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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 144
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Message from the Head

It has been an absolute pleasure this week and last week, to spend some time visiting lessons and watching students taking part in lessons and seeing teachers doing their job which is predominantly to deliver the National Curriculum, by teaching their own knowledge and passion for their subjects. One of the lessons that I observed this week was a super Year 8 PE/Fitness lesson taught by Miss Molligoda and it was great to see students using the fantastic new facilities in the Fitness Studio. Well done to all students and staff.

Also this week on Monday the whole school observed a minute's silence to give Sydenham's support for peace and tolerance following the terrible events that took place in Paris at the weekend.

Lastly - the weather is now getting very cold and wet as we move into Winter, and I would like to ask that parents do ensure that girls have a warm coat and scarf, but that those items are appropriate to Sydenham School and our dress code.

Mrs Ruth Holden


Speech Slam


Five courageous Year 10 students participated in the Speech Slam competition. The students delivered remarkable speeches and  raised some extremely important issues including self-confidence, stereotyping, discrimination and the importance of celebrating different cultures.

The students captivated the audience and spoke with clarity and confidence. A very well done to all the students who took part and shared their wonderful speeches with the rest of the year group. Well done to Laila Heath (10D) and Monet McKenzie (10M). A huge congratulations to our three winners: in third place Gabby Mullings, (10E) in second place Marceline Makozo (10A) and in first place Nuha Khlafa (10H).

PE Updates  

The first LSSA Badminton tournament held by Sydenham School went really well. The games were umpired and scored by volunteer year 10 and 11 students from Sydenham School under the guidance of the PE department and our very own Badminton coach Wayne Philogene
Over the course of the afternoon, it was clear to see that the KS3 students competing for gold, developed as players with every game played, they learnt a few rules and showed great sportsmanship throughout the tournament. The girls involved were extremely enthusiastic, showing off their skill throughout each game; ranging from deceiving net shots to powerful smashes, all of the teams were most definitely out on the courts to win.
Towards the end of the afternoon, players were awarded certificates for teamwork, respect, honesty and dedication, and the final results of the tournament were announced:

5th: Trinity COE School
4th: Bonus Pastor Catholic College
3rd: Sydenham School A team
2nd: Sydenham High B team
1st: Sydenham High A team
Sydenham High were an impressive team; winning almost every game played. Sydenham High A team will now be given the chance to go through to represent Lewisham's KS3 girls team at the London Youth Games next summer.

- Kris Thomas, Sydenham School Year 11


Kent County U14 Netball Tournament

On Thursday 12th November we took 10 Year 9 pupils to represent Sydenham for the first time in the Kent County netball tournament. There were 48 schools competing. It was a long day for the girls leaving school at 7.15am to head to Rainham. They played 8 games in total against a mixture of private, grammer and state schools.

The girls did fantastically well and the improvement over the day was lovely to see. They made friends with another school and both schools decided to cheer each other on when they weren’t playing. The girls were a credit to the school and represented Sydenham School with pride.


Ada Lovelace Competition Winner

The Maths and Digital Technologies Faculty celebrated the work of Ada Lovelace by running a competition for all year groups in October. Students had to use a mobile device to scan 10 questions from posters on display within the faculty and those students without a mobile device could get a list of the questions from any teacher within the faculty. The first student with the most correct answers was Tharmigga Sundaralingam 8H. She won an Amazon Fire Tablet. Consolation prizes were also won by Abiola Morris-Walker 8E and Miah Gaiger 7N. Well done and congrats girls!

D&T Engineering & Design: Jewellery Club


Over the last few Tuesday afternoons a group of Year 9 students have been coming to the D&T workshops to design and make their own jewellery with Mr Bima.  The girls cut their moulds out of MDF and then melt pewter metal and pour it into the mould.  Once this has cooled, the pewter can be filed, sanded, drilled and smoothed to a very fine finish. 

With its low melting point of around 200°, pewter is ideal for this kind of work as it has no dangerous fumes and heats and cools quickly.  The club will be running across the year and the next run will see other years-groups being able to participate.  Keep an eye out and get a letter from Mr Bima when the next round of jewellery club is advertised as the club runs on a first-come, first-serve basis!


Gold Standard Celebration Assemblies

This week, we have been issuing Gold Standard certificates and Gold Star badges to those students who achieved the Gold Standard in Track One. Every student who achieved the Gold Standard is guaranteed one entry in the Gold Standard Rewards Trip draw at the end of the year, whilst those who achieve Gold in every Track will qualify for the trip automatically.

Students are rightly wearing their Gold Star badges with pride, and we have been delighted with the response from students who have worked incredibly hard to achieve this.

We have also introduced a new reward, the “4 Star Certificate”, which rewards those students who just miss out on the Gold Standard, gaining Gold in 4 out of the 5 standards. Students who achieve this award are also given one entry into the Gold Standard Rewards Trip draw, and were also issued certificates this week.

Well done to all our winners so far, and remember that even if you didn’t manage to achieve the Gold Standard this time around, with hard work and determination, you can achieve it in Track Two.

SIMS Learning Gateway

We have updated our troubleshooting guide for parents who are having difficulty accessing the SIMS Learning Gateway. You can find this guide here.

A quick summary of this:

  1. Ensure you are using the correct URL for our site – (there is also a link to this on our website)
  2. Ensure you are typing your username and password correctly (exactly as it appears on the letter you have received)
  3. Some parents may need to specify the domain name (SYDENHAM-SCH\) as part of your username, example shown below:


  1. Once you are logged in, click on “My Children Dashboard” to view attendance, punctuality, achievement and progress data for your daughter


We have recently uploaded new versions of Track One reports for Year 8 and Year 9 – please check this and disregard paper copies received previously.



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