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|Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 221
Message from the Headteacher
I hope that your half term went well and that you and your family had a relaxing break. It is remarkable that we are now in the second half of the academic year. Much has been achieved and we are excited about the on-going work that is occurring to make Sydenham School an even better place to learn. Below is a copy of the High Performance Learning (HPL) flyer that has been produced to explain to families what learning and behaviour looks and feels like for our students. We believe that HPL is an essential element in raising standards across the school and ensuring that teaching becomes consistently outstanding over time.
We hope that the SYD Newsletter increasingly reflects the inclusive school that we are and that you are now more aware of the many opportunities that are in place for all of our students. We are increasingly focusing on ensuring that students in Key Stage 3, Years 7 and 8, are also given experiences that widen their horizons and expand their thinking. The Year 8 Careers Convention that took place last week and involved 16 employers is an excellent case in point. Ms Taylor, our Careers Coordinator , is working incredibly hard to open up the world of work to our students. Year 10 and 12 will be going onto Work Experience later on this academic year. If you can support on offering any high quality work experience placements yourself or indeed know of any employers who might be able to help, please do let Ms Taylor know.
As ever, I hope that you have a restful and enjoyable weekend when you get there.
A Schools Tour of “Cuttin’ It” by The Royal Court Theatre
On the 2nd of February 2018, The Royal Court Theatre came to Sydenham School to present a play around the sensitive topic of Female Genital Mutilation, a very current issue in Britain today and part of the Personal and Social Education curriculum.
The touring production was as professional as a major theatre production and was the same high standard of work that we would have seen on the main stage at The Royal Court. This quality of work gave the students a remarkable theatre experience in terms of style of work and production values.
A number of students were emotional as the storyline really allowed them to connect with the characters and their journey. The language and expression of the text was very relevant to young people today and showed the two sides of a very delicate but important topic.
“I thought the performance was fantastic; the set was very creative and the acting was extremely well performed and engaging. The cast took the subject very seriously which I appreciated since not enough people know about the subject of FGM. The fact that the whole scenario was so realistic really added to the overall effect. It was incredibly emotional and moving. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would recommend this tour to others. “ Lola 10H
In preparation for Spring half term, a group of Year 7 students took part in a pancake making workshop before school one morning. They learnt how to make pancakes, and why we eat pancakes on this day.
Did you know?
Shrove Tuesday is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated in some countries by eating pancakes. Shrove comes from the word ‘Shrive’ which means ‘to fast’.
The students made over 30 pancakes and filled them with combinations of nutella, fresh strawberries, bananas, cream and maltesers. They also tried flipping them and as you can see from the pictures, they were mostly successful!
For the pancake mixture
Parent Forum Spring Term 1
Tuesday 30 January 2018
We will also be working closely with the School Council to ensure we capture and act on our invaluable Student Voice.
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Nicholas handed out a number of 'movement watches' for the students to put on. This was to check the amount of activity the students in 8H are undertaking in their typical PE lesson. Nicholas has fed back to us since and our data seems to show that there has been an improvement from the baseline data he had gathered from earlier in the year. We were all very pleased to hear that!
To meet the requirements of the study the PE Department has been instructed to have all our year 8 classes complete 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity for every hour of Physical Education that we provide for them. This includes a number of 'infusions' such as lunges, squats, fast feet and fast arms to name just a few.
We are very much looking forward to the outcome of the study and how our school progresses in comparison to the rest of the country.
News From the Library
Encouraging a Love of Reading
Monday February 26th & Wednesday 28th February: Book quiz heats will be held for Years 7 & Y8 and the two top scoring teams will then go in to participate in the Lewisham Book Award on March 23rd at Addey & Stanhope School. There they will compete with students from across the borough. Sydenham School has been the proud winner of this event 3 times!
Tuesday 27th February: A ‘Book Swap’ is being held in the Library. Students can bring in their unwanted books, which need to be in good condition. They will be given a ‘voucher’ in exchange for the books and then able to take a book in exchange. We hope that you will support this initiative and take this opportunity to have a clear out!
Thursday 1st March: Students will be able to come to school dressed as a character from a book. This can be either individually or as a group. Any participating student must register in the Library and in advance.. Any student not registering by Wednesday 28th February must wear full school uniform on the day. We also ask that students who are dressing up, make a £1.00 voluntary donation towards the charity 'Book Aid'. There will be judging on the day for the best individual and group and this has always proved a difficult task over the years, having to choose from some great costumes from both student and staff.
Friday 2nd March: Ms. Malin’s Craft Extravaganza. Students will have fun making bookmarks, origami, drawing and anything else that Ms Malin can conjure up from her vast array of crafty ideas.
