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Welcome to the Sydenham School e-newsletter: Edition 241


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

As we approach the Spring Half Term break, I do hope that you are beginning to appreciate the lighter mornings and the lighter evenings, making it safer for the students to travel to and from school. You will see a picture of the bulbs, which are emerging across the front lawns of the school following our communal bulb planting in the winter term when the ground was almost too hard and frozen to be broken in to. Aren’t they lovely! And a good symbol of the hard work that goes on throughout the school day in and day out.

The High Performance Learning features speaks of ‘intellectual confidence’, which we plan into learning opportunities in the school. Of course developing ‘social confidence’ is also an important aspect of life here at Sydenham School. Our sports teams are becoming more confident in their play and the desire to improve, as well as that all-important quality of working hard and together, is clearly producing good outcomes. There is also I hope, a feeling from the items in the Newsletter, that students are enjoying what they are doing and are therefore highly motivated.

Once again, we would like to thank all families for working in partnership with the school and ensuring that every student can make the progress of which they are capable. I hope as ever, that you have a relaxing and pleasant half term when we get there. Please do ensure that your child returns to school on Monday 25th February in full school uniform, on time, well equipped and ready to continue the good work that they have started.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe




Mathematics Masterclass


On Saturday 2nd February, ten Year 11 students took part in a Mathematics Masterclass at Forest Hill School. The conference was the second in the ‘Cloud Nine and Super Sevens’ lecture series for specially invited students from across Lewisham aiming for the top GCSE grades. Quite apart from giving up their Saturday morning to study, our students particularly impressed the presenters with their ability to make mathematical links and their confidence to get involved. Students enjoyed the challenge and said that it would inspire them to consolidate their learning with independent study and revision.


A' Level Art Exhibition


This year's Young London Artist exhibition proved to be quite a showcase of talent. From highly accomplished drawing and observation paintings to digital work and dramatic performance, students told their stories. Stories of history, being young,  basking in shadows, consumer and Brexit pressures, and the local landscape. Students impressed and expressed. 

Our visiting judges Roxana Halls, who exhibited in this year's Royal Academy Summer show and award winning science writer and  presenter of 'Presenter of Science Stories' on BBC Radio 4 Phil Ball, engaged students with in-depth discussions about their ideas and made their awards.

Winning student Gemma Mann created a surprising Fauvist style landscape with runner-up Ruby Nugent with both students making comment on how art can affect politics, through  layered installations. Highly commended was Daisy Morrish for an impressive light projection installation.


News From the Library

'Blind Date'  with a Book
Before the half term, we wrapped a selection of books in brown paper, added a few keys words to give a clue to the genre and included instructions that the book was not to be opened until the holidays.

This proved to be much more popular than expected and over 100 books flew off the shelves within a day! The feedback has been very positive with students saying how it has widened their reading as it led them to engage in a book that they may had never considered before.


World Book Day Events
From Monday 4th March in the Library, we are holding a week of events to celebrate World Book Day. This, culminates in the grand finale at the end of the week with the ever popular Dress Up In Your Favourite Book Character Day. Please click here for the details of all events.

Happy Reading!
The Library Team


Revision Tips

Meditation Session  

Last week was child mental health week and we at Sydenham School wanted to be part of that.
We organised a lunchtime meditation session which was promoted by The Mindfulness in Schools  Project with the idea that "Schools Sit together"  and meditate.

Abbi ,Storm and Madison organised the promotion for the school.
We warmed up with a bit of busy bee humming, extended breathing and left nostril breathing, all of which help to calm the mind .

Then we practiced meditating . The Year 10 students managed  14 minutes in total and the Year 8 8 students achieved 8 minutes of quality meditation.
It was a joy to see a class of our young women taking time out to be quiet and still.  Good self-care !
We hope to run more sessions in the future.
In the meantime ......keep breathing !


Year 7 LSSSA Netball

On Monday 28th January we hosted the Lewisham Secondary Schools Sports Association netball tournament at St Dunstan’s College.  Seven schools took part and all the players were a credit to their schools. It was a bitterly cold afternoon and even though most of the players couldn’t feel their hands they didn’t complain and just got stuck in.

Our team played fantastically well, showing great collaborative work and communication. Player of the match was Isatou for her fantastic defensive skills.
The results are as follows:

1st Place – Sydenham High School
Joint 2nd Place – Sydenham School & Bonus Pastor
4th Place – Trinity
5th Place – St Dunstan’s
6th Place – St Matthews
7th Place – Prendergast Vale


Well done to the Year 7 students who played a Netball match against Bonus Pastor on Monday 4th February. The final score was 7-14 to Bonus Pastor School. Well done to them. The team is continuing to improve in their skills and knowledge of the game. Special mention again to Isatou for receiving player of the team and to Chayma for her accuracy in shooting.

Ms Hughes


Year 7 Football Match vs Bonus Pastor

On Thursday 31st January the Year 7 football team went to Bonus Pastor School for their first full 11 a-side game on grass. We played 2 halves of 20 minutes. Ashana in Year 11 was their coach and did a fantastic job of sorting the team out , warming them up, deciding on when to substitute players on and off and gave a very motivational half time talk.

The team played fantastically well considering the conditions. It was extremely cold and quite slippery on the muddy patches. May showed fantastic defensive skills and had a very good touch on the ball. Chloe was a great team player, always in the right place to defend the ball and pass it on to one of the strikers. Kaci scored a fantastic goal which resulted in Sydenham winning 1 -0. There are definite improvements to be made which Ashana will work on with the players over the next few weeks before they have their rematch. We are really enjoying working hard, improving our technique and therefore being successful. Well done everyone.

Well done to Ashana, Roxie, Chloe, Ellie, Mia, Jorja, Lorna, Niamh, Leah, May, Titalaho, Neige and Kaci.

With over 100 tickets already sold for the PTA’s #internationalwomensday event, don’t forget to buy yours - once they are gone they are gone........

This celebratory event features 12 fantastic  women who will be delivering a wide range of 5 minute presentations to inspire you during the year ahead and beyond. Our speakers have diverse backgrounds and interests and here’s a sneak preview of three of them.

Charlene Peters - Charlene has over 15 years' experience working across private, public and charity sectors, Charlene is in the business of transformation, igniting and enabling digital and behavioural growth in individuals and organisations.

Emma Mawston - Emma is a Freelance designer/consultant/concept creator and stylist with extensive knowledge of printed textiles and in-house design studio management previously Head of Liberty Fashion Fabrics and Interiors. You may have seen Emma on the Channel 4 TV Liberty of London. 

Sumera Khan - Sumera is a Speech & Language Therapist specialising in autism and complex needs. Sumera works for the NHS and independently. She volunteers for Diversity Role Models, a charity that aims to prevent homophobic bullying in schools, Sumera will be talking about being a diversity role model and why is this personally important to her.

Hosted by Helen Hayes MP and proudly sponsored by Marienne Pachonick Architects this promises to be a great event. 
Tickets as well as  more details about speakers and the event can be found at


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