Annie at the West End

Sion-Manning students and staff produced and starred in Annie which ran concurrently on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th February evenings.

The show was a magnificent success with a total sell out on the final night. Parents, students and the community thoroughly enjoyed the show. Different talents came to light in the school community which saw staff as stage manager, sound engineers and lighting technicians and students designing costumes and displays.

Ms Scorer - Drama Teacher started the Annie project back in the summer term when auditions took place. The school took a life of it's own in the weeks running up to the show. Girls could be heard rehearsing and singing throughout the school.

The feedback from parents, staff, students and Governors has been very positive bringing the community together. Now the final question on everyone's lips is - what show will be next?

Christmas Goodwill

At Sion-Manning School we like to spread goodwill at Christmas and this year we have recently arranged two events in the spirit of this Christmas wish.

December 4th, Santa’s Grotto took shape here Father Christmas and his Elfs (eight of our Year 7 students) welcomed and entertained four school nurseries from The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Nursery children and staff from Oxford Gardens, Barlby School, St Marys and St Charles Primary school visited Santa’s Grotto and received a Christmas present and a festive balloon.

The nursery children and adults thoroughly enjoyed themselves and even asked if this would be a regular thing for the future. Who can tell? Maybe Father Christmas will pop in again next year.

Senior Citizen Christmas Party

Thursday December 10th our Senior Citizen Christmas Party was another outstandingly successful event. Such was the success of this last year 2008 we offered the same experience again.

Senior citizens from various organisations came to Sion-Manning School to enjoy Christmas lunch while being serenaded by our school choir. Under the direction and good counsel of Miss Juliana Martins students from our Young Chamber Commerce group in all year groups were involved in making sure that all the Senior citizens were served food and drink. The Deputy Mayor Cllr Terence Buxton was welcomed by all as he joined in the festivities. After Christmas lunch all Senior citizens left with a Christmas goodie bag and a raffle prize.

Once again we were reminded by quite a few that they would like to be included in next year’s invitations.

Both events were a great success thanks to all the hard work of staff and students .

‘One Sun, One World’ project with the Royal Albert Hall

Some of our pupils took part in a project, which was initiated by The Royal Albert Hall. As part of this a competition was held to design a logo, which was used to promote the Musical production called ‘One Sun, One World’. Three pupils from Sion Manning won this competition Glorivel Orpilla won first prize. Kensi Bensissi and Radmilla Durasinovic were runners up. Our three pupils spent a day working with the design company (WWF-World Wildlife Fund) at their studio in Surrey and saw how their designs were being produced professionally.

All these designs were chosen on merit because they were striking, bold, relevant and clearly communicated the title and message of the project. Glorivel’s winning design was used to promote the musical production and appeared on all branding. It became the identity that represented the One Sun, One World project. The design was used for the posters, T shirts, fabric carrier bags, tickets for the production and the programme for the actual event.

The musical production took place at the Royal Albert Hall on 22nd October and pupils from all Primary and Secondary schools in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea to part in this project. There were thousands of people in the audience. All the pupils from all the schools in the borough, who were performing, wore T-shirts with Glorivel’s winning logo on them. This was a lovely production and Mrs Christoforou was very proud that the Visual Arts department from Sion Manning had such a high profile at this event.

Awards Ceremony 23 October 2009, Celebrating achievement in the ‘Arts’ (Visual Arts, Music, Drama)

Over a hundred pupils received awards for the work they did during the last academic year. They were nominated by their Art, Music and Drama teachers. During the ceremony our pupils entertained the audience-this included singing, drama & movement, poetry and examples of instrumental pieces.

A special mention was also made about a high profile musical production that took place at the Royal Albert Hall on the 22/10/09. This was called ‘One Sun, One World’. All Primary and Secondary schools in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea to part in this project. As part of this a competition was held to design a logo, which was used to promote the production. Three pupils from Sion Manning won this competition.

Glorivel Orpilla won first prize – her design was used for the posters, event programmes, Tea Shirts worn by all the pupils performing in the production and gift bags given to the pupils. Kensi Bensissi and Radmilla Durasinovic were runners up. These girls were awarded a special prize for their achievement.

GCSE Results

  5A*- C including English and Maths 5A*- C 5A*- G 5A*- G including English and Maths 1 A*- G No A*- G APS
2009 63% 70% 94% 94% 99% 1%* 400
2008 54% 63% 98% 97% 100% 0% 381
2007 43% 56% 95% 94% 100% 0% 353

No A*- Gs = 1 girl with profound needs

50% of the top ten highest achievers in the country

Sion-Manning students; Gabriela Jimenez, Tatiana Alexandra Bustillos, Myriam Moussaif, Yadira Carolina Velastegui and one other student were amongst the top ten students according to Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding body.

The students sat the GCSE Spanish exam earlier this summer at Sion-Manning Catholic Girls’ School and the results, issued last month, show that out of 15756 candidates, each of these five students achieved one of the highest overall marks.

Jerry Jarvis, Edexcel’s Managing Director, said: “This is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work students put into preparing for their exams. We send our congratulations to Gabriela, Tatiana, Myriam, Yadira and the other student”.

Upon receiving this information Mrs Leach, Headteacher said “.We are thrilled for the girls on their outstanding success, a testament to hard work, commitment to achieve from each individual, their parents and the staff. Congratulations on this historic occasion’.