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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 3rd March 2017

A real highlight of the week was World Book Day on Thursday 2 March. This annual event aims to develop girls’ love of reading and Ms Kaur, our Learning Hub Manager, certainly succeeded in planning a great day of activities to do just that.  Ms Kaur and her team of Student Ambassadors even managed to transform a part of our Learning Hub into the cold, white landscape of Narnia featured in  C.S Lewis’s  novel  ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. At lunch-time the talented SB Players, led by Ms Griffiths and Mr Bentley, brought characters from novels and plays like ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ to life by performing extracts from the novels in the Learning Hub. In addition the entrance to the Learning Hub was marked by a yellow brick road from the novel The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum with Ms Kaur dressed up as The Wicked Witch of the West from the same novel standing at the end of it.  Staff from all areas of the school also dressed up to promote reading by wearing costumes to represent characters in their favourite books. Maths teachers were inspired by ‘Peter Pan’ by J.M Barrie, English teachers by ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl, ICT and Computer Studies teachers by the ‘Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins, the Leadership Team by ‘The Great Gatsby’ by Scott Fitzgerald and Ms Fraser was a brilliant ‘Artful Dodger’ from the novel ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens. The girls did really well guessing the novels behind the staff costumes and I am sure will be motivated to find out more about the different characters and plot by reading the books for themselves. Sarah Bonnell School places a lot of importance on developing girls’ love of reading. We all know that reading helps the girls do well in exams and succeed at Sixth Form, university and work. But these activities also remind us that reading ignites the imagination and takes the reader to a whole new place or time. I’d like to thank all staff who took part and organised the day so well.

As well as this focus on reading we also had a great focus on the importance of maths across the curriculum. The Maths Week has engaged girls in all sorts of different activities to promote the many ways in which maths makes the world work! Thank you to the Maths team and other staff who have spent time at break and lunch-time helping the girls solve problems, draw 3D shapes on the floor and apply maths in Science and Geography activities.

Another highlight this week was the TechFest Exhibition organised by Technology – the girls created a brilliant buzz in the Piazza selling products they had designed and made themselves in Technology in order to raise money for our school charity United World Schools. There was even a fashion show to show-case the girls design skills and talents.

Hope you all get time this weekend to read a good book.  

Rae Potter – Headteacher