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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 175
we have listened to what families have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

As another week draws to an end I can honestly look back to the start of term and say that I feel as if I have now settled into the Sydenham School community.  Everybody has been very friendly and welcoming and I am delighted to be here. The week has been as full as any other. Sara Williams, the Executive Director for Children & Young People, Lewisham Education, came to visit and went on a walkabout with me around the school. Sara was able to see first-hand how the £24 million provided by the Local Authority had been well spent on our state of the art facilities. The tour included a sighting of the rapidly emerging amphitheatre which is a wonderful feat of engineering.

We held our second Open Session on Wednesday and were very pleased to welcome hundreds of visitors as the sun shone down on the splendid school buildings. We will also be open for tours on Saturday 24th  September between 9.30am and 11.30am and we are looking forward to another vibrant two hours. It was Year 11 Parents’ Evening this week too and it was a real pleasure to be able to introduce myself to so many families who I know were very grateful to meet with staff and discuss the progress that their daughters are making.   I think that a record number of Revision Guides were sold by our student helpers during the night!

Families were also in school this week to celebrate the achievements of their daughters who successfully completed their Bronze Duke Of Edinburgh Award. Whilst exhausting - and sometimes very wet- the experience was also clearly both enjoyable and memorable. Well done to everyone. Well done too to the under 14 Netball team who played Sydenham High School this week. The final score was 15-3 and our girls were rightly proud that all of their hard work and training had paid off.  Thank you to Ms Molligoda for coaching the team so successfully , as well as for leading the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Finally, the safety of all of our students remains paramount and we met with Lewisham Council this week in order to discuss plans to make Dartmouth Road much safer for our students to navigate and cross safely. I will let you know more when the plans are finalised.

As always, I wish you a restful weekend.

Kind regards
Mrs Lowe


Rights Respecting

As a Rights Respecting school and member institution of London Citizens, Sydenham School has joined Lewisham Citizens in their campaign to find 10 homes in 10 weeks for Syrian refugees. Lewisham Citizens is part of the wider Citizens UK Movement, which a group of organisations across the country seeking to make change on issues its members care about. 

In the lead up to the General election, Lewisham Citizens went to Westminster to call for a doubling of the number of Syrian refugees to be resettled through the Vulnerable Persons Act. At the time the government had resettled just over 100 refugees. One of the reasons central government gave for not doing more, was that local councils were not coming forward with offers of help.

As a result, local groups from Citizens UK began to take action. Churches, schools, mosques and synagogues moved by the images of the horror in Syria and inspired by their belief in humanity, started to call for change.  Kingston borough were the first to commit, finding homes for 10 families. Taking their lead, a team of leaders from Lewisham went to meet Sir Steve Bullock just before Christmas to ask if Lewisham could help lead the way in South East London, Sir Steve Bullock agreed and asked Councillor Bonnavia to develop a Lewisham offer.    

On Wednesday 21 September, Lewisham Citizens held a Refugee Tea party and then entered the Council chambers where our ideas were presented to the Councillors.   We are happy to announce that there was a unanimous decision to support the resettlement of 10 families. Lewisham Citizens are now seeking to help the council find 10 homes in 10 weeks. The Church of England have already committed one property.

Amelia Enstone, Year 10, who attended not only the Refugee Tea party but also the Schools Refugee Summit in June stated; "After all these poor people have gone through, at the very least families should be provided with shelter and their children a good education".    Ms Virgo-Furrs Citizenship teacher states 'Sydenham School students are taught through the Citizenship and PSE curriculums to be global citizens who recognize that human rights are the entitlement of all human beings and must be respected. 

Ms Emmanuel Head of Key Stage 3, confirmed "We are committed to helping create a lasting change in our local, national and global communities, through supporting Lewisham Citizens and Lewisham Council with their promise to resettle Syrian refugees."


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award’s Evening

On Monday evening 28 year 11 pupils received their awards for completing the Bronze DofE. They worked extremely hard to get them by volunteering, doing a physical activity and learning a skill all for one hour a week for 3 or 6 months. Students also completed a 2 day and one-night expedition where they had to be completely self-sufficient. All the students who took part found different areas challenging but they worked as a team and managed to complete all 4 sections.



All 5 groups gave a short presentation on their experiences. It was very nice to hear their fond and some not so fond memories of their expeditions! We also welcomed Kathryn Cornell from the London branch of DofE come to present the awards.

This is a fantastic achievement and I hope these students choose to continue onto the Silver Award in year 12.


U14 Football Match Report


The Year 8 and 9 football team played their first game of the season away at Sydenham High School. Adrenaline was high and the girls were nervous as it was their first competition after being off for a long break. The whole team played really well, especially Ashana, who scored a hat-trick with the help from her team mates. The final score ended up being 3-1. Greta was a brilliant goal keeper and saved many goals and Briana even took a hit as she bumped heads with one girl from the other team. However, she got straight back up and carried on with the game. Well done girls, brilliant first game.

Left to right – Ashana 9D, Queenie 8H, Jodie 9S, Florence 9E, Valenteen 9S, Greta 9M, Matilda 8N, Nadia 9Y, Ruth 9Y, Chantelle 9D, Joni 9Y Bea 9Y


U14 Friendly Netball Match vs Sydenham High

Photo front row: Gaia, Chantelle, Lauryn and Boo. Back row: Esme, Florence, Alice and Queenie

On Thursday we played out first netball match of the year against Sydenham High at home. The team played fantastically well thanks to Esme’s and Lauryn’s coaching. After the first quarter of 8 minutes we were up four nil. We had a strong defence with Lauryn and Alice and accurate shooting from Esme and Keziah. In the second quarter we got up to 9-1. The girls were working at a team and communicating well.

After half time we changed some positions around and we had some good fast footwork from Chantelle and Queenie and the score went up to 11-2. After the whistle went on the last quarter the girls were ecstatic as it was the first time in years that we had won against Sydenham High at netball. The final score of 15-3. Fingers crossed for a good outcome at the LSSSA Netball Tournament next week.

Coverage of Year 11 Latin students Cambridge classics study visit last term  



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