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10/07/20

Our teachers are a talented bunch, but who knew that Mr Barnett is a former figure skater with experience in global championships? Read more here: https://t.co/Glij6v7c4t https://t.co/qrj466iE4y

07/07/20

This is lovely, thank you so much for pausing and doing something positive & thoughtful for our shared ecosystem https://t.co/sCC5rjVKI2

07/07/20

If only everyone's Tuesday could be a Disco Day. Reception have the right idea 👩‍🎤🧑‍🎤🎙️ https://t.co/sYhbrDyj5O

06/07/20

Thank you for sharing, and 😊 https://t.co/yEEb4NwMDo

06/07/20

During 2020 our entire school community has risen to new challenges & our resilient spirit has prevailed. We have also been shortlisted for both Best Girls’ School & Prep School of the Year. Register for our 26 September Virtual Open Day to find out why: https://t.co/PztNcGmzCP https://t.co/bo6bFaSjxC

03/07/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A quick fire workout to get you through to the weekend https://t.co/N1QKffW4cS

02/07/20

We hope our Year 7 of 2020 are as excited to start as we are to welcome them ☺️ https://t.co/aibwb3ZWta

02/07/20

Welcome back Year 3! https://t.co/FAC2PPfWCX

02/07/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Blast your way through the rest of the week with this quick workout Get your heart bumping and body moving https://t.co/vf5Ctc5A8v

02/07/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

So nice to drop in on our and Year 5s enjoying our Senior School . Looking very mature and studious! https://t.co/M3eTlX1456

01/07/20

Quite the achievement - well done girls, and thank you for keeping us moving throughout the summer term! A real bunch of superstars 💫💫💫 https://t.co/fCYvANewMm

01/07/20

A short and snappy workout for Wednesday morning from https://t.co/7eZ5XfylZa

30/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Hydration, hydration, hydration! Something we should spend more time ensuring Try this challenge to see if you are usually hydrated! https://t.co/eUIPaYFyDs

29/06/20

🎼The countdown to the premiere of our Summer Concert has begun! Still time to check you have popcorn in stock before the music starts at 6pm tomorrow: https://t.co/rE03SFl1JJ

29/06/20

A lot to look forward to in Sixth Form. https://t.co/wlPyR25s4D

29/06/20

Creating new and healthy habits can be a real challenge - do you drink enough water? 🌊 https://t.co/6KFI3nlwL0

26/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Try this 10 minute challenge to kick start your weekend Get it done! https://t.co/D9uPqp7LKb

25/06/20

Our Taster Morning experience this Saturday is so close we are ‘virtually’ there! There’s still time to register for those interested in joining Year 7 in 2021: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/634W4gu0ZJ

24/06/20

For anyone still needing to wake up today, this challenge is for you! https://t.co/yIVVTZQg0f

24/06/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very good of to arrange such beautiful weather for me to greet our smiling girls at juniors this morning - I’m sure gate duty is like this all year round 🤣☔️ https://t.co/w8DqKV1U64

24/06/20

A wonderful example of Guided Home Learning - top work Misha. https://t.co/BWkRTqUy2R

23/06/20

We’re trying something a little bit different, join us this Saturday to see Blackheath High School through the eyes of a Senior School student. Year 5 girls and their parents can register here: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/f8ovlUjnAq

23/06/20

A huge well-done to everyone involved in the Virtual Senior School Sports Day. It's incredible seeing the Blackheath community keeping fit and supporting each other during lockdown. https://t.co/os9Y7YiiTq

22/06/20

Push, push Tilly 💪 - a great sports day effort! https://t.co/YdwGZJNMRN

22/06/20

Great work girls! https://t.co/ulXQEMs4DI

22/06/20

Good work on the 15km, Kate, and good luck on the dismount 🚴🏅 https://t.co/l6BZ3RO9fQ

22/06/20

Bonus points for puppy compliance 👍👍 https://t.co/1k6mR7Vd1e

22/06/20

Brilliant. Good to see a family effort bright and early on this beautiful Monday ☀️ https://t.co/cRrKUD3Nna

22/06/20

Let's get a tally going! Join in with Sports Day and let's see how many kilometres can we collectively walk, run or cycle today. https://t.co/VE5kYBmlt8

20/06/20

Discover more about Blackheath High Senior School. Register today for our Virtual Taster Morning for Year 5 girls and their parents: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/Cb70Zem8j8

19/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Why not see how many of the world's most famous buildings you can climb over the weekend https://t.co/VcWtm3AKkb

18/06/20

Well done indeed https://t.co/P68CDctPWa

18/06/20

We are always proud of our students, and it’s always special when they are recognised by others for how brightly they shine ⭐️ So well done to Ezinne in Year 13 for being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy

