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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 142
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Message from the Head

Welcome back to the half term that I call Autumn 2. We have seven weeks leading up to the Christmas break which begins as a half day on Friday 18th December.

I am really looking forward to the next seven weeks; there is so much going on at the school and all of the students have come back from half term looking refreshed and ready to give it their all and that goes for the staff too.

We have started off with most of Year 7 students going on their Residential trip to The Margaret MacMillan House in Kent where they are enjoying an activity based residential center. What a great opportunity for them.

We have also recruited our Year 9 and Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh cohort and Speakers’ groups ready to take part in this year’s activities. Well done to all staff concerned.

With kind regards
Mrs Ruth Holden



Lauren Child visit


Book sale and signing by author Lauren Child at Sydenham School Friday 20th November 2pm-3.20pm.

Lauren’s new book will be on sale for £10 (usual price £12.99) and Lauren will be signing personal copies for students. Parents can pay in advance by Parent Pay.

Years 7 and 9 will be listening to Lauren talking about her latest Ruby Redfort book, Pick Your Poison and discussing Lauren’s style of  illustration, particularly the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean books.

Year 7 students at Magdalen College Oxford  

Scholars Programme – Year 7 and 8 visit Oxford University

In the week before half term 24 students were taken on a very special visit to Oxford University as part of the launch for their involvement in the Brilliant Clubs Scholars Programme. Twelve Year 8 students visited Lady Margaret Hall and twelve Year 7’s went to Magdalen College (where the deer were particularly impressive). While there they had a tour around from students, had a special session on study skills and attended their first seminar with a PHD student who will be working with them this term. Year 8 will be grappling with some controversial philosophical questions in preparation for their final assignment while Year 7 are learning lots of Biology while investigating the Ebola outbreak.
The trip there and back in the school minibus proved to be very long (a big thankyou to Mr Horn who drove us through some horrendous traffic) but the girls were fantastic and the PHD tutors who worked with them were incredibly impressed. Well done girls – lots of hard work ahead now so that you can attend your ‘graduation’ at another university next term!
Ms Podmore


RI Computer Science Master Classes

Four students from Sydenham School were successful in being accepted onto a series of Computer Science Master classes which were arranged by The Royal Institute of Great Britain and held at Queen Mary University of London. The girls, Amelia Enstone, Aaliya Williams, Eliza Wentworth and Yasmine Osbourne,  attended a total of six Saturday master classes in September and October, which were led by practicing experts from industry and academia. They have had their eyes open to the world of computer science and hopefully they are encouraged to pursue STEM subjects beyond their GCSE years. Well done girls for your great commitment!

Why Festival  

Many students from across London came to the Why Festival (What's happening for the Young') at the Southbank centre on the 23rd and 24th October. Sydenham students had the privilege of assisting the Mizen charity to organise 65 Primary schools to create a handprint Peace Mosaic. The mosaic will be a dynamic artwork that encapsulates the hopes of hundreds of young people living in south London.

Made up of around one hundred Perspex acrylic sheets along the length of the Southbank Centre café, each piece of the mosaic will be dedicated to a different school, and annotated with one of the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Every handprint added will represent hope for a future where each of these rights of young people will always be upheld and protected. 


The festival provided an empowering forum for children, young people and adults to learn about and celebrate young people's rights.  As a Rights Respecting School it gave Sydenham students the opportunity through performances, workshops, talks and debates, to explore the right to freedom of expression, play, care, safety and access to arts and culture.  They also met Lewisham's new Executive Director of Education Sara Williams who made a handprint in support of Lewisham Schools and the Mizen Charity.  


SFH6 Open Evening

SFH6 6th Form Open Evening is on 12th November from 6pm – 8pm in the Atrium at FH School. All Y11 students are welcome accompanied by a parent or carer.


Missing Jacket

A Year 7 student's New Black Leather jacket with fur collar, fake leather 11-12 from Zara has gone missing.  It could fit a year 7,8 or 9 student.  Please could you check your daughter's jacket to see if it has been picked up by accident. 

Contact Janet Emmanuel Head of Key Stage 3,



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