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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 15th March 2019

    Published 18/03/19

    Sarah Bonnell was full STEAM ahead this week 

    Following on from the work we did last week to promote #BalanceforBetter as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, this week we celebrated STEAM weak. Ms Adel, Curriculum Leader Business and Computing and Associate Senior Leader, coordinated a great programme of events to ensure Sarah Bonnell students were inspired to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  On Tuesday Sarah Bonnell students competed against students from Lister in the Faraday Challenge Day.  On Friday Ms Davies, Curriculum Leader for Art, Design and Technology, showcased the links between science and art by creating a giant model of a Camera Obscura to explain the science behind the first cameras. 

     We also celebrated Pi Day on Thursday ( 3rd month, 14th Day being the first digits in Pi 3.14…) with some students and staff challenging themselves to recite up to 100 digits after the decimal point of this irrational number without looking! Students also made Pi bracelets using beads with numbers of them and took part in other activities linked to Pi. Huge thanks to the Maths team, led by Ms Boughton, for generating such a buzz in the Maths hall and for Mr Rahman for putting Pi on the floor of the Piazza. Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell Governors Conference

    On Saturday 9 March – governors came together to plan for next year. Sarah Bonnell is lucky to have a skilful, knowledgeable and supportive governing body who are willing to share both their expertise and time to support what we are doing to make Sarah Bonnell an ‘Outstanding’ school. Work Hard

    Sarah Bonnell Students Receive Silver Arts Award Accreditation

    After a lot of hard work and dedication, the following girls have successfully achieved their Silver Arts Award accreditation: Fahmida Akter Rahman, Yasmena Begum, Zehna Bodhee, Sharmin Chowdhury, Nehla Gazeeb, Jasrah Hannan, Rumaysaa Mannan, Gabija Narbutyte, Jemma Nguyen and Mariam Sharaf. The external moderator who the students met was very impressed with their sculptures and sketchbooks. The students work is now proudly displayed in the Art area. Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell go to the famous Globe Theatre

    On Tuesday Ms Griffiths, Curriculum Leader for Drama, provided a great opportunity for students to attend a theatre production at The Globe. The visit gave the students a real insight into the theatre and its history as well as giving them a great chance to see the Southbank of the Thames in some very windy conditions.

    Sarah Bonnell Staff show their commitment

    I am always blown away by the commitment of staff at Sarah Bonnell – each week my message is packed with details of extra-curricular opportunities that provide students here with a diverse range of experiences that help them develop their understanding of the world and the confidence to make a meaningful contribution to it. Well done Team SBS!  Be Proud

    Rae Potter - Headteacher

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 8th March 2019

    Published 09/03/19

    Sarah Bonnell celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

    Sarah Bonnell students were inspired by politicians, dancers, engineers, rocket cars, rugby players, activists, entrepreneurs, spoken word poets, public speaking experts, lawyers, accountants, actors and jazz musicians in a wonderful day of celebration. Huge thanks to Ms Sangster, Deputy Headteacher for driving the whole event and championing the theme of # BalanceforBetter and all staff and volunteers who made today really special.

    In recent years’ greater parity between men and women has been achieved but there are still barriers to overcome at home, at work and in politics. International Women’s Day was a great opportunity for us all to pledge to continue to work for a better world for all where people can achieve without discrimination. Be Proud and No Excuses

    The Great Gatsby comes to Sarah Bonnell on World Book Day 2019

    Students and staff got in to the spirit of World Book Day by dressing up as characters from their favourite book. Ms Kaur and Nyene transformed the Learning Hub with displays, activities and performances to create the atmosphere of 1920’s USA – the setting for Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel The Great Gatsby. The atmosphere in the Learning Hub was brilliant and I know students enjoyed finding out about the Wall Street Crash, Bloomingdales and the extravagant lifestyle of some of the key characters in the book. Special thanks to Ms Kaur for creating another successful World Book Day extravaganza and for inspiring the students to read.

    Next week is STEAM week – all students are invited to get involved

    At Sarah Bonnell our curriculum is so much more than lessons alone and next week there are more opportunities for learning with a range of great workshops, lectures and events at lunch-time to further inspire students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 1st March 2019

    Published 01/03/19

    Every Pathway Leads to Success – Aim High Year 9

    On Wednesday we held the Year 9 Pathways Evening to share information with students and parents about the GCSE Curriculum Pathways on offer at Sarah Bonnell. Each Curriculum Pathway is named after a famous woman and provides a range of different subjects and qualifications for students to study.

