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23/07/19

Rising stars in Year 11 have impressed across the board in their work experience placements. Read more here: https://t.co/p4KwFMEaex

19/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

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19/07/19

"The only barriers are ones you have built yourself". Great advice from Apple in Year 12 on how to make the most of your summer break to step out of your comfort zone and look after yourself https://t.co/P3idC5w8hk

16/07/19

When you leave Blackheath High School, you become a member of the GDST's 70,000 strong alumnae network. It’s hard to pick just one winner for the 2019 Alumna of the Year - but you can read through the shortlist and cast your vote here: https://t.co/CNGBmhMJVa

10/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Bye bye and Nurse Sue https://t.co/JdgibYNPBy

10/07/19

It's not the end of term without the school song! Happy holidays to all 😃 https://t.co/Mh413rOBKs

09/07/19

It's always a joy to have alumnae back in school to inspire and encourage us. Thank you for speaking at Prize Giving https://t.co/0YN1Pp7LTD

08/07/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A lovely sunny morning for our last rowing session of this year ☀️🙌🏻🚣🏼‍♀️ https://t.co/cw4ynFu5td

08/07/19

Retweeted From CRUK Blackheath shop

Enormous thanks to kindly donating all the proceeds from facepainting at their recent camp night. Such a kind & generous gesture enormously appreciated by 💖🤩😘🤜🤛💫💥🌸 https://t.co/AjbOPfU32A

08/07/19

No amount of rain could dampen spirits at the camp night over the weekend!

04/07/19

Incredible! https://t.co/pHOsUZUhNe

03/07/19

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Great to visit students from and doing work experience today. Students asked brilliant questions to vice chairman Edward Bonham Carter who encouraged them to be resilient, flexible and curious https://t.co/X7mzoSkjhy

03/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

council proudly displaying their potato harvest from the playground planters (courtesy ) . Owen of will be cooking them for lunch tomorrow produce! https://t.co/LQpHw9cw2t

03/07/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Last HIIT of the term , and you all absolutely smashed it! 💪✌️🙌 Well done for all your hard work and commitment to Wednesday morning fitness. Keep up the TABATAS over the summer! 🌞 https://t.co/epGlWitvvr

02/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Only ..a moving performance 🤣 https://t.co/YY0fpyWAOv

02/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

summer concert - pure joy! https://t.co/fU4Oy5ooZK

02/07/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

What a concert! Well done - totally unforgettable! https://t.co/KGxqZhIdWC

02/07/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Ready for another wonderful concert in a beautiful venue https://t.co/0twkknaYyY

02/07/19

Retweeted From Hollie Pearne-Webb

We can not underestimate the importance of sport and the benefits that we get from it.We need more media coverage of Womens sport so that girls get to see the amazing female role models that are out there and don't give up on sport themselves.

02/07/19

As we rally behind the , our Head, Carol Chandler-Thompson, talks to The about how an increase in awareness of women’s sport must begin with girls at school https://t.co/gKvga9cDXc

02/07/19

Retweeted From Hollie Pearne-Webb

Thank you for having me! I had a wonderful evening celebrating with you all!

02/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

inspiring evening. ❤️our Junior https://t.co/ymfLcM2QFv

02/07/19

Retweeted From Alexandra Anderson

What a fantastic evening watching so many talented girls collecting their sports awards. So proud to watch my daughter pick up a hockey award from Doesn’t get better than that! https://t.co/VyFlPgbKES

02/07/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Thank you ⁦⁩ for an inspiring message to all our ⁦⁩ sportswomen this evening - celebrate your successes and be able to acknowledge your strengths. Well done ⁦⁩ on a fab evening 🏆🤸🏾‍♂️🤸🏻‍♀️🏏🎽🏐🏑 https://t.co/vjNx9qdax7

01/07/19

It's been a great year for sport at Blackheath High, and we can't wait to celebrate our students' achievements at the Sports Awards Dinner with Olympic gold medallist this evening.

01/07/19

Well done and good luck to Sydney who will be starting her highly sought-after placement this week. https://t.co/kQMfTpdQPn

01/07/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

Thank you 4 a most fabulous prom & giving our girls a really special evening. Have watched these girls grow, thrive & prosper into such happy, confident & awesome women. Thank you 4 their amazing education, your care, support & superb teaching 🙏🏼 https://t.co/yIAeudQc30

01/07/19

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison

sixth form ball silent disco ❤️ https://t.co/DknoejVR6G

01/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

having a lovely picnic with little sisters, brothers, grandparents and parents https://t.co/5tclbG2KRf

28/06/19

Let the Tug-o-war commence! https://t.co/pJuVGfS9wQ

28/06/19

First rounders match of the afternoon, go girls! https://t.co/8sGeizE2zx

28/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Now time for the house cricket and rounders competitions ❤️💛💚💙 https://t.co/uh9JouXpTS

28/06/19

Exhausted and having a break in the midday sun. Great job already girls! https://t.co/ERgY4HR0cK

28/06/19

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And we’re off! Let’s go sports day!! Best day of the year! https://t.co/JsfQ8UfWYB

28/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

House spirit in full force 💛❤️💚💙 https://t.co/Xi8Cl1IqIp

28/06/19

Great supportive energy and spirit already on Sports Day today! https://t.co/QBNZIjTB6S

27/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Shaken not stirred? Loving Junior orchestra getting ready for next week’s summer concert. https://t.co/G2pr1dF5ph

27/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

What a great afternoon for the Year 3 cricket teams who played some friendly games of turbo cricket with Blackheath Prep. A fun afternoon in the sun for everyone 💪🏻🏏☀️ https://t.co/q78z2DwTRl

27/06/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

Spotted this female Holly Blue butterfly taking a rest on the nettles in our wildlife area this afternoon . https://t.co/8ZKtTP3DWF

27/06/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

Butterflies inside and out here today . Our Painted Lady caterpillars have become chrysalides (here's one caught on camera, 2nd from left). It's at this stage that the extraordinary process of metamorphosis happens. https://t.co/JYpTMPlcEw

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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.

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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