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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 206


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

I am pleased to be able to write to you again, at the end of a full and productive week during which the weather has been bright and lovely. Of course, we are aware that some students suffer from hay fever too, so please can you ensure that your son/daughter has taken the requisite medicine before coming into school so that they are fully prepared for the day ahead.

Our annual Sports Day is on Friday 23rd June and the school community is looking forward to cheering each other on and witnessing the wealth of talent that exists in the school. There will no doubt be many encouraging noises throughout the day from the excited crowd!

Again, please can you ensure that you have provided ample amounts of sun cream, water and a hat for shade. A letter from the PE department is available in order to help you support the students in planning fully for the day at this link:

As ever, I do hope that you have an enjoyable and restful weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe


Principal Visits Sydenham School

We were delighted to welcome Indu Kaul, founding Principal of DPS School in Punjab, India.  Ms Kaul’s school is in Jalabad and is one of a group of more than 200 schools under the aegis of DPS World Foundation. The aim of the school is to provide ‘an evolved learning environment in which student development extends beyond the classroom and cultivates a go-getter attitude’.

Ms Kaul met with Mrs Lowe and Ms Morrison to share their respective educational  visions and ideas about education.  Ms Morrison then took Ms Kaul on a tour of our school.  Ms Kaul was interested in our work on being a ‘Rights Respecting School’. We were in turn  fascinated to learn about the key issues that Ms Kaul faces in her drive to ensure the best outcomes for her students.  Many issues were the same and some were very different.  We don’t, for example, have shops who create and sell project based homework to students!

We are planning to continue our link with Ms Kaul’s school, with an opportunity for students to find out about each other’s experience and environment through Skype conversations.


We are being entered for a national Landscape Award

We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with MacFarlane Associates, our Landscape Architects, who are submitting an entry to the Landscape Institute Awards. The Landscape Institute Awards are presented to landscape professionals in recognition of their outstanding work and seek to encourage excellence. Every year, the Landscape Institute awards those working on the most innovative projects that have shaped, restored and protected the natural and built environment. The awards celebrate the work of  landscape professionals including landscape architects, designers, managers, planners and researchers.

We are really pleased to let you know that our external grounds are considered to be in this category. The award we are being entered for is for the 'added value through landscape' award, celebrating how the landscape design of the school has added value to the school and the community. Earlier this week two landscape architects from MacFarlane Associates visited the school to talk to students and staff about how the landscape is supporting learning and teaching. The students were very clear about the benefits that the new space has brought and feel that the space has positively enhanced their experience of being at Sydenham School.
We will of course keep you informed as the competition progresses.

Joanne Smith
Director of Resources


What do Scientists Do?

Come and find out from Dr Carolin Crawford

3.45 to 4.45 - Tuesday 20 June

Main School Hall.  All Sydenham and SFH6 students are very welcome.
Dr Carolin Crawford is the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, and she is also an Admissions Tutor, College Lecturer and Fellow of Emmanuel College. She is an observational astronomer with a special interest in the largest galaxies in the Universe - those at the centre of clusters of galaxies, which also host the most massive black holes. This work was carried out alongside – and later eclipsed by – a growing role in the public communication of science. Carolin was appointed as the Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College 2011 - 2015, and she can often be found discussing astronomical matters with a variety of audiences, including on both national and local radio.   
She will be speaking about Space and  careers in astro-physics / astronomy.


News From The Library


On Monday, a class of Year 8 students were given the opportunity to meet Penny Joelson, author of “I Have No Secrets”. The event was held at Forest Hill Boys School and the girls listened to Penny talk about her journey as a writer and were also given the opportunity to buy a book and have it personally dedicated by her.

This week, the Library was honoured to receive a very generous book donation from Harper Collins Publishers.  Every Year 7 student was given a copy of comedian and author David Baddiel’s AniMalcom and Year 8 students received The Demon Road by international bestselling author Derek Landy. We are very grateful to Harper Collins for their continued involvement and support of the school Library.

The Readathon comes to a finish today and we would like to thank you for your support in helping your daughter to raise money through reading for a very good social cause. Unless you have paid for your sponsorship online at you daughter will need to bring the cash to the Library along with their sponsorship card. Well done again everyone!

Mrs Joseph
Library Officer

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Assessed Expedition  

Last weekend (10th and 11th June) the year 9 and 10 students undertook their 'assessed expedition' in the Ashdown Forest. Thanks to their practice expedition, the students were much better prepared with everything; food, walking shoes, map reading skills, team work etc.

