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|Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 178
Message from the Headteacher
It has been another wonderful week at Sydenham School. I am pleased to be able to write that our students are continuing to work hard and with great enthusiasm. They are also beginning to wrap up more warmly as the cold weather approaches. Please do make sure that you have purchased suitable outdoor wear for your child in the required school colours in good time before the real chill sets in.
This week, we were privileged to have been chosen from many other schools to host the world famous physicist, Professor Carlo Rovelli. On Monday, Professor Rovelli delivered two beautifully pitched lectures. His engagement with the students was superb and it was a pleasure to meet someone of such international renown who was nevertheless generous and humble. Professor Rovelli made us all think hard about the natural world and our relationship to it. This event and others such as the visit to the Guardian Newspaper by the A Level Media group towards the end of the week, reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring that all of our students are given wider opportunities to take part in activities that enrich the formal curriculum. The ‘Big Draw’ event that took place on Saturday 8th October was also very successful and enabled students from Sydenham School and local primaries to join together to express themselves through the medium of art. It was yet another really uplifting experience and thanks go again to the Performing Arts team here in school for arranging the event.
As ever, I wish you a restful weekend.
Monday 10th October witnessed the much-anticipated arrival of Professor Carlo Rovelli, theoretical physicist and, in recent years, author of two world-renowned books.
By Maja Zielinska, 11S
|Celebrating Ada Lovelace|
This week the Maths and Digital Technologies Faculty celebrated the work of Ada Lovelace. In Maths lessons the girls carried out activities and were awarded Ada stickers and in Code Club the girls learnt to programme a poem generator using resources from the UK Code Club website (see link below). The activities were aimed at raising the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the girls were encouraged to focus on Ada’s achievements, as well as the achievements of other women in technology.
Ada Lovelace was a pioneer, who first saw the potential of computers in the Industrial Revolution over 160 years ago. Her notes became one of the critical documents to inspire Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940s. With women making up only 17% of the technology workforce in Britain, we hope that Ada Lovelace and other women might inspire the next generation of women into careers in Technology.
Code Club Ada Poem Generator: https://codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/scratch/poetry-generator/PoetryGenerator%20-%20notes.html
Well done to the year 8 netball team.
The participating students were
Sports Leader Award
On Wednesday 12th October the 9 students who had been working towards their Sports Leaders Award used all the skills they had acquired over the last year to organise and run a King Ball Tournament for the year 8’s. This went very well with the sports leaders visiting tutor groups, putting on practice sessions, deciding how the competition would run, making certificates and going into assembly.
Below is a report from Yasmine Osbourne 10S
Overall, the event went well, we developed our leadership skills and we had a fun and rewarding time.
U16 Kent Netball Tournament
On Tuesday the U16 team travelled to Rainham Girls School in Kent to compete in the annual Kent Netball Tournament. There were 38 schools that competed and 4 groups. We played eight, 14 minute matches throughout the day and the students played fantastically well.
Left to right back row: Marvellous, Kiara, Christel, Iris, Haniah and Anna-May
Southbank Centre visit
On Tuesday, a group of year 10 students visited the Southbank Centre to see Caitlin Moran speak and read from her book “Moranifesto”
The visit was an inspiration, and helped our students to understand the idea that young women should realise that this is their moment to shine.
Click here to read a letter about our Parent Forum on Thursday 20th October
from 7-8.00PM. Please do come along and have your voice heard!
Health and wellbeing
Earlier in the week myself and the Headteacher met with a nutritionist from Chartwells who will be working with us during the year. We will be running a joint programme of events, for students and families focusing on diet and exercise. We will be extending the learning already taking place in various areas of the curriculum and bringing it together, working with each year group in turn to develop student’s knowledge and skills in making healthy choices for lunch, in understanding the relationship between diet and good health and promoting exercise as a vital part of everyone’s life. Good habits stay with us for life and can have such a big impact on our health and well- being. We want to support our students in both their understanding and in taking them up to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
We look forward to beginning this work over the next half term
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