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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

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

11/11/19

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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

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

22/10/19

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

22/10/19

Well spotted!

16/10/19

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

15/10/19

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

15/10/19

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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

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

09/10/19

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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

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

02/10/19

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

02/10/19

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

02/10/19

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

01/10/19

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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

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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

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

25/09/19

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

25/09/19

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

25/09/19

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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

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

24/09/19

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So jealous of Year 10 and 11 right now! https://t.co/gelkjgVoyA

20/09/19

Year 10 and 11 getting their first taste of rowing and building team development on their special day trip to the Royal Albert Docks! https://t.co/CZl5dyxkfq

20/09/19

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Raft Building, as ever, is such fun! Warning there are lots of wet clothes coming home! https://t.co/MFd4cxHijT

19/09/19

We're impressed, Ms Wood! https://t.co/5V01XxzyGI

18/09/19

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After lunch abseiling https://t.co/pE16nSwLJ4

18/09/19

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And we’re here! https://t.co/DSAAXghR9I

18/09/19

Enjoy your PGL trip, Year 7! https://t.co/DjxGdGLdQX

18/09/19

Such an awe-inspiring view right on our doorstep ❤️ https://t.co/4s0yAXJGQD

November 1

Inspiring students with inspiring spaces

Our ‘Topping out’ ceremony marked a major milestone in our redevelopment project at Seniors, an inspirational redevelopment that will utterly transform the school for the staff and students.

Blackheath High is a school with a proud tradition of love of learning and strength of community. Consistent with the principles of the founders of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the education provided here for girls has always balanced academic excellence with breadth and innovation. We have a strong tradition of being open to all social classes and backgrounds, a haven where girls mix without prejudice or judgement. Central to that tradition has always been the opportunity for the girls and staff to share inspiring spaces that promote learning, reflection and socialising. 

The original school building from 1880 in Wemyss Road, was the GDST’s first ever purpose-built school, and as such, the girls benefitted from cutting edge design of the day. The central school hall itself was designed by Edward Robson and built in 1897 to act, as it was put at the time, ‘as a silent form of teaching’. By this, they didn’t mean that girls should tiptoe in silence around the communal spaces (silence is not a quality we associate with Blackheath High girls), but rather that the entrances and internal walls of the hall could carry sculptures, bas-reliefs, moral inscriptions and so forth - all of which would act as what they termed ‘civilising co-ercions’.

I believe the central tenet of this idea was inspiration for the students, created by inspiring spaces and the decoration within, this would help to provide a civilising and culturally enriching education for the girls. The central hall in Wemyss Road was used both as a space where the community could gather for shared rehearsal of moral and religious values, but also for school activities such as drill and music. Indeed, it is still used in this way by the Juniors, although more music, less drill!).

The hall at Wemyss Road was able to act as that civilising heart of the Senior school throughout the entire 20th century, but as the school grew in popularity and numbers, it became increasingly clear that a new home was needed. The Senior school moved across the Heath into the former Church Army buildings in Vanbrugh Park and the Junior school moved into Wemyss Road from Morden Road in 1994. I like to imagine a mass decamp of girls carrying desks across the heath, but I think in reality, it was much less Enid Blyton! The school quickly settled into its new home, adding a new resources centre, theatre and Sports pavilion as we moved into the 21st Century. 

And so the vision for the redevelopment was born, under Mrs Lawes’ leadership of the school. Whilst accommodation at Vanbrugh Park has been ample since the 1990s, the project will utterly transform the educational experience here for the girls.

Buildings do not make school communities, people do, but the environment in which we work can inspire, support and augment our educational aims. Churchill always seems to have a quote for every occasion and he does not disappoint on this occasion either. He said: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” I like this idea of harmony and interaction between a community and its home and the architecture of iconic buildings like the Scottish parliament or the Olympic swimming venue only serve to illustrate the impact of great architectural design. 

With this in mind, we enter the final phase of the school’s redevelopment with great optimism and enthusiasm. There is no doubt we feel incredibly fortunate to experience such a transformation; one which really resonates with the original pioneering values and aims of our founders.

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