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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 188


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

Another busy week has gone by at Sydenham School. Earlier on this week we were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, into the school. Sir Steve was taken on a tour by me and Joanne Smith, the school’s Director of Operations, who has played a central role in the rebuilding of the school site between 2014 and 2016 . We were able to thank Sir Steve for the considerable sum allocated to Sydenham in order to rebuild the school site completely as well as provide for a unique external amphitheatre space and landscaped areas. Sir Steve also met some students who told him about their positive experiences at Sydenham school and the many extracurricular activities that they are involved in.

They spoke with Sir Steve about our campaign to get better lighting and some CCTV for the footbridge over the railway line midway between Forest Hill and Sydenham Stations. We hope that Sir Steve will be able to lend an active hand to our campaign. The Year 8 Parents’ Meeting which also took place this week was well attended and families were able to meet with staff in order to discuss the progress of their daughters. I am aware that whilst these events allow families to meet with staff, the booking system and numbers of families wanting to speak with every teacher does not always work. As a result of this, I am discussing with staff how we can make the systems better in order to work for all.

I hope , as ever, that you are able to have a restful and enjoyable weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe




We would like to thank all of our families for your ongoing support with uniform.

It is very much part of our ethos that students have the highest of standards in everything that they do and that we are fair and consistent in our application of school rules.  Of course, we cannot achieve this without your vigilance at home. A link to the school uniform and equipment policy on our website can be found here for your reference. We would like to remind you that school shoes should be black and polishable. Students are allowed one small stud earring in each of the lower eralobes. No other jewellery is allowed. Nails should be short in length and only clear nail varnish is permitted.Finally, please can you make sure that you daughter is wrapped up well against the elements and that any accessories ie. gloves, scarves and hats are black in colour. We ant our students to 'dress for success', both in school and in preparation for their working lives beyond school.

Big Red Box  

In the run-up to Christmas, each Year 7 tutor group was given a Big Red Box to fill. These are the initiative of Kings Church Catford, who work with Social Care and local charities to donate the boxes to families in need over the Christmas period. Year 7 filled 8 boxes with food in total - an fantastic effort! Many thanks to all those students - and their families - who generously donated. Three of the tutor groups that were involved in this charity work are pictured here. Well done to everyone!

Adisa the Verbalizer  

Just before the end of the Autumn term, students from Years 7 and year 8 were treated to an exciting poetry performance by Adisa the Verbalizer. Adisa gave control of the show to the students, allowing them to ask him questions on any topic, which were built into the following poem that he performed.

The students asked insightful questions about poetry, politics, life, death and beyond and these resulted in  in evocative, powerful and often humorous performances. Students were able to see the poetic techniques they had been studying during the previous term put into practice and in an exciting way. Thank you Adisa for such a captivating show!


Work Experience Launch Year 10

Many thanks to those families and students who attended the meeting.The attendance was excellent and the speakers were informative and engaging. If you work for an employer who may be able to offer our students work experience, please do contact the school.  We have Year 10 students and Year 12 students looking for placements in June and July of this year.  If you have any queries or can support in any way please contact Fiona Taylor, Careers and Enterprise Coordinator, or 020 8699 6731 x 442. I look forwrad to hearing from you.

Ravensbourne College Open Days

This world leading college is located next to the O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula.  It offers fantastic opportunities in TV; film; animation; interior design; architecture and many more subjects.

There are Open Days throughout the Spring Term - starting TOMORROW - Saturday 14 January 2017.

For our Year 12 students

1.       See London University taster events:

2.       This one at University College London looks like a wonderful opportunity:
Summer Challenge is a programme of subject specific courses for Year 12 students attending schools in or near London, whose parents have not been to university, and who are academically high achieving.



There will be a Parent Teacher Association (PTA)  meeting on Tuesday 17th January between 6.30pm-7.30pm in SL002. All Parents/Carers are welcome to attend.




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