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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

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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!

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November 15

Spotlight on French

From bridging the gap between GCSE and A-level, to passing on a passion for language to our girls, French teacher Miss E Wood talks to us about French at Blackheath High. 

Tell us about yourself

I have worked at Blackheath High for three years and teach Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. I am half French (my mother is French) and I speak the language at home. I grew up in London but because I have family in France, I spend a lot of time there. I studied French and Commerce at the University of Reading and spent a year in Toulouse as part of my year abroad. After university, I lived in Canada for five years.

Tell us about French at Blackheath High

We start studying French in Year 7 at Blackheath High and because of that, it tends to be a popular subject. Key Stage 3 is about the ability to start communicating in the language including the basic structures, numbers, tenses and how to speak about your daily life. At GCSE level, students learn how to form opinions about things that they are doing and how to express those opinions in French.

At A-level, the girls learn about culture, politics, literature and why language is important in business. We explore literature and film in detail and the girls acquire the skills to analyse and critique. A-level is about the culture and how the language can be used in the real world. Although French A-level can seem like a daunting choice because of the transition from GCSE, we try to bridge that gap by preparing our girls from an early age.

In Year 7, the focus is on more than the simple regurgitation of the language. Our girls learn how to translate accurately from an early age and there is a gradual build-up of learning rather than a big leap from one stage to the next. Instead of relying on ‘artificial’ language, we teach our girls how to really use the language when they visit France and other Francophone countries. When I studied German at school, I remember doing a lot of role plays involving questions such as ‘where is the cathedral?’. Unfortunately, unless the cathedral was on the first or second left, I could not understand the answer!

What is the benefit of learning a language?

Learning another language opens your mind to other cultures and gives you a greater world view. You achieve an openness of mind, the ability to look beyond what is in front of you and see how language can be expressed on many different levels. Our girls learn to appreciate and understand how cultures have developed.

Having another language also gives you an edge over other people in a competitive market. People like to trade in their own language and being able to provide that ease of access can only be an advantage.

What are the benefits of studying French at Blackheath?

Blackheath High teachers have a real passion for the subject, they choose to teach it because they love it. Our teachers love French and are genuinely excited about passing on that passion to the girls. We try to instil that interest and confidence in them and it is wonderful to see so many of our students continue to study languages after completing their course here. Our girls aim for the top and we are greatly privileged to have such enthusiastic and inquisitive girls that want to do well. That helps us strive to be the best that we can be.

Is there a particular aspect of the course that students tend to enjoy?

Our girls love the variety that A-level offers them, that it is not just about what they did during the holidays. The A-level curriculum includes film, literature, how to tackle environmental problems, dealing with criminality, family relationship, politics, and aspects of French history.

Every year, Year 12 and 13 participate in a French debating competition where they go up against some of the best schools in the country. Confidence is key in this competition and the girls really go for it and enjoy being on a par with the other schools.

Successful scholarship candidates also get to do a work placement in France. Although they start out being nervous and apprehensive, they come back with such confidence and enthusiasm, knowing what they are capable of doing.

It is a privilege to watch the girls grow through their language, not just learning the right tenses but also gaining an interest for the people, the places and opportunities open to them.

What do you enjoy about teaching at Blackheath High?

Teaching is the best thing that has happened to me. Teaching and working with young people is a real privilege. You see them develop and grow in school and if you are doing your job right, see them flourish. I watch our Year 7 girls start with no or little French and progress to Year 13 with such a passion for the language. 

 

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