    There was a great atmosphere in the Piazza, Assembly Hall and Learning Hub and parents said the conversations they had with staff were helpful and informative.   Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell take to the ski slopes of Austria

    Our first ever ski trip was a huge success with students making great progress with their ski skills and enjoying the beautiful Austrian slopes. Aliyah Irabor-York, Headgirl, tweeted ‘Thank you for the best experience ever………. this truly was an incredible trip- unforgettable. An even bigger thank you to Mr Archer and Ms Clark for absolutely everything, you both have been amazing!’

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    Sarah Bonnell will start planning ‘Ski 2020’ soon – speak to Mr Archer, Assistant Headteacher to find out more.  No Excuses    

    International Women’s Day – Friday 8 March 2019

     

    Once again Sarah Bonnell will be putting on an evening of celebration for International Women’s Day. Put the date in your diary and get tickets for you and your daughter to celebrate with us on Friday 8 March 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • International Women's Day

    Published 27/02/19

     

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 15th February 2019

    Published 19/02/19

    Extended Learning Day February 2019

    On Tuesday staff at Sarah Bonnell arranged a wide range ofbrilliant opportunities for students to learn and experience things beyond the normal curriculum. For example, students in Year 10 went on Careers Insight Visits to places like Davis Polk Law firm where they found out what it means to be a lawyer and the qualifications required to be successful in this profession. History students went on a walking tour of East London to learn about crime and punishment in Victorian England. Music students created a song they are going to enter for a national competition composing and performing all the music and writing, singing and rapping the lyrics in French. Students in Year 7 took part in Safer Internet Day activities led by our brilliant Year 10 Digital Leaders and Year 11 had some workshops on Relationships and Sex Education.  ELD visits and workshops are an important part of the Sarah Bonnell curriculum because they give students access to educational visits, guest speakers and a chance to immerse themselves in one topic for a whole day. Aim High 

    Sarah Bonnell mark LGBTQ month  

    The Sarah Bonnell Way begins with ‘Be Proud’ and one of the bullet points under this heading reads ‘We are proud of ourselves, our heritage and the school community’. I think this part of the school motto sits in line with the principles behind national LGBTQ month which remind us all of the importance of recognising, celebrating and being proud of the things that make us individuals in our own right including our gender identity. Be Proud

    Sarah Bonnell take to the ski slopes of Austria

    Our first ever ski trip set off today on their coach journey through France to the Austrian Alps. Mr Archer, Assistant Headteacher and Ms Clark, Deputy Headteacher have organised this opportunity to give students a chance to develop team work and communication skills as well learn an exciting new sport in a beautiful geographical landscape. Ski Safe and Ski Happy Sarah Bonnell  

    International Women’s Day – it’s getting closer! 

    Once again Sarah Bonnell will be putting on an evening of celebration for International Women’s Day. Put the date in your diary and get tickets for you and your daughter to celebrate with us on Friday 8 March 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm. 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 8th February 2019

    Published 11/02/19

    Safer Internet Day – Digital Leaders impress 

    Our Digital Leaders had the amazing opportunity to present at the BT centre where a host of guest speakers and students were attending. The Digital leaders led the way showcasing their fantastic work and knowledge. Israa Ibrahim did an amazing job hosting the event, engaging the audience and welcoming ministers and CEO’s on stage. A huge well done to our digital leaders that attended the event.

    BBC News invite Sarah Bonnell students to interview the Chief Medical Officer

    Following on from their success at the Safer Internet Day event at BT, two of the Digital Leaders, Maariyah Ali and Israa Ibrahim, had a further opportunity to interview Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, on how social media affects your mental health. This interview was for the BBC News and was aired on both the 6pm and 10pm news –you can still watch the report on BBC iplayer. The girls were totally confident, articulate and professional and were praised from BBC producers on their questioning skills. Be Proud

    Year 11 Parents, Teachers and students working together

    Year 11 students really have #Gotthis. On Wednesday it was great to see so many year 11 students at the Parents Evening. The evening began with a short welcome and introduction from Mr Archer, Assistant Headteacher, who spoke about the hard work the students have been putting in to their lessons and exam preparation and shared news of our Year 11 Reward Scheme to keep motivation high over the next few months. The Reward Scheme involves students getting points for attending extra intervention and revision sessions and for showing high levels of participation and commitment to learning. The points relate to prizes like Prom Tickets, Leavers Hoody, Maths Calculators, Revision Guides and coaching sessions. The buzz of this successful event planned by Mr Archer, Assistant Headteacher, Ms Whitfield, Progress Leader and Ms Whitfield, Year Leader, has been evident in Year 11’s attitude to learning this week. I know we can keep working together to support and encourage students to get the success they deserve.  No Excuses

