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|Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 137
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….
Year 8 and Year 9 STEM day
On Wednesday 1st July years 8 and 9 were involved in their annual STEM day activities.
The Year 8 task was to design and build the most cost efficient, effective wind turbine. Pupils were placed into teams who worked on trying to balance the need for low mass blades (which would improve the turbines output) and costly high structures that are in clean air. The voltage generated by the wind turbines was recorded by each team with the winners decided by the highest output.
Maths Inspiration Lectures - Trip Review
On the 29th of June, 2015, a group of Year 8 and 9 pupils had the opportunity to attend an awe - inspiring, perplexing and very intriguing mathematics lecture delivered by Matt Parker, Hannah Fry and Rob Eastaway - three amazing mathematicians who have put together a great show. The lecture - titled 'What's the Point?' - answered the frequently asked question that withhold many students from believing that with Maths, you can truly succeed. It's not just a matter of knowing how to find the size of an angle in a triangle or using the quadratic formula to draw a parabola. Maths can be applied to everyday life in ways that, before the event, would never have crossed your mind.
By Nada Baessa & Alice Miller
Doctors of Science come to Sydenham
This Monday four groups of year 7 students were fortunate enough to be given three different lectures by the London Innovation Society (LIS). LIS is a non- profit organization founded in 2014 by a group of academics and PhD students with the aim of fostering innovation by transferring scientific knowledge to the public, in particular, young people in secondary education.
Lecture two was by Dr Ebubakir. He got the pupils to consider how a Gecko can climb on vertical walls and ceilings. Pupils were shown electron microscope images showing the geko’s unique skin surface that allows such great contact with walls and surfaces. Using the knowledge gained from researching gecko’s feet he has been working on gecko inspired adhesives.
Lecture three was by Dr Fethi an astrophysicist at UCL. HE went through how light was actually bent by space and what gravity is and what black holes were. There was a few puzzled faces as he explained how time runs slower compared to earth as you approach a black hole! He concluded by showing some animations he has worked on demonstrating how two black holes could join together to produce a super massive black hole.
This production runs from Monday 6th to Wednesday the 8th next week, there is updated ticket information on our website https://sydenham.fluencycms.co.uk/SchoolProduction don't miss out on what will be a great show.
Exam results days
The exam results days will take place on Thursday 13th August for A-levels and Thursday 20th August for GCSEs. A-level results will be available from the sixth form common room, and GCSE results will be available from the school hall.
BTEC and other vocational qualification certificates can also be collected on these days. The remaining certificates will be available to collect from November onward.
If you are unable to collect results on the day, or have other questions, please contact Mr Lake, the exams officer, on 020 8699 6731 x533 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or in the data office in room 230, Basil Spence building."
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