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Welcome to the first half term SFH6 newsletter of the year.

Welcome to our first half termly SFH6 newsletter for 2015-16. Later on in the year you will notice more of our items being written by our team of SFH6 journalists.

This term we began by celebrating our best A Level and Vocational results ever with over 52% of the results graded A*-B and over 80% graded A*-C.  76% of our Year 13 progressed on to University this Autumn, 53% of those to the top Russell Group and Research Intensive Universities. We also welcomed our fabulous new Year 12 with two induction days run by our Y12 tutors and the 'live n learn' team. This really helped our students think about the skills and attitudes they will need to develop to be successful in the 6th form and to develop ‘growth mind-sets’. We enjoyed meeting all our new sixth form parents at the end of September and we look forward to working closely with you over the next two years.

Gill Pooley

UCAS Update:

Our Year 13 students have been working hard on their UCAS applications, researching courses and writing their personal statements. Students who are applying to Oxbridge or Medicine have already sent their applications off, some have already had offers and others are now waiting for news! For those still working on their personal statements the half term will be a good opportunity to get these completed as well as revising for the Mock Exams.

SFH6 Ambassadors

Many Year 12 students have now successfully applied to become SFH6 Ambassadors to join our Year 13 team. These students are all keen to take on a leadership role around the two schools and have already supported with Year 6 open events, the Year 12 parents meeting and fund raising for Macmillan. Other ambassadors are busy planning the much anticipated SFH6 Xmas Talent Revival - we will report on this next time. You can see these students in their distinctive red T Shirts representing the sixth form at the SFH6 Open Evening in November and a wide range of other events over the year

If you would still like to apply to be an Ambassador please see the 6th form office for an application form. We will need plenty of volunteers to help with the Open Evening on 12th November!

Sixth Form Council

Sixth Form Council The new 6th form council is made up of 20 students across SFH6. The group had their first meeting with Ms Pooley on Monday 19th October and discussed communication, rewards, charity fundraising and areas for improvement in the 6th form. After half term this group will be asking all 6th formers to vote for a local charity to support for the year and will plan a regular monthly cake bake to raise money.

Enrichment Opportunities

A number of Y12 and Y13 students are now engaged in a variety of enrichment activities including reading with primary school children at St Bart's, learning Mandarin at Alleyns School, Duke of Edinburgh and the Expended Project Qualification. We still have a number of opportunities arising each week. Students - please look carefully at your texts and the noticeboards for more opportunities next half term. Remember the SFH6 Talent Show happens just before the end of next half term so think about showing off your talents or helping to organise it!

A Level English Literature(FH) Visit to The Great Gatsby – Greenwich Theatre

By Adam Birch (Y12)

On the 7th of October 2015, I had the pleasure of going to a performance of “The Great Gatsby” at Greenwich Theatre in London. This trip was important because the visit would deepen our understanding of the plot and help us to visualise the characters’ emotions through the actors’ gestures, facial expressions and delivery of the lines. The brilliant acting has caused for me, a deepened understanding of the plot and helped me to strongly visualise the characters that I am analysing or describing in my essays. The actors immersed us in the decadence of the 1920’s – Americas ‘Jazz Age’ and a time of economic boom in America. This new stage adaptation brought to the audience a feel for the ‘Roaring Twenties’ through the eyes of Nick Carraway the narrator and protagonist of the story. It captures the society in America, obsessed by status and wealth, at a time where competition ran high in the upper classes of society and where their money and status made some-one an important or popular person. The excitement brewed as the class sat down, analysing the set from our seats: intrigued by the use of white and black as the two most dominant colours of the set. I discussed with my peer and friend Oscar, who thought that the use of white linked with the women in the play and their innocence and naivety, characters such as Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Myrtle Wilson. As the play went on, the intelligent use of dramatic techniques such as breaking the fourth wall where Nick the narrator was used well to create a stronger relationship with the audience. Music was played by the actors, creating a very accurate atmosphere of the 1920s and also demonstrating their vast talents. Throughout the performance, gripping and tense scenes were supported with projections of objects, patterns and locations creating an eerie atmosphere for the audience. To summarise, this production of “The Great Gatsby” was interesting, containing important messages about the book and society of the 1920s and presenting a flavour of jazz and parties intertwined with explosive drama. 

