Latest Letters Home I Sydenham Website I SIMS I My Maths I Sam Learning
Follow us on: Twitter
Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 215


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

It is hard to believe that another year has  almost come to an end and gone by so quickly. There are another 4 weeks left of this term and term ends on Friday 15th December for students at 1 o’clock. We return on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at the normal school time. As you can see from the statistics in this edition of SYD, our whole school punctuality  is still very good. Please can I ask all families to ensure that their children get to school in GOOD TIME rather than simply on time. This includes students in the Sixth Form. Getting to school early is important and sets up good and necessary habits for the future. We expect students to get to school by 8.40am every day, giving them enough time to get to their tutor rooms at a leisurely pace and so be marked present and ready for learning at 8.50am. We are grateful to you for your support in this area.

We have recently spoken with students about keeping safe as they travel to and from school. Now that the evenings are getting darker the reminders given are especially important. Please can you ensure that your child is wearing something luminous as this will get them seen by a driver 150 metres earlier than normal. Our Sydenham School bags have luminous stripes on them already. In addition to this however, students can use reflective patches, ribbons, 3M reflective tape or shiny badges on their bags too.

The SYD newsletter this week shows that students continue to work hard, compete well against other schools in sporting fixtures and engage in great team work. Our recent Work Experience Parents’ Meeting for Year 10 students is testimony to the importance that the school gives to ‘real world’ experiences. If your workplace is able to offer a work experience placement to any of our students in Year 10 or Year 12, please could you contact Fiona Taylor, our Careers & Enterprise Coordinator. The visit to the Dickinson Art Gallery was well received by the students and a really positive day was had by all. We are really indebted to colleagues beyond the school who wish to work closely with us in order to provide these exceptional experiences. Please do look the Gallery up at It is a fantastic place which most members of the public do not have access to.

I do hope that you have pencilled in the date of the Winter  Music Concert and our annual carol singing at St Bartholomew’s Church in Sydenham into your diaries. Both are events that bring the school community together and are about  sharing, celebration and joy.

I do hope that you have another lovely and restful weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe.


Year 7 Re-enact the Battle of Hastings, 1066


To consolidate their learning in History, classes 7M and 7E re-enacted the Battle of Hastings this week!

The re-enactment centered on short and long term reasons for William Duke of Normandy's victory and students really got into character, despite it being bitterly cold!
As you can tell from the photos, they really enjoyed themselves and we hope that this active learning will lead to some well written essays in class next week !


Visual Arts Faculty Dickinson Gallery Visit

On the crisp, sunny Autumn morning of Monday 6th November 10 art students and teachers made their way to Piccadilly and into the prestigious realm of the elite art world. After popping into The Royal Academy courtyard to set the scene ,we arrived at the Fine Art Gallery Dickinsons to be greeted by the welcoming gallery director Emma Ward. Along with artists, Columbia Threadneedle colleagues and leader Juli Beattie  from B.O.X we stood a breath away from an arresting array of works by Damian Hurst, Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Munch. It was awe inspiring. Students worked throughout the day to create acrylic painted canvasses in response to the art works. Stopping for lunch, on china plates in the fabulous library, Emma talked about the work of the gallery in selling art works such as the Damian Hurst butterfly painting, we had seen that morning at only £350,000  to the Picasso painting for 6 million pounds. Our return home was via a magical visit to the sparkly Christmas displays of Fortnum and Mason. Stepping into this world was a wonderful experience and we all had a  memorable and inspiring day.

Our grateful thanks go to Claire McArdel for documenting the day and her constant support and encouragement and leader Juli Beattie and her team and Emma Ward and her wonderful staff in the Gallery.  The fantastic artists who attended were:-
•Holly 9H
•Shanae 9Y
•Lara 9D
•Shenae 8N
•Athaliah 8N
•Rosa 8H
•Saskia 8A
•Claire  8M
•Samira 8N
•Cheyenne 8N
We are looking forward to a return exhibition where the work that the students produced will be exhibited next to the original masters.
Juli Beattie says ' thank you for bringing such wonderful talented students to this workshop.'

Ms Henderson
Curriculum Leader for Visual Arts


Computer Science

On Monday the 7th of November, some students got the opportunity to meet a Computer Scientist from Queen Mary University of London. He showed us the magic behind Computer Science by presenting it through magic tricks. We were sworn to secrecy under the magician's code; a magician should never reveal their secrets! Our favourite trick was called 'The Magic 8 Of Hearts' and it showed us that by breaking down code through basic steps, programming becomes much easier. It was an enjoyable experience that help us to understand Computational Thinking in a fun and creative way.


