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25/01/21

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Brilliant opportunity for currently at university to learn more about maintaining motivation. Other events in the series focus on areas such as positivity and confidence. Register below. https://t.co/xL5eSBsU1Q

25/01/21

We can’t wait Looking forward to seeing all the entries for the Blackheath High 👩‍🍳 https://t.co/nJ05aMxGOR

25/01/21

After learning about the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, the friendship between Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace, Year 8S students researched fossils and they drew/painted the ones they found most interesting. Great job girls! https://t.co/EtMrKTQZXN

25/01/21

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Happy Burns Night! Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it; But we hae meat, and we can eat, And sae let the Lord be thankit. https://t.co/6Yyo6lIJJZ

25/01/21

Our Head in today's on the importance of wellbeing for students and staff during this time of school closures: https://t.co/4gMrLp5Jnc

25/01/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Look what I received in the post! https://t.co/SmOdbwMW3j

25/01/21

Fantastic work, Orla! https://t.co/9Ua4kuhgIT

25/01/21

Great work 6B! https://t.co/n6SgVuwyH1

25/01/21

Year 1 and Year 3 live PE classes in action. Key worker pupils in school enjoy working out together with their class buddies at home. https://t.co/lg90US8DzJ

22/01/21

The Nursery girls in school have been particularly enjoying catching up with all their friends and getting back to what they like best - playing! https://t.co/WkINvRYqay

22/01/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A brilliant 15 minute skipping challenge for you today from the Fitness Forward challenge. Why not give it a go either today or over the weekend https://t.co/qKxV7PTKI3

22/01/21

Year 10s have been learning about the characteristics of Expressionism and getting very creative as they explore how directors use lighting, sound and music to create atmosphere. Amazing what our GCSE drama students have created, using just what they have at home! https://t.co/AljeZGpDJt

21/01/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Juniors Guided Home Learning with Miss McQuater bringing maths to life. https://t.co/Ag5IhfzGka

21/01/21

Brilliant, Mrs Gunton! https://t.co/Ne0ht19ofT

21/01/21

Retweeted From Mrs Richards MCCT 👩‍🔬

Thrilled that ex-DCI Steve Gaskin has been kind enough to record some sessions for my lucky 'Forensic Science - Inside the Mind of a Murderer' enrichment students. This afternoon will be 'Offender Profiling' https://t.co/cLznsjc6YS

21/01/21

In today's assembly, we reflected on the power of kindness, thinking about what we can do to support people in our community and taking inspiration from others. Proud of everyone in our school community who have done incredible things to support others in recent times https://t.co/ofoHuQCYN6

20/01/21

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last”. An inspiration to girls everywhere. Congratulations Vice President Harris 💫 https://t.co/iPIZ7WTfKA

19/01/21

Another brilliant discussing 'How To Be A Tech Role Model For Your Child'. We've emailed parents a registration link... https://t.co/VB7jZCwZzs

19/01/21

Brilliant! Look forward to hearing all about it https://t.co/42xHeRyZU6

19/01/21

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Our most recent presentation for parents in the series is now available to watch. alumna, Professor Abi Gewirtz, shares her expertise on how to talk to your child when the world feels like a scary place. 👉 https://t.co/P95qdNVFu9

19/01/21

Our key worker children in school working hard and enjoying in their daily fitness session. Well done girls! 🤸 https://t.co/XjX9HDLlMC

18/01/21

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18/01/21

Beautiful sunrise over Blackheath this morning ☀️ https://t.co/ZaB3iBcwbW

18/01/21

Looking to take-up running in 2021? Another brilliant Fitness Forward Challenge from to start the week 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/L22p9QpOi3

18/01/21

Fascinating whole school assembly this morning from on the superpower of introverts. Very inspiring way to start off a new week https://t.co/X3fMmnMVsb

15/01/21

Great work girls! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/Tj6GhN9x6L

15/01/21

Why not try our Fitness Forward challenge this weekend? Choose your favourite songs and give it a go 💃 https://t.co/usUQPA1kZb

15/01/21

Our Wollstonecraft Lecture Series continues in lockdown with sharing fascinating insights about her career as an Aerospace Design Engineer, which has taken her around the world and includes designing cockpits for Hawks used by the Red Arrows! https://t.co/NNKACGBmAw

15/01/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed attending the Virtual Junior Citizenship session this week! It was a great opportunity for them to learn about citizenship and life skills directly from the experts. https://t.co/HfdqASgDXp

15/01/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

The nicest part of my day/week/2021 so far was popping in Yr5’s end of day Teams meeting with .I’m going to be photo-bombing ( or whatever the video/Teams equivalent is ) every year group on a regular basis. Look out !

