weather is particularly warm
    • organising revision and exam preparation to fit around prayers and other Ramadan specific practices

    Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell is very proud of the way all our Year 11 girls have approached the examinations so far and would like to thank you for your continued support of the school.

    Rae Potter

    Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 11th May 2018

    Published 11/05/18

    Eco Projects – Year 8 showcase their ideas to Governors

    On Thursday our fabulous Year 8 students attended a Governors Meeting to talk about the learning they have been doing during Tutor Time on Eco Friendly Building Design. Year 8 have been making the most of their Tutor Time activities by working independently as a team to research building design and ecological issues. The students brought in 3D models of their classroom / school building design with composters, solar panels, wind turbines and other ecologic features. The Chair of Governors, Paul Leslie, thanked the girls for their thoughtful presentations and asked them to think about how to get their suggestions heard and acted upon particularly with the issue of recycling and reducing food-waste. Well done to all Year 8, Year 8 Tutors and Ms Cornwall, Ms Emerson and Mr Begley.

    Year 7 Rocket Car finalists compete at Royal Barracks

     

    The Year 7 winning team of our Rocket Car Race  went on to compete in the East London Regional finals at the Royal London Barracks on 10 May 2018. Students had to build a rocket car from scratch with the soldiers leading the workshops and race with the other schools. Year 7 seem to love STEM !

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

     

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 4th May 2018

    Published 08/05/18

    ELD Day – enriching experiences for all students

    We began another busy week with the fifth of our Extended Learning Days. Instead of following their usual timetable staff planned a range of great activities to help the students learn and develop new skills and take part in educational visits and workshops that extend their learning in a rich and meaningful way. Year 7 dodged the rain (again) to visit the Big Slide in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Year 10 had a ‘Boss Day’ as part of Sarah Bonnell’s excellent Careers Guidance programme. Huge thanks to Mr Archer for, once again, coordinating a very successful and rewarding day.

    Ms Hart, her daughter and an England Basketball Captain (right)

    Newham All Stars Sports Academy

    Sarah Bonnell have started Basketball Club on a Monday morning before school, which is being run by the brilliant Ms Hart, the Founder and Chief Executive of the Newham All Stars Sports Academy. This week we had 12 excited students attend the first session, and afterwards as part of our Extended Learning Day (ELD), they then got to go and visit the University of East London’s incredibly Basketball facilities, enjoy some professional coaching, and meet the former captain of the England Basketball team!

    Basketball Breakfast Club will continue running from 7.30-8.15, every Monday morning, and we can’t wait for more people to come along.

    Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Regional Final 2018  

    On Wednesday evening, Sarah Bonnell School were the hosts of the prestigious ‘Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge’ event. Jack Petchey organise training for students from a number of schools across Newham, to help students become better public speakers. As hosts, 60 of our Year 10 students had the amazing opportunity to further develop their speaking skills, and two – Aysha Adam and Naima Chowdhury – were selected as our school champions. With a little bit of support and advice from last year’s winner, (and current Year 11 Sarah Bonnell student) Zaynah Ali, they prepared two fantastic, powerful and memorable speeches. There were 19 speakers in total, from over 15 different schools, and the quality of the performances from every student was incredible. The event was a huge success with students attending from across the borough, who were hugely impressed by the prefects who helped host the event, the musical performances from our two Year 11 students, the performers themselves, and by the school itself. Lyn Brown, MP, was delighted to present the awards to all those students who spoke so powerfully and our congratulations go to the winner of this years’ regional final, Shima Mohammed from Plashet School for Girls – we wish her every success in securing her place in the London Final. Be Nice, Aim High, Be Proud

    Special thanks to Ms Sahebdhin, Scholarship Coordinator, for her brilliant work supporting this event and bringing it to Sarah Bonnell and to Mr Begley for opening the event with a warm welcome and words of advice to all the young competitors. The organisers said ‘Last night was something special’ and I would definitely agree. Be Proud

    World Languages host a visit from a school in Germany

    Sarah Bonnell opened its doors to students and teachers from Germany. The visiting German students went to lessons, toured the school and experienced life in a London school as part of their trip to the UK. This gave students at Sarah Bonnell a chance to show how proud they are of their school and find out a little bit about life in a German school.  One difference they discovered was that in Germany the children stay in one classroom for most of their lessons; the teachers move from room to room to teach the different subjects on the curriculum.  Be Nice and Be Proud

    GCSE Exams are here – Year 11 ‘Aim High’

    This week Year 11 have had their GCSE Spanish, French, Italian and Arabic speaking examinations. I would like to thank all the World Languages team for their expertise with delivering the examinations and for the brilliant support they gave the girls prior to the exams during ELD day.

