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Welcome to our half termly SFH6 newsletter.
This has been such a short half term but with a great deal of activity in the sixth form. Exam season is now well and truly upon us and students are focused on revision and exam preparation. Many students attended a range of revision classes held over the Easter holidays and some subjects will also be running extra sessions on Saturdays, in half term and in school time immediately prior to an exam. Students will be informed of these sessions by the relevant subject teachers. Good luck to everyone with exams after half term.
Going to University in 2014? 2015?

Over 70% of our Y13 students have now received University offers for September and they have already made their final choice of two – one first choice and one ‘insurance’ offer. Just the A level results to go now and then it will be all about shopping for kettles and learning to cook Spaghetti Bolognese.

Year 12 students will start their UCAS preparation programme on June 9th and 10th with workshops from Goldsmiths College and Greenwich University followed by trips to Kent and Southbank Universities.

We are looking forward to meeting Y12 parents at our UCAS information evening on 10th June at 6pm. Details of the programme have been sent home and are also below.
Some of our Year 12 students have already successfully applied to University Summer Schools, here are a few examples:

  • Charlie Ryder and Sienna Melki: One of the most competitive of the summer school schemes is the University of Oxford’s flagship residential UNIQ programme. Competition for these places was very tough this year with 4,327 students applying for 1000 places. We are delighted that Charlie Ryder and Sienna Melki have gained places on the programme for this summer. Charlie will be studying Experimental Psychology for a week in July and Sienna will be studying Classics for a week in August. Both students will be attending lectures and seminars by Oxford academics and will be mentored by current undergraduates. They will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on interviews and personal statements, careers events and social activities. Charlie Ryder has also been successful in obtaining a work shadowing placement at Evelina Children's Hospital.
  • Xavier Baker has secured a place on the Sutton Trust Summer School at Durham University to study law as well as a taster day at Birbeck.
  • Oluwadara Oyedepo has obtained a place on the Headstart Engineering course.
  • Edie Essex-Barrett has also secured two taster courses in Spanish and History at Royal Holloway.
  • Gemma Longhurst has succesfully applied for two taster days, one at Royal Holloway focusing on music composition and musicology as well as a taster day for Music at Kings.
  • Mohammad Hussain has gained a place on the LSE choice programme to study Economics.
  • Joe Martin has secured a week at the European Space Station in Norway this summer!

Well done to all these students and we look forward to hearing from them about what they have learnt from these fabulous experiences.

We have put a document with all the University Open Days on the SFH6 website under the student resources tab – please have a look at this to plan your visits.

Sixth Formers As Leaders: 'Achievement For All' Mentors

The eleven Year 12 students listed below have begun training to become ‘Achievement For All’ Mentors. This has involved training sessions with Jo Lyons (from Achievement For All) to learn how to work with younger students to improve their chances of being successful at school. The Achievement For All programme is designed to improve the outcomes for the most vulnerable 20% of the school population. We hope the sixth formers will learn a lot from this experience and are delighted that they are prepared to give their time to make such a valuable contribution to the school.

Anita Sriswriyakumar
Sarah Mahaliyanage Don
Sophie Worrel
Shgoofa Walizada
Marie Antionette Decano
Kezia Staines
Sienne Melki
Nilab Haydare
Ciara Gaughn
Anjala Sriswriyakumar
Eunice Kalanga

BTEC Acting: Venice Preserv'd
Masks, music and marching. These are all part of the spectacular known as Venice Preserv'd. Having been introduced to the production through my BTEC Acting class, I leapt at the opportunity to take part in a professional piece of theatre. It is my ambition to become an actor and hope that this could be my big break. Alongside other BTEC Acting students, we have learnt the dramatic form Commedia dell'Arte, an Italian form of physical theatre based upon stock characters. The performances are unique because the audience are invited to join a parade on the banks of the Thames by the Cutty Sark and travel to the venue alongside us in role as Venetian characters. I play Il Capitano, a boastful and boisterous man who is actually a coward. I interact with the audience by getting them to hold my sword as I am about to fight. This has been a great experience where I have learnt new acting techniques and being given an insight into the world of professional theatre. The shows selling fast so I suggest you book tickets here:


A Level Drama Performance: 'Five Kinds of Silence' and 'DNA'

"That was the best performance I have ever seen in a school!" Audience member

Year 12 Drama and Theatre Studies students performed in two hard hitting plays as part of their AS Drama and Theatre Studies exam last week.
'DNA' by Dennis Kelly was about a group of teenagers who do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, there is no incentive to put things right. Student performed their roles with real conviction, with parents not recognising their usually kind and peace loving offspring!

