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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
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!!
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|
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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:
|Take flight Academy of Performing Arts|
LSSSA GIRLS TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL 2016
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 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
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.
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
Year 8 and 9 Rounders
On Friday 10th June, Year 8 and 9 played friendly matches against Bonus Pastor Catholic College.
The final score was 6 ½ to 10 ½ to Bonus pastor.
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
Julia is the coordinator and she is happy to talk to anyone who wants to find out more.
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.
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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