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|Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 152
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….
Message from the Head
Things are going really well at Sydenham School as we move through the cold weather and rainy season, but also very quickly; only 10 days until February half term!
I would like to thank those parents who came to the School / Parent Forum last Tuesday which was led by Mrs Emmanuel. She said it was a very positive meeting with a very interesting theme.
Also well done to the girls who were in our Urban Debate teams and whom competed on Monday evening of this week at Bonus Pastor School against 5 other teams. They represented themselves and their school capably and may well go thought to the next round.
Have a good weekend and kind regards
A new approach to e-safety for Sydenham School as we join nationwide peer education programme
Pupils from Sydenham are set to become Childnet Digital Leaders after joining an innovative new internet safety programme from UK charity, Childnet International. The pupils all from year 8 are: Irene Dam, Shea Finkelstein, Katie Huyuh, Florence Odelanu, Shana Oti-Awere, Maria Pachon, Lara Podmore, Grace Quashie, Thagshiga Ragunathan, and Oriana Robos-Murray.
Launched in September 2015, the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme aims to empower young people to champion digital citizenship and digital creativity within their schools and to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.
By signing up to the programme Sydenham School will join an exciting online community, where they will access training and support from Childnet's expert team, record achievements, and collaborate and share inspiration with schools across the UK. Supported by Facebook and the European Union, the programme will also give our young people opportunities to engage with leading technology companies and have a say in creating a better internet for the future.
|We are starting a half-termly young carers group|
The students can find out more by coming to breakfast club in the dining hall, or to B139 on any break or lunch-time.
The first YC group will be on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at lunch-time in B135, we hope to see as many YCs as possible.
The YC group will enable the young carers to have some fun and a chat with other students in similar situations to themselves.
RE- Welcoming Strangers
The year 7s have recently done a unit on Welcoming Strangers in RE, during which they were learning about how religious communities are encouraged to respond to refugees. As part of this unit, they created artworks representing the journey of a refugee. Three which showed particular effort are Ava, Maya and Lucy in 7S – well done girls! They write about their artworks here:
Maya – My RE artwork is a 3D sculpture showing the stages of a refugee’s journey from a warzone to safety. On the top it has words about how a refugee would feel, like ‘uncertain’, ‘cold’, ‘angry’, but also ‘hope’ showing there could be hope even if they are alone.
Ava – My RE homework represents the journey of a girl from Syria to Greece. The idea behind it is ‘Lost and Found’. The objects in the box are intended to be the possessions she has lost on her journey. There is also a letter inside that explains about her situation and her journey.
Lucy – My RE art is about how refugees travel to find a new home. The figure in the boat symbolises the hope and rescue that the people in the water will get. There are two verses from religious texts – the Bible and the Qur’an – on the sails, which encourage religious believers to welcome strangers.
Year 10 trip to Oxford University
The myth-busting Q&A with current Oxford students studying a variety of subjects gave the Sydenham students a real insight into what life at Oxford might be like and the girls impressed the undergraduates with their mature and thoughtful questions.
A tour of the college with two more current students revealed the huge variety of extra-curricular activities on offer as well as much needed chill out space for students. After being treated to lunch in the college's historical dining hall we experienced what studying at Oxford might be like with two mini-lectures.
We explored the poetry of Keats with Junior Research Fellow Dr Dennis Duncan and were wowed by Dr Mortimer's own research into the amazing properties of spider webs. All in all it was an inspirational day and the whole group were brilliant ambassadors for Sydenham: curious, enthusiastic and impeccably behaved. Well done Year 10!
Debate Mate competition
Last Tuesday afternoon, over 25 girls from Sydenham School were involved in the UDL Debate Mate round 1 competition which took place at Bonus Pastor College. Local schools in the borough competed to win points in order to be selected for the next round of the UDL competition.
Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 were ready to debate on any topic given, having only been given 15 minutes to prepare on a topic, the girls preformed fantastic. In the first round three of our teams won Sydenham A, B & C and in the second round two teams were successful Sydenham A and C.
Best wishes and good luck ladies!
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