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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 203


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

It is a real pleasure to be able to share with you some recent events that have taken place alongside our regular and rich offer of sporting/ extra curricular activities. Congratulations must go to Treasure and Daniella for competing so well in the Regional Finals of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Competition. This yearly extravaganza allows young people from every school in the Borough to showcase their ability to speak for up to 3 minutes on a topic of their choice. The themes this year were varied and included identity, respect and becoming a scientist. Both Daniella and Tresure chose engaging topics and both performed admirably.

It is not easy standing up in front of a large audience and performing with credibility . A fantastic number of dedicated followers of both Treasure and Daniella were in the audience and it was moving to see how ecstatic they were when Treasure was announced as the winner, against some stiff competition. All of the accolades should go to Treasure who was a deserving, inspiring and humble winner. Well done Treasure! Treasure will now go through to the next round in which we of course wish her all the very best. I am pleased to let you know too that Sydenham School will be hosting the Regional Finals on the school site next year. I would like to thank Ms Wilson in particular for her stewardship and support of the pupils throughout the process. It was much appreciated by all.

You will also see from the Newsletter that we recently held an 'Employability Day' which again was a real opportunity for pupils in Year 10 to find their voices, gain some practice at being interviewed by real employers and receive some quality feedback on how to shine in an interview situation. The skills needed- smiling, making good eye contact and speaking clearly to name but a few- are all important ones to develop in life. The pupils clearly benefitted from the day and I would like thank Ms Taylor, Ellie Brignall, Ms Sulyeman and Barclays for making this hugely beneficial event happen.

I hope as ever, that you have a lovely and restful weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe


Jack Petchey, Speak Out Challenge


Congratulations to Treasure Ebruke for her captivating performance at the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Regional Finals on Thursday 11th May. Her emotionally charged speech on Domestic Violence won Treasure the title of Regional Finalist 2017. Treasure was incredible; passionate, talented, energetic, powerful. She had the audience eating out of the palms of her hands and she has done herself and Sydenham proud. Well done indeed!

A huge well done to Daniella Robson too who also represented Sydenham on Thursday evening. Daniella worked tirelessly on her speech on identity and performed on the night with conviction and confidence. She is a credit to herself and Sydenham.

Thank you to all the staff, students, family and friends of Sydenham who turned out in support of our school and our speakers. Your energy and encouragement was truly appreciated. You certainly also made your voices heard too in support of Daniella and Treasure!
On to the next selection process,where we wish Treasure all the very best. (Link to Treasure’s performance)

Athletics Tournament at Crystal Palace  

On Thursday the 11th May 2017 Sydenham School had the opportunity to compete in the LSSSA Athletics tournament at Crystal Palace against 12 other schools in Lewisham. Pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 competed in this event. All of our pupils worked very hard to win their races/events and if they achieved their best time or distance they will possibly have the opportunity to then go onto the regional competition at Battersea. It was a great opportunity for the girls to compete in such a big event and practice for Sports Day. All of Sydenham competitors did well. Here are some results of the day’s events. Well done to all the girls that took part and keep on working hard to achieve even more.

Year 7
Imogon -  2nd in Javelin
Mellisa – 1st in 1500m

Year 8
Matilda – 2nd in 800m

Year 9
Florence – 1st in Shot putt
Macie – 1st in 100m

Tia – 1st in 200m, Rachel – 2nd in 300m

Tia, Rachel, Nia, Macie – 2nd in 4X100m Relay.

Year 9 Friendly Rounder's Match  

On the 16th of May our Year 9 Rounder's team made the trek up the hill to Sydenham High School in order to play a friendly game. It was an exciting game with us fielding first to ensure we knew how many runs we had to beat for our batting innings. We worked well at back stop and second base and there was some strong fielding out field.

Sydenham High School though were too good on the day; showing excellent team work and communication skills. In the end we lost 9 rounders' to 4. Well done to the following girls for participating in this 'friendly' event: Bea, Florence, Briannal, Joce, Greta, Valenteen, Shannon and Isabella.


Year 7 and 8 Athletics

On Monday 15th May, some of the Year 7 and 8 Athletics team went to Sydenham Highs Sports ground for a friendly Athletics tournament against Sydenham High School and Harris Academy Crystal Palace. Sydenham School have never played in a friendly Athletics tournament before and so the girls didn’t know what to expect. It was a fun evening where the girls got some excellent independent feedback and got to see different techniques being used in the different field events. The girls also got the chance to try multiple fielding events such as High Jump, Discus, Javelin, shot put and long jump.  As well as the fielding events, all pupils took part in a running event either 100m, 200m 800m and or relay. Well done everyone for your good participation and resilience.

