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Welcome to the final SFH6 newsletter of the year:
Our Newsletter this half term has been written, edited and designed by two Year 12 students as part of their work experience. Well done to Lewan Ghafoor and Amie Commins for finding the stories, taking the photos and learning to use Dreamweaver! Over to you.......
The academic year:

Year 12 have been engaged in a wide range of activities designed to help them find out more about their options after 6th form. The activities have included been designed to help students applying to University as well as those thinking of moving into higher level apprenticeships. Students have taken part in workshops on writing personal statements, student life, finance and apprenticeships as well as visits to Kent University and Greenwich University. On 22nd June Y12 attended the UCAS Convention at Greenwich University 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 and have a look at our resources on the website

The Oxbridge Application Workshop

Bridging Week:

We were delighted to welcome over 250 Year 11 students to our 6th form Bridging week at the end of June. The week was 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 transition 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 are some of students in action.

Click on the link below to access the Transition Materials and Assignments to complete over the summer

Y12 Enrolment is on GCSE results day – August 25th from 9am at SYD and 10am at FH. External students enrol from 1pm - 4pm at Sydenham School

A Level Art trip to Berlin

One of our Art History students, Cree Taylor-Mason described the trip as being “full of bants” (there were educational aspects too, of course).
On their voyage to the heart of Germany, the Art students enjoyed visits to the Boros Bunker and the Hamburg Bahnof, a museum of contemporary art. Each museum displayed collections of beautiful modern art that “ignited” the student’s passion for their subject, as stated by Jasmine, one of our Art students. However, the students feared for their lives as the plane turbulence was astronomically on their return. Fortunately, all was well as the students arrived safely to continue their academic year.

Trip to Kent University

As part of UCAS week, Year 12s were lucky enough to visit Kent University's Canterbury Campus and explore the grounds of the world famous international University. We were able to explore the campus with help from student guides from the university. We were able to ask questions about life at university, to grasp a greater understanding along with a picture of this particualr lifestyle and the benefits of studying away from home. Following the tour we were able to visit the idylic Canterbury city, visiting old fashinoned sweet shops and book shops that would suit our fancies whilst studying at kent, if we chose to do so of course. Overall, the trip was a brilliant way to begin the last part of the academic year. it was definietly refreshing after months of preparation for our AS exams!

Duke of Edinburgh

8 of our year 12 pupils have been working towards their silver D of E award. There were numerous expeditions such as the one to South Downs which took place at the end of June. There were many hills which made the walking even more of a challenge as they climbed the height of Snowdon on the first day. They had to be completely self-sufficient by cooking their meals for the 3 days. Although most did this well, they realied that they would have to improve the types of foods they bring to their assessed expedition to make sure they get enough calories and all have enough food. On the second night they were allowed a camp fire as it was their practice expedition. The students enjoyed a hardworking and rewarding trip and felt accomplished in doing so.

Mrs Molligoda - Subject Leader of PE

The Camp Fire

Work Experience

This opportunity gives students the chance to gain the experience which many employers amd universities appreciate. The more experience students have, the better the chance of getting employment in the future, not to mention a good university place.

We are deighted that 7 Physics students were awarded professional work experience placements with Mace at Chelsea Barracks in London. The students are Thomas Lupton, Tore-Andre Shortridge, Luca Filip, Anwar El-Mauly, Santiago Velez-Salazar, Florence Wiliams and Ayaanie Omar.

Y12 students have been preparing to secure placements for their chosen work experience since November. Unlike the Year 10 work experience they had done previously, we are aiming to secure placements that were more specifically suited to our future career choices. Students got work in places such as hospitals, schools, offices and law firms

Science Success for Kate Alston

We are delighted to announce that Kate Alston, one of our year 12 STEM students, was awarded the Schools Physicist of The Year Award! She collected this award at Queen Mary University surrounded by her proud parents and teacher as you can see! Kate recevied this thanks to the immense hard work and energy that she has put in to her A Level Physics this year. A Level Physics is very challenging and it is sometimes easy to feel defeated by questions and probems. Kate's success in Physics has really come down to her fantaswtic probem solving skills she has developed, which with her determination, allows her to work towards succesful solutions.This is an Outstanding achievement for Kate and will definately make her stand out in her university applications. Congratulations Kate!


The Brilliant Club:

Our third cohort of students have been selected to take part in the Brilliant Club where high achievers (including Amie) have the chance to grasp a greater understanding of academic writing in University by working with a PHD tutor in a specific subject area, from STEM to Art and Humanities. The non-profit project commenced at one of London’s Russel group universities, SOAS, where we were lucky enough to explore their famous five story library. The challenging experience consists of university style tutorials and essay writing with a final assignment that is marked according to a degree mark scheme, giving students either a 1st, 2:1, 2:2 or a 3rd. The programme will aid the process for students in state schools obtaining a place in a highly selective university, such as UCL and Cambridge.

A Level Media :

Another highlight to add to the list is the Media course that required the students to put their creative skills to the test In order to put together their very own trailer in the theme of horror. This process was a challenging but rewarding, one full of ups and downs. Students were able to borrow camera equipment and head off sight during class and in their own time to make a successful piece of work. Following the production process, we were then able to gather as a class and enjoy our peers’ final pieces.

Click below to see their final work

AS Media Trailers

Leadership opportunities 2016: Student Ambassadors, The 6th Form Council and Mentoring

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 Karaoke. 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 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 on 18th August - at Sydenham between 9am and 1pm and at Forest Hill between 10am and 1pm. Good luck!

Year 13: Sixth form staff will be available on both sites 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. Some Year 12 students may be given an appointment for the 7th or 8th September to discuss their options for progression.

We look forward to seeing you all on results day!

Start of term arrangements:

New Year 12 - students arrive at their base school ready to start the induction programme on Thursday 8th September and timings will be given out for this on enrolment.
Year 13 students – Lessons start on Friday 9th September. Lessons and room numbers will be posted in the 6th form at each site.

18th August  

AS and A2 results and enrolment into Year 13

25th August GCSE results & Y12 Enrolment – from 9am at SYD and 10am at FH. External students enrol from 1pm - 4pm at Sydenham School
8th September  Y12 Induction Day 1
9th September Y12 Induction Day 2 for Y12
9th September Y13 Lessons Start
12th Sept Y12 Lessons Start
19th Sept School Deadline for Oxbridge and Medicine Applications
27th Sept Y12 New Parents Meeting
15th October Oxbridge and Medicine External Deadline
24th - 28th October

Half Term

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

Morgan Bradshaw 6th Form Administrative Assistant

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

Sadia Naim 6th Form Administrative Assistant

Lesley Daniels SFH6 Federation Secretary

Gill Pooley
Head of SFH6 Gill Pooley: Teaches Sociology and Media Studies. Contact

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

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

Anita Belger
Head of 6th Sydenham: Teaches Sociology.

Sheila Conway
Head of Year 12 Sydenham: Teaches Health and Social Care and History
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