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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 169
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

What a great week at Sydenham.

Firstly every parent should have received a letter from Mrs Gloria Lowe our new Headteacher, introducing herself to you. If you did not receive this please could you contact my PA Mrs Christine Lovelace and ask for a copy.

Battle of the Bands on Wednesday evening was awesome. Pictured is the winning band Destiny and the Band Members.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening which was packed with talent. I really was blown away by the ability of girls to sing, play guitar and drums and other instruments, but also to have practised and got the sound of their band well established. Well done to Mr Nathan Thomas who led the event.

On Wednesday also we had a major event at the school with Mr Steve Beswick UK Education Lead from Microsoft and about 50 delegates visiting the school  to see how we are using and developing Technology at the school. The event was called Microsoft Redefining Learning and was a great success – visitors had a tour of the school and visited lots of classes. Well done to Mr Mark Guest for leading on this event.

A great week with the final GCSEs taking place.

Have a great weekend – let’s hope the weather picks up!!

Ruth Holden


National Women in Engineering Day


To mark National Women in Engineering Day we arranged for a variety of female guest speakers from the engineering industry to speak to years 7-10 during assembly.

The girls enjoyed hearing about the lives and careers of our visiting speakers and hopefully some of them will be inspired to go into careers in the world of STEM!

Four of our Year 11 students were also awarded places at an engineering networking event for young women organised by Aecom in Westminster.

Letter from the new Headteacher  
Click the link below to view the letter


Science taster session for year 5 pupils!

On Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th June, Ms Frimpong, Ms Gillespie and Ms Kanu, will be holding a morning science taster session for the following schools:

Monday 27th June 2016: Year 5 students from Kilmorie Primary School
Tuesday 28th June 2016: Year 5 students from Eliot Bank Primary School
Time students will be on site: 9:15-12:00
Location of sessions: Science floor, lab 5 and lab 6

Take flight Academy of Performing Arts  

On September 17th 2016, Take Flight Academy of Performing Arts launch their exciting Saturday School, in the professional dance and drama studios, here at Sydenham School. 

Their unique programme, taught by West End professionals, includes technical classes in choral singing, drama, jazz and ballet conditioning. Students work towards termly Musical Theatre performances and an annual 'Showcase', performed in a professional theatre. Termly West End masterclasses, private singing lessons and professional filming are also included at no additional cost. 

To book your daughter in for the FREE launch taster session on Sat 17 September, please visit or call 07736 469320 or 07736 469321




On Thursday 9th June Sydenham School hosted the first Girls Tag Rugby Tournament at Bonus Pastor Playing Fields. It was a great success. We had 7 teams entered from 5 schools. The weather was glorious and the teachers all managed to top up their tans!

All the girls played with determination and focus and really pushed themselves to do well. Some had never played tag rugby before but by the end were storming through the defensive lines and scoring trys.

The following pupils received special awards:
Determination – Shea from Sydenham School
Self-Belief – Chloe from Bonus Pastor
Passion – Nellie from Prendergast Ladywell
Honesty – Queenie from Sydenham
Respect – Heather from Prendergast Vale
Teamwork – Mia from Trinity
Also a special thanks to Bonus Pastor for providing their young leaders to referee: Leo, Reana, John and Joe.

The results are as follows:


Year 7 LSSSA Athletics Tournament 2016

Congratulations to Abigail 7H, Maltilda Wallis 7N, Queenie Miller 7H, Lilian Mulholland 7D, Florence Evans 7H, Sharon Kodi 7D and Holly Grandon-Willis 7M
On Thursday 26th May 2016 Year 7 attended the annual LSSSA athletics tournament.  

Some of the girls have attended all the indoor athletics competitions throughout the year but a few girls were selected based on their running times or throwing distances they achieved in their P.E lessons.

The girls completed in both field events and track events. The girls performed extremely well in the track events especially the 100m relay. The girls were well organised and selected the team based on ability and tactics. The girls worked extremely hard and were leading the whole race and Sharon ran the last leg with control and confidence considering second place was right on her heels. Our year 7 team won the race of course, a great way to end a great competition.

