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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 112
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


The best Tutor Group for punctuality each half-term will be winning a prize!

We should be at 100% in every Year Group - whose stopping your Tutor Group from being on target for time! 
Well done to Tutor Groups 8D - Ms Smart and 9Y Ms Armitstead and Ms Syers who have managed to be in school every day this week.



Claire Gott award winning structural engineer (NCE Graduate of the Year) will be delivering our fifth STEM series lectures. Claire is currently part of the team redesigning London Bridge Station and will be talking about her journey in to civil engineering and the fantastic opportunities available in this exciting area. Monday 1st December 6-7pm in the Main School Hall.

We have also been having visits from Chris Mills, site manager of the new school building site, to work with the year 7 girls in our STEM 'Happy City' project.

Chris is a structural engineer with Costain and had a very informative discussion with the girls, describing career paths into the various aspects of engineering as well as offer insight into the more complex aspects of how the new building worked. The girls were very inquisitive and asked excellent questions.

Chris is going to be visiting us regularly as the 'Happy City' structures are built.

MFL put on a great show at the year 7 showcase.  

Sydenham School’s Alumni Network!

As you may know Sydenham School is working with the charity Future First to reconnect us with our former students and keep in touch with our school leavers from their last day. Our alumni can support us in so many ways, from volunteers and in-school speakers to work experience providers and fundraisers. We already have some fantastic former students signed up and would love to grow the network even more. It doesn’t matter when you left school, whether you ’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help! If you are a former student or you know anyone who is; please visit and join our alumni network!

Many thanks for your support

Keep Britain Tidy Campaign


On Tuesday 11th November, a group of Sydenham School students set out into Forest Hill Centre to take part in the national campaign The Big Tidy Up. A group of 13 students and I started to pick litter from Forest Hill Station to Dartmouth Road accompanied by two members of the Forest Hill Society Environment Committee. The girls, from the KS3 and 4, promoted active citizenship by picking up any unwanted rubbish dropped in the streets neighbouring to our school.

Before this experience, I only vaguely knew the consequences littering had on the environment, but I now know that littering causes problems that stretch far beyond the environment. For example, a survey carried out by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ on behalf of the department of the environment, food and rural affairs (DEFRA), shows that those who live in the poorest places in England tend to have the dirtiest streets. On top of that, the survey shows that poor levels of cleanliness are also associated with increases in other low level crime and social disorder.
Participating in “The Big Tidy Up” made me realise that littering is anti-social behaviour that has such a big impact on the community we live in, therefore we can’t afford to be indifferent and belittle its affects.

The Lewisham Council provided gloves, and litter pickers while the Forest Hill Society provided The Big Tidy Up volunteer vests and bags. The young ladies with their enthusiasm and positive attitudes were proud to be a part of the 29962 volunteers involved in The Big Tidy Up this year.
We were appalled at the amount of rubbish we collected; with over 4 litter bags collected full of waste, ranging from cigarette butts to swimming pool floats, take away containers to a shopping basket, the students were able to see the big impact a small action can make. When we finished collecting rubbish on Dartmouth Road we walked back to Forest Hill Station to drop off the rubbish.

We were stunned to find as much as we had picked up, in just under two hours off picking up litter we had come back to find even more; I was infuriated.
My feelings towards coming back to more litter made me realise that this was not what I do every day, that after this I may never have to pick up litter again. But this is somebody’s job; they clean up after me when I’m too lazy to put something in the bin, despite me being only a few feet away. But, just because somebody will pick up my litter doesn’t give me the right to go around dropping every piece of rubbish.
It was an invaluable experience and by the end of it, a new found respect for those who dedicate their lives to tidying our street. I respect my community and I am proud to be apart of it. For this reason and many others I will never even think of littering, and I hope my article will make you do the same.
Reported by:
Julia Solecka/ 11M and Gladys Athieno-Bingi /10s


Sydenham is Big On Behaviour

We have had a golden ticket focus fortnight where we have been focusing on keeping the school environment clean.
This is part of our Rights Respecting School Agenda…. Education must encourage the child’s respect for human rights as well as respect for their parents, their own and others cultures and the environment.
The following students were picked out of the gold hats for having kept the dining hall and other areas of school clean by clearing plates and using the bins provided.
Well done girls!

Jeyda 11D
Rashida 10N
Jane 9D
Charlotte 8E
Katie 7D

Thanks particularly on behalf of our Lunchtime Supervisors and Premises Team
Our next focus fortnight will be on corridor behaviour and we will be enlisting the help of our SFH6 ambassadors with this.

Mrs O’Connor


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