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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 200


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

As we look forward to the forthcoming long weekend ,we also look back on a week that has been positive and purposeful. You will see from the Newsletter this week that our pupils have been able to benefit from a number of activities and experiences including a visit to one of London's premier Museums, the Horniman Museum. It can so often be the case that we go further afield to make the most of London and in so doing sometimes miss the wonderful facilities right here on our doorstep.

Whilst the weather gets warmer, although it has felt rather wintry at times during this week, so the venue for some of our summer PE activities changes. Please note that some lessons now take place at Ladywell Athletics Track and there are special arrangements that your daughter needs to follow if they have any of these lessons on their timetable.

A number of pupils have been involved  fundraising and charitable activities and this should be applauded. We are extremely grateful to the PTA for all of their hard work in raising funds for 'additional' items needed by the school. I would also like to say thank you to all of those families who have made the voluntary contribution of £30 per family towards the School Fund. This contribution helps to make it possible to do even more to widen the opportunities that we can offer our pupils. Please see the additional item below for more information.

I hope that you are able to enjoy the 'long weekend' with your family, and as ever hope that it is restful, in parts, too.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe


Jack Petchey Award



On Thursday 20th April, a number of Year 10 students took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge workshops. These sessions provided them with an active opportunity to develop and hone their public speaking skills. Precious Babatunde, an experienced and skilled public-speaking facilitator with the Jack Petchey Foundation worked alongside the students, offering them useful guidance, tips and strategies on key points, from coping with nerves and stage anxiety to the significance of body language and the pitch of their voices. The workshops culminated in a presentation from each student on a topic of their choice which allowed for some really passionate speeches. The performances were judged and four students, Daniella, Arbora, Treasure and Mariam, were chosen to take part in a judging panel on Wednesday 26th April. One of these final four will be chosen to represent Sydenham School at the Speak Out Finals which will be held on Thursday 11th May 2017 at Prendergast Ladywell School.

Well done to the following girls for being so enthusiastic on the day: Yasmine, Daisy, Ishbel, Ellen, Rennel, Lily, Temiloluwa, Mariaml, Cleo, Matdawna, Daniella, Aaliya, Alana, Shalini, Lulya, Sasha, Acacia, Christiana, Delaney, Erica, Safiyal, Aisha, Treasure, Arbora, India, Lucy, Isobel, Elakkiya, Eliza and Marvellous.

Horniman Museum Visit  

This term our 'Cultural Enrichment Excursion' was to our local gem: The Horniman Museum! Only one out of the 10 girls who went on the visit had been before so it was a real eye-opener for most, especially seeing The Walrus for the first time! They had activity packs to complete, which involved drawing their favourite objects from each gallery, as well as answering questions about the history of the Museum. We also took a trip outside in the beautiful grounds and visited the llamas, rabbits and sheep, followed by a trip to the outdoor music section where many of the girls suddenly became rock stars! it was both an educational and enjoyable visit-well done everyone!

When I asked them whether they had enjoyed their afternoon, here is what they said: Miliyon: " I loved seeing the animals and touching the sheeps' wool. It was sooooo soft!"; Maheley: "I loved all the musical instruments, inside and outside the gallery"; Alexandra Birse: "I'm going to take my mum here next weekend! She'll love it!"; Rania: "I love music so much, so seeing the harpsichord player performing live was fantastic!" My thanks and appreciation goes to all of the students who were once again excellent ambassadors for themselves and for the school.

Tina Kanetis

EAL Coordinator


Naples Trip Photo Competition

After some serious deliberation, the results of the much-contested Naples photo competition are in! We are proud to announce that the winners are:

In First Place - Unity for her in-depth photo analysis of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Villa Jovis. Below, you can see the impressively preserved remains of the citizens of Herculaneum.

In Second Place - Keisha for her capturing of the perfect 'Verity Moment' of an inscription we translated as a group at the entrance of Pompeii's amphitheatre.

