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27/10/21

Meet Ezinne - the UK's best Spanish student! 🇪🇸 Having won in 2019-20, Ezinne was finally able to receive her certificate and coveted prize of a bursary for further Spanish studies in Spain. Congratulations to Ezinne for achieving this impressive feat. 👏 https://t.co/1DB2aMn0K9

27/10/21

Retweeted From CRUK Blackheath shop

🧡Thank you to all the amazing teachers, staff & pupils from the wonderful 4 raising over £922 for 👏. Such a fabulous school, with heart & soul, that takes the time to make a difference, thank you all so much🧡🙏🏼🧡 https://t.co/fJLPNoFQj5

21/10/21

Recently, Year 13 student, Carla, attended the prestigious French acting school, Les Cours Florent in Marseilles. 🇫🇷 This wonderful experience was made possible by our MFL Sixth Form Scholarship. Read Carla's full recount 👇 https://t.co/I1svygz2Lq

20/10/21

If you have a little one at home, our Director of Music and Music Scholars would like to invite you to 'Classics for Kids' - a 30-minute musical adventure, introducing little people and their grown-ups to a range of music and sounds. 🎶 Book your space 👇 https://t.co/Igub9zvCTs

18/10/21

Throughout October, we have participated in a range of activities for . There have been talks from guest speakers such as , assemblies on Black familial history, and so much more; because, at BHS, the things that make us different are celebrated. https://t.co/hWhSWez52w

15/10/21

Our girls did an absolutely fantastic job of designing and creating their own kites at home and in their lessons last week! 🪁 Here they are at 's kite day on Sunday, proudly taking their kites to the skies. 👇 https://t.co/atave4UKMB https://t.co/QnqHYNllTm

15/10/21

Such a spectacular array of donations from our Junior girls and their families for the Harvest Festival!🍂 What a wonderful way to bring the start of the autumn term to a close: with generosity and compassion. 💫 https://t.co/hyIdzyq0DB

15/10/21

Retweeted From CRUK Blackheath shop

🧡Thank you so much wonderful seniors & juniors 4 doing a mufti today 4 🧡. So important & crucial 2 raise awareness & funds. Mrs B looks awesome & we’re sure you will all have a fabulous day. Thank you🙏🏼🧡👏💥 https://t.co/rkjLerWXNU

14/10/21

Congratulations to our cross country teams👏- what an impressive, well-deserved feat! 🏆 https://t.co/HDAUMVDbh9

12/10/21

Our Science lessons have started strong this term. Both students and teachers are excited to be taking part in practical experiments. In Year 12, girls have been dissecting fish heads to study gill arcs and filaments, for their new topic 'Transport in Animals' - fascinating! https://t.co/6KvodQD0W6

12/10/21

Good luck, girls! 🤞 https://t.co/9d35NqkzOZ

11/10/21

We were delighted to host you - thank you for sharing your story with us. https://t.co/5MkVIA8QDS

08/10/21

Our Year 6, 8 and 9 girls loved showing visitors around at our School in Action mornings this week. Registration is still open for next week's School in Action mornings. Book your space here to experience our vibrant teaching environment live in-person > https://t.co/Ygfjfk7SV4 https://t.co/9bjxvmYHhz

07/10/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

We are very excited to welcome and students from the to for a Wollstonecraft Speaker Series special tomorrow...the students have been thinking hard about good questions!🤔 https://t.co/6Tc0usgkST

05/10/21

Our Junior School girls have been set the challenge of making a kite that they can fly at 's kite day on Sunday. Nursery to Year 5 will make theirs at home and Year 6 will be getting stuck-in in their DT lessons. We can't wait to see their innovative creations! 🪁 https://t.co/SxGUcY5rG8

04/10/21

Our Year 8 girls are putting on their detective hats to try and uncover the mystery of the injured science teacher. Let's hope they solve the case before home time! 🕵️‍♀️ https://t.co/8ZHVwfWST5

01/10/21

It was such a pleasure to open our doors and welcome guests to our Open Morning last week. It is always wonderful to see visitors engaging with our creative, diverse community, and we can't wait to welcome guests back again to our School in Action mornings next week. https://t.co/yI1dhswWbt

30/09/21

Our Mighty Girls enjoyed welcoming guests to the Junior School Open Morning on Saturday. They will also be at our School in Action mornings on 7 & 13 October to tell you more about the Mighty Girls Challenge and how it motivates our girls. Register here - https://t.co/khR0dV8M5G https://t.co/zFQJOlXLUf

