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Building skills for the future with year 12

This week has focused on future planning for year 12, be it University or their future careers. On Tuesday they visited the UCAS exhibition at Goldsmiths, University of London where they were able to speak with representatives from a wide range of universities and learn more about their degree and degree apprenticeship programmes. The afternoon saw them working on their university and higher education applications and learning how to construct an excellent personal statement.

On Wednesday they took part in a skills focused day. Ensuring students are prepared for the world of work is very important, and our year 12 Skills Day certainly ensured they are well on their way to having the necessary skills to succeed. The sessions saw students learning about the importance of not only their online presence, but also their personal presence as well.

The day was kicked off by a presentation from Ms Hooper, our Director of Marketing and Communications, highlighting the need to craft your personal brand and ensure your online presence reflects the right image to a potential employer. With social media growing in popularity and breadth, especially work related platforms such as LinkedIn, it has never been more important to ensure students can navigate this world carefully.

The morning continued with an interview skills workshop delivered by Amber Allan. Having worked with many corporate clients, Amber was well placed to help teach our students all about the skills needed to give a good interview. Strong handshakes, standing tall, speaking with confidence and using power poses were all invaluable strategies and tips.

Our afternoon saw all of the students put through their paces with individual interviews, allowing them to put into practice all of the key training they had received earlier in the day.

– Ms Parrish, Director of Sixth Form


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 5 Shakespeare workshop

To support their introduction to the work of English bard, William Shakespeare, Y5 spent an enjoyable day in a Shakespeare workshop. Over the course of the day they got to grips with old English, the key features of Shakespeare’s plays and even had a go at staging a retelling of Macbeth.

Over the remaining weeks of the term the girls will be using this newly acquired knowledge to develop creative, extended writing pieces.

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.


Sydenham High showcases creative talent

On Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May we held our Open Studios, showcasing the incredible talent of our artists and Design and Technology students from Junior School right through to A Level. Sydenham High has always buzzed with creativity and talent and this event is a perfect example of all the hard work and dedication of students as well as staff.

Having changed the format of the exhibition slightly, to allow greater light and space, we had three fantastic exhibition spaces where we showcased the outstanding work of our students across the ages, and particularly impressive was the high standard and aspirational work of our examination groups. We look forward to seeing what next year has to offer!

“Every visitor I spoke to praised the high quality of the work they saw. I am very proud of what our students have achieved” Mrs Woodcock

Junior School fundraising in pyjamas

Year 5 helped kick off half term in style for year 1 & 2 pupils this afternoon with a fantastic Pyjama Party in the Junior School Library. This event was the result of an enterprise project on which the girls worked with Mrs Mac to raise money for some technical lego sets they are keen to acquire. With hair braiding, limbo dancing and some tasty refreshments, it is fair to say the girls had a blast!

Planes, trains, automobiles – the golden age of Victoria

On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, year 5 treated us to a fact-filled, jam-packed assembly all about their Spring Term CONNECT+ topic, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Through a study of the Victorian period, the girls shared some fascinating information about the Great Exhibition, the work of Brunel and Paxton as well as the progress made in locomotive and flight travel under the reign of Queen Victoria. The girls also issued some catchy reminders about fire safety to the tune of Gangnam Style!

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