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Headteacher's Weekly Message: 16th November 2018

Sarah Bonnell’s curriculum is broad, balanced and brilliant!

This week the Sarah Bonnell Leadership Team have been reflecting on Ofsted’s renewed focus on the curriculum regarding the three ‘I’s’ of the curriculum – Intent, Implementation and Impact. I know the SB curriculum ticks the guidance. It is broad enough for all students to learn a range of different subjects, balanced enough to ensure students have the right access to pathways that secure the appropriate next steps in further education, training or work and brilliant because it is engaging, enriching and effective. If you would like to find out more about one aspect of our curriculum called the KS4 Pathways Curriculum please follow the link to watch the latest film.

Our curriculum is so much more than just the subjects taught on the time-table. As John Dunford said it is ‘the whole experience of school’ including clubs, educational visits, professional relationships between students and staff and the development of character through form time, school council and other leadership roles. November has been jam-packed with examples of this ‘broad, balanced and brilliant’ curriculum. Sarah Bonnell students have shown their curiosity, creativity and commitment in and out of lessons – read more below Be Proud

Sarah Bonnell students get ‘STEAMed’ up

On Thursday 8 November the Science, Technology, Computing and Business, Art and Maths teams came together to deliver a whole day of activities to inspire learning about these curriculum areas. Ms Adel, Associate Senior Leader, did a great job of coordinating the day which included workshops led by Maverick Medics and a visit to an inflatable planetarium. During lunch-time the Maths hall was buzzing with activities led by students and staff including opportunities to build mathematical models, make lava lamps, solve problems, code computer micro-bits and more. Aim High

Sarah Bonnell students unite in support of national Anti-bullying week

As part of our on-going work to promote positive relationships in school, Deputy Headgirl Melanie Corbin worked with other members of the Student Leadership Team including Taylor, Mathu, Merle to strengthen commitment to one of the key Sarah Bonnell values ‘Be Nice’. There were assemblies about Anti-bullying Week and the student leaders created a great interactive display of the pledges supporting this message.  Be Nice 

Sarah Bonnell students shine at Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018

Students from Years 8-10 performed in two plays at this prestigious national event hosted locally by Stratford Circus. The performances got great feedback from the audience and Director of the Festival. Special thanks must go to Ms Griffiths, Ms Jim and Mr Bentley for their excellent productions and giving the girls this great opportunity.

Girls Network are off to a flying start

Students in Year 10 went to Pinsent Mason on Monday 5 November with Ms Sangster and Mr Rudland to meet the professional women who have volunteered to give some time out of their working week to mentor and coach students from Sarah Bonnell as part of The Girls Network. This opportunity gives students access to meaningful coaching and mentoring from women who have ‘been there and done it’ –role models to inspire our girls to go on to even greater success.

Sarah Bonnell Silver Arts Award

On Wednesday 7 November the Art Curriculum Area hosted an event to show-case the creative leadership skills of students following the Silver Arts Award in partnership with Bow Arts. The after-school events gave parents, visitors and students the chance to try different creative techniques and appreciate the art work on display.

GCSE Awards Evening 

On Wednesday 15 November we welcomed back our Year of 2018 to present their official GCSE certificates and present some special awards for achievement and contribution to the school. Head Girl 2017-2018, Hannah Dale, gave a nice speech reminding the year group to cherish the memories they have and continue to follow their dreams. Ms Brown, Ms Ihsan and Mr Rudland gave speeches too, thanking the students for their contribution to school life and reminding them to keep in touch

‘Once a Sarah Bonnell girl. Always a Sarah Bonnell girl’.

Guest speaker Alex O’Brien, a Science Writer, talked about the importance of hard work and determination before announcing Zaynah Ali as the winner of the O’Brien Family Scholarship 2018. This generous scholarship, funded by the O’Brien family, provides financial support of up to £24 000 to one Sarah Bonnell student over the fiveyear period of Key Stage 5 and University. The scholarship is awarded after a rigorous and fair selection process and is intended to support with funding educational resources and experiences. Last year’s winner, Binta Bah, came back to give some words of advice on coping with the first year of A ‘Level and also explained how she has benefited from the scholarship by using it to pay for BMAT exams, the Gap Medics programme and essential books and resources.

Rae Potter – Headteacher