Welcome to this Christmas edition of our Newsletter
It has been a really exciting and impressive term.
So much has happened in the classroom and beyond.
There is so much light and energy seen in this news.
I can plainly see the spinning energy which is emerging out of new learning, the excitement of discovery and the joy of newly found knowledge.
School is exhilarating.
It should be and it must be.
When I read these pages and see the images and clips, there is evidence of delight.
School should be delightful.
Education should not be experienced passively – something that is done to us.
Education is a tremendous journey of unearthing.
The teacher opens the map and guides the traveller.
There are many moments of celebration along the way.
The individual child responds with a distinct response.
This is the launch of original thinking – the Sapere Aude, Incipe
Dare to think for yourself – begin!
As we learn about the past, the present and this planet we call home, our reactions, responses and questions matter.
This is when the experience of education enthuses, inspires and creates.
As I read through this newsletter, I was delighted to see the enthusiasm, inspired faces and creative responses to what has been learned.
This world needs creative thinkers.
The journey starts here – and every single lesson matters.
The Big Little Nativity by Years 1 – 3
Christmas Song by Years 4 – 6
Early Years Nativity
The Senior School Virtual Carol Service
A – Zen of Life
Once again your generosity has blown me away. It seems I keep asking you to donate and give, and you continue to do so. I know, that because of your kindness, there are going to be many local families that will be blessed and can have a Christmas they didn’t think would be possible.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Ms Ghinn, Mission Director
Christmas Lunch in the Junior School
The children in the Junior School were treated to a Christmas Lunch courtesy of the Plant Based School Kitchen who will be starting to provide optional hot lunches every day in the New Year.
The children loved the food – lots of clean plates and requests for seconds!
Acts of Kindness
Mr Jeffery was delighted to receive a letter from a member of the public praising the kindness of one of our students. It transpires that Kitty-Mae caught the bus at the same time every day (pre-Covid) with an elderly gentleman, and over time, as she often gave up her seat for him, they struck up conversation. These acts of kindness made a huge difference in this gentleman’s life and he often spoke of Kitty-Mae. When he died recently, the family found a handmade card from Kitty-Mae and contacted Mr Jeffery to pass on their thanks (along with a chocolate hamper) for her kindness.
Sound and Vision
The Senior School were delighted to welcome back our Sound and Vision production. Students from Years 7 – 10 sang, performed and danced to an audience who very much appreciated their talents! It was lovely to see so many parents in attendance. Mrs Freeman summed up the evening as ‘a storage tank full of talented students!’
Children in Need
Throughout the school, the students raised money for Children in Need with a mufti day. In the Senior School, the Sixth Form organised a Bake Off competition with a Cake Sale which saw over £300 raised – Congratulations to Zoe, Jack and Erin who were deemed worthy Bake Off winners!
Decorations Day in the Junior School
Year 5 created these Selfie Elfies!
It is important that all the students know they have a voice and that they will be heard. We have introduced a What Matters link on the Learning Platform for any student to use when they wish to raise a concern, query or issue. Here is a link to Mr Jeffery’s assembly to the Senior School.
UK Parliament Week
Courtyard Design Creative Competition
Well done to the Upper and Lower School winners and the runner up of the Autumn Creative Competition which was judged by the JS School Council.
The Medical Mavericks ran a Careers in Health workshop for students in Years 7 – 10 along with those in Year 11 and the Sixth Form who were interested in a medical career. This was a hands-on experience where the students were able to have a go at many different medical techniques, such as recording an ECG, trying keyhole surgery, seeing inside their bodies with an ultrasound machine and taking pictures of the inside of their eyes. Every activity was linked to appropriate medical careers, with information on how to get into them and what qualifications and grades are needed.
Harriet (Year 8) said: “The Medical Mavericks did an amazing job in entertaining, teaching, and exciting us! We all had a great time, the drunk glasses were definitely the best though! Everyone learnt facts and tested things out like measuring our blood pressure. The whole class was engaged throughout the lesson and all the activities were really fun. We definitely want them back, and are glad they came.”
Jessica (Year 9) said: “What I enjoyed: I enjoyed the drunk glasses; the stitches – I can do stitches!; I also found out that I cannot do surgery and that I am still growing. To be honest, the entire thing was fun and I had a lot of fun finding out and trying different things.”
Year 10 Gingerbread Houses
Year 10 Food and Nutrition students have been busy assembling and decorating gingerbread houses in order to enter the Safe in Sussex competition. Watch this space for further news on their progress……..
Junior School Christmas visit to the Dome
Thanks to the generosity of the SFA, all classes from Reception to Year 6 enjoyed a special Christmas treat with a trip to the Dome Cinema. The children loved the film ‘Encanto’ – and rather enjoyed their popcorn too!