17/06/20

Not long now! https://t.co/9lpulHqkKz

16/06/20

Are you considering joining our Year 7 in 2021? Register for our Virtual Taster Morning to sample lessons, take part in a live Q&A panel, and experience our all-new virtual tour for the first time: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/zEzisL0RYr

16/06/20

Delicioso! 🇪🇸 https://t.co/wASOIV4NvO

13/06/20

Immerse yourself in the world of a Blackheath High Senior School student, register for our Virtual Taster Morning for girls in Year 5 and their parents on 27 June, today: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/7uyvjfiChV

12/06/20

A great photo of Safari featured in the - so pleased she’s happy to be back 😊 https://t.co/fWPq8hLODz

12/06/20

Thank you - we are delighted that Safari has settled back in so well! https://t.co/QPH2eGjB6c https://t.co/Ylt2pdrct5

12/06/20

We had some tremendous feedback from the girls which was hugely appreciated, thank you!

September 20

It's ok to take your time to find your passion

Last week, we had the pleasure of bidding a final ‘farewell and good luck’ to our class of 2019 at our annual prize-giving event.

It was a great pleasure to celebrate with the girls and mark a real milestone for them, especially with those students who have been Blackheath High School girls for 15 years from the Pre School to the Sixth Form! Not only were we treated to a keynote address by Jancis Robinson but we enjoyed some beautiful musical performances by Tiana, Ingrid and the Higgins Trio. A real highlight was a wonderful dance performance by Julia, who is about to start a two year Foundation Degree in Professional Dance and Performance and the Central School of Ballet.

During the ceremony, I spoke about how we were particularly proud of the enthusiasm with which the girls have embraced the breadth of curricular and co-curricular opportunities on offer at school and how this has helped shaped them into the fine young women they are. I have no doubt the skills and attitudes of mind that they have honed, will serve them well in their next steps and thought you might like to read a little of what I had to say about the importance of ‘having a go’ and pushing the boundaries of a comfort zone.

“In particular, this has been a year group of what I would describe as Renaissance women. I’m somewhat adapting the term for my purposes because, of course, in the 16th century from whence this term stems, really we were talking about Renaissance MEN."

So what was a Renaissance man? Think Leonardo Da Vinci - a man – or in our case - a woman who is knowledgeable or proficient in more than one field: a POLYMATH. Equally interested and engaged in arts and sciences for example- engaged in inter-disciplinarity and untrammelled by the construct of the idea of academic subject areas. We saw this breadth, flexibility, and interest in culture in ‘spades’ with Year 13:

  • Sportswomen who were central in school concerts and productions
  • Top debaters with a love of science and medicine
  • Musicians with a passion for aerospace
  • Future project managers with a talent for textiles and fashion

This makes me particularly proud of our Year 13s, not only for the energy and positivity with which they have taken up the fabulous opportunities on offer in the Sixth Form and within the GDST, but also because I strongly believe that generalism, is a rather underrated quality, which will set them up extremely well for the future.

In a recent Sunday Times article, Alice Thomson discussed how generalists are quite often derided in academia, sport, music and business:

‘Being a “Jack of all trades” is considered a waste of time for children and frivolous in adults. No one wants a dilettante; we revere obsessives. The mantra for this generation has been 10,000 hours’ practice to achieve anything, certainly if you’re planning to be a Wimbledon champion, win a Nobel prize or become a billionaire tech tycoon.’

Yet a recent book, by David Epstein, called: “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World”, suggests that we have got it all wrong and that the most successful humans are often multi-talented all-rounders. Generalists, he believes, are exactly what we need in today’s interconnected world where few problems can be solved in isolation. Elite scientists, athletes and musicians need a range of skills to compete and require flair and creativity to stand out, he says. The research is rigorous and compelling. Epstein doesn’t shirk from admitting that in one or two areas such as golf or chess, practice can make perfect. But instead, he argues, we should look at the majority of legends who tend to play numerous sports or instruments in childhood, only focussing in their teens. As a new father himself, Epstein says he now realises that parents who encourage children to experience new passions, enjoy a “sampling period”, quit, change direction, and experiment often bring up the most enthusiastic and exceptional children who think outside the box.

Roger Federer is one example. He tried out lots of sports — skiing, basketball and football — before identifying tennis as his favourite. Epstein cites the statistic that you are 22 times more likely to win a Nobel prize in science if you are also artistic for example.

Parents shouldn’t worry, he argues, if their children pick up and discard several instruments or sports. It may take time to find their skill, and their so-called “mistakes” are valuable. Medical colleges have begun to look favourably on applicants who have also done art because it makes them more dextrous and emotionally aware. Businesses welcome a multitude of disciplines on their boards and search widely for recruits.

I hope you’ll agree there is a super range of activities and opportunities on offer for your daughters at school. Don’t worry if the long-cherished loyalty to dance club, or choir waxes and wanes as they move through school, there is still much to be gained from that process itself!

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