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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 240


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

As this edition of the SYD Newsletter goes to press, the weather has turned very cold and it feels very much like the deep winter. Please can you make sure that your child comes to school dressed warmly and fully protected against the chill, including wearing a warm outer coat. Can we remind you that coats, hats, scarves and gloves should be black or navy blue with no logos.

We are preparing for e-Safety Day on Tuesday 5th February and organising a range of activities for the week beginning the 4th of February, some of which will be student- led. We cannot over-emphasise the importance of families making sure that their children are using the Internet safely and that they are not over exposed to it.

It is very important to monitor how much your child is using their phones, tablets etc and what exactly they are doing when they are on them. We recommend that you take any devices away at night time so that sleep can be sound and uninterrupted.

A reminder that International Women’s Day takes place at the beginning of March. We plan to celebrate it in spectacular fashion and will be inviting female speakers into the school to tell us their inspiring stories. It promises to be a really good event-please do buy your tickets now before they are sold out. (See below for details).

As ever, I hope that you have a lovely and restful weekend with your family and friends.

Kind regards,

Mrs Lowe



Keeping Safe Out and About

This is something to think about:

•If you are going to be late home, let your family know.

•A good idea is to ensure your parents have the number of your friends and their parents so they can check that you’re safe.

Keeping students safe after school and on their journey home


•Travel in pairs or small groups whenever possible and make sure you travel directly home rather than hang around at bus stops.
•Walk along main roads wherever possible, avoid quiet areas, unsafe short-cuts or parks.
•If you have any worries while you are on your journey to or from school you can come back to the school reception and tell an adult or find a ‘safe adult’ and tell them what is making you feel worried. This could be an adult with children, a shop keeper or a police officer.

Bus Journeys

•Try to sit downstairs near to the bus driver.
•If you feel uncomfortable sitting or standing next to someone then move away  from them.
•If you have any concerns while you are on a bus you should report it to the bus driver, alert other passengers or in an emergency dial 999.



BBC Sydenham School Year 10 Media Studies Trip to BBC Radio 1/1Xtra


On the 19th December 2018, 10 lucky year 10 GCSE Media Studies students were picked to embark on a trip to BBC Broadcasting House in Oxford Circus. As part of our visit, we had a guided tour of the building and their facilities. We got to see the production of different types of media and the type of environment that is needed to make them.

We were shown specialist studios including the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge (where we met Nick Grimshaw casually having his lunch). This was an inspirational visit as we got to meet and question many successful and talented producers, directors and writers. It gave us an exceptional insight into the world of media and we learnt a lot that we can take into our future careers. We are so grateful for this experience and would really like to do it again.

Dolly and Sola – Year 10



"Protecting The Royals” - Careers Talk, Monday 04 February, 15.30 to 16.30, Sixth Form Common Room

EVERYONE is invited to hear Dr Simon Wilson, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist based at Buckingham Palace, speak about his work as a psychiatrist in the UK’s only public figure' Threat Assessment Team'.

Dr Wilson will provide an overview of what the work of a forensic psychiatrist actually entails.  Forensic psychiatrists are medical doctors who have specialised in the management of severe mental health problems in those who have committed the most serious crimes. They often give expert witness evidence in the criminal courts.

Dr Wilson and his team work to reduce the risk of assassination to the Royal Family and the Prime Minister.

It promises to be a fascinating insight into this high profile world.  Please do speak with your child about the wonderful opportunity this presents to gain an insight into a world that is so rarely spoken about.


This is a rare opportunity for interested students to get involved in a work experience programme with a difference. You will have the chance to hear from professionals who will share their expertise and experiences  of working in the creative industries during an interactive two-day workshop on Monday, 15th – Tuesday, 16th April 2019 in central London.

The two-day workshop will cover areas such as theatre, design, music, creative agency, photography and many more areas. The two days will give a wide overview of opportunities available within the creative industries, with helpful tips on how to get started and some practical insight into selected lines of work.

