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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 211


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

I do hope that you received the Headteacher’s letter to families sent home by ‘student post’ on Monday 11th September. As stated in that letter, we hope to be issuing a letter from the Headteacher roughly once every half term, with the SYD Newsletter being emailed to you every other week. We hope that this will further improve the communication  between home and school.

The new academic year has started well and our students seem to have come back to school focused and ready to re- engage with learning. The pictures below of Year 7 students welcoming prospective families to the school on Tuesday, show how smart the new school uniform looks. A number of older students have said that they wished that they had a new uniform too! This week, all of the staff and students were given a special 100th  Year Centenary Badge. As I hope that you are aware, Sydenham School celebrates 100 years of educating young people this year. We plan to put on some bespoke centenary events and you will of course, be invited to these. We look forward to sharing more details of these in the next SYD Newsletter. A reminder that Year 11 Parents’ Evening will be taking place on  Wednesday September 20th. If your child is in Year 11 please do make sure that you have used the on- line booking system to make appointments with teachers. We are very much looking forward to seeing you next week so that we can speak with you about progress as well as any additional interventions that may need to be put in place in order to ensure that those results in the summer of next year are as good as they should be.

Please do continue to support your child in their learning and ensure that they have excellent habits in getting to school in good time, by 8.40am, every day and that they are ready to learn with the correct equipment and a really positive mindset. Thank you, as ever, for all that you do to support the school in maintaining the high standards that we are now used to and for continuing to work in active partnership. It is much appreciated and really does make a difference. We are one school community.

I do hope that you have a restful and enjoyable weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe


Open Mornings are here again.

Earlier on this week, we were delighted to welcome prospective students and their families to our first Open Morning. We had about 250 people visit the school to have a tour and then hear a speech by the Headteacher and several students. Two Year 7 students spoke movingly about their first week at Sydenham School, followed by our Head Girl and a Sixth Form ambassador. The tours were led by our prefects as well as a number of Year 8 students, who welcomed the opportunity to speak with our visitors about their first full year at Sydenham School.

Lucy and Freya - Year 7

The families who we welcomed were a mixture of Year 5 and Year 6 families. The visitors were really impressed with all the students they met, with their enthusiasm for their learning as well as the teachers, who were keen to talk about what they were offering in their subjects. Our facilities and the size of the outdoor areas were commented on by many families. We are looking forward to welcoming more visitors for our subsequent Open Sessions. Please see details below for times.

Grace – Head Girl. Lydia – Year 13


PE Residential – South of France (Rockley Centre AzuRivage)

During the first week of the summer holidays Ms Downey, Ms Glass, Ms Bowen and Ms Stoddard took 34 students from Years 8 and 9 to the South of France for a PE residential. This week long experience gave students the welcome opportunity  to participate in a variety of water sports that they may not have had the chance to try before. They were of course supported by experienced professionals at the Activity Centre.

Some of the new skills students learned were: Stand Up paddle boarding, sailing in two different type of boats, raft building, kayaking, wind surfing, mountain biking and working in a team. Every day was packed and adventurous day and the students couldn’t wait to start every morning, ensuring they were up and ready on time. As well as having a busy day full of activities, there was also some time for themselves, where they could relax, play football or basketball and  get to know students from other schools. During the evening there were more team building challenges and it was lovely to see how our students developed in leaps and bounds over the course of the week.

As for sleeping arrangements, everyone was able to pick their own tents and who they shared it with. However, the tents all had to be kept clean and tidy. There was a strict bedtime routine which was followed very well, not least because everyone was usually exhausted after their busy day! Many new friends were made, no one was left alone and everyone helped each other. The students had a fantastic time and I know they would recommend this trip without hesitation.

