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16/11/19

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Thanks for a fizzing, popping evening Great crowd and delicious munchies! 🙌 (photo taken by Meltem of year 7) https://t.co/VZnpaJjqvT

16/11/19

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Huge thanks to everyone who braved the showers and came along to the first Fireworks Night, especially all the fantastic helpers. Lots of great feedback so hopefully a regular addition to the calendar 👍 🎆 Keep an eye out for Christmas stuff, coming soon!

15/11/19

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Thank you 5B for sharing your hopes and dreams in assembly this morning ⁦ https://t.co/MgnkNaz22i

15/11/19

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A connection is one that lasts for life. Earlier this year from & met up to celebrate 's "exquisitely beautiful" choral work, Beati Quorum Via (Homage to Stanford). We love that you continue to support each other 💞 So special! https://t.co/wVnBQ8zwOF

15/11/19

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Loved having a tour of this morning. What a stunning school! Thanks for having me over! https://t.co/RLBpjoO7dY

15/11/19

We are pleased to see our initiative, which since 2011 has provided funding for 200 students from local schools to study GCSE Astronomy at the Royal Observatory, featured in this ISC report (pg.9) https://t.co/cIBeMcq7yb

14/11/19

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Great morning at the Lloyds’ Women Of The Future event. Good to see the GDST students from Blackheath High School here plus other GDST students. Excellent networking, folks! https://t.co/l4sVJU9UV0

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

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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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