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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 161
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,

Well we are in the second week of our newly refurbished Edwardian buildings and they really are still looking fab! The girls are really enjoying them which is the most important thing. I particularly enjoyed it on Wednesday evening when we had our Year 7 Parents’ Evening, watching parents and students wandering through the new rather grand entrance to the school and seeing the buildings first-hand and close up; thank you to Ms Garrick and Ms  Emanuel for a very successful Year 7 Parents’ Evening and our, as ever, hardworking Premises staff.

Other exciting news this week is that The Year 8 Sydenham School Team won the University Challenge at Salter's Festival of Chemistry on Tuesday The winning team were: Ella Soni- 8Y, Orianna Robos-Murray 8Y, Maria Pachan 8M, Irene Dam 8M. And if that wasn’t good enough, Ms Vickers informs me that this is the second year in a row that Sydenham have won – spectacular! Well done!

Things are getting pretty intense for Year 11 students right now with their GCSE English Language examination coming up on the 3rd May – keep Year 11 in your thoughts and we wish them well with their revision and GCSE preparation.

I wish everyone a peaceful and happy weekend.
Ruth Holden


Educational Outcomes award


We are delighted to have been nationally recognised for our exceptional 2015 performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that Sydenham is in the top 20% nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their key stage 4 results.

The school’s SSAT Educational Outcomes award will be presented to us at a regional celebration event held to draw attention to the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said in her letter to us:
‘It’s my great pleasure to commend Sydenham School on their excellent 2015 performance. I hope that SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award will highlight the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Sydenham School.’

Salters Festival of Chemistry  

The Salters Festival of Chemistry was another success for the second year running.
Four young ladies from year 8:
Ella Soni 8Y
Orianna Robos-Murray 8Y
Maria Pachan 8M
Irene Dam 8M

Worked together to complete a range of analysis techniques to solve problems given.
The girls were said to have "great teamwork, kept a nice bench and explained their findings detailed with scientific knowledge."
Ella, Orianna, Maria and Irene raised to both the Salters and university challenge and achieved 1st place for the university challenge!!

Congratulations to these young ladies on a successful day.



Football Match vs Bonus Pastor

Last Wednesday Sydenham School played their first friendly football matches against Bonus Pastor. We put out a KS3 and KS4 team to play 7 a-side in the sports hall.
Both teams played fantastically well and Sydenham girls improved throughout the games and won a few as well.

We still need more footballers so if you’re interested come along on a Wednesday after school.

Debate Mate Cup Competition


On Tuesday 19th April, Sydenham School participated in the 2016 Debate Mate Cup hosted at University of Westminster. Fourteen Sydenham pupils from Years 7 to 10 had participated. Schools from across London competed to win points in three separate rounds to reach the final of the Debate Mate Cup competition which was held on the same day.

Sydenham had three teams in the competition and the Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 girls that had participated were ready to debate on any given topic and having only been had 10 minutes on each occasion to prepare on each topic, the girls performed amazingly well. There were 3 rounds and the three teams Sydenham A, B and C had all won two out of three rounds each.

All the girls confidently showcased their talent and enthusiasm, whilst debating topical issues. In their feedback the judges praised the Sydenham School girls for their use of effective rebuttal and point of information to press their arguments, despite having (on a couple of rounds) the less popular viewpoint to advance on highly emotive topics.

It was wonderful to see the girls participate so keenly and work together so well to win the majority of their rounds. There was some very tough competition to beat and although on this occasion Sydenham did not make it to the final round, the girls made us proud with the incredible effort and zeal they had demonstrated. The girls involved were Tasha Mhakayakora , Shakeelah Nayiga , Kadiece Williams, Destiny Kalisha , Ruby Nugent, Molly Bremner, Ruby Buckley, Alice Wilkinson, Menna Haye, Miriam Lawal, Ameila Enstone, Ruth Simone Lee, Abby Reyes and Amelie Mutton. So a huge thank you and well done to all the girls who had participated on the day.

As well as debating, the girls also got to see a wonderful show debate between Debate Mate Mentors and teachers along with the amazing final between Grey Coat Hospital and Kingsford School. I am sure all the girls would agree that it was a very enjoyable and rewarding day.
We have the Credit Suisse Novice Cup Debate Mate Competition coming up on Friday 20th May which the girls are also preparing for so please wish and encourage our students all the best for their future debates.

Go Sydenham School!
Best wishes and good luck ladies! 
Ms Begum and Mrs Virgo-Furrs.


Leavers Yearbook & Ceremony

Update on early dismissal



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