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Welcome to the Sydenham School e-newsletter: Edition 243




Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

Easter is not too far away and we hope that this spring term has been a positive one for your child at school. You will see from this edition of SYD that the grand finale of the term will be the Spring  music concert on the 28th March. The Spring concert has always been a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talent of our musicians, across the years, and we look forward to celebrating the progress and achievements of your children with you. Please do ensure that you buy a ticket early before they are all sold out!

This term has seen a focus both locally and further afield in terms of student activism. Some Year 10 students have asked to set up a School Society that will enable students to constructively channel their energies and find a home for their ideas about how to effect change in order to make the world a better place.

You may be aware that the school has been campaigning for some time to have the footbridge between Forest Hill and Sydenham train stations rebuilt. Our new mayor, Damien Egan, will be visiting the school on Friday 22nd March and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the school as well as discussing with him the bridge and a number of other issues about the local area.

The public GCSE, A Level and BTEC exams begin in earnest after Easter. Some  exams will have already taken place in Art and Food Technology. Our students are continuing to work hard, ably supported by the adults in the school who are doing all that they can to ensure that the outcomes the students deserve are indeed realised. Please do also continue to ensure that your child has a quiet place to study at home and that they are making the most of all of the intervention sessions on offer at school. There are sessions before school, at lunchtimes, after school and during the Easter break. Families have commented on how appreciative they are of staff for giving up their own time in order to support the students additionally.

As families, you also need to ensure that there are periods of rest and relaxation and that you are really encouraging of all of the effort that your child is making. Please do let us know if there is anything that the school can do further to make what can be a stressful time more manageable for our older students. We wish all of our students the very best of luck in their exams.

I hope as ever, that you have a lovely and restful weekend with your families.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe



Celebrating World Book Day 2019


Once again, we wanted to say well done to all staff and students who entered into the spirit of the day by dressing in a wonderful array of costumes. The participation was even bigger than last year making the judging very difficult. So many deserving entrants showed their flair for creativity and effort in assembling their chosen character that this year we have joint KS3 group winners.

KS3 - Individual winner – Jasmine 7A as Ms Root from Demon Dentist – we loved the detail.
KS3 - Duo winner – Mia & Olivia 7N as Mr & Mrs Fox
KS3 – Joint Group winners – Mariam 7H, Scarlett, Rebecca, Jumana & Isabelle 7A as characters from the book ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
KS3 – Joint Group winners – Niamh 7S, Ellie 7Y, Ruby 7N, Amelie 7E as characters from the book ‘A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.’
KS4 - Individual winner – Amelia 9N as Whinnie the Witch and who showed great artistic flair in designing and creating her costume and in particular the ‘hairy legs’!
KS4 – Group winners– Joni 11Y, Honor, Hannah Chantelle, Dulcie, Oriana 11D, as characters from ‘The Inspector Calls’.

Choosing a winning Faculty again proved very difficult but this year the English Faculty has taken the prize for their portrayal of the characters from Macbeth. A very big thank you goes out to all the staff who made the effort, much to the delight of the students.
A special mention goes to the following students who made the decision for first place even harder.
Daisy 7D - The Boy Who Kicked Pigs
Amber 9H – Tony Stark
Imogen 9M – Christopher Robin
Indigo 7D – Storm from X-Men
Arwen 7D – Wonder Woman.

Link to photos:

Our week in the Library was filled with engaging events to celebrate World Book Day. These included a craft session, quizzes, a book swap (where 317 books exchanged hands) and the Big Booky Breakfast.
Through our activities, we raised £100.00 for the Book Aid International.

Happy Reading from the Library Team!

Envision at Sydenham School  

Year 10 students complete their first challenge as Community Apprentices.

On Thursday 28th February, a group of 14 students from Year 10 completed their first challenge as part of Envision’s Community-Apprentice competition: the Awareness Raising Challenge. Team Stop, Drop, Live or S.D.L. are supporting the Street Doctors, a charity which aims to reduce the number of deaths as a result of violence by teaching young people to call 999 and Emergency First Aid.

Team S.D.L raised awareness of the work of Street Doctors through running a fantastic interactive assembly for their Year 10 peers. The team also approached students during lunchtime explaining more about the charity and asking them to write on a red hand about the importance of Street Doctors. This coincided with the national campaign #highfivetosavealife.  These hands will be used to create an art piece that will be displayed in the school.

The team’s awareness-raising day concluded with volunteers from Street Doctors coming into school to deliver a session. Here the students learned what to do if they come across someone who is bleeding or unconscious, including how to put someone into the recovery position and perform CPR. The team did an incredible job at working together to deliver an ambitious Awareness-Raising Project. They have shown an enormous amount of creativity and have really developed together. Well done everyone.