28/09/21

There's still time to register for our Sixth Form Virtual Q&A taking place tomorrow. Book your place to engage with our Sixth Form Leadership Team and our Sixth Form students to find out what makes the Blackheath High A-Level experience unique - https://t.co/u2tP3Nc1z4 https://t.co/RreDiOFLUh

25/09/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Ready to open our doors this morning - wonderful to be able to welcome visitors safely and warmly onto our site at last! https://t.co/KoQBsV1nlz

23/09/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/rlC9TvehpD https://t.co/hst4PMNND8

23/09/21

A massive congratulations to our sports scholar, Marley, who competed at the Inter-Regional Champs for British Triathlon last week. After qualifying for the main final, Marley pushed herself and finished 9th in her age group in the entire UK - incredible! https://t.co/PoaH1QNOOv

22/09/21

Our Sixth Form girls are courageous and insightful. Speak with our Sixth Form Leadership Team at our Virtual Open Evening and Live Q&A on Wednesday 29 September to find out what makes Blackheath High Sixth Form unique – book now: https://t.co/qtcBgOg8PC https://t.co/IPnnN6QNHG

21/09/21

Our Senior School students loved receiving their 'welcome' tote bags at the start of term. These eco-friendly, reusable bags were designed by one our talented Year 13 Textiles students, Lumina, who will be starting at the University of Bath this year. https://t.co/dRQc0YDrzw

20/09/21

It's societies week! Last week our Sixth Form students advertised their societies in a whole school assembly, and this week our senior girls will be choosing which society they would like to join. They can choose from a wide range, from Art, to Film, to Law and many more. https://t.co/u6W1xGsxhX

17/09/21

We support and encourage our girls all the way from Nursery to Sixth Form. Book your space at our Open Morning on Saturday 25 September and take a tour of our new Sixth Form Centre to see how we can prepare you for university and beyond – sign up now: https://t.co/cUoFRsIY2Z https://t.co/BVkJ5VIZFC

17/09/21

Last week we celebrated the achievements of our wonderful Year 11 and 13 students at our Valedictory Ceremony. There were music and dance performances by our students, and an inspiring speech from . Needless to say, it was a fantastic evening. https://t.co/2cU5U5s2XX

16/09/21

It was such an honour to host the Sixth Form ball for our recently graduated Year 13 students this month. Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating their achievements with their friends and former teachers as they prepare to move into the world of higher education. https://t.co/EHMLMvA2SX

09/09/21

GCSE and A-Level art displays are being put up across the school today. Each year we celebrate the amazing talents of our art students with an exhibition where their work goes on display for all to enjoy. This year's exhibition will be taking place next Tuesday. https://t.co/g5xotu3nqM

07/09/21

Today is our Clubs Fair. At the Clubs Fair, students can choose from a range of exciting extra-curricular clubs to further enrich their studies. Some of our clubs include: 🥋 Chinese Martial Arts in Mandarin 🚲 Bicycle Maintenance 👾 Minecraft & more! Which would you choose? https://t.co/5629a4iWPN

06/09/21

Wishing a warm welcome back to all of our students. As we step into the new term together, we're looking forward to a fun-filled year and seeing where our girls will Boldly Go. https://t.co/XW42DA2LI7

03/09/21

Retweeted From Brent Pirie

GDST girls from and Norwich High, playing a cracking piece of music. An ethos of collaboration, team work, friendship and supporting each other at a challenging but enjoyable residential week of playing brass 💥🎼👏🙌 https://t.co/JNvYCWs0W8

25/08/21

We encourage our girls to chase their dreams with conviction. Take a tour of Blackheath High Sixth Form GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/hzAsr04f9Z https://t.co/ReFCFTJAGG

25/08/21

Having worked though the most challenging of years, our Sixth Form Textiles student have produced the most extraordinary collections and have proved just how creative they can be. Read more about our impressive Sixth Form Fashion Show here: https://t.co/lUb5yelRqq https://t.co/XCv8xq5xDY

23/08/21

On Thursday 24 June, we displayed all GCSE and A-level Art work as an exhibition in the Wollstonecraft Room. This featured acrylic paintings, mixed-media and Personal Investigation projects. Well done girls! You can view a gallery of the work here: https://t.co/HP6QdsdjTS https://t.co/NXfD0Ba4Wz

19/08/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

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18/08/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Day 3 of the Sports Camp has kicked off with a very competitive game of Capture the Flag. https://t.co/LN9BRc4LOp

