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Welcome to the Sydenham School e-newsletter: Edition 252


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

We are drawing towards the end of this half term which I hope has been a positive one for your children. As the evenings get darker- the clocks go back one hour on the last Sunday of half term (27th October) - please can you ensure that your children have appropriate outdoor clothing and accessories to keep them warm.

You will see from this Newsletter that the school has launched a new website. We hope that you like the more modern format and that it will be easier for you to navigate and find the key pieces of information that you need.

You will find below some wonderful pictures of our newly appointed Student Leadership Team. All of the team have received a ‘well done’ letter and there was a special assembly this morning during which badges were given out and students were applauded in their new roles. These badges will be replacing the ‘teal’ coloured prefect jumpers which have proved to be costly and less popular with the students.

I hope as ever, that you have a restful and enjoyable weekend- and half term- with your families and friends.

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe


Student Leadership Team

On Friday 11th October we held an assembly with Ms Harbon, Ms Morrison, Ms Lowe and Ms Gostling to celebrate the successful recruitment of students in Years 10 and 11 to the roles of Senior Head Girl, Head Girl and the wider Student Leadership Team.  Congratulations to Hanifah in Year 11 and Monique in Year 10 on their appointment to the posts of Senior Head Girl and Head Girl respectively. Here they are, both are looking very proud in the picture above.

Students on the Student Leadership Team will lead on three main issues across the school and wider community: Environment, School Culture and Ethos and Student Well-being. These issues were identified through Student Voice as being important to the school community and ones in which students wanted to make positive changes.

We look forward to working with all the students including our newly appointed Prefects in Year 10 who join our current Year 11 Prefects in supporting the Student Leadership Team in facilitating change in our three priority areas.

Ms Morrison and Ms Harbon
Student Leadership





Sydenham PTA  

Tickets are selling fast so please do order yours now and celebrate Black History Month with this fantastic event organised by Sydenham School PTA for students, parents, carers, friends and family. The event is open to all and is not a 'school only' event.

Hosted by Barbara Gray, Mayoress of Lewisham, this fast paced evening  features 12 inspirational speakers of  African and African-Caribbean heritage  who will be talking about their  field of expertise or area of interest;   Who was Olive Morris? Hear David Neita’s short  play ‘The Windrush Blues'; what is it like to be the Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham?  All this and more!

Refreshments will be on sale, including rum punch and Caribbean-inspired mocktails.

You can also pre-order and pay for a meal of Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas or a Vegan Caribbean Stew with Rice and Peas when you buy your entry tickets online.
All proceeds from this event will go towards improving the facilities at Sydenham School.
Suitable for ages 11+.

  • Thursday 17 October: Black History Month celebration, Main School Hall, 6.30pm.
  • Wednesday 29 January: PTA meeting, school Library, 6-8pm. All families are welcome.
  • Thursday 5 March: International Women’s Day event, Main School Hall, 6.30pm.
  • Thursday 30 April: PTA meeting, school Library, 6-8pm. All families are welcome.
  • 12 May 2020: Quiz Night

For more information about the Sydenham PTA click here:


News From The Library

October is a busy month for the Library, focusing on many important areas.

World Mental Health Day: The school is focusing on raising awareness of self-care and positive well-being. Knowing that the teen years can be a complex experience for most  young people, we have a great selection of books to help in our dedicated ‘Shelf Help’ section. The range of books cover issues such as self-esteem, puberty, depression, gender identity, mental health, friendship, anxiety and how to empower yourself for the future. 

Dyslexia Awareness Week: The Library also has over 100 books which are Dyslexia friendly, including Dyslexia friendly dictionaries.

Black History Month: We have a wonderful selection of books celebrating black history and black authors. Our students are really enjoying reading the Penguin Extraordinary Life series, featuring such inspirational figures as Michelle Obama, Katherine Johnson, Mary Seacole and Rosa Parks.

All students have an account for Accessit, our Library Management System, and are able to search for books on all topics, make book lists, write reviews and reserve books.

Our Year 7 students have settled in well, having been inducted on how to get the best out of all the facilities in the Library. The Library is open from 8:00am until 4:50pm. We are aware already that there are some very keen readers in this new year group. All Year 7 students have one English lesson per week in the Library throughout the year, which will be dedicated to reading and follow the Accelerated Reader Programme.

Here is a reminder that students across all years are expected to have a reading book in their school bag every day as part of their school equipment and are encouraged to read at home for at least 20 minutes per day.
As always, please encourage your children to make full use of the wonderful facilities in our Library.

Happy reading!
The Library Team


Student Portal

The new School website has a student portal which can be accessed as seen in the screenshot below from the homepage of the website.

The student portal is the place for students to go to access their email, their documents or many of the educational apps that they use.



Dear parents,

SYDENHAM HIGH SCHOOL - Careers Event - Medical & Allied Health Professionals - Monday 14th October, 6.30-8.30pm

Confirm your attendance by clicking here:

This event is for students in Years 9-13.  Please assist your child to sign up and go along.  The SYDENHAM HIGH SCHOOL (Westwood Hill) Careers Fairs are always of a very high quality.

Please note – this is a SYDENHAM HIGH SCHOOL event – and the venue is SYDENHAM HIGH SCHOOL – Senior School, 19 Westwood Hill, London SE26 6BL.  (The entrance is opposite Longton Grove, SE26).

During the evening there will be two talks:

7.00pm NHS Health Education England
7.30pm I See the Difference

There will also be representatives from Guy’s & St Thomas’s Widening Participation/WEX Team, Nursing, Music Therapy and many other professions and universities.

Fiona Taylor
Careers and Enterprise Coordinator

Parking Near the School  

It has been drawn to our attention that a number of cars have been parking on the private land of Courtside, Forest Hill Court and Suncroft Place or causing vehicle obstruction in surrounding residential roads while dropping off or collecting children from school.
If you have to come by car, please can you think carefully about where and how you park to ensure that you are respectful of our neighbours. Please do not stop on the zig-zag and double yellow line markings, park or drive on the pavements, double park, obstruct the driveways of local residents or park on private property.

Thank you in anticipation of your consideration in parking responsibly and respecting the local residents who live close to Sydenham School. 



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KS3 Netball

On Monday 7 October Sydenham School's Key Stage 3 Netball team won 6 out of their 9 games at the Lewisham Schools Netball Tournament hosted by Sydenham High School.  Every one of our students demonstrated perseverance, creativity and collaboration in the pursuit of excellence. Indeed, all the values, attitudes and attributes of a high performance team.  Well done to the students and thank you to Ms Notice for developing their skills.



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