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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 179


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

I do hope that this half term has been a particularly positive one, during which you and your daughter/son feel that all has gone well. I know that a large number of students have taken advantage of the many extra-curricular activities on offer and these clubs often support students in developing their confidence and social skills. I would like to thank all of the families who attended the first Parent Forum of this academic year on Thursday 20th October for taking the time to attend.  It was a very well attended event and one which underscored our belief that working in active  partnership with families is very important. The school was able to get some useful feedback from families and will use this feedback to strengthen our reporting and communication systems.

Earlier on this week every student was able to vote for the next Lewisham ‘Young Mayor’. A central team from Lewisham came to the school and sited 3 polling stations in several locations including the Library. The students behaved impeccably and were thoughtful in where they placed their cross in this secret ballot!  It was a real pleasure to see democracy in action and for there to be an in-school experience mirroring world events including the soon to be staged American Presidential Election between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump.

A reminder that the week beginning 24th October is half term. Please can you make sure that any necessary items of school uniform are correctly purchased during that week. The clocks go back one hour nationally on the 30th of October so when we return to school on Monday 31st October it will be becoming rather dark at the end of the school day. School starts at normal school time and all students should arrive to school in good time by 8.40am at the latest.

I wish you a restful half term.

Gloria Lowe



Parent Governor Elections

Following the expiry of the term of office of 3 Parent Governors, elections will take place shortly. 
Please click on the attached link which will direct you to the school website and the relevant information.

We very much hope that you feel interested enough either to put yourself or somebody else forward for nomination.




Young Mayor election 2016  

All students at Sydenham School took part in the election for the Young Mayor of Lewisham on Wednesday 19th October 2016. The Young Mayor provides a focus and a channel for young people’s views to be heard by decision makers. The Young Mayor is supported by young advisers and a Young Citizens' Panel and they have access to the full range of young people’s forums, networks and School Councils.

The Young Mayor is democratically elected every year through Lewisham’s schools and colleges. It is the longest established Young Mayor’s programme nationally and was started in 2004 by Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham.The Young Mayor informs and advises the current Mayor, on issues relating to young people and oversees a budget of at least £25,000.
Last year Sydenham School was extremely proud to see one of its Year 11 students, Hanna Dimtsu, become Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham.

This year, another Year 11 student, Gabby Mullings Ogunmefun, is running for the position of Young Mayor. We also have our first ever Year 10 student running, Angela Alagbe. The results will be announced on the evening on Thursday 20th October, and we would like to wish both Angela and Gabby the very best of luck.

The school would also like to commend the outstanding behaviour of all students while taking part in the election this year, well done everyone. A special mention goes to all students in Year 7 and Year 11, who had to use only one polling station instead of three because some electoral officers were delayed due to Lewisham traffic! The students showed excellent levels of cooperation and behaviour ensuring that the process went smoothly.

Well done!

Written by: Ms Marta Pacini


Under 12 Football  

On the 19th of October, the U12 football team had their first 11 a side friendly match away, against Bromley Hayes. Our team was excited to play but nervous at the same time as they have not played on a full size pitch before with full size goals! There were some good saves from our goal keepers, the second half of the match was much more tactical as the girls started to communicate better as a team and worked well with each other to get the ball up the pitch a bit more. Woman of the match goes to Imogen 7E who was phenomenal at defending, kicking the ball away from her own goal and closing down on players.

Whilst the end result was 3-0 to Bromley, the Sydenham team played very well for their first competetive football match. Well done everyone.

Elodie 7H, Melissa 7H, Veronica 7M, Kitty 7H, Angharad 7N, Tianna 7D, Cavell l 7M, Mya 7H, Maja 7Y, Amber 7H, Imogen 7E, Aisha 7M



Please come along for a pre-Christmas drink with the Sydenham PTA.  This is a great chance to meet up, talk together and have fun before the festive rush.  We are meeting at the Bricklayers Arms (opposite the school) from 7.30 pm on Friday 9th December. Everyone is welcome.




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