15/01/21

Retweeted From The Halo Code 👸🏾

Seems like we have 4/25 of the wonderful GDST schools signed up to the Halo Code! Would love to see the others follow in these schools’ footsteps and 👸🏾👸🏽👸🏿 https://t.co/1W2N58voJW

15/01/21

Hi Florence 👋🐶 https://t.co/jKFjMS8Hgb

14/01/21

Inspiring assembly at the start of the year from our Head of Futures, Ms Day, on setting goals for 2021 and when thinking about future careers. We discussed the importance of reflection and setting S.M.A.R.T goals to make them much more achievable. 👏👏 https://t.co/5rY8bmzz5u

11/01/21

Another sneak peak at our virtual assembly this morning to celebrate our 140th birthday 🎉 https://t.co/Rvd2ygwQiU

11/01/21

We are so proud of all the eco commitments made by our school community to celebrate our 140th birthday. Fantastic to see everyone come together as a force for change. 🎂 https://t.co/n4eV9s0lzY

08/01/21

Merci Madame Moriseau for a wonderfully uplifting Early Years French lesson for our nursery girls. Fun with singing and learning healthy fruit - all in French. Fantastique! https://t.co/6ywbvdYQeq

08/01/21

Excellent work, Shelby! Well done to all teachers and students for this week. Have a well-deserved restful weekend.

08/01/21

Retweeted From Mrs Richards MCCT 👩‍🔬

Reviewing quantitative chemistry with Y10. Straight on it and some great work submitted, this is from Shelby. Great end to the week. Well done everyone ! https://t.co/aJ3pw3g3uK

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February 3

Creating change in schools

Matilda (a Year 11 student and member of the Blackheath High School Feminist Society) and Ms Retallack (English teacher and Co-ordinator of Girls First) talk about intersectionality, feminism and creating change in schools. 

We are part of a new wave of feminism – intersectional feminism. It is no longer just women's fight for equality, life is so much more intricate than that - we need to consider the ways that categories such as race, gender identity, ability and class overlap. We also need to understand that these cannot be separated from one another. We need to connect up the dots. It is all too easy to not see how one form of prejudice intersects with another. Your experience of your gender is affected by other factors such as race, class, disability and sexuality.

Schools face many challenges in becoming truly fair places where all young people are treated equally. If you look at the national figures on issues such as sexual harassment, gender and sexuality education as well as homophobia and transphobia in schools, you will see figures including:

  • A 2010 YouGov study that found that 71% of 16 to 18-year-olds hear sexist name-calling such as ‘slut’ or ‘slag’ used towards girls at school on a daily basis
  • A Global Early Adolescent Study published in 2017 which says gender stereotyping can be established by the age of just 10 or 11, with children 'straitjacketed' into gender roles in early adolescence

It is clear we have a long way to go. We are, however, hopeful. Bringing schools together to discuss these issues and come up with ways to make our schools more equal is part of our optimism.

Gender inequality in schools

We too often assume that schools are neutral sites where students of all genders and sexualities have equal opportunities, however, according to research in the field of sociology and education, gender inequalities (amongst others) are not only reflected by schools but produced by them. Schools (often without realising) will not just reflect inequalities outside the school walls but literally create them for students.

Schools are sites where gender stereotypes and roles are produced and created. For instance, when we praise girls for being neat, quiet, and calm, and praise boys for thinking independently, being active and speaking up, we reinforce what we value in being a boy or girl.

But how can we even notice these problems when it isn’t compulsory to learn about systemic sexism, classism, homophobia and racism and how they operate in society? Understanding systems and how they operate helps us make sense of what is going on around us every day, both in the news and in our personal lives. 

And our official school curriculum has been proven to impact upon bias and inequality, often in hidden ways. In 2016, research found that female writers were represented by an average of just 31 per cent of texts across exam board reading lists. It also found that texts by writers from black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds were marginalised with some courses only having five per cent of texts represented by authors of these backgrounds.

Creating change

There are ways that we can all begin (or even continue) to create change in our schools and work for a more equal environment. Firstly, Intergenerational activism - activism between age groups. In schools, this means that students – if you’re in the older years, include the younger ones! And, just as importantly, include one or two teachers! It can be very difficult to get a campaign off the ground or even an assembly on a specific topic you care about to actually happen without the support of a teacher who is on board and takes you and your ideas seriously. But just because they’re an adult, this doesn’t mean they should take over. It is really important to create an alliance where you can listen to each other.

Secondly, teachers please be this person! Even if your support is simply booking them a room to host a meeting or sending an interesting article their way – it matters to have you on side. And, if we really want to change schools for good, the pressure has to come from both students and teachers.

Thirdly, Feminism groups. Spaces where you can learn about structural inequalities, raise your consciousness and operate a ‘safe space’. Not a space where no one disagrees with anyone but a safe space for all the intersections of your identity, where you are accepted, where you can ask questions, have discussions and start campaigns around the social justice issues related to gender that matter to YOU.

Finally, believe in the power of your activism. As teachers and students, we can affect change in our schools. The more we share ideas, raise consciousness and network with one another, the more possibility there is for this. We also need to remember to keep linking up the dots. Forms of oppression are more linked up than you can imagine.

To finish with the words of Reni Eddo Lodge, a black British journalist and activist, “If you feel the fire coursing through your veins then it’s up to you. You don’t have to be the leader of a global movement or a household name. It can be creative. It can be informal. It doesn’t matter what it is, so long as you’re doing something”.

 

Blackheath High School is an all girls private school in London. Find out more about us.

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