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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 140
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Message from the Head

Dear Parents and students,

We are nearly at the end of the first half term of the school year and I am very happy to say that it has been a pleasure and a privilege being the Headteacher here at Sydenham School for these last 7 weeks, and I would like to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome.

Before the summer holiday, Charlotte Jones, Chair of Governors, wrote to you to explain that I would be Headteacher from September 2015 for one year and over the last 7 weeks I have learned what a fabulous school Sydenham is, filled with delightful girls in Years 7 to 11,  and the young men and women in the 6th Form.

Over the coming year I will meet all parents at different events and I look forward to that, I have already met most parents from the Year 7 and 11 year groups, and the PTA parents, who are mainly Year 10 parents.

Our Open Mornings went really well and were fabulously attended and we are looking forward to being hugely oversubscribed for September 2016. The new buildings are fantastic and again a reminder to us all that we move fully into our new buildings at Easter.

I would like to take this opportunity to reassure all parents that the school is running extremely well and I am very present and visible at Sydenham, and I am, as always, ensuring that academic progress and happiness are the priority for students.

Well done lastly to the staff and students at the school who are here every day working hard.

With kind regards
Ruth Holden

We had an excellent Year 11 assembly on Monday morning - presented by Amelia Enstone in Year 9 and Azeezat Hassan in Year 8 on Sydenham being a Rights Respecting school. The assembly reminded Year 11 stduents what this means and how Respect is delivered in the school and how we should all behave - excellent well done to all.


Junior sports Leaders


On Thursday 24th September 2015 Sydenham School hosted the first of many Primary School Festivals in our new sports hall. We needed 14 pupils to help lead the Sports Hall Athletics Festival and 20 turned up. The pupils worked fantastically well, welcomed and encouraged the year 5 and 6 pupils and were a credit to the school. The second round of the event is being held on Monday where many of these pupils will give up another afternoon to help make the festival run smoothly.

Well done to: Jill Asaam, Mariam Lawall, Peace Benson, Nia Cox, Grace Kossi-Lessa, Rianno Thomas, Kris Thomas, Natanya Burke, Lola Onasanya, Katherine Walker, Iris Krisoua Kone, Amina Osei, D'avian Knights Brown, Jennifer Anderson, Kayla Annakie, Shula Rush-Glewe, Halyiat Adeyemo, Soubedath Ligali, Sechelle Oldfield

Year 7 Netball Match Reports

Septembers match reports are now up on the webiste click the link to view

Science News  

On 30th September, our Year 13 chemistry class enjoyed a fascinating workshop at UCL Chemistry Department.  Students viewed and used a number of spectroscopic instruments including nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectrometers, and learned about a number of the applications of these technologies in areas such as forensic science, airport security and space exploration.  Students' problem solving skills were tested as they used their ability to interpret spectra to tackle a number of undergraduate level challenges.  The day culminated in a thought provoking and stimulating lecture by Professor Andrea Sella.


Celebrating Ada Lovelace – 200 years

The Maths and Digital Technologies faculty are celebrating the work of Ada Lovelace by running a competition for all year groups. Students will need to use a mobile device to scan 10 questions from posters on display within the faculty. If students do not have a mobile device then they may get a list of the questions from any teacher within the faculty. Entries should be handed in to Mrs Warner in room SL.009. The first student with the most correct answers drawn from a bag will win a nifty gadget. Please encourage your daughters to enter.

Poetopoeia - Young Writer's Competition


Last term the English department hosted the Young Writer's Poetopoeia Poetry competition. Over a 100 students from Year 7 to Year 8 wrote a poem specific to their chosen faction. The following students had their poems published and have reached the final. Congratulations!

Cadhla McCarthy
Saheb Khan
Evelin Ari
Shannon Holman
Vicky Aderibidbe
Jodie Powling
Rhianna Reid-Kanon
Elsie Irvine
Chantelle Joseph
Laila Alou
Kylisha Moussa


Year 11 Maths Residential

On the weekend of the 2nd October, sixty Year 11 students from Sydenham and Bonus Pastor travelled together to Kent’s Kingswood Adventure and Study Centre. This is the first part of a 5 weekend residential programme which will boost their academic success in Mathematics as well as develop confidence, ambition and leadership skills.

The girls reported that they really enjoyed working together, facing their fears and of course, studying Maths.  In the late summer sunshine they took part in a number of activities such as ‘Nightline’ for which students were all blindfolded and had to work together to navigate the group around an obstacle course. The girls also encouraged and supported each other when facing their fears, for example abseiling or on the very thrilling but scary ‘3G Swing’.  In this activity students hoisted each other high into the air and had to release themselves to free fall and then swing, attached only to a pole, through the air. This provoked much thrilled screaming and was arguably as much fun for the spectators as the participants, not least when Mr Freakes, Ms Bown and Ms Reid were all persuaded to have a go themselves.

Students also really valued the time spent with peer mentors who themselves had achieved top grades in Maths. The mentors, all from South East London, were able to relate their own learning experiences to those of our students and encouraged the girls to reflect on how they spend their time and what distractions they need to avoid over the coming months. Students were given  top tips for revision, discussed revision and exam technique and got stuck into some common maths problems.

To build on the success of this trip the girls are looking forward to meeting their mentors again in a series of further weekend activities across the year, both in Kent and in school. They will use their building confidence to intensify and focus their maths revision aiming for great results in June 2016

Lost property

Lost property is kept in the First Aid / Attendance Office on the first floor of the STEM Building (P103) and is disposed of half-termly. Parents are encouraged to put their daughter’s name on all their uniform and belongings so that it can be returned to them should they misplace it.

All lost property collected since September that has not been claimed by Friday 23 October, will be disposed of over the half term holiday.

Students should come and claim their belongings before or after school, during break or lunch time. 

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