Wildhearts Charity - Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Summit 2017


In October, we attended a really engaging entrepreneurial summit in London.  Danielle and Alice heard the Chief Executive Officer, Jes Staley, tell us what Barclays are doing to increase diversity amongst their staff.  Jenny Costa, gave us her story of recycling all the waste fruit and veg from London markets and turning it into exclusive chutneys – check out 'Rubies in the Rubble'!  It was fascinating and really inspirational day.  Fiona Taylor, Careers and Enterprise Coordinator.

Danielle from Year 11 wrote:
On Thursday 5th October, I was lucky enough to attend The Wild Hearts Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Summit. Several fascinating speakers presented, including Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Head of the HeForShe movement and Senior Advisor to Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women. The summit was held at the Barclays Head Office in Canary Wharf, an incredible building and working space. It was a really thought provoking and enjoyable day for me because I got an exclusive look into this remarkable sector of the world of work. The day was also really informative and I learnt alot about the different types of businesses and social enterprises that I could get involved with on my career path, both nationally and wider afield. Overall it was a really memorable and transformative experience which I really enjoyed.

Alice from Year 12 wrote:
I really enjoyed the WildHearts Entrepeneurial Event. It was a welcome opportunity to listen to the speeches of global CEOs and Executives, and gave a fascinating insight into the world of business. It was an invaluable opportunity to develop my real world understanding of this sector, as we were given the chance to network with all the business people at the conference. It was also really cool to have had the conference in the Barclays building in Canary Wharf, and get a feel for the business world. If there was another event like, I would love to attend it again!

Skills London November 2017

Skills London is the UK’s biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds and their families, taking place on 24 and 25 November at ExCeL London.

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


Capel Manor College Advice Evening 21 November 5.00 – 7.00 pm

At Crystal Palace Park, Jubilee Stand, SE19 2BS - a great place to study animal care, arboriculture and horticulture.  Well worth a visit.



On Thursday 2nd November Sydenham’s 2 year 7 Netball teams competed in the LSSA tournament at Conisborough College.
Both teams played really well and won all of their games leading up to the match between Sydenham A and Sydenham B. There was a lot of pressure on this decider game which was close but Sydenham A team won by 2 points to 1.
This tournament gave every player more experience and we found out that defending is just as important as attacking. We learned that the umpires are very strict and that you have to pay close attention to the rules.

Awards were given out for Honesty, Self-Belief, Team Work, Determination, Respect and Passion. Charlotte from Sydenham B team won the passion award.
The rankings are as follows:
1st Sydenham A
2nd Sydenham B
3rd Bonus Pastor
4th Prendergast Vale
5th Conisborough College
Sydenham School are now going on to represent Lewisham at the London Youth games in March. Well done everyone-these are great results!

Charlotte 7E

On the 7th of November our most experienced Year 9 team played in an all day Kent Netball tournament at Rainham School.

The tournament was highly competitive with 35 schools all trying to get a place in the finals. Our Sydenham team learnt some valuable life skills and showed exceptional resilience and great teamwork. We are very proud of each and every one of them and of course of their impeccable behaviour throughout the day.

Here are some quotes from the players::

The tournament's high standard shows the amount of training required of the teams.
Whilst Sydenham has excellent training sessions and equipment, the players from the other teams  play for county clubs. This made winning all the more challenging. Unfortunately we had some loses but we played well and pushed on throughout. Our resilience was unwavering.
It was an energising learning experience for us all and everyone had something to be proud of.
Everyone tried their best and we scored some great goals.
We didn’t win or lose, we learnt.

Year 7 Indoor Athletics competition


On Tuesday 7th November, the year 7 Athletics team had their first Indoor Athletics competition. It was very nerve racking as we saw other players who were much taller, faster and looked more active than us. We tried our best in all of the events which included (Indoor Shot Put, Vertical Jump, Standing Long Jump, Speed Bounce, 2 laps, 4 laps, 6 laps, 8 laps and 4x1 Relay. None of us had been to a competition like this before and we were excited to take part. Now that we have completed the first round we know what we have to work on in our future training. With practice and dedication, we will strive to win. We are waiting on the results of the competition and have the second round coming up in January so we have time to get better and better. We did particularly well in the Vertical Jump, 4 laps and 8 laps activities. Well done everyone!

Report written by Torree 7S

Well done to all the players: Shaye, Torree, Shalom, Ella, Izzy, Kaiya, Cheyanna


ATP finals at the O2 arena

On Wednesday 15th November The PE department took 9 PE GCSE and B-Tec students to go to watch the ATP finals at the O2 arena. This was a fantastic opportunity for us to watch professional tennis players, indeed  the top 16 players in the world were playing in this tournament. We were very lucky that we could get tickets just 1 week before the competition. Tickets were around £80 each but because we are a school we got a huge discount and tickets were only £5, which was an absolute bargain, and definitely an opportunity that we couldn’t miss! The atmosphere was great and we joined in with the cheering for roger Federer and all the other top players who were giving their all to win.