The competition so far

The team are halfway through their 13-week journey on the Envision programme. Having just completed the first of three challenges as Community Apprentices, they will be taking on the Fundraising Challenge and Pitching Challenge in the next few weeks.  As well as developing their own skills, the programme requires students to work effectively in teams to make their challenges a success.

Team S.D.L are in competition with four other schools. The team that can demonstrate that they have shown the best use and development of determination, confidence and teamwork as well as overall commitment to the programme, will be crowned the “Community Apprentice Champions” and will win an extra £500 for their charity.

Exposure to the workplace

Each school is partnered with its very own business, who invite the students to their offices and volunteer their time to guide and encourage the team with their projects as well as encourage them to develop the skills employers are looking for.

Team S.D.L with their business partners Inmarsat

In the last mentoring session, the Community Apprentices worked with their Business Mentors to develop ideas for their fundraising challenge that will take place at their workplace in Spring. As well as offering them guidance with project planning, the mentors provide the students with examples of how to develop key skills of teamwork, confidence and determination, reinforcing how valuable these skills are in their own jobs and when accessing the workplace in general.

The next Business Mentoring session will take place on Thursday 28th March, where the team will have an hour to deliver their fundraising activities, putting their newly developed skills of confidence and teamwork into practice by raising as much money as possible for Street Doctors. They will also do a presentation to the wider organisation at Inmarsat, to inform them about their experiences on Envision’s Community-Apprentice programme. This will prepare the participants for their final challenge on 29th April. This is The Pitching Challenge, where they will go head to head with four other schools. But, there can only be one winner!


Revision Tips!


The Guardian Newspaper Media Studies Trip

On Friday 1st March 2019, a group of Sixth Formers and 7 lucky Year 10 Media students were invited to The Guardian Newspaper in Kings Cross for an exciting editing workshop. We were warmly welcomed by Jen who escorted us to the education suite. Our task for the day was to act like editors and create a 2-3 minute documentary with the overall theme of climate change.

We were supplied with 20 minutes of footage collected by the award-winning video and interactive producer: Laurence Topham. This exceptional experience has given us a useful glimpse into what media production can be like in the world of work. We are so thankful for this unique and inspirational trip and would love to do it again.
Dolly and Sola - Year 10


Work Experience Opportunities

JP Morgan are offering work experience to Year 10 students upward.  Applications open on 28 March 2018

Prime is an organisation that helps young people find work experience in Law firms:

Rothschild & Co are running two work experience programmes in the summer aimed at female Year 12 and Year 13 students who are considering a career in financial advisory.

Horizon Women’s Work Experience Programme 2019 – w/c 29th July 2019  -

Pioneer Work Experience Programme 2019 – w/c 5th August 2019  -

There are only 25 spaces on each event – so apply asap.

Fiona Taylor, Careers and Enterprise Coordinator,



News on the Street is Creative

Year 10 Visual Arts students have been creating a colourful display of work this year exploring our local community. Students are building skills across drawing, painting, printing, ICT design and collage.

Ideas are emerging through the painted study of clues that link us to our Victorian heritage in architecture, asking questions about gentrification and social housing and the changing faces of our High Streets. Thorough observation and using precision with materials have resulted in beautiful outcomes which are giving students a voice about their community. 
Well done all Year 10 Visual Arts students.
Ms Henderson


LSSSA Trampolining Tournament

On Thursday 7th March, Sydenham School hosted the annual trampolining tournament. We had 4 schools enter the KS3 category and 2 schools the KS4 category. Our teams were nervous but had prepared well and all remembered their 2 ten bounce routines. The results are below:

Well done to: Charlotte Yr8, Reshana Yr8, Maariya Yr8, Nuala Yr7, Valenteen Yr11 and Faith Yr11

LSSSA KS3 Badminton Tournament
On Thursday 14th March, Sydenham School hosted the KS3 Badminton tournament. 4 schools entered the tournament and it was an exhilarating experience. Each team consisted of 4/5 players and the team had to play each school in 5 matches up to 11 points. The players played fantastically well and really learnt alot throughout the games. It was quite hard for them as they were mainly playing against Year 9 students but they didn’t give up and showed great perseverance throughout the tournament. Also we had the Year 11 BTEC Sport students being assessed in their umpiring skills. They did really well too and again improved their confidence game upon game. The results are below:

Well done to: Rihanna Yr8, Lorna Yr7, Amy Yr7, Keziah Yr7 and Roxy Yr7.


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