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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

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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

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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

18/03/19

Enjoy the conference girls - such a wonderful opportunity. https://t.co/5TDA9ooxXC

15/03/19

To mark the end of a successful , Freya in yr 13 writes brilliantly about how Science and Art complement each other, and how they can be empowering. https://t.co/OumUzj5uws https://t.co/lr1V6diAV9

15/03/19

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Happy Red Nose Day from https://t.co/0dl6ar7k1p

14/03/19

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Lots of exciting and explosive science action here for Blackheath High School's STEAM Week 2019 and British Science Week - here's some elephant's toothpaste. The ceiling is safe (this time!) https://t.co/9rtzn2b23F

14/03/19

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Great teamwork as our Year 11 forensic scientists investigate the clues. Who stole the mock exam papers and exactly what happened here? https://t.co/fAxoSbiKrI

13/03/19

To show that our girls are still in awe of their new school, a bunch of our Yr 9s used their creativity to take these incredible photographs. https://t.co/WgsqNXjM1w https://t.co/EL4t3lD3VF

12/03/19

Tasty Science! Our British Science Week Science Club kicked off by making vanilla and strawberry ice cream. https://t.co/tOMI385vRr

12/03/19

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A fabulous second half featured Phantom of the Opera read in original French & sung to Lloyd-Webber's music, talks & performances from Wuthering Heights, galvinism, Frankenstein & Dracula and a wonderful animated film. https://t.co/RwL8cwVoJR

12/03/19

"Two things are for certain: education does not exist in a vacuum and social media is here to stay." https://t.co/O9NGQT9Fq5 Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson, head at , writing for the .

12/03/19

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"Two things are for certain: education does not exist in a vacuum and social media is here to stay." https://t.co/LxqExNtkAa Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson, head at , writing for the .

12/03/19

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Am excited to be on the panel for tomorrow - and I just spotted this ad for my old school... I was REALLY lucky to attend an school and this advert tells you a lot about why I grew into the woman I am. https://t.co/ruwv3pJWOX

12/03/19

❤️ Thank you for sharing

12/03/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Curiosities and mysteries abound so far at Gothic Evening tonight https://t.co/26zZwabZSQ

11/03/19

This week is and to celebrate technology our Head, talks to about her vision to teach online safety, prepare students for the future & harness social media as a tool to make the world a better place https://t.co/arVRNKFqmO

08/03/19

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We were very excited to be invited to do a talk today to girls & to receive a very warm welcome & to find that there was loads more going on 4 as well as on more generally 😍😍 https://t.co/60rP97RM0a

08/03/19

To celebrate , we held a selection of events throughout the week that included a screening of 'He named me Malala', a talk about The Feminist Library and a lecture by Magda Oldziejewska. https://t.co/4GyjXG4WPW

08/03/19

Looking forward to hosting and for a talk and guest exhibition on the life and work of Mary https://t.co/TGVitGtpzc

08/03/19

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Where girls learn without limits. Lois, received an Olivier Award for a West End production of School of Rock, student of https://t.co/g1H7hJnRt0 https://t.co/VUlzFeDJUz

07/03/19

Today we welcomed a plethora of special guests from Millicent Fawcett & Emmeline Pankhurst, to Margaret Atwood's Offred. Even Cruella de Vil and her 101 Dalmatians couldn't keep away Happy everyone! https://t.co/sJYZkMuUTJ

07/03/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great standard of play at the rally today - doing an awesome job on the table! https://t.co/kWHvwMni37

07/03/19

Looking and full of Blackheath High Magic 🧙‍♀️ https://t.co/OHvUX5WwS1

07/03/19

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07/03/19

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Great to see one of our students in the today https://t.co/TIq0nBWom3

06/03/19

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It's a great here tonight. What variety! What quality! https://t.co/0cBXUwgFlf

06/03/19

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Y6 finished their biology topic ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ today by constructing the helical structure of DNA using edible substances. I wish my Science lessons had been like this! https://t.co/bZcVJAmZAJ

06/03/19

Thank you both so much for your time!

06/03/19

We are feeling positively inspired after our Women in Leadership conference yesterday, thank you to , , , (to name a few) for spending the day sharing your experience with us https://t.co/Z3mfJJLTpG

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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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