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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 128
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Settling in well in our new building

Considerate Contractors Award


Sydenham School in partnership with Costain helped Costain win a Bronze medal in the Considerate Contractors Award for the three years we have been working with them on the new building.
The Team went to collect the award together at the Plaisterers’ Hall at One London Wall. Over 400 people were at the event and over 9,000 building sites across the country were considered for the award. Congratulations to Aubrey Davies, Eddie McKenna and Chris Mills from Costain, Paul O'Connor and Alison Senior from Lewisham LA and Joanne Smith and Carolyn Unsted from Sydenham School.

Lewisham Book Award in the Dragons den.  

On 16th April twelve girls from Years 7 and 8 represented Sydenham School  in the Lewisham Book Award at Bonus Pastor School, working with nine other Lewisham schools.
They had previously read and reviewed five books:  Sawbones by Catherine Johnson, The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling, Mind Blind by Lari Don, The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham and Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman. The pupils voted Mind Blind the best of the five books.

Students met for the first time and worked in mixed teams, from different schools to create a Powerpoint presentation. They did not know until they arrived at the event which book they would be asked to present. They had to persuade the four dragons that their book was the best of the five, (even if they didn’t actually like the  book).  The team who gave the  best presentation was included students from Conisborough College and Kate Lander-Warner, Pia Houghton Budd and Abiola Morris –Walker from Sydenham. All  participating students received book prizes.


Katie Brayben (Ex Sydenham Student) Wins Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Katie studied at Sydenham from Year 7 leaving at the end of Year 13 in 2000 to go to Rose Bruford College. Since then Katie has pursued a career in the performing arts and has recently taken on the lead role in ‘Beautiful’, the musical about Carole King. We were incredibly proud to learn that she had been nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award and even more thrilled to watch her win the award on TV last week.
Katie has received rave reviews for her role in this musical and we are sure to hear a lot more about her in the future.

Katie Brayben

Sydenham and Forest Hill Schools Mock Election


Next week over 2000 students at Sydenham and Forest Hill schools will be voting in our Mock Election. Our Year 12 Politics A level students have taken the lead on this and have presented assemblies to students at both schools to introduce the main parties and their policies. They will also be taking part in a ‘Leaders Debate’ on Monday with representatives from both schools where they will be answering a series of tricky questions from school council reps. PSE lessons have also been used to discuss the election and we are really looking forward to finding out what Sydenham and Forest Hill decide on April 28th!


My experience of the cross country run

When I got on to the field I felt the wind running through me, at that moment I knew I wanted to show everyone what I could do. As the man blew the whistle my feet started off slow because I didn’t want to waste all my energy. When we had completed the first part I thought the rest of the race looked easy but they didn’t tell us there was so much more to go! We ran once around a field and then headed through a forest area. As I was running I felt like it was my destiny, running was my path of life. As the wind blew through my hair I knew that that was where I was meant to be. When it was near to the end my heart felt like it was going to explode, my feet felt numb and my hands were stone cold. I didn’t stop like the others around me, I ran faster to the end, people started to walk when I was about a few feet from the finish line. I was so happy when I crossed the finish line. They gave me my number, I came 17th and for my first go at it I felt I did well. I had so much fun doing it and I hope to do more.

Ruth Simone Lee


Year 10 students Speak Out

On Wednesday 22nd April Alyleen Frith and Hanna Dimtsu from year 10 travelled to Conisborough College to represent Sydenham in the Lewisham final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. It was a fantastic evening with superb speeches and both girls did themselves and the school credit, speaking excellently. Only 4% of students participating in the Challenge make it as far as a Regional Final and so this is a brilliant achievement for our students. Although the eventual winner was Gloria from Addey and Stanhope School, both Alyleen and Hanna did themselves proud and thoroughly enjoyed taking part - well done girls!


Behaviour for Learning - Punctuality
We have noticed an increasing number of students who are coming in to school late at around 9 o’clock clearly carrying bags from Tesco and other local shops.
We will once again be asking shops to refrain from serving students in Sydenham uniform after 8.40 and would ask for your support in this matter – please provide your daughter with a packed lunch or ensure she leaves home early enough to purchase food before 8.40 and till make it in to her tutor room for 8.45.
Thank you, Mrs O’Connor


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