17/08/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

Reviewing brand-new primary Christmas nativities in August for and secretly loving it🎄 🎶. Thanks for asking ! https://t.co/z7kRgNYV2i

17/08/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

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17/08/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Day 2 of the Sports Camp and we’re having a great time. There’s been dodgeball, hockey, tennis, rounders, netball - the only thing missing is some sunshine ☀️ https://t.co/uA39pUJlBl

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June 13

Sports, the GDST Summit and the Myth of Normalcy

It has been an uncharacteristically quiet fortnight at Blackheath High School, with all the Senior girls engrossed in their exams and Year 5 and 6 on their residential trips. We managed to squeeze three excellent Junior Sports Days in before they left and it was brilliant to see the girls jumping, running, balancing and throwing with such gusto. They were cheered on by a great contingent of family supporters; thank you to you all for your enthusiasm. Read more about school sports at Blackheath High.

This week saw the annual GDST Summit for Headteachers, Governors and friends of the GDST. It was an inspiring event with a range of provocative and fascinating speakers, ranging from Nicky Morgan to Futurologist Sophie Hackford. A special well done to our very own Miriam Kennedy, GDST Young Musician of the Year, who opened the Summit's reception.

It was an invigorating and thought-provoking conference, which left me more convinced than ever that the forward-thinking and fearless education we are providing in GDST schools for our girls really is more important than ever in preparing them for their futures. You can find out more about the themes of the conference on the GDST website.

There has been some coverage in the national press of late, revisiting the question of single sex vs co-educational schools and the relative merits of both, in the light of some boys’ schools choosing to admit girls. I generally feel these reductive articles are a bit depressing, as there is clearly room for both approaches in a rich and diverse educational offering in the UK; it is great that you have the choice as parents. I recently read an excellent piece by our Director of Innovation and Learning, Dr Kevin Stannard, which gave a much more nuanced view and which seems helpful to share in a quiet news week:

“It is generally accepted that girls and boys are different, and develop differently over adolescence. To be sure, there is a gender dimension to learning: in many cases a girl’s self-image, sense of worth, confidence, classroom behaviour, even subject choice and achievement, are all affected by the presence of boys.

Boys’ schools (and it is almost always boys’ schools) decide to admit girls for a variety of reasons, including the opportunity to boost student numbers and the chance to substitute bright girls for the tail of less able boys – guaranteeing a boost up the league tables. The educational arguments for co-ed are almost entirely about the advantages for boys. Indeed, the accumulated evidence is that boys benefit from having girls in the class; but there is no real evidence that girls benefit from having boys around.

It is not impossible for co-ed settings to ensure that girls and boys get equal opportunities, but putting children willy nilly into mixed settings does not in itself create gender equality. Teaching practices (like the nature of questioning and scaffolding), and curriculum choices (like topic options in Science, themes in History and texts in literature) need to be as accessible and interesting to girls as to boys; and the entire school culture needs to reflect and reinforce a gender equality agenda. Opening the door to girls does not solve the problem of inequality; in fact, it poses it anew.

Advocates for co-education insist that the best way of preparing young people for the world is for schools to be structured as exact facsimiles of that world. The trouble with co-ed apologetics is that it conflates gender blindness with gender equality. There is a danger that co-ed contexts simply inscribe societal inequalities and skewed gender stereotypes onto schools. Currently, girls are under-represented in Science subjects post-16 at most co-ed schools; girls continue to be subjected to low-level but persistent sexual harassment in mixed schools; girls show a much greater propensity to opt out of sports activities in mixed settings. In co-ed contexts, girls tend to be over-represented as participants in, but underrepresented among the leaders of, extra-curricular clubs and societies. At present, this largely reflects wider society; and schools do not exist to reflect and reinforce these inequalities.

We all want to prepare girls for a more equal world but structural inequalities remain, and this surely justifies attention to the education of girls as girls.

Female students live in the ‘real world’ on a daily basis with fathers, brothers and male friends. They do not need practice in co-ed contexts before being let loose on the world. They do need and deserve to be prepared for a world in which the rhetoric of equality too often collides with a very different reality. All girls' schools do not exist to bubble-wrap their pupils; they exist to inspire and enable young women to thrive in, as well as challenge and change, a society that is far from equal. In GDST schools, pupils receive an education that puts them front and centre and boosts their confidence, empowering them as they step-out into the world. They are taught to aim high, and to meet obstacles with resilience.” (‘The Myth of Normalcy’ by Dr Kevin Stannard).

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