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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 170
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,

The very last exam was sat at Sydenham school this week, A level Physics,  officially ending the Exam season  - well done to all Year 11 and 13 students – who have behaved impeccably over the last months and we wish them the very best for August – I have everything crossed.

We had a fantastic Year 6 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday evening. Ms Emmanuel led the event and new incoming parents were given a lot of very important information regarding the new year in September. It is always so nice to see a new cohort of students and parents coming to Sydenham School.

We had the Year 11 Ball or ‘Prom’, as the girls call it, on Thursday evening. A fabulous evening with sparkling dresses and good fun had by all. This was Year 11s final event at the school until of course Exam Results Day. It’s always nice to have an occasion to dress up and The Bromley Court Hotel was the perfect venue for this. Well done to Ms James for organising it.

Our new Headteacher Gloria Lowe was in a school all day on Thursday to meet staff and begin to fully settle into the school, a great reassurance for all staff involved.

Lastly just a reminder that the school is closed on Tuesday 5th July as there is a large scale National NUT strike and a letter has been posted home and sent home and texted regarding the detail of this. We will be open for the Year 6 Induction Day which will start at 10am and finish at 2.30pm.

With kind regards
Ruth Holden


Science Taster Day


'On Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th Sydenham welcomed 60 year 5 pupils from Eliot Bank and Kilmorie to a 'Science Taster Morning'. The morning was packed full of practical activities across all three of the Sciences. In Biology, students were introduced to microscopes and had a go at drawing some images from the bioviewers. We were so impressed with the skills we saw and the drawings produced were fantastic.

In Physics we explored 'static' and had students competing to see who could make a balloon stick to the wall for the longest as well as watching students as they worked out how to make water bend using nylon rods and cloths! Everything worked really well and the students embraced the challenges we set them, showing some seriously impressive Science skills! Students then got to see a demonstration with the Van der Graaf generator and a few brave volunteers came to the front and had a go at being charged!

Finally, in chemistry, students looked at the wonderful world of pH and had a go at making their own indicator with cabbage in order to test and identify five unknown, colourless solutions. It was all topped off with a rainbow fizz demonstration which got all of the students fascinated by the exciting colour changes - we were so impressed by the enthusiasm and engagement of these budding young scientists! The whole morning was great fun and across both days, we enjoyed meeting the Year 5s and their teachers, and exploring some science with them.

The day would not have been possible without our amazing science ambassadors who did us all proud - representing Sydenham and setting a glowing example of how to be exceptional scientists, so a huge thank you to the following girls: 

9A: Anita Ranjit, Reem Ladjici, Annie Mari Kamara, Marian Lawal
9Y: Hayley Merchan Orduz, Zainab Sheikh
9H: Jill Asaam
9E: Shalini Selvaratnam
8A: Fran Corp
8M: Irene Dam, Maria Pachon
8Y: Oriana Robos Murray, Joni Sky Butcher

We are really looking forward to next year already!

Miss Gillespie, Miss Kanu and Miss Frimpong.'

Year 11 Prom  

Year 11 students had their final celebration to end their time at school in the form of the end of year prom. This was held at the Bromley Court Hotel where students were treated to a gourmet buffet of savoury and sweet treats,

were entertained by a DJ and fun photo booth and danced the night away with year 11 teachers who were also there to support them. It was a fun filled evening and a lovely way to end their time at Sydenham.

We wish them all every success for the future!


Yoga Workshop

40 year 7 and 8 pupils participated in a yoga workshop on Tuesday 28th June to have a taster into Vinyasa Yoga. The girls had a preconceived perception of what yoga would be like and then were surprised by the strength and muscular endurance that they needed to perform the poses.

They really enjoyed the work shop and are looking forward to the club starting in September.
If your daughter is interested in joining the club it will cost £24 for the term for 12 hour sessions which will be held on a Wednesday after school 3.30pm to 4.30pm. You can collect a letter from the PE office to sign up.




On Thursday 30th June Kate Haywood (our Athlete mentor) from Sky Sports came into school to do an assembly with year 9. She talked about her career and how she got to where she is today. Below are some of her results over her career:

  • 2010 Commonwealth Games 4x100m Medley Relay Silver Medal
  • 2010 European Championships 50m Breaststroke Silver medal
  • 2010 European Championships 4x100m Medley Relay Gold medal
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games 100m Breaststroke Bronze Medal
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games 50m Breaststroke Bronze Medal



After the assembly she then worked with 14 pupils from year 8 and 9 (who have chosen to do GCSE PE) and talked in more depth about her career and the 6 keys to success. The pupils enjoyed the session and asked some very good questions. She will be back in 2 weeks’ time to do a practical session with them to start working on the 6 keys to success and mentor them until the end of the year.



Attendance Reminder

Appointments for general dental and optical  check-ups should be made after school or at the weekends.

Thank you for your cooperation
Attendance Team


Lost Property

All lost propertynot claimed by Friday 15 July, will be disposed of (with the exception of spectacles). Lost property is kept in the First Aid / Attendance Office on the first floor of the STEM Building (P103).



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