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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 237


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

As you will see from this edition of Syd, the focus is on giving, charity and  supporting each other as members of the school community be that through charitable activity or sporting events. As Christmas draws near, students led by the Prefects, are organising a collection of goods-food, toiletries etc.- to be taken to the Forest Hill Food Bank. This is an excellent initiative and the compassion shown by the students involved in this project reflects two of our core values –kindness and empathy.

Please do take note of the safety message in this Newsletter. It is very important that you speak at home about the best ways to keep safe to and from school and that you have parental controls on your child’s phone and speak with them about keeping safe on line. The school will continue to teach about this important area too.

There are some celebratory events taking place towards the end of this autumn term including the Winter Music Concert and the Christmas Carol Service, which is taking place, as usual, at St Bartholomew’s Church. Both will be delightful experiences and reflect the school community at its very best.


Parent Governor Elections

We are delighted to have 5 nominations for the role of Parent Governor at Sydenham School. As we have 3 positions we will be holding Parent Governor Elections. This will happen after Christmas, in early January, so please look out for details in the new term.

Thank you to all those parents who have shown an interest in becoming a governor and those who have put forward nominations.

As ever, I hope that you have an enjoyable and restful weekend with your family.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe



Safety After School


As it is now dark so early we wanted to ask you to remind your children about the need to be especially cautious when travelling home. We ask students to cross Dartmouth Road, and all roads where possible, at the pedestrian crossings only. Students should avoid stepping out into the road to pass other pedestrians when the pavements are busy and should be aware of the traffic at all times. Thank you for speaking at home about this with your children.

Students should be making their way straight home after school or at the end of the day or following an extra curricular activity/school event. Please remind your child that if there are any problems or they are worried about making their way home they can come back into school and go to the School Reception for any assistance. Our Reception is staffed until 5.30pm and there are always adults in school who can support if needed.
GDST London Bake off  

Congratulations to Naseba (9E) who was placed 'second runner up' in the GDST London Bake off competition. Naseba was also in the finals on Wednesday the 5th of December, 2018.


Student Leadership News

The Student Leadership Team are collecting donations for the Lewisham Food Bank.  As well as raising student awareness of those people who are in need, the team also recognises the significant rise in Londoners needing to use food banks in the last few years. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.

Students should hand all donations to their tutors. Items to donate are pictured below:

Fit To Study Project  

The Fit to Study project is still in the depths of data analysis, and will have a final project report (including a summary of all the before-and-after results), early in 2019.

We have received

  • a framed ‘certificate of completion’ in recognition of our school's contribution, personally signed by Katherine Grainger
  • a £10 gift voucher for Veronica who was the winner and one of the  students who completed all of the online tasks in 2018
  • a book entitled ‘Neurocomic’ for our school library.  This is an illustrated novel that unravels the mysteries of the human brain in a simple yet informative way and provides a good introduction for anyone interested in neuroscience and how the brain works.

This is a huge thank you to all of the Year 8 tutors who aided this project last year. We really appreciate all the hard work in monitoring the online tasks and for working with the students to get them all completed throughout the year. In addition, thank you to the PE department who led the intervention sessions for the entire year of the project.


Cross Country

On the 22nd of November, the KS4 Cross Country competition took place at White Foot Lane, Bonus Pastor School.

It was a very chilly 5 degrees celsius but that didn’t put our competitors off. They performed exceptionally well and this was definitely one of our best Cross Country performances in recent years.

Well done to the following students:

Year 9
Jacqi 3rd place
Imogen 9th place
Anisha 11th place.

Year 10

Lara  1st place (beating the majority of the other competitors as well!)
Matilda 3rd place
Dolly 6th place
Lola 9th place
Lillian 10th place.

A great effort by all- well done.



Netball Year 7 A & B Team vs Sydenham High

On Monday 19th November our Year 7 students had their first netball match of the year, away at Sydenham High School. They were very excited and a little nervous.
The B team were still getting to grips with their positioning, knowing each other as a team and communicating. Despite the fact that they did not win, they showed a marked improvement from the first to the second half. The first half score ended 1-6 and at the end the final score was 1-9 to Sydenham High School.

The A team had a wonderful first game. The goal attack was great at shooting and scored all the goals. The team worked well together and showed a strong awareness of space and calling for the ball. The final score was 6 – 0 to  Sydenham School.
There are some areas for development that both teams need to work on and we are looking forward to seeing even more progress for the re-match here at Sydenham School on the 10th December.

On Tuesday 20th November the Year 9 and 10 Netball teams travelled to Bonus Pastor School for a fixture. It was a good afternoon with both teams playing a competitive match. The Year 9 team unfortunately lost, Sydenham 4 to Bonus Pastor 6. Whilst the Year 10 team played extremely well securing a win -Sydenham 7 to Bonus Pastor 3. Well done to all the players for your contribution and determination.

On Tuesday 4th December the Year 10 Netball team competed against Sedge Hill School. The final result was Sydenham 5 to Sedge Hill 8 and although we did not win the game we played hard and demonstrated great teamwork. We would also like to say thank you to the Year 12 students for assisting with umpiring and coaching.

Football Year 8 & 9 vs Bonus Pastor

On Wednesday the 7th November, the Year 8 and year 9 football teams played Bonus Pastor and achieved a win and a draw. The year eights played well with Ellie scoring two goals. The Year nines were unlucky and played really well and had numerous shots on target that were saved or just missed.
The final results were: Year 9: 0:0 Year 8: 2:0
The Year 8 team was: Ellie, Maya, Chloe, Roxy, Emily, Samiat, Mercy
The Year 9 team was: Veronica, Angharad, Lia, Mabel, Tyanna
Written by Angharad and Veronica


Badminton KS3 & KS4 vs Sydenham High School

On Thursday 15th November we had a friendly fixture against Sydenham High School. This was the first tournament of the year in badminton and for all of the players, the first competition they had entered. The girls played fantastically well, showing improvement after every game. The knowledge they gained from playing these matches and how to score was great. Unfortunately, all pairs lost their games but after each game they became closer to winning. Once the team has had more time to practice we will arrange a re-match.
Team: Lily, Lorna, Amy, Esther, Tia and Alma.


Winter Concert On Wednesday 12th December
This is a truly fantastic evening and the PTA are once again providing the bar and refreshments.

We need volunteers to help run the bar and food on the evening.  If you are able to help please email me so I can get a list is a fun evening and raises much needed funds for the PTA. There should be someone at the school from about 5.30 but any time after that is brilliant.

We also need some goodies to sell at the Concert...home cooked or otherwise...all donations gratefully accepted...if you are able to donate something please either bring it with you on the night or get your daughter to drop it off.  

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Careers News

Creative Careers – on 08 November 2018
Over forty students came to hear Jo Bunting, Catherine Whelton and Joanna Robinson speak about how much they enjoy their careers in TV and Picture Editing.

We plan to have a careers talk from a forensic psychiatrist next term.

Deloitte Career Shaper Events in 2019 – apply now
Deloitte Career Shaper events are for Year 10 to 13 students.  They take place in February and July school holidays.  The Shaper events would be very useful for anyone considering a career in business or finance.  See:

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