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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 233


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

We are now beyond the mid- point of the first half term back and fast approaching half term. It has been a busy term so far, not least because we have hosted 5 Open Day events for prospective students who would like to join Year 7 in September 2019. We have been delighted to be able to welcome so many visitors to the school. Students have also been very keen to volunteer to be guides including for the Saturday open event! One Year 7 students said that she was both proud and excited to represent the school when she would normally have been at home engaged in weekend activities.  Please see the link below of the presentation that was shared with families

Our High Performance Learning (HPL) framework continues to embed core school values and attitudes across all year groups. We will also be continuing to engage you as families to develop a greater understanding of the VAAs (Values, Attitudes and Attributes) and the ACPs (Advanced Cognitive Performance) characteristics that run throughout HPL. Please do speak with your child’s tutor if there is anything that you would like to know in addition about our HPL journey.

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

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe



Chess Club  

The chess club runs every Tuesday after school from 3:30 pm to 4:30pm in room S.2003 and all students are welcome to attend.

The  idea is to learn new skills as well as to have some fun. It's a great way of making new friends too.


Year 11 Mock Exams November 12th - November 23rd:

The provisional Year 11 Mock Exam timetable is now available on our website at  Please note that the Languages speaking exams will begin straight after half term.

We have been very impressed by the determined attitude of so many of our Year 11 students who have proactively begun revision. They should make sure that they use the next month to thoroughly prepare for the Mock Exams, to help build knowledge and confidence for the final exams in the summer. 

To support study, our Library is open before school, at lunchtime and after school; we also have a dedicated Year 11 Study Room open every lunchtime.  In the final week of this half term, we will be holding a Revision Skills Workshop for all of our Year 11 students and this will be organised by the Life Skills Company.  If you did not attend the Year 11 Study Skills Evening, you can download the slides which explain how you can best support study at home via this link:

The Year 11 intervention timetable is also now up and running for a wide range of subjects.  The most up to date intervention timetable can be found at

Year 7 and 8 Learning Journey Evening Presentations:

Last week we were delighted to welcome the families of our Year 7 and Year 8 students to a Learning Journey Evenings, which outlined how you can help support your daughter's learning at home.  The presentations from these evenings can be downloaded from our website at &

We hope that the families who attended found it useful to meet their daughter's tutor. Please do contact tutors should you have and questions or need any clarification about anything.



On the 1st of October we held a friendly match against Sydenham High School. These friendly practice matches are becoming increasingly important for our Year 11 students as it provides them with the skills and competitive environment that they will need for their forthcoming practical moderation for GCSE.

It was a close game throughout each quarter and in the end Sydenham School managed to gain a convincing victory over Sydenham High School by 14 points to 11.

Well done to Viviene, Esme, Florence, Daisy, Alia, Gaia, Chantelle and Bea who all played really well as a team.



Sydenham School last year once again helped to spread the word about TreeAid. Last year thanks to The Christmas Forest customers TreeAid were able to plant 27,069 trees with their 'Buy a Christmas tree and plant a tree in Africa' campaign, making their total donated to date 232,275. This does so much towards lifting some of the poorest people in the world out of poverty and hunger, gives them a livelihood as well as protecting the environment.  Here are some details: 

These donated trees provide the following:

  • food - vitamins and nutrients all year round, even when crops fail
  • money - from selling tree products to buy food, education and health
  • health - as some trees can be used in natural medicine
  • enriched soil - making the land more fertile for crops to grow
  • shade- from the scorching heat for people, wildlife and for the crops
  • tools and shelter- made from bark and fallen wood


The Royal Veterinary College, London, has 'Young Vet Clubs' if your child is interested in animals

Junior:                      for 7 to 12 year olds
Teen:                         for 13 to 18 year olds

The RVC has an upcoming event suitable for secondary students who are interested in Science and working with animals called Night at the Vet College.
It is free and available to book now 

One of our students attended this event last Autumn and highly recommends it.

Do let me know if you go along. 

Fiona Taylor, Careers and Enterprise Coordinator


News From The Library

Libraries Week 2018 is held from the 8th of October and this year’s focus is on Wellbeing, highlighting the different ways libraries can support people of all ages with their mental health and well-being.
To tie in with this, we recently invited the well-known author Holly Bourne in to school to talk to Year 10 students, on how to navigate adolescence and how kindness to yourself and each other is so important.
In Sydenham School Library we have a dedicated ‘Shelf Help’ section. Knowing that adolescent years can be complex, we have a fantastic selection of books to help with thinking about any emotional and physical concerns. The range of books enable an exploration of issues such as self-esteem, puberty, friendship, anxiety and how to empower yourself for the future. 
As always, please encourage your children to make full use of the excellent facilities in the Library.

Happy reading!
The Library Team


Year 9 Parents Evening – Wednesday 21st November 2018 – 4-7pm




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