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Welcome to our third half termly SFH6 newsletter for 2015-16  

This half term has been full of exciting news for many of our Year 13 students who have been receiving offers from Universities and Art Colleges. We have also had Mock 2 examinations which students have taken very seriously indeed. We expect our students to use the results of their mock exams to really focus their revision plansover this half term and for the remaining weeks leading up to their AS and A2 public exams in the summer.
A range of trips and visits have also taken place for many of our students this half term and of course we were delighted to meet our Year 12 parents again in January.


Over 170 of our Year 13 students have now received offers from Universities all over the country in subjects including Medicine, Psychology, Politics and International Relations, Professional Aviation Studies with Pilot Training, Biomedical Science, Geography, Economics, Maths and Fashion Design to name just a few. We are very proud of all our students preparing to take the next steps in their chosen career at university or in apprenticeships.
Our Year 12 students will shortly be starting their Progression and UCAS programme so look out for details about that and also for information about the UCAS parents meeting in the summer term.

As part of the Lewisham University Challenge Programme we have two great events coming up:

  • Vocational Routes to Success: An event aimed at students taking Level 3 BTEC or progressing to Level 3 BTEC next year
  • Medical and Healthcare Careers Event: Aimed at Year 12 students considering a career in medicine or another healtcare profession

Interested students must sign up in the 6th form offices to secure a place

We also have some important events coming up for Year 12 students who are considering applying to Oxbridge:

Monday 27th June 4.30-6.30pm
Application Workshop for students; parents/carers; teachers - Lewisham venue TBC

Open Days:
29th & 30th June - Oxford
30th June & 1st July - Cambridge

We are just in the process of launching a new careers and employability tool with our Year 12 students. ULAS is an online tool that includes a personal statement and CV builder and helps to equip students with the skills necessary to excel in their university and apprenticeship applications. Students who have already signed up to this will receive regular emails from ULAS with a range of progression opportunities including University Taster Days. All Year 12 students will be signed up by the end of this term.

We are very pleased to announce that our ULAS student ambassador is Jennifer Nkana from 12N.

To find out more speak to Jennifer or go to



An Exciting Opportunity for Y12 Pupils to Take Part in STEM Research Placements!

The Nuffield Research Placements are cost-free STEM research projects undertaken by Year 12 pupils, often in laboratories, over 4-6 weeks in the summer holidays.

The placements aim to inspire and motivate students to go to university and pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths. It will help you to gain the skills and confidence needed to secure a place in at a highly-selective university. For example, at the end of the placement students will write a scientific report and will be encouraged to enter for further awards, such as the CREST award and the competitions like the Big Bang Fair. students will meet new people from across the region and get a feel for being in an university environment.

This is an entirely free opportunity, and Nuffield provide travel expenses for all students, and many are also eligible for a full bursary (approximately £80 per week).
for more information please e-mail Ekaterina (Kate) Yonova-Doing:
The deadline for student applications has recently been extended to Wednesday 24th March 2016.

WOrk Experience

All Year 12 students will be going out on Work Experience for 1 week - July 11th - 15th

This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop a wide range of skills and expereinces that both universities and employers are looking for. We are working closely with Paul Goddard from Lewisham who came to talk to our Year students in assembly in 8th February. He encouraged students to talk to friends, family friends and relatives to lok for interesting opportunities and students can also use the ULAS site to help them with their search. It is important that students makre a real effort over half term to secur a placement.

To help them we have put some useful resources on the SFH6 website as well as a copy of the form that students will need to hand in once they have found a place


Our SFH6 ambassadors continue to represent the sixth form at a range of whole school events including acting as advisers at Year 11 parents evening and taking an active role in some staff recruitment!

St Bart's Reading Team

A group of Year 12 students have been working with primary school children at St Bartholomew's school in Lewisham. These students spend their Wednesday afternoons reading with and listening to the primary school pupils and encouraging them to develop a love of reading and to become increaasingly confident readers.

Students involved have been doing a great job and will also have an excellent experience to include in the UCAS statement and to add to their CVs. Well done!

Trips and visits
Henry Kitchener Junior PrizE

Olivia Kersey from Year 13 has been shortlisted for this year's Henry Kitchener Junior Prize.  Olivia's essay title was 'In the light of how our diet has changed over the last century, how does nutrition affect the developing brain?'

