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14/05/21

A huge congratulations to all our performers to have just completed their examinations. You were all sensational! ✨ Here is a snippet from one of our star-studded performances. https://t.co/dRzzHANiaH

14/05/21

Great teamwork, good luck girls! 💃👏 https://t.co/jTMP6tGOI6

14/05/21

As part of the Junior School celebration of famous women artists, Year 5 have used Frida Kahlo as their inspiration to draw self-portraits with backgrounds that reflect their wider interests. Great idea! 🎨 https://t.co/86ywEnjvOx

13/05/21

The Year 2 girls worked in partners to sequence the daily events in the life of our longest serving monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. They also learnt some very interesting facts. Nice work girls! 👍 https://t.co/FBpoH9Yr8O

13/05/21

Our Future of Education session ends with "Really excited about the future of education". Thank you for all who attended and to our expert speakers.

13/05/21

Retweeted From Blackheath High School GDST

"Teachers are amazing. They have taken us through an education crisis." "I couldn't be more proud of our teachers and their dedication to young people and wanting the best for them".

13/05/21

Retweeted From Blackheath High School GDST

"There has been an opportunity to embrace technology in education that we have never had before"

13/05/21

"This is a huge opportunity to review our exam structures going forwards"

13/05/21

"Teachers are amazing. They have taken us through an education crisis." "I couldn't be more proud of our teachers and their dedication to young people and wanting the best for them".

13/05/21

"There has been an opportunity to embrace technology in education that we have never had before"

13/05/21

Delighted to kick-start our live panel on the "Future of Education post Covid-19". Our Head, Mrs Chandler-Thopmson "We must take this opportunity to reflect on the challenges we faced during the pandemic and take forward opportunities" https://t.co/EBi5zIHjDd

13/05/21

Not long now until our Future in Education online event, an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and opportunities for education prompted by the pandemic. Hosted by our Head & experts & https://t.co/zXPh3L9u9I

13/05/21

Incredible! https://t.co/sTitq6HuFP

12/05/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

So proud of this. 🙏👏🏾👏🏼👏 https://t.co/Tkzh2B8xai

12/05/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Astonishingly generous response from Junior families for mufti day in aid of the Indian Relief fund. Part of our celebrations this week. https://t.co/I2lk2TCZ6w

12/05/21

As a school we are committed to celebrating our diverse school community, so today in celebration of Eid and to raise funds for the Indian Relief Fund, our Junior School is having a school Mufti Day. https://t.co/0oblZwGMP8

11/05/21

Well done to all the students who took part in the UKMT Mathematics Challenges. 👏 Click here to find out more about our highest achieving Maths challengers: https://t.co/SaJS4TBbfI https://t.co/wEyQp75E9M

11/05/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

NOW AVAILABLE... full recording 📹of most recent on 'Managing the Transition from Primary to Secondary School'. 🏫 https://t.co/oAKALCeA7e

11/05/21

In February, the commissioned a song and Junior girls gave ideas for lyrics. Lin Marsh took the lines and created this song, to represent how the girls felt coming out of a second lockdown You can watch the full video here: https://t.co/3W1Y3V8wGs https://t.co/TqJkqBvG0W

10/05/21

Following fieldwork in the school grounds and research into local geographical issues, the Year 12s have embraced their local Geography and embarked on their Independent Investigations over the Easter holidays. Find out more here: https://t.co/tX0mKOPWGG https://t.co/9l54jGBVCS

10/05/21

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Great assembly this morning from about how we’ve been listening as a school and how we’re planning to make sure everyone feels included in our community.

10/05/21

We're very excited that our Eco Club have announced their planned activities for the term, including taking part in ! Click here to find out more: https://t.co/UPIGZOvGS5 https://t.co/OAz8Rsszh3

08/05/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Loving Year 3’s artwork for next week’s exhibition https://t.co/wanjd0BK70

08/05/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

year 1 getting . Perfect Friday afternoon 😎 https://t.co/Aek6cfOWhM

07/05/21

Sixth Form took part in a day of team-building events, where they had to work together to solve problems that would be completely impossible to solve alone. The Year 12s beat the 13s by a two point lead to be the victors, well done girls! 👍 https://t.co/GSfzlHBLZb

07/05/21

Wow! 👏 https://t.co/42UlEsBNZl

07/05/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

The full recording of last week's 'Helping Your Daughter to Navigate Friendships'. 📽️ https://t.co/IFfovbYbYv

06/05/21

We loved having the Year 5 girls come to our CSI Day at the Senior School. Great detectives in the making! https://t.co/4ZDTokiy25

