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Welcome to the Sydenham School e-newsletter: Edition 257


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families

I hope that you had a restful holiday during the recent Christmas period. We would like to wish you a Happy New Year too for 2020.

The new term has started well and the students have returned to school with a positive mindset. The assemblies this week have welcomed them back and focused on the importance of mental health and well being as well as the importance of being kind, helpful and respectful in the school community.

Please do note the information in the newsletter about the forthcoming Year 11 Parents’ Evening as well as the Year 8 Parents/ GCSE Choices Evening. We look forward to seeing as many families as possible at both of these important events.

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

Kind regards

Mrs Lowe




Sixth Form Performance  

We are delighted that we have received the excellent news that our Sixth Form performance has been identified as being in the top 25% of schools over the last 3 years. This has been achieved through the hard work, determination and perseverance of students, teachers and families and is something that we should all feel very proud of. We are continuing to work very hard to make sure that our current 6th Form students are just as successful and we are really pleased that 8 of our Year 13 students have interviews at Oxbridge in the next few weeks. We are also looking forward to meeting the many Sixth Form applicants from Year 11 beginning this month at their course discussion interviews.



Our Student Leadership Team led the school initiative to donate food and toiletries to Lewisham Food Bank.  Once again, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the students.  When we delivered the boxes to the Food Bank, we asked them to tell us the best time to donate again this year, as we are fully aware that Christmas is a time when it is important to think of others.  For this reason we will be asking for donations again in February, as this is a time when stocks run low.


The Red Shoes

On the 4th of December, myself and other dance students had the wonderful opportunity to go and see Mathew Bourne's 'The Red Shoes' at Saddlers Wells Theatre. The design was really unique and played a key part in the performance. My favourite part was the pointe work as I was really impressed with the technique and the standard of the performance skills. The way the story was told was unusual and unlike any other version I have seen before. I found this interesting as it gave me an alternative interpretation of the storyline. The technique and flexibility of the dancers was inspiring and it highlighted the high standard of performance and skills. Overall, we would definitely recommend a visit to the theatre to see 'The Red Shoes'.

Martha 11E


Sydenham School PTA

Happy New Year everyone!

Good news - we now have 25 people signed up to host an Estate Agent Board. However our target is 50 so if you haven't already signed up please do read on...

We are seeking more wonderful supporters to host a board outside their home ahead of PTA events - a great way to advertise our events to people passing, and a FANTASTIC way to make a contribution to the school. Each time you host a board, the PTA will receive a fee from the estate agent. This will really add up.

You will not be required to be at home when boards are put up and taken down. Once on our list, we will assume you are happy for a board each time unless you ask us to remove your name from the list.

If you are able to join this fundraising initiative and host a board (or for more information) please email the PTA at with the following (a text template will appear when you click the email link above):
Subject:  Estate Agent Boards

I confirm I am happy for an estate agents board promoting Sydenham School events to be placed outside my home.
Address:                  Post Code:

Thank you, as always, for your support.

Sydenham School PTA


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JP Morgan Generation Tech Event on Saturday 14 December 2019

Over 50 of our students volunteered to attend the JP Morgan Generation Tech event on the Saturday before Christmas.  They were treated to a superb day involving creativity, team work, lots of delicious food and many fantastic prizes. Students worked with other young women from across south east London and made new friends.  Five of our students were in the top two winning teams.  Zainab, Hayley and Melanie all won iPads to take home. Rebecca and Isabel won Sony Headphones.  Well done to all of the 54 students who went along.  I would highly recommend this annual event to any student in years 10-13 next December. 

Here are some comments from the two Year 13 students in the winning team.


On Saturday we arrived at J.P. Morgan in Canary Wharf along with about 150 other students. The day was incredibly enjoyable as I got on very well with the rest of the team and throughout the day there was an endless amount of snacks and food for everyone as well as lots of other prizes to win. We designed an engaging app to improve sustainable cities and communities, then pitched it in two rounds of judging and we won first prize which was an iPad. It was an exhilarating end to a really memorable day.


The JP Morgan Generation Tech experience was an insightful experience into design collaboration and STEM. We were tasked to produce a technological solution for a UN global goal. By producing an app for promoting sustainability in communities, we won an iPad each and throughout the day we were treated to tacos, pizza, burgers and raffle prizes. It was a special day having met new people too and I highly recommend it to anyone who might be given the chance to attend this prestigious event next year.

Rebecca and Isabel from Year 10 with their Generation Tech trophies for winning in their category.

Making informed choices about which GCSEs and post 16 Qualifications to choose?

Go to the Informed Choices website to ask all your questions:

“The subjects you study at 13+ and in the Sixth Form or Further Education: and, importantly , the subjects you choose to drop, can affect which degrees and careers that are open to you.  This site helps you make an informed choice.  It is brought to you by the Russell Group of universities, but it will be applicable across the whole range of Higher Education institutions and opportunities.  Whether you know what degree or career you want and need to choose the right subjects or if you are interested in certain subjects and want to know how these might affect your choice of degree course, the answers are right here. Please do take a look and see how it can help with your decision making.

Fiona Taylor, Careers and Enterprise Coordinator



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