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Welcome to the Sydenham School e-newsletter: Edition 253


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

Even though we have returned from half term with darker mornings and increasingly darker evenings the students have been in good spirits and focused on their learning. You will see from this edition of SYD that there are a number of opportunities relating to careers and employability. These include a Year 10 Employability Day which is coming up soon. Days like these give our students a really good insight into the ‘real world’ of work during which they are able to practice those all-important ‘soft skills’.

Soft skills include communication, teamwork and problem solving. These are all life skills of course, which we use in our day to day interactions in a number of different contexts. We constantly encourage the development of these skills in school through the formal curriculum and informally in our everyday interactions in lessons and at social times. The adults in the school are aware of the importance of modelling the behaviour that we want to see in all of our students. Ensuring that the students develop as rounded individuals, ready for the world beyond school, is an important aspect of what the school offers.

Congratulations to those students whose work was displayed in the local community and who were commended for their work by a panel of judges. Please do let the school know if there are any other ways, based on your own networks perhaps,  in which we can showcase any high quality work produced by students in the school.

Our Winter Music Concert will be taking place on Wednesday 4th December 2019. The concert will begin at 7pm. It is always an uplifting evening. Please do ensure that you purchase your tickets in good time.

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

Kind regards

Gloria Lowe


High Performance Learning



Anti-Bullying Week

Dear Families,

We will be relaunching our Anti-Bullying Policy during Anti-Bullying week November 11th to 14th. This will involve working closely with the students to promote the policy in and around the school community including:

  • Student-led assemblies and tutor activities
  • An Art Competition
  • Peer mentoring
  • Themed curriculum activities
  • Thank You and Sorry Box
  • Updated Anti-Bullying Parent leaflet

Throughout the year we will be engaging parents on this topic through talks at each Parents' Evening. The first is the Year 9 Parents' Evening on 20th November. There will be three 30 minute talks on E-Safety and Student Wellbeing throughout the evening. We hope you find this information useful.

Janet Emmanuel
Assistant Headteacher

Black History Month Event  

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, and those who attended the Black History Month Event on the 17th of October. The incredible line up of speakers and the dance troop, Pacifica Beats, kept everyone enthralled.  The PTA were delighted to raise valuable funds for the school while at the same time supporting this important annual celebration.

A special thank you goes to our two youngest speakers. Abiola Morris-Walker spoke eloquently about her Aunt, Olive Morris the famous activist from the 70’s known for her activities organising the black community and her feminist activism. Olive Morris died young but left behind an extraordinary legacy of local activism. Also, Nike Ajijola, the former young Deputy Mayor of Lewisham, inspired us all with the confidence this role has given her . We hope to have a Sydenham School Young Mayor in the future. The PTA wishes to extend a big thank you to the parents and  Governors who also spoke at this event – so great to see parents using their experience and expertise to motivate the next generation.

If you would like to take part in future  #BHM events  let us know by getting in touch.


Your Future, Your Ambition Annual STEM Event

On the 10th of October, the Computer Science Department took us to the 'Your Future, Your Ambition'  annual STEM Event held at the Emirates Stadium. At this event we spoke to many different companies about potential careers we could take up in the STEM industry. For example, at the ITV stand we were able to see the technology involved in reading the weather. Some of us got the opportunity to pretend  that we were weather reporters which was really interesting as we gained an understanding of the types of technology which is used to help read the weather.

At Network Rail we were able to see how virtual reality is used to solve work-related problems.  Some of us got the opportunity to play a Star Wars virtual reality game which was remarkable and we learnt that Amazon for example, uses robots to pick customer orders so that they can be delivered next day. Other workshops that we attended included Lego Mind Storm, an Army workshop and there were several STEM lectures. Lastly, we were offered potential work experience opportunities from companies like Natwest, Johnson & Johnson, Visa and ITV. It was a great day and we would like to thank Ms Forrest for organising it.

Year 9 Parents' Evening  

Parents Evening Year 9 – Wednesday 20th November is between 4pm-7pm (Parent booking system opens Wednesday 6th November).

Click the link to read the letter: Year 9 Letter


Visual Arts Exhibition

Last year’s Badaude illustrations made in Visual Arts are being exhibited in our local Sainsbury’s window, Forest Hill Library, and Forest Hill pools.

All visitors to the private view a few weeks ago were asked to nominate their favourite drawing.
Congratulations to all the work on show.
The following awards are given:




Employability Day . This is an annual activity and is for all Year 10 students. The day takes place between lessons 1-4 on Thursday 07 November. There is also a
Work Experience Launch Evening. All Year 10 students and parents are invited to attend. The evening starts at - 17.30 and will finish at 18.30  on Thursday 07 November in the Main School Hall.

Please see the letter about Employability Day and the evening meeting for all Year 10 Parents at this link: LETTER

A website that will help your child prepare for the employer interview on 07 November is -

Also, please have a look at the Barclays Lifeskills website with your child and help them to create an account.  (You may need the School's post code - SE26 4RD).

Costume and Theatre Careers Talk - Tuesday 19th November 2019 from 15.30 - 16.30 - Sixth Form Common Room

We are delighted to invite all students to a careers seminar with the Assistant Costume Supervisor of The National Theatre.  Sarah Holmes will be speaking about careers in costume and in the theatre.  Do encourage your child to put the date into their Planner and to come along to hear more about these creative and STEM careers.

Fiona Taylor, Careers and Enterprise Coordinator


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