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12/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

So impressed with this prototype that one of our students made on her work experience