See more at:

Olivia's essay really impressed the judges, and earned her an invitation to the prize-giving ceremony on 10th March.  The awards will be presented by Lord Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame and Lady Emma Fellowes, and there will be a lecture delivered by Professor Tim Brenna of Cornell University.  We congratulate Olivia on her success and look forward to finding out whether she has won one of the top prizes!

Online Film Reviewer Stefan Pape meets SFH6 and Sydenham Media Champs

by Adam Panayi (Y13)

On the 14th December 2015 SFH6 and Sydenham Media Champions (a group of students with particular success and interests in Media) were fortunate enough to meet online reviewer Stefan Pape. After starting off as a sports journalist, he switched to film reviews, and has found huge success. A weekly reviewer for Talk Sport, Cosmopolitan magazine and Flickreel, he predominantly writes for website HeyUGuys, where he has interviewed A-listers including Liam Neeson, Tom Hiddlestone, and James McAvoy, along with renown directors Quentin Tarantino and Ron Howard. He also gets first priority in watching films with huge marketing campaigns and hype, such as the recent Star Wars film and The Hateful Eight.
Outlining his life before he went into film reviewing, he spoke in great depth about his path to get where he is today, including his Media degree at university and sports journalism. He stated that every day was different, in that his days can alternate between watching new releases, interviewing big stars, or simply writing his reviews. Students were also able to ask him a range of questions and ask how they can be a success in the industry. Meeting Stefan was a fantastic opportunity and one impossible to pass up. Being able to meet and talk to someone in the same industry I want to go into was an amazing experience.

BTEC Science Year 12

Our Year 12 BTEC Applied Science students recently visited the Horniman Museum  to learn about science communication.  We looked at different methods used by scientists to communicate to the public and how these methods can be used to appeal to different audiences such as young children or enthusiasts. A great day!


Art at SFH6

AS Illustration and Animation Media Pitch

On the final day of the Autumn term, the AS Illustration group visited Speak Media in Shoreditch to pitch their ideas for a Royal Mail Campaign. The students worked exceptionally hard to meet this deadline and had the added challenge of having to pitch their ideas to the directors of the company.
Paul Williams, Speak Media's Client Director remarked: "We were astounded by the quality of the student's illustrations. Technically we could see the students had worked hard to develop their drawings but it was also the level of thinking and creativity behind their ideas that impressed us. The students were a credit to themselves and their school."
Well done to the students involved, pictured here desperately trying to look cool with their teacher, Mr Edwards, on the streets of Shoreditch.


Media AT SFH6

The Media Department at Forest Hill have set up a new Facebook page where we often share content from lessons, media projects or useful facts/information based around film and media.

You can also find the a showreel with a mix of some of the work over the past couple years on the youtube channels below

Media at FH

Media at SYD



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.

Revision Tips

As we get nearer to the AS and A2 examinations (12 weeks to some!) students need to get their revision plan organized. Building on the feedback from Mock Exams we now expect students to create a revision timetable and to use 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. The websites below can provide some really useful advice on revision techniques and planning, take a a youtube clip explaining the Cornell method


Voter Registration: 2 Very important elections coming up!
With the election for the London Mayor and the referendum on our membership of the EU coming up soon now is the time to make sure you can vote! Nationally a very small proportion of young people exercise their right to vote and so we will be spending some tutorial time looking at some of the reasons why it is important for young people to vote and also at how to register. If you haven’t yet registered please use the link below.Every student in the 6th form can and should register
February 15th – 19th Half term
February 22nd CPD Day at Forest Hill only (lessons as usual at Sydenham)
February 26th AS reports sent home
February 29th A2 reports sent home
Feb 29th - March 11th Folder Checking Fortnight: Are your folders Fit For Revision?
March 14th Y13 Joint Assembly: Preparing for Exams
March 24th   Sydenham School closed to students–Packing Days   
March 24th – 8th April Easter Holidays: An Easter Revision Programme
April 11th

Sydenham School closed to students–Unpacking Days

Meet our staff  
  Gill Pooley

Head of SFH6 Gill Pooley: Teaches Sociology, Media Studies and the Extended Project. Contact
FH Thierry Maton Head of 6th Forest Hill: Teaches Economics and Business Studies.
FH Mark Salmon Deputy Head of 6th Forest Hill: Teaches Maths and Politics.
SYD Anita Belger
Head of 6th Sydenham: Teaches Sociology.
SYD Sheila Conway Head of Year 12 Sydenham: Teaches Health and Social Care, Citizenship and PSE
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