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20/10/17

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Well done to Meridian House and Martha for her outstanding piece in our Gadesden Drama Competition. Thank you to ou… https://t.co/oatne2wKQI

20/10/17

Have a great half term everybody - very well deserved! See you in November https://t.co/30gWkd7p4B

20/10/17

Highlife is out! Catch up on all the latest news from Blackheath High in our e-zine: https://t.co/Qa87btaCAv https://t.co/j0ES2T4Vhk

20/10/17

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Big thanks wonderful School 4 collecting another £59 today 4 ur ALL totally… https://t.co/IgNZzkP0lr

20/10/17

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great start by Meridien House 🏠 in the Gadesden drama competition https://t.co/CzMK8MrIKH

20/10/17

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Next to Physics club, girls are busy working on a motorcycle https://t.co/xgQsQeek3o

20/10/17

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Lunchtime physics, just for fun 😍#girlsinstem https://t.co/TI6ALFvUUp

20/10/17

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

having a break time meeting with and Florence - bit miffed her sofa was take… https://t.co/V23gTrgMNE

20/10/17

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Love this message from https://t.co/xxh6Dws2Qg

20/10/17

Brilliant work! https://t.co/Yibl9VFwhC

20/10/17

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Have a great time in the big 🍎 artists ! https://t.co/N01ZAywSy1

20/10/17

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Fascinating evening learning about the restoration of this amazing lady https://t.co/KoDZ0fT6ut

20/10/17

"I'm passionate about enabling young women to get into this exciting industry". Our Head of Computing tells all:… https://t.co/L5trHYR4c7

19/10/17

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Can't stop the toes from tapping at a brilliant teatime concert today 🎹🎼🎤 https://t.co/ovcYC3BXT0

19/10/17

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Can't stop the toes from tapping at a brilliant teatime concert today 🎹🎼🎤 https://t.co/AvEOLkipyx

19/10/17

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Y4 & Y6 enjoying the performance of Romeo and Juliet https://t.co/cmg4Hg5RUz

19/10/17

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Year 4 and 6 enjoying performing Romeo and Juliet https://t.co/cAoPfkYCBq

19/10/17

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Romeo and Juliet with Y3 & Y5 this morning https://t.co/kNlH9nkxiW

19/10/17

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Romeo and Juliet with . A great start to the morning https://t.co/RsYyr1Eo6t

19/10/17

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😁 https://t.co/iUeQVUcv0X

19/10/17

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And they’re off...🏃‍♀️Good luck to all our cross country runners at the Greenwich Schools Championships. https://t.co/gxFnSjrh5d

19/10/17

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Cup stacking champion Summer, well done! https://t.co/TG1jSenhZe

19/10/17

Solving the tricky question of Balochistan is all in a day's work for our girls: https://t.co/3Gkx0pk6fZ https://t.co/6xILoZlbAs

18/10/17

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Fantastic results at the Greenwich Schools Cross Country Championships. Y7 Borough Champion - Soraya; Y8 3rd Place… https://t.co/Hcv11WKAiJ

18/10/17

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Our amazing cross country runners 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️ https://t.co/eukjv4fgdL

18/10/17

Missed our recent Open Day? Fear not, we've got two 'School in Action' mornings in November. Sign up now!… https://t.co/y4HfzFk8aQ

18/10/17

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Y3 learning about being a curator https://t.co/qqLYSQoLeE

18/10/17

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❤️What a totally amazing & awesome School 👏we’ve always known ur wonderful! &tea… https://t.co/s7HlCkPhgo

18/10/17

Retweeted From Christine Pheiffer

Great assembly from Mr Laber - self-defence as allegory for reaching goals & targets! https://t.co/HrxmAxRcYl

18/10/17

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Preparing for, "this house believes that artists who have committed a misdemeanour should have their honours remove… https://t.co/vvu3SM4dCj

18/10/17

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Great to0 see so popular with all age groups https://t.co/KEsdT4AyVM

18/10/17

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Following on .... Betty and Apple. https://t.co/aM9q0Bbbst

18/10/17

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Summing up Buffy and Christine.... https://t.co/6aTudoz24I

18/10/17

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The Mighty Box has arrived in Y5! https://t.co/fiDT4X2eUk

18/10/17

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Junior Cross Country today. Marley won the year 4 fun run. https://t.co/Dlj5zK6eBl

18/10/17

You're welcome! https://t.co/1ILg2rWtvR

18/10/17

Our girls abseiled and zip wired their way through their PGL trip. Isabel, Year 8, shares her experience:… https://t.co/kHqchWAc6h

17/10/17

Retweeted From Christine Pheiffer

Positive is proving to be useful for both staff and students https://t.co/c7Viwz3JHb

17/10/17

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Fun at Netball Shooting Club during Period 4a at school 😃🏐👍🏼 https://t.co/460fi4eNlc

17/10/17

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Duck pond rush hour on brightened the journey from Seniors to Juniors 🦆🦆 https://t.co/hODzqxyPze

Mental wellbeing

Promoting good physical health should be straightforward; we know that we need to eat well, take exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. When it comes to mental health, however, we tend not to think about it until a problem develops. According to a recent article in The Guardian, this is a strategy that has been disastrous for an entire generation of British people (and in particular those under the age of 25).

A person’s mental health cannot be seen and there is still a significant stigma attached to discussing mental health problems; this is something that we are working hard to change in school.

Statistics tell us that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental illness each year. Yet we all have a brain and, therefore, a mental health. Surely, all of us should give consideration to how we might make lifestyle choices, and create an environment and society which is conducive to good mental health for everyone?

The mind: a school/home approach

We use PSHE in school to discuss a range of issues including body image, bullying, friendship - and a range of wellbeing issues that encourage our students to develop coping strategies that will stand them in good stead as they get older.

PSHE is only one part of the toolkit that we have to promote positive mental health. A really important approach that teachers and parents can take is to drop into casual conversations is that it is OK not to be OK. In Biology lessons, we can discuss mental health when we learn about how the brain functions, in English we can touch upon an author’s mental state, in PSHE we can discuss the treatment of people with mental illness within the legal system.

Over dinner with our children we can talk about how we are coping with life’s difficulties. By consistently and casually mentioning a topic, we take away some of the scariness and more importantly some of the stigma that stops students from asking for help when they are struggling.

The body: incorporate more physical activity

Young people need to move regularly in order to think clearly. They simply aren’t designed to be trapped in a small room with a smart phone for hours on end having information thrown at them all day. In addition, a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for our mental health, since the body and the brain work in tandem.

Encourage your daughter to get out at the weekend. Put the phone away for a couple of hours and go for a walk together. At school we encourage students to get involved with the co-curricular programme - from Netball to Spanish dancing there are lots of opportunities for the girls to throw themselves into physical activity.

The soul: encourage open communication

Technological advances mean there is the biggest gap in cultural understanding between adults (parents and teachers) and children since the 1960s. We must try to bridge the 'us and them' divide because communication is key to good mental health. For parents and teachers to have an open and honest dialogue with our children, we must understand their world and what is important to them.

Help young people find their passion and give them a healthy way to express themselves. Everyone needs a creative outlet, something which lets them release difficult feelings, perhaps through sport, art, music or drama. If we have this, we’re far less likely to express ourselves in more harmful ways.

We really try to encourage this at school through form time activities and through lessons. Blackheath High students are very socially aware and when they get involved with Community Projects and Charity Work they tend to be far less introspective – just look at the enthusiasm for collecting food for the local Salvation Army Food Bank recently.

A study by Professor Rachel Thompson in 2013 found young people see social media as more “real” than their three dimensional existences at home and at school. By immersing ourselves in their world, we give ourselves the tools to help them combat the worst aspects of the web and embrace the best. Most importantly, we can show them that not everything on the internet is real, and that there is a very real world at their fingertips.

The evidence shows that our daily habits have the most effect on our wellbeing; a little and often approach is what works best. Lots of conversations with the girls; allowing them to solve minor problems on their own gives them the strength to deal with big challenges as they get older; incorporating simple changes into the day, where we talk about mental health in the same way that we talk about physical health, not only impacts students, it can also have a profound positive impact on all of us – teachers and parents - too.

Useful Apps

Headspace


Headspace is a digital service that provides guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training. Its content can be accessed online, or via their mobile apps. In April 2016, Headspace claimed to have over 6 million people using the app.

BellyBio

Free app that teaches a deep breathing technique useful in fighting anxiety and stress. A simple interface uses biofeedback to monitor your breathing. Sounds cascade with the movements of your belly, in rhythms reminiscent of waves on a beach. Charts also let you know how you’re doing. A great tool when you need to slow down and breathe.

eCBT Calm

Provides a set of tools to help you evaluate personal stress and anxiety, challenge distorted thoughts, and learn relaxation skills that have been scientifically validated in research on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Lots of background and useful information along with step-by-step guides.

Optimism  

Track your moods, keep a journal, and chart your recovery progress with this comprehensive tool for anxiety. One of the most popular mood tracking apps available, with plenty of features.

iSleepEasy

A calm female voice helps you quell anxieties and take the time to relax and sleep, in an array of guided meditations. Separately controlled voice and music tracks, flexible lengths, and an alarm. Includes a special wee hours rescue track, and tips for falling asleep.

Magic Window

Living Pictures - Not technically a mental health app, it makes no miraculous claims about curbing anxiety. However, there is independent research indicating that taking breaks and getting exposure to nature, even in videos, can reduce stress. This app offers an assortment of peaceful, ambient nature scenes from beautiful spots around the world.

Relax Melodies

A popular free relaxation sound and music app. Mix and match nature sounds with new age music; it’s lovely to listen to birds in the rain while a piano softly plays.