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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 157
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

Another hugely busy week at Sydenham School with a very busy Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday Evening, a visit from Sir Steve Bullock our Lewisham Mayor and Year 11 English Examination Orals and visitors delivering some very important assemblies on Mental Health. On that note it was a huge privilege to have some Year 10 Sydenham Girls over at Bonus Pastor delivering an assembly to the whole of Year 9 as part of their Citizenship coursework. The girls were outstanding in their delivery and in the way that they communicated the very delicate topic of Mental Health to this group of younger students. Well done to them and to Ms Suleyman.

I would like to wish you a very lovely weekend.

Ruth Holden


Debate Mate competition


On Monday 29th February, Sydenham School proudly hosted the UDL Debate Mate Round 2 Competition in which over 25 girls from Sydenham had participated in. 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 and having only been given 15 minutes to prepare on a topic, the girls performed amazingly well. In the first round, three of our teams won and they were Sydenham A, B & D. Likewise in the second round, we had three victories, with Sydenham A, B & C teams winning their individual rounds.

Although some of the girls were nervous to start with, that did not stop them all from confidently showcasing their talent and enthusiasm, whilst debating topical issues. There was a reshuffle of the Sydenham teams at the beginning due to one of six competing schools dropping out from the competition; however the girls adapted and dealt with this unexpected change incredibly well and with minimal fuss.

It is a very proud moment for all the Humanities teachers and more importantly the students that participated. As someone who was watching eagerly from the side-line, I was able to see first-hand the incredible effort and passion that the girls put into their speeches and the consistent rebuttal and professionalism demonstrated throughout the competition. Not forgetting also the intelligent questions asked by our girls from the floor, to both the opposing and proposing teams. The Sydenham girls even received special mention from the Debate Mate judges who stated that all 4 Sydenham teams displayed exceptional talent and had really impressed them with their confidence, ‘sass’ and knowledge! A huge thank you to all the girls who attended, participated or assisted on the day.

Please wish and encourage our girls all the best for their future debates.  We are hopeful that these results will help us to make it to the play off as one of the 16 best teams in the country.   Go Sydenham School!
Best wishes and good luck ladies!                  Ms Begum and Mrs Virg o-Furrs.


Year 10 trip to Central Hall Westminster


On Thursday 3rd March a group of 34 year 10 students attended the PiXL conference, ‘Getting into the top universities’ at Central Hall, Westminster. Professors from Kings College London and Oxford University spoke about what students need to do now in order to get into top universities.

They even spoke about fun aspects of student life with some amusing clubs, such as, the Harry Potter Society and the Cheese Society! The most important messages were to have clear goals and know what to do to achieve them, make informed choices and, using our own our Sydenham moto to:
Aim High!


Lewisham Live

The whole show was a memorable experience.  The audience was very supportive of each act. The show had a wide variety of performances ranging from Primary schools to dance companies.  We performed a contemporary duet based on the struggles of refugees.  It was an exciting experience, one that we will not forget.

Written by Georgina Wright and Ashley Johnson (AS Level dancers)

Year 12 English Literature Trip to Oxford University


On Thursday 3rd March 12 AS English Literature students met bright and early at Forest Hill station for the journey west to Oxford. We were met at Queen's College by the outreach officer Harriet Rudden who began the day with an overview of what makes Oxford different to other UK universities as well as busting some of the myths associated with it.

The group then split in two, with half of us plunged straight into a tutorial-style workshop with lecturer Steven Kaye. We discussed and analysed a mixture of visual and written texts including a speech from Shakespeare's The Tempest: it was intellectually challenging as Steven constantly questioned us to refine our ideas, but really interesting.

The other group were taken on a tour of the college's fantastic facilities and had the chance to get a no-holds-barred insight into life at university from three current English students. After swapping activities we were treated to lunch in the beautiful Dining Hall and then made our way across the city to spend the afternoon exploring the Pitt Rivers Museum's amazing collection of anthropological artefacts.

All in all a successful day.


STEM week

To mark British Science Week, we will be celebrating STEM week at Sydenham with a variety of special lessons, workshops and extra activities.  Look out for our STEM week quiz and assembly throughout the week! Our STEM week chicks have hatched and Year 7 classes will be working with them during lesson time.  Year 8 have an engineering challenge and in celebration of British Astronaut Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station, Year 9 will be investigating possible food sources for use in space.  There will be a honeycomb challenge in food lessons, and some Year 9 and 10 classes will take part in a prosthetics workshop run by St George's, University of London.


Lost Property

A collection of winter coats and scarves have accumulated in lost property.

All lost property not claimed by Wednesday 23 March, will be disposed of over the Easter holiday.

Lost property is kept in the First Aid / Attendance Office on the first floor of the STEM Building (P103).



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