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21/02/20

To celebrate ‘Numbers Day’, students in Years 7-13 journeyed the school to find teachers wearing badges with significant numbers on them. https://t.co/B1QOk1VnJ2 https://t.co/4fFfGqu5uf

21/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A few tired eyes this morning but we are on route to the airport! We’ve had a fantastic week in Arosa! https://t.co/GMHSGILedx

19/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Nursery School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/7Y8NgppGZu

19/02/20

Year Two had a great time exploring the process of tie dyeing as part of their Out of Africa topic. https://t.co/2PU1ZUwfJJ https://t.co/xzn9ArCRT9

17/02/20

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What a beautiful day ! 🎿⛷ https://t.co/8lhpWcd8hE

17/02/20

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Emma having a blast in the snow ⛄️ https://t.co/qFlcTYv5xD

17/02/20

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Year groups ready to go ! A few tired heads but they are still smiling and ready to learn! https://t.co/NJnhqOwwgO

17/02/20

Retweeted From Independent Schools

More than 900 ISC schools are engaged in academic partnerships with state schools; sharing lessons, preparing pupils for higher education, and combining knowledge, skills and expertise https://t.co/aJ2cyTUVTQ

17/02/20

'When our Mandarin teacher Ms Chung told us that we were going to be doing a Chinese dance workshop I was so excited, because I’ve never tried a Chinese dance workshop before.' https://t.co/H7yY3VD76d https://t.co/3DSq03V0zx

14/02/20

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Safely arrived in Switzerland 🇨🇭 now to the slopes 🎿 https://t.co/zlqEwzxsl3

14/02/20

Blackheath High School’s Eco Club got out their binoculars and had a great time taking part in The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. https://t.co/S3uyvZ90yj https://t.co/dhdsk2qMc7

14/02/20

Have an amazing time girls! https://t.co/qo9y0l9ck2

14/02/20

What a lovely way to go into Half Term! https://t.co/HWGhd0ZzTk

13/02/20

A huge congratulations to Luiza for winning the 'Maths of Space' Competition held by the IMA! She has been awarded a certificate and a Samsung tablet as her prize. Well deserved! https://t.co/ab4OoIhykO https://t.co/MNqx5a9K15

11/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Junior School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/Av8odfDW1f

10/02/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

"Inspired by curiosity, there was always a sense of 'needing to know' which drove me forward to seek new challenges" – Dame Mary Quant, fashion designer & alumna. https://t.co/h2515mntbt https://t.co/cHc1DdzzNu

06/02/20

Visit our new Sixth Form Centre at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/FJYfXXhOce

06/02/20

On the 20 January 2020, girls in Year 7 who chose Mandarin as a language visited Chinatown for the day! https://t.co/QiVzqmgBsb https://t.co/zD2lzFrP0K

05/02/20

Stunning sunny afternoon 🌞🌞🌞 https://t.co/azmLkUTODp

05/02/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great to see ⁦⁩ and ⁦⁩ standing proud above the A2 this week https://t.co/Y8Iu2mAfw7

04/02/20

Visit the all-new Blackheath High School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. If you're looking for a Year 9 place starting September 2020 the deadline to apply is 13 March. https://t.co/4TvaFga8oz Rated "Excellent in all areas" (ISI). https://t.co/LIt8i0oTrE

04/02/20

Well done, girls! https://t.co/kCij4vdOSI

04/02/20

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Gardening club in full swing! https://t.co/CT8CVjUdQV

03/02/20

Retweeted From Rebecca Richards

Modelling the digestive system with weetabix and orange juice, the girls aren’t squeamish at all! The tights are representing the small intestine, the bag was the stomach. https://t.co/9q0QPg25Fx

03/02/20

Thank you to all of our sister-schools for contributing to the success of last week's SLT Conference! 👏 https://t.co/y9gmZ9EvOW

30/01/20

Retweeted From Cris Turple

Carol Chandler-Thompson opens SLT Conference: adversity & challenge can be positive; it stimulates innovation. It's important for our girls to be adaptive & flexible and for us as leaders to demonstrate this

30/01/20

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Fantastic start to the SLT conference this morning - wonderful welcome and fascinating keynote from https://t.co/ei0PRhGHKU

30/01/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

It's great to be hosting the conference for senior leaders from across the family here at https://t.co/SCrpUQBoCS

30/01/20

We are delighted to be hosting the Senior Leadership Conference today and tomorrow. Welcome, everyone! https://t.co/Hm7Zdc5htm

