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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 3rd February 2017

Sarah Bonnell places real value on student leadership. Democracy is at the heart of the student leadership structure at Sarah Bonnell and this week I have been impressed with the way our girls embrace this important value.  The five candidates for Head Girl (Hannah, Aysha, Manisha, Iman and Khadeja) presented their campaign speeches in Sister Assemblies this week. All five girls spoke with real passion about the qualities they would bring to the role of Head Girl - they were eloquent, confident and full of integrity and I am confident that whoever wins we will have a superb Head Girl in post from April 2017 who will make a real difference to the school.

On Wednesday I attended the first meeting with the newly elected student Executive Council. At this meeting I was interested to hear the elected representatives from each year group in the school share ideas about the projects they are leading to improve the school. For example, the Year 10 Council are busy making plans for a School ‘Switch Off’ day which will highlight the importance of saving energy by encouraging us to minimise the use of electricity for one day. The Executive Council also discussed school plans for celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017. The girls had some great ideas and I look forward to seeing these take shape in the next few weeks – please put the date in your diary and look out for more information about how you can get involved in promoting the national theme for 2017 ‘Be Bold for Change’. 

Sarah Bonnell had other links with the world of government last week when Mr Archer and Ms Paine attended a high profile event at the House of Lords. The event was hosted by Lord Young with the key note speaker being The Right Honourable Robert Halfon MP, Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships. In his speech, the Minister praised the work we do at Sarah Bonnell in creating effective links with businesses and giving careers guidance to support the girls to make choices that will provide them with opportunities for their future. He also described the work we are doing with our student careers ambassadors as an “example of exemplary practice that should be adopted by schools across the country”.

Rae Potter – Headteacher