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12/11/19

Today Seniors and Sixth Form we have enjoyed a full day off-timetable with Years 5, 7 & 10 joining forces for a maths workshop, high-paced debating sessions for Year 9, Study Skills workshops for Year 11, and motivational 'Inner Drive' talks for our Sixth Form. https://t.co/g7pXJN8ikD

12/11/19

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Year 5 working hard at the Morning of Maths https://t.co/Sgp9MCBIUy

11/11/19

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Thanks to the GDST family for being there ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/nUmX5Ccxo9

06/11/19

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Happy (belated!) Divali from 6H!🎆 https://t.co/XjHuCgE9Ld

05/11/19

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A very enjoyable first Monday back with year 2&3 netball club https://t.co/Oxq6Dxdjyl

22/10/19

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have had a fabulous creative time in Berlin this half term https://t.co/hB8ltajUCq

22/10/19

Well spotted!

16/10/19

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Make a splash! Juniors https://t.co/zVsQcfyAbg

15/10/19

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Congratulations 5H. Proud winners of the Greenwich Maths Competition! https://t.co/0O16cBPEHI

15/10/19

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It has been a promising morning for the U16 netballers at the Kent County tournament. 2 wins, 2 loses, all to play for 🏐💪 https://t.co/IuCiFjD9ge

14/10/19

Thank you to everyone who has donated uniform so far! https://t.co/rDTAYrOraA

14/10/19

We hope you enjoyed our Open Morning as much as we did! For another chance to see how we are preparing young women for the future, sign up for our ‘School in Action’ open events on 7 & 13 November. https://t.co/AZRo2SQpYI https://t.co/yxHVtQs9ac

10/10/19

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Very excited about today’s Wollstonecraft lecture https://t.co/ba1La7oRgj

09/10/19

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The rain didn’t stop us!!! Look at this amazing finish at Cross Country Club! 🏃🏽‍♀️🌦👏🏼 https://t.co/5U4Xvu5VLK

07/10/19

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hard at work at https://t.co/KtbrXwwzvM

03/10/19

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Florence deep in high level discussion with the head Girl team https://t.co/VoC8bioy1K

02/10/19

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. Thanks you’ve converted us into rugby fans! https://t.co/fCF5gy8KRE

02/10/19

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Did enjoy the tag rugby day . Just a bit! https://t.co/xF6ibNUevj

02/10/19

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Mrs Harris’ early morning fitness club literally going from strength to strength - great work! https://t.co/jRBs3dHjD1

01/10/19

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The junior girls cross country team are lined up ready to race! Beautiful weather for the first round of the ESAA 1st round https://t.co/YYgsFTTdDL

01/10/19

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Great afternoon of Hockey at Crystal Palace today against other schools! Excellent display of determination, bravery and skill! Well done everyone 💪🏼 🏑 https://t.co/4eyozQnOes

27/09/19

On Wednesday 25 September, our very own Tia presented her first show! It'll be aired Saturday 28 Sep at 10.30am on for all who want to watch. Great job Tia! https://t.co/yH7g35ydaq

26/09/19

You're welcome - so glad they enjoyed themselves.

26/09/19

It was a pleasure to host you! https://t.co/oaHh4XF5Rp

26/09/19

We had a wonderful time welcoming girls from and for our languages day today https://t.co/nyBhPMCQ4B

25/09/19

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Fantastic combo from Astonishing numbers relating to https://t.co/l3FZkmJTRx

25/09/19

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Great to see that they’re teaching their students about the importance of environmental responsibility!👍🏼🌊

25/09/19

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The sheer of being 6 years old and your heart out https://t.co/kJL78CkbQ3

25/09/19

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A group of our Year 8 students enjoyed a really inspiring day at the inaugural conference at Imperial College London. They've come back buzzing with ideas and plans. https://t.co/sSLtn9e47J

25/09/19

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Another great session at HIIT club this morning! Well done to everyone who came 👏🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/zCMQLby9ro

24/09/19

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So jealous of Year 10 and 11 right now! https://t.co/gelkjgVoyA

