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Welcome to the final half term SFH6 newsletter of the year.
We’ve had a really interesting half term welcoming Year 12 back after their AS examinations and then meeting our new Year 12 for our SFH6 Bridging Week. As we come to the end of the academic year we wanted to wish you all a sunny and restful summer and to make sure that everyone is clear about the arrangements for the start of next term.
UCAS events:
Year 12 have been engaged in a wide range of activities designed to help them find out more about applying to University. The activities have included workshops on writing personal statements, student life and finance as well as visits to Kent University, Cambridge University and London Southbank University. On 27th June we took Year 12 to the UCAS Convention at Goldsmiths College where students were able to speak to a very wide range of universities represented as well as attending seminars. We were pleased to see so many parents at our UCAS evening in June and we hope that this helped everyone to feel better able to support their sons and daughters. Of course if you would like further information on the UCAS application process please contact us via email.
Student Survey:
We have asked Year 12 students to complete a short online survey to give us some feedback on the UCAS preparation programme. This will help us make further improvements to our programme so please click the link below if you are in Year 12 student and have not yet completed the survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9N7HJ8V
Bridging Week:
We were delighted to welcome around 300 Year 11 students to our 6th form Bridging week at the end of June. The week is designed to help prepare students for life in the 6th form and to help students get ready for the academic challenges ahead. To this end students have been given assignments for each of their subjects to complete over the summer. We had fun meeting everyone and teachers were very impressed with the attitude and enthusiasm of students. Here is what some of our new students had to say at the end of their Bridging lessons

‘Today's session went well, it built my understanding of BTEC applied science as I hadn't done a BTEC course before, it's showed me what to expect and what I have to do to succeed. I'm looking forward to doing Astronomy as I studied very little of it in GCSE.'

‘I think todays session went well. I now have a better idea of how the course will run, and what it involves. I'm looking forward to going into Medical Physics, Physiology of the Human Body, and Genetic Engineering in more detail.’

‘I felt like the week went well and gave us a real understanding even though it all seems like a blur now. I think I want to look up the assignments and get
started before september :) '

Battlefields Trips:

On 14th – 16th July several 6th formers accompanied the Year 8 trip to the Belgium Battlefields as part of the Curriculum Enrichment Days at Sydenham School. The trip enabled students to find out more about World War 1. The Year 12 students enjoyed working with the younger students on a wide range of aspects, here are a few:

Gemma Longhurst - Music composition. Gemma conducted a performance of her composition 'In Flanders Fields' with the choir. Please click here to listen to their performance.http://goo.gl/oT3W4a

Sophie Worrell- Medical advancements

Edie Essex Barrat - News report from the Menin Gate at the Last Post Ceremony

Maddy Scott Berry - Sketching World War One Battlefields

Sienna Melki - World War One Literature

Y12 trip to the Jean-Paul Gaultier Exhibition

On Thursday 3rd of July the Y12 Textiles group made the journey to the Barbican to see an exhibition on the work of famous french fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. Sometimes called the 'enfant terrible' of french fashion Gaultier has always been a voice of dissent for fashion conventions and this exhibition showed our students a fantastic collection of his work across his career.It is no exaggeration to say that all our students were thrilled by at they saw;

'I've never seen colour and texture used this way it was fantastic'

'I loved the work that used animal prints I am definately going to do a bit more research on this designer'

Everyone agreed it was well worth the trip across town.

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Following on from our first small cohort of students in 2013-14, we have now begun to work with a much larger group of students who are keen to take this challenging qualification. The new students have chosen projects covering a very wide range of interests, from bionics to revolution, from film making to the fossilification of reptiles! All these students will be working hard to research their chosen areas over the summer. For more information on the EOQ please click here.
http://goo.gl/dlDgeR
AS Dance: Lewisham Pupil Awards and the FHS Dance Show:

It has been a busy time for the Year 12 AS Dance students who performed at both the FHS Dance Show and the Lewisham Pupil Ambassadors in just 2 days.  The students performed a mixed number which they created, and supported the FHS Dance Show by running the front of house and videography for the event. They did themselves proud at both events and have many more performances to look forward to over the coming year.

The Year 13 A-Level Dance students will have the opportunity to visit London based universities and experience the Dance course for a day in the Autumn term.  Students will get a flavour of what it is like to be a student studying dance at under-graduate level at 2 or more universities.  They will take part in technique classes, lectures and have the chance to speak to students currently studying on the course.  This will enable the students to widen their dance experience which will support the practical and analytical elements of the A-level dance course, and to inform their decision making process when applying through UCAS.

