Welcome from Mr Jeffery

Welcome to our latest Newsletter.

When I read through it, I was deeply impressed with the energy it holds.

So many records of learning, achievement, discovery, creativity, experimentation, team-work, community, cultural exploration, invention, design, ineffable experiences and fun-filled events.

The Sion experience is all about vim and verve.

It looks to capture the imagination and to inspire the young person to react, respond, question and interrogate.

We go deeper, moving beyond the expected experience of that area of learning, in order to inspire and engage each child in an experience of learning which excites and challenges and remains fresh and appealing.

We can see this in action in this lovely newsletter.

It is a very rich tapestry.

In fact, one of the pieces of artwork seemed to capture it all through paint on canvas:

I wish you all a blessed summer with wonderful moments to remember forever.

Steve Jeffery

Leavers’ Ceremony

For the first time, our Leavers’ Ceremony (including the Year 6 Next Steps’ Ceremony) was held at Worthing Pavilion. The whole school walked down to the seafront accompanied by Mr Buchanan on the bag pipes which certainly caused a stir in the town!

Independent School of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for an Independent School of the Year Award for Healthy Eating.  The Finalists will be announced in the Autumn.  We are sure that all the students who enjoy the Plant Based School Kitchens Food will be fully supportive of this!  Fingers crossed…..

ISA Sports Cover Design Winners

Congratulations to Tilly and Mabel who won the ISA Sports Cover Design Competition in the swimming and football categories.

Senior School Proms

Turning the Junior School Green

DNA Drama Performance

Year 6 Talent Show

Reception Visit Arundel Castle


GCSE Art Trip to Pallant Gallery


Junior School Cricket Trip 

Years 1, 2 and 6 enjoyed watching some top class cricket at Hove Cricket ground.

Message from Year 6

Year 6 have been busy getting ready for the move to Year 7. We have created (end of) Yearbooks with information about our fantastic time at the Junior School: anecdotes, fun memories, pictures and hopes for the future. It has been so much fun engaging with such positive, enthusiastic minds.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hove Cricket Ground where we bumped into England international bowler, Ollie Robinson (pictured). A great way to end a super year.
Mr Staggs

Summer Sports League

Well done to the Senior School students who all took part in the Summer League. This year for the first time, the Athletics competition was competed over an 8 week period giving each student more time to practice the various skills and compete in more events. We also introduced a new event this year called the Sion Tetrathlon which was the best overall score from 4 events; the 800m, the 100m, the shot put and the long jump. Students could enter as many events as the wanted, with their best five scores going towards their final total for the ‘Year Group’ awards.

Year 7
1st Mabel and James – who also won the Tetrathlon
2nd Zoe and Roman
3rd Daisy and Stanley
4th Tallulah and Harry
5th Sydney, Daniel and David

Year 8
1st Daisy and Bjorn – also winners of the Tetrathlon
2nd Amber and Luca
3rd Phoebe and Max
4th India and Luca
5th Elina and Jack

Year 9
1st Tilly and Ollie
2nd Leila and Lewis. Winner of Tetrathlon
3rd Jess and Fin
4th Robyn and Ben
5th Emilia, Sharenya, and Freddie

Year 10
Joint 1st Rosa (who won also won the Tetrathlon), Erin, James and Georgius
3rd Sky and Zach (who also won the Tetrathlon)
4th Jessica and Archie
5th Cordellia and Austin

Top two point scorers are Oliver and Erin.

Special congratulations to Bjorn in Year 8 who beat the school record for the 200m with a time of 27.73 seconds. This beat the previous record held by Ralph Sinnhuber from 2007.

Also congratulations to the Year 8 Delta Relay team who beat the school record with a time 55.15. This record was previously held by Year 8 sigma from 2018.

The Bakers Shield is an award recognising the Sion Sporting ethos which involves attitude, effort, focus, kindness, enjoyment, participation and competitiveness in the right spirit of sport.

This year the award is given to 4 students;

Ella, Selina, James and Troy.

As always, the athletics competition is a major event in the House Competition.  The House cup is awarded to the house with the highest number of points following the year of activities including King Ball, the house quiz, the table tennis tournament, the art competition and the athletics league and relays.

The House Cup has been dominated by Gamma for many years but this year we have seen the closest competition in over 10 years.

1st 48 points: Gamma

2nd 47 points: Sigma

3rd 45 points: Delta

This video shows some of the highlights

Sion International Gathering

In April next year there will be a Sion International Gathering of students.  This will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, USA during the Easter Holiday and about four student from each international school will be attending.  Our students are part of planning this with the students in America and also students in Australia.  They had their first zoom call with America a couple of weeks ago and discussed what they would like to have happen.  They also spent a lot of time asking questions about the differences between our cultures and schools.  I think they thoroughly enjoyed it.  Our students asked great questions.

Ms Ghinn

Junior School Sports Days


Sion Ethos Meditation

When the Year 6 students, both from Sion and elsewhere, visited the Senior School for their transition day, Mr Jeffery shared the Sion Ethos Meditation with them.

Year 5 Maya Topic

Year 8 Picasso-inspired Art

Year 8 Gilbert White Field Trip 

Year 3 Bollywood Dancing

As part of their research about India, Year 3 learnt about Bollywood and took part in a dance workshop led by Sheila Dattoo from Discover and Be.

U14 Rounders Team

Congratulations to the U14 Rounders Team who won the West Sussex PE Association District League!

Junior School Discos

Thank you to the SFA who organised wonderful discos for the children in the Junior School.

