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17/09/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Lovely morning at Wemyss Road- so rewarding to see the girls enjoying their inspiring spaces https://t.co/VYz2nqokRM

16/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Yr5 https://t.co/KeTdB1UAyM

16/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

And more warriors https://t.co/QkZl3kqRQi

16/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Amazing work from Yr5 bringing maths into an environmental project - https://t.co/pTpX1vDCcf

16/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Great break time meeting with Head Girl team. We look for in our leaders and these four are full of it! https://t.co/qB11hHUFMU

12/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

So impressed with this prototype that one of our students made on her work experience at . https://t.co/Mtxc3N1EHw

12/09/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

So much food for thought from our first lecture of term by - I particularly liked the thought that ‘Plan B doesn’t have to suck!’ Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your wisdom. https://t.co/RVtshTkKfT

11/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Stumbled across this in the common room and I just love it 😊 https://t.co/wZarQ2wDvU

10/09/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

What a treat - one-off special performance of Edinburgh fringe production! Hugely enjoyable 👏🏽 https://t.co/meiArFziZn

09/09/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Fitness Club this morning!! What an amazing turn out for 7:30am! 💪🏼 https://t.co/JddMX7GoFx

06/09/19

Retweeted From GDST Skills

Fantastic day with students from for our Inspire Conference. Thank you to all our speakers, and especially to our new sixth formers for being so brilliant. https://t.co/VZ3ubvX1Cz

06/09/19

Words of wisdom on university applications, courses and utilising the GDST network from Blackheath alumna Liz Isaacs in the Alumnae Network session https://t.co/XPn4yzXg2V

06/09/19

Retweeted From Hayley Barnard

Thank you so much for letting me be part of your brilliant event again.

06/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Autumn term club lists bursting at the seams https://t.co/C2rpJvyvzv

06/09/19

Retweeted From Norwich High

Mingle bingo! Great to see girls from a number of schools at today’s Inspire East conference https://t.co/LFUAEvyvOD

06/09/19

Motivating and practical tips on cultivating resilience from for Sixth Formers today at the conference at Churchill College in Cambridge https://t.co/TxIL0Ir3gv

05/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Lucky Year 11 students off to see Macbeth for GCSE English. Great being so close to this! https://t.co/6B11D6HvTF

05/09/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Starting the morning right with year 6 tag rugby 🏉 🌞 https://t.co/HNmatKkt7Q

05/09/19

Another spot on the shortlist for our inspired buildings. Congratulations https://t.co/RKjwKm1mKr

05/09/19

Off to a strong start in Year 7 Maths with a group "Unique Handshake" exercise to demonstrate triangular numbers 🤝🤝 https://t.co/xyiZns1gb1

05/09/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Record breaking number of Year 7s at the Netball trials tonight! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/frFlnk8z69

04/09/19

As we start our second academic year in our beautiful new Senior school it isn't at all surprising that have been shortlisted in the Architects' Journal 2019 for their work on our stunning new buildings. Congratulations to the team! https://t.co/m6FTh28GKT

03/09/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

👍This pic says it all! She had the “best day everrrr” & “it was amazing” thank you so much ⁦⁩ 🙏🏼 seniors 💐 🤩👍 https://t.co/u9yldy51BT

02/09/19

Absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for your generous support https://t.co/eCHRx7yqzT

02/09/19

Welcome back to school everyone! Thank you for the welcoming wave, featuring the stunning, newly installed, stained glass panels at the Junior School. https://t.co/AKvDwSSG4k

30/08/19

Our annual KS3 Art exhibition is just around the corner! Find out more here: https://t.co/zwe1UmuSqe https://t.co/fsDHMJhOa2

30/08/19

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Your back-to-school checklist: Hopes ✔️ Dreams ✔️ Perseverance ✔️ Energy ✔️ Enthusiasm ✔️ Fun ✔️ Kindness ✔️ Imagination ✔️ Intellect ✔️ Wit ✔️ And pens. You can never have too many pens. 🖊️

23/08/19

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

All Ahead - girls achieve best ever results for their school! https://t.co/zfXc3b9lKD

22/08/19

So proud of our students' wonderful GCSE results, reflecting their hard work, dedication and talent. Read more here: https://t.co/51Vd7L1fjW https://t.co/8TacyAk8q7

22/08/19

What a year for Mia. From having her artwork selected to hang in the to star studded GCSE results, Mia commented “So surreal to see my artwork in the Royal Academy and so surreal to see my results here today” https://t.co/L6weaWp8OY

22/08/19

Trisha is celebrating straight 7/8/9 or A/A* grades and can’t wait to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths and pursue her dream of becoming a paediatrician. Well done Trisha! https://t.co/yAfXWc85KY

22/08/19

Miriam, who has just completed work experience at Cambridge University is celebrating 9 A*’s and an A and will go on to study French, Biology, Chemistry and Maths . Her puppy, Tess, was also overjoyed! https://t.co/AXLWrawE81

22/08/19

Dilmi is thrilled with 11 8/9/A*s and looking forward to studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths with a view to studying Medicine at University https://t.co/TBW7MQVym7

22/08/19

It is an honour to be able to celebrate our best ever GCSE’s with students as they receive their phenomenal results. We’re so proud of all of you, girls! https://t.co/S4tS5OuG7s

22/08/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Very best wishes to all students collecting results today. Please come in via Westcombe House from 9am.

20/08/19

Our new Year 7 summer school is in session! This morning we've been enjoying icebreakers, drama sessions and everyone's looking forward to getting crafty in this afternoon's art class https://t.co/MVO18bKedS

19/08/19

Congratulations to our unstoppable alumna Saffron Coomber on being shortlisted in The Stage Debut Awards 2019. Join us in voting for Saffron in the Best West End Debut category here: https://t.co/mP5gOvpHxb

15/08/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

Such lovely accreditations to all the girls for their hard work. Big thanks to the school & all the wonderful teachers & staff for everything they’ve done over the years, truly exceptional, marvellous school 🙏🏼 https://t.co/zBuDtgd1hp

15/08/19

This year we have students leaving us to study everything from Law to Politics, Medicine, World Performance and Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies. Well done to everyone! Full results day story & photo gallery here: https://t.co/azF7hEFqKW https://t.co/alutaYHc1f

15/08/19

Excelling in English, Zoe will be going on to study English at Cambridge. If anyone is more thrilled by this news than she is, surely it’s our English teachers Ms Beecham and Ms Chandler https://t.co/1UW3XXrBq2

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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