Year 7 Poetry
Year 7 had a lively, production English lesson where they were engaged in an exploratory active reading poetry lesson. The words and phrases from the poem were posted around the room and, working in teams, envoys were dispatched to find them, remember them and bring them back to the scribe. Students were given the structure of the poem and then worked in their groups to fit the poem together!
Year 3 Diwali Lamps
Year 3 enjoyed making some lamps for Diwali in their Art lesson and created some modern Rangoli patterns in small groups using unusual materials.
Year 10 and Year 11 Workshops
As part of their PHSE programme, both Years 10 and 11 took part in workshops about “Alcohol and Decision Making”.
Sixth Form Christmas Lunch
The Sixth Form enjoyed a Christmas lunch together, organised by Charlotte and Zoe.
Merry Christmas from ViSion.
From the Senior School Art Studio
Year 8 Poly printing – Year 8 have been responding to the artist Micheal Craig-Martin by engraving a printing their original tiles.
Abstract mini sculptures – created in Art club every Thursday lunchtime by Year 7 and 8 artists
Year 10 Natural Forms inspired artwork – using a range of media and techniques including low relief and pen and wash
Year 6 Penpal Christmas Cards
Year 6 were delighted to receive Christmas cards from their French penpals from St Pierre du Rondeau in Grenoble which is the primary school of one of the Sion schools (Notre Dame de Sion, Grenoble). The children have also written cards and letters which have been posted to their penpals.
The Year 9 French students have written letters to students in another Sion school in France, this time in Strasbourg.
SPA Senior School Fair
Thank you to the SPA who have done so much for the Senior School this term, including sponsoring four of the practice rooms in the new Music Centre and providing all of Year 7 with books from BookBuzz.
A huge thank you to all the hard-working team who came began setting up the Christmas Fair on Thursday evening before running a fantastic event on Friday. It was run a little differently this year with all year groups taking turns to visit the Fair but everyone had a great time and it was the perfect way to end the term.
SFA Junior School Fair
Thank you to the SFA and the Little SFA for a brilliant ‘Bubble’ Christmas Fair. With games, a visit from Father Christmas and gifts, the children all had an amazing time!
The winner of the Christmas Bake Off is Clara in Year 1 and Iris, Year 5, will be Assistant Head, Head of the Junior School, for one day next term.
A huge thank you, too, to the team who make up the SFA. They support so many activities in the Junior School, such as the Bubble Fair, but also buying new equipment for the benefit of the children. This term, the Junior School took delivery of some new playground cricket equipment which will definitely be put to good use!
Message from Year 1
Junior School House Points
Well done to all the children who have amassed a huge amount of house points this term! The final results are:
Highdown – 5014
Cissbury – 4970
Kithurst – 4811
Chanctonbury – 4305
Sixth Form visitors
With the aim of preparing the Sixth Form students for life away from Sion, Miss Haworth has arranged for a range of visitors to come and speak to the students. So far these have included recent alumni, careers talks, a visitor from HSBC and being taught how to sew on a button! There is more planned for next term (including some car mechanics!)
Year 8 got into the Christmas spirit as they performed Cinderella (the pantomime) during their drama lessons.
Year 7 visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
The students had a fascinating visit to the Globe in London for a day of theatre and workshops.
Year 2 inspired by Florence Nightingale
Year 2, with the help of parent and nurse Mrs Semple, had a go at some First Aid as part of their Florence Nightingale project.
Year 3 go back to the Stone Age
Year 3 have been learning about the Stone Age and to support this had a Stone Age day. The children immersed themselves in a stone-age mentality and enjoyed dressing up, making their own salt dough bone necklaces, soap knapping and they also tried some traditional nettle tea!
Years 10 and 11 Jekyll and Hyde Perfomance
Years 10 and 11 thoroughly enjoyed the interactive performance of Jekyll and Hyde with Box Clever Theatre – some of our budding thespians took to the floor and helped the actors to tell Stevenson’s famous story of the ‘primitive duality of mankind’.
Good News for Everyone
Year 6 Building Bridges
Year 6 are studying bridge building and have looked at suspension bridges, learning about tension and compression forces on cables and pillars. Mrs Stevens used a car to test the bridge structures – some were more successful than others but much was learnt from failure as well as success! Well done to the winning team.
Year 11 Swampy Protest Drama
We speak a lot about Growth Mindset at Sion and, recently, Ms Ghinn held an assembly reminding the students of the importance of cultivating a positive, Growth Mindset. It was a great reminder to focus attention on effort and a “can do” attitude, recognising that any failure along the road to success is an opportunity to review, reflect and re-energise. It’s all part of learning. We’ve got this!