Cross Country Race for Year 7 and 8
On Thursday 8th February a group of Year 7 and 8 students were picked to take part in a 1.5mile race. We got on the minibus, excited and nervous about the outcome of the race. It was a sunny but freezing day. The Year 7 team got to race first. They all tried really hard and came in the top 20 out of about 40 students, which was an admirable achievement.
Then it was the turn of the Year 8 team. I was a bit nervous as I had never competed in a cross country race before and there were over 30 competitors in the race, but we all completed the race and everyone was pleased with where they were placed. It was a really energising day and we are looking forward to the next race. The top 10 placed athletes get to go through to the next round which is where we compete to go into the mini marathon.
Report written by Ruby Year 8
You may have seen a police officer in or around the building if you have visited us recently.
Before SSPs were introduced, police presence in most schools amounted to little more than the provision of occasional lessons and responding to calls about incidents. The introduction of SSPs has resulted in good school-police relations.
P.C. Bawden has been into school recently to deliver some Personal, Social Education (PSE) talks to years 7 -9. The topics covered were:
Working positively with others
The impact of social media.
P.C. Bawden works with us on a Tuesday and his main school is Forest Hill School. In addition to his work in school, P.C. Bawden also runs the Police Cadets at Sydenham School.
In the next few weeks, he will be meeting with the School Council to see how he can develop his role further.
Sydenham School PTA
Dear Parents and Carers,
Sydenham School PTA has been running since 2013, when a group of parents got together to talk about how their children were doing and how they could support the school further.
Some members have been involved in previous PTAs at primary school; whilst others have not. But everyone is keen to get involved (to varying degrees) in supporting the school and our children. We meet every half term to talk about events and activities and to catch up. As well as raising money for the school the PTA is a great way of meeting and keeping in touch with other parents, now that the school gate has become a distant memory!
We support Sydenham’s plays and concerts by running a bar and refreshment stall and we have provided refreshments at school Open Days. Such events occur about once or twice a term.
Since we were set up, we have raised money for sports equipment, school music visits and sports coaching. We are currently raising money for a greenhouse for the school garden and hopefully, in the future, for outdoor gym equipment.
But we can’t do this on our own. We need more people to come along and take part. We’re not asking for a huge involvement - one meeting every half term and to help out at some of the school events that run throughout the year. We would also love your ideas and support for things we could do to get more of the school community involved.
We really need new members. Most of the families involved have children in Year 10 or 11 and the PTA needs to recruit families with children in the lower years. Without new members the PTA is in real danger of ending. This would mean the loss of a valuable resource for the school and a great place for families to meet.
With that in mind we invite you to:
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE SYDENHAM PTA
TUESDAY 27TH FEBRUARY FROM 6.30PM UNTIL 7.30PM
IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY.
Thank you very much and if you have any questions please do contact me or anyone else in the PTA.
Careers talk from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Tuesday 06 March, 3.30 to 4.30pm, Sixth Form Common Room
Do you want to travel the world and represent your country as an ambassador? Why not consider a career as a Diplomat?
Careers in Hair and Beauty – Tuesday 20 March, 3.30 to 4.30pm, Sixth Form Common Room
Careers in hair, beauty and being a personal trainer are expanding rapidly.
Year 9 and 10 visit to the Livery Careers Showcase Event, Guildhall, City of London
On Tuesday 06 February we took thirty four Year 9 and 10 pupils to the annual Livery Showcase Event at the Guildhall. At this inspirational event we spoke to apprentices and exhibitors from thirty two Liveries. Bakers, upholsterers, architects, hotel and catering training organisations and many more were represented. Did you know that Dr Martin shoes run an apprenticeship scheme? All the girls found it an interesting and enjoyable visit. Find out more at:
Year 8 Careers Carousel on 8 February 2018
Sixteen enthusiastic employers arrived early on the Thursday before half term. They left two hours later impressed and excited about meeting our wonderful Year 8 students. The employers really enjoyed meeting your daughters. They were intrigued by their questions and mature behaviour. All sixteen have said that they would be delighted to work with our students again. Even more importantly, the employers have inspired our students to think about some of the exciting careers that they can pursue in the future. The feedback from the students was very positive.
FREE Lawyer Portal Event for future Lawyers – SATURDAY 17 March 2018
If you are interested in a career in Law - “The Lawyer Portal’s Free National Apprenticeship Conference at Latymer Upper School in London on the 17th March 2018 is a must-attend event! Law apprenticeships are taking the market by storm. It is the brand new ‘earn as you learn’ pathway to becoming a fully qualified solicitor. We will have representatives from top law firms who are keen to make students aware of the law apprenticeship opportunities available to them. The event will unlock this amazing opportunity for its attendees; illuminating how best to succeed in securing a law apprenticeship, from making the application, to attending the interview, through to signing on the dotted line.
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