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Sydenham High School D’Art 2017 show opens

Sydenham High’s 130th birthday celebrations continue this week with the launch of this year’s D’Art creative exhibition. Showcasing the very best of the school’s talented artists and designers, the acclaimed annual school exhibition will feature A level and GCSE exam pieces as well as work from Year 3 at Junior School. Praised by the Managing Director of Conran and Partners for demonstrating exceptional creativity and originality, the annual show features artworks in a variety of media plus many 3D pieces that would not look out of place in a West End design store. The show will be officially opened by new Headmistress Mrs Katharine Woodcock and this year’s guest of honour: Rachel D’Cruze, Managing Director of Sydenham Arts, on Monday 22 May at a Private View evening for students, parents, staff and specially invited guests. It will then play host to creative workshop sessions for students and exam moderation till Thursday 25 May. Sydenham High has been a patron of Sydenham Arts since 2015 and the school has already collaborated with them on a number of projects, the …

How to generate and sustain a love of sport in your child

We are all well versed in the benefits our children gain from regular sport and physical activity. But how do we encourage them to love sport from a young age, and then sustain that enthusiasm? Kevin Molloy, Director of Sport at Alleyn’s Junior School in Dulwich provides some top tips to help you and your child get the ball rolling. MAKE IT FUN There is plenty of time for learning techniques and tactics. Let children experience the thrill of moving and playing. As the great West Indian cricketer Sir Vivian Richards said, “Once they have experienced the thrill of smashing the ball to all parts, the pain of getting out will be enough motivation for them to seek you out and learn how to be patient and defend.” FUNDAMENTALS Don’t jeopardise the fun element but do encourage the basics. Agility, balance, co-ordination and speed are attributes that will stand children in good stead. These core physical qualities, allied with the natural motivation to be active, mean your child is now well on the road towards …

How going ‘soft’ helps Sydenham High students get ‘tough’

The high levels of mental toughness delivered by Sydenham High School GDST’s student development and mental wellbeing programmes have been confirmed by new research 1. The research was conducted by leading psychometric test publisher AQR International for the Independent Schools Council (ISC) using the using a model which looks at important so-called ‘soft skills’ such as control, commitment, challenge and confidence. In the test, which defines mental toughness as the ‘mindset that every person adopts in everything they do’, nine and ten year old students (Year 5) at Sydenham High Junior School achieved a strong total score of 4.2. This is in line with the average across all ISC schools taking part1 and contrasts with the lower 3.94 recorded by state schools. It was also higher than the average score for all female pupils in the study (4.0). In addition, a number of students scored considerably above this, particularly for confidence, challenge and emotional control – some as high as 8-10. By performing at the top end of the scale, Sydenham High’s students show an exceptionally positive ‘can do attitude’; …

Kingsdale Sixth Form Open Evenings

Take advantage of the chance to visit Kingsdale Foundation School and see for yourself how they bring the best out of their students. Teachers are enthusiastic, have good subject knowledge and plan interesting lessons. There are very good relationships between staff and students, Ofsted 2012. If you visited Kingsdale Foundation School, you will realise why they receive such glowing reports. In the Autumn term 2016 you will have just that opportunity as they will be holding Sixth Form Open Evenings for September 2017 entry. Applications for courses are now being accepted. Kingsdale achieved its best ever A Level results in 2016 with some exceptional performances including students going on to Oxford and to study Medicine. 40% of our 2016 graduates at University are attending highly prestigious Russell Group or 1994 colleges. Kingsdale is a dynamic, exceptionally popular and progressive school that has invested £30m to develop an award-winning educational learning environment.   In their specialist academic Sixth Form, students study a combination of respected traditional A Levels, the Baccalaureate and alternative high value Level 3 courses. …

Author Lydia Syson visits Sydenham High

Poetry, propaganda and remembering the Spanish Civil War As part of the historical and literary commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, local author Lydia Syson visited Sydenham High School to discuss her work and run creative writing workshops with Year 10. Her book, A World Between Us, is set during the period and features a heroine from Sydenham. Ms Syson provided a vivid backdrop to the events of the Spanish Civil War and explained how art, poetry and film became the filter through which people gained their understanding of what was happening. Using a Picasso’s painting of the bombing of Guernica and a poem about the same event as stimuli, students tried their hand at creating their own ekphrastic poems; Ms Syson promised to share the best ones online. Her talk and workshops clearly made a strong impact on the students who left the following comments after the session: “I really enjoyed today’s workshop as it moved me incredibly and inspired me to write a poem.  It has given me the …