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15/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Recognise one of our girls here! One of many who love Roundabout. https://t.co/7ndf5DEZy9

10/04/19

Retweeted From GDST Skills

Interested in a career in medicine and looking for work experience? Useful tips here on writing a cover letter to stand out and increase your chance of getting a placement https://t.co/01zazmaWxO via

08/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

loved it. https://t.co/I2Eyqipj78

08/04/19

Retweeted From BHS Music

Our lovely sixth form students on our dinner cruise after a busy day of travelling and rehearsing. https://t.co/ziu2HenapL

08/04/19

Well done on your concert in Prague ladies! https://t.co/63YBdTikGB

04/04/19

Retweeted From BHS Music

We’ve safely made it to Prague and are having a short rehearsal before our dinner cruise tonight. https://t.co/RZ3KbLteJA

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Jood & Rachael representing Vanbrugh in the House debate. It’s so great to hear the students airing such well thought out opinions https://t.co/GD1agEaxOf

04/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great standard of debate in the House debate this afternoon https://t.co/Lvk0ckwIIf

04/04/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Really good inter-house debating this afternoon . Strong arguments, strong rhetoric. https://t.co/2EWbaO1XHI

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. So proud of our junior girls joining their Senior “sisters” on 10km walk. No whingers just ninjas in Yr6 - we all made it back! https://t.co/KOCgCMdKnX

04/04/19

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison

We did it!!! 10K walk to raise money for campaign. https://t.co/KBROraCccC

04/04/19

Of course it didn't! If anything it added atmosphere to our already iconic surroundings. Well done all. https://t.co/uqGJ56yFE8

04/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Small matter of some April showers .. no problem! 10k walk well underway 🌦😊 https://t.co/ZBd05rXMgE

04/04/19

Retweeted From PlanInternational UK

Thank you for your support! We're cheering you on👏 https://t.co/ee9eBF9TrW

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

And we’re off! whole school 10km quick year 6&7 photo 🙌🏻 https://t.co/Rsi4d8lymC

04/04/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

🍀Good luck to all the today from school yr6 & seniors doing a 10k sponsored walk to the & back 4 woowee! Support make a difference, these girls are awesome! 💫🏃‍♀️✨💥 good luck all!! https://t.co/sZ9eN2FKxE

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Well someone’s keen to start the walk! https://t.co/Fo9cJYxwJF

04/04/19

Glad to see they found some sunshine too ☀️ https://t.co/PPT7nvq2cg

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHighDrama

Great Theatre Trip to see the inspiring https://t.co/RYA1MiJi29

04/04/19

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

So proud of Maria’s success in the GDST Creative Writing Competition. The girls were captivated as she read to them! ⁦⁦https://t.co/o4FGBXsC5M

03/04/19

Congratulations on a great term of netball! https://t.co/6kigFkjmZA

03/04/19

Blissful! https://t.co/bC6oDqCT4o

03/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

I love this campaign. Too often, I meet 10 year olds who have had to campaign to play football alongside the boys at primary school.. thankfully not an issue schools where all sports are for girls: The Telegraph's Girls, Inspired campaign explained https://t.co/AGqysH1q5A

03/04/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Congratulations to everyone who performed tonight in the Spring Concert. A wonderful polished programme of delights ahead of the Prague tour.

02/04/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

This fab event is the first week back after Easter so make sure you don't get caught out ... book that babysitter and bring on the belly laughs! Tickets available now at https://t.co/v1vgr90Niu, contact us here or at bhsachairs.com if you want to bag a table https://t.co/7IdwpVoPgI

01/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Feeling 😇 to live and work in such a beautiful location - truly good for the soul! https://t.co/Xk58oKQIvh

28/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

What a pleasure to welcome more than 40 to Juniors today for lunch, music and tours. “Blackheath High made me the woman I am today” https://t.co/ta8zSLRSrZ

28/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

What a great match to end our U14 hockey team’s impressive season! The camaraderie these girls have created is admirable. Well done to you all for such a solid performance against strong opposition, St Dunstan’s. POM: Beni! https://t.co/IC8b6XKePY

28/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U12 hockey team finished the season off in style with ah great match against LPGS. Well done for a fantastic first year of hockey 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/WcV5vcc78W

26/03/19

Yesterday, The French Department took two students (Valerie and Zoë) to the regional final of the MFL Spelling Bee. They did fantastically well and performed brilliantly under pressure. Congratulations girls! https://t.co/3VzOkQvqYN

25/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Junior School Council made the Florence lunchtime walking rota happen. Top work Ceri- risk assessment and rota in place! And a squirrel did appear... 🐿 https://t.co/1VAdFFzc6R

25/03/19

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Watch girls from around the UK & Wales performing at for our Young Choir of the Year 2019. https://t.co/Bpes5UNras