BSGA Regional Trampolining Competition
ISA National Swim Gala
Year 6 River Walk
Year 10 Lord of the Flies
Year 10 are studying Lord of the Flies and were asked to ‘illustrate’ the island.
Lots of new clubs have started in the Senior School this term including: HistFlix, Cookery Club,
Kind Word Chalks
Under 15 West Sussex South Basketball Tournament
Congratulations to the Under 15 basketball Team who came runners-up in the West Sussex South Tournament. The team were undefeated in the whole tournament and missed out on victory by just one basket. During the tournament, the team won 4 matches and drew 2 matches. The team were Archie, James, Ollie, Freddie and Jasper.
Year 7 also competed in a mini Sion tournament – maybe champions for the future?
Year 11 Physics
Year 11 Physics students have been studying Centre of Gravity & Stability……which finished with a Jenga competition to put their knowledge into action. After a series of elimination rounds, a very tense final saw Phoebe victorious over Flora.
Year 7 Pop Up Museum
Art Club artwork
The Senior School Art Club have made this collaborative Miro-inspired artwork.
In the Junior School, the Art Club have been looking at Kandinsky’s paintings and Maya has painted and use collage to create her own painting in the style of Kandinsky’s painting, Composition VIII
The Great Knit – an update
You may remember that last term the Charity Knitting Club were busy knitting Innocent Smoothie hats, raising awareness for Age Concern. (They also knitted pouches for kangaroos injured in Australia’s fires.) They were delighted to receive a thank you in recognition of their support.
Mayumi’s Renewable Energy Presentation
Year 4 have been learning about renewable energy. Mayumi gave this outstanding presentation to the class.
Year 6’s Senior School Taster Day
Year 6 spent the day in the Senior School, getting an insight into what Year 7 is all about.
Year 7 create a Human Feudal System
Year 2 visit to Arundel Wetlands
Year 2 had a wonderful day at the Wetlands in Arundel for their topic on Habitats. Lots of pond dipping and learning opportunities!
Belle – selected for the South East Regional Gymnastics Squad
Belle, in Year 7, competed in the Women’s Artistic Classic Championship National Final and came 40th AA out of 80 gymnasts. This means she is ranked 40th in the country which is a fantastic result – particularly as the age range of the gymnasts was from 11- 20 years! The South East Gymnastics squad came 5th out of 14 regions, although there was only 1 and a half points difference between 3rd and 5th. Belle has now been selected for the South East regional squad 2022.
Well done to Mrs Summers, Mrs Kirk, Mrs Stevens, Mrs Balchin and Mrs Pyne, along with Selina and Matilda, who all completed the Santa Dash along the seafront.
Oliver’s Silver Gymnastics Medal
Huge congratulations to Oliver in Year 4 for winning a Silver Medal in the South Eastern Region Gymnastics Competition at Guildford Spectrum.
Life Saving Distinction Medal
Congratulations to Olivia who has received her Life Saving Distinction Medal and Certificate from the Littlehampton Town Mayor, Cllr Michelle Molloy. Olivia recently also went to Worcester Cathedral to be presented with the Royal Life Saving Society’s Certificate of Merit at their 2021 National Honours Award Ceremony.
The next Lewis Hamilton?
Dejaun has enjoyed further success in his Karting… during half term he came first in a local Karting Junior Development meet and more recently he came first in the Fangio Cadet Championship – he was the Round 9 winner for 2021.
Gold Judo Medals for Phoebe
Congratulations to Phoebe who has won two gold medals at a competition held at Storrington Judo Club.
Cheerleading at Winter Wonderland
Well done to Devyani in Year 4 who was competing in Cheerleading at Winter Wonderland and performed brilliantly.
Lauren awarded Sailing Trophy
In August Lauren passed her Royal Yachting Association Level 2 Power Boat handling. She then took and passed the RYA Dingy Instructor qualification and spent the rest of the summer teaching at AYAC in Littlehampton, where she is a member.
At this years AYAC AGM, she was awarded the Russell Moore Trophy that is occasionally awarded to a young member that has performed exceptionally well and contributed to the club during the year.
Well done, Lauren.
Ciara’s Amazing Weekend of Dance
Ciara had a very successful weekend when she recently competed at a Freestyle Dance Festival.
On Friday night, she won her solo dance. On Saturday, she won her slow dance and became a premiership dancer. On Sunday, she won her solo dance again and became a premiership dancer and then on Sunday night, she danced in supreme dancer and won that too! Congratulations Ciara!
Ethan (Year 6)attends a Saturday Art Class and has produced this lovely painting for which he was awarded Star of the Week by Mrs Bassett.
Sion Alumni News
We were delighted to hear that one of our Sion Alumni, Sahil Ahmad, has recently won an award at the Asian Curry Awards. To be presented such an award at the age of 17 is a massive achievement and we are all very proud of Sahil!