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06/08/20

Thank you ! With one more term left in our 140th Year, there's still time to make a pledge which will have a positive environmental impact on our local area or wider world. Please email pledges to: BHSYearofPromise.gdst.net https://t.co/pszd1jMdHX

04/08/20

Well done to Ezie in Year 13 for the incredible accolade of being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy . https://t.co/F7mjgVRJn8 https://t.co/Q6DWKwhoTK

03/08/20

So wonderful to see kites being flown on the heath. Yet another reminder of our charmed location 🪁 Thanks for sharing https://t.co/K7IqsfXf58

30/07/20

'Avant la pluie, je n'avais pas besoin de porter un manteau' - read more Year 9 French poetry along the theme of 'then and now' here: https://t.co/pA7zkuqiUW https://t.co/6ZJLYo7hcN

28/07/20

For everyone missing music lessons and performances at school over the summer break, remember to check out Blackheath 's fantastic online Summer Courses. There's something for everyone - adults included: https://t.co/t3P1z31XqN

27/07/20

Over the summer we are reflecting on the past 6 months, and how much we've learned as a community and team at Blackheath High School. Who knew we would become overnight experts in virtual events? Read the write-up of our successful forum here: https://t.co/KbrqM0vj5N https://t.co/JFvOWgzVH5

25/07/20

Learn more about 3+, 11+ and 16+ admissions to Blackheath High School at our pioneering Virtual Open Day on Saturday 26 September. Register here: https://t.co/PztNcGmzCP https://t.co/pGBbeb1wK7

22/07/20

Combining our love of learning languages with our passion for food? Where do we sign up?! Learn more about how our students are getting involved with the Linguachef prize here: https://t.co/DgwH6jHNIo https://t.co/aMcChQmp1l

20/07/20

We are so proud of Beatrix who won in the Years 7, 8 and 9 category with her poem 'PHOENIX' in the Laurie Magnus poetry prize. Read it here: https://t.co/kVrw45AtTQ https://t.co/YZpgQ0PSj1

16/07/20

From the inspirational teaching team led by to the sun beaming through our iconic rainbow roof, it's easy see why our Junior School has been shortlisted for Best Prep School of the Year. Learn more at our Virtual Open Morning: https://t.co/PztNcGmzCP https://t.co/JTXnWxW6oC

14/07/20

A round of applause please for our Duke of Edinburgh students who have completed a total of 481 hours of voluntary service to our community 👏👏👏 https://t.co/G1nZpSExJ8 https://t.co/1znJKSoKPw

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

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

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

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February 27

Art and Religious Studies Rome Trip

After a cold and drizzly start outside Blackheath High School at 5am on Saturday morning, we arrived to glorious sunshine in Rome. Once we had arrived, we headed straight to the top of the Vittorio Emmanuelle memorial where we took in a stunning 360 degree view of the city. Some of the Year 10 girls took advantage of the Risorgimento museum, where they found out that Garibaldi was more than just a biscuit! The girls were amazed by the nearby Time Elevator - an interactive history of Rome, from its mythical founding by Romulus and Remus to the modern day, complete with a roller coaster experience. It was a long day of traveling, so after pizza at a nearby restaurant we head back to the hotel to get some much-needed rest for the next day.

We had an early start on the Sunday ready for a jam-packed day. We walked from the hotel to a place of both religious and artistic significance - San Pietro in Vincoli (St Peter in Chains). This church is perhaps best known for housing Michelangelo's Moses as part of the tomb of Pope Julius II, but it also contains a relic of St. Peter – the chains by which he was held prisoner in Jerusalem. From here it was a short walk to the Colosseum. The huge Roman amphitheatre offered an excellent opportunity for art students to get some sketches of the ruins. After a quick lunch in the surrounding area we had a guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, where Fabio (not the hunky 80s model) thrilled the girls with tales of the Roman Empire.

After a short sojourn at the hotel, we headed out for food. You know the saying, when in Rome... go for hamburgers at the Hard Rock Cafe! At least I think that's how it goes. After we had sufficiently refuelled, we made our way to Trevi fountain. The fountain is renowned for being romantic, so much so that some of the Year 11 girls witnessed a marriage proposal; she said 'Yes'!

It was a long day of walking, totalling nearly 16km. However, the girls remained in good spirits; a rendition of 'We are the girls of Blackheath High' buoyed them on the final walk back to the hotel.

To start our third day in Rome we decided to go a little off the beaten track to the tiny but fascinating Museum of Souls in Purgatory (imagine Catholicism meets the X Files). Housed in a small gothic church - not the typical style for Rome - the museum claims to offer proof of the afterlife through its display of several items that show the finger prints of ghosts. Many of our girls remained unconvinced.

We walked to the Vatican along the edge of the Tiber (which appeared to be foaming with algae rather than blood). We met our guide Richard who gave us an incredibly detailed tour of the art collections; the Raphael rooms were a particular highlight. Perhaps one of the most anticipated parts of the trip was when we entered the Sistine chapel, where the girls braved stiff necks to admire the ceiling painted by Michelangelo. After exploring St. Peter's Basilica, students were able to do some more sketching by the river and head over to the Pantheon before dinner.

Our final day began early. We had two key visits we wanted to make before catching our afternoon flight. We started with a brisk walk to the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini (Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins). Underneath this church lies the Capuchin crypts, where skulls and bones have been arranged to provide ornate decoration… and a grim reminder of our own mortality. No photography is allowed inside the crypts, so the art students came prepared with their trusty sketchbooks to ensure they had a memento. From here, we hurried to MACRO – the Museum of Contemporary Arts. We were lucky to visit when there was an exhibition by Anish Kapoor being displayed, which contained sculptures that were both alluring and grotesque.

After four days of walking and activities it was time to say Arrivederci Roma. The girls were very well behaved and showed great interest in the many cultural activities in which they took part. The Eternal City has forever captured the hearts of our students, and who knows… maybe Blackheath High School will return one day.

Mr S. Barnett
s.barnett@bla.gdst.net

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