On Friday 27th February, Maisie Peters won Steyning Grammar School ‘SGS Has Talent Show’ performing her own composition ‘Electric’.
This annual school event now in its 8th year is one of the highlights of the school calendar. The show provides a great opportunity to showcase the endless array of talent across the school.
The evening began with an opening song ‘Let it Go’ performed by the winners of the Lower School Choir Competition, Mrs Noakes’ form, 7SDN.
The talent show started with the younger students, Adam Bidwell & Senan Marshall performing ‘Radioactive’ & Charlotte Lavers performing ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’. Tyler James gave a Cello performance from Cellotastic No.3 and Siena Chipol gave a rendition of ‘Counting stars’ accompanied by the school staff band ‘The Zimmers’.
Eva Payton White, Lauren Richards, Maya Brassington, Lauren Chace & Ollie Cox from the group ‘The Basics’ performed ‘Sing’. Sisters Julia and Katrine Browne sang ‘Grace Kelly’, Mololuwa Ogunyemi performed ‘Dance’ and Rachel Adeshile ‘Cry Me a River’ bringing the first half of the show to a close.
Max Binkle opened the second half of the show with ‘New York, New York’ accompanied by ‘The Zimmers’, Toju Bello & Joe Palframan performed ‘Dance’ , Amy Curran sang ‘Yours’, Naydene Jumu performed ‘Almost is Never Enough’ and Ray Njoku & Pelumi Salau sang ‘Untitled’.
The second band of the evening the ‘Swan Dogs’ with students Nick Van Pelt, Jay McIlhagga, Jazz Pope & Ryan Day performed ‘You’ve Got the Dirtee Love’. Maisie Peters from year 10 performed her own composition ‘Electric’ and Laila Novel closed the show with ‘Someone like you’ accompanied by ‘The Zimmers’.
Last year’s winner Oliver De-Savigny and also ‘The Zimmers’ performed during the break to give the audience time to vote for this year’s winner.
Mrs Katie Brownings, Show Organiser said: “This event is always such good fun and once again this year the pupils put on a wonderful show full of excitement. I could not have coped without the help of Maddy Fearon, Charlotte Pegler, Gina Foice, Lucy Moon, Maddy Corkery Haywood, Yasmin Lichoui, Emily Anderson, Millie Cross and Alex Wise.
“I am also indebted to the staff judges Mr Wergan, Mrs Nicol, Miss Russell and Mr Leighton and am delighted that 2015 was another successful year. ”
Valuable funds are raised each year at the talent show to support eight Malawi children in their schooling. There is only one way to escape the cycle of poverty in Malawi and that is through education, which costs a fortune.
Over the last eight years the money that has been raised by the school has enabled all these children to remain in school almost continually. Sarai, the eldest has completed university and has a good job working for a Portuguese road company. Kumvana and Chisomo are also in the middle of their university courses. Patsy and Tupo have successfully passed the entrance exam to secondary school and the three brothers, Philip, Joseph and Fabiano are all doing well in primary school.
Mrs Brownings explained: “We have been raising money to help one family in Lilongwe, Malawi. Mum Steria is raising all eight young people on her own. The money we raise goes directly to the schools. We receive the receipts and the children’s school reports and know that the children are all progressing well in their education.”
“This year well over £1000 has been raised, which will pay for next term’s fees for all of the children. Thank you for helping us to continue to support the Malawian branch of our Steyning Family. “
Report and pictures contributed by Steyning Grammar School.