Send My Friend To School Campaign
This year, as every year, Sydenham students have been involved in the Campaign for Global education’s ‘Send my Friend to School’ campaign. The campaign is focused on putting pressure on world leaders to commit funds to support education in developing nations. Students in all year groups had assemblies explaining about the ‘Sustainable Development Goal’ signed up to by world leaders in 2015.
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2015 – 2030 - all children worldwide complete a free good quality primary & secondary school
They then learnt that this goal does not look likely to be achieved without a massive increase in funding from more developed nations. There are currently 263 million children worldwide are not in school, most of whom are girls. Year 7 and 8 responded to the assemblies by engaging in tutor time activities designing jigsaw pieces that explained the missing piece in achieving this goal. On Thursday we invited our new Labour MP Ellie Reeves to come into school and visit their assembly. Ellie was very impressed by the speeches made by Year 7 and 8 students and by the amount of work they had put into drawing attention to this important issue. She promised that she would take their work back to parliament with her and that she would write to the Secretary of State for International Development explaining how passionately the students at Sydenham felt about this issue. She was so impressed by a poster made by students in 7E that she said she would put it up on the wall of her office!
It is wonderful to have a woman MP representing Lewisham West and Penge for the first time and we will be inviting Ellie back into school to speak to students about her journey from being a student at Adamsrill Primary school to representing her local community in parliament.
We are delighted to have been nationally recognised for our exceptional 2015 performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that Sydenham is in the top 20% nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their key stage 4 results.
The school’s SSAT Educational Outcomes award will be presented to us at a regional celebration event held to draw attention to the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said in her letter to us:
‘It’s my great pleasure to commend Sydenham School on their excellent 2015 performance. I hope that SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award will highlight the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Sydenham School.
GCSE, A-Level and BTEC certificates from summer 2015 are available to collect from the exams office from November onwards.