'Five Kinds of Silence' by Shelagh Stephenson was about two sisters who, having suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father, finally kill him. The play explores the ways in which people refuse to acknowledge this abuse but remain silent. A difficult subject matter for the young cast, the performances had real depth and a sense of complete truth.

A Level Product Design

Our Product Design students have been busy putting the finishing touches to their final pieces, including these very interesting ‘upcycled’ products below. Have a good look to see if you can work out what these products were made from and the first 5 correct answers to Ms Pooley (email address below) will receive a small reward (students only!)

Mr Bima relaxing in a contemporary design by Eliot Willicome-Lang A folding lounger by Lauren Whiting
Learning First Aid
On Wednesday the 23rd April a group of students completed an Emergency First Aid course provided by the British Red Cross. This very popular enrichment activity has taken place annually for the last 6 years. The range of First Aid covered included: resuscitation, dealing with bleeding, burns and fractures. The course is very practical and gives the students the confidence and skills to deal with emergency first aid situations.
We are again grateful to the British Red Cross for providing such an interesting and worthwhile activity for our students. All students were successful in completing the course and will receive their certificates in the coming weeks.

Attendance to lessons during Exam Season
Year 12 and 13 students are expected to attend all lessons in each subject up until they have taken the relevant exam. However, students are permitted to take the session immediately prior to each exam as private study so that they can focus their revision.
We would like to remind students that we expect everyone to maintain a minimum of 95% attendance to lessons. If you do have to be absent from school please remember that a note or a phone call from parents is needed to authorize the absence. Contact details for 6th form reception at each school are listed below.
Revision Tips
As the AS and A2 examinations have now started students need to make sure that they continue to put their revision plans into action, paying special attention to their exam timetable. Revision needs to be active and techniques such as flash cards and the Cornell method have been recommended to students. To check that revision is working students should always ask themselves; ‘Do I know it?’, ‘How do I know that I know it?’
The websites in the useful links section below can provide some really useful advice on revision techniques and planning, take a loo
Careers Drop In This is held by Ms Kerr in the careers office (room 117) at Sydenham every Monday between 10.00 and 12.00. This is a really good opportunity for students to find out about work experience opportunities, traineeships and apprenticeships.
Date Event
May 21st Lewisham University Challenge meeting hosted by SFH6
May 23rd Year 13 Leavers Prom
June 9th and 10th Year 12 UCAS Programme begins. Students should attend the Tutor Group site on 9th June at 10.00am at Forest Hill and at 9.00am at Sydenham
June 10th UCAS Parents meeting held in the Atrium at Forest Hill School (Y12 parents)
June 11th Year 12 students being their A2 courses. Students should attend all subjects until AS results are released in August
June 17th Kent University trip for Year 12
June 18th UCAS events – Southbank University visit and application workshops
June 19th Lewisham University Challenge Event for students interested in a career in Law or Business. 2.00pm - 4.00pm at the Civic Suite, Catford
June 24th – 27th

Bridging week for new Y12 students

June 26th Lewisham University Challenge Event about student fees and scholarships. 4.40pm - 7.00pm. This event will be held at Sedgehill School (parents welcome)
June 27th UCAS Convention at Goldsmiths College
July 10th Lewisham University Challenge Event - Oxbridge Application Workshop. 4.30pm - 7.00pm at the Civic Suite, Catford (parents welcome)
July 17th Last day of teaching for Y12 at Sydenham School
July 18th Last day of teaching for Y12 at Forest Hill School

6th Form Admin Staff - Forest Hill

Eloise Willoughby-Lamport 6th Form Administrator

Celina Cover 6th Form Administrative Assistant

6th Form Admin Staff – Sydenham
Marcia Brown 6th Form Administrator

Lauren Ansah 6th Form Administrative Assistant

Lesley Daniels SFH6 Federation Secretary

6th Form Leadership Team

Gill Pooley
Head of SFH6 Gill Pooley: Teaches Sociology, Media Studies and the Extended Project. Contact

Thierry Maton
Head of 6th Forest Hill: Teaches Economics and Business Studies.

Mark Salmon
Deputy Head of 6th Forest Hill: Teaches Maths and Politics.

Anita Belger
Head of 6th Sydenham: Teaches Sociology.

Sheila Conway
Head of Year 12 Sydenham: Teaches Health and Social Care, Citizenship and PSE

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