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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 150
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,

What a fantastic Art and Sculpture display on Friday evening – I was blown away by the creativity and hard work from staff and 6th Form students. I won’t say that I didn’t find one or two pieces mildly disturbing …but that’s Art.

Thank you for your perseverance this week with our ICT and Email issues – not Sydenham’s fault at all, but I won’t name and shame either. We are all back on track now and that is what is important.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend – wrap up warm it’s going to be a cold one!

Ruth Holden


Young London Artists


Last friday the Young London Artists A' Level students exhibition was held in the main school hall.  Parents and visitors were enthralled by the creative talents of students studying A' Level art, art history, photography and illustration.

Our visiting judges, painter Roxanna Halls, Science writer Phil Ball and photographer Daniel Jones praised students for their creative and personal responses to a wide range of themes which were explored skilfully across a diverse range of disciplines. 

The winning entry was a painting by Emma McAndrews dsouza.
My work explores the every day. The mundane moments. Through my detailed study and painted scrutiny I have elevated the moment.

Matthew Davies studying A2 Fine Art was awarded the runner up prize of £25.
My final piece is a wildlife guide to Sydenham Hill Wood, but instead of giving information on real life animals, it describes fantasy creatures that are unnerving and unnatural. It is a metaphor for my social anxiety, portraying an area that to most people would appear serene and inviting as menacing and uncomfortable. The creatures are similar to real animals in some aspects, but have mask-like features which make them look eerily human. If the booklet is taken to the woods and used, the user begins to imagine the creatures living around them, creating a sense of isolation and being in a space that does not belong to humans.

The special prize is our Peoples Prize, voted for by visitors to the exhibition, and £25 was awarded to Jake Passmore.
My sculpture is of the strange character of Rabbit in the books of Alice in Wonderland. I have used different soft sculptural materials to convey the creepy, nightmarish character of an oversized Rabbit.

I developed my ideas in response to the child-like drawing style of David Shrigley, because the books, although made for children, have dark realities.
Congratulations to all students for their thought provoking contributions and for a wonderful evening of celebration.

C. Henderson Head of Art

Lewisham School meals  

Chartwells in partnership with Lewisham Council are delighted to share the launch our new website  with you.

How will it be useful to parents and teachers?

  • The site enables us to publicly communicate the menus that we offer to parents of Primary and Secondary school pupils and children with allergens.
  • A platform to share the events we organise within the schools and community alike.
  • To give nutritional advice to parents and children.
  • Easy communication with Chartwells via the feedback form.






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