20/09/19

Year 10 and 11 getting their first taste of rowing and building team development on their special day trip to the Royal Albert Docks! https://t.co/CZl5dyxkfq

20/09/19

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Raft Building, as ever, is such fun! Warning there are lots of wet clothes coming home! https://t.co/MFd4cxHijT

19/09/19

We're impressed, Ms Wood! https://t.co/5V01XxzyGI

18/09/19

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After lunch abseiling https://t.co/pE16nSwLJ4

18/09/19

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And we’re here! https://t.co/DSAAXghR9I

18/09/19

Enjoy your PGL trip, Year 7! https://t.co/DjxGdGLdQX

18/09/19

Such an awe-inspiring view right on our doorstep ❤️ https://t.co/4s0yAXJGQD

Latest news

May 23

Spotlight on Art

From an annual Fashion Show to a residential trip to New York and an exhibition at Farrow & Ball, Mr D Branch (Head of Art) takes us through Art at Blackheath High School. 

How long have you been teaching Art at the school? 

I joined Blackheath High School as Head of Art in September 2015 having previously taught in schools in Eltham and Beckenham. I trained as a sculptor and maintain a real interest in all things ‘crafted’, from fine art sculpture and ceramics through to furniture, product design and architecture. I am always looking for ways to introduce our students to new materials and processes to increase their repertoire of skills and give them the confidence to make ambitious work.

What is covered in Art? 

Our main aim is to offer our students a wide-ranging and challenging Art and Design ‘experience’ that combines the teaching of traditional skills with an awareness of more contemporary ideas and practices. At any one time, there are a whole host of different outcomes, projects and special initiatives on the go – this is what makes teaching this subject so enjoyable as it throws up all kinds of possibilities that test your own creative capabilities.

This term is undoubtedly our busiest period for many reasons. Recently, we held our GCSE and A-Level exams: this is where students create very personal and individual responses to an exam ‘title’ across either 10 or 15 hours. These groups have also been working tremendously hard to complete and submit their coursework portfolios for assessment and, of course, all these project will be showcased at our end of year Art Exhibition on 21 June. 

Meanwhile, our Key Stage 3 classes are working towards finishing all their project work for this year so that each students can have one or more of their pieces featured in the Key Stage 3 Art exhibition in September.

Would you say that Art is a popular choice of subject?

Art is very popular within the curriculum with around 40-50% of students opting to study at GCSE level which, in turn, enables us to offer two separate A-Level endorsements of Art and Textiles, with some girls each year electing to study both courses. We also have an ‘open studio’ policy at lunchtimes and after school which means that we are often really busy as girls from different year groups come to join in with one of the clubs that we offer or continue with their own work. 

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

Students tend to enjoy the ‘active’ style of learning in this subject alongside the opportunity to experiment with different approaches and develop individual ideas. We try to give them as many opportunities as possible to attend trips and visits, not only to fuel their interest, but also to give them some memorable moments. This year’s excursions have seen us travel to Rome and New York on residential visits, plus several days out to Kew Gardens, Chatham Dockyard and we are planning an upcoming Year 10 trip to Hastings.

What are the benefits of studying Art at Blackheath High School? 

Mrs Gilbert and I have many years of experience and our own interests and expertise combine really effectively to enable us to offer guidance to the students no matter what kinds of ideas that they want to explore. This year, we have been joined by a new Art Technician, India Copley, who has done a great job in supporting the girls, particularly with their Fashion Show designs and textiles work. 

We are always looking to increase the creative opportunities that we provide. One of the features of the department is to run a whole host of special projects throughout the year, some that are designed to extend and stretch our most talented artists, whilst others are open to all. Each year, we try to add at least one new initiative to combine with our more established annual occasions, such as our Fashion Show and Big Draw events. 

For example, in January, our Art scholars exhibited a collection of paintings in our local Farrow & Ball showroom and a group of students from Years 7-10 are currently creating a really ambitious installation that will be permanently sited in our new building. It is a very exciting time for us, as moving into our new and expanded Art department accommodation will certainly increase the potential for providing our students with lots of new ideas and creative experiences.

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