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10/07/20

Our teachers are a talented bunch, but who knew that Mr Barnett is a former figure skater with experience in global championships? Read more here: https://t.co/Glij6v7c4t https://t.co/qrj466iE4y

07/07/20

This is lovely, thank you so much for pausing and doing something positive & thoughtful for our shared ecosystem https://t.co/sCC5rjVKI2

07/07/20

If only everyone's Tuesday could be a Disco Day. Reception have the right idea 👩‍🎤🧑‍🎤🎙️ https://t.co/sYhbrDyj5O

06/07/20

Thank you for sharing, and 😊 https://t.co/yEEb4NwMDo

06/07/20

During 2020 our entire school community has risen to new challenges & our resilient spirit has prevailed. We have also been shortlisted for both Best Girls’ School & Prep School of the Year. Register for our 26 September Virtual Open Day to find out why: https://t.co/PztNcGmzCP https://t.co/bo6bFaSjxC

03/07/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A quick fire workout to get you through to the weekend https://t.co/N1QKffW4cS

02/07/20

We hope our Year 7 of 2020 are as excited to start as we are to welcome them ☺️ https://t.co/aibwb3ZWta

02/07/20

Welcome back Year 3! https://t.co/FAC2PPfWCX

02/07/20

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Blast your way through the rest of the week with this quick workout Get your heart bumping and body moving https://t.co/vf5Ctc5A8v

02/07/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

So nice to drop in on our and Year 5s enjoying our Senior School . Looking very mature and studious! https://t.co/M3eTlX1456

01/07/20

Quite the achievement - well done girls, and thank you for keeping us moving throughout the summer term! A real bunch of superstars 💫💫💫 https://t.co/fCYvANewMm

01/07/20

A short and snappy workout for Wednesday morning from https://t.co/7eZ5XfylZa

30/06/20

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Hydration, hydration, hydration! Something we should spend more time ensuring Try this challenge to see if you are usually hydrated! https://t.co/eUIPaYFyDs

29/06/20

🎼The countdown to the premiere of our Summer Concert has begun! Still time to check you have popcorn in stock before the music starts at 6pm tomorrow: https://t.co/rE03SFl1JJ

29/06/20

A lot to look forward to in Sixth Form. https://t.co/wlPyR25s4D

29/06/20

Creating new and healthy habits can be a real challenge - do you drink enough water? 🌊 https://t.co/6KFI3nlwL0

26/06/20

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Try this 10 minute challenge to kick start your weekend Get it done! https://t.co/D9uPqp7LKb

25/06/20

Our Taster Morning experience this Saturday is so close we are ‘virtually’ there! There’s still time to register for those interested in joining Year 7 in 2021: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/634W4gu0ZJ

24/06/20

For anyone still needing to wake up today, this challenge is for you! https://t.co/yIVVTZQg0f

24/06/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very good of to arrange such beautiful weather for me to greet our smiling girls at juniors this morning - I’m sure gate duty is like this all year round 🤣☔️ https://t.co/w8DqKV1U64

24/06/20

A wonderful example of Guided Home Learning - top work Misha. https://t.co/BWkRTqUy2R

23/06/20

We’re trying something a little bit different, join us this Saturday to see Blackheath High School through the eyes of a Senior School student. Year 5 girls and their parents can register here: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/f8ovlUjnAq

23/06/20

A huge well-done to everyone involved in the Virtual Senior School Sports Day. It's incredible seeing the Blackheath community keeping fit and supporting each other during lockdown. https://t.co/os9Y7YiiTq

22/06/20

Push, push Tilly 💪 - a great sports day effort! https://t.co/YdwGZJNMRN

22/06/20

Great work girls! https://t.co/ulXQEMs4DI

22/06/20

Good work on the 15km, Kate, and good luck on the dismount 🚴🏅 https://t.co/l6BZ3RO9fQ

22/06/20

Bonus points for puppy compliance 👍👍 https://t.co/1k6mR7Vd1e

22/06/20

Brilliant. Good to see a family effort bright and early on this beautiful Monday ☀️ https://t.co/cRrKUD3Nna

22/06/20

Let's get a tally going! Join in with Sports Day and let's see how many kilometres can we collectively walk, run or cycle today. https://t.co/VE5kYBmlt8

20/06/20

Discover more about Blackheath High Senior School. Register today for our Virtual Taster Morning for Year 5 girls and their parents: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/Cb70Zem8j8

19/06/20

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Why not see how many of the world's most famous buildings you can climb over the weekend https://t.co/VcWtm3AKkb

