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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 182


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

Another week has gone by in what feels like a quickly disappearing term! There has been a huge amount of sporting success this week and I am proud of the great teamwork that has gone into making this happen. I know too that Ms Molligoda is really delighted with how well the various teams are doing and the great strides they are taking in improving their technique. I would like to say a big thank you to Ms Molligoda and the PE Department for continuing to work so diligently with the students and to believe in them unfailingly.

Students have also benefitted from going out to visit places in this great capital city of ours that they may otherwise not have had the opportunity to do. These are world class venues that people travel to from across the world. The impact of these activities in terms of student engagement and confidence are not always easy to calculate but I do know that our girls enjoy learning beyond the formal curriculum and value these experiences.

I continue to meet with families as a regular part of my week in school. They are always useful meetings and I really value the feedback that I am receiving. Families are extremely positive about the school and are grateful for all that staff do to continue to make the school a lovely place to be. I am aware that there is still much to be achieved and we are by no means complacent. I know that with time and through working in partnership together Sydenham will become the world class school that we aspire to be.

As ever, I wish you a restful and enjoyable weekend together.

Best Wishes
Mrs Lowe


Visit to Pineapple Studios


Students from The New Vision Dance Company attended a workshop at the prestigious Pineapple Studios this week in Covent Garden. Students were taught repertoire from one of the most popular and technically demanding favourite West End and Broadway shows, Wicked. The workshop was led by an ex member of the cast of Wicked who had also recently been in Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Foot Loose and many more productions. The students had great fun learning a routine from the ‘Emerald City’ section of the musical. All students got a real buzz from training like a professional performer for the day alongside other professional dancers in this wonderful professional space.

Miss Barker

Going to the Pineapple studios was a fantastic experience for me. I love dance and drama. To have somebody from the cast of ‘Wicked’ teach us a scene from the musical was really special. I hope we do something like this again because it was so much fun and I really enjoyed it. Getting the chance to see Pineapple studios was a pleasure. I would personally rate my experience as 10 out of 10. Thank you to all the teachers for taking us!

By Keziah 8E


On Tuesday evening our year 10 and 11 Basketball team played in the LSSSA Basketball Tournament which was hosted by Prendergast Ladywell School.

The girls played very well and generally have shown a marked improvement from the start of the term. Their accuracy when shooting has improved as well as their ability to intercept the ball. Unfortunately, due to many schools not doing girls basketball or regrettably pulling out of the competition we only played PLS but that didn’t deter or girls from giving 100% and their very best.
I am delighted to say that we won the match 28-10 which now means we are through to the next round in the London Youth Games where we will be representing the whole borough of Lewisham. Well done girls!

Back Row: Gabby, Jill, Marvellous, Rhiana and Zainab
Front Row: Coach-Jermaine, Iris, Mariam and Yasmine


EAL Students visit The Tate Modern!

On Tuesday 8th November nine of our very hard-working EAL students got on the train to London Bridge, where, before walking through Borough Market, they took in the breath-taking sight of The Shard-one of the tallest buildings in the world-, marched past Southwark Cathedral, stopping to enjoy the views of the Thames, as well as learnt about Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Millenium Bridge, leading to St Paul's Cathedral, before finally arriving at The Tate Modern Art Gallery!

Here they were tasked with the challenge of finding 26 words from all the letters of the alphabet that are in some way related to a piece of art they had seen in the gallery. Although they had only one hour,they ALL succeeded! The students worked beautifully in small teams and were very good at time-keeping, excellent at navigating their way around such a huge building and were all very polite and respectful throughout the whole visit. It was a real pleasure to accompany such wonderful students!

Here is what a few of them said about the excursion:
Sofia 7S: "We saw so many fantastic pieces of art. It was fabulous!"
Anna 8A: "The visit was a great experience for me. I really appreciate being able to explore another part of London and make new friends"
Nolia 7S: "Today was hard work but FUN!"
Rania 7D: "The thing I liked the most was finding new words"
Tihana 9M: "I learnt alot about different artists, where they come from and which languages they speak. I had different opinions about all of the paintings!"

