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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 109
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Inaugural Puffin  Classic Book Club


Year 7’s  from Sydenham School and Forest Hill Boys had their inaugural meeting of the Puffin Classics Book Club, sponsored by  Penguin/Random House publishers, at Forest Hill Boys School yesterday. The publishers gave the students a free copy of Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor with a view to opening up a discussion about the book and its issues. They certainly achieved their objective. The students had a very lively discussion about racism in the 1930’s, and the importance of being able to read about your culture and history. The students said they loved finding out about this period in history through reading a fictional story. The next meeting will be at Sydenham School in December.


Royal Albert Hall Schools Prom Series

On Wednesday 14th November, a choir of 18 Sydenham girls are performing in the Royal Albert Hall as part of their Schools Proms series. The choir is performing the premiere of a piece called 'The London Breed' as part of the South Riverside Music Partnership Massed Ensemble comprising of musicians from across the music hubs in Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth and Greenwich.

This is a great opportunity and the girls have been working very hard in their rehearsals. Tasha Mhakayakora from 9A has been given a solo part in the piece! This week there was a full choir rehearsal in Blackheath Halls where all of the singers came together for the first time to sing through the piece. All of the girls enjoyed themselves and, as was expected, performed brilliantly and set a great example for the school.

The girls' rehearsal schedule for the next half term is as follows:

  • Thursday 6th November - rehearsal from 3.30-4.30pm in room 123
  • Saturday 8th November - full dress rehearsal in Deptford Green School (please arrive at 9.40!)
  • Monday 11th November - lunch time meeting at 1pm in room 123

Tickets to see the performance can be purchased from the following website:
Use the discount code to get 25% off: 16624


Ada Lovelace Day  

On the 13 of October selected girls from years 7 and 8

celebrated the Ada Lovelace Day in STEM Club.  A lecturer from Queen Mary University came in and spoke with the students about how influential women have been within the computing society.

Students learnt who Ada was, and why she was so significant. They also learnt about other influential woman for example Florence Nightingale and her role in Computer Science . During the lecture, students were also given an insight into the kinds of products university students have developed, which was a huge motivational factor for the girls to hopefully pursue a career in computer science.

There are a number of up and coming Computer Science STEM events and the next one is aimed at  year  7’s in room 220 on the 24th of November. Students will be doing game making using  Greenfoot with a lecturer from Queen Mary University. Please sign up in room 109 if  you are interested and join in on all of the fun.

Ms Forrest

Year 8 Netball Match Report – 20th October  

My name is Mariam Lawal. I am writing a report on a netball match between my school (Sydenham School) against Prendergast Ladywell College.




First quarter



Second quarter



Third quarter



Fourth quarter



The match was fun. We played unbelievably excellent; unfortunately we lost by one point.
The most interesting part was the last quarter because we played excellently. We put our all in  and it paid off.
Even though we didn’t win just getting involved and improving was good enough.
The best part was when we were halfway through because we saw our strengths and weaknesses. The game was extremely interesting.
Written by Mariam Lawal


Year 10 Work Experience Launch

The Year 10 Work Experience launch will be taking place on Tuesday 4th November between 5:30-7:30pm. Information packs and 'Own Find' forms will be given to all students at this event. Students must attend with a Parent.


Accelerated Reader Word Millionaires!

Linton, Isabella                                    2 282,339,165
Godfrey, Boo                                        1,361,536
Lane, Megan                                        1,154,505
Kelly, Nancy                                         1,153,739

The above year 7 students are the first Accelerated Reader word millionaires! Well done especially to Isabella Linton who has read over two million words! Each student will receive a prize to celebrate their remarkable achievement.

All year 7 students need to keep reading and quizzing in the LRC to reach their first million!

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