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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 227


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

In this edition of SYD there is some information about Sports Day. This takes place on Friday 22nd June and we are looking forward to the school community coming together to enjoy and celebrate the very best in our sporting activities . For new families, please do note that all of the students are expected to make their own way to the Crystal Palace Sports Stadium. Also, students will be dismissed during the afternoon and will need to make their own way home safely. You will be receiving a letter from the PE Department with further information about Sports Day. All students are expected to take part in the sporting events, as participation is at the heart of what we want every student to be doing on the day.

Thank you to all of those families who attended the Parents’ Forum Meeting this week. The focus was on how the school reports to families and communicates with them. There was a good discussion and lots of helpful ideas about how to improve both areas. The school is planning to formally review the curriculum that we have and we hope to gather your views as families about what students are taught and how they can best be helped to learn.

The exam season continues apace and the students, in all years, have been diligent and focused in ensuring that their end of year assessments go as well as possible. We continue to wish all of them the very best of luck including those students in the senior years who are taking public exams. This is the first year of all subjects being graded 9-1 at GCSE and GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs are all, largely, subject to new exam specifications. This has meant that teachers have needed to ensure that their teaching has matched these changes and the students equally have needed to work differently, not least in remembering the greater amount of content that the exams have.

Finally, we are looking forward to our  High Performance Learning (HPL) Assessment day in July when an assessor will come into school to judge whether or not we have reached the standards to be awarded this coveted kite mark. One of the aspects of HPL is to build students’ ability to access their knowledge and understanding with ease. This helps them to retrieve information and use it effectively in situations such as exams. We will let you know the outcome of the assessment which of course we hope will be a positive one.

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

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe




Year 7 Geography: Weather Instruments  

Year 7 are currently studying weather and climate. As part of the unit they are learning about instruments used to measure the weather. 7H spent a lesson making their own anemometers to measure wind speed. The students worked in small groups and were creative and enterprising. Some of the anemometers worked well, but we could have done with a windier day to test them!
Mr S.Glendinning


Sports Day 2018

This year sports day is on Friday 22nd June at our usual location of Crystal Palace National Stadium. Students will be expected to arrive for 8.40 am in their full PE kit with a packed lunch and plenty of water. Students will be dismissed from the stadium around 2 pm. A letter should be coming home with your child today or Monday 11th June with more information or click here to read now. If you would like to come and support the students, your child will need to collect a spectator pass from the PE office. If you have any queries then please do email Mrs Molligoda -


Selflessness in the School Community

In RE,Year 7 have completed a unit of work on Sikhism, during which they learnt about 'sewa' (selfless service to others). To finish the unit, each class worked in teams to generate an idea for how the class could show selflessness in the school community. 7A's groups put forward some impressive pitches, but the idea which won the most votes was a staff car wash.

12 enthusiastic members of the class soaped and polished the cars one sunny afternoon and managed to raise £20 for Cancer Research in the process. The groups showed excellent independence and kindness towards others throughout. Well done 7A.

Cricket Year 10  

On the 22nd May,  Year 10 had a friendly cricket fixture against Sydenham High School. The pitch was the standard pitch size so the bowling distance was a challenge for most of the students. Nevertheless, Chantelle and Nia managed to get a wicket each as a result of their perseverance. Unfortunately, we lost 256 runs to 238 with Quennie and Bea scoring the most runs for the team.

Well done Bea, Chantelle, Quennie, Hannah, Nia, Tia and Florence for showing excellent team work. We will continue to practice hard and develop our skills for the next encounter.

Year 7 and 8 Friendly Cricket Match  

On Monday 21st May some of the Year 7 and 8 cricket team played a friendly match against Kingsdale School. We have never played Kingsdale School in any fixture before so it was good to see how they played. We played 'kwick cricket' with 5 pairs and 6 balls in 1 over. Each pair had 2 overs to try and score as many runs as possible.

Both schools played very well and were able to get the ball back to where it was needed quickly to ensure that each pair could not get too many runs. Sydenham School ended up with 246 runs but Kingsdale managed to pip us at the post with 259 runs. It was a good experience for our first ever game with Kingsdale School and we have planned to do more fixtures with them after half term.  From this match we know that we need to work on our bowling and so will practice this specific skill in our next training session. Well done to all the students who took part.


News From The Library

Puffin Publishers

Over the past month, ten students across the school, along with students from Forest Hill Boys School, took part in an exciting reading project with Puffin publishers.
Puffin are re-releasing modern classics and asked our school to establish a focus to help them gauge how popular the books may be. Each student was given a free copy of the book Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman along with a list of questions for discussion before meeting with Emma Jones, Assistant Editor of Fiction, at Penguin Random House Publishers.

In the meeting, the students discussed the characters and content and debated the moral aspects of the book. This gave students the chance to delve deeper into the meaning behind the story and some issues relevant to society today including politics, racism and religious discrimination.
Our next Puffin session will  be held at Forest Hill Boys School in July, giving more students the opportunity to benefit from our much valued association with such a high profile publisher.

Author Event – Patrice Lawrence

Last term, we gave Key Stage 4 students the challenge of reading and reviewing five selected books. For their efforts, students from Year 10 were given the opportunity to meet Patrice Lawrence, the award-winning author of Orangeboy & Indigo Donut. Patrice delighted the students with a riveting talk about her life and writing career. Deptford Lounge Library hosted the event on behalf of Lewisham School Librarians and we are very grateful to them for enabling us to take part in this activity.


Read for Good Sponsored Read

The Library will be running a Read for Good Sponsored Read and we would like as many students as possible to join in.

Read for Good is the UK’s national sponsored reading event for schools and encourages children to read for pleasure, motivates reluctant readers to give reading a try and supports keen readers to read more widely.

The money raised helps the charity Read for Good, to give brand new books and storyteller visits to children’s hospitals across the UK. For more information please look at

Sydenham School will be running their sponsored read from 11th June – 2nd July so please encourage your children to pick up a Good for Read Sponsorship Card in the Library and help them to find sponsors among family and friends. Please click here to read the letter to you from Read for Good

Happy reading!

The Library Team


Sydenham School PTA

Year 7 Welcome Picnic
Sunday 9th September
15.30-17.00 at the Horniman Museum Gardens
 (On the grass down the steps behind the Band Stand) 

So come along, bring a picnic and meet up with other Year 7 families and students to be welcomed into the Sydenham School Community.
Any questions please email




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