25/03/19

Retweeted From Judy Mitchem

Watch out for Blackheath High ⁦⁩ ⁦ https://t.co/llnbcEejLv

22/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Could not be more proud of these girls 👏👏👏 https://t.co/1VQwOs4bKA

20/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Only https://t.co/E7py150P2l

20/03/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Loved watching year 10 at work in our beautiful art studios yesterday https://t.co/eAFGC2PyYZ

19/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

girls here https://t.co/p7BwGxeI1R

18/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U14 netballers performed brilliantly to come 2nd in the Greenwich Schools tournament this afternoon. Misa was awarded Player if the Tournament out of the players there which is a fantastic accomplishment 👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/Bkz4zLhGyv

18/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

popped in for lunch with Reception today. Guesses on our Head’s age ranged from 17 to 88. And they all liked her necklace 🤣🤣 https://t.co/JDMzIQFDp2

18/03/19

Retweeted From BHS Junior English

enjoying the conference https://t.co/40AG3xdfCW

May 23

Sports Matter

The positive benefits that sport and exercise can bring are well known, from supporting mental wellbeing, to being a great way to make friends and have fun, and of course, helping to keep us physically fit. Sport is also important for helping to foster key life skills such as leadership, collaboration and teamwork. Students grow in confidence and enthusiasm, and this feeds into their success and energy in other areas of their school experience. Learning to win and lose gracefully, be committed to a team, to be disciplined and focussed; these are all essential skills that support academic success and a healthy balanced approach to life’s challenges. 

At the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), we believe that there is a sport for everyone. We are committed to offering a diverse range of sports and give our girls the opportunity to try as many sports as possible in the hope that they will find something that they love and will enjoy for life. In addition to well-loved, more ‘traditional’ sports such as netball and hockey, recent additions include cricket, football, tag rugby, dance, yoga, Zumba and boxing. By diversifying sport in this way, we are making sport more accessible to a greater number of girls and ensuring that we are not losing the interest of those who have not found an affinity with ‘traditional’ sports. Uptake has been extremely encouraging including a reversal of the trend for girls to give up on sport around GCSEs. 

We are also committed to extending our widening sports offerings to the local community. All GDST schools have initiatives that enable other students from local schools to participate. At Blackheath High School, for example, we host an annual Sports Partnership Day with neighbouring primary schools to promote good health through participation in sport. Through this day, we aim to help establish and cement an understanding that participation in sport should be life-long, not just for school. Students learn more about what they can achieve, how to improve across all areas of PE, and develop an understanding of the health benefits of participating in sport. 

At the GDST, we are lucky to be able to provide unrivalled sporting opportunities and have talented staff that put so much time and energy into encouraging our girls to be active, have fun and enjoy sport and activity at the very highest levels. Beyond the offerings of individual schools, the GDST is unique as a network for the quality of the sports it provides. From a hockey residential with Olympic gold medal winner Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE to a golf rally or a Day of Dance at Pineapple Dance studio, our girls benefit from a packed schedule of rallies and tournaments that are organised by our Sports Matters Committee every year. In addition to ensuring that these events are of the highest quality and standard possible, the Committee also considers ways in which we can continue to drive excellence in our provision across the GDST.

As a family of schools, we benefit from shared expertise, ideas and support for each other. Every year, the Directors of Sports from each GDST school meet at a Sports Matters conference to share expertise and inspiration, and celebrate everything we are achieving as the GDST sporting family. Staff also attend a series of workshops to assure their own professional development. For this year’s conference which was hosted at Blackheath High School, there were workshops on topics such as ‘Mentoring elite athletes in a school context’ and a netball coaching session with Amanda Newton, former England captain and Blackheath High School PE teacher.

What is next on our sporting agenda? The GDST is reviewing the growth of cricket within our schools, working with ‘Cricket for Girls’, an organisation focussed upon providing high quality female role models and coaches to drive the growth of female cricket. We are launching ‘Cricket Hubs’ across the country and working with ex-England players like Lydia Greenway to provide first class coaching to staff and girls. Not only is this a great way to help upskill staff but the coaches also provide inspirational role models to girls. There is nothing like ‘seeing is believing’ when it comes to thinking about what you can achieve in your chosen sport. 
 
At the GDST, our whole approach to school life is to encourage girls to take risks and ‘have a go’ -  it is no different for sport. We want to help girls find their passion and a sport that they truly enjoy. I cannot pretend that our girls love every sport that is put in front of them, but they certainly seem to enjoy having a go. With women’s sport finally coming into the spotlight nationally, girls are being inspired by elite female athletes reaching the top of their game. They are realising and quite rightly, wanting to take advantage of the many opportunities that are available to them – on and off the pitch.

 

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