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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 130
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Dear Parents

We are delighted to announce the Governors have appointed a Headteacher for September 2015
Full details will be communicated to parents on the 22nd May in a letter from me as the Sydenham Chair of Governors through a link in the newsletter and on the school website.
The new Headteacher looks forward to meeting with students and parents after half term when she will be visiting the school
We are really pleased with our choice and the opportunities the appointment offers to Sydenham.

Best wishes

Charlotte Jones
Chair of Governors


Dining hall facilities

Chartwells are pleased to announce our new kitchen area has been awarded 5 stars for health & safety, food quality and health & hygiene by the Food Standards Agency.

A free pot of porridge is available for each student every morning from 8.15am.



International Evening Tonight!

International Evening in the new Main School Hall 8 May 7-9pm to celebrate both the move into our new building and our culturally diverse Sydenham community.

You will be able to look around the new school, sample food from all over the globe, participate in a student/parent bake off, listen to music, a storyteller and generally have a good time.

We look forward to seeing you.

The winning Debate mate team students' perspective


The Sydenham B team had great success in the Deutsch Bank Debate Mate Cup regional finals. This adds to our record of success, which includes previous victories at the Credit Suisse Novice Cup and our recent winning streak in the Artemis Urban Debate league has placed us in the National finals – in which we are currently ranked number 8 in the league. This means that we will be taking part in two national finals held in central London locations such as the House of Lords in the coming months.
At the beginning of the competition which was held at London School of Economics, three of our four teams emerged victorious in the first round in which we debated the prepared motion “This house would support eco terrorism.” The following round, for which the motion was “This house would ban advertising to children” saw two of our teams go through to the third round which helped to determine whether we would speak at the final debate. Upon competition of our third debate, centred around the controversial motion “This house would ban all non-essential plastic surgery” the finalists were announced and we were delighted to find that the Sydenham B team would be speaking at the final.
In the final against City of London Academy Islington, Sydenham B team (comprised of Abigail Huruy, Amy Gibbs, Phoebe Butler and Zohra Iqbal) drew proposition team for the motion “this house would arm all British police with guns”. Despite the teams initial worries with the motion in prep time – mainly due to the fact that we wholeheartedly disagreed with it, we walked onto the stage, confident in our abilities as debaters to succeed.

As our first speaker, Zohra approached the podium, looking down on the audience of students from across London, our confidence held fast in her ability to speak well. Our team had prepared three main points for the three first speakers which were centred around the stakeholders such as the public, the police, and the criminals and we also offered robust rebuttals to the main points of the opposition team, who were extremely passionate about the subject and made some extremely interesting points. When the debate was over and the results were announced, we were delighted and rather surprised to find that we had won, and the reasons given for our triumph were that we had a good strategy, and the substance of our speeches was well informed and interesting.
We have been attending Debate Mate on Tuesdays, some of us over a three year period, although we have a large number of students who have just joined and are finding it very exciting. We feel that debating provides students with a newfound confidence in speaking in public and developing complex arguments. We are hopeful that we will be successful in the upcoming national finals, in which we will face schools from across the nation, including cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

Written by Amy Gibbs and Zohra Iqbal

Employability Day  

Y10 Employability Day Friday 15 May.
The Employability Day’ is a key part of Sydenham School’s Careers Programme and is strategically scheduled just ahead of our Year 10 girls going out on two-weeks work experience in June.  The event will provide the girls with the skills and experience needed for the work environment, which is very different from others they are used to. A letter was  given to students today containing important information about the event.Do collect the letter from your daughter.  
Please  do not  hesitate to contact me with any query regarding this event.
Ms Kerr
Careers & Enterprise Co-ordinator   

Sydenham School - Employability Day 2014 - Year 10 student meets her interviewer Freelance Stage Manager Marie Kearney


Star Readers

The following students have achieved 'Star Reader' status in Accelerated Reader. This is the second highest award and these students are close to achieving the ultimate 'Honours Reader' certification. Well done!

Abigail Reyes, Honor Mitchenson, Megan Macmahon, Isabella Linton, Katie Huynh, Tiziri Hadjmahfoud, Mariam Giwa, Kathryn Dignan, Rebecca Cummings, Shamson Ali
Lailia Alao, Mariam Giwa, Megan Lane, Ruqayyah Ahmed

Speech Slam

Y8 and Y9 tutor groups are competing in a Speech Slam during assembly. The best speakers from each form will compete for prizes during their assemblies

Y8 Speech Slam: Tuesday 12 May
Y9 Speech Slam: Tuesday 20 May

Spelling Bee

The Y7 Spelling Bee will take place on Monday 11 May during assembly.

Parent Student Challenge


Programming challenge.
On Thursday 21st of May (5.00-6.00pm) you are invited to come with your daughter to one of our new computer science labs (SL001) to get involved in some programming.
We will be using the Engduino device ( which is like an Arduino but with switches, LEDs etc already built on it.
This is very much aimed at those with no or little experience of programming. No knowledge of computers or programming is assumed. Just come and have fun.
Letters with a reply slip are available from Ms Forrest and Ms Warner. First come first served.



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