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16/11/19

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Thanks for a fizzing, popping evening Great crowd and delicious munchies! 🙌 (photo taken by Meltem of year 7) https://t.co/VZnpaJjqvT

16/11/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the showers and came along to the first Fireworks Night, especially all the fantastic helpers. Lots of great feedback so hopefully a regular addition to the calendar 👍 🎆 Keep an eye out for Christmas stuff, coming soon!

15/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Thank you 5B for sharing your hopes and dreams in assembly this morning ⁦ https://t.co/MgnkNaz22i

15/11/19

Retweeted From NottinghamGirlsHigh

A connection is one that lasts for life. Earlier this year from & met up to celebrate 's "exquisitely beautiful" choral work, Beati Quorum Via (Homage to Stanford). We love that you continue to support each other 💞 So special! https://t.co/wVnBQ8zwOF

15/11/19

Retweeted From Adam M Greenwood

Loved having a tour of this morning. What a stunning school! Thanks for having me over! https://t.co/RLBpjoO7dY

15/11/19

We are pleased to see our initiative, which since 2011 has provided funding for 200 students from local schools to study GCSE Astronomy at the Royal Observatory, featured in this ISC report (pg.9) https://t.co/cIBeMcq7yb

14/11/19

Retweeted From Cath Day

Great morning at the Lloyds’ Women Of The Future event. Good to see the GDST students from Blackheath High School here plus other GDST students. Excellent networking, folks! https://t.co/l4sVJU9UV0

12/11/19

Today Seniors and Sixth Form we have enjoyed a full day off-timetable with Years 5, 7 & 10 joining forces for a maths workshop, high-paced debating sessions for Year 9, Study Skills workshops for Year 11, and motivational 'Inner Drive' talks for our Sixth Form. https://t.co/g7pXJN8ikD

12/11/19

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Year 5 working hard at the Morning of Maths https://t.co/Sgp9MCBIUy

11/11/19

Retweeted From Judy Mitchem

Thanks to the GDST family for being there ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/nUmX5Ccxo9

06/11/19

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Happy (belated!) Divali from 6H!🎆 https://t.co/XjHuCgE9Ld

05/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A very enjoyable first Monday back with year 2&3 netball club https://t.co/Oxq6Dxdjyl

22/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

have had a fabulous creative time in Berlin this half term https://t.co/hB8ltajUCq

22/10/19

Well spotted!

16/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Make a splash! Juniors https://t.co/zVsQcfyAbg

15/10/19

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Congratulations 5H. Proud winners of the Greenwich Maths Competition! https://t.co/0O16cBPEHI

15/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

It has been a promising morning for the U16 netballers at the Kent County tournament. 2 wins, 2 loses, all to play for 🏐💪 https://t.co/IuCiFjD9ge

14/10/19

Thank you to everyone who has donated uniform so far! https://t.co/rDTAYrOraA

14/10/19

We hope you enjoyed our Open Morning as much as we did! For another chance to see how we are preparing young women for the future, sign up for our ‘School in Action’ open events on 7 & 13 November. https://t.co/AZRo2SQpYI https://t.co/yxHVtQs9ac

10/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very excited about today’s Wollstonecraft lecture https://t.co/ba1La7oRgj

09/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The rain didn’t stop us!!! Look at this amazing finish at Cross Country Club! 🏃🏽‍♀️🌦👏🏼 https://t.co/5U4Xvu5VLK

07/10/19

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hard at work at https://t.co/KtbrXwwzvM

03/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Florence deep in high level discussion with the head Girl team https://t.co/VoC8bioy1K

02/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. Thanks you’ve converted us into rugby fans! https://t.co/fCF5gy8KRE

02/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Did enjoy the tag rugby day . Just a bit! https://t.co/xF6ibNUevj

02/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Mrs Harris’ early morning fitness club literally going from strength to strength - great work! https://t.co/jRBs3dHjD1

01/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The junior girls cross country team are lined up ready to race! Beautiful weather for the first round of the ESAA 1st round https://t.co/YYgsFTTdDL

01/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great afternoon of Hockey at Crystal Palace today against other schools! Excellent display of determination, bravery and skill! Well done everyone 💪🏼 🏑 https://t.co/4eyozQnOes

27/09/19

On Wednesday 25 September, our very own Tia presented her first show! It'll be aired Saturday 28 Sep at 10.30am on for all who want to watch. Great job Tia! https://t.co/yH7g35ydaq

26/09/19

You're welcome - so glad they enjoyed themselves.

26/09/19

It was a pleasure to host you! https://t.co/oaHh4XF5Rp

26/09/19

We had a wonderful time welcoming girls from and for our languages day today https://t.co/nyBhPMCQ4B

25/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Fantastic combo from Astonishing numbers relating to https://t.co/l3FZkmJTRx

25/09/19

Retweeted From _CleanSea

Great to see that they’re teaching their students about the importance of environmental responsibility!👍🏼🌊

25/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

The sheer of being 6 years old and your heart out https://t.co/kJL78CkbQ3

25/09/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

A group of our Year 8 students enjoyed a really inspiring day at the inaugural conference at Imperial College London. They've come back buzzing with ideas and plans. https://t.co/sSLtn9e47J

25/09/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Another great session at HIIT club this morning! Well done to everyone who came 👏🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/zCMQLby9ro

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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