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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 115
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….

We should be at 100% in every year group – who’s stopping your Tutor Group from being on target for time!
Mrs O’Connor

Well done to 8Y

Drama Showcase  

Last Thursday 4th December was the Drama Showcase.  It was well presented and hosted by two SFH6 boys. The night started with the Year 7 Drama club with their own take on the 21st Century Nativity. It contained modern humour but also had links to the original nativity. 

Extracts from 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe' were performed by the Directing and Devising club. It gave us an insight into what they do on a Thursday after school. It also gave a snippet of what we should expect from the Whole School Production next year in our brand new School! 

As members of the Improv Comedy club, got to watch ourselves in a short film highlighting the work we have developed over the last term. This was great to watch even though our voices sounded different to how we imagine them!

We were also captivated by the A Level Drama students performance.  It was inspiring to us, to watch young girls stand up for what they believed in, hence why they included the stories of Malala and the Suffragettes. A good night enjoyed be all involved and who attended!

By Azure Coke 8D, Hayley Merchan 8Y, Ava Heptinstall 8Y, Zainab Seikh 8Y and Layeelah Fynch 8D.

Jack Petchey Speak out challenge  

On Monday 8th December 27 year 10 students participated in a full day public speaking workshop run by the Jack Petchey Foundation. Students were challenged to think on the spot and deliver impromptu speeches before preparing a speech for a contest at the end of the day. Trainer Michael Ronayne from the Speakers' Trust was blown away by the quality of the students' performances and chose Nain Wabelua, Stacey Upaka, Samiha Akhter, Dante Felix, Alyleen Frith, Yasmine Leary and Hanna Dimtsu to go through to the Sydenham Final which will take place next term.

The winner of the Sydenham Final will go forward to represent Sydenham and compete against other local secondary schools at the Lewisham Final in May. Well done girls for a fantastic day!

It was amazing.  I had a really good day that was enjoyable and helped boost my performance.
(Amal Khlafa 10S)

I think today’s training was very helpful and has encouraged me to go past my boundaries and speak up.
(Lydia Yankey 10A)

Year 7 Residential  

Year 7 Residential trip to Margaret MacMillan House November 2014.

What an amazing school journey! The week was filled with lots of fun and adventures. Year 7 were fantastic because they all, without exception, pushed themselves to do things they found frightening, exhausting and definitely out of their comfort zone.  They did this with humour and a lot of laughter.

Watching them work together in the team building activities was heart-warming. They encouraged each other and mustered up a lot of camaraderie even though they were often cold and more than a little damp. Their focus and determination was impressive, as was their resilience when climbing up and down the Kent hills! Even greater resilience was needed to climb up the vertical climbing wall!

We had very positive feedback from the staff at the centre, who commented on how well our girls listened, how quickly they settled into the activity and how they were always prepared to 'give it a go'. The tutors and I thoroughly enjoyed the company of our year group and we were sad when it all ended. It was an enchanting week. We are now all looking forward to going away again in Year 8!

Anna Mastihi
Year 7 Learning Coordinator

BBC Young Writers’ Award with Booktrust
The BBC and Booktrust have launched the 

BBC Young Writers’ 2015 Award with Booktrust. This new award invites young people aged 14 to 18 in the UK to submit short stories of up to 1000 words on any topic by 25 February 2015. The winner, who will be announced at the exclusive BBC National Short Story Award with Booktrust ceremony on 6 October 2015, will have their story broadcast by the BBC and receive a set of mentoring sessions with an adult author, to be revealed soon.
Find out more about the BBC Young Writers' Award 2015

Malorie Blackman's Project Remix
Waterstones Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman has launched

Project Remix – a new competition inviting young people aged 13 to 19 in the UK to make their own creative responses to books and stories.  Aspiring young writers, designers, filmmakers and musicians can take inspiration from writers ranging from John Green to Jane Austen; access tips from creative professionals; and enter their work for the chance to win exciting prizes, including the opportunity to meet Malorie herself.

Find out more about Project Remix

Resources for teen writers
Access a wealth of accessible creative writing tips and advice on the

Booktrust teen writing pages. Find guidance on short story writing, fan fiction, plotting, character and creation and dialogue, with reference to contemporary teen and young adult books, as well as tips from writers like Matt Haig and Malorie Blackman. Share with students and encourage them to write at home, use the tips as part of a creative writing project, or even to complement the new Creative Writing A-Level.

Explore Booktrust’s resources for teen writers


British Museum

On the 26th November 2014 a group of year 8 Sydenham School students went to The British Museum for an exciting Maths trip. The trip was led by Ms Kingston and Miss Smart who got us all excited by stating, “This trip is going to be fantastic as you will have the opportunity to see maths in action”
We were split into groups of 4 and faced 7 challenges in 7 different areas of the museum. Being a competitive group we were all really excited and put 100% effort in trying to work out the maths problems. Moreover we were all extremely happy that the adults trusted us enough to let us walk around the museum in our groups to pursue the self-led trails.

Inside our folders were a list of tasks and equipment to assist us. For the first challenge we had to calculate the dimensions of the Ming banknote and a British banknote. For our second we had to measure the Nereid monument you are right if you are thinking about Pythagoras’s theorem. For our third we had to determine how tall an Egyptian statue was based on the length of the statute’s arm span. In the fourth challenge we had to describe a pattern using mathematical language, knowing keys words were essential. For the fifth challenge we had to solve a Chinese tangram puzzle. For our sixth we had to convert numbers in other number systems and finally for our seventh we had to crunch Egyptian numbers.

To conclude everyone had a lot of fun and by the end of the day everyone had a big smile on their faces, even the teachers who looked exhausted.
“It was fun because it was different and involved applying the knowledge I have gained in the classroom!” Alice Collard-Stayte
“It developed our mathematical skills widely.” Hayley Merchant
“It was amazing, we got to see loads of historical artefacts and learn about the maths behind historical figures.” Sasha Doughty 
“I liked having the freedom to explore the museum while solving maths problems!” Betty Gilbert
“The trip tested my knowledge and gave me mathematical confidence.” Sivasneka Kumthas
By Arbora Lekaj, Lucy Kirby and Abi Balogy

All year 7 parents and carers are warmly invited to the YR7 STEM celebration. Pupils will be showing off the fantastic projects they have been working on during their STEM lessons this term.
Pupils will be showing either their Breakfast food, Happy City or Magic Boots project. All students work will be on display. Our external STEM ambassadors from industry and commerce will be in attendance to help with the prize giving.
Monday 16th December 5.00pm to 6.45pm in the main school hall.
We look forward to seeing you all.

Sydenham Christmas
Market & Extravaganza!

Saturday 13 December, 11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm: Festive Sydenham Market
Christmas Artisan Market
Peter Caesar Keyboard Player
Venner Square
12pm - 4.30pm: Sydenham Centre Festivities including: 
12pm: Children's Craft Workshops
1pm: Singology Choir
1.30pm: Music Hall - Sing along to old-time songs
2pm: Forest Hill School Orchestra, Singers and Beatboxers
2.30pm: Love2Dance Street Dance Group
2.50pm: Drumming Session 
3.15pm: Gina Watson Opera Singer
3.45pm: Frockettes Singing Trio

4.30pm: Christmas Tree Illumination
Carols with Our Lady & St Philip Neri School Brass Band 
Queensthorpe Square




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