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25/01/21

Retweeted From GDSTSkills

Brilliant opportunity for currently at university to learn more about maintaining motivation. Other events in the series focus on areas such as positivity and confidence. Register below. https://t.co/xL5eSBsU1Q

25/01/21

We can’t wait Looking forward to seeing all the entries for the Blackheath High 👩‍🍳 https://t.co/nJ05aMxGOR

25/01/21

After learning about the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, the friendship between Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace, Year 8S students researched fossils and they drew/painted the ones they found most interesting. Great job girls! https://t.co/EtMrKTQZXN

25/01/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Happy Burns Night! Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it; But we hae meat, and we can eat, And sae let the Lord be thankit. https://t.co/6Yyo6lIJJZ

25/01/21

Our Head in today's on the importance of wellbeing for students and staff during this time of school closures: https://t.co/4gMrLp5Jnc

25/01/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Look what I received in the post! https://t.co/SmOdbwMW3j

25/01/21

Fantastic work, Orla! https://t.co/9Ua4kuhgIT

25/01/21

Great work 6B! https://t.co/n6SgVuwyH1

25/01/21

Year 1 and Year 3 live PE classes in action. Key worker pupils in school enjoy working out together with their class buddies at home. https://t.co/lg90US8DzJ

22/01/21

The Nursery girls in school have been particularly enjoying catching up with all their friends and getting back to what they like best - playing! https://t.co/WkINvRYqay

22/01/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A brilliant 15 minute skipping challenge for you today from the Fitness Forward challenge. Why not give it a go either today or over the weekend https://t.co/qKxV7PTKI3

22/01/21

Year 10s have been learning about the characteristics of Expressionism and getting very creative as they explore how directors use lighting, sound and music to create atmosphere. Amazing what our GCSE drama students have created, using just what they have at home! https://t.co/AljeZGpDJt

21/01/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Juniors Guided Home Learning with Miss McQuater bringing maths to life. https://t.co/Ag5IhfzGka

21/01/21

Brilliant, Mrs Gunton! https://t.co/Ne0ht19ofT

21/01/21

Retweeted From Mrs Richards MCCT 👩‍🔬

Thrilled that ex-DCI Steve Gaskin has been kind enough to record some sessions for my lucky 'Forensic Science - Inside the Mind of a Murderer' enrichment students. This afternoon will be 'Offender Profiling' https://t.co/cLznsjc6YS

21/01/21

In today's assembly, we reflected on the power of kindness, thinking about what we can do to support people in our community and taking inspiration from others. Proud of everyone in our school community who have done incredible things to support others in recent times https://t.co/ofoHuQCYN6

20/01/21

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last”. An inspiration to girls everywhere. Congratulations Vice President Harris 💫 https://t.co/iPIZ7WTfKA

19/01/21

Another brilliant discussing 'How To Be A Tech Role Model For Your Child'. We've emailed parents a registration link... https://t.co/VB7jZCwZzs

19/01/21

Brilliant! Look forward to hearing all about it https://t.co/42xHeRyZU6

19/01/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Our most recent presentation for parents in the series is now available to watch. alumna, Professor Abi Gewirtz, shares her expertise on how to talk to your child when the world feels like a scary place. 👉 https://t.co/P95qdNVFu9

19/01/21

Our key worker children in school working hard and enjoying in their daily fitness session. Well done girls! 🤸 https://t.co/XjX9HDLlMC

18/01/21

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18/01/21

Beautiful sunrise over Blackheath this morning ☀️ https://t.co/ZaB3iBcwbW

18/01/21

Looking to take-up running in 2021? Another brilliant Fitness Forward Challenge from to start the week 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/L22p9QpOi3

18/01/21

Fascinating whole school assembly this morning from on the superpower of introverts. Very inspiring way to start off a new week https://t.co/X3fMmnMVsb

15/01/21

Great work girls! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/Tj6GhN9x6L

15/01/21

Why not try our Fitness Forward challenge this weekend? Choose your favourite songs and give it a go 💃 https://t.co/usUQPA1kZb

15/01/21

Our Wollstonecraft Lecture Series continues in lockdown with sharing fascinating insights about her career as an Aerospace Design Engineer, which has taken her around the world and includes designing cockpits for Hawks used by the Red Arrows! https://t.co/NNKACGBmAw

15/01/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed attending the Virtual Junior Citizenship session this week! It was a great opportunity for them to learn about citizenship and life skills directly from the experts. https://t.co/HfdqASgDXp

15/01/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

The nicest part of my day/week/2021 so far was popping in Yr5’s end of day Teams meeting with .I’m going to be photo-bombing ( or whatever the video/Teams equivalent is ) every year group on a regular basis. Look out !

