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|Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 172
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….
Message from the Head
Firstly and before I forget, well done to Miss Douglas-Knight and 8H for doing an amazing job of raising £178.32 for Cancer Research in the Year 7 Edwardian courtyard last week. They held summer fun activities for the year 7 students consisting of; a chocolate tombola, jumble sale, ice lollies sale, cake sale and a learn to dance corner.
This is the final entry from me in the weekly Newsletter, as I move back to just being Headteacher at Bonus Pastor Catholic College next year, having been at Sydenham School as well for this academic year.
And what a year it has been! I have seen some of the most wonderful lessons, performances, showcases, competitions and a passion for learning and success from the girls. I particularly enjoyed the Open mornings for Prospective parents, The Summer showcase, The Battle of the Bands, assemblies each term with each year group, the Year 11 Maths residential that I attended and moving into the newly refurbished beautiful buildings.
I will be very sad to leave Sydenham; I have learned a lot, and I hope have given a lot back to the school in my role this year. Sydenham is a great school with so much talent and even further potential for every student and members of staff.
I would like to thank our Chair of Governors Charlotte Jones for being very supportive and lovely to me, and to Maggie Hammond the Head of the PTA for being a great support to me and to the school during the year and for raising at least £800 for the school this year, and to Mrs Christine Lovelace my PA for supporting me with organizing things at the school. Thank you also to you the parents for your support throughout the year, and to my Deputy Headteachers and Senior team for working so hard and for being a team, but also to all of the staff good luck and to all of the students, I wish you the very best of luck in everything you do and I will enjoy watching Sydenham from afar become outstanding in every way under the new outstanding Headteacher Gloria Lowe.
Thank you and goodbye.
Send My Friend To school
Year 8 have spent the few weeks during Tutor time finding out about a campaign called Send My Friend To school.
'Worldwide the numbers of people affected by emergencies is at an all time high, displacing more children than ever before from their homes and schools. World leaders have made a new commitment to deliver quality education for every child up until the age of 15, but less than 2% of aid in emergencies goes to education.
On Thursday 14 July Jim Dowd, MP for Lewisham West and Penge , kindly agreed to make time in his busy schedule to visit our Year 8 assembly. He congratulated our students on their involvement in this campaign and explained why he thinks education is so important. He collected over 200 school bags made out of colourful card with the Year 8 students' personal messages to deliver to the politicians involved in overseas aid.
The assembly was planned and performed by Abiola Morris Walker , Ayni Mohamed, Kendra Higginson Luiziana Isufi , Nataliyah Nelson Gordan and Tashauna Barnett. (From 8E). The girls worked well together and gave a professional performance.
The photograph below shows our students holding up their paper school bags. These were collected and given to Jim Dowd to deliver to the Government's Overseas Aid department.
|Feminism Deep Learning Day|
On Tuesday 12th July Sydenham School celebrated its second Feminism Deep Learning Day. The first took place in July 2014, and generated a wave of enthusiasm amongst students to repeat the experience this year.
Throughout the school year, students from Years 7,8,9 and 10 have been working hard and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone by doing what teachers have to do every day: plan lessons! The twist, however, has been to plan engaging and fun lessons, related to each subject area, which will allow students to develop their understanding of gender equality, sexuality and women's rights, and women's liberation.
I'm delighted to say that, after many after school sessions of hard work and the support of numerous staff members, the students rose to this challenge admirably, and the day was a great success. Science students learned about the biological differences between men and women, Art students learned about radical feminist artists, and PE students took self defence classes in a response to the prevalence of violence against women and girls in today's society, and DT students designed toys aimed at getting girls more interested in stereotypically 'male' professions like Civil Engineering.
The girls who planned the lessons also delivered Feminism assemblies and worked on a Student Report project throughout the day itself: here's a couple of reports of the day written by the girls involved!
This concludes our summary of Feminism Day 2016. Many thanks to all participating students and teachers for giving up their time for interviews and conversations.
This team includes many representatives throughout the school, from years 7 to 10. They observed classes in various subjects, and interviewed students and teachers about the quality of the assignments. Don’t forget, all the resources were produced by Sydenham students from Years 7-10, working all through the academic year!
By Eleanor Smith & Queenie Miller
Hello Sydenham! Tuesday 12th July, as you would (hopefully) know by now, was Feminism Day in our school. All lessons, which were produced by our own students across Years 7-10, were themed around the ideas of feminism in our society. Here’s some things that the students thought about feminism –
By Isobel Costello, Eliza Wentworth, Sasha Doughty and Lucy Kirby (Yr9)
The Brilliant Club
We are really proud of how hard our all of our girls have worked during The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme this academic year.
These students have been taking part in University style tutorials led by PhD researchers and completed mini dissertations after their independent research.
Graduation: Our year 9 and 10 girls graduated on Saturday 21st May at the University of Sussex. Our year 9s explored effective treatment for traumatic brain injury and our year 10s explored Erich Maria Remarque’s strategy in All Quiet on the Western Front. Special Mention goes to those 9 students who achieved a 1st Class in their final assignments.
On Monday our year 9 students went to the UCL Pathology Museum. They had the opportunity to interact with historic pathology specimens which brought to life their study of traumatic brain injury.
The Scholar Publication
Congratulations to Menna Hyde, 7S who had her assignment published in The Brilliant Club’s termly youth academic journal, The Scholar. The journal editors described her assignment “Ebola: The next global pandemic- Why is Ebola so dangerous?” as a ‘really impressive discussion in a difficult field’. This is a great achievement as her assignment was selected from many excellent entries.
Well done to all the girls taking part in The Brilliant Club Programme this year, we look forward to seeing similar successes next year.
Maths Challenge Trip to the British Museum
We walked inside and were amazed by the transparent patterned celling. Again, we got a little lost trying to find the locker room (which was the security guard’s fault), then located it on a map. We collected our materials and started the first challenge, which was to find the Ming banknote. It took us a while to trek through the many rooms, but we eventually found it. The question stated that we had to estimate how many £5 notes would fit into it. We guessed about seven.
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.
All lost property not 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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