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21/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

So proud of the U15 A&B teams smashing their netball fixture against St. Dunstans. How much they love sport and persevere with trying to play better is so impressive. POMs Sienna M-G and Sasha M 👏🏻🙌🏻 https://t.co/ZwGHYv68KB

21/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

This was such a good talk ! Rebecca shared so many pearls of wisdom with sixth formers and her job is great! https://t.co/ZVn7cQ225u https://t.co/yQgnA2GxAE

21/11/19

We can't wait to welcome curators from the V&A to this illustrated talk on the life and work of the pioneering Mary Quant next week! https://t.co/bZOz1k2e56

20/11/19

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The U18 played a great game against St. Dunstans today. Some great interceptions leading in to strong attack. Well done! Pom Tilly https://t.co/7Ob1hDGMYR

19/11/19

Well done 👏 👏 https://t.co/pVil6Xv3Vu

19/11/19

Never a dull moment at Blackheath High! Today at the Senior School we hosted Rt Hon David Laws who discussed the impending election as keynote speaker for the https://t.co/5wi1fDmJXs

19/11/19

We're looking forward to this week's Wollstonecraft speaker, Blackheath alumna Rebecca Adams (class of 2013). Rebecca works as an archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives, working on the Mollie Hunt Collection and will be sharing her experiences with Sixth Form. https://t.co/0aWVjmbFmA

18/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Starting Monday with a circuit 💪🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/JrV2Erfft1

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

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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.

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! 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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