28/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

GDST Netball Tournament this afternoon with 31 BHS girls taking part! So much fun, a few cold hands but smiles and happy faces 😀 Thank you for hosting. https://t.co/pEUdtLWGBc

28/01/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Celebrating Chinese New Year https://t.co/8eHjcakDdy

27/01/20

A great pledge for the from Mrs Skevington https://t.co/z89ZTKOtEM

23/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Don’t worry the future of housing is in safe hands with girls in charge! Great geography discussions going on about planning in SE London today https://t.co/QZlXuDeWlh

23/01/20

Such a thoughtful pledge, Mr Henderson. Thanks to the brilliant veggie & vegan options provided by this should be quite enjoyable, too! https://t.co/lYuLIhf812

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

governors learning about the amazing opportunities for tech and computing at school - they were impressed! https://t.co/5gXtejXyDJ

22/01/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

delighted to welcome our governors to Juniors, seen here learning about apps and skills from our girls https://t.co/absfTgD7Q0

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Second fabulous event from our musicians this week- tougher audience this time! https://t.co/tQwOnqMkCA

22/01/20

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Great netball from our year10 &11 this evening resulting in 2 wins against St. Ursulas. https://t.co/VYT0XeGVLn

22/01/20

Thank you - exciting indeed and a fabulous way to creatively teach sustainability during our https://t.co/9W5IPHXX79

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May 9

Spotlight on Politics

From studying voting behaviour to the constitution and current controversies in the political world, Mr I Gerrard (Head of History and Humanities Faculty) talks to us about Politics.

How long have you been teaching at Blackheath High School?
I have worked at Blackheath High School since September 2012. Previous to this, I taught Politics for more than 10 years at my last school where I worked for over 20 years in total. I re-introduced Government and Politics at Blackheath High School in 2014 and it has been taught here at A-Level ever since.

Can you tell me about your background?
I did a degree in History at the University of Wales, Bangor (more years ago than I care to admit to!) before doing a PGCE at the University of East Anglia. I’m originally from Northwich in Cheshire where most of my family still live – I’ve lived in south east London since 1990. 

What is covered in Politics? 
We study a range of topics in Year 12. We look at UK Politics and study elections and voting behaviour, the constitution, political parties, the powers of Parliament and the Prime Minister, as well as look at specific events and current controversies in the political world. We also look at specific political ideologies which is a new feature of the linear A-Level; we will study the compulsory ideologies of socialism, liberalism and conservatism as well as study feminism from the optional list. In Year 13, we will look at US Politics such as presidential elections, the power of political parties, interest groups and Congress as well as examine the crucial (and controversial) role that the US Constitution has in protecting rights and preventing ‘over-mighty government’ as some people might see it.

Would you say that Politics is a popular choice of subject?
Yes I would, but then you’d expect me to say that! The students who study Politics here get drawn into the subject and in fact, the very first of our now vibrant and successful Sixth Form Societies was the Politics Society. Students set this up entirely off their own back and invited in speakers from all the main political parties for the 2015 General Election – I think the UKIP candidate in particular was taken aback by the very detailed knowledge that our girls had of the UKIP manifesto. The candidates of all the parties were given a thorough policy examination! Since then, the Politics Society has always recruited students who have been enthusiastic about running it and to engage other younger students with their love of and passion for the subject.

What are the benefits of studying this subject?
It is a subject that always changes; as soon as the text books are written, they are out of date so studying Politics should always mean that you are up-to-date with the news! Politics develops skills such as research, constructing arguments, handling data and debating; these are incredibly useful soft skills that can be applied to a range of other subjects but also to future careers such as Law, the Civil Service, Human Resources, Management and Business. It is also the ideal complement to a whole range of other subjects such as History, Religious Studies, English, Psychology and Classics, or to act as a counter-balance to STEM subjects to provide breadth to Sixth Form subject choices.

What are the benefits of studying Politics at Blackheath High School? 
Our staff are enthusiastic, passionate, experienced and knowledgeable. Two of our teachers have stood for election this month and another has an MA in Contemporary History and Politics. Our smaller class sizes mean that students have the chance to explore their interests and ideas in depth in a class that shares their passion. The fact that Politics has always had a very low or zero drop-out rate shows that our students love the subject and are really committed to it both inside the classroom and beyond.

Is there a particular aspect of the course that students tend to enjoy?
There is such a broad range of topics that there really is something for everyone!

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