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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 148
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

Following a fantastic and positive and productive Autumn term, I would like to wish you all a very restful break and for those of you who do celebrate, a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you to Maggie Hammond and all of the parents in the PTA who have supported the school throughout this term at different events. We are very grateful.

I look forward to seeing your daughter back at Sydenham School at the normal time on Monday 4th January 2016.

All the best, for 2016.

Mrs Ruth Holden




The last two weeks of term have been very busy in the drama department.  Our A Level Drama and Theatre Studies students performed their devised exam performances.  The pictures below are of last weeks 'The Journey of Survival' an emotive Verbatim Theatre piece following the true stories of 5 people who have risked their lives and loved ones just to survive.  The second piece, performed this week, 'Section 5' follows a dystopian company called 'Sentinel' focusing on privacy and surveillance. 

GCSE Drama students received two workshops over the last two weeks.  One based around the International Project they have been working on; the girls have been studying a play from England, Belgium and France.


This week they worked with Tara and Leo from the Company of Angels who raised the question, 'Can you only know what you are by coming into contact with what you are not?'  Their workshop was centred around the key themes within the plays and beginning to question and understand what our European identity is.  
The second workshop was delivered by an MA student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, focusing on body image. 

Galletas de canela para Navidad (Christmas Cinnamon Biscuits for Christmas)  

This term Year 8 Twilight Spanish students have been learning how to talk and write about their food preferences, act out dialogues in restaurants as well as food markets. With the help of Ms Pollard the students had the opportunity to bake Spanish Christmas cinnamon biscuits as part of their learning. The students were given the recipe in Spanish and as part of their homework they had to translate the method in preparation for their food technology lesson. Galletas de canela are made in Spain over the Christmas period and are often hung on the tree.



What a term it's been for team PE at Sydenham School. We have entered into over 21 tournaments/fixtures and had over 30 pupils involved in using their leadership skills to help run the primary school festivals and the badminton tournaments that we hosted. 

If you've been reading the newsletters you will see that we've also done fairly well. To re-cap our U14 and U16 teams both won the LSSSA Basketball tournaments and are through to the London Youth Games to represent Lewisham. Our KS3 team came third and our KS4 team came second in the LSSSA Badminton tournaments.

The U14 netball team had a fantastic day in Rainham entering into our first Kent County Competition. Also our indoor athletics teams have been doing really well in the year 7 and 8 LSSSA indoor athletics championships. These are still on going so we'll see where we finish in the new term. Our netball teams have played quite a few friendly games, mainly against Bonus Pastor and Sydenham High. 

The numbers attending extra-curricular clubs has been fantastic. Especially are new clubs volleyball and fitness. Let’s try to do even better in the new term and don’t forget to look out for the new extra-curricular clubs list in the next week or so on the website and see what you’d like to sign up for.

In other PE news we have just started our first group of Silver DofE students in year 12 and are about to start the new cohort of year 10's on their Bronze award. We had a great presentation evening for last year’s bronze group which was a fantastic occasion and lovely to see all the hard work paid off with 22 of the girls receiving their certificates. 

In the new term we are starting a new course the Sports Leaders Award which is a nationally recognized award. We will be picking 20 pupils from year 9 and 10 who have already been giving up their time as junior coaches to complete this. We hope that this will be a success and can lead on to the Community Sports Leaders Award for the 6th form pupils. We are also looking forward to the LSSSA netball tournaments, trampolining and cross country.

Tate Visit  

Earlier in the year Year 10 GCSE art students participated in a research trip to the Tate Britain art gallery.
Students were able to view a wealth of British art from 1500 to contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin and Sam Taylor-wood. Students sketched from the exhibits, took photographs and shared opinions about the provocative and beautiful work. We all enjoy a packed lunch in the sun on the steps of the historic gallery too.

Well done to all the students who worked so hard on their GCSE coursework.

Ms. C. Henderson


Performing Arts News

Some Sydenham Students have had great opportunities to hear performances from and met professional musicians this term. Here are some student reviews and pictures.
Piano recital by BBC Young Musician of the Year
Some students learning piano at Sydenham (including myself) went on a trip to see a performance by pianist Martin James Bartlett, winner of the BBC Young Musician award. We went to the Clifford Chance music club to see him play four different pieces. He played 'Beethoven's Sonata in E flat', Gershwin 'I Got Rhythm and The Man I Love' along with 'Fascinating Rhythm ' and finally Prokofiev 'Sonata No.3'. It was an extremely enjoyable concert which gave me motivation to achieve more in terms of my piano playing (as he only started playing piano aged 7, which is late for some). Overall it was a great experience!

Iris Holmes, 10M

Trip to the Barbican to meet members of the Gewandhausorchester from Leipzig, Germany.
The visit to the Barbican Centre to meet the Gewandhausorchester was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed every second of it. We met 4 performers (cello, viola and two violins – this forms a string quartet). We listened to them play and they had my attention throughout their whole performance. I was entertained non-stop! We did a few activities for example using a resource (graphic score) that had been given to us we had to work out which of the four performer’s parts we had been given. I thought this whole trip was worth it and I felt very fortunate that I had been given this opportunity. Some parts of it were interesting, some parts of it were humorous and others were just amazing and beautiful. I think this trip has really helped me in many ways. It has made me realise my passion for music even more. It has also taught be things about music that didn’t know, and much more. Overall, this trip was amazing.
Elakkiya Sundaralinghamm, 9H



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