Talent showcase supports Malawian children

Maisie Peters, this year's winner of SGS Has Talent
Maisie Peters, this year's winner of SGS Has Talent
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SINGER songwriter Maisie Peters was named winner at Steyning Grammar School’s annual talent show.

The talented year-ten student performed her own composition, Electric, at the eighth SGS Has Talent show, one of the highlights on the school calendar.

As well as showcasing the array of talent across the school, the show raises valuable funds to support eight Malawian children in their schooling.

Show organiser Katie Brownings said: “This event is always such good fun and once again this year the pupils put on a wonderful show full of excitement.”

The evening opened with Let it Go, performed by the winners of the lower school choir competition.

The talent show then began with the younger students performing first.

Charlotte Lavers singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Charlotte Lavers singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Adam Bidwell and Senan Marshall performed Radioactive, Charlotte Lavers sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow, cellist Tyler James played Cellotastic No.3 and Siena Chipol gave a rendition of Counting Stars, accompanied by staff band The Zimmer’s.

The Basics, made up of Eva Payton White, Lauren Richards, Maya Brassington, Lauren Chace and Ollie Cox, performed Sing, sisters Julia and Katrine Browne sang Grace Kelly, Mololuwa Ogunyemi performed Dance and Rachel Adeshile brought the first half to a close with Cry Me a River.

Performances in the second half included Max Binkle with New York, New York, Toju Bello and Joe Palframan with Dance, Amy Curran with Yours, Naydene Jumu with Almost is Never Enough, and Ray Njoku and Pelumi Salau with Untitled.

Student band Swan Dogs, featuring Nick Van Pelt, Jay McIlhagga, Jazz Pope and Ryan Day, performed You’ve Got the Dirtee Love, Maisie Peters sang Electric and Lalia Novel closed the show with Someone Like You.

Mrs Katie Brownings, SGS Has Talent organiser

This money is proving to be a lifeline for these children, who are now progressing well in their education

More than £1,000 was raised for the Malawian children, helping them to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

Mrs Brownings explained: “We have been raising money to help one family in Lilongwe, Malawi. Mum Steria is raising all eight young people on a very small income.

“This money is proving to be a lifeline for these children, who are now progressing well in their education, which is now helping to build a better future for them all.”

Over the last eight years, the money raised by Steyning Grammar has enabled the children to remain in school.

Max Binkle performing New York, New York

Max Binkle performing New York, New York

Sarai, the eldest has completed university and is now working for a Portuguese road company. Kumvana and Chisomo 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.

Ray Njoku singing Untitled

Ray Njoku singing Untitled

The Basics in action, performing Sing

The Basics in action, performing Sing