Community outreach and volunteering are an integral part of school life at Sydenham High and the girls welcome the opportunity to give back in whatever way they can.
Sydenham High has a number of links and partnerships, both near and far. We are a patron of Sydenham Arts and we have collaborated on numerous projects to date, including providing venues for their events and hosting a joint photographic exhibition.
Sydenham’s outreach programme sees all year 12 students undertaking community service for the year. Some girls choose to help out in their former primary schools, some serve in charity shops and some assist in hospitals and local hospices. We aim to engage with the local community wherever possible, including collecting for the Lewisham Food Bank and we regularly host community groups and courses within the school. In year 10 the girls take part in some local community service, coming up with their own project ideas to support local services and amenities. We often run events for local maintained schools and the school has recently established a partnership with a local primary school in Forest Hill.
Our charity prefects organise fundraising projects for local and international causes and we have a sister school in Nepal which was built through funds raised by pupils at Sydenham High. We continue to support the school in whatever way possible. We also have strong links with a school in Australia, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth, with whom we run a student exchange programme.
Language lessons at Holy Trinity Primary School
Weekly French lessons have been delivered by our Head of Languages, Mme Parker, to primary school students at Holy Trinity, assisted by a year 13 student who is gaining teaching and linguistics experience.
Science Masterclasses with Bishop Thomas Grant School
Our Science department has been working with girls from Bishop Thomas Grant, a Catholic co-educational secondary school in Lambeth, to deliver a series of Science masterclasses to selected year 10 gifted and talented students, building further on masterclasses held last year.