    Aim High and Work Hard

    A reminder that school is closed on Monday 7 May as this is a national Bank Holiday.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

     

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 27th April 2018

    Published 27/04/18

    Student Leadership Conference at Outwards Bounds

    Last weekend our newly elected Headgirl, Aliyah Irabor-York , Student Leadership Team, Members of the School Council and Prefects travelled to the Outwards Bound residential centre in the Lake District. The students enthusiastically took on a range of outdoor challenges to strengthen their team work and leadership skills. Ms Whitehouse, Progress Leader for Year 10 led the residential trip with Ms Bruna, Technology teacher and Ms Biltcliffe, Languages teacher. As always Sarah Bonnell students impressed the programme leaders with their resilience, team work and determination – the outdoors challenges giving them all a chance to work together to get things done. Be Nice and No Excuses

    Debate Mate success

    Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the Debate Mate competition this week and to Ms Sahebdin for organising and supporting the girls with developing their oracy skills. At Sarah Bonnell we focus on developing great communication skills and Ms Sahebdin has done a brilliant job of organising this training which gives students the chance to construct powerful arguments using key words, facts and public speaking skills to develop their confidence with this craft. Work Hard and Aim High

    STEM club lead the way with Eco Designs

    ON Tuesday the STEM club presented their Eco Classroom designs to a panel of prestigious judges in the finale of their work towards a STEM certificate. Over the last few months the students have been learning about Eco Friendly architecture and construction during their lunch-time STEM club. This has included having visiting speakers from Rolls Royce and doing research themselves about the science behind building design and environmentally sustainable construction. Ms Saleh, Science teacher and STEM Club leader has done a fantastic job of organising this great opportunity and I would like to thank her and all the panellists for their expertise.   Be Nice and No Excuses

    GCSE Revision is in full swing – Year 11 are focussed and calm

    On Thursday 26 April Mr Bowyer, Lead Practitioner and English teacher, worked with over 70 Year 11 GCSE students at lunch-time offering them stretch and support with their upcoming exams for ‘A Christmas Carol’. Aim High and Work Hard

    Year 7 Parents Evening – great conversations about learning

    On Wednesday 25 April the Year 7 Team welcomed our Year 7 students and their families to another successful parents evening. There was a lovely atmosphere in the Piazza and Assembly Hall as parents and carers talked to staff about their daughters learning.  Year 7 have had a very positive start to Sarah Bonnell and would like to thank Mr Walsh, Progress Leader, Ms Fraser, Year Leader and Ms Paine, Assistant Headteacher for all their hard work supporting the students to achieve their best.   Be Proud

    Marathon Success

    Sarah Bonnell works in partnership with Active Newham to encourage all students and staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and physical activity. Lisa Brivati from Active Newham sent us a message this week to let us know that the Sarah Bonnell students who ‘took part in the London Mini Marathon last Sunday were a huge credit to the school’. Well done to Dina, Daphne and Iman and thanks to Lisa for supporting the girls at this event. Congratulations to Ms May, PE Teacher who also completed the London Marathon on Sunday. Aim High

    Also Year 8 Netball team and Year 9 Netball team finished 2nd in the Borough Netball Leagues for each Year Group.  This is great news for the girls who trained and competed in this seasons matches. Thanks to Ms Emerson and Ms Bernard for coaching and supporting the teams. Be Proud

    A reminder that school is closed on Monday 7 May as this is a national Bank Holiday.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

     

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 20th April 2018

    Published 23/04/18

    Earth Day 2018 – Sarah Bonnell pledges to give a helping hand

    The Summer Term got off to a great start on Monday with Geography Leaders promoting the importance of Earth Day 2018 by having an interactive display in the Piazza, delivering assemblies and organising a lunch-time stall.  Thank you to Ms Hart, Geography Teacher and the Geography Leaders for getting Sarah Bonnell to think of things we can do now to protect the globe from further environmental damage. Be Nice and Be Proud

    Childnet Digital Leaders – great recognition

    Sarah Bonnell’s famous Digital Leaders were praised again by Childnet this week. Charlotte Mugarra D’Cruze wrote to say ‘another huge thanks for hosting us the other week.  We had such a fantastic time meeting the Digital Leaders and seeing some of the amazing work you have been doing.  We couldn’t quite believe how detailed and informative the presentations were’. It is great that the work we are doing to promote Digital Literacy and on-line safety is being recognised as outstanding practice. Well done Ms Adel, Associate Senior Leader. Be Proud

