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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 153
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

Over the last week, The Governors of Sydenham School, together with The Local Authority, have been interviewing candidates for the position of Headteacher here at Sydenham School starting from September 2016.

We are delighted to announce that we did successfully appoint and that Ms Gloria Lowe, an already experienced Headteacher of a Secondary School in North London, will be taking up the post from September 2016.

After the Easter holiday, Ms Lowe will start the handing over process and will no doubt write to parents introducing herself. We are delighted with the appointment and look forward to welcoming Ms Lowe into our community.

With kind regards

Charlotte Jones                                                Ruth Holden
Chair of Governors                                          Headteacher


Advance Notice of Early Dismissal on the 27th May 2016 for Yrs 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12

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Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9th February 2016


This year's theme is ‘Play your part for a better internet’! We regularly discuss these issues with students in school through assemblies, computer science lessons, PSE lessons and tutorial time but Safer Internet Day is a good opportunity to reinforce these messages both at school and at home. Please have a look at to see a wealth of relevant resources you can discuss with your daughter.

Education Packs
Safer Internet Day Education Packs for 3-11s, 11-18s and parents/carers.

One of the things that we know many parents are having difficulty with is placing limits on their children’s screen time. This research is well worth a read if this is something you are grappling with -
In addition, last year ChildNet created a Family Agreement as a great way to start a conversation with the whole family about use of the internet and discuss together how to behave in a positive way when online at home, at school or at their friends' homes. The advice and agreement templates can be found here:

In terms of being aware of the latest trends in children’s internet use, the LSE have been following children's internet use for several years now as part of the EU Kids Online project. Their latest report looks at:
·         Trend 1: YouTube and new celebrities
·         Trend 2: Sponsored content and its reliability
·         Trend 3: In-app purchasing
And there is usefulfurther Information here What parents need to know: Latest trends in children’s internet use

Library news  

We are delighted to announce that one of our Year 11 pupils, Dielleza, is one of the five finalists for the national 2015/16 Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award, which celebrates the work of pupil library assistants and their school libraries.

Dielleza has been helping in the library at Sydenham School since September 2011.

Dielleza has one more task to perform before the final awards ceremony on Thursday 10th March. We wish her the best of luck.


Rights Respecting

Last term we had an extended tutor time focusing on what it means to be a Rights Respecting school.  The sessions were created and led by the Rights Respecting Ambassadors who did a fantastic job explaining the different United Nations Conventions of the Rights of the Child articles and facilitating discussions about why it is important to respect childrens’ rights and how they can be applied to the Sydenham School Community.


This term each tutor group will be creating a tutor group charter based on the 45 articles.  Their charter will be comprised of three pledges that they believe in and will abide by, not only in their tutor groups but in and around the Sydenham School community. The charters will be shown on our Digital display around the school. 

Students were asked to enter a competition to design a Sydenham Rights respecting logo combining both the Sydenham and Unicef logo.  The winners are: Ellie Ashby Year 9 and Rhiana Year 10; Runners up Marceline and Katherine, Year 10.  They each received £10 Amazon Vouchers.  Sydenham students will be voting on the design they think most reflects Sydenham as a Rights Respecting School and the winning design will be made into badges for Rights Respecting Ambassadors.



The Rights Respecting Steering group will be holding another meeting this term to discuss our next initiative.  Ms Emmanuel.


On Monday the year 10 and 9 basketball team played a friendly match at home vs Bromley Hayes School. This was the third match of the season. The pupils demonstrated better team work and improved on the accuracy of their shooting. Also due to our better facilities and pupils attending fitness club they all managed to last the whole match without getting too tired. The final score was 16 – 10 to Sydenham. Well done to Iris, Gabby, Lizzy, Fiona, Ashanti, Abi, Angela, Jill, Mariam, Peace and Marvellous.

The year 8 netball team attended the annual LSSSA netball festival on Tuesday afternoon and finished 3rd overall. The girls played very well winning 3 games out 5, due the strong Wind we lost the other games with Bonus Pastor scoring the winning goal in the last couple of Seconds. The Team consists of girls that have been playing since November, girls who have been active members of the netball team since year. We also had the support of 2 very talented young ladies Esme Adams and Lauryn Sy who play for the Kent county team. The girls showed teamwork and determination with Esme winning an award for the most passionate player. Well done to Caitlyn, Elizabeth, Lauryn, Esme, Shea, Alice, Gaia, Florence Chantelle and Daisy. We have the Kent county schools Competition in March, the LSSSA tournament was a great warm up for this. Wish us luck


GCSE and A Level Music Trip to the Southbank Centre

On the 2nd February, we were lucky enough to attend the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Roslavets’ ‘In the hours of the new moon’, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor. The performance was being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3! As music students, it was an amazing opportunity to experience some of the wonderful talent that we have right on our doorstep.

The Roslavets piece was a very new experience for us, as it was less melodic than we had expected and the use of harmony was interesting and very complex to listen to. Ravel’s Piano Concerto was beautiful, with it’s contrasting sections and enigmatic, female piano player. It was inspiring to see a female leader of the orchestra (principle violinist) and solo pianist (Ingrid Filter) play the Ravel. Finally, the Shostakovich piece was uplifting  although at times the full force of the orchestra was quite intense.

Paige Dale 10N, Mya Onwugbonu 10H and Nina Hicks 10H.


Track Two reports & Gold Standard

We were delighted this week to be able reward a record number of students with their Gold Star badges and Gold Standard certificates during assemblies, and should students rightly be proud of their achievements in Track Two.

Students receive the Gold Standard for excellent effort, attendance, punctuality, progress and achievement points – and you can find out more about the criteria for the Gold Standard on our website at We made one change in Track Two as we continue to encourage all our students to “Aim High” and “Achieve Higher”, by increasing the score required to achieve Gold for Progress to +1 (in other words students are 1 grade above their targets in most of their subjects).

Students who achieve the Gold Standard in every Track will qualify for a place on our Rewards Trip at the end of the year. Last year, we went to Disneyland Paris, and we will announce this year’s trip destination shortly after Track 3.

We have also this week been issuing the 4-Star Certificate to those  students who managed to achieve 4 out of 5 Gold categories, and those students, along with those who achieve the Gold Standard, have been entered into the draw for a place on that trip.

The Track 2 Report will by now have been issued to students via their tutors, so you will be able to look at this with your daughter, and see what areas need further work to achieve Gold next time around. You can also access the reports via SIMS Learning Gateway via this link –

There are roughly 9 weeks until the end of Track Three, when we look forward to rewarding students again.

We are a Microsoft Showcase School…the benefits to you

On Tuesday 19th January, we officially announced that the school had become a Microsoft Showcase School, and you can find out more about the Showcase Schools programme here -

We are one of only two state secondary schools in London to have been invited to become a Showcase School, and so we are truly delighted with the opportunities this provides to us, and to you.

As part of this partnership with Microsoft, we are now giving every student access to Office 365 via this link – This gives students access to web-based versions of the main Microsoft Office applications, including PowerPoint, Word, OneNote, Sway and Excel,  a school email address and a personal storage area via OneDrive. Students can sign in to the site using their school email address ( and usual password.

Students are also licensed to download full versions of Microsoft Office onto upto 5 devices for use at home (including PCs, Macs, phones and tablets) – saving you money and ensuring the version of Office you use at home is the same as we use at school (currently Office 2013). We will provide more details of how you can take advantage of this and other features of Office 365 in the coming weeks.



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