06/05/21

A huge thank you to for their kind donation of books addressing and celebrating diversity. 📚 We've made them available in the Juniors Library for staff to use as teaching resources and for our pupils to access independently. https://t.co/Wi6LAYM8CW

06/05/21

Well done our super scientists! 👏 https://t.co/lgMhHZ7k5I

05/05/21

In Art, Year 2 showed some great teamwork by gently drawing around each others' hands and decorating the drawings using paints. 🎨 https://t.co/LKMx4NmUH8

04/05/21

A lovely little snippet of rabbits Year 7 had fun learning about on Trips Day last week. Adorable! 🐇 https://t.co/bjk3R5uD10

04/05/21

Year 2 showed their creativity in Maths by painting cakes! They divided their cakes into equal parts to aid the girls' understanding of unit and non-unit fractions. Wonderful work! 🍰 https://t.co/6tVfji2K5U

03/05/21

Year 11 took a break from mini assessments last week with some great martial arts and street awareness training. Wow! 🥋 https://t.co/BCwFOo2BdQ

30/04/21

Year 8 are finding their competitive streak today in the 'Me, Myself and Challenges' workshop for Trips Day. The girls are enjoying an exciting time based around the following skills; self-awareness, awareness of others, awareness of surroundings and personal empowerment. https://t.co/JmLeQpcTO1

30/04/21

Such a great opportunity! https://t.co/WzBb8sltT4

29/04/21

This week, the girls enjoyed the first of four workshops with . Here are the girls with Sophie and Dan from the ensemble, guiding the girls through composition using graphic scores, inspired by Five Postcards for violin and viola by . https://t.co/6gVGAV5mNb

29/04/21

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28/04/21

In PE, Year 2 had a great time focusing on ball skills, using the monkey bars and the climbing frame. On a lovely day too! ☀️ https://t.co/zTKRX4I8yq

28/04/21

There is still time to sign up to the next Talk on Thursday. This week, Founder & CEO of award-winning Andrew Hampton will talk about 'Helping Your Daughter to Navigate Friendships' on 29 April at 6pm via Zoom. https://t.co/zJw8d6arxS

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July 12

60 seconds with Mrs M Karakosta, Year 2 Teacher and Junior School Librarian

For this issue, we speak to Mrs M Karakosta, Year 2 Teacher and Junior School Librarian.

Can you tell us about your role at Blackheath High?

I am a Year 2 Teacher and the Junior School Librarian. Teaching our lovely Year 2 girls is certainly my most important role at the school, but I also manage the school library, making sure all the books and barcodes are in order, ordering new reading materials for the class libraries and making sure the girls have access to a wide variety of literature, from popular authors, to the classics, books on history, Science and Maths!

We have a growing section of books on mindset and well being, which is at the forefront of growth and development and which I feel we do very well at Blackheath High. I have recently set up a travelling book box, entitled 'The Mighty Girl', which travels around the school from Year group to Year group, filled with fantastic resources and stories on growth mindset, powerful thinking and inspirational women.

How long have you worked at Blackheath High?

I have been at Blackheath High since 2013. I went to school in South Africa and my high school was very similar to Blackheath High although I do not remember the teachers being as kind or as nice! I started my teaching career as an English specialist teacher, teaching in a school in Stellenbosch before setting my sights on the bright lights of London, being lured by the tales of life in such a beautiful and exciting city. I settled at a school in North London as Head of English and enjoyed working there for over 10 years before settling down with my new family in Greenwich. I applied for a position at Blackheath High and the rest as they say, is history!

What do you like most about your job?

The girls, of course! They are brilliant, smart, kind and sassy! My sister-in-law (then herself a new mum of a little girl), popped into school one day to watch an assembly and afterwards she said to me that the girls she met "were just everything you could hope your own daughter to grow up to be". I thought that summed it up perfectly!

What makes working here at Blackheath High so rewarding and enjoyable? Watching the girls grow in front of your very eyes! They blossom into confident young ladies and as their teacher, you always feel proud of their achievements and little victories, even long after they leave your classroom.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love lazy days at home with my children, trips to the seaside and holidays to the Greek Islands, which I have been going to every summer since I was a little girl. I am now so grateful to be able to share this same experience with my own two children. 

What are you most proud of?

That's a hard one! I am proud of my children of course. My Greek heritage and South African upbringing is always close to my heart and on this journey (that's taken me from the sunny skies of Africa down its often long and winding life paths), I am proud to find myself here, working in a beautiful part of London, in a very special school.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I would think it's a challenge that most face, being the best mother I can be to my children every day and giving all of my best to the children I teach. It's keeping all those balls up in the air and finding my grit when they come tumbling down!

 

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