    Rocket Car Race – the rain didn’t stop Year 7 enthusiasm for STEM

    On Tuesday 27 March, despite torrential rain, Year 7 had the opportunity to see how their rocket cars performed in a speed race organised by the Royal Army. A rocket was placed in each of the model cars and the girls were able to see them zoom off. The winning team were SSSAH with a speed of 37.5ms. Congratulations to these girls, who will now be invited to race their new model car at the regional finals on the 10th May. Well done to Ms Adel, Ms Sahebdin and Ms Budhia for organising such a positive experience for Year 7. Aim High

    GCSE Exams – great start with Drama

    On Thursday 19 April, GCSE Drama students performed their final pieces in front of the external examiner. Ms Griffiths was really proud of the way the students approached the day and I am sure the examiner has gone away impressed with the quality of the performances. Today I was able to celebrate this success with four Year 11 students who were nominated for Headteacher’s Student of the Week because of their performances and participation in the exams this week. Be Proud

    Oxford University welcome Sarah Bonnell

    On Wednesday 18 April, Ms Sahebdin took a group of ambitious students to visit Oxford University as part of the launch of the Brilliant Club. Visiting this prestigious university gave the students a chance to find out more about university life and consider their goals for the future.  Aim High

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 27th March 2018

    Published 01/04/18

    O’Brien Family Scholarship – supporting the ambitions of Sarah Bonnell

    On Wednesday I was delighted to present Binta Bah with the first cheque for £1500 from the O’Brien Family Scholarship. Binta was pleased to receive this generous award which she intends to use to fund her participation in the Gap Medics programme in order to fulfil her ambition to study Medicine at University. The O’Brien Family scholarship has been generously established by Jeff and Alex O’Brien to support one of the Sarah Bonnell alumni each year to achieve their full potential at Sixth Form and University. Binta will receive another award of £1500 next year and a £7 000 award for each of the three years of her university education. Congratulations Binta and thank you to the O’Brien Family. #Aim High

    Achievement Assemblies

    This week the Year Teams have been proud to present achievement awards to students who have been nominated for showing their commitment to the Sarah Bonnell Way. All of the assemblies have had their own character with performances from students and speeches from Progress Leaders and the Senior Leadership Team. However one thing I have taken away from all the assemblies is the sense of pride all the students show in the achievements of others. Students in all year groups have been keen to celebrate the success of their peers. #Be Nice

    Sarah Bonnell definitely HAS got talent

    The audience at Sarah Bonnell has Got Talent were blown away with the quality of the performances in this annual competition on Wednesday 28 March. Once again, Ms Clare-Tipton and the Music and Drama team created a platform for students to show their amazing talents as singers and dancers. The three professional judges used their expertise and experience to review the performances and make all the difficult decisions. The judges took just four of the ten competitors through to the final. I enjoyed all the performances and would like to thank all the mentors for supporting the students throughout the competition.  Congratulations to Mahisha for being the 2018 winner with her great dance performance. # Be Proud  

    Welcome Event for Year 7 2018 and Buildings for their future

    On Tuesday we held our annual Welcome Event for the new cohort of 270 Year 7 students joining us in September 2018. These students come from lots of different primary schools in Newham and we will be working with these schools, the students and their families to make sure that they have the best possible start to Year 7. Each year from 2017 – 2021 Sarah Bonnell will be taking an additional 30 girls until we grow to a much larger school of 1350 students. Today we had confirmation from the government Education and Skills Funding Agency that we have been successful in our bid for £600k funding to go towards a new building programme that will ensure we have specialist classrooms and facilities to meet the needs of our expanding school. # Aim High

    Start of Summer Term 2018

    Summer Term begins on Monday 16 April 2018 at the usual time of 8.25am. I look forward to another successful term and wish you all a safe and happy spring holiday.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 23rd March 2018

    Published 23/03/18

     

    Sarah Bonnell School wins three national awards from the SSAT

    This week Sarah Bonnell School has been recognised nationally for its excellent GCSE results in 2017. Based on data from the Department of Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network), Sarah Bonnell School was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving three awards for being in the top 20% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment, the top 10% for progress and for achieving high levels of performance from pupils eligible for the pupil premium.  The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England, with the highest performing for a range of key measures presented with SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards, sponsored by Lexonik. Sarah Bonnell School will be presented with their awards in the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region.   Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:   “I am delighted that Sarah Bonnell School has won three Educational Outcomes Awards. This recognises an important aspect of the schools’ work, but, as we know, there is much more to recognise in a good school like Sarah Bonnell School. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to pupils, parents, staff and governors’. # Be Proud