    Sarah Bonnell Geographers get in to Epping Forest

    On Thursday, Sarah Bonnell GCSE Geography students ventured in to Epping Forest to conduct filed research as part of their GCSE Geography course. This educational visit was planned to give the students practical experience to support their learning in class and will support their achievement in the GCSE examinations in June 2019. Work Hard

    Sarah Bonnell’s Headgirl 2019 is Israa Ibrahim

    On Thursday, after two weeks of creative and purposeful campaigning, the students and staff of Sarah Bonnell were able to go to the ballot box to vote for Sarah Bonnell’s Headgirl 2019. The turn-out was a strong 72% of the school electorate and I am delighted to announce that Israa was elected to this important position. The other candidates – Shukri, Jaden, Maariyah and Dorcas showed great integrity throughout their campaign and I am hopeful they will now stand for Deputy Head and Assistant Head position in the Student Leadership Team. Be Proud. 

    International Women Day – join us to celebrate

    Once again Sarah Bonnell will be putting on an evening of celebration for International Women’s Day. Put the date in your diary and get tickets for you and your daughter to celebrate with us on Friday 8 March 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 1st February 2019

    Published 04/02/19

    Creative Careers Event – Find your future

    On Wednesday 30 January 2019 the Art and Design department of Sarah Bonnell hosted our first Creative Careers event delivered in partnership with Bow Arts Consortium.  To start the event, we had keynote talks from Leyla Reynolds – Artistic Director of gla-dem magazine and Jessica Ashman who is a BAFTA award winning animation artist and arts educator. Students then had the opportunity to meet creative professionals from across a variety of art sectors and learn about the careers available. Parents and students were also able to speak to industry professionals including those working in the areas of Architecture, Interior Design, Design Innovation and many more. The feedback from the artists and designers visiting the school was fantastic with photographer ‘Skallywag Fox’ commenting that Sarah Bonnell students are ‘thoughtful, interested and polite’ as they talked to him about his powerful fashion photography and portraits. A highlight of the evening for me was listening to Janine Francois, a former Sarah Bonnell student herself, talk about her happy memories of school and describing the journey she had taken to become a pioneering lecturer at London College of Fashion and PhD student working for her doctorate. The feedback from parents and students was also excellent with students gaining knowledge about how to ‘Find their future in Creative Careers’ Aim High

    Sarah Bonnell reflects on Holocaust Memorial Day

    This annual event marks the national day to remember and learn from the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur. Students were involved in a variety of activities to remember what Holocaust survivors went through between 1942-1945. In changing times, it seems even more appropriate that we learn from the past in order to secure a peaceful future. Be Nice

    Newham Civil Society Youth Commission

    Ms Sangster (Deputy Headteacher) and Ms Clark (Deputy Headteacher) took 11 Year 8 students to the Newham Civil Society Youth Commission on Tuesday 31 January 2019. The students were exemplary and Ms Sangster said she was ‘incredibly proud’ of them. They contributed to important discussions about how to make our community safer and how to build better relationships with the police. Several people commented on what the girls had to say and how impressed they were with them. Be Proud

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  • Half term Holiday Offer at the London Stadium

    Published 30/01/19

     

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 25th January 2019

    Published 28/01/19

    Year 9 Tenner Challenge

    Our year 9 students have been involved in the fantastic Tenner Challenge across the last two weeks at lunchtime. The Tenner Challenge is an interactive programme that helps students to develop key employability skills including creativity, resilience and problem solving, whilst using real money to make as much profit as possible from the £10. The girls showed their creativity by making jewellery, canvases and recycled stationary. I was really impressed with their ideas and the students involved really enjoyed the challenge. The money raised will be donated to our school charity United World Schools. Be Proud

    Year 11 Practice GCSE Exams

    Year 11 have finished an intensive two weeks of Practice GCSE Exams. It’s been nice hearing students talk about feeling proud of the fact they’ve coped so well with the pressure and hearing them talk about feeling confident that they’ve done well. Staff look forward to sharing exam results at the Year 11 Parents Evening on Wednesday 6th February 2019. Work Hard

    Sarah Bonnell’s Creative Careers Event

    On Wednesday 30th January 2019 the Art and Design department will be hosting a Creative Careers event alongside Bow Arts. To start the event, we have Keynote talks from 5:20pm by Leyla Reynolds – Artistic Director of gla-dem magazine and Jessica Ashman who is a BAFTA award winning animation artist and arts educator. Students will then have the opportunity to meet creative professionals from across a variety of art sectors and learn about the careers available. Parents and students will be able to speak to industry professionals including those working in the areas of Architecture, Interior Design, Design Innovation and many more.  We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday from 5:15pm.  Aim High

