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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 186




Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

This is the last SYD Newsletter of this term which has flown by so quickly ! I hope that you have managed to get a real sense of how vibrant life is here at Sydenham School as a result of this weekly school Newsletter. The Newsletter is a small window into what your daughters do at school each week and it is intended to give you a flavour of the many opportunities open to them. I am pleased to say that there is a strong culture of the students soaking up all that is on offer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff as they have been hard working and determined to ensure that the school is a happy place in which everyone can flourish. I would also like to thank you for your support of your children and taking an all- important interest in their achievements at school.

There was a celebratory Carol Service at St Bartholomew's Church on Wednesday evening at which the students performed well and sang heartily. Thank you very much to Ms Syers for organising this.Whilst I know that Christmas can be a busy time, I hope that you are able to reflect on the year past as well as be hopeful for all that is to come in 2017.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe



Young Engineers Programme


On Tuesday the 29th of November, our Year 8 Science class was visited by Nigel, an engineer from the Young Engineers Programme. During our lesson we learnt about the role of women in the world of engineering and we thought about how engineering could become a future career for us all. Our lesson was also full of interesting practicals.

I found the lesson incredibly intriguing because engineering was something I would never think of doing myself and now I can truly understand why it is such a big career choice. When I asked around I found that so many other students enjoyed our lesson and found it to be a great experience. It was an inspiring lesson and I hope we get to enjoy many more in the future.
Annabelle Stephens 8Y

PE Clubs  

Spring Term PE Clubs
We have some fantastic new clubs this term for your daughters to sign up to from cycling to Afro-beats, Cardio-Tennis to Hockey. Please remind your daughter that if she would like to take part in any of the clubs she can sign up for them from Friday breaktime (16th December). Some clubs have changed days and some are not running after the Christmas holiday. Please check the list carefully.

Kind Regards,
Fiona Molligoda

Subject Leader of PE


Year 8 and 9 Netball match against Hatcham School

Back Row: Florence, Esme, Alice, Gaia
Front Row: Queenie, Keziah, Chantelle

On Friday 9th December, Sydenham School played a netball match against Hatcham. The match was away at Hatcham School. There was a total of 7 players- two from year 8 and 5 of the year 9 netball team. The girls played 4 quarters of 10 minutes. Sydenham girls started off very strongly and were leading after the first quarter, 5-4. The team were more accurate and sharp with their passes making sure they were creating spaces and driving in for the ball. Hatcham caught up by half time making the score 8-8. It was a close game going into the third quarter, but the girls made sure they stayed focused and communicated well with each other. Sydenham kept the edge and the end result was 13-11. It was a great victory for Sydenham girls and they left school on Friday night planning what tactics they will use in their next game.

Well done girls for a great effort.

Year 7 Football match against Sydenham High School


The Year 7s had a fantastic game on Thursday afternoon 8th December 2016 against Sydenham High School. Even though Sydenham turned up with four players, we managed to resolve this and play a thrilling 6 a-side match with four quarters each lasting 7minutes. Sydenham School played on two separate teams. The first team that played had 7shots,5 of them being on target. Luckily in the second quarter, Aisha managed to score a smashing goal leaving them with a score of 1-0 at the end of the match. However, the orange team scored a total of four goals. The first was scored by Nina, two scored by Elodie and the last shot was taken by Mel. In total, Sydenham School won with an overall score of 5-0.

Written by Chantelle 9D


Well done girls: May, Claire, Chloe, Melissa, Cavell, Nina, Elodie, Aisha, Veronica, Kitty, Mya


On the 9th of December ,31 students in year 8 & 9 took part in a ‘Winter Sleep Out’ at St Bartholomew’s Church Hall in Sydenham. The sleep out was designed to allow us to think about and empathise with those people that sleep rough on our streets throughout the year.
Homelessness is often the result of a relationship breakdown and through a series of events,people end up on the street or in temporary accommodation. Lewisham is the 7th highest borough in the UK for homelessness and the 3rd in London behind Enfield and Newham.


The students did a wonderful job in raising awareness and donating money, food, sanitary products, clothing and toiletries to the charity. We had some fun along the way with an outdoor treasure hunt, charades, a mannequin challenge as well as a movie.
Thank you very much to all the girls for their wonderful donations and a special thank you to Ms Purton and Ms Henderson for volunteering their time on a Friday night at such a busy time of the year. Thank you too to Ms Cantrill for leading this excellent charity event.


Pineapple Dance Studios

Last Friday the Street Dance club had a Community Sharing Day at Pineapple Dance Studios. Every Friday, a dance choreographer from The Movement Factory comes in  to run our Street Dance club. This has been happening for the past 2 years and is funded through Sport England.