Year 13 Chemistry trip to UCL

On 30th September, our Year 13 chemistry class enjoyed a fascinating workshop at UCL Chemistry Department.  Students viewed and used a number of spectroscopic instruments including nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectrometers, and learned about a number of the applications of these technologies in areas such as forensic science, airport security and space exploration.  Students' problem solving skills were tested as they used their ability to interpret spectra to tackle a number of undergraduate level challenges.  The day culminated in a thought provoking and stimulating lecture by Professor Andrea Sella.

AS Media visit to The Guardian Newspaper

By Luke Ashpokoro (Y13)

SFH6 offers various enrichment programs and I was fortunate enough to be part of one of these extra- curricular activities.
The school offered a trip to the Guardian, a popular daily newspaper. On this trip we were able to see its London location and get a sense of how journalists work, and their day today routine. Even whilst just walking around the building we could see interviews taking place.
The majority of our day entailed improving our editing skills. Given the ‘IMovie‘ software we were instructed to create a short film about global warming, with options specified to penguins losing their habitat or polar bears losing their habitat. We were also given the option of creating an informatory video about the finite nature of fossil fuels and it effect on the planet.
Throughout the day we were given tips on how to edit. Ultimately from the day, I personally learnt more about the editing process and the importance of it.

Mock Exams

Mock 1week is shortly after half term (9th November) and students need to get their revision organised to ensure that they achieve well in these exams. We expect students to create a revision timetable and to use the half term week and then their study time to revise thoroughly. Revision needs to be active and techniques such as flash cards and the Cornell method have been recommended to students. Students should follow the 3 steps for success:

  1. Checklist: Have you got a list of everything you need to learn and know for each Mock exam?
  2. Plan: Have you got a written revision plan for half term? Make sure you make one and that it covers everything on your subject checklists
  3. Learn & Test Yourself: Make sure that you are using active revision methods to learn and then test yourself to check it’s working! Reading or ‘going over’ your notes WILL NOT DO!

Do you use Cornell? Or Flash Cards?
What we know about how our memory works means that ACTIVE methods are a MUST

The websites below can provide some really useful advice on revision techniques and planning, take a look
Students - remember that your teachers will use the results of Mock 1 to identify your strengths and areas to improve on as well as to work out and revise students predicted grades so make them count!     a youtube clip explaining the Cornell method

We would like to remind students that we expect everyone to maintain a minimum of 95% attendance to lessons. Research shows that students with excellent attendance usually achieve at least one grade higher than other students in their exams. We are extremely impressed by the large number of students who have maintained a 100% attendance record since September, in fact too many to list here! We have sent letters home congratulating all of them.
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.


5th November

Year 12 and Year 13 A Level Media students visit Media Conference

12th November

SFH6 Open Evening for prospective students. 6pm – 8pm at Forest Hill School

13th November

The sixth form deadline for UCAS is 13th November All students applying should make sure that they have seen their tutor to discuss their personal statements.

13th November

All Year 12 students are attending the Skills London Careers event at the Excel Centre Docklands.

25th November

20 SFH6 students are attending the Young Peoples Question Time at Southwark Cathedral.

26th November

Year 13 Parents held in the Hall at Sydenham School
16th December SFH6 Xmas Talent Revival
18th December Last day of term for 6th form
21st Dec - 1st Jan CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY


6th Form Admin Staff - Forest Hill
Simone McFarlane 6th Form Administrator

Morgan Bradshaw 6th Form Administrative Assistant - Forest Hill

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

Sadia Naim 6th Form Administrative Assistant - Sydenham

Lesley Daniels SFH6 Federation Secretary

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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