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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 181


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

I am pleased to be able to write to you in in order to share some of the many positive events that have taken place in the school recently. We were delighted to be able to welcome Kenneth Tharp to the school in order to give an inspirational speech to some of our students including those studying GCSE Dance. Kenneth was genuine, passionate and articulate about the impact that Dance has had on his life and the benefits that Dance can bring to the lives of others. It was a privilege to meet such an eminent person and I know that Kenneth will retain an interest in the school and the progress that it continues to make from now onwards. We recognise the power that meeting individuals like these can have on the hopes and aspirations of our students. We plan  for more speakers to come into school in order to share their wonderful  life experiences with the students. Having guest speakers in school also means that more students can benefit and be positively affected.  Our thanks go to Ms Morrison and Ms Barker for organising and facilitating this event. You will also see from another article below, that we have had some other visiting speakers into school, this time working with the whole of Year 11 and helping them to think carefully about their futures and plan accordingly.

I am sure that families will be encouraged to know that the whole school observed the national 2 minute silence that is marked every year on the 11th day of the 11th month on the 11th hour. This takes place in order to remember all those who have died in wars both past and present. This is a mark of respect for the dead and those wounded as a result of conflicts which often have many unintended consequences.

Finally, whilst most girls have very sensible outdoor winter garments , a small handful do not. Please can you make sure that your daughter comes to school warmly dressed and ready to manage what can sometimes be unwelcome weather. Thank you all very much ,and as ever, I wish you a good and restful weekend.

Best Wishes

Mrs Lowe


Kenneth Tharp visit


The students left feeling incredibly inspired after the hour talk about his own personal journey. Kenneth also touched on other social and world issues that the students found highly relevant. The students felt the best bits of his talk were the references to the greater understanding and skills that Dance can give you. These skills enrich your life outside of the studio, such as a greater awareness of the world and being able to be present in every moment. Mindfulness is a great technique to practice and helps us all to lead our lives more awarely.

We were honoured to be able to host Kenneth Tharp last week who came to speak to our Dance students at Sydenham School. Kenneth Tharp is a world-renowned dance artist and Chief Executive of The Place. Kenneth trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and his 25-year performing career included working with the Arc Dance Company.

He has worked extensively as a choreographer, teacher and director, as well as Lead Artist & Artistic Advisor for The Royal Ballet School’s Dance Partnership & Access Programme. Kenneth was also Assistant to the Head of Contemporary Dance at Millennium Dance 2000. With composer Simon Redfern, he co-founded Artyfartyarts, a multi-disciplinary arts group, and he is on the Board of Trustees at the Royal Opera House. In 2003, Kenneth was awarded an OBE for services to Dance.


LIFE SKILLS EVENT FOR MAXIMISING SUCCESS- 15th November 6-7:30 in the Main Hall for parents of Year 10 and 11 students.
"I now feel like I know how to revise so I can
get the best results in my GCSEs."

The Life Skills Company™ is passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people, helping them to be their best as well as achieve their full potential.

The Life Skills Company delivers highly effective, enjoyable and engaging group training.  They pride themselves on the fact that students leave their training with practical techniques that they can use immediately, to enhance their learning and  emotional intelligence.  

This event is aimed at parents in order to give you invaluable advice on how to support your daughter through their GCSE examinations. Please do contact Ms White (Head of Key Stage 4) with any queries about this event at or extension 436. We look forward to seeing you on 15th November.



Under 14 Kent Netball Tournament

Florence, Alice, Lauren, Esme’, Gaia, Chantalle, Lanette, Boo

On the 9th November the U14 Netball team played one of their hardest tournaments so far this year. The girls were enthusiastic and ready to play as we turned up to Rainham School for girls ready to play the U14 Kent Netball Tournament. The girls knew that they potentially had a tough day ahead of them.

The Team played a total of 7 games. They lost 3 games, drew 2 games and won 2 games. The other schools who they played against were Bromley High School, Colfe’s School, Kent College Canterbury, Knole Academy, St Laurence College, Tonbridge Grammar School and Townley Grammar School for Girls. The teamwork improved as the day went on and they ended up coming 4th in their group which represented real progress from last year. Well done girls.


On Thursday after school, the KS3 and KS4 badminton team had a friendly fixture against Sydenham High School in preparation for the LSSSA Tournament next week.
The girls had improved greatly from their first friendly fixture and showed real determination to do well.

The KS4 team consisted of 3 pairs and the KS3 team 4 pairs. They all played 3 doubles games and a singles game and then a mash up at the end for fun. The KS4 team won 4 of their 10 games and the KS3 team won 5 of their 10 games which again was a huge improvement from the last time. I would like to say thank you to Wayne (our badminton coach) for doing a great job in coaching and mentoring the girls so well.

Right to Left: Bea, Daisy, Aaliya, Jade, Mariam, Jill, Angela, Cheyenne, Amelie and Charlotte.


Duke of Edinburgh - Fantastic News!

We are pleased to announce that the school has managed to secure some extra funding and we are therefore able to offer 6 extra places on both the Year 9 and Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh awards.  The six students from each year group will be chosen randomly from those who had submitted a good application and they have been informed via their tutor.  We wish all the girls chosen every success in completing their award.

Families are encouraged to purchase tickets through ParentPay,they can also be purchased on the door.

A list of the tickets purchased on ParentPay will be held on the door on the evening of the concert. 

Entry for children aged 7 and under is free and the cost of a student ticket is £2.


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