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|Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 197
Message from the Headteacher
At the Spring Concert last night, we were treated yet again, to a wonderful musical extravaganza. The atrocities in central London on Wednesday were both shocking and sobering. The Concert was the perfect antidote to what happened in Westminster. The students played and sang with grace and demonstrated their many talents. We were delighted to welcome Stillness Junior School who participated in the Concert too. I would like to thank Mr Dottridge and Ms Glass for their tremendous commitment in organising the Concert and in leading the evening so expertly. Concerts like these warm the heart and lift our spirits. I do hope that you were able to join us last night and that you enjoyed the Concert as much as well.
The Newsletter this week is testimony once again to all of the 'extra-curricular' activities that are open to students to 'soak up' week in and week out. The Science Week activities last week deserve a special mention and you will see from the images below that the students were thoroughly engaged in all of the activities that staff worked hard to put on.
The BBC School news Report is an annual opportunity for our budding reporters to develop their interviewing techniques as well as learn how to use recording material in order to put together 'the news'. I personally enjoyed being interviewed by Rosata and other students and I was asked some searching questions!
Our participation in Earth Hour was a symbolic but important gesture to our belief that small acts matter and that if we all do the right thing all of the time, then we can make a big difference.
I hope that as ever, you have a lovely and restful weekend ahead.
We celebrated STEM week at Sydenham School from 13th-17th March, to coincide with British Science Week. Throughout the week, pupils enjoyed a range of trips, workshops and extra activities.
Spectroscopy workshop for Year 12 Chemistry
STEM Week Chicks
Demonstrations, Masterclasses and Other Events
|BBC School Report|
On Thursday 16th March, a group of Year 9 students participated in the annual BBC School Report News Day. The students took to the challenging task well and managed to produce a short news bulletin in the course of a day. They concentrated on the issues of school funding, possible changes to immigration law and the impact this will have on our school community.
The students had a real eye for detail and collaborated well together. They handled the subjects sensitively and with real professionalism, interviewing a range of people and even ringing Government departments for their comment. At a time when everyone is talking about ‘Fake News’, it is reassuring to see some good, honest journalists at work! Our thanks go to Mr Kerr for organising and leading this day with the students.
A year ago, Sydenham School Library was very proud to announce that Year 11 student, Dielleza Brava, won the national award for Pupil Library Assistant of the Year. Dielleza was chosen for her years of dedication to being a trusted, reliable and enthusiastic Library volunteer. Although Dielleza has now moved onto college to study Childcare, she can still regularly be seen helping in the Library in her spare time, reinforcing her place as a positive role model for all of our Library users. We are very grateful to Dielleza for the generosity with which she gives up so much of her own spare time.
Highlights from The Student View
Year 9 Netball Match
On Monday the 20th of March our Year 9 Netball team played Bonus Pastor on the MUGA. It was a close game with Sydenham having the most possession of the ball throughout the game. After the 40th minute on the final whistle Sydenham managed victory with a score of 7 to 6. A big thank you goes to Hatice in Year 11 for honing in her officiating skills and refereeing the match. Well done to all of the girls that played. The improvement in their game play in this past year has gone from strength to strength. A great effort!
Year 7 A & B Netball Team vs Sydenham High School
On Monday the 20th March the Year 7 netball team played a friendly netball match against Sydenham High School. The A team played Sydenham High’s A team and our B team played their B team. Each team played half a game e.g. during one quarter the A team played and then during the next quarter the B team played. Both teams played 10 minute quarters.
A team: Charlotte C, Lily, Elodie, Vivienne, Imogen, Emmanuella, Lia, Tallulah, Jaida
Sky Sports Mentor Visit
On Friday 17th March Darius Knight came back to our school for the second Sky Sports Mentor Visit. This time he worked with 19 students in Year 9 and 10 who are working towards their Sports Leaders Award.
Sixth Form Student Ambassadors: Teaching the Headteachers
(Rashann, Jennifer, Dionne , Olga, Orla, Isobel, Ciara and Lydia)
After the session, Kate Bond wrote to thank our fabulous students and said ‘It was a brilliant session…A number of Headteachers spoke to me at the end of the morning and were full of praise for the students – they told me they were taking away some ideas about what they could do to further improve Student Voice and Student Leadership in their own schools.’
Careers in Writing – next Wednesday - 29 March - 16.00 till 17.00 in the Library
Come and meet four remarkable writers and hear their stories about working in the literary world.
Sydenham staff and students showed their support for the environment by turning off all non-essential lights at 10am today for an hour. Sydenham School Eco Society are helping to remind everyone in school about the importance of our planet. The Earth movement began in Australia in 2007 and last year millions of people across 178 countries joined in. By saving energy, even for just an hour, we can have an impact on the future of the planet and its resources.
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