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Welcome to our Easter SFH6 newsletter

This has been a very short half term and of course we are really looking forward to moving into the final phase of the new building at Sydenham after the holidays. To facilitate this move lessons Sydenham will be starting period 4 (12pm) on 12th April and you should have received a letter detailing all the start of term arrangements.

As the exam season is nearly upon us students are focusing on careful revision and exam preparation and many students and staff will be in the sixth form on both sites over Easter taking part in a range of extra revision classes (details on the website). Students have also found time to take part in a range of enrichment activities both in school and beyond and staff have been busy interviewing nearly 500 prospective Year 11 students who are keen to join SFH6 in September.

FInally - a reminder to Year 12 that work experience forms need to be completed and handed in to the 6th form as soon as we return from the holidays. If you haven't yet found a place please use the next two weeks to send out your emails and make those phone calls



Our Year 13 students are in the final stage of the University application process – Universities have usually made all their offers by 31st March and students will need to reply to their offers by 4th May. Once students have replied to the offers they are able to apply for university accommodation where relevant, the sooner the better with this! It is also very important that students complete their student finance application as soon as possible

Year 12 students will start their UCAS preparation programme after the Easter Holidays once AS exams are over. Many students have already taken opportunities to apply for and attend a range of taster courses and to apply for weekend and summer courses. The sixth form will always text students about these opportunities so please pay close attention to these texts and then see the sixth form admin team for more information about any that interest you. The details of the UCAS and Progression programme will be sent home shortly after the holidays and includes opportunities to network with student university ambassadors, attend personal statement writing workshops, find out about student finance, visit a campus university and attend a large UCAS fair. On 14th June we will be holding our Parents UCAS Evening which should be a really informative and useful evening.


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!
If students do have to be absent from school please remember that a note or a phone call from parents is needed to authorise the absence. Contact details for 6th form reception at each school are listed below.

In the summer term lessons will continue as timetabled up to the final exams for each subject.  Students are expected to attend these lessons unless they have an examination on that day or the following day.  Level 3 BTEC courses, Level 2 courses and Applied Media Production A level will continue until the date specified by the subject leader.
Revision Tips:

As we get very close to the AS and A2 examinations (3 or 4 weeks to some!) students need to make sure that they are putting their revision plans into action. Building on the feedback from teachers and the Mock Exam results, students should be using their time to revise thoroughly and to practice exam questions. 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 below can provide some really useful advice on revision techniques and planning, take a look: a youtube clip explaining the Cornell method

Oxford and Cambridge University Visits:

Year 12 English Literature Trip to Oxford University (Ms Bornstein)

On Thursday 3rd March 12 AS English Literature students met bright and early at Forest Hill station for the journey west to Oxford. We were met at Queen's College by the outreach officer Harriet Rudden who began the day with an overview of what makes Oxford different to other UK universities as well as busting some of the myths associated with it. The group then split in two, with half of us plunged straight into a tutorial-style workshop with lecturer Steven Kaye. We discussed and analysed a mixture of visual and written texts including a speech from Shakespeare's The Tempest: it was intellectually challenging as Steven constantly questioned us to refine our ideas, but really interesting. The other group were taken on a tour of the college's fantastic facilities and had the chance to get a no-holds-barred insight into life at university from three current English students. After swapping activities we were treated to lunch in the beautiful Dining Hall and then made our way across the city to spend the afternoon exploring the Pitt Rivers Museum's amazing collection of anthropological artefacts. All in all a successful day.

The Henry Kitchener Junior Prize for Science Writing Goes To….. OLIVIA KERSEY!

We are delighted and proud to announce that Olivia Kersey (Year 13) is the winner of this year's Henry Kitchener Junior Prize for Science Writing.  Olivia was presented with her prize by Lady Fellowes at a gala celebration last week.  Olivia's 1500 word essay "In the light of how our diet has changed over the last century, how does nutrition affect the developing brain?" beat off stiff competition from young people across the country to take the top prize of £500.  Dr Richard Marsh from the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour said: "Olivia faced tough competition from a strong field of entries.  All essays were blind marked by a team of moderators to ensure consistency.  Hers is a great entry showing a real grasp of the topic." (Ms Parry)

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Our EPQ students presented their projects to an audience on 23rd March. To complete the project (which is worth half an A level) students have had to develop a research question and carry out independent research to write a 5000 word report. Students have attended regular tutorials in school to discuss their progress and on Wednesday 23rd March I was incredibly impressed by the quality of their presentations and proud of the enormous amount of learning that students showed us. Students projects covered a very wide range of titles including ‘The Perfect Pair of Trousers’, ‘The Black Lives Matter Movement’, ‘The future of wearable Tech’ , ' To what extent are video games beneficial in modern society?, How far is current research on Alzheimer's disease impacting the development of treatments and understanding of causes? and ‘Is prison an appropriate and effective criminal punishment and what effect does imprisonment have on individuals?’ Students have learnt a great deal from the project, especially time management and research skills and we are confident that these skills will be of great benefit to the students as they move on to university next year. WELL DONE!

We will be launching the EPQ with Year 12 students later in the summer term so look out for information after May half term.

AS and A Level Media Productions

The latest AS and A2 Media productions are now ready to view! PLease click on the youtube link to watch

April 11th Term Starts at Forest Hill
April 12th

Sydenham begins period 4. Students should make their way to the 6th form common room at the start of period 4.

May 27th Year 13 Leavers Prom
May 30th- June 3rd Half Term
June 13th - 17th Y12 UCAS and Progression Week
June 14th Parents UCAS Information Evening
June 18th Y12 Visit to Kent University and Canterbury
June 20th A/A2 teaching begins for Year 12
June 27th – July 1st Y11-12 Bridging Week
July 11th - 15th Year 12 Work Experience
August 18th AS and A2 Results Day – Year 12 to Year 13 enrolment

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

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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