Over all the girls finished a fantastic 4th only losing out to 3rd place by 2 points. We finished 2nd overall in the track and 6th in the field events
The girls were very proud of their selves and cannot wait for next year.


Year 8 and 9 Rounders

On Friday 10th June, Year 8 and 9 played friendly matches against Bonus Pastor Catholic College.
The Year 9 girls demonstrated some excellent fielding skills throughout the game, ensuring that Bonus pastor did not score any additional half Rounders. The year 9 game finished as a draw, with both teams scoring 4 ½ rounders.

The Year 8 team started off well and were drawing at half time with 3 ½ rounders. This was due to the girl’s excellent fielding skills, ensuring that their throws were powerful and accurate to stop Bonus Pastor from scoring any additional rounders. In the second innings, Bonus Pastor began to increase the amount of rounders scored.

The final score was 6 ½ to 10 ½ to Bonus pastor.
This was a good experience for the girls, they all played with excellent determination and were extremely supportive of each other throughout. Well done girls!


Dear all

Are you struggling to support your child/young person with behavioural and/or emotional issue? Feeling isolated? Want to get support from others and feel more confident?  YoungMinds are bringing together a parent/carer peer support group in Lewisham. The group is for parents and will be shaped by parents with support from YoungMinds. Training provided. Free refreshments at meetings.

When: Thursday 30 June
Time:  10 – 12pm
Where: Lewisham Library, 3rd floor meeting room.

Julia is the coordinator and she is happy to talk to anyone who wants to find out more.


Julia Garden |Parent Peer Support Project Coordinator  |  YoungMinds
t:  07896 532690
a: Suite 11 Baden Place,  Crosby Row,  London,  SE1 1YW


Year 8 Battlefields trip 2016

6 teachers accompanied 57 Year 8 students on the Battlefields trip this year. We travelled by coach and the Euro tunnel from school to Calais. The trip was absolutely jam-packed full of activities to help enhance our understanding of what happened during the trench warfare of the Great War. Our tour guide was Bob Darby, an ex-soldier with over twenty years worth of experience delivering guided tours of the Battlefields not only to school-children but also to soldiers.

Our tour guide, Bob Darby, standing at the point where court- martialled soldiers were shot in Poperinge.

We visited many notable locations include Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest British and Commonwealth military cemetery in the world. On day two we went to Poperinge where soldiers who had been court-martialled would spend their last night before being taken out the next morning to be shot at dawn. The girls found the projected image of an agonised soldier in one of the cells, particularly upsetting. In addition to this, there were several war memorials to be seen.

Dulce, Orianna, Gala and Honor at Langemark German war cemetery.

On Sunday evening we all went to the Menin Gate to witness the last post ceremony which is a memorial ceremony that has been observed almost every year since 1928 (apart from when the Germans occupied Belgium during World War Two). Our tour guide had organised for some Sydenham Students to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate to remember fallen soldiers. The four girls chosen were Chantelle Tabeni, Abigail Reyes, Greta Fulgoni and Honor Mitcheson.

Honor, Abby, Chantelle and Greta at the Menin Gate getting ready to lay their wreath.

On the Monday, we visited the Somme, where Walter Tull, Britain’s first black commissioned officer died in Battle, amongst many other soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth.
Although the trip was sombre at points, there were some fun highlights such as our trip to the chocolate shop and grabbing a hot dog from a local food stand. Many of the girls also demonstrated their creative side by producing excellent scrap books. The winners of the scrap book competition are Abigail Reyes in 8S, Laila Alao in 8A and Priscilla Bolokor in 8H.
A big thank you to all the girls who behaved well during the trip. A special thank you also to Ms Meaney, Ms Podmore, Mr Bertout, Ms Fontenelle, Ms Stoddart, Mr Rogers and Ms Alexander for making the trip possible.

Brooke, Amelie and Mia by a plaque at Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Our group at Talbot House, a sanctuary for soldiers who were sent there to rest and recuperate.



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