Year 7 Netball Vs Hatcham  

The year 7 netball team played a friendly match at home against Hatcham on Friday the 11th November. Even though the game was a friendly, the girls took it very seriously and worked hard to perform even better than their previous game. The team played 7 minute quarters. Everyone had a chance to play at least half of the match. The girls were winning going into the 2nd quarter and 3rd quarter with 3 goals to 0, but Hatcham brought it back in the last quarter scoring 3 goals. Nevertheless, in the end, Sydenham girls ended up winning 5-3. A great result- well done to everyone on the victorious team.

Back Row: Brianna, Lauren, Luca, Emmanuella, Charlotte, Charlotte
Front Row: Heide, Imogen, Lily and Nerissa


Friendly Football match vs Bromley Hayes

On Wednesday 16th November the U14 football team played a friendly away match against Bromley Hayes. They played on a full size pitch with 11 a side. Sydenham girls are not used to playing on a pitch this big and so it was quite hard for the girls to adapt too. However, they all persevered and tried hard in the match. The girls have also not trained together as a team before. Nonetheless they worked really well at trying to kick the ball out and away from their goal. This match has helped the U14 team notice what they need to work on to improve for the next game.

Well done again!
Chantell, Nadia, Queenie, Florence, Tyanna, Bea, Briana, Ruth, Elodie, Aisha, Joni, Maeva, Tamsin, Maya, Jodie.


LSSSA Badminton KS3 Tournament

On Thursday evening Sydenham School hosted a KS3 Badminton Tournament. We had four schools enter (Sydenham School, Sydenham High, Prendergast Ladywell and Bonus Pastor). The format for the games followed the badminton rules of the singles games being played by the number 1 and 2 ranked players and the doubles games being played by players 1 & 3, 2 & 4 and 3 & 4. The results for the tournament were:

Bonus Pastor


Prendergast Ladywell


Sydenham High


Sydenham School


Our team consisted of 4 year 9 students who are all studying GCSE PE so it was a good way for them to get some competitive practice and some constructive feedback on areas to improve on for their assessment later on in the year.
Within the LSSSA competitions we are also awarded certificates for the sporting spirit awards. These are determination, honesty, respect, self-belief, passion and team work.
Well done to Bea for winning the determination certificate and Briana for winning the team work certificate.


Track One Reports now available

This week we have published our first reports of the year on Sydenham Learning Gateway, which you can access by going to and logging in with your username and password. See our troubleshooting guide on if you have any problems logging in to SLG, or contact us at

We are also intending to push a copy of these reports out to you by email, so please ensure we have the correct email address for you. Note that we are not intending to print copies of these reports, unless this is requested. There is a copy of the letter that you should have received about this through tutor post at This will allow us to save paper, cut costs and reduce our carbon footprint.

There have been some significant changes to the design of the reports, and we have included a useful guide to what the reports mean on the last page of the report for your reference, and further guidance is available on

Students will also be receiving their Gold Standard certificates and badges during assemblies next week, and whatever the outcome, we would encourage you to discuss the report with your daughter and help them to consider next steps.

Year 11 Exams Timetable

Earlier this week, we published our December Exams Timetable for Year 11 students, which provides them with an opportunity to sit a range of papers similar to what they will encounter in their real exams in May/ June 2017. Students have known about the dates of the exam window for quite some time, but they now know exactly when each exam will take place, and can use this to structure their revision program over the coming weeks.

You can view a copy of the exams timetable via We wish students every success in these exams, but more importantly we hope that they find the exams themselves and the feedback that follows to be a useful learning activity.

PE Clubs during the exam period

Due to the Year 11 exams taking place in the Sports Hall during the penultimate fortnight of this term, we have had to make a number of changes to our PE clubs programme. A revised programme can be found at:



"I now feel like I know how to revise so I can get the best results in my GCSEs."
The Life Skills Company™

Steve and Meg from Life Skills spent some time at Sydenham this week delivering a series of highly effective, enjoyable and engaging training to both students and their parents to help the girls get ready for their impending mock examinations. Attendees left the training armed with a range of practical techniques that they could use immediately to enhance their own learning and revision skills.

Parents commented that they found the session really valuable and full of useful tips and information. Another felt comforted to have a session where they were able to hear other parents’ experiences and advice. The students too really engaged and have been talking about their revision tips since! One student said that she thought the session was “inspirational.”

Our visitors to the school commented on what a lovely and engaged Year 11 we have and are looking forward to running the next session for more students in February following the mocks.




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