Speech and Drama

Speech and drama exams took place in May and many congratulations to all 40 pupils who took exams as they all passed with Distinction or Merit. The visiting examiner said she was delighted with the confidence and enthusiasm shown by all the performers.  
The candidates had to perform a variety of poems , readings, acted scenes , devised pieces and sight reading and answer questions on their technique, authors and literature.
Special congratulations to the following pupils who finished their junior exams and were awarded foundation medals- Jack, Mia, Mia, Daisy and Olivia.

Year 4 London Topic

When the topic has been all about London this term, a visit to London is a must!

Year 9 DT – Chair Prototypes

Rotary Club Youth Speaks Finalists

We are so proud of our talented and dedicated intermediate debate team who made it to the final of the Rotary Club Youth Speaks competition held at Burgess Hill Girls. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all of those who took part and judges included a Detective Superintendent with Sussex Police and a Senior Crime Scene Investigator with Sussex Police. The team, who are all in Year 8, competed against Year 9 teams and came very close to winning the competition overall.

Thanks go to Chairperson Viona who stepped in at the last minute to replace Lily (who was competing in the Dance World Cup in Spain) and Annie, who as proposing speaker, wrote her own speech on ‘Toxic Tiktok’ and related it to her own personal experience.
Congratulations to opposing speaker Sofia, who answered a difficult question from the judges, and was awarded best opposing speaker of the tournament.

Years 7 and 8 Dish Creation

Years 7 and 8 were asked to create dishes suitable for a teenager, following the nutritional guidance from Eatwell. An amazing variety of dishes were created including: mushroom tagliatelle, homemade ravioli, spaghetti carbonara, marcaroni cheese, chicken stuffed with mozzarella and spinach, spaghetti meatballs, lamb koftas and burgers!  Clearly Year 7 and 8 students are not going to go hungry!

Year 4 visit the Senior School Art Exhibition


Year 10 Geography Field Trip to Selsey

The Year 10 geographers travelled to Selsey in June. They completed physical fieldwork on East Beach investigating the processes of Longshore drift and the studied the sea defences. The afternoon was spent completing human fieldwork studying the high street and the recreational opportunities for tourists. We then visited the Medmerry costal realignment scheme by accessing Seal Leisure caravan site. A great day was had and students have invaluable skills and case study knowledge for their GCSE exam next year.

Mr Salmon

Festival de la Cuisine Française

DT – Year 8 Casting

Year 3 Art 

Inspired by the flower paintings of Georgia O’Keefe, Year 3 created these stunning pieces of art.

Artwork in the Music School

Some more wonderful artwork has been added to the walls of the music school, courtesy of some talented Year 9 students.

Juniors Inter House Sandcastle Competition


Year 7 DT – Pods

Year 8 History Visitor

Year 8 were visited by former Sion History teacher, Peter Baker, who came to speak about his work with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It was a taster of the World War 1 Unit that they will be starting in September.

The Island 

Year 9 missed out on one of the favourite RS topics last year so, not wanting them to be deprived, we experienced The Island.   Students are taken on a journey to the Island  – a group of 80 passengers were aboard a cruise liner when it crashed into an Island and they were stranded. Abandoned on the Island, the passengers established a community, with births and deaths, rites of passage, rituals, festivals and creating memoires – all aspects of religion but with a non-religious slant, highlighting the similar basis of so many religions. At the end of the topic we do what is called a Market Place activity.  They all discuss what they think are the most important concepts and try to persuade the others why their choices are right.  They do this in groups and then reflect and write up their own ideas.

Ms Ghinn

SFA News

A wonderful end of term for the SFA, what a privilege to have been able to create such a riot of colours and bunting and dancing.

Throughout the summer term our SFA volunteers have been busy selling ice lollies at the school gates on a Friday. I think we all agreed that a cool ice lolly is the best way to end the school week. All funds raised will contribute to refurbishing the courtyard and creating a brilliant space for everyone in school to enjoy.

Such dancers we have in the Sion community! Everyone found their groove during the end of school discos with dancing and face painting and games. We had our very own and very popular ‘selfie booth’ which everyone seems to enjoy. Fabulous fun had by all.

So many of you came together to make the school summer fair a tremendous success. The playground was festooned with bunting . The air was filled with the smell of candy floss and everyone had great fun in the glorious sunshine. We now have our first space hopper race champions, we are certain they will return to defend their titles next year.

We owe thanks to Ferring country centre and High down nursery for providing us with beautiful plants for our plant stall and to ‘I love candy’ for the donation of the jar of sweets for ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’.

A special thanks to all of the volunteers who helped set up and take down and run stalls on the day. You really are the most wonderful bunch.

We on the SFA are looking forwards to starting to plan the next term school events and would welcome any of the parents who would like to join us.

Leighann Li and Jo Steiner
Co-Chairs SFA

Student News

Judo Gold

Congratulations Phoebe in Year 8 who won Gold at the Southern Schools Judo Competition in Basingstoke, winning  all of her fights.

Consideration Always from Tobi 

Tobi, in Year 2,  been working very hard each weekend skateboarding to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust and he has hit the target of £150! 👏🏼 He will continue to skate throughout the month of July. If you anyone at school wishes to support him they can do so here : https://www.facebook.com/donate/526864355885752/?fundraiser_source=external_url

A future Lioness? 

Congratulations to Daisy in Year 8 who has been accepted into the Brighton Girls U14 Football Academy.

Sailing Success

Congratulations to Archie, James, Georgius and Zach  who all competed in the RS Feva National Sailing Championships in Weymouth over the May half term.  After 4 days of sailing and with 82 boats on the water they all achieved some great results with Archie and his sailing partner Hannah coming first in the Silver fleet followed by James in 15th position.  A massive well done also to Georgius and Zach who came 29th in the Gold fleet.  Fantastic results for all!

Muddy Stilettos – Ideas for the Summer Holidays

School holidays incoming!