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Featuring Timothy Eddy, this special event provides music lovers with a rare opportunity to witness the interaction between gifted students and great artists as they examine and explore the arts of performance on the highest level. Master classes at Mannes are made possible, in part, by the Peter M. Gross Fund.
There are two classes for each year group with a total of 420 pupils from Reception to Year 6. Attainment at St Monica’s has been consistently ‘outstanding’ at Key Stage 2 for the last five years. But academic achievement is not our only concern. Whilst we aim to ensure every child reaches their full potential academically, they are also taught that they can be successful in many different ways. This could be anything from being a good friend to being a fantastic musician, sports person or artist, the list is endless! The children are also taught that it is good to make mistakes because that is how you learn and persistence is key! “Strive to succeed in the presence of God!” is our motto and one that fits well with our ethos. The parents of our children are very supportive of the school and this is valued as an essential ingredient for making our school as successful as it is.
Vocal and instrumental music students make up McAuley's Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Show Choir (with young men from LaSalle), and Orchestra. Each year McAuley drama performs one play in the fall, one in the winter, and one musical in the spring. Students enrolled in visual arts classes are frequently selected to exhibit their artwork in local venues.