15/01/21

Retweeted From The Halo Code 👸🏾

Seems like we have 4/25 of the wonderful GDST schools signed up to the Halo Code! Would love to see the others follow in these schools’ footsteps and 👸🏾👸🏽👸🏿 https://t.co/1W2N58voJW

15/01/21

Hi Florence 👋🐶 https://t.co/jKFjMS8Hgb

14/01/21

Inspiring assembly at the start of the year from our Head of Futures, Ms Day, on setting goals for 2021 and when thinking about future careers. We discussed the importance of reflection and setting S.M.A.R.T goals to make them much more achievable. 👏👏 https://t.co/5rY8bmzz5u

11/01/21

Another sneak peak at our virtual assembly this morning to celebrate our 140th birthday 🎉 https://t.co/Rvd2ygwQiU

11/01/21

We are so proud of all the eco commitments made by our school community to celebrate our 140th birthday. Fantastic to see everyone come together as a force for change. 🎂 https://t.co/n4eV9s0lzY

08/01/21

Merci Madame Moriseau for a wonderfully uplifting Early Years French lesson for our nursery girls. Fun with singing and learning healthy fruit - all in French. Fantastique! https://t.co/6ywbvdYQeq

08/01/21

Excellent work, Shelby! Well done to all teachers and students for this week. Have a well-deserved restful weekend.

08/01/21

Retweeted From Mrs Richards MCCT 👩‍🔬

Reviewing quantitative chemistry with Y10. Straight on it and some great work submitted, this is from Shelby. Great end to the week. Well done everyone ! https://t.co/aJ3pw3g3uK

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September 21

60 seconds with Mr Henderson, Deputy Head (Academic)

From a London orchestra and music publisher to Deputy Head, Steven Henderson tells us all about himself.

Tell us about yourself

A lot of very committed professionals work hard to help our girls to achieve their many successes. My role is to make sure everyone can do their best work so that each girl excels herself academically.

Tell us about your career path.

I started at Blackheath High School at the start of this term – just in time for the unveiling of the new senior school. I have been teaching girls for 21 years in a range of schools, teaching boys as well for most of that time. After university I worked for a London orchestra and a music publisher as well as doing some professional singing work. Before coming to Blackheath High School I led academic departments, was a Director of Music and then an Assistant Head in a boarding school in Nottingham. 

How does your previous experience benefit the school?

I have taught in a range of schools: state-maintained and independent schools; academically selective and less so; rural, urban, creative, sporty. I have seen the fundamental mechanics of effective learning working just about the same in different settings, but only the really special places achieve this with heart and spirit as well.

What do you like most about your job?

That’s easy. It’s the moment when a student suddenly sees the world from a whole new perspective. It is a phenomenal privilege to witness the brilliant work that our students and teachers do.

What makes working here at a school so rewarding and enjoyable?

The happy, kind, positive energy of the whole community, which is palpable.

What has been your biggest achievement as a teacher in a school?

A conductor makes no sound and must enable all the musicians to give their best. Others often point to orchestral and choral concerts I have conducted as big achievements, but these are easy to see. I think my bigger achievements have actually been behind the scenes, leading improvements so that everyone can achieve well academically – the less obvious things like school timetables, reports, assessment and feedback on learning.

What has been your biggest challenge as a teacher in a school?

Accepting that everything changes constantly in education. Once I understood this, being adaptable became a way of life. I became a better teacher when I realised that adaptability would be essential even if governments and exam boards were not regularly changing things. It is exciting that every child is an individual whose mind is growing and developing in unique ways all the time - and the world they are growing into is progressing and changing just as much.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

At the moment I am doing lots of DIY in my new home, but I am hoping to be able to get back to some cycling training soon and some singing and composing.

Tell us something surprising about yourself

I have been supporting Cheltenham Town FC since they joined the Football League in 1999.

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