In Third Place - Miah for the moving photo of Vesuvius from the Isle of Capri. It captures a certain ethereal quality one feels when walking in the shadows of the Romans.

Our runners up are equally deserving:
Rebecca for capturing a moment of students enjoying Pompeii.
Omnini for her stunning landscape of the clifftops of Capri and to
Holly for her breathtaking photo of Capri in springtime.
Students should collect their well-deserved prizes from GG38 this week!

Miss Fitzpatrick and Miss Higgins

PE Fundraising  

We have started fundraising this term in PE to raise funds to buy team kits for Netball, Football and Basketball. We would like to thank the PTA for starting our fundraising off and donating £200.
Last week and this week students have been running a mile in their PE lessons which they have been getting sponsorship for. So far we have raised over £350 and we are hoping to collect more by the end of next week. Also this week the Performing Arts Ambassadors and any students wishing to help out are starting the first of our staff car washes after school. This will be taking place every Thursday and costs a mere £5!

Recently we took team photos for all students who have been involved in the main sports we have competed in this year (Netball, Basketball, Football, Badminton, Indoor Athletics and Tag Rugby). Students will be able to buy these in the coming weeks; the proofs will be put up in one of the Physical Education notice boards. Please do look out for other upcoming events such as the Staff Rounders match and wet sponge event!


PE Classes at Ladywell Athletics Track

From Tuesday 2nd May Years 7 to 10 PE classes will be having their PE lessons at Ladywell Athletics Track. Your daughter should have already brought a letter home to you about this. This does not interfere with their normal school day and all lessons will still be taught within their usual PE time.

If your daughter has PE during lessons 1 and 2 then she must come to school in her PE kit and bring her school uniform with her. If she has PE during lessons 3 and 4 or 5 and 6 then she must get changed at break or lunchtime. When the bell goes students will meet their PE teacher at the front of the school to be registered and then taken on private buses to Ladywell.

This will run until Friday 16th June when their PE lessons will resume in school as normal.


Lewisham Book Quiz

On Tuesday, ten students from Year 7 & 8 were chosen to represent Sydenham School at the Lewisham Book Award. The event was held at Bonus Pastor Catholic College where students from seven different Lewisham schools worked collaboratively in mixed teams. The task was to present and sell their book to the ‘Dragons Den’ judges using a PowerPoint and verbal persuasion. 

To participate in the Award which was open to all KS3 students, the students had to read and review five books as well as attend monthly meetings to discuss and plan for the event. The chosen girls did not know until they arrived however, which book they would be asked to present. All they knew was that they would have 90 minutes to prepare with other students who they had never met before.

Everyone showed great teamwork and enthusiasm and for their efforts, 3 Sydenham girls, Lily 7E, Teagan 7H & Sophie 7D, along with students from Deptford Green & Prendergast Ladywell, were deservedly  placed 3rd.  The girls came away with medals and all participating students received book prizes.
The students also had the opportunity to meet and listen to a talk by Sarah Mussi, a multi-award winning author of children’s and YA fiction. It was an excellent day with a very pleasing outcome. Well done everyone!

Mrs. Joseph

Career News

Year 10 Employability Day - Thursday 11 May
Please see the letter sent to all Year 10 parents in March.

Ellie Brignell, from ER Events, came to speak to the Year 10 assembly this week about Employability Day.  This is a really exciting day when each student has a one to one interview with an employer.  Please do speak to your daughter about how she can best present herself in her interview. And do look at the website links in the Employability Letter so that she can feel well prepared and confident on the day.
Paul Goddard, from Lewisham Work Experience Team, spoke to the girls about the Lewisham Employer Database.  Each Year 10 student has a personal letter to log on to the database.  Each girl must select seven placements before 7 May 2017.  Please ask your daughter to show you her letter and support her in completing any preparatory work.

UCAS – South London Higher Education Exhibition – Wednesday 21 June 2017

Over 50 universities and higher education institutions will be at the University of Greenwich, Old Naval College, SE10 9LS.  Do put the date in your diary and go along between 09.30 and 15.30 if you are interested.


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