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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 192



Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

I hope, like me, that you were able to attend the wonderful Sydenham School Dance Show that took place last night. It was a huge success. The Dancers were excellent and it goes without saying that the behaviour was impeccable. The students danced with an integrity and beauty which was moving. The audience was mesmerised by  the dancing which was also perfectly choreographed. The soundtrack was captivating and the lighting and sound were wonderful too. We really could have been in the West End watching a professional  dance show! I would like to say 'well done' to all of the students who took part and to applaud their enormous talent. It was very pleasing to see the older students supporting and inspiring the younger ones to become even more accomplished than they are already. Thank you too to the all of the adults who work tirelessly to make these events happen. The Dance Show was a culmination of many hours of practice, dedication and sheer hard work. Finally, I would like to thank Ms Barker who  was the guiding light behind the event and as ever, produced something that was excellent through and through. As families, I know how proud that you are of your children and that you support them willingly and endlessly to become the very best that they can be. This week we also enjoyed a 'Staff vs Student' Dodgeball Game. The Sports Hall was packed and the students cheered enthusiastically through the highly competitive but nevertheless enjoyable match.

I would like to wish you all a good and restful half term and we look forward to welcoming the students back to school on Monday 20th February.


The Student View: Year 10 Journalism Project


On Friday 3rd February 2017, 15 Year 10 students participated in a series of journalism sessions delivered by Solomon Elliott, CEO of the not-for-profit journalism organization 'The Student View'.  The students explored how news is disseminated and debated. The discussions included several 'hot topics' including the recent proliferation of  so called 'fake news'. 

They were trained in fact checking and interviewing skills and then set the students were set the task of writing their first article, a 'listicle' which is a news article structured through a list.  The students worked exceptionally hard throughout the day and were pleased and proud to see their finished articles. The articles have now been published at The Student View team will return throughout the year to work with Sydenham School on different articles, culminating in a showcase assembly to the whole year group. We look forward to seeing the next articles that the students produce.


Visit to London Metropolitan University


A practical workshop with a twist.

Year 12 and 13 A Level Drama and BTEC Performing Arts students took part in a Taster Day and theatre experience at London Metropolitan University to gain an insight into what studying at undergraduate level encompasses.

The practical Drama workshops took them on a journey of experimentation and discovery as they began to see how the BA in Drama and Theatre performance course was structured. The day also included insightful meetings with some student ambassadors. The workshop involved looking creatively at audience and actor engagement as well as immersive theatre practices and contemporary performance work.

The students then watched a professional piece of performance by an alumni group. The performance was inspired by real events relating to issues of gentrification and diversity in an inner city context. The work was thought provoking and made creative use of social media, verse and song to bring a thought-provoking topic to life.

“It made me re-consider my degree choices and see whether I can apply for this course.”
Jake Year 13

“I really enjoyed the workshop as it was really creative and dynamic.” Kyle year 12

“I found it really useful and now understand the different avenues my career can take.” Edyta


Peer Mediation

We have launched a 'Peer Mediation' scheme at Sydenham School. This involves 15 trained Year 11 students who will be on hand to support their peers in Years 7 and 8. A selected group of Year 10 students will soon be trained to take over in place of the existing Year 11 Peer Mediators as GCSE exams are fast approaching for Year 11s.

Peer mediation is a form of conflict resolution in which trained student leaders help their peers work together to resolve disputes. Participation in peer mediation is voluntary; the peer mediators address  low-level disputes and always refer to school staff if a situation becomes too complex for them to resolve. Student mediators do not make judgments or offer advice, and they have no power to force decisions upon their peers. Mediation is always sensitive to any underlying causes of conflict.

Which issues will be mediated?
•          Social media matters
•          Rumour and gossip
•          Name-calling
•          Friendship issues

Each time an issue is settled, a golden paper leaf signed by the students, will be added to the new tree mural in the Inclusion Centre as a record of the resolution.

Primary Schools Science Visit  

This half term, Ms Kanu has been organising and working with Year 5 students from Kelvin Grove and Kilmorie Primary Schools. I and many other students who study subjects in the Science department have been helping Ms Kanu work with these students, showing them how to carry out practicals, watching the younger students and guiding them along the way. This half term the students have been investigating reversible and irreversible reactions and they had the opportunity to carry out techniques such as filtration and evaporation. Much to the excitement of the students, they were also able to use the Bunsen Burners!

On top of doing a practical with them, Ms Kanu also introduced our excited visitors to substances such as iodine and dry ice to demonstrate sublimation. Working with Ms Kanu and the students has been a great experience and I look forward to continuing to do so next half term.


Tendai Mutunhire


Take Flight Academy

A chance for your daughter to work with some of London's top performers at our "West End" Easter Workshop! We are proud to announce our teachers: Tasha Sheridan from "School of Rock", Ruthie Stephens from "Guys and Dolls", Leanne Harwood from "Mamma Mia" and our Founder/Director, Stevie Tate-Bauer from "Wicked"! Places are booking now at the "Early Bird" rate of £195 for the week (20% discount for younger siblings). Offer ends Friday 17th February after which the standard rate of £220 will apply. Get in touch now to avoid disappointment: Don't Dream it! Be it! 💫🌟
E: T: 07736 469321 W:



The Pro Elite Organisation will be running netball sessions to encourage girls to take up sports by unlocking their inner potential. The netball sessions will be delivered by elite coaches, and the sessions are specially designed to motivate, inspire confidence by developing and improving the relevant skills that enable players to fully understand a discipline and encourage gain real game sense.

To book your place, please go online and  send an email to After receiving the registration form fill in and complete the necessary details.


These sessions are for girls of all levels who are interested in improving their netball skills and unlocking their potential under the guidance of top class coaches who have over 10 years of expertise in both playing and coaching at Regional level and all coaches have an DBS certificate. The sessions will be fun and inspiring, and will guide the girls to a high standard of play.


Sydenham School: Dartmouth Road, London SE26 4RD
City Heights E-Act Academy: 33 Abbots Park, London SW2 3PW

Starting Week commencing

January 16th, 23rd & 30th February 6th, 20th & 27th March 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

Book now for your space:     Tel: 07956462736


Lost Property

All lost property not claimed by Friday 3 March 2017, will be disposed of (with the exception of spectacles). Lost property is kept in the First Aid / Attendance Office on the first floor of the STEAM Building (P103). If your daughter has lost anything since starting in September, please ask her to come and check if it has been handed in before or after school, during break or lunch time.


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