All term the club has been working on a piece for this day and the students were able to share what they had done so far with 6 other schools. The students were at the studios from 9am until 2pm where they had a dance masterclass, got time to rehearse their piece and then performed to the other schools. It was a jam packed day. Everyone made friends with other schools. They supported everyone’s performances and represented Sydenham really impressively. Well done!

We took students from year 7 to 9 and they all got along well. The Year 9s were excellent ambassadors, supporting the Year 7s, especially when travelling on public transport.


Back row (L to R): Cintia, Mo’Nique, Alana, Ameera, Joyce, Cassie (choreographer), Louise,  Alicia, Maryam, Tiah, Gesina, Megan and Chantel

Front row (L to R): Taejah, Tiana, Alice and Elizabeth

Year 8 Geography Sustainable Schools Project

This year in Geography we have been looking at weathering and erosion; we looked at examples of weathering around our school. As part of the topic we worked in groups to build a model of a sustainable school that we had designed. Our school had to include facilities for students and have sustainable features. Some of the sustainable features we included in our models were wind turbines, solar panels, a vegetable patch, a water tank and insulated walls.

Once the project was finished we walked around the classroom and looked at the great work on display. One member of the group stayed with the model to sell the sustainable features to the other students. We judged the other models and graded them on how sustainable they were.
Lalitha Connor, Leah Lokoschus-Heskey, Emmanuella Anoble 8H.


Bridge Walk

In the past the footbridge which connects Sydenham and Forest Hill at the bottom of Sydenham Park Road has been subject to much discussion concerning personal safety.  Neither the Council nor Transport for London have been proactive with regard to investing in adequate lighting.  Last year ,Sydenham School Council articulated their experiences of using the footbridge during the winter due to the lack of lighting and many said they did not use it because they felt unsafe.

As part of our status as a Rights Respecting and London Citizens school we decided to take action and campaign for better lighting in and around the footbridge.  On the 12th December Sydenham students and members of staff walked to the footbridge with lights to highlight our concerns to Councillor Best and request a meeting.  We received a response very quickly and will be meeting her next term.  Well done to our girls.


Hour of Code

Last week all Year 7 and 8 students joined millions of students in over 180 countries with an Hour of Code. The event was organised by, a public non-profit organization, based in the U.S. and dedicated to expanding participation in Computer Science by making it available in more schools and increasing participation by women and underepresented students of colour. Our students tried a range of activities on the hour of code website,, and they achieved certificates for learning to code with Angry Birds, Anna and Elsa, Monster High, Dragon Dash and Minecraft.


Use of Aerosol sprays

We have a number of students at Sydenham who suffer from asthma and allergies who can be very badly affected if they are in an area where an aerosol spray has been used. As a consequence, we do not allow students to use aerosol sprays in school. Please help us to ensure that students only bring roll on deodorants with them to use if necessary and do not carry body sprays or other sprays with them. If a student is found to have used an aerosol spray in school, it will be considered a disciplinary offence.

Thank you for your support in this matter.

Careers Taster Days and Summer Schools in London

See the links below to find out about some fantastic opportunities available to Sydenham pupils in 2017.

Year 10 and 11 Careers Days at University College London
Register to attend the Royal Society of Medicine’s popular Medical Careers Day – 13 February 2017 - which will offer guidance from experts on the application process for applying to study medicine, etc.  (£15 for school pupils)
2017 Medical Careers Day: So you want to be a doctor? (London)
Imperial College is offering Year 10, 11 and 12 summer schools.

Work Experience Launch

Tuesday 10th January 2017, 5.30 to 6.30pm, Main School Hall

Please could all Year 10 students and parents come to the Year 10 Work Experience Launch on Tuesday 10th January at 5.30pm.  This is a very important meeting to inform you about the process involved in arranging for all Year 10 pupils to go on work experience Monday 26th June to Friday 7th July 2017.  Paul Goddard, from the Lewisham Work Experience Team, is an expert in this field and will be able to answer any questions you may have.  We will also have year 11 pupils speaking about their placements last summer.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Fiona Taylor
Careers and Enterprise Coordinator


Science Primary School Visits

This half term, Sydenham School has had some little guests coming to expand their scientific knowledge. Year 5 students from Kelvin Grove and Kilmorie Primary School came to do experiments relating to their curriculum. They investigated the strength of plastic bags and spoke about how chemicals change state with the brilliant Ms Shrestha Kanu.

The students thoroughly enjoy their visit and were excited to visit again next term. It was really great for us to see the children so enthusiastic about science, getting suck in with the experiment, and applying their newly found knowledge.

Chiara Francis and Olga Olver (Year 12)



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