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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 131
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


All the buzz from the spelling bee

The year 7 Spelling Bee champions are:

7N: India Roche
7S: Porceline Obiago
78A Hassanah Barrie

Well done to the students for their Herculean effort

Speech Slam

Year 8 Speech Slam Winners!

Congratulations to Cherish, Phoebe and Eve for their outstanding performance at this year's Year 8 Speech Slam. They captivated their year group with fascinating topics and outstanding delivery.

1st Cherish Baker - 8N
Joint 2nd Phoebe Adams – 8E and Eve Reekie-8S

International Evening


We had a great evening of food, drink and music, combining different cultures from around the world. We also had help from the Jimmy Mizen foundation who commented on what a good evening it was and how working with our pupils "was an absolute delight"

PE updates  

Unfortunately there will be no PE clubs running after May half term.
This is due to the Year 11 GCSE exams taking place in our Sports Hall; building work commencing on our outdoor spaces; Ms Michael going on maternity leave and Mrs Molligoda having to take time off to have a knee operation.
We are incredibly sorry to have to do this and will ensure a full variety of clubs starting back up after the summer holidays.
We wish to take this opportunity to say how proud we are of our girls this year; participation at clubs has been brilliant and we have made a significant impact on local fixtures due to our girls increased skills, knowledge and confidence of sports such as netball, basketball, trampolining and athletics.
Mrs Molligoda
Subject Leader of PE


Basketball Play-Offs Final featuring Hoops Aid

The highlight of the game was the half time performance by the spectacular dance group Flawless!! Their 10 minute performance was mouth dropping and got me in the dancing vibe. Another highlight included the all-time American kiss-cam as well as the giant O2 stadium wave. Overall it was a very memorable day and a huge thank you to the teachers who came along with us, Mrs Molligoda, Mrs Griffiths and Ms Michael.
Tasha Mhakayakora
On Sunday 10th may 2015, 31 students from across the years 10, 9, 8 and 7 were invited to attend the biggest basketball extravaganza ever in the UK. The girls were expected to make their own way to the O2 for 1 pm but guaranteed an incredible day packed full of top quality celebrity sporting entertainment.

When we entered the arena it was full of energy and excitement. The atmosphere was amazing. In the court was a spectacular 2015 Hoops Aid Event. This match involved your favourite celebrities, sporting personalities, some of the country’s hero’s, current and ex servicemen alongside retired professional GB and European players. Hoops Aid was all in and of creating sporting opportunities for disable and disadvantaged children. Famous faces that we saw included: Steve O (Jackass), Jermaine Jackson (The voice), Jasmin Walia (Towie), Colin Salman (The Voice) and many more.
During the breaks of the game, great performances were presented. For example BBL dancers, Midnight Heat Cheerleaders and even the dunking mascot.

After the Hoops Aid game it was now time for the BBL Play-Off Final!! It was the London Lions against the Newcastle Eagles. I was incredibly excited and convinced the London Lions were going to win. The fans had great enthusiasm and outstanding players on the court. We were bound to win. Nothing was going to stop us. However little did I know what the Newcastle Eagles were capable of.
The London Lions got off to a great start. We were by far taking the lead by half time but to my surprise the Newcastle Eagles were saving their energy. Out of nowhere, the Eagles played shot after shot and that meant points. The Newcastle Eagles were just too good. They completed a clean sweep of all four BBL trophies this season when they beat the London Lions 96-84 to the BBL Play-Off title.

LSSSA Athletics – Wednesday 6th May 2015


LSSSA Athletics – Wednesday 6th May 2015
Pupils from years 8 to 10 competed in the LSSSA Athletics tournament held at Ladywell Arena. It was not the best of days. Starting off dry but windy, then having a total downpour and then it drying up but still being grey and cold. Even with the crazy weather conditions the girls performed fantastically well, helping to keep each other warm and motivated.
Below are some of the results:
Peace Benson-Sule came first in the Long Jump, Lauren Williams came first in the 800 Meters, Nia Cox did well in the shot put and they are all through to compete in the London Schools round. This is a fantastic achievement.
Nia Cox came 3rd in the 100 meters, Sasheka Monteque came 3rd in the 200 meters, Grace Kossi Lessa came 4th and Hanna Dimstu came 5th in the 300m, Grace came 3rd in the 1500 meters and the year 10 relay team (Lauren, Nia, Fabiana and Sasheka) came 2nd in the 4 x 100 meters.
Mrs Molligoda


Dare 2 Dance
This company is running a street dance club on a Monday in the activity studio in school. They are working towards a competition against other schools in Lewisham for July. Watch the video to see the D2D morning session they ran.


Year 8 Success at Salters' Festival of Chemistry!

On Tuesday 12th May 2015, 4 year 8 students from Sydenham School competed in the annual Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at the London South Bank University.  They were Saoirse Spy, Mariam Lawal, Zainab Sheikh and Mia Wood.  
It was a very hands on day where students competed in two competitions with students from 16 other schools from the South of London and Kent.
The first activity was for students to carry out a number of tests and practicals, using techniques that were not familiar to them, to put together evidence to prove who killed a victim who worked in a limestone mine. The evidence collected was  sample of ink from a handkerchief and comparing it to 6 suspects using chromatography, a white powder found on the shoes of suspects was also compared to a powder found in the carpet of the crime scene and a colourless liquid found in a glass was identified using pH testing.  Once all evidence was collected the students wrote a report that justified their conclusions.  Not only were they first group to finish, they were also the winners of the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry Prize!  This is mainly due to their diligence and perseverance, they were very careful to read all instructions before beginning and double checked their work when results were inconclusive!  The main prize was a set of Molymod model making kits that will be put to good use during chemistry lessons.
The afternoon session involved students working together to make an ‘iodine clock’ which involves making a chemical reaction take a precise amount of time, the task stated they needed to take 2 minutes for the reaction to complete, and their clock took an impressive 1minute 59seconds to change completely!.
Before prize giving students were also lectured to by Dr. Jasmine Pradissitto who spoke of the link between Physics and Art, Dr. Pradassitto made an excellent impression on the students and she really encouraged them to ‘think outside the box’ when it comes to creativity and the sciences.
All in all, it was a very successful day and we are very proud of the wonderful effort of the girls who took part!



Puffin  Book Club

Sixteen  Year 7 students from Sydenham Girls School and Forest Hill Boys School came together at Sydenham School to discuss one of the Puffin Classics The Cay by Theodore Taylor,  published in 1969

"It is a tense and compulsive survival story of a young boy and an old man adrift on the ocean, then marooned on a tiny, deserted island. It is also a fascinating study of the relationship between Phillip, white, American, and influenced by his mother's prejudices, and the black man upon whom Phillip's life depends. "  Phillip develops a strong friendship with and love for the old man.
The students had an animated discussion with Puffin editor Shannon Cullern about whether the book would be deemed to be racist today, given the racist attitudes of Phillip’s mother in the story. The majority of students felt that the book was not racist and it was still relevant today. There was also a lively debate about the old and the new cover and how that affected the desire to read the book.  Read it with your children and  see how you feel about it.

Student parent challenge

Thursday 21st May 2014 between 6-7pm in the Computer science room S.L.001

This event will be a STEM Themed Challenge that will involve programming a Microprocessors to do different tasks. The event can involve all the family and will be fun for all ages, light refreshments will also be available on the day.

If you would like to attend with your daughter, please fill in the form below and hand it to Ms Forrest in room S.L.009 by Friday 15th May, making sure to add the number of people who will be coming. Letters from Ms Forrest. There are limited spaces available for this event so please get your reply slips in as soon as possible.


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