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15/04/19

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Recognise one of our girls here! One of many who love Roundabout. https://t.co/7ndf5DEZy9

10/04/19

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Interested in a career in medicine and looking for work experience? Useful tips here on writing a cover letter to stand out and increase your chance of getting a placement https://t.co/01zazmaWxO via

08/04/19

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loved it. https://t.co/I2Eyqipj78

08/04/19

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Our lovely sixth form students on our dinner cruise after a busy day of travelling and rehearsing. https://t.co/ziu2HenapL

08/04/19

Well done on your concert in Prague ladies! https://t.co/63YBdTikGB

04/04/19

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We’ve safely made it to Prague and are having a short rehearsal before our dinner cruise tonight. https://t.co/RZ3KbLteJA

04/04/19

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Jood & Rachael representing Vanbrugh in the House debate. It’s so great to hear the students airing such well thought out opinions https://t.co/GD1agEaxOf

04/04/19

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Great standard of debate in the House debate this afternoon https://t.co/Lvk0ckwIIf

04/04/19

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Really good inter-house debating this afternoon . Strong arguments, strong rhetoric. https://t.co/2EWbaO1XHI

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. So proud of our junior girls joining their Senior “sisters” on 10km walk. No whingers just ninjas in Yr6 - we all made it back! https://t.co/KOCgCMdKnX

04/04/19

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We did it!!! 10K walk to raise money for campaign. https://t.co/KBROraCccC

04/04/19

Of course it didn't! If anything it added atmosphere to our already iconic surroundings. Well done all. https://t.co/uqGJ56yFE8

04/04/19

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Small matter of some April showers .. no problem! 10k walk well underway 🌦😊 https://t.co/ZBd05rXMgE

04/04/19

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Thank you for your support! We're cheering you on👏 https://t.co/ee9eBF9TrW

04/04/19

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And we’re off! whole school 10km quick year 6&7 photo 🙌🏻 https://t.co/Rsi4d8lymC

04/04/19

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🍀Good luck to all the today from school yr6 & seniors doing a 10k sponsored walk to the & back 4 woowee! Support make a difference, these girls are awesome! 💫🏃‍♀️✨💥 good luck all!! https://t.co/sZ9eN2FKxE

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Well someone’s keen to start the walk! https://t.co/Fo9cJYxwJF

04/04/19

Glad to see they found some sunshine too ☀️ https://t.co/PPT7nvq2cg

04/04/19

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Great Theatre Trip to see the inspiring https://t.co/RYA1MiJi29

04/04/19

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So proud of Maria’s success in the GDST Creative Writing Competition. The girls were captivated as she read to them! ⁦⁦https://t.co/o4FGBXsC5M

03/04/19

Congratulations on a great term of netball! https://t.co/6kigFkjmZA

03/04/19

Blissful! https://t.co/bC6oDqCT4o

03/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

I love this campaign. Too often, I meet 10 year olds who have had to campaign to play football alongside the boys at primary school.. thankfully not an issue schools where all sports are for girls: The Telegraph's Girls, Inspired campaign explained https://t.co/AGqysH1q5A

03/04/19

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Congratulations to everyone who performed tonight in the Spring Concert. A wonderful polished programme of delights ahead of the Prague tour.

02/04/19

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This fab event is the first week back after Easter so make sure you don't get caught out ... book that babysitter and bring on the belly laughs! Tickets available now at https://t.co/v1vgr90Niu, contact us here or at bhsachairs.com if you want to bag a table https://t.co/7IdwpVoPgI

01/04/19

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Feeling 😇 to live and work in such a beautiful location - truly good for the soul! https://t.co/Xk58oKQIvh

28/03/19

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What a pleasure to welcome more than 40 to Juniors today for lunch, music and tours. “Blackheath High made me the woman I am today” https://t.co/ta8zSLRSrZ

28/03/19

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What a great match to end our U14 hockey team’s impressive season! The camaraderie these girls have created is admirable. Well done to you all for such a solid performance against strong opposition, St Dunstan’s. POM: Beni! https://t.co/IC8b6XKePY

28/03/19

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The U12 hockey team finished the season off in style with ah great match against LPGS. Well done for a fantastic first year of hockey 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/WcV5vcc78W

26/03/19

Yesterday, The French Department took two students (Valerie and Zoë) to the regional final of the MFL Spelling Bee. They did fantastically well and performed brilliantly under pressure. Congratulations girls! https://t.co/3VzOkQvqYN

25/03/19

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Junior School Council made the Florence lunchtime walking rota happen. Top work Ceri- risk assessment and rota in place! And a squirrel did appear... 🐿 https://t.co/1VAdFFzc6R

25/03/19

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Watch girls from around the UK & Wales performing at for our Young Choir of the Year 2019. https://t.co/Bpes5UNras