KS3 LSSSA Badminton Tournament

On Tuesday 14th November Sydenham School ran the KS3 badminton tournament. 4 schools entered this competition and they were Sydenham School, Prendergast Ladywell, Sydenham High School and Prendergast Vale. The tournament was a good learning experience as we got to play against other schools. The tournament was fun and enjoyable, even though we were serious when we were playing it was a good way to relax after a long day at school. We learnt a lot about our performance in the competition and the teachers gave us some helpful tips whilst playing. We all know how to develop our skills for the next competition. Not only has this competition helped me with my performance, it has helped me understand the game better as I learnt some key rules and how to referee a badminton match.

Match report by Rebecca Year 8

Well done to all the girls that played and a big thank you to the Sports Leaders who helped officiate the games.

Rebecca, Lauren, Vivian, Riannon

Friendly football match against Deptford Green School

On Thursday 9th November, our Year 7 and Year 8 football teams played a friendly match against Deptford Green School. It was Year 7’s first football match at Sydenham School and the Year 8’s second football match since returning in September. We have a new football coach working with the teams every Thursday after school. The coach mainly trains the Year 7 and Year 8 players although a couple of Year 9 and  Year 10 students come along too. You will be pleased to know that both teams did really well and won their games. The Year 7 team won their match 5-3 with Ellie-May in 7D scoring all 5 goals. Excellent performance Ellie! The Year 8 team won 3-1 with goals being scored by Angharad and Veronica.

Match report by Elodie Year 8

Well done to all the girls:
Year 7: Alicia, Sirisuda, Cheyanna, Ellie-May, Raeesa, Maya, Shannon, Aaliyah, Anya, Torree

Year 8: Cavell, Elodie, Imogen, Kitty, Lia, Veronica, Angharad


News From The Library

Last week 30 students from Years 9 & 10 had the pleasure of attending a private screening of La La Land at the East Dulwich Picturehouse. This event was part of the Into Film Festival. The aim was to help bring learning to life, exploring the film topics of Media Studies, Music and Performing Arts. The students had a wonderful time and it felt quite special to watch the film is such a lovely cinema.

Book Clubs in Schools

Sydenham School is delighted to be currently, one of only a handful of schools in UK to be running a Book Club supported by BCiS. The Library plays host to the club every Thursday lunchtime where we have six groups of Year 7 students, paired with Sixth Form students, who have trained to be Book Club Leaders.  All students have a book to take home, read, and when in their groups, have the opportunity to share their ideas, voice their opinions as well as interact with older role models. We are now in our 4th week and the students are enjoying being part of the programme. For more information, follow this link: BCiS


Bookbuzz is a reading programme from the BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading. At the beginning of the school year, all Year 7 students had the opportunity to choose a book from a list of 12 titles. They were able to take the book home and keep it. The students were excited recently, when their books arrived. Don’t forget to ask your daughter what book she chose!

Happy reading!

Mrs Joseph
Library Officer


Key Stage 4 Revision Skills for Parents and Carers

On Tuesday 21st November from 18:15pm to 19:30pm we will be running a Revision Skills Workshop for all Key stage 4 parents and carers in the Main School Hall.
You will be aware that teaching styles and techniques change over time and as such the ways in which students are encouraged to revise also changes. The workshop will be delivered by specialists from The Life Skills Company who deliver Revision Skills interactive and engaging workshops to Year 11 Sydenham students every year. You will be introduced to a range of revision techniques, advised about the amount  time students should be spending on revision, given examples of effective revision timetables and insight into how GCSE students should organise their time.
We hope you can come.

The Life Skills Company delivering the Revision Skills Workshop to Year 11 students on Friday 10th November.

A Gentle Reminder

Please do not bring things your daughter has forgotten into school. We simply do not have the staff available to deliver items such as PE Kit, musical instruments, homework and so on to students throughout the day. If your child forgets their packed lunch we will always provide them with a school meal which you can pay for later.

We have spare PE kit and spare musical instruments too which we can lend students who have forgotten theirs. We cannot look after items in Reception for students to collect as they can forget  to collect them-including precious items such as door keys.

Thank you for your support.


Parent Forum

Dear Parent/carer

Our next Parent Forum is on the 28th November 6.30-7.30pm and the topic is:
Behaviour for Learning

I look forward to seeing you all there.
Yours sincerely,

Janet Emmanuel
Associate Assistant Headteacher

Click the link to read a letter regarding this event:


Please reply directly to this email if you would like to unsubscribe to our school newsletters.