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|Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 195
Message from the Headteacher
I hope that your week has gone well. As promised in SYD last week, please find below a link to the many pictures that were taken on World Book Day. We have announced the winning entries to the students and will be rewarding those students with books of their choice. Well done to every one again and I hope that you too enjoy looking at the wonderful pictures of the day as much as we have.
It was very encouraging to meet with so many of you and your daughters this week at the Year 11 Parents' Evening. We are aware of how intense this period just before the summer exams is and hope that your daughter is managing to navigate her way through it successfully. We are beginning some 'Mindfulness' classes at school and hope that these will support students in alleviating any stress. Mrs Podmore and Mrs Robinson led a very helpful Parents' Forum this week with a focus on 'Adolescent Mental Health and Well Being'. Good mental health is important for all of us and thankfully it has become a national issue which is being focussed. Like all schools however, we are having to manage our financial resources in such a way that we are also able to meet any presenting need.
As ever, I hope that you have a relaxing weekend with your family.
Debate Mate Competition
On Monday 27th, we hosted the second round of the Urban Debate League here at Sydenham School where a group of other schools from the area came for over two hours of fiercely competitive debating.
Every match was a nerve- wracking but exciting experience and I was pleased that our preparation and training kept all of us calm. The opposing teams said afterwards that we were formidable! My team, Sydenham A, went up against Harris Girls' East Dulwich for the Overseas Aid debate. We debated with Harris Beckenham for the second round, winning both debates with great points. Sydenham B also did incredibly well, scoring highly and losing only one match by one point.
I'm very proud of our C and D teams who have started debating just this year.
We are all beyond thankful to Mrs Virgo-Furrs who keeps us motivated for every competition. The next steps for us now are to wait and see if we rank high enough to go to the regional finals and continuing to work hard to get even stronger.
Best wishes and good luck everyone!
|World Book Day 2017|
Last week the Library had a very busy week in celebration of World Book Day.
The KS3 group winners were Annika 7A, Grace 7A, Sarah 7A, Iris 7A, Imogen 7M, Ki’Marley 7A, Latifa 7E, Jonessa 7A & Ikram in 7A who dressed up as characters from the book ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
The KS4 individual winner was Greta in 9M who dressed up as a very amusing interpretation of Violet Beauregarde from the book ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’.
Click here to view the full gallery on our website http://www.sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk/learning-resources-centre
On Friday the 3rd March, the Year 7 Netball team and Year 8 Netball team played a friendly match against Bonus Pastor her at Sydenham School. Both teams played really hard throughout the match.
However, Bonus Pastor's defence was really good and they intercepted the ball on many occasions. One more goal was scored by Bonus Pastor, making the score 3:0. We know that we need to work on passing the ball in training and get ready for Kent netball in a couple of weeks time.
Well done girls!
The Year 8 Netball team also played against Bonus Pastor on Friday. There was alot of attacking play and more goals were scored. The first quarter was very entertaining as 4 goals were scored from both teams. Clearly accurate passing and communication was working well! The defence was very strong going into the second quarter as both teams didn’t manage to score any goals. After half time Bonus Pastor managed to score one goal, putting them in a lead 5:4. The girls were getting tired by this point. The last quarter was all to play for. However, Bonus Pastor steamed ahead and managed to win in the end by 9:6. Well done to everyone.
Well done girls!
U13 Kent Netball Tournament
There were 29 schools in the competition and we played against Bromley High School, Colfe’s School, Dartford Grammar School for Girls, Highworth Grammar School for Girls and King’s School Rochester. The team that went on to win the whole tournament was Highworth Grammer School for Girls.
Back Row (L to R): Tiverhe, Kendi, Queenie, Filmarta, Anabelle and Maya
|Tag Rugby Match vs Bonus Pastor|
On 28th February Sydenham Tag Rugby group played a friendly match against Bonus Pastor. This was our first Tag Rugby Match and so the students were a little nervous. The game started off well as Sydenham had a great defence technique and stopped Bonus Pastor many times. Sydenham managed to score 2 tries and were really excellent at looking for spaces to run into. However, Bonus Pastor managed to get past the defence and score a try. Sydenham did not expect this and therefore made sure they worked hard to ensure another try was not scored.
We were determined to win and upped our defence. We started intimidating the opposition by putting pressure on their attacking players waiting for them to make a mistake and drop the ball so they could pick it up quickly and run past to score a try. Near the end of the match the umpire swapped a Sydenham player with a Bonus Pastor player in the hope of teaching both teams more about defence and to help them teams tighten their defensive line. During this time, each team managed to score a try. The final score was 4-2 to Sydenham Girls.
Match Report written By Ronnie Reed
Well done girls!
Poverty is Sexist Campaign: The Student View Journalists Visit Westminster
On Wednesday 1st March Year 10 students Lulya Mengestab, Matdawna Jnphillip, Megan Moody and Christel Joseph attended a networking event with MPs and activists at Westminster. The event was organised by the advocacy and campaigning group ONE to raise awareness for their campaign 'Poverty is Sexist', which promotes girls’ education around the world.
The students heard speeches from MPs and activists and networked with ambassadors for ONE as well as questioned MPs about their commitment to girls’ education globally. It was an inspiring event and the students came away fired up with ideas for stories for our next journalism session. You can join the campaign at https://girlscount.one.org/.
Our 2017 chicks have begun to hatch! Year 7 classes will be working with them next week as part of our STEM week celebrations. Other events include a visit to Inspire Engineering at London Transport Museum, the IET Faraday Challenge, radiography workshops and various experiments and activities run by staff in science and DT.
1. Work Experience Placements – Year 10 (26 June to 07 July) and Year 12 (10 to 14 July)
2. RIBA Easter Workshops for Young People
Attendance and Punctuality
Well done to those large numbers of students who continue to have perfect or near perfect records of attendance. We are delighted that so many parents understand how important it is that students attend school every day and support their children by ensuring they are here learning.
We are pleased to say that Punctuality, at 99% across the school, is now near to our target of 100%. The late detentions introduced in November 2016 have had a positive impact in improving punctuality and will continue. We are aware that there are often traffic problems in South London and would suggest that students aim to arrive at school by 8.15 in the morning, then even if they do get caught in excessive traffic they are likely to still be on time. Again we thank you for your support in ensuring students get to tutor time on time and start the day in the most positive way.
Parking and Dropping Off
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