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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 14th July 2017

Aim High Week began on Monday 10 July with ‘Be Proud Day’ to celebrate the cultural diversity of our school community and stand together against all forms of hatred, racism and extremism. Students and staff wrote pledges to show their support for the day and wore clothes to represent their community. The day raised over £1500 for our United World Schools in Cambodia. Throughout Aim High Week the Piazza was buzzing with students and staff from different tutor groups competing to raise the most money for this UWS by using their social entrepreneurial skills. Year 7 girls and their tutors created a great market-place of stalls selling hand-made craft products, second-hand goods, fruit smoothies and more! It was really brilliant seeing students and staff working together and taking great pride in their achievements. Thank you to everyone who participated in Aim High Week – I will announce the final total raised next week.

On Wednesday the PE Curriculum Area organised an amazing range of physical activities as part of the ‘Vitality Day’. Students got involved in BMX bike riding, Fencing, Zumba and also had the chance to use the bouncy castle and learn about healthy eating in lessons. In maths lessons girls calculated the different values of different types of food as part of a wider understanding of a healthy diet and exercise.  Well done PE for inspiring us all to make a pledge to a healthier life style!

On Thursday evening we welcomed back Year 11 in their finest clothes for their Year 11 Prom – this special event gave the girls a chance to celebrate their time at Sarah Bonnell and say goodbye. Staff and Year 10 Prefects worked hard to transform the Piazza and Assembly Hall into a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed party. There was a DJ, Candy Floss, Photo booth, balloons, feathers and lots of smiles. The girls all looked absolutely beautiful as they walked up the red carpet and I know they enjoyed a lovely celebration of their time here. I would like to say a big thank you to Ms Sangster, Ms Harvey, Ms Nahaboo and Ms Ward for all their hard work preparing for this special event and to the Year 10 prefect team and staff who helped on the night.

This week we also had a great focus on literacy with our annual Reading on the Green organised by Ms Malik, Literacy Coordinator. The girls were selling second hand books and there were deck chairs, picnic blankets and strawberries and cream to encourage a great environment for getting immersed in a good read.

Last week a group of Year 9 girls went on a visit to SOAS University of London led by Ms Badar. Students worked with SOAS under-graduate ambassadors over three days to have a taste of higher education and to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Urdu at university level. Savaira Khan 9L said ‘During my time at SOAS I learned a lot and gained confidence. I enjoyed working with the ambassadors and … getting first prize’. Aim High!

The week ended on a real high note for me as I met two Year 8 students who has been nominated for two different awards this week. Tahmina had been nominated by Mr Walsh for Student of the Week and was really proud to tell me about her achievements during lunch in the cafeteria. What impressed me was Tahmina’s determination to work hard to improve her work and attitude. At break-time I met Dorcas Mbala in 8B for Headteacher Weekly Award. Dorcas was nominated by Ms Costas for performing her ‘Ambition’ poem in assembly this week. Dorcas read the poem to me today and I was hugely impressed with her dream to become Head Girl and then Prime Minister. She has the sort of ambition that is going to make a difference to our society. Well done to both these girls.

Next week is the last week of this busy summer term. On Wednesday we have our annual Achievement Day and celebration of the Sarah Bonnell School Birthday. We are delighted that Tafsia Shikder, former Head Girl, will be speaking at this event. Tafsia has won a scholarship, worth £200,000, to one of the best universities in the world, MIT Boston, as a result of her excellent GCSE results and academic ability. This special assembly will also be attended by parents, school governors and governors from the Sarah Bonnell Foundation.

On Thursday you are warmly invited to attend our Music Summer Showcase – tickets are available in advance from Student Reception.

 Students will be dismissed at 12.30pm on Friday 21 July and we look forward to another great year starting for students on Tuesday 5 September 2017. For more details please check the school website and app and look out for the letter being sent home with your daughters next week.

I wish you all a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday and would like to thank you for your support throughout the year.

Rae Potter – Headteacher