It’s been another busy and rewarding week for students and staff at Sarah Bonnell School. High points for me include seeing students, artists and teachers all working together in the Assembly Hall on Tuesday to build a large interactive sculpture from interlocking shapes. This creative workshop was organised by art teacher, Ms Poynter as part of our partnership with Bow Arts. It was also great hearing about Monday’s performance of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice to Year 8 and a trip to the Emirates Stadium on Friday 12 January where Year 9 students, Dharmanshi and Maria, had success winning awards for ‘Best Marketing’ and ‘Safety Inventors’ at the TeenTech event organised by Ms Koli, Design and Technology teacher.
Wednesday morning was brightened up when staff met together, as usual, for the weekly Teaching and Learning Briefing before school started. Staff at Sarah Bonnell are always keen to try new things and at this meeting three teachers shared ways of using different props like a bell, the wooden blocks game called Jenga and some playing cards to keep students motivated in lessons.
I was also inspired by the ambition of Akila Sultana in Year 11 who was nominated for ‘Hot Chocolate with the Head’ this week. Akila shared with me her ambition to study for a Physics Degree after her GCSE’s and A Levels and then train to be a pilot. Akila really understands what it means to ‘Aim High’ and was nominated for the break-time treat by Ms Servini, Curriculum Leader for Languages, because she is doing extra work to improve her grades in French.
This week we also had news from Newham Collegiate Sixth Form about Samiya Malik, former Head Girl of Sarah Bonnell, who has secured a place at Harvard Law Summer School. I am sure you would like to join me in congratulating Samiya and wishing her well.
On Thursday we welcomed Year 10 girls and their families to an information evening about GCSEs. The event was really well attended and gave parents an opportunity to ask questions about the new GCSE measures of Progress 8 and Attainment 8 and talk to Curriculum Leaders about GCSE courses. Ms Ihsan, Progress Leader for Year 10, also shared some important information about the link between mobile phone texting and achievement. She reminded us all of the importance of having a responsible and safe approach to using mobile phones and social media.
Thank you to Mr Rudland (Assistant Headteacher), Ms Brown (Year Leader) and Ms Ishan for organising this event and to all the subject leaders who had stalls in the Piazza.
Have a lovely weekend – keep warm and keep learning!
Rae Potter – Headteacher