This time round staff could not walk with any groups and the pupils just had to contact us at each check point. All 10 groups finished in good time on the first day and still had enough energy to do some yoga, play some games and sing songs. They were in good spirits.

On the second day the students were up and raring to leave the campsite by 6.30am! It was another sunny, hot day but they pushed on through the tiredness, bruises and aching feet to all complete and pass this part of their award. They presented their findings of their projects to their assessors at the end and had come up with some lovely ideas including what to do with litter in the environment, tree types, fitness, mental and physical moods and  one group had even come up with a song.

Well done to all the students who took part. They only need to upload the assessors reports for their other 3 sections to complete the whole award. Great work!


Year 8 and 10 Rounders Vs Bonus Pastor School

On Friday 9th June Sydenham School's Year 8 and 10 Rounders team had a friendly fixture at home against Bonus Pastor. Both teams played two innings of 16 good balls. For the year 10s, after a previous game they had sorted out who was going to be in which position and  had a better understanding of the game. As a result the team performance improved a lot.

During the first innings the team had scored 3 ½ Rounder’s to 1 Rounder. They were on  a winning streak going into the second innings. The Sydenham team hit almost every ball that was thrown at them and the score at the end of the game was 8 ½ Rounders to 2 ½ Rounders. All of the players did well. A particular commendation however must go to Charlotte whose bowling was very good and she hardly gave any no balls away.

Well done everyone it was a really good game.

Peace, Marvellous, Mariam, Amy, Jill, Mia, Zainab, Charlotte, Temi


The Year 8 team have had a few rounders games since starting the season so they understood how the fixture would run. The team is relatively new together and had not practised together very much. By the end of the first innings the score was 3 to 1 ½ Rounders to Bonus Pastor.

The second half saw some skillful play as Annabell (star player of the game) managed to catch a number of high balls which meant that 2 players were 'out'. The final score was 7 ½ to 2 ½ rounders to Bonus Pastor. The team  now realises that there needs to be lots of training and deliberate practice in order to make the progress they deserve in their rounders fixtures.

Ellie, Leila, Keziah, Eva, Annabelle, Quennie, Tiverhe, Keisha

Playwriting workshop with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama  

A small group of Year 7 and 8 Drama students were fortunate enough to take part in a fantastic play writing workshop run by degree students at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  The workshop was offered as part of a competition to get young people involved in playwriting and character development. This was a joint collaboration between the school and with The Curve Theatre Leicester and Oldham Theatre.The workshop tasks allowed students to take part in a range of engaging activities to develop characterisation and storyline ideas for playwriting in a fun and dynamic way.   

The workshop leaders - Jaime Woodham and Iris Deen –Koroma said this about working with the students from Sydenham School.

“We were very impressed by the creativity and quality of writing by the students and praised them for their imaginative ideas. We felt welcomed and accepted and they were a pleasure to work with. We believe that each and every one of them can all be talented  writers and would urge them to keep writing and creating great pieces. ”

Any student wishing to take part in the competition has until 16th June to enter.
We wish you all the best of luck.

Fantastic Beasts 2.

It has been publicised in the local media that the new Movie Fantastic Beasts 2 and Where to Find them ( based on the scripts by JK Rowling), are holding open casting calls for various roles.

Think you look like a young Newt Scamander?

Well, you could land a role in ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’.
If you’re aged between 13 and 18, you’d better get your wands at the ready, as Pottermore wants you to audition for the upcoming sequel to ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
“The studio is looking for young people to play five new roles in the film,” they revealed, “including teenage incarnations of Newt Scamander, Leta Lestrange, Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore.”

They are also looking for actors between 16 and 18 to portray both Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore as teenagers. So, if you know any young acting hopefuls who know their Elder Wand-lore, or have a penchant for Sherbert Lemons, now is the time to let them know.”

“To apply for the Fantastic Beasts open casting call, email a recent colour photograph, (i.e., taken within the last two months), contact telephone number, your home address and date of birth. Anyone under 18 must ask a parent or guardian to send the application.”
Applications close at midnight on 20 June 2017.
Link to the article

GOOD LUCK and remember this is how Daniel Radcliffe was cast as HARRY POTTER!
Ms Catchpole Subject Leader for Drama


Lewisham Police Station Open Day – Saturday 24 June  - 10.00 until 15.00

A wonderful opportunity to visit this modern police station.  See inside the police cells.  Meet the police dogs and look around the stables. 




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