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Performing Arts celebrated in style

Thursday 14 June saw the culmination of all the hard work of our talented pupils in Music, Dance and Drama this year. A fantastic evening was staged to showcase highlights from the year and to reward students across the disciplines.

There were performances from Alice in Wonderland, dance company, choir, musicians and a plethora of awards from Key Stage 3 to 5 – 26 in total! We look forward to celebrating a few more students at our prize giving in July.

An incredible evening. So proud. Well done to all on an outstanding year in drama, dance and music –  you have been outstanding in your commitment to this invaluable part of school life.” – Mrs Woodcock

As a school we have always been bursting with creativity, talent and excellence and it was a delight to see the girls celebrated among peers, staff and families. We look forward to seeing what 2018-19 has in store!


Sydenham PE goes from strength to strength

PE fixtures happen every week inside and outside of school for Sydenham High pupils. The @SydSports twitter feed gives broader coverage of everything that the girls get up to but we have had a few highlights recently that we wanted to share:


Ellie Osmond year 10 competed at Kent Schools Athletics last weekend in the 1500m steeplechase (not a sport that we participate in at London Schools competitiongs! ) She got a qualifying time and PB of 5.23, taking third place overall in the U17 category and first out of those competing from London school. She has consequently been selected to compete at English Schools on 14 July. This is an outstanding achievement. She is one of the younger competitors in the age category and therefore has another season in this group.


Millie McLeod and her Southwark team competed at the London Youth Games last Sunday. They won through to the finals in July (first time they’ve managed that!) A fantastic accomplishment.


Last Saturday seven students went to Battersea Park for the London School Athletics. Noteable results include Morgan finishing in 2nd place in Hammer and Grace finishing 2nd in 80m hurdles.

We are still awaiting the final results from the GDST competition on Monday.


On Saturday 9 June three of our year 7 pupils went to Kent netball trials: Harmoney Newell, Kayla Victor and Sienna Cornes.  The competition was fierce as nearly 200 girls battled to get through to the final trial.  Thanks to the hard work and determination of these three girls, all three made the cut.  We are immensely proud of them and wish them luck on Saturday 23 June!

Charlotte Nevrkla-Wood, Lilly Russell and Georgina Budden took part in the U15 Kent netball trials.  This was a very hotly contested age group and for our pupils worked very hard but did not make it through this time.


We are delighted that Isabella Hildritch has bee ranked number 1 in the UK for 100m hurdles in the U20 category. She has also received a place on the Track & Field roster at Princeton University – hug congratulations are in order!

Don’t forget sports day on Monday July 2nd at our wonderful field on Worsley bridge road, BR3 1RL, from 8.30am until 3.45pm.  Please bring sunshine with you, but not too much!


Watch this space for more news about sports at Sydenham High and beyond…


Year 6 production a triumph

On Wednesday and Thursday evening this week, a packed Westwood Theatre was treated to a fantastic production by year 6, to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage in the UK.

Suffragettes: The Fight! is a story of the struggle for women’s right to vote, looking at a range of important female figures in the movement, ranging from the reign of Queen Victoria up to the modern day. Through their English curriculum, Year 6 have adapted and made additions to the script. Throughout the process, the girls have been very eager to share their creative ideas on choreography, music and staging. Emotional, dramatic and inspiring in equal measure, each and every girl put on an excellent performance. The production showcased the journey the girls have been on over the last term and brought together rousing songs, dynamic dance routines and impressive devised scenes.

It is entirely impossible for me to feel any prouder of our wonderfully impressive girls
– Ms Boyd, Head of the Junior School

This production was a culmination of all their huge efforts this term. The Year 6 team would like to thank all members of staff who have supported the girls to bring this production to life. With special thanks to Mr Welch, Ms Duval, Ms Mitchell-Morgan and Mr Matthews.

Congratulations to year 6 on their incredible and highly memorable performance… So much passion in their performances, and so proud. A fearless production – well done!

– Mrs Woodcock, Headmistress

We were honoured to welcome Gill Bridges as our Guest of Honour to Thursday’s performance. A RADA graduate and granddaughter of a suffragette, she enthralled us with recollections of her head-strong grandmother defying her husband and riding around in a pony and trap!

Junior School showcases Little Stars

On Thursday 7 June the Junior School was treated to a wonderful showcase of music, poetry and song at the Little Stars Recital. Our little stars were from year 1 and 2 and the concert was a fantastic display of the work prepared in class music lessons as well as in our peripatetic lessons.

This was the first solo performance for many of the girls and the Senior School’s Recital Hall was the perfect setting. The girls worked incredibly hard to rehearse their pieces and demonstrated great maturity and composure throughout.

We are very excited to see our pupils develop into proficient and passionate musicians and performers.


Audiences left in wonder at Alice

On 14 and 15 May we were treated to a fantastic production of Alice in Wonderland. Since the rehearsal process began in February, students worked incredibly hard to create the magical performance the audiences loved. The interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s famous novel that shaped this production sees Alice plunge down the rabbit hole and become involved in a compilation of episodes from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The performance was a kaleidoscope of action and madness, suspense and frustration.

The Drama Department worked incredibly hard to get the production to such a high level and the skills of our young actors made for a compelling performance.

“It was an absolutely brilliant and utterly magical production. Every single girl involved, from cast to ensemble to crew, should feel enormously proud of the part they played to bring this story to the stage with such energy and aplomb.” Mrs Woodcock

“I am left in awe of the world of wonderland! The girls are truly fearless in their willingness to embrace their characters and explore different genres.” Governor

Rehearsal photos:

Osmington Bay – A Week on the Jurassic Coast

Y5 enjoyed a sun-drenched week away from school down on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Based at the PGL centre overlooking the stunning Osmington Bay, the girls spent five night exploring some of the most interesting geological sites in the UK.

Fossil hunting, rock pooling and beach scavenging supported and extended learning about the unique formation of the coastline and brought to life the incredible history of the area going back as far as the dinosaurs!

Alongside fieldwork,the girls pushed their team building and collaboration skills as they undertook a range of fun (and sometimes hair raising) activities including high wiring, sailing, raft building and climbing.

The girls also enjoyed letting their hair down at the disco on the last night. A huge thank you to Miss Nayler, Mrs Duffy, Mrs Byrne and Mr Garrard for leading such a special trip.

Festival Fever at Juniors

Check out our our new festival stage! This new installation will be a space for creativity, innovation and performance every Friday lunchtime this term. A huge thank you to Mr Welch for getting this project off the ground. This new addition to the playground has been borne out of the recent School Council work during Flourish & Fly: Positive & Healthy Relationships Week.

The Festival Stage was abuzz with eclectic performances this lunchtimes including poetry recitals, tap dancing, singing and instrumental renditions of Hot Cross Buns. The Festival Stage has really established itself as a key feature of our playground.

Success at Track & Field Cup

On Thursday 17 May, the English Schools Athletic Association (ESAA) Track and Field Cup took place at Croydon Arena. Twelve schools competed in the competition, which was at a very high standard, and each event is marked against a point score system with 28 points being the maximum awarded for each event. We are really proud of the girls who took part and look forward to their future successes.

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