    A great start to the week – MBE Mum

    A proud Year 8 student told me about the work her Mum does to coach basketball in Newham.  I began the week having a meeting with this students Mum who turns out to have established a brilliant charity called Newham All Star Sports Academy which won the 2014 Charity of the Year Award and was awarded an MBE for her services to Basketball and her community. Natasha Hart has offered to establish a Breakfast Basketball Club and deliver a Basketball Camp for Sarah Bonnell students and believes that her work with young people in Newham proves that her coaches can ‘produce great basketball players and great citizens’. Great work NASSA and Natasha Hart. If any other parents or carers have talents, skills and knowledge they would like to share – please get in touch. #Aim High

    NSPCC say thank you to our skilled Digital Leaders

    This week we received a nice letter from Willma King, Head of Training and National Services at the NSPCC saying thank you to the four expert Digital Leaders who attended their conference on 16 January 2018. Willma wrote ‘We were delighted to have your contribution’ and explained that 69 of the 71 delegates had scored the session as ‘excellent or good’ saying it was ‘lovely to hear from the school pupils’. Well done to Dharmanshi, Zahra, Melinah and Maariyah who received a letter and gift token of £20. The students and I would also like to thank Ms Adel, Associate Senior Leader for excellent encouragement and leadership of the Digital Leaders programme at Sarah Bonnell.

    Year 11 GCSE Revision Goody Bag

    This week the Year 11 Team, led by Ms Brown, Ms Ihsan, Mr Rudland and Mr Hudson, gave the students a ‘goody bag’ packed with tips, resources and motivational messages to support their revision for the GCSE examinations. Year 11 said the goody bags were a great way of helping them prepare. #No Excuses

    End of Spring Term 2018

    Terms ends on Thursday 29 March 2018. Students will be dismissed at the slightly earlier time of 1.10pm and return for the start of the Summer Term on Monday 16 April 2018 at the usual time of 8.25am

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 16th March 2018

    Published 19/03/18

    It has been another busy week at Sarah Bonnell with students taking advantage of the great opportunities on offer in and out of lessons. This gives you a glimpse of what has been going on but you can also keep up to date by following the school on twitter.

    Full STEAM ahead at Sarah Bonnell

    A ‘Girls’ Attitudes’ survey conducted by the Girl Guides Association in 2017 revealed that, despite many advances in gender equality over the last 100 years, 30% of girls still think that Computing is a ‘boys subject’. At Sarah Bonnell we take great pride in encouraging all our students to Aim High and develop their knowledge and understanding of all subjects and STEAM week helps us promote an interest and enjoyment in subjects like Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. This week the STEAM team has organised some fantastic lunchtime workshops: Art had an amazing time looking at photography and light. Science had fun with balloons and eating nails. Maths celebrated Pi day with some bracelet making and a Pi hunt around the school. Computing competed in the annual engineering project by FARADAY and Technology ran a workshop on iPhone hologram making. Here’s to SB students becoming the engineers, scientists and coders of the future

    Pi Day – getting down to the numbers with pie and Pi

    On Wednesday 14 March, the Maths Department enjoyed ‘Pi Day’. A host of activities had the girls captivated and got them even more connected to the mathematical symbol π. For example the students were given the challenge of memorising the value of Pi - an on-going chain of unrepeated numbers. One student was able to recall 84 numbers - very impressive! Students also made Pi bracelets and went on a Pi Hunt to win prizes. All those involved wore the button badge with the Greek letter of π on it with pride and enjoyed eating some of the cherry pies on offer!

    Sarah Bonnell linguists are World Champions

    Year 11 GCSE French, Spanish and Italian students took part in the Vocab Express Global Challenge this week competing with other schools across the world to learn new words in the language. Sarah Bonnell School ranked 5th in the world overall and Diana and Manisha ranked in the top 10 students in the world. Well done team SB!

    Theatre company get Sarah Bonnell talking French

    This week Emilie Perraudeau from The Art FabriC French Theatre Company came to visit us and worked with 36 year 11 French students. The two hour workshop was taught entirely in French and by the end students performed an improvised play in groups in French.  Naleefa Unais said “I really enjoyed the workshop and I was able to understand everything Emilie was saying even though she spoke in French the whole time. It helped me to realise that you don’t need to speak the language fluently to be able to communicate with people who speak a different language to you. We learnt lots of new vocabulary and it has helped me feel more confident about my speaking GCSE exam”

    Coaching the coaches 

    Staff at Sarah Bonnell are just as keen to learn new things as the students. This week 21 staff joined Mary Phillips , a brilliant professional coach who has worked with staff at the school for several years, for the first session in a series of workshops to train staff how to coach others to develop.

     Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 9th March 2018

    Published 12/03/18

    International Women’s Day – Thursday 8 March 2018

    Sarah Bonnell marked International Women’s Day by giving all students a chance to get involved in a range of different workshops and activities to help them learn from the achievements of other women, reflect on their own ambitions and develop skills and knowledge to help them take up their place in society.

    During the day Year 7 were involved in doing an exciting STEM challenge where they had to use their problem solving skills to design and build a car using Lego. Year 8 worked with professional actors to create a ‘play in a day’ about some key moments in the history of women. Year 9 worked with The Girls Network to think about their goals for the future and how they might achieve them. Year 10 worked with members of our alumni to develop their Personal Statements and our Science teachers delivered Science workshops and practice exam questions to Year 11.

    The day was rounded off with a wonderful evening celebration of music, poetry, art and drama attended by parents, students and important guests including governors, alumni, foundation governors and members of our Business Action Group.  The evening began with Molly Samuel-Leport sharing her inspiring story of success. Molly was a Sarah Bonnell student in the 1970’s who went on to have  ground-breaking success as a Karate Champion – representing GB in many European and World championships and coming away with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Molly talked about the importance of education saying it was the key to success and recounted the hard work she put in as an adult learner to gain her Degree, Molly talked about the importance of being resilient and aiming high – something Sarah Bonnell students know all about. Molly was awarded an MBE in 2015 for her services to Karate and has recently become a parliamentary candidate. I would like to thank Molly for taking the time to speak at our event and to all the guests who supported the event. I would also like to thank the Year 10 students who worked with Ms Sangster to make the evening such a success – Mathu, Merle, Aliyah.

    I would like to thank Ms Sangster, Deputy Headteacher for coordinating such a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day and promote the important message of #pressforprogress. Sarah Bonnell provides great opportunities – it is now up to the students, with their brothers and sisters, to shape the future in a way that really ensures parity for all.

    Ms Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 2nd March 2018

    Published 05/03/18

    It’s ‘snow’ fun this wintery weather   We made it to the end of a very cold week and I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to all students who made a special effort to get in to school as usual this week and to parents who have supported our decision to stay open during these winter conditions. I was very proud of the girls behaviour during these few days of snow – all enjoyed the opportunity to play in the snow at break and lunch-time and respected the rules of safe-play. I would also like to say thank you to all staff, especially those who live further afield in Kent, Essex or South London, who battled against cancelled trains, freezing delays on platforms and longer journeys to get in to school every day this week. Special thanks to our super site team for making sure the school has been able to stay open by clearing paths and laying grit and to our day cleaner Florika for working hard to keep corridors clean and dry. Well done – another team effort with great results.    

    World Book Day – Thursday 1 March 2018   Staff and students had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day on Thursday. As part of the fun, they dressed up as their favourite literary characters.  It was great to see Dumbledore and Captain Hook, among many others, enjoying the snow! Faythe had made a fantastic costume as the circus master from ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ and Ms Adel, Ms Sahebdin and Ms Bhudia had made the most amazing costumes as characters from Will.i.am’s new book ‘Wizards and Robots’. Students also took part in spoken word and interactive drama performances in the learning hub, which had been transformed into a gothic realm for the day.  Competitions, assemblies and tutor time were devoted to all things bookish during the run up to the day and all students were given an inspirational book to celebrate the power of words.  The whole week served to showcase just how passionate Sarah Bonnell students are about the written word and the joy that reading brings to their lives.   Huge thanks to Hanna Malik, Literacy Lead and Ms Kaur, Learning Hub Manager and Ms Griffiths, Curriculum Lead Drama for generating such a buzz about reading – your creative ideas and hard-work brought World Book Day alive.

    Prefect Training was Perfect   On Wednesday 28 February 60 newly selected Year 10 Prefects set off to the prestigious Citibank tower in Canary Wharf to take part in Leadership Workshops delivered by professional volunteers who work in Citibank. The event was hosted by the Chair of our Business Action Group, Anthony Cockett who is a senior partner at the bank. The girls had a great morning and were a real credit to themselves and the school - Mr Cockett said ‘The prefects are remarkable’ and another volunteer said they were a huge ‘asset for the school’. Well done to all our great Prefects and to Mr Archer and Mr Rudland, Assistant Headteachers, for organising this opportunity. The Prefects take up their new role in April 2018.

    International Women’s Day – Thursday 8 March 2018

    Next week we have lots of great things happening to celebrate International Women’s Day including a wonderful evening of celebration starting at 6.00pm. Please see the attachment below and check the website to find out more.

    Have a safe and warm weekend.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher

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  • Winter Weather Update

    Published 01/03/18

    Friday 2 March 2018

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