Results are given out from 7am today, August 17, in St Francis’ Hall.

Students should come in using the entrance in Lancaster Road.

We will be posting photos on our social media sites later to keep you all updated.


Our 140th anniversary celebratory mass was a fantastic occasion yesterday, July 17,  with 13 priests and The Bishop of Brentwood con-celebrating in St Antony’s Church.

A host of alumni, former teachers, governors and headteachers and friends of St Bonaventure’s from far and wide travelled to join us at the mass.  A buffet and reception followed on the Friary lawn.

Students were treated to a free breakfast in the morning and had various sessions learning outside the classroom before mass started.

Here are some photos of the day.


This Saturday, July 15, is the Feast Day St Bonaventure, our Patron saint.

St Bonaventure, was born at Bagnoregio, in the Lazio region of central Italy, in 1221. His name was John but he received the name Bonaventure after St Francis of Assisi prayed for John’s recovery from a dangerous illness when he was a child and cried out: “O Buona Ventura” which means good fortune.

At the age of 22, John (now known as Bonaventure) entered the Franciscan Order. In Paris he became the close friend of St Thomas Aquinas.

At the age of 35 he was chosen General of his Order. He did much for his Order and composed ‘The Life of St. Francis’ . He also assisted at the translation of the relics of St Antony of Padua.

He was nominated Archbishop of York by Pope Clement IV, but he begged not to be forced to accept that dignity. Pope Gregory X obliged him to take upon himself a greater one, that of Cardinal and Bishop of Albano, one of the six suffragan Sees of Rome.

He died while he was assisting at the Second Council of Lyons, on July 15, 1274.

He is known as the Doctor of the Church.

St Bonaventure continue to pray for all students, staff, governors, parents and friends of our great school.


The Curriculum  Leader for Spanish at St Bon’s, Miss Mascherin, arranged for a Latin American Community Party to be held in the marquee on the Friary Lawn yesterday, July 12, for her Spanish students and their families, many of whom have Latin American roots.

A selection of Spanish dishes including homemade guacamole and gazpacho was provided whilst Cuban Son and Salsa music  played in the background. One student, Fernando Ruiz-Landeta,  provided live entertainment on his Spanish guitar.

Donations for the Grenfell Fire Disaster Fund were collected and Miss Mascherin went on to explain: “The party went really well and lots of families came out to support the event. The money is still being counted for a final total but I am confident I will be able to pass on a nice cheque to the victims next week from us all in the Spanish Department. Thank you all for your support.”


The much awaited collector’s edition special 140th black and gold ties are now in school ready for Old Bonaventurians to buy.

They cost £8.50 each and can be purchased from d.halliwell@stnons.org and on Reception at school.

Numbers are limited so don’t delay….get yours today!



Tonight’s evening of music, art and drama known as MAD promises to be a superb occasion.

The weather is predicted to be glorious too so an afternoon of culture on the friary lawn in the July sunshine…what more could you ask for?

The afternoon kicks off at 4.30pm with a private viewing of an art exhibition.

The BBQ opens at 5pm and there will be musical performances from our choir and guitar and string ensemble to entertain guests throughout the afternoon.

Art classrooms will be open for visitors and parents to see GCSE and A Level coursework.

There will also be an opportunity to buy some of the artwork in an auction hosted by Mr McCormack.

A drama performance will take place also.

All monies raised will go to Richard House Children’s Hospice.

Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door.

Cars can park on the Senior Playground on St Antony’s Road.

We hope to see as many parents as possible there to support this wonderful event.


210 excited Year 6 boys joined us today for their first taste of big school as they gathered on the Friary Lawn to find out what Form class they were being put in.

Boys from Newham schools and beyond stood in line after collecting their name badges and meeting their new teacher.

They were very well behaved and impressed staff with their attitude.

Afterwards they went to Cardinal  Manning Hall where Mr Halliwell and Mr Bastian spoke to them along with our Headboy, Samuel.

They were then taken to their new Form rooms where they heard about the school rules and learned the school prayer.

After lunch the boys will go to a variety of lessons and mass in St Antony’s Church.

Mr Bastian added: “At the start of the day the boys were quiet but as the day wore on you could see the ice starting to melt as they became more chatty and comfortable as they settled into their new surroundings. I’m sure lots of new friendships will be made today that will last for many years. When they start school on September 4 they will feel more comfortable having already met their new teacher and made friends and ready to start the next part of their education.”

Here are some photos from this morning.


Today’s mufti day in school has raised another £800 for CAFOD bringing the total charity money raised this academic year – since September 2016 – to a whopping £18, 767.

Thanks to everyone who participated and donated money for non uniform day.


A very special visitor spent the morning with us today, June 28, as part of the Speakers For Schools programme.

Justice of the Supreme Court, the Right Honourable Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, CVO, came in to speak to 6th Form students about his career.

He told them that after studying law at Cambridge’s Trinity College he was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1968 and took silk in 1985. 

He served as Attorney General to the Prince of Wales from 1988 to 1994 before becoming a judge of the Chancery Division from 1994 to 2002. During some of this time he was also Chairman of the Law Commission. 

He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2002 and between 2007 and 2012 he was Senior President of Tribunals and led the planning and implementation of the reforms of the tribunal system following the Leggatt report.

He was happy to answer questions and pose for photos afterwards too.


This year’s Sports Day was fantastic with gloriously sunny weather but a cool breeze making the day extremely enjoyable.

Right at the start of the day early birds to the Terence McMillan were treated to seeing two of Britain’s top athletes, Christine Ohruogu and Cijindu Ujah training and they were kind enough to pose for a photograph with some of our 6th Form Sports Science students.

The day was a huge success with Bell being declared the overall winners of Sports Day.