“I really enjoyed Rockley as I got to do some challenging activities with people who I have never talked to before and made new friends as well as developing existing friendships. I really liked kayaking and the bike trail...... we got really muddy but it was still fun and we got to play games at the end of the session. However, there were lots of ants in our tent so midweek the teachers told us whoever had the cleanest tent would win a prize. My tent won as Joni kept nagging us the whole time about keeping it clean. We were all sad to leave. The instructors were so knowledgeable and helped us to develop our confidence whilst we were doing things that we had never tried before."
Greta Year 10

“Rockley was a fantastic experience! I really enjoyed the activities, most of which we had never tried before. We particularly benefited from the stand up paddle boarding sessions, so fun and challenging. I loved it so much that I tried it again in the holidays. The instructors were very enthusiastic and encouraging, especially Max and Frodo. Rockley’s food was amazing. They had a great range of vegan/vegetarian options.
Quennie Year 9


Cadet Schemes with the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade

We have some great local cadet schemes that students can attend one evening a week:

Metropolitan Police Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) is open to young people aged 10 to 18 years. 
For more information email: 

The London Fire Brigade Cadet Unit meets on Thursday evenings from 18.00 until 21.00 at Lee Green Fire Station.  It is open to 14 to 17 year olds.
For more information email:

Dates for your diaries:

Open Days at Schools, Colleges and Sixth Forms for Year 11 Students

All of the London Colleges and Sixth Forms will be hosting Open Days and Evenings this term.  You should be looking at their websites regularly to ensure that you do not miss these events.


Skills London November 2017

Skills London is the UK’s biggest Jobs and Careers Event for 15-24 year olds and their families. It will be taking place on 24 and 25 November at the ExCeL Centre in London.

The event attracts over 32,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors including top employers, universities, colleges, training providers and advisers.


Sydenham School PTA
Year 7 Welcome Picnic


Sunday 17 September

15.30-17.00 at the Horniman Museum Gardens (Behind the Band Stand). 
Come along with your family and friends to welcome the new Year 7 students and their families to our school community.


Internet Safety Resources for Parents  
The UK Safer Internet Centre promotes internet safety resources to help parents and carers ensure children stay safe online whilst getting to explore and discover new things on line. There are some really excellent resources and useful information on the website, including suggestions about drawing up a family agreement in relation to online use in the home. The guidance is available in 13 languages. 

Source: UK Safer Internet Centre 


Extra Curricular Clubs

Click the link for the latest clubs list:

The PE department is looking forward to hosting a range of extra curricular activities starting on the 11th of September (see timetable attached). Students need to be changed and ready to begin in the teaching space at the times stated. Participation in the activity will be on a first come first served basis. If students would like to be involved in a paid club such as fencing and yoga they will need to come and collect a letter from the PE department as soon as possible. These 2 clubs will begin the following week (week 3).

We already have a number of fixtures planned in our calendar for this year and we would  like to choose the best and keenest players to represent our school.

Remember that the extra - curricular clubs we offer are easy ways of meeting new and different people from various year groups. They are also a way to improve fitness and overall physical health and are a wonderful way to reduce stress, thereby improving overall wellbeing.

PE department. 


Parent Forum on Thursday 19th October

5:00 to 6:30 – Year 7 families only “Meet Key Staff Evening” and Dare To Be Challenged Parent Launch
This event is for Year 7 parents/carers only to come and meet with key staff at the school, including the Head of Key Stage, Mrs Emmanuel, Mr Ronson, the Year Learning Co-Ordinator and Form Tutors. Parents/carers will also have the opportunity to learn about the' Dare To Be Challenged'  Project and begin to learn the skill their child has been focusing on during the Dare To Be Challenged Drop-Down Day.

6:30 to 7:30 – Parent Forum - Open to parents of all year groups
This event is the termly Parent Forum that is open to parents of students in all year groups, and we hope that Year 7 parents will remain with us for this part of the evening too. The meeting will be led by Ms Morrison, who will be discussing 21st Century High Performance Learning. We will also be undertaking a variety of activities with parents on how they can build High Performance Learning skills at home.


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