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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 156
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Message from the Head

Dear Parent,

It has been a pretty full on week at Sydenham School with lots going on. We hosted the Urban Debate League Competition here at Sydenham early on in the week and Sydenham girls did brilliantly beating most of the competition including, by one point, Bonus Pastor!

We also had two excellent and very well attended Options Evenings for Year 8 and 9 students and parents. These were extremely important evenings with lots of information given out in regard to changes in the National Curriculum, assessment and reporting but also clear pathways and choices of subjects. Thank you to Mrs Crump, Mr Guest and Mrs Pooley for their hard work on these evenings.

But the event I am most happy and proud of this week is the wonderful netball team who took part in the Kent League competition and rally on Tuesday when it was raining all day. They played so well and won some games. They battled through the bad weather like true hardy netball players well done to you and to Ms Griffiths for leading the trip.

Also, on Thursday we had World Book Day. Well done to all of the staff, for dressing up so amazingly for the day – it was incredibly special and I am sure that there will be lots of photographs of the occasion!

Have a good weekend
Ruth Holden


Kent County Under 13s Netball tournament


On the 1st March our year 8 netball team drove a long two-hour journey into Kent to take part in the Kent County Netball tournament.

The weather was wet and miserable but it didn’t dampen our high spirits  The first matches were tough, and we didn’t win them, but the team pulled together and supported each other. The team continued the positive spirit  till the end. “I was so tired from today that I fell asleep on the minibus home” -Boo Godfrey 8M.

Our fourth match was a close game and although everyone put in their all it wasn’t quite enough to win the game. A draw was better than a loss.
Overall the whole day was a great experience for all of the team and we all learnt a lot. Next time we’ll aim to win.
By Alice W 8A, Shea Finkelstein 8E

Brilliant Club  

On Saturday 29th January a group of our year 7 and 8 students and their parents went to the University of Sussex to take part in their Brilliant Club graduation ceremony as a celebration of their successful completion of The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme. 

These students have been taking part in University style tutorials led by PhD researchers and completed mini dissertations after their independent research. Our year 7 girls explored the origins of Ebola and our year 8 girls discussed philosophical arguments for and against Euthanasia.  
Special mention goes to all 9 girls who achieved a 1st Class for their final assignments.  Similola Mussa, year 7 says: I’ve enjoyed being part of the Brilliant Club because it gives you an opportunity to try new things, challenge yourself. I was pushed to do things that I didn’t think I could do!

We are really proud of how hard our year 7 and 8 girls worked during The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme and look forward to seeing similar successes with the current Brilliant Club Scholars in year 9 and year 10.



Exam App  

Dear Parents,

I was sent the information below by a colleague (Stephanie Rae, she spoke at the last Parents' Forum), she was looking at exam issues in relation to mental health & well being. It is an app which may be of particular interest to Year 11s to help to reduce stress leading up to their exams. It has good reviews and if you are interested, you or your daughters can purchase it for the cost of £1.49 or £0.79 dependent on which version you need.

Sid Robinson - Curriculum Leader Inclusion Plus

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