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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 184


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

It has been a particularly busy week in school. On Monday we welcomed 7 Headteachers and other colleagues into Sydenham School. The day was led by Professor Deborah Eyre who delivered the keynote speech to staff at the beginning of this academic year on how to become a ‘world class’ school.(See picture below). Our visitors toured the school and went to a number of lessons where students were actively engaged in some of the key concepts related to High Performance Learning (HPL ) such as analysing, self-regulation and 'big picture' thinking. Everyone was very impressed with the learning and teaching in the school and felt that the students were great ambassadors for the school.

Our Winter Concert took place on Wednesday of this week. The audience of over 400 was treated to an extravaganza of music that was movingly played by the students. It was a real delight to see the older students guiding the younger ones and the older students clearly acting as role models in supporting emerging talent ! I would like to thank all of the staff involved in making this event such a success. The PTA also worked very hard and provided some delicious refreshments on the night. I would like to thank them for their sterling work and on- going excellent support of the school. Please do think seriously about offering some of your time and skills and joining the PTA who always welcome additional members.

The Year 8 Parents’ Information Evening allowed families to gain a better understanding of the new assessment  methods that the school is using, as well as to hear more about the Options process which will begin in the Spring term. Thank you to all of the families who attended these 2 events, as well as the Year 13 Parents’ Evening on Thursday night. It is very important that the school continues to work in partnership with you in the best interests of your daughters and sons.

Finally, our 2 Christmas trees arrived earlier this week and have been decorated very nicely. We would like to thank The Christmas Forest for their generous donation of these trees.

As ever, I hope that you have a good and restful weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe

From Left to Right, Mr Jeremy Reynolds, Professor Deborah Eyre & Mrs Gloria Lowe Headteacher.


Winter Concert


The freezing cold weather did not dampen spirits for the Sydenham Winter Concert which took place on Wednesday 30th November in the Main School Hall.  Students performed in a diverse range of ensembles and across a number of different musical styles to showcase their work since the beginning of the Autumn term.   Some highlights included a fantastic clarinet solo from Kirsty Miles, a performance of an original GCSE Music composition from Nell Amos and a rousing rendition of 'Jingle Bell Rock' by one of our Year 8 bands, Blue Lava.  The Mayflower Cup which is a prize given for contribution to the musical life of the school went to Nina Hicks for her continued participation and commitment to the music department.

The concert was very well-attended. Many thanks to all staff and students involved.  The next whole school musical event taking place, is the Christmas Carol Service which will be held from 6-7pm on Wednesday 14th December at St Bartholomew's Church in Sydenham.Everyone is welcome.

Alex Dottridge
Music Subject Leader


LSSSA KS4 Badminton Tournament


On Thursday this week, we hosted the second of our two badminton tournaments for the Lewisham Secondary Schools Sports Association. On this occasion, it was time for our Year 10 team to show their talent.

It was a closely fought tournament with all the schools being of a similar ability. There were some great rallies and our girls really improved their skills and teamwork throughout the matches.
Jill received the sporting spirit award for passion and Aaliya for team work. I also want to say a big thank you to Marvellous and Christel for umpiring the matches and giving up their free time.

The results were:

Well done to Prendergast Ladywell who will be going on to represent Lewisham in the next round of the London Youth Games.

Right to left: Christel (Umpire), Jade, Aaliya, Jill, Mariam and Marvellous (Umpire).


Year 7 Football vs Bonus Pastor

On Tuesday after school we played a friendly 7 a-side football fixture against Bonus Pastor School on our (Multi Use Games Area) MUGA. Our football coaches, Mr Kerr and Mr Steger were there to coach and referee the game. The girls played a good game, moving into space with speed. We know that there is still a need to improve on communication and team work.

Despite this, the final score was 7-2 to Sydenham with Imogen, Amber, Isha, Angharad and Elodie all scoring goals. Elodie was the team captain and did a really good job keeping the team focused. Imogen was awarded player of the match for her perseverance, goal scoring and good control of the ball.

Well done to: (Back row L to R) Amber, Mya, Imogen, Angharad, Kitty, Elodie, (front row L to R) veronica, Cavell and Aisha.

Year 8 Netball vs Trinity School  

On Monday we played a friendly netball game away at Trinity School. It was a very cold evening and the game was played outside with light fading from around 4.15pm. The girls played very well and really pushed themselves to keep going, even though they couldn’t feel their fingers and toes!

During the first quarter the girls needed to communicatel with each other more consistently. The score at this point was 4-1 to Trinity. In the second quarter the team's passing improved, along with their communication, and the score was 8-3 to Trinity. In the third quarter we started to lose our focus and accuracy of passing as well as our shooting accuracy.The score was 10-5 to Trinity. In the last quarter the girls improved with their communication again, really calling for the ball and running into spaces but unfortunately, it was not enough to bring back the game with the final score being 13-7 to Trinity.

Well done to (back row L to R) Sola, Layla, Martha and Anneablle (front row L to R) Queenie, Keziah and Imogen for working hard and developing their team spirit.


Death or Ice Cream

Forest Hill Library, this Saturday 3rd December at 1pm.

Join award-winning author & performer Gareth P Jones for a generous helping of music and macabre story telling, sprinkled with laughter and nonsense in Forest Hill Library.

Ice cream aficionados, Sugar Mountain will be on hand to supply the ice cream.

Free Event for ages 7+
Contact: for more information


Year 12 Visit to Stratford and the Olympic park

On Monday 28th November,Year 12 Geographers visited Stratford to look at the rebranding of the area. The focus was on regeneration and the legacy created by the 2012 London Olympic Games. The fieldwork investigation involved comparing service provision and environmental quality between Stratford shopping centre and Westfield. We also went around the Olympic park to investigate the legacy created and the sustainability of the 2012 games.

'This visit was fun; the weather was good so we were able to walk around the Olympic Park without getting rained on. It was interesting to hear what people had to say about the rebranding of the area and then forming our own opinions with the help of the data we collected.' Isobel Kirby & Olga Olver

'Visiting the Olympic park helped to put my knowledge about regeneration into perspective in terms of an actual case study. This helped me to gain a clearer understanding of how a place can be affected by the legacy of an event.' Lydia Swift

'It was a very informative day.Speaking to people was awkward but they were friendly when answering our questions. We collected lots of data walking around the shopping centres and the Olympic Park'. Tahira Amos


Year 11 Mock Exam Breakfasts

Study Support Breakfasts will be taking place on the following dates to help support students prepare for their mock exams.

Wednesday 7th December
Tuesday 13th December
Wednesday 14th December
Thursday 15th December

The breakfasts will begin at 8am in the Main School Hall on those mornings and Faculty staff will be supporting students in preparation for their exams. Food will be provided. Attendance to these breakfasts is essential for all Year 11 students.


PTA Christmas Drinks, 7.30pm on Friday 9th December at the Bricklayers Arms (opposite the School).


Christmas Dinner

The student's Christmas Dinner will be on Thursday 15th December. It will be a thoroughly festive meal with a traditional Christmas dinner of roast turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, a selection of vegetables. There will also be a vegetarian option.

Carol Concert

All staff, Sydenham students and their families are welcome to attend the Sydenham School Christmas Carol Service at St Bartholomew's Church,Westwood Hill,14th December, 6-7pm, featuring dance/music performances from Sydenham students.


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