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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 12th October 2018

Parents say Sarah Bonnell is ‘impressive’

On Wednesday Sarah Bonnell held its annual Open Evening for admission to the school in September 2019. It was very successful, with hundreds of visitors keen to find out what makes us a great girls school. Students and staff were proud to be able to show  our excellent facilities, take the Year 6 and their families on tours of the school and help them experience activities linked to all the different subjects we offer here. One parent told me he thought the school was ‘impressive and that staff and students were great ambassadors for the school’ and another said ‘I really want my daughter to come here’. It was really nice seeing our current students helping Year 6 get involved in different activities in Science, Computer Science, Geography and Maths and hearing their feedback about the drama performance and exhibition of trampolining skills. Aliyah , Headgirl, gave a welcome speech that told Year 6 about the way she has been supported and encouraged to develop her confidence and the different experiences she has benefited from during her time here and three Year 7 students gave great advice to Year 6 about the clubs we have on offer, the interesting lessons and how easy it has been for them to make friends. I am always impressed with the students at Sarah Bonnell and I am pleased that Open Evening gave them a chance to show how proud they are of their school and their own achievements. Be Proud

Sarah Bonnell are in the ‘top ten’ at the Borough Cross Country competition .

PE students accompanied Ms Emmerson and Ms Barnard to Wanstead Flats to compete in the borough Cross Country competition. Well done to all the girls for completing the distance and representing Sarah Bonnell well at this annual event and special congratulations to those who came in the top ten in the borough! Be Proud

Students inspired by author at Stratford Library 

On Wednesday students visited Stratford Library with Ms Whitehouse and Ms Sangster to hear a talk from Catherine Johnson as part of our celebration of Black History Month. Catherine is an author of several fiction and non-fiction books that promote Black History and the girls gained a lot from hearing her speak about the topics she writes about and how.  Aim High

International Day of the Girl – 11 October 

Sarah Bonnell has been celebrating the International Day of the Girl this week because as we place great importance on encouraging all our students to be ambitious and to understand the issues around equality of opportunity. The United Nations International Day of the Girl reminds us of the many challenges faced by girls across the globe. 600 million teenage girls will enter the workforce in the next decade and more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in low or no pay jobs where abuse and exploitation are common. The United Nations Secretary General , Antonio Guterres , said "On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential’

This lines-up with our school values of ‘Aim High , Be Proud and No Excuses’ and our focus on providing opportunities for our girls to develop attitudes and skills that will help them have the courage and confidence to break through barriers they may face in the world of work, in the family and in society. No Excuses

Healthy Schools – eat well, think well, feel well and get active

We continue to focus on Healthy Schools status in order to encourage the Sarah Bonnell community to be healthy in mind and body. Please remember to ensure your daughter brings only healthy snacks in to school. Crisps, Fizzy drinks, sweets and other foods high in sugar and salt are not permitted.  Be Nice

Rae Potter - Headteacher

Sarah Bonnell School