It gave the Junior School great pleasure to welcome Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive of the Girls’ day School Trust, to Prize Giving on Tuesday afternoon in the Senior School Sports Hall. Cheryl inspired a packed hall with her passion for the GDST family and why belonging to the community is so special for pupils, parents and staff. Reading from her favourite Dr Seuss book, she reminded us all that we can achieve whatever we want when we set our minds to it.
Ms Boyd outlined the success of this year’s Collaborative Endeavour project at Junior School and Mrs Woodcock praised all pupils for their hard working attitude and kindness as well as passing on messages of good luck to our year 6 leavers.
Music and drama performances punctuated the ceremony and included a solo by musician of the year, Josie Sambidge (year 5) and monologue excerpts from the year 6 production Suffragette: The Fight by Nyama Swaray and Marnie Ugo Evans. At the end of the afternoon, the sports hall roof was raised with a rousing rendition of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky.
Congratulations to all our giraffe girls on a brilliant year and and big well done goes out to all our Prize Winners.
This week Mrs Duffy treated the girls across the Junior School to a fabulous Science Week. Working closely with Miss Webber, Head of Chemistry at the Senior School, our girls took part in a range of brilliant investigations and experiments.
Pupils in years 3-6 had the opportunity to visit the science labs at Science School and try their hand at pond dipping in the sunshine.
Meanwhile, years 0-2 enjoyed a visit from some A Level Science students from Dulwich College. The visitors brought along a tarantula and chameleon and shared some of their favourite animal facts.
The week was rounded off fabulously with a Science Fair in the playground. Joined by some of our sixth form chemists, our families had the opportunity to try chromatography and explore magnetic mazes.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 20 June, pupils in Grand Designs Club from year 3 and year 5 spent the afternoon as guests of Crest Nicholson at their residential building project on Sydenham Hill. During the visit the girls gained an insight into the design and construction processes that go into building new homes for families in London. During meetings with the development designers, architects and engineers the girls saw the initial site drawings, architectural models and tools used to bring the buildings to life. It was an inspiring visit and the girls will have the chance to apply what they have learned when the Grand Designs Club meet again next week with Mrs Mac.
Tuesday afternoon was brightened up with excellent performances from our Junior School Orchestra and a range of talented solo (and one duo) performances. From the cello and the flute to the violin and clarinet, the Senior School Longton Hall buzzed with passion and enthusiasm.
If you were not able to join us on Tuesday, be sure to catch our Junior School Orchestra performance at Prize Giving on Tuesday 3 July! Thank you to Ms Duval, Mr Welch, Miss Bruce Mitford and Mr Harper for organising the afternoon showcase.
Today year 2 spent a thrilling day investigating the life of one of Britain’s most famous Victorians, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, with a trip to the Brunel Museum. The museum is an educational charity run by volunteers and tells the story of one of the world’s great engineering dynasties. Brunel organised the world’s first underground concert party at the museum in 1827, and the museum celebrates and interprets music and theatre as well as engineering.
On Thursday 14 June all of year 5 and members of Debating Club from year 6 visited Dulwich College Junior School for a morning of debating. Over the course of the visit the girls and boys worked together to hammer out compelling arguments to support and oppose a variety of different motions.
We were very impressed with the quality of the debating skills displayed by all the children, with a particular improvement in the ability to respond spontaneously to controversial statements. We look forward to welcoming the boys back to Sydenham High School next year.
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.
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!