There will be speakers from a diverse range of creative industries including; Ted Baker, Channel 4, Warner Music, Strata Creative Communications and an Award Winning Photographer.

All 16 to 18 year olds who are interested should apply by Friday 08 February 2019.

For application details please see:


KPMG Business Services Apprenticeship 2019 – for our Year 11, 12 and 13 students

KPMG360 Business Services is a two-year apprenticeship programme giving students the opportunity to learn how our business operates through working with our central teams.  The apprenticeship is available to students on completion of their GCSEs.  Apprentices will have the opportunity to work towards a professional qualification and get real hands-on experience from day one. The programme is due to be open for applications at the beginning of March 2019.  For more details about the programme please see:

KPMG are offering our students Get Ahead sessions, during which students will find out more about:

a)      KPMG – who we are, what we do, and what it’s like to work here
b)      Apprenticeships – the different opportunities available at KPMG
c)      Recruitment process – get hints & tips on each stage of the process to support an    application
d)      Networking – current Apprentices will be attending to share their insights during the question and answer session

The date is:

Canary Wharf - Tuesday 5th March - 17:00-20:00 - to register for this event, please complete the booking form at

KPMG also run 360 Apprentices and 360 Digital Apprentices for students who have completed A Levels / Level 3 qualifications. The same link above can be used to register students interested in these offers.


Year 13 Geography Field Trip January 2019


The Year 13 A-level Geography class spent four days in Swanage, Dorset collecting primary data for their independent investigation. It was a chilly few days and very testing conditions for coastal and urban fieldwork, perseverance and resilience were key! The Jurassic coastline is a World Heritage Site and a unique and beautiful part of the country.

Here are some quotes from the Year 13 students.
‘A day in Corfe Castle, a day spent in Swanage, and a day crawling around the sand dunes. What’s not to like!?'
‘Our tutor was very nice. Leeson house was very accommodating and the activities were all useful and relevant for our coursework. It was a great geographical experience being able to see Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.’

‘Leeson house was really nice, the communal space was relaxing and there were lots of things to do. The food was really good too. It was great that they catered for both vegetarian and vegan tastes. The places we visited for our fieldwork were very well-chosen and Charlotte was a wonderful tutor and provided us with lots of useful information.’


Safer Internet Day 2019

Sydenham School is registered as a supporter of Safer Internet Day 2019, which this year will be on Tuesday 5th February. During the week of Safer Internet Day, our Year 8 Digital Leaders will be presenting at whole-school assemblies and there will be e-safety related activities taking place during tutor times. 
As a parent or carer you too can play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. To show your support for Safer Internet Day 2019, you can start by having a conversation with your child about their online activities. Click on the following link to find out how:

ENVISION - Year 10 – Community Apprenticeship Initiative  

On Tuesday 15th January, 13 Year 10 students from Sydenham School were invited to the launch of Envision’s Community-Apprentice programme, a 13-week inter-school competition across Lewisham. The competition requires each team to run an awareness-raising and fundraising project for their chosen charity in their school and a partner business. The students will receive support along the way from a dedicated team of business mentors from Inmarsat, as well as weekly in-school guidance from their Envision Coach, Niamh O’Connor. Throughout the programme the students will develop key employability skills such as confidence, determination and teamwork.

Our group of young people, now known as ‘Stop, Drop, Live’ or ‘SDL’ heard from four fantastic local charities each tackling different social issues before deciding which to support. The team chose Street Doctors, a charity which works to reduce knife crime through teaching basic first aid. They also met their business mentors for the first time.  Everyone is  very excited to see what ideas the Sydenham School team comes up with and how they develop on the programme!

For more information on Street Doctors see -


The Sydenham School PTA are delighted to extend an invitation to students, parents, carers, friends and family to  celebrate International Women’s Day 2019. 
Hosted by Helen Hayes MP and  proudly sponsored by Marienne Pachonick Architects, this promises to be a great event. 12 inspirational women will be talking for 5 minutes each about their field of expertise.  The panel embraces science, television, design, local government, architecture, psychology and much more.

Tickets, more details about the speakers and the event can be found at



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