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|Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 198
Message from the Headteacher
I hope that you enjoy reading yet another bumper issue of the School Newsletter! It is wonderful to be able to share with you all of the activities and opportunities on offer in the school. Thank you for responding to the Survey Monkey questionnaire about the new school logo and motto. We will let you know the outcome of this. I am very clear that the consultation needs to be meaningful and that any new logo and motto need to reflect the shared values of Sydenham School community.
I would also like to let you know that there will be a new uniform that will begin to be phased in from September for the incoming Year 7 students only. This means that current students will not be affected and will continue to wear the uniform style that they began year 7 in. The reasoning behind the change is a belief that a smarter uniform will contribute to the general raising of standards across the school.
I hope that you have a lovely Easter break with your family and we look forward to welcoming the students back to school on Wednesday 19th April. please can you make sure that your daughter arrives to school in good time, ideally by 8.40am at the latest, in full school uniform and fully equipped to take part in their learning.
Lewisham Live Festival
Last night we took part in Live Bands which was part of the Lewisham Live festival and was hosted by Sydenham School. It was an inspirational experience to see other bands and musicians from across Lewisham. We particularly enjoyed the band 'Speed' and the singer Brodie McBride. The feedback from the music panel was helpful and we enjoyed meeting Gerard Johnson from the band St Etienne.
Lily and Georgia from 'Limbs'
Sydenham School enjoyed its Spring Concert on Thursday 23rd March. Well done to all of the performers and the technical team. The success of the concert reflected the commitment and hardwork from everyone involved - well done!
Click here for the Spring Concert Photo gallery: http://www.sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk/Event-Gallery
Latin Study Trip to the Bay of Naples 2017
Last week 24 Latin students spent 5 glorious days visiting the Bay of Naples. The trip was led by Miss Fitzpatrick with the help of Miss Higgins and Verity Walden from the University of Cambridge. Verity has now attended three trips with Sydenham and her talks and guidance on the Roman sites are fondly known by the students as ‘Verity moments’.
|Swing Band Perform at Lewisham Live|
Year 7 Netball - Sydenham Vs Prendergast Hilly fields
On Monday 27th March, the Year 7 A team played a friendly netball match against Prendergast Hillyfield’s. This was the last match of the netball season and the girls were buzzing after their win last week against Sydenham High. In the first quarter Prendergast scored the first goal only moments into the game and this made Sydenham girls realise that they needed to communicate as a team, as some players were playing in different positions, due to the fact that not all of the A team were present for this match. However, Sydenham come back and scored a goal bringing the score to 1:1. Going into the second quarter Sydenham took the lead as they scored very quickly. A few moments later and Sydenham scored again and again. Prendergast managed to score a goal. The score at half time was 5:2 to Sydenham. With a good lead the girls thought they had the game in the bag.
However, the coaches gave them feedback on things they still needed to work on during the second half of the match to keep the girls focused. In the third quarter Sydenham took an even bigger lead as they managed to score a total of 9 goals to 2. Their defence was really impressive and every time Prendergast tried to shoot, the defence made sure they intercepted their passes and got the ball back down the other end of the court. In the last quarter the girls were determined to finish the season with a win. One shot after another Sydenham managed to score another 2 goals, bringing the final score to 11:2. this was a fantastic result from the Year 7 Netball team and a great way to end the season.
Match Report written by Emmanuella.
Jaida, Emmanuella, Lilly, Imogen, Lia, Vivienne, Tallulah
Well done girls great end to the Netball season!
LSSSA Trampolining Competition
This Tuesday Sydenham School hosted the annual trampolining competition for Lewisham. 5 other schools entered the competition; Prendergast Hillyfields, Prendergast Ladywell, Bonus Pastor, Sydenham High and Knights Academy.
The format for the competition was that each student had to complete 2 ten bounce routines. One was a set routine which they all had to perform and the other was their voluntary routine which they made up themselves. All the students got judged in two categories; difficulty and execution and then were given an overall score together with their 3 other team mates to produce a winning school for each key stage.
Our players had only had a few practices before the competition and most had never performed in a trampolining competition before. They found it very nerve racking but still got on the trampoline and performed well. Well done to Geraldine for receiving the sporting spirit award for determination.
Primary Science at Sydenham School
On March 27th 2017 Year 5 students from Kelvin Grove came to Sydenham School to learn about Insulation. They carried out an experiment to test which materials were the best thermal insulators.
We all really enjoyed the session as we learnt more about insulation and thermal conductors. We also really liked helping the younger students and seeing new faces and of course the experiment was really fun!
Julia Westrup / Dija Vasiliauskaite 7H
Faraday Challenge Correction
Apologies for the incorrect reporting of the Faraday Challenge winning team names. The winning team were actually Michelle, Ummu , Chloe , Florrie , Hadil and Gracie.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Support for Parents
Do you want to understand more about the causes and ways of managing Self Harm?
Free E-Safety Learning for Parents and Carers
Parking in Suncroft Place
A number of parents are parking up in Suncroft Place opposite the school while waiting for students at the end of the day. Please be aware that Suncroft Place is a Private Road and there are clear signs that prohibit parking or waiting in that area. Residents have made a number of complaints about parent’s cars blocking access so please ensure that you do not park or wait in that area. If you are waiting to collect your daughter at the end of the day we would suggest parking in one of the nearby roads where parking restrictions do not apply.
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