Year 7
Jaida – 1st in Discus
Mellissa – 1st in 800m


Year 8
Hope – 1st in 100M
Abigail year 8 – 1st in 200m
Relay team – 3rd place


Track 3 Reports & Gold Standard Certificates

This week we have again been celebrating those pupils who achieved the Gold Standard across 4 key areas of school life – attendance, punctuality, achievement points and effort.

Students should by now have received their certificates and Gold Star badges, and parents should have received the Track 3 report by email. Note – if you haven’t received the report by email, and have checked your Junk Mail, please get in touch via as it may be that we do not have the correct email address for you.

In Track 3, we had the highest ever proportion of pupils achieving the Gold Standard, as well as record numbers of students achieving Gold in each of the four separate standards. As always, if your daughter didn’t quite make the Gold Standard this time around, it is important to look carefully at her report and identify what can be done to ensure the Gold Standard is achieved in Track 4.

Become a Microsoft Office Specialist for FREE – Wednesday 31st May 2017

During May half-term, we will be providing pupils (and teachers) with the opportunity to become a Microsoft Office Specialist in either Word 2016, PowerPoint 2016 or Excel 2016. The Microsoft Office Specialist qualification (or MOS for short) is an industry-recognised qualification that will look great on pupil applications for Sixth Form, university and the world of work beyond.

And that’s not all…as a Microsoft Showcase School, we are privileged to have received sponsorship from Microsoft-partner, Prodigy Learning, to provide prizes in the form of Amazon vouchers for the highest passing score on each of the 3 exams. Not to mention a collection of smaller prizes for every pupil who participates.

Unfortunately, the event is too late this year for pupils to qualify for the annual MOS competition, where pupils across the UK compete to win a place at the MOS World Championships, being held this year in Disneyland, California. But, this is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to experience the MOS Tests, and get prepared to take part in the competition next year, where we hope a potential national or world champion Office specialist may emerge from our midst!

The Sydenham School MOS TestFest will take place between 10 am and 2 pm on Wednesday 31st May 2017 in Room SL003. Places are limited, and pupils are urged to sign up to attend on the day by completing this form

Each test takes around 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

To help you get prepared, you can use the following:
1)     Sign in to using your school email address and password. Then use the Redeem Enrollment Code option to sign up to the following courses:
·        Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 - 7DWY9F5BL69YM8
·        Microsoft Word 2016 - 4259T36J6UDCU9
·        Microsoft Excel 2016 - VY8NBMR65CVE8U

2)     Download the practice test software from and once installed sign up for a GMetrix account. Then use the following access code to get to the practice tests: 01938-SYD-66128.

Note the practice tests contains help prompts which will not appear in the real tests, so you do need to be well-prepared!
3)     Ensure you have downloaded the Office 2016 applications for free by signing in with your school email address and password at

This will be the first of many opportunities to undertake the MOS tests at Sydenham School, so pupils who do not feel quite ready to try one this half term, can still get started and join us for other TestFests next academic year.

Did you know you can also use Microsoft Imagine Academy to access a wealth of online courses and resources on a variety of IT topics, including programming, Computer Game design, Database Design, Server Adminstration, Web Development and much more? We encourage anyone who has aspirations of a career in Computing and IT to utilise this fantastic resource, which is provided FREE for you.

Employability Day – Year 10 – Thursday 11 May 2017

Well done to all the Year 10 pupils who threw themselves with great enthusiasm into this year’s Employability Day.  The girls wore business attire and looked impressively smart.The day was dedicated to work related exercises and a team of 20 Barclays Bank staff led the sessions.  The highlight of the day, was the one to one employer interview. 

The girls performed impeccably and all the employers commented on how professional and polite they are.  Well done girls – this was really good preparation for the work experience fortnight which starts on 26 June.

Fiona Taylor, Careers and Enterprise Coordinator,


Welcome to PC Aaron Bawden

In assemblies next week pupils will be introduced to a new face at Sydenham School who will be joining us on Tuesdays from the end of June. PC Aaron Bawden has been based at Forest Hill School for a number of years and has long been our Community School Liaison Officer but in order to support him in getting to know our school and pupils better we have agreed that PC Bawden will be based at our site one day a week from now on.

PC Bawden will occasionally be leading information sessions for our pupils in assemblies or PSHE lessons and will be working closely with us to help ensure the safety of our pupils in the wider community and helping them to learn more about how to keep themselves safe. 


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