18/06/20

Well done indeed https://t.co/P68CDctPWa

18/06/20

We are always proud of our students, and it’s always special when they are recognised by others for how brightly they shine ⭐️ So well done to Ezinne in Year 13 for being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy

17/06/20

Not long now! https://t.co/9lpulHqkKz

16/06/20

Are you considering joining our Year 7 in 2021? Register for our Virtual Taster Morning to sample lessons, take part in a live Q&A panel, and experience our all-new virtual tour for the first time: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/zEzisL0RYr

16/06/20

Delicioso! 🇪🇸 https://t.co/wASOIV4NvO

13/06/20

Immerse yourself in the world of a Blackheath High Senior School student, register for our Virtual Taster Morning for girls in Year 5 and their parents on 27 June, today: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/7uyvjfiChV

12/06/20

A great photo of Safari featured in the - so pleased she’s happy to be back 😊 https://t.co/fWPq8hLODz

12/06/20

Thank you - we are delighted that Safari has settled back in so well! https://t.co/QPH2eGjB6c https://t.co/Ylt2pdrct5

12/06/20

We had some tremendous feedback from the girls which was hugely appreciated, thank you!

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December 11

Spotlight on Chemistry

How long have you been teaching Chemistry at Blackheath High School?

I have been teaching Chemistry at Blackheath High School for 11 years. Two years as Head of Chemistry and nine years as Head of Science.

Can you tell me about your background?

I was born here in London but my heritage is Turkish Cypriot. I have always enjoyed the Sciences even from a young age and was always fascinated at how they explain the way the world around us works. After my GCSE, I moved naturally into my A-levels and it was surprisingly a close call between Economic and Chemistry to read at university. I chose Chemistry in the end as I enjoyed the practical element more than just book study.

I undertook my undergraduate degree in pure Chemistry at the University of Kent at Canterbury and continued to my PhD as I was still fascinated by particular aspects of materials, specifically polymers. The PhD was simultaneously the most enjoyable and challenging experience of my academic life, I recommend it to any student who is really passionate about their subject. It is an opportunity to do amazing independent research, driven solely by your own ideas. During my time as a postgraduate I was required to teach undergraduates, and this is where my interest in teaching sparked. Within a year or so of completing my PhD I began teacher training and have never looked back.

What is covered in Chemistry? What are your students working on at the moment?

Chemistry fundamentally is the science of materials. It is about gases, liquids and solids; how they interact and how they may be made. In fact it is the study of all materials and is vital to every aspect of your lives. From the moment you are born and throughout your life you are surrounded by Chemistry; in the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear. Think about plastics, pesticides and drugs; fireworks, fuels and explosives. Chemistry is, literally, everywhere.

Chemistry covers the fundamentals from the atomic, electronic and bonding structures of all substances. To specific areas of reactions, energy changes, rate, equilibrium, organic materials and use of the earth’s resources.

Currently The Year 13 students are studying Entropy and Gibbs free energy. This shows how the universe tends towards disorder and how you can calculate the likely hood of a reaction actually occurring spontaneously.

Year 12 are looking at trends in the periodic table and linking this to bonding and structure

Year 11 groups are covering the topic of the use of earth’s resources. This looks at purification of water, sustainability, Life cycle assessment and the elements of reduce, reuse and recycling of materials. One Year 11 group is looking at the % yield and atom economy of reactions, which is all about how efficient reactions are with resources.

Is it a popular choice of subject?

The subject has always been very popular over my whole time at the school. We usually have about a third of Year 12 and Year 13 doing the subject.

What are the benefits of studying this subject?

Chemistry and the chemical sciences open up a world of possibilities and expand your choices. No matter how the world changes in the 21st century, Chemistry will always be at the centre of science and at the heart of life. Training in chemistry or the chemical sciences gives you the skills needed for a wide range of careers, which it opens up to you. It is very analytical, logical and involves lots of problem solving. It gives you a keen sense of the truthfulness of data presented to you. There are lots of abstract concepts which really challenge students to think. It also teaches students how to research information and present that in an appropriate way.

What are the benefits of studying Chemistry at Blackheath High School? What is unique about Chemistry here?

The benefits of the subject here at Blackheath High School are.

  • Excellent teaching staff who are very experienced
  • Tutorial style teaching with discussion
  • Small class sizes
  • Lots of support
  • Lots of hands on skills.
  • Ability to run societies on personal interests supported by the department

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

Students obviously enjoy the practical elements of the course most of all. They also enjoy the topic of organic Chemistry.

 

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