The Brilliant Club:
Our first group of Forest Hill SFH6 students have begun working with PHD students as part of a project called ‘The Brilliant Club. This is an award winning non-profit organisation that exists to widen access to top universities for outstanding pupils from non-selective state schools. The project began with a launch at Sussex University in June where our students were paired up with PHD students who have been visiting SFH6 over the last few weeks to deliver university-style tutorials to our students. Our students are then challenged to write university style essays and aim to successfully graduate from the Brilliant club next term at a ceremony at Royal Hollaway University of London. We have really enjoyed having our visiting PHD students and our students have undoubtedly risen to the challenge of this high level academic work.
A Level Media :

In Media Studies students not only have to learn about a range of media industries and prepare for their exam but they also have to produce their own media texts. Students learn how to use industry standard editing software, storyboards, scripts and shooting scripts to plan, film and edit their own work. This year Year 12 students produced film trailers whilst Year 13 produced the opening sequences of new TV programmes. To have a look at our Media students’ work please click here: http://goo.gl/Y2Fu2i

Leadership opportunities 2014:
Over the past year many 6th form students have been involved in a range of leadership activities, from mentoring younger students to organising events such as the Prom and the Christmas talent show. We want every single member of SFH6 to develop their leadership skills and to get involved in at least 2 leadership activities over the next year so please look out for the new posters advertising the leadership opportunities in September and be prepared to get involved!
Collecting Results and Enrolling into Y13:

AS, A2 and Level 3 Vocational results will be available for students to collect at Sydenham and Forest Hill schools from 9am on 14th August. Level 2 results will be available on 2st August.
Year 13: Sixth form staff will be available on both sites on 14th August to support Year 13 students with any UCAS related issues and we would ask all Year 13 students to confirm their destinations with us before leaving to celebrate their results!
Year 12: On results day Year 12 students should collect their results as above and then complete their enrolment into Year 13. This won’t usually take more than a few minutes but it is essential to ensuring a smooth start to lessons in September. Further details about this were sent home in a letter which is also available on the SFH6 website.

We look forward to seeing you all on results day!

A Level Spanish students: Work Experience in Salamanca, Spain

A Level Spanish students will have the opportunity to travel to Salamanca in Spain in March 2015. Students will stay with Spanish families and take part in Work Experience. This is a fantastic chance for students to really develop their Spanish and to gain great experience for their CV's. PLease see Ms Douglas-Knights for details.

Start of term arrangements:
New Year 12 - students arrive at their base school ready to start the induction programme at 10.00am on Wednesday 3rd September
Year 13 students – Final enrolment meetings will be held on Thursday 4th September. Lessons start on Friday 5th September
Date  
14th August AS, A2 and Level 3 Vocational Results Day
21st August - Year 12 Enrolment Y12 Enrolment is on GCSE results day – August 21st from 9am for Sydenham and Forest Hill students and from 1.30pm at Forest Hill for external students
Summer Holiday Activities Click to see a range of arts activities available to young people this summer http://goo.gl/kuiO7E
1st and 2nd Sept CPD Day FH and SYD
CPD Day FH and SYD
3rd Sept Y12 Induction Day 1
4th Sept Y12 Induction Day 2
5th Sept Y12 Induction Day 3
5th Sept Year 13 Lessons start
19th Sept School Deadline for Oxbridge and Medicine Applications
25th Sept 12 New Parents Meeting
3rd October Hagit Yakira Dance Company visit
15th October

Oxbridge and Medicine External Deadline

3rd November Report 1 sent home
3rd November Trip to Sadlers Wells for A Level Dance (Akram Khan Choreography)
10th November Mock 1 (Y12 and Y13)
12th November Young Peoples Question Time @ Southwark Cathedral
12th - 13th November Design Your Future' UCAS event for students interested in careers in the creative arts
14th November UCAS Application Deadline (internal)
21st November Skills London Careers Event for Year 12
27th November Y13 Parent's Evening
28th November Trip to Sadlers Wells for A Level Dance (Akram Khan Choreography)
22nd Dec - 2nd Jan CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

6th Form Admin Staff - Forest Hill
Eloise Willoughby-Lamport 6th Form Administrator
e.willoughby-lamport@foresthillschool.co.uk

Celina Cover 6th Form Administrative Assistant
c.cover@foresthillschool.co.uk

6th Form Admin Staff – Sydenham
Marcia Brown 6th Form Administrator
mailto:m.brown@sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk

Lauren Ansah 6th Form Administrative Assistant
l.ansah@sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk

Lesley Daniels SFH6 Federation Secretary
l.daniels@sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk

Gill Pooley
Head of SFH6 Gill Pooley: Teaches Sociology, Media Studies and the Extended Project. Contact gpy@sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk

Thierry Maton
Head of 6th Forest Hill: Teaches Economics and Business Studies.
Contact t.maton@foresthillschool.co.uk

Mark Salmon
Deputy Head of 6th Forest Hill: Teaches Maths and Politics.
Contact m.salmon@foresthillschool.co.uk

Anita Belger
Head of 6th Sydenham: Teaches Sociology.
Contact abr@sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk

Sheila Conway
Head of Year 12 Sydenham: Teaches Health and Social Care, Citizenship and PSE
Contact scy@sydenham.lewisham.sch.uk

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http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ The National Apprenticeship website


http://www.notgoingtouni.com/ An independent website for students interested in apprenticeships


http://university.which.co.uk/ An independent guide to Universities


http://www.push.co.uk/ An independent guide to Universities


http://www.parentadviser.co.uk/ This website focuses on choosing and applying for university and provides parents with up to date league tables, an overview of the application process as well as funding advice.

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