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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
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
Advance Notice of Early Dismissal on the 27th May 2016 for Yrs 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
click here: https://fluencycontent-schoolwebsite.netdna-ssl.com/FileCluster/Sydenham/Mainfolder/Yr11-Leavers-Ceremony-students-dismissed-early-2016.pdf
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 www.saferinternet.org.uk to see a wealth of relevant resources you can discuss with your daughter.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk/assessment. 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 – https://slg.sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk/slg
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 - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/school-leaders/showcase-schools/default.aspx
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 – https://portal.office.com. 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 (email@example.com) 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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