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 18th January 2019

    Published 18/01/19

    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

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 11th January 2019

    Published 14/01/19

    A great start to an exciting Spring Term

    Happy New Year and welcome back to another exciting term at Sarah Bonnell. Students and staff are looking forward to a number of key events this term including:

    Parent Workshop on Wednesday 16 January exploring ways to nurture emotional health and well-being, Creative Careers Event on Wednesday 30 January 2019, Year 11 Parents Evening on Wednesday 6 February and our next Extended Learning Day on Tuesday 12 February.

    Year 11 continue to work hard during their Practice GCSE Exams

    Year 11 Practice Exams continued with written examinations taking place in the school Sports Hall throughout the week. Staff have told me how proud they are of the Year 11 students who have showed a great attitude and resilience throughout this exam period. #GotThis

    Brilliant Club visited University of London

    24 Sarah Bonnell students visited Kings College London for an introduction to the Brilliant Club Scholars Programme. The students heard from current Kings students about what University life is like, and The Brilliant Club gave an overview of what the programme would be, and how it would help them aspire to University in the future. The students had a tour of some of the amazing facilities at Kings College, seeing some of the buildings, learning spaces and student union. It was a really inspiring and academic day.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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  • Headteacher's Weekly Message: 14th December 2018

    Published 14/12/18

    Sarah Bonnell students shine in the school show ‘A Christmas Carol’

    On Thursday 6 December and Friday 7 December, after weeks of rehearsals and preparation the school show was performed last week to delighted audiences of friends, family and staff.  The Drama and Music staff are to be congratulated on another stunning school show but special thanks must go to Ms Griffiths, Curriculum Leader for Drama, Mr Bentley, Lead Practitioner and Mr Slater, Curriculum Leader for Music, Mathu Yoganathan in Year 11. The girls’ performances were excellent – Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Mrs Cratchit all acted and sung with confidence, humour and passion. Well done to our brilliant Sarah Bonnell performers and staff. Be Proud

    December is ‘Be Nice’ month

    This year we have matched on one of our five school values to every month on the school calendar. December is linked to ‘Be Nice ‘and students were invited to make a pledge showing their support for one of our ‘Be Nice’ campaigns. Be Nice

    Bow Arts Celebration another success

    On Wednesday 5 December we welcomed students from primary schools in The Sarah Bonnell Bow Arts Consortium. The children came to take part in creative arts workshops and show-case the work they had produced alongside the Bow Arts professional artists. It was a fabulous exhibition – guests, friends and family commented on the imaginative work the children at Sarah Bonnell and the primary schools had created.

    KS3 Prefect Ambassador Programme

    On Friday Year 10 students who had applied to be KS3 Ambassadors were involved in Prefect Interviews with professional volunteers from our Business Action Group. It was great to see so many KS3 girls keen to take up roles of responsibility in the school. Good luck. Aim High

    Preparing for a Positive Future

    On Thursday 6th December 2018 we had our second Extended Learning Day of the school year giving all students an opportunity to focus on one aspect of learning for the whole day. The theme of this ELD was ‘Futures’ and students in Years 7-11 were involved in a range of different activities to prepare for a positive future. Year 9 students were involved in a rotation of seminars led by Positively Mad to help them prepare for a bright future and encourage resilience, confidence, motivation and leadership. Year 10 were involved in a variety of activities led by Headstart, Diversity Role Models, Fix Up Speakers and Big Talk Education which involved developing positive relationships and futures. A huge thanks to Mr Archer for, once again, coordinating a very successful and rewarding day. Work Hard

    Christmas Jumper Day raises £1897.89 for our school charity UWS

    Staff and students got dressed up in jumpers that jingled, sparkled and glowed to raise money for our school charity United World Schools. Be Nice

    Year 11 Practice GCSE exams begin

    Next week the Year 11 Practice Exams continue with written examinations taking place in the school Sports Hall throughout the week. Good luck to all our Year 11 students who have been working hard to prepare for this opportunity to prepare and practice for the real GCSE exams ahead. # Got This

    End of Term

    Friday 21 December marks the end of a busy and successful term – students will be dismissed at 1.10pm. The Spring Term starts on Monday 7 January for all students at the usual time. I wish everyone a safe holiday and a very happy new year.

    Rae Potter – Headteacher 

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