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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 158
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

Well the move into the last part of the new build is nearly upon us!! I have here a photo of the last of the crates to be filled by the Humanities Department. I would like to thank all of the students and staff who have continued to teach and learn in the old Basil Spence building for the last year – it has been a challenge for us all.

Apart from packing, there has been lots going on again this week at Sydenham – some lovely Primary school sports competition, a Latin trip to Naples, Sports Relief week and Year 11 Mock exams in core subjects to name but a few. As ever Sydenham does everything it can for the students achievement and enjoyment at the school.

Wishing you a lovely weekend
Ruth Holden


Dielleza Brava, Year 11, wins National Pupil Librarian of the Year Award


Dielleza beat stiff competition in the  National Pupil Librarian of the Year Award . She  made it to  a shortlist of five students by proving how she supports the vision and goals of the library, promotes the role and services of the library to the school community, promotes reading, acts as a role model for other students, she is willing to help students and staff, is enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and trustworthy, can demonstrate good I.T. skills and can work accurately.

She then had to submit a written task to convince the school governors to spend £300 on resources for the library. She chose to bid for dual language resources. This piece convinced the judges that Dielleza deserved to win the prize.

The judges were very impressed by the way Dielleza  sympathises and empathises with other students and leads the library team and how she has progressed from reading little in year 7 to becoming an avid reader today. They could clearly see how the role Dielleza  plays in the library had  contributed significantly to growth in her confidence and self-esteem. The library staff  appreciate greatly the tremendous contribution Dielleza makes to our team and the smooth running of the library. We are delighted her efforts have been rewarded.  


Olivia Kersey (Year 13) wins the Henry Kitchener Junior Prize for science writing!


We are delighted and proud to announce that Olivia Kersey (Year 13) is the winner of this year's Henry Kitchener Junior Prize for Science Writing.  Olivia was presented with her prize by Lady Fellowes at a gala celebration last week.  Olivia's 1500 word essay "In the light of how our diet has changed over the last century, how does nutrition affect the developing brain?" beat off stiff competition from young people across the country to take the top prize of £500. 

Dr Richard Marsh from the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour said: "Olivia faced tough competition from a strong field of entries.  All essays were blind marked by a team of moderators to ensure consistency.  Hers is a great entry showing a real grasp of the topic."

Here is a link to the results page for the Henry Kitchener prize, which in turn contains a link to Olivia's winning essay.


BBC School News Report

On Thursday 10 March a group of year 9 students created three news videos for the BBC School Report: the opening of the new building, changes to the GCSEs and Brexit. The students canvassed, interviewed, filmed and edited their videos in a race to meet the 4pm deadline.

You can watch the videos by visiting:

Murder In The  Library March 15th 2016: Science Literacy Project


Thirty one year 7 students entered Sydenham School Library to be confronted by a crime scene, where the shape of a body was marked out on the floor and an evidence trail of hairs, fibres, ink, finger and footprints lay around. The students had to work in teams to gather evidence from the library. Later, in the science laboratories they conducted experiments to find out who the murderer was. 

The students presented their findings and analysis to Dr Malcolm Rose and PC Diane Vincent, who judged their presentations and awarded the winning team medals.
Dr Rose was previously a chemist and university lecturer. He has written 43 fictional stories with scientific themes including his forensic science Traces series. This was his sixth visit to Sydenham for this annual event.

The murder mystery day is the culmination of months of science literacy work by students. In the run up to yesterday’s event they learned how to write a scientific news article, a book review and creative story with science themes.
Of our six young forensic investigation teams, Team 1 presented the most convincing arguments and evidence. They were Marwa Cherchami, Hope Brooks-Simpson, Tia McBurnie, Honey Beale-Collins, Holly Bateman and Unity Kingston. 


Heading World Book Day Winners 2016

Medusa, Mabel, outstanding  costume 2016

Daisy Hart KS4 best individual

Wizard of Oz KS4 best group, Ruby, Kirsty, Jess, Danielle 

Ottoline Grace Taylor, best individual Year 9

Peter Pan, best group Year 8, Alice, Fran, Miriam, Greta

Demon Dentist, Hadil Year7 best individual award

The Hunger Games Trilogy    best group Year 7


Spring has Sprung

Here at Sydenham School, spring has sprung for the year 7s who have been challenged with the task of looking after a pot of daffodils. These were given to each tutor group by the Eco Society with the aim of encouraging them to appreciate nature and take responsibility for the environment. We hope they will continue to thrive over Easter and after the break there will be prizes awarded for the best looked after plant.

Olga Olver Year 11



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