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23/07/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/YTGst4ceY2 https://t.co/YMiokFgNFP

21/07/21

The results are in for the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge. A huge well done to all girls who were involved. You can see the results and read more about the challenge here: https://t.co/dARzMxjGiT https://t.co/c0acyiVbUG

16/07/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/4IO39haZMC https://t.co/o1vJsqHkXb

14/07/21

As part of the topic of inheritance in Science over the Summer term, Year 8 learnt all about the workings of DNA by making delicious jelly models. https://t.co/E9occmRyJ4 https://t.co/xI4QsGJMg7

09/07/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

What a fab best MCB they are! 😍 https://t.co/LNizGKH8Tz

09/07/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

The piano music of a Year 3 pupil who just performed to her class. I asked why she added a multiplication fact. She said it was because the music was too plain. I like it. Might add a few times tables to my music in future https://t.co/YUlWmULzDA

09/07/21

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Last day of term = great day for a ice-cream! 🍦 ☀️ 😃 https://t.co/VAIPXcFmCq

09/07/21

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Such a great turn out from our students who grasped the opportunity to be coached by a Superleague star. Thanks for providing so many of our students with a memory they will never forget! https://t.co/zaUgv6aAqo

08/07/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Need to read this. https://t.co/Mz17xBKIBB

08/07/21

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison 😷💙

Love my colleagues 🥰🥰🥰 https://t.co/J71bcarUjc

08/07/21

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‘Introverts thrived learning online, now let’s make sure they do so in school’ 's Carol Chandler-Thompson explains how schools can better cater for the needs of quieter pupils >> https://t.co/kFwqIXRPWW https://t.co/t5B1t9sVDm

08/07/21

Retweeted From International School Magazine

‘Introverts thrived learning online, now let’s make sure they do so in school’ 's Carol Chandler-Thompson explains how schools can better cater for the needs of quieter pupils >> https://t.co/W61bO4Mfwk https://t.co/jnggc6toDV

08/07/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Loveliest card from E in Yr6 . I’m not crying…😍🥰 https://t.co/Hn82qoMZBK

08/07/21

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An amazing collaboration led by my very talented colleague https://t.co/KczYLEGQAe

08/07/21

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Our Sport Scholars have worked so hard with this afternoon. What an opportunity to work with such an incredible role model and hear all about her journey to elite level netball! 💪 https://t.co/wXhVGYArb0

08/07/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

So here it is. I’m not crying, you’re crying. what a wonderful community of which to be part. Let’s share this far and wide… https://t.co/z4JpvGcjDr

08/07/21

Across 14 GDST schools, the girls came together to perform the original song 'Into the Light' by Lin Marsh and we are so pleased to be able to share the incredible full performance with you. Click here to watch the full video: https://t.co/SuHQpRlWWd https://t.co/RslFn5xei3

08/07/21

As part of their exploration of plant tissues this week, Year 10 students had a great time trying out an eyepiece graticule and stage micrometer for the first time. Fascinating results! https://t.co/27L1bk8fW4

07/07/21

Well done to awesome Year 8 for their Oscar-worthy performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. So proud! 👏🎭 https://t.co/yXr4W1r1kQ

07/07/21

Year 10x did a great job yesterday in learning how to properly stitch. Well done girls! 👏 https://t.co/kUnVSE8azG

06/07/21

'If you see us in the playground, make sure you give us a big wave!' Our girls did a wonderful job putting together this video to show Year 1 what life is like when they join Year 2. Here's a little snippet from the full video on Firefly. https://t.co/GFkpLv1BTt

06/07/21

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More 200m results, the teams are smashing it. Yr 8 Amelie came in 3rd in her final and Yr 9 Hannah managed 2nd in her final. Congrats! 🎉 https://t.co/7jRSDs1yTU

05/07/21

In the last Eco Club of the term, Year 7 did some pond-dipping and found some little toads, newts, some aquatic worms and a few more insects. https://t.co/Nmud0LjaUx

02/07/21

Year 8 and 9 have been doing family history projects in History over the last few weeks, so we wanted to share this photo of Issy, Year 8 wearing her great grandfather’s air raid warden helmet! https://t.co/1KZPS5axLV

02/07/21

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Ruth Coles, Head of Junior Music, interviewed in . She talks about the amazing collaborations between schools & why we need more female composers https://t.co/mwE5xor2wF

01/07/21

We are so excited for Leila who recently made a pea and ham risotto in the Full Time Meals series with and . You can see a snippet below. You can view the assembly about the work of Marcus Rashford for low-income communities on Firefly. https://t.co/yUKLv5gG9J

01/07/21

Retweeted From Marie-Clare Bonnar

Sports day fun! 🏃🏼‍♀️ https://t.co/Ho28kPm2Q1

30/06/21

Year 12 student Priya tells us all about her experience doing virtual work experience with Springpod and how it's helped her find what she wants to do in the future. Click here to read her blog: https://t.co/D8aJgJdUpq https://t.co/szFhCP0fNt

29/06/21

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Amazing attitudes from our yr 7 fitness superstars. Last cards session and they SMASHED it!! ♣️♦️♠️♥️ https://t.co/Xps9niauSs

29/06/21

Our Head shares her views on learnings from lockdown and how we can help all students thrive in https://t.co/1ttUQlwWiI

29/06/21

Retweeted From International School Magazine

‘Introverts thrived learning online, now let’s make sure they do so in school’ 's Carol Chandler-Thompson explains how schools can better cater for the needs of quieter pupils >> https://t.co/W61bO4Mfwk https://t.co/8ihgsPBMEI

29/06/21

Year 2 showed great cooperation in Maths last week while investigating mass using balance scales. Great work girls! ⚖️ https://t.co/n2yfHaL3wc

29/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Our committed year 8’s have made lots of progress in volleyball this term. Has been great to see some exciting rallies this afternoon! 🏐 https://t.co/GIJ6Gvxc1i

29/06/21

Well done to Year 9 for creating brilliant DVD cover designs of Shakespeare's most tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet. https://t.co/SHzAxWbe1t

28/06/21

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What a day!!! Track & Field Cup Athletics for the Athletics squad. Some brilliant performances, pbs, grit and determination and a lot of smiles! These girls 🙌 https://t.co/Rh3Th6XlQo

25/06/21

Retweeted From BHS Junior English

Year 5 enjoyed a brilliant Macbeth Masterclass with Head of English, Ms Chandler from Seniors https://t.co/OFsXAEJvCH

24/06/21

Thank you to all our amazing teachers 💙 https://t.co/uZEXXtC9cX

24/06/21

We couldn't agree more 👏👏👏 https://t.co/st0NH7i5kI

24/06/21

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*Fantastic new position at !* The School Registrar is a key position in the school, playing a lead role in recruiting students at all points of entry in the Senior School. Closing date: 1st July 2021, at 12 noon APPLY NOW —https://t.co/wxrwI6VyjP

24/06/21

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It's publication day! 🥁🎉Our July issue is out now, packed full with content to inspire your teaching practice. This month features , , , , and so much more. Subscribe now: https://t.co/v3Xj7UTawG https://t.co/nm6VXJz88b

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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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