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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

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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

November 15

Remembering the First World War

We have enjoyed welcoming everyone back from half term over the previous fortnight and hearing about all their different adventures and experiences. In Senior School, German students enjoyed a return exchange visit to the Angela Merici-Gymnasium in beautiful Trier and our Year 11 students showed their grit and teamwork on a successful practice Silver expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. It was also fabulous to see so many family members at the BHSA’s Diwali celebrations last Friday. A riot of colour and joyous dancing; it is a real showcase of the school community at its best, inclusive, happy and fun. I am very grateful for the organising team of parents for their drive and enthusiasm.

Senior school enjoyed their second ‘Trips day’ of the year. ‘Tearing up’ the timetable for the day allows us the time and resources for enriching the girls’ educational experience. Activities ranged from: GDST netball rallies to a morning of maths; a suffragette activity day and valuable study skills support for year 11. These kind of enrichment activities are so valuable for the girls’ overall experience and development and we are very appreciative of your support and enthusiasm too.

We marked the Armistice centenary in a number of ways as we moved towards November 11th. Girls and parents enjoyed a stimulating lecture from Dr Edward Madigan of Royal Holloway on the public memory of the First World War in Britain and the DT department were busy creating the poppies for our own field of remembrance on Mycenae Terrace. In both sections of the school we observed the two minutes silence and the trumpet reveille on Friday 9th, and at Seniors there was a more formal service where I addressed the community and we sang ‘Abide with me’ together.

This year, we explored different experiences of the First World War, looking particularly at the experiences of Edith Cavell, a GDST alumna of Norwich High in the 1870s. She was recruited in 1907 to become the matron of the newly established nursing school in Brussels, the Ecole Belge d’Infirmieres Diplomees. By the time war broke out in 1914, she was training nurses for three hospitals, 24 schools and 13 kindergartens in Brussels. In November 1914, after the German occupation of Brussels, Cavell stayed in Brussels. She began sheltering British soldiers and funnelling them out of occupied Belgium to the neutral Netherlands. Wounded British and French soldiers as well as Belgian and French civilians of military age were hidden from the Germans and provided with false papers. They were conducted by various guides to the houses of Cavell, Louis Séverin, and others in Brussels, where their hosts would furnish them with money to reach the Dutch frontier, and provide them with guides. This was an incredibly dangerous move. It placed Cavell in violation of German military law. German authorities became increasingly suspicious of the nurse's actions, which were further fuelled by her outspokenness. She was arrested on 3 August 1915 and charged with harbouring Allied soldiers. The British government could do nothing to help her. Sir Horace Rowland of the Foreign Office said, "I am afraid that it is likely to go hard with Miss Cavell; I am afraid we are powerless." The night before her execution, she told the Reverend Stirling Gahan, the Anglican chaplain who had been allowed to see her and to give her Holy Communion, "Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone."

These words are inscribed on her statue in St Martin's Place, near Trafalgar Square in London. Her sentence was carried out at the Tir national shooting range in Schaerbeek, at 7:00 am on 12 October 1915. As you can imagine, In the months and years following Cavell's death, countless newspaper articles, pamphlets, images, and books publicised her story. She became an iconic propaganda figure for military recruitment in Britain, and to help increase favourable sentiment towards the Allies in the United States. Cavell's story was part of its propaganda effort and she became the most prominent British female casualty of First World War. Cavell's case was a major factor in enduring post-war anti-German sentiment. Senior School girls heard this story in their remembrance service and Junior School girls through the ‘Mighty Girls’ club, with a focus on understanding the devastating impact of war on all elements of the community: soldiers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters alike.

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