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Pastoral Care

At Blackheath High School we believe that helping a child to achieve her best, isn’t just a result of what happens in the classroom. We not only nurture the girls’ academic progress but looking after the “whole” person. This means thinking about their overall wellbeing, both physically and mentally to ensure they achieve their very best.

We address work related stress and help the girls to find ways to cope with pressure and to meet cheerfully the demands of a broad curriculum and often a diverse range of extra-curricular activities. We aim to help the girls’ sense of well-being in several different ways, to equip them with methods of relaxation such as breathing, tai-chi and use visualisations to help relieve stress.

We have enhanced their environment through use of therapeutic aromatherapy to uplift and focus them as they move around our school. We also believe that it is important that the food that is served to the girls ensures that they are nourished appropriately to maximise their ability to learn effectively. Installing water fountains to keep girls hydrated was also an important development in the school.
These provisions ensure the general well-being of the girls in our care during the school day and that their minds are at an optimum to achieve their personal best in the classroom.
Alongside this we want to promote the girls’ ability to be reflective and thoughtful; the assembly has become a time to reflect on our society and world and listen to music that enhances a sense of reflection.
“Philosophy” has been introduced to the timetable to develop these thinking skills and the minds of the girls further. Alongside the “Matrix of Knowledge” the education of the girls has been broadened to give time on the curriculum to develop stronger philosophical thought processes and to be able to tackle those all too tricky interview questions which expect a considered and well-structured response.
By combining many areas of thought from design, architecture, philosophy and complimentary practice we aim to promote the girls learning through a strong sense of well-being and confidence.
 
Mindfulness Assemblies
 

Mindfulness training has been proven to improve health and wellbeing. It helps us to learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and to feel calmer, less anxious and less depressed. 
At Blackheath High School, we pride ourselves on equipping our pupils with life skills and, as such, we have introduced mindfulness assemblies to the senior school.

During the assemblies,  we train our attention to be ‘in the present’ with whatever is happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. Brain imaging studies show that mindfulness practice reliably and profoundly alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of thought , feeling and concern for others. Recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, mindfulness is increasingly being used in business to improve staff wellbeing and satisfaction, and in sports training to improve performance.

Click here to read an article on the benefits of mindfulness featured in The Telegraph