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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 167
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….
 
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Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the Summer 2 term

Unfortunately we came back to school on Monday with some sad news. Mary Morton who had worked at the school for 13 years as the person who safeguarded the front entrance of the School, passed away suddenly on Saturday from a sudden illness.

Flowers have been sent to Mary’s family from the School and a book of condolences opened for staff to write messages in, which will also be sent to the family. There will also be a more permanent reminder of Mary at the school by way of a tree or a bench in due time.

I have been delivering assemblies this week to students, and at each one the students and staff have had a minute’s silence for Mary; the students have been really respectful and compassionate.

Please keep Mary and her family and friends and the School in your thoughts or prayers at this sad time.

Regards
Ruth Holden
Headteacher

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Announcing the Gold Standard Rewards Trip to…Thorpe Park!

 

During assemblies this week, we have been revealing the destination for our 2nd Annual Gold Standard Rewards trip, which this year will take place on Thursday 14th July. One hundred students (and ten staff) will make the short trip to Thorpe Park in Surrey as a reward for achieving the Gold Standard in every Track this year or for being one of the lucky few students (who whilst they did not quite make the Gold Standard in every Track) have been selected at random from over 800 students that were in the prize draw.

Students in Years 7-11 should by now have received letters with further details of the trip and a permission form to return to reception to confirm their places, and Mr Guest (and all the staff involved) are very much looking forward to celebrating students’ achievements with them by getting fired up in the air at 205mph on Stealth, twisting and turning at high speed through Colossus, and getting thoroughly soaked on Tidal Wave.

If your daughter did not get a place on the trip this year, they can still qualify for next year’s rewards by ensuring they have excellent attendance, punctuality, achievement points, effort and progress in all future Tracks.

Well done to all our winners.


 

Microsoft Redefining Learning Tour – 22nd June

 

On 22nd June, we are looking forward to welcoming teachers and school leaders from schools across London and the South East, who are coming to see what makes us a Microsoft Showcase School.

Our guests will have an opportunity to talk with students about our amazing STEM curriculum, see first hand how we use tablets and other technologies in lessons, hear from our Senior Leaders about our vision and plans for technology, get trained on how to begin using Microsoft OneNote in the classroom, and network with one another in our fantastic new Microsoft Showcase Classroom.

We will also be joined on the day by Steve Beswick, the Head of Microsoft Education UK, who will give a keynote address on Microsoft’s vision for educational technology, and Simon Shaw, from Naace, who is currently researching a book on the use of stylus pens to handwrite on tablet devices.

We look forward to welcoming all our guests, and to showcasing the excellent practice of our teachers in the use of technology for learning.

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Leaver's Ceremony

A huge thank you to all the Parents/Carers and the Teachers who came to support and say goodbye to our Year 11 students last week at the Leaver's Ceremony. The occasion was totally inspiring with students displaying their amazing creativity, intelligence and talents.

We had an energetic street dance solo performance from Hana Dimtsu in 11S which was followed by a mesmerising modern performance from the Head Girl Sophie Ormiston. This was followed by a range of fantastic musical performances. First a beautiful rendition of Adele's 'When We Were Young' by Tianna Garnett-Gordon and Iris Hobson-Mazur on the grand piano.

This performance was so beautiful it left most of the audience in tears and received a standing ovation. This was followed by a powerful duet by Sabrina Obiago and Esther Adeyeye and finally a beautiful acoustic version of A Certain Romance by Arctic Monkeys performed by the Year 11 band Kanospia.

Students were then given an motivational talk from Glenn Cosby an ex Teacher and a contestant on the BBC's 'The Great British Bake Off'. The emotional ceremony then rounded off with speeches from students Emine Koska, Amal Khlafa, Lauren Williams and Sophie Ormiston who gave a series of thank yous and reflections for their time at school.

I'd like to say a huge thank you to the parents and staff who have been involved with year 11 this year. Everyone has worked so hard and the girls are doing a fantastic job with continuing to prepare for and manage their exams. It has been very emotional saying goodbye to such a wonderful group of girls who have certainly got bright futures ahead of them. We look forward to the final celebration in the form of the Prom on Thursday 30th June at the Bromley Court Hotel and then finally results day on the 25th August!

All the best.

Mrs S Reid
Year 11 Learning Coordinator


Debate Mate Novice Cup 2016 Competition

 


On Friday 20th May, Sydenham School participated in the Debate Mate Novice Cup 2016 with over 100 other Debate Mate students from across London, held at the prestigious HQ of the Swiss investment bank, Credit Suisse in Canary Wharf. Offices who usually used to negotiate billion-dollar deals were kindly given over to young students, who debated topics ranging from ‘This house would only imprison violent offenders’ to ‘This house would ban gambling’. The competition is solely for students who have one year of debating under their belts and consists of two preliminary rounds and a final.


There were twelve Sydenham students who had participated in this event, each of them new to Debate Mate. Going through two full on rounds before two teams were selected to advance to the final. Teams were debating at their finest with only ten minutes of preparation of a set motion before awaiting the results. They did exceptionally well, with the given motions and showed off their talent with great confidence despite their less popular viewpoint on certain motions and issues. Whilst going against some tough competition, Sydenham Team A managed to push their way through to the finals after winning both debates, whilst Sydenham Team B unfortunately, despite their amazing efforts didn’t advance.


With a difficult perspective to the motion, ‘This house would ban gambling’ Sydenham team A was on opposition against Highgate Wood School. The debate was chaired by Ian Hale, Chief Risk Officer, Credit Suisse. All the students spoke with passion and eloquence, but after some intense debating, the judges announced Sydenham School as Novice Cup champion 2016.
It was pleasing to see the girls participate so intensely and work together so well. The girls made us proud with the unbelievable effort and passion they had demonstrated.

The girls involved were Hope Brooks- Simpson, Ruby Buckley, Indya Francis, Menna Hyde, Nancy Kelly, Scarlett McCann, Amelie Mutton, Abby Reyes, Grace Sheppard, Ruth Simone Lee, Dolly Scott, and Alice Wilkinson. So a huge thank you and well done to all the girls who had participated on the day. I am sure all the girls would agree that it was a very enjoyable and rewarding day.
We have come to the end of Debate Mate competitions for this year and I would like to thanks all the girls and parents for their support.

Go Sydenham School!
Best wishes!
Mrs Virg o-Furrs.

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Absence and late reporting reminder:

If your daughter is going to be absent you must inform the school on the first day of absence, before 8.30am.

Please state clearly your daughter’s name, tutor group and reason for absence.


If your daughter is going to be more than 15 minutes late to school you must inform the school as soon as possible, please state clearly your daughter’s name, tutor group, the reason she is late and approximately what time she should arrive to school.

Thank you for your cooperation
Attendance Team


 

 

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