25/03/19

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Watch out for Blackheath High ⁦⁩ ⁦ https://t.co/llnbcEejLv

22/03/19

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Could not be more proud of these girls 👏👏👏 https://t.co/1VQwOs4bKA

20/03/19

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Only https://t.co/E7py150P2l

20/03/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Loved watching year 10 at work in our beautiful art studios yesterday https://t.co/eAFGC2PyYZ

19/03/19

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girls here https://t.co/p7BwGxeI1R

18/03/19

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The U14 netballers performed brilliantly to come 2nd in the Greenwich Schools tournament this afternoon. Misa was awarded Player if the Tournament out of the players there which is a fantastic accomplishment 👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/Bkz4zLhGyv

18/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

popped in for lunch with Reception today. Guesses on our Head’s age ranged from 17 to 88. And they all liked her necklace 🤣🤣 https://t.co/JDMzIQFDp2

18/03/19

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enjoying the conference https://t.co/40AG3xdfCW

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March 12

Spotlight on Junior Music

The Head of Junior Music Mrs Coles tells us about the popularity of Music within Blackheath High Junior School and how the variety can be beneficial for our girls.

How long have you been teaching Junior Music at Blackheath High School?

I have been running the music department at Juniors since 2011.

Can you tell us about your background?

I am a Law graduate, having studied at Cambridge University and the College of Law in London. My career side-stepped when I took a decision not to continue with Law and started working in a school as a part-time music teacher and admissions secretary. An opportunity to run a music department came up and I haven’t looked back since.That was 2004 and I gained QTS as a general primary teacher a few years later. I’ve always enjoyed teaching the whole curriculum, but specialising in music.

I started learning piano aged 4, began cello at aged 7 and was a chorister throughout university. Music was always a huge part of my life – as a teenager I would get up at 5.30am in the mornings to practise for an hour or so before school and then later in the day would practise for two hours after school. It was a regular part of my routine and my family were very patient! When I was 16 my piano tutor lived two hours’ drive away. Saturdays were spent on the M6; my father would drive me there, wait while I had a two hour lesson and then drive me back again. I will always be hugely grateful for the opportunities I was given.

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

The variety is huge – there is always some element of music being studied in KS1 (rhythm, beat, melody) often accompanied with dancing and percussion instruments. Music lessons need to be active and colourful, especially in a Junior School. Further up the school, girls begin to hone their listening skills and start to learn about composition and history of music. At the moment, Years 5 and 6 are working on four chord pop songs using Garageband on their iPads. Year 2 are coming towards the end of their string taster scheme and will perform to their parents at the end of March (8.45am on 29 March), Year 5 and 6 both have Tea Time Concerts coming up which provide an opportunity for girls to perform as soloists to an audience. The KS2 Choir is preparing for Bromley Music Festival in a week’s time and will be competing in a choral class. We’re also hugely looking forward to Chamber Choir performing in the final of the GDST Young Choir of the Year at Cadogan Hall.

Is it a popular choice of subject?

Yes. Music lessons are generally good fun. Choirs and instrumental groups are always a popular choice of club. There are hundreds of individual instrumental lessons taking part every week as well. We know it’s going well when we can hear girls singing as they walk through the school or watch them practising a dance or clapping routine outside in the playground.

What are the benefits of studying this subject?

These are well-documented but music really is a holistic subject and its benefits are numerous. Confidence building; social and communication skills; counting; reading; expression; coordination; maturity; listening skills; patience; perseverance; the list is lengthy.

Learning an instrument gives children the opportunity to pursue something that is not compulsory and therefore, they have to find a motivation for doing it. That can be to play like a parent, sibling or relative, or like an instrumentalist they’ve seen in a concert or rehearsal. There has to be a degree of understanding of how to play and enjoyment of it, but the more children practise, the better they get and then that cycle continues onwards. It can become the aspect of their life they take pride in which is incredibly important as children grow up. At some point, practising an instrument will always have its more boring days and becomes a chore. This is when many children (and parents) want to give up. But if I had a pound for every time an adult expresses regret at having given up learning an instrument as a child…the trick is to keep going and work out how to make practice part of a daily routine. Childhood is a much easier time to learn an instrument than trying to come back to it as an adult.

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

Both Mrs Gunton and I place huge emphasis on enjoyment and inclusion in music at Blackheath. In other circles, music can become a little elitist and inaccessible. Blackheath knows and respects the place music has in all our lives and the joy it can bring.

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

This is as individual as every girl in our school – music is highly personal. At Juniors, performance is always a highlight – singing and dancing in an enthusiastic and hard-working group will never fail to raise smiles. The combination of the part of the brain used to memorise music and songs, excitement and nerves from performance, means that these lock into girls’ memories. I remember almost every performance throughout my life and I hope that between Senior and Junior music, Mrs Gunton and I are creating fantastic memories for these girls to hold on to for years to come.

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