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BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sarah Jane & Wretch 32 visit Sydenham School
On Thursday 1st March, BBC Radio 1 Xxtra came to Sydenham School as part of our World Book Day and Book Week celebrations, to talk about reading and to discuss with our students some of their favourite books. The discussion will go out on air on BBC Radio 1 Xtra on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March 2012 and will have live links into TWin B and Trevor Nelson's programmes on world Book Day on Thursday 1st March.
Sarah-Jane Crawford is a former student of Sydenham School and she is now the presenter of the Sarah-Jane Crawford show on Saturday and Sunday's 1300-1600 on BBC Radio 1Xtra. 1Xtra is a music station for 16-24 year olds and sister station to Radio 1. www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra.
She had a bit of a trip down memory lane, touring Sydenham School, with some of the Science Ambassadors and meeting some of her former teachers.
As part of the show Sarah-Jane runs a book club. The idea behind the club is to encourage young people to pick up a book and read along, and the hope is that it will inspire, motivate and create discussion. Every month a book is selected, as suggested by the listeners and is read and reviewed. Sarah-Jane also interviews celebrity authors; these have ranged from Katie Price to Joan Collins! Some of the core artists played on 1Xtra include Tinie Tempah, Chipmunk, Mz Bratt and Jason Derulo and have all been involved in the book club.

Sarah Jane had a special guest today, Wretch 32, MC and metaphysical poet, who created great excitement. He talked with the students about their reading, hopes and ambitions.
Wretch 32 is a positive young artist, whose use of word play in his lyrics has taken him to the top of the national charts. As a MC, Wretch's lyrical ability stems from his use of metaphors, descriptions and a very wide vocabulary - all attributes of having strong literacy skills. Wretch is a firm supporter of reading, encouraging reading amongst young people and is delighted to both support the 1Xtra Book club and World Book Day at Sydenham School.
Wretch 32 talked about how he came up with your theme/stories/lyrics for his songs? He talked about writing a biography and about his favourite books when he was at school. The day was very successful for all concerned.


ENGLISH

BBC News Report
Sydenham will be taking part in the BBC news report this upcoming week. The BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link. The next News Day is Thursday 15 March 2012. Please check the school web site over the next week for the latest updates.


PE - physical education

Lewisham Schools Cross Country Event
Sydenham Girls have WON the team event for every Lewisham Schools Cross Country Event across all year groups so far this season.
Student Mary Guy Year 8 has also been selected to represent London Schools in a national event.

Primary School Multi Skills Sports Festival Report 2012
On 23rd February 2012 six primary schools who are part of the Sydenham School cluster, gathered at Sydenham for a fun packed evening. Kelvin Grove, Dalmain, Gordonbrock, St. Bartholomews, Haseltine and Rushey Green each brought a team of 6 boys and 6 girls from years 1 & 2 to try out agility, balancing and coordination skills.
They were all very excited and after a warm up altogether outside they were shown a demonstration of all of the 11 activity stations by the Sports Leader’s of Sydenham. The Leaders were given eight children each from two different schools. They introduced themselves and soon got to know the names of their group. The leaders looked after their group throughout the festival and took them around each station demonstrating, officiating and encouraging the pupils enthusiastically!

The festival was a good experience for pupils from years 1 & 2 to meet children from other schools and to visit Sydenham School. Often KS1 children do not have the opportunity to attend sporting events, therefore rarely meeting other primary schools. The emphasis was not totally competitive, but naturally the children wanted to know what score they gained! The idea of the festival was more social and the challenge of new experiences. The atmosphere was quite electric with so many children working so hard jumping over speed bounces, balancing on beams, bouncing basketballs, skipping, throwing bean bags and many more exciting activities.
It was also lovely to see so many primary teachers, teaching assistants, parents and carers there to enjoy the afternoon too. There were approximately 60 spectators!

 



 

This Week's Events

MONDAY 5th MARCH
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TUESDAY 6th MARCH
Interborough Cross Country Championships
Gamelan workshop for Y10 GCSE music pupils
Governors' Curriculum Committee Meeting
STEM Parent/ Student Challenge
Yr7-8 Book Quiz in the LRC 1pm

WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH

STEM Ambassador outreach activities with Fairlawn Primary periods 4-6

THURSDAY 8th MARCH
Y10 Changemakers Challenge
Book Sale and Swap in LRC 1pm

FRIDAY 9th MARCH
Event - Come dressed as a character from a book or play




 

 

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