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05/06/20

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Happy Friday why not work your way into the weekend with the quick but challenging plank challenge? Good core strength is vital, give it a go. https://t.co/luLDDHRYOS

04/06/20

What a brilliant, creative space, Izzy. https://t.co/qMHcpiiRAY

04/06/20

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Morning all community. Spend a few minutes joining the 50 club to get those endorphins buzzing today. https://t.co/P42UwLdnHb

03/06/20

Today's workout is perfect for the slightly cooler weather. Thank you https://t.co/NJejYU0hIX

02/06/20

Sounds glorious! https://t.co/NL566Fu8uc

02/06/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Perfect day for a picnic lunch in Reception https://t.co/8K3CZHK2B3

02/06/20

If playgrounds could smile... 🥰 https://t.co/9XuI9bg5JW

02/06/20

Lovely to see, and thank you for sharing 😊 https://t.co/TESYSzEvVk

02/06/20

A big, warm, Blackheath welcome back to many of our Reception, Year 1 & Year 6 girls today. Your energy and positivity is lighting up both schools, we are so happy to see you again. As always, thank you to parents for your patience and adaptability as we adjust to new challenges. https://t.co/a2tCFLebdp

01/06/20

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We had a thorough day of training and preparing today. Really looking forward to welcoming back more pupils into our school buildings tomorrow.

01/06/20

Here comes - and with it a lovely guide from on how to bring a slice of joy into every day of the month 💐 https://t.co/hEpAG2SXIn

01/06/20

Wow, Jasmin! Delighted to hear your sculpture has been selected by the Royal Academy for their summer exhibition. Well deserved indeed. https://t.co/5808YEfcHg

01/06/20

A truly unique challenge from today! https://t.co/UBV8jbuCRx

29/05/20

As the newly elected Head Girl Team takes the lead of the next academic year, our outgoing team give us their final thoughts and farewells. https://t.co/2H5JUk9wug https://t.co/J1kXv1yt2i

29/05/20

Retweeted From Westcomberesident

Hey, how about a few more Retweets for these amazing singers from and their rendition of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars. It’s brilliant! 👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/1i8wLB21UU

27/05/20

Looking for an exciting opportunity to use your event organisation, marketing and relationship building skills? We are recruiting for a Marketing Events & Alumnae Relations Officer - PT / Flexible Maternity Cover https://t.co/EomGqo8F41 https://t.co/ZUreKUmyUG

27/05/20

Even though Year 11 are unable to do their exams, it didn't stop Kai from creating this truly amazing animation entitled 'Hope'. https://t.co/jfryA4Zm2E https://t.co/tPLrG3QieN

26/05/20

Today’s Evening Standard featuring YR 6 pupil, Emma, and her BHS for NHS fundraising design. Well done, Emma! We are very proud of your community, creative and entrepreneurial spirit https://t.co/2XYbRhvmpT

25/05/20

As part of the English lessons via Guided Home Learning, Year 8 put together storyboards based on Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart', and they gave us some incredible results! https://t.co/jklGu5JqAx https://t.co/SvKxt3HUvR

22/05/20

In case you missed our stunning performance of Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars today - you can watch the winning music video here https://t.co/lYAwe4tcsi Well done - you absolute superstars Enjoy! https://t.co/9xUSF5Blk0

22/05/20

Huge congratulations to our very own ‘The Rolling Tones’ and 'Higgins Quartet' who have won the People's Choice Award in today’s ! Talk about ending the half-term on a high note! 🎤🥳 https://t.co/a2SjB6olNE

22/05/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Very moved to receive this lovely gift from parents thanking us for provision. Our honour ❤️ https://t.co/jCQM8B7oU0

22/05/20

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A Half Term Bingo challenge to keep the community in high spirits over the break. Keep active and enjoy! https://t.co/u04JDbPTAo

22/05/20

We can’t wait for the , the most anticipated music event of 2020, broadcasting live to girls around the country from 10am today! https://t.co/DeTFlfto0T

21/05/20

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Hands up if you need to engage your core muscles more 🙋‍♀️ sitting at the computer all day can lead to poor posture, a strong core can improve this - This challenge will only take a few minutes! https://t.co/VRGon8Gb0C

21/05/20

Hands up if you need to engage your core muscles more! Sitting at the computer all day can lead to poor posture, a strong core can improve this – today’s Fitness Forward challenge will only take a few minutes! https://t.co/nmEMdCO3WV

21/05/20

This is extremely fascinating to us as, unfortunately, records of the history of this part of our school (which we moved our Senior School & Sixth Form to in 1994, after it had been home to The Church Army since 1965) are limited. Please keep us updated on any discoveries!

21/05/20

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We hope you are all ready! Here's the link for easy access: https://t.co/zA5cLL7c6j https://t.co/enwoSLtnnc

20/05/20

Our students are excited to be some of the 20,000 young women taking part in the Inspiring Change Makers Summit tomorrow! You can download resources and watch videos ahead of the summit here: https://t.co/Od2hDhpfv2 https://t.co/2qrucJNAoW

20/05/20

It's and we are feeling especially grateful for our supportive community who remind us that we are appreciated throughout the year 🥰 https://t.co/vVwqwHwLT4

19/05/20

Only an hour to go until Mrs Gunton's melodic Kitchen Samba session! Follow the link below and make some music 🎶🎶 https://t.co/u1ouHCSPO7

19/05/20

Ella in Year 6 has created a bug hotel using an old wine box. Not only embracing the ‘reuse’ initiative, but also considering some of our smallest creatures that deserve a nice place to live too. Well done, Ella! https://t.co/zo4g63hM2U

19/05/20

Mrs Rosado has been using leftover tiles from the garage to make her rainbow in support of the NHS – it looks fab Mrs Rosado! https://t.co/CUXpZiPqPT

19/05/20

Some fabulous entries to the House Compettion have come in this week. Here, Betty in Year 6 has made this excellent message reminding us to ‘reuse’. Great work Betty! https://t.co/qUUgeOJbgT

18/05/20

Play your cards right! Another creative way to from https://t.co/eVWHAZn0xC

15/05/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Mrs W’s guided home learning task exceeding safe cuteness levels ! Next best thing to a hug ❤️ https://t.co/495oKkahDk

15/05/20

Get ready to tune in on the 22 May for the musical event of the summer! The first GDST Song Contest will be broadcast live to GDST girls around the country during the school day, so get your votes ready for Blackheath High! https://t.co/7V5hdSN4uo

15/05/20

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"I never doubted whether I was good enough or qualified enough, I just believed I was capable enough, and definitely taught me that" — Victoria Barnett's story. https://t.co/0YzSMee0Kv

15/05/20

Stay mindful and take care of yourselves over the weekend. https://t.co/FxIM24Cp0V

15/05/20

Incredible work is still coming in for the House Competition. Resha, Yr 6 reused a Pringles pack, old jeans and buttons to make a pen holder, Really useful! https://t.co/F3Y11lIbg0

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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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