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Welcome to our third half termly SFH6 newsletter for 2016-17  

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 plans over this half term and for the remaining weeks leading up to their AS and A2 public exams in the summer. Students taking BTEC courses will also be focusing on making sure that all of their coursework is completed to the highest standards.
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.


150 of our Year 13 students have now received offers from Universities and Art Colleges all over the country in subjects including Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, Politics and International Relations, Japanese, Classics, Biomedical Science, Geography, Economics and Maths to name just a few! We are also delighted that 5 of our students have now received offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge, they are certainly setting the bar high for our Year 12s. 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.

London University Taster Days Open for Year 12 students

In the mean time please click on the link below to find out more about the London University Taster Courses. These courses provide year 12 students with a taste of what life at a university in London is like.  As part of these courses students will experience the different teaching methods used by university academics and gain an insight into the additional facilities available, whilst meeting students from across the UK. Taster courses are free to attend and courses range from voice and drama, to medicine and nursing, to computing and business.

Year 13 Apprentceship and Scholarship Opportunities

We often receive information about some excellent apprenticeship and scholarship opportunities for students. We will always text students about these but here are two really wonderful looking programmes from the Bank of England below which are open to students completing Year 13 this summer.

The Bank of England has some fabulous training courses and scholarships for our Year 13 students. The closing dates are in February – so investigate these NOW.

Future Capabilities Programme
 A programme designed to help talented young people get started in their careers.

African-Caribbean Scholarship
This scholarship offers financial support to students from Black or Mixed African or Caribbean backgrounds who will be starting their undergraduate degree courses at UK universities in the autumn of 2017.  You could receive up to £30,000 over the course of your undergraduate degree, as a contribution towards your living expenses and other costs of study.

WOrk Experience

All Year 12 students will be going out on Work Experience for 1 week - July 10th - 14th

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 will be coming to a Year 12 assembly after half term. Please make sure you talk to friends, family friends and relatives to look for interesting opportunities. It is important that students makre a real effort over half term to secure 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 to Year 11 students applying to 6th form and taking on teaching roles with younger students.

Teaching Science to Year 5: by Tendai Mutunhire Year 12

This half term, Ms Kanu has organised an opportinity for some Year 12 students to work with Year 5 students from Kelvin Grove and Kilmorie Primary School. I and many other students who study subjects in the Science department have been helping Ms Kanu work with these students, showing them how to carry out practicals, watching them and guiding them along the way. This half term the students have been investigating reversible and irreversible reactions and they had the opportunity to carryout techniques such as filtration and evaporation. Much to the excitement of the students, they were also able to use the Bunsen burners!

On top of doing a practical with them, Ms Kanu also introduced them to substances such as iodine and dry ice to demonstrate sublimation. Working with Ms Kanu and the students has been a great experience and I look forward to continuing to do so next half term.

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

As part of our University Challenge programme a group of Year 12 students attended a Science and Maths information day at Queen’s College Oxford on Tuesday 7th February.
This event included a talk from the admissions tutor who provided information and advice about applying to Oxford.  The students took part in a Physics and Chemistry session. Students also had lunch and a tour of the college. Hannah Riley said that she found the visit ‘very helpful’ and it “dispelled the myth of being elitist’ Later on this year students and parents will be invited to an Oxbridge application workshop. We hope that many of these students go on to make a succesful application next year.

A2 Geography trip: 5th-8th February 2017

The A2 Geographer’s went on a four day residential to Flatford Mill Field Study Centre to collect primary data for their geographical skills unit. The landscape of the area is depicted by painter John Constable in famous paintings such as the Hay Wain and Dedham Vale.  The students worked hard, they were out in the field all day and were writing up results in the classroom till 8pm every evening. They did a variety of investigations looking at river characteristics, vegetation succession on a salt marsh and a tourism impact study. Take a look at our Geographers in action!

Media ChAMPS

A level and GCSE Media Studies students in the Media Champs group were given the chance to meet and hear from up and coming media professional, Miles Emmanuel, this week. Miles talked about how he got started in Media, after taking a media related degree and then gaining lots of unpaid work experience. He showed us extracts from some of the projects he has filmed and edited and explained the ideas and context behind each example. He also discussed his recent (paid) employment with BBC radio, where he is now involved with mostly editing news reports. His message to the students was very clear - if you want success, keep trying! He also advised students to research professionals who are involved in the areas they are interested in and try to meet up with them to discuss their own ideas. Finally, it's really important for students to get all the work experience they can so that they can apply for the jobs that they want.

Art at SFH6: Young London Artist Award 2017

The Visual Arts Faculty Annual A' Level Art exhibition was a spectacular occasion celebrating students’ hard work and creativity. Staff, parents, visitors and local artists were treated to a diverse exhibition of art work from students studying on the A level Fine Art, Art History and Illustration courses.  Work on display included a large scale 3 screen video piece, sculpture, painting, photography, digital design and performance. It was a great opportunity to engage with students about their art work and the stories behind them, and to marvel at the skillful use of materials.

Students presented their work to visiting judges, professional artist Roxana Halls and Science writer Philip Ball, winner of the Royal Society Science Book Prize. Selected students were awarded the following prizes:

1st prize went to Holly Chacksfield who 'curated’ a display of photographs and artefacts belonging to her invented artist Nora Wolff. “The photographs and sketches on display here represent Nora’s work in the late 1960s and early 70s when the Vietnam War led her to examine the nature of male leadership embodied here in various studies she made of herself dressed as Napoleon.”
2nd prize went to Cameron Wyke who attempted to develop a unique artistic style for Grime, a cultural movement he said lacked a powerful visual identity such as that of Punk.
And a further two students were Highly Commended - Ola Warchol made stunning delicate pencil drawings which transformed photos of local council estate bins illuminated by orange municipal lighting into eerily magical scenes and Hannah Riley for her animation of a self-making and self-destructing machine.
Plus the People's Choice winner, earned through a public vote from visitors throughout the evening, went to Alana Gaughan who sculpted a garden with green plastic bottles.

Throughout the evening a performance piece was playing out between students who were making a comment about how social media can encourage people to have their say about other people’s lives. The two performing students were discussing and gossiping in an exaggerated manner which prompted the audience, teachers in particular, to challenge them and intervene, at which point it was revealed that it was an art work.
Headteacher, Gloria Lowe said  ‘The improvised piece was excellent- a complete surprise, beautifully executed and expertly acted. Well done.’
All of the Art staff were proud of the way the students presented themselves to our visitors and the professional finish to their work. A fantastic and memorable evening.


Media AT SFH6


Media is a popular subject a SFH6 with students studying a range of courses. One of the exciting things about this subject is that students get the oppportunity to put the theory into action by producing their own media text using industry standard software. You can also find the a showreel with a mix of some of the work over the past couple years on the two 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

We will also be emailing at a more detailed revision and study guide that we hope will support both parents and students in making sure that revision is productive.


February 13th – 17th Half term
February 20th CPD Day at Forest Hill only (lessons as usual at Sydenham)
February 22nd AS reports sent home
February 27th A2 reports sent home
Feb 29th - March 11th Folder Checking Fortnight: Are your folders Fit For Revision?
March 27th Y13 Joint Assembly: Preparing for Exams
April 3rd – 27th Easter Holidays:
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 and History
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