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Welcome to our first half termly SFH6 newsletter for 2016-17.
Over 80% of our Year 13 leavers progressed on to University this Autumn, more than half 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.
Our Year 13 students have been working hard on their UCAS applications, researching courses and writing their personal statements. We have 17 students who are applying to Oxbridge or Medicine and they have already sent their applications off and 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.
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. You can see these students in their distinctive red T Shirts representing the sixth form at the SFH6 Open Evening on November 17th and a wide range of other events over the year. Students still interested in applying to become ambassadors and supporting their 6th form at our Open Evening are welcome to apply straight after half term.
Sixth Form Council
Reading at St Bartholomew’s Primary School
|emagazine A Level English Literature Conference|
|On Friday 14th October 2016, a group of twenty English Literature students were taken to the emagazine yearly Literature Conference at Friends House, Central London. The conference offered these A Level students fantastic opportunities to enrich their current studies in English. It also provided a valuable insight into the study of English in Higher Education – an experience of what university lectures and seminars may entail.
There was a ‘Read This Now’ panel discussion chaired by Professor John Mullan (Professor of English at University College London) with Dr Caroline Edwards (Lecturer in English at Birkbeck University), Sarah Crown (Director of Literature for Arts Council England) and Andrew Michael Hurley (author of ‘The Loney’, ‘Cages and Other Stories’ and ‘The Unusual Death of Julie Christie and Other Stories’). Each panelist offered a recommended reading list of ten novels, poems or short stories for students. They also spoke about their rationale in choosing their recommended ten. Professor Mullan ended the discussion with some advice for students on attending and preparing for university interviews, what interviewers look for in potential students of English and the importance of being widely read.
Sarah Crown offered advice on how to approach poetry, what to look for and ways in which deeper, more abstract meaning can be pulled from poetry. This was particularly useful to students as this year they will be sitting a paper in which they will be analysing poetry by John Keats.
The conference concluded with an interactive session led by actors Simon Bubb and Emma Pallant which helped students to explore ways in which dramatic texts can be brought to life. In particular, they explored Shakespeare and how stage directions are silently embedded within the structure and rhythm of the play itself. Again, pupils found this useful as they are currently studying Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, as well as Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’
AS Media visit to The Guardian Newspaper
Earlier this month a group of 25 A Level Media students visited the Guardian Newspaper to take part in a 1 day ‘hands on’ workshop to find out more about video editing for news. Students created their own online news stories which you will be able to have a look at on our youtube channel shortly.
A Level Physics – 2 Great events
Research is at the core of science, and is how scientific knowledge and understanding progresses; much of this taking place at our universities. In partnership with Queen Mary University of London, students studying physics at Sydenham and Forest Hill sites have been given the opportunity to participate in a real scientific research project focused on plasma waves in the Earth’s magnetosphere. Dr Martin Archer came into Forest Hill on Tuesday 18th October to run an introductory session where the students listened to the ‘sounds of space’. Yet, whilst these magnetosphere plasma waves aren’t sounds, the data taken from various satellite detectors have been converted into sound waves by QMUL so we can take advantage of a powerful pattern recognition system – the human auditory system. The SFH6 research groups will continue their work up until March when they will present their findings at QMUL – we wish them all the best with this exciting opportunity.
A-Level Product Design trip to Design Junction Kings Cross 2016
|17th November||SFH6 Open Evening for prospective students held at Sydenham School|
|18th November||The sixth form deadline for UCAS is 18th November All students applying should make sure that they have seen their tutor to discuss their personal statements and references.|
|23rd November||20 SFH6 students are attending the Young Peoples Question Time at Southwark Cathedral.|
|1st December||Year 13 Parents held in the Main School Hall at
|9th December||All Year 12 students are attending the Skills London Careers event at the Excel Centre Docklands.|
|20th December||Last day of term|
|3rd January||Start of term SYD|
|5th January||Start of term FH|
Head of SFH6 Gill Pooley: Teaches Sociology, Media Studies and the
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