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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 2nd November 2018

Black History Month Guest Speaker says ‘there’s a great feeling of sisterhood here’

On Tuesday 30 October Sarah Bonnell students staged their first Black History Month Celebration Evening for parents, friends and foundation governors of the school. There were exhibitions of art work exploring ideas linked to culture, colonialism and racism and performances from Lola, SB Poet Laureate, the talented Sarah Bonnell choir and Jade Anthony. The guest speaker was Seyi Akiwowo one of the Sarah Bonnell Alumni and founder of Glitch. Seyi inspired everyone by sharing her path to success from Sarah Bonnell to politics to founding Glitch – a platform to end on-line abuse. Seyi congratulated the students for staging the event and commented that they should be proud of the atmosphere of sisterhood that has been created at the school.  The evening was rounded off with a dance performance from Year 10 students who got the audience joining in with a finale performance of Candy. Be Proud

Sarah Bonnell students are inspired by ‘The Wolves’. Two groups of students had the opportunity to attend a performance at the Theatre Royal Stratford East called ‘The Wolves’. The performance got the girls thinking about the experiences of young women growing up in society today.

Sarah Bonnell students get debating with Debate Mate Launch

As part of our work on improving literacy and developing speaking and listening skills, Mr Begley and Ms Sahebdhin took a group of students to take part in the launch of this years Debate Mate competition. Students gained some training and advice on debating and practiced their public speaking skills on a range of topics.  Aim High

Respecting Cultural Diversity

Sarah Bonnell  places great importance on recognising and celebrating the cultural diversity of our school and our wider community. Throughout the year we give students the opportunity to enjoy learning about the values, beliefs and traditions that sit behind some of the most important local, national or global events, festival and ceremonies. This week Mr Munoz, Deputy Curriculum Leader for World Languages and Ms Biltcliffe, Curriculum Leader for PSHCE, delivered assemblies and craft activities on the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Next week Sarah Bonnell will be marking the religious festival of Diwali – Festival of Lights and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all staff and students celebrating this festival a very happy Diwali. Be Proud

Dates for your diary ……..

Next week Sarah Bonnell will be performing at the Stratford Circus as part of the Shakespeare Schools festival. Please come along and support the students – tickets are available from the Box Office and are selling fast! The quality of the acting is always superb.

On Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December the Sarah Bonnell School Production is a contemporary version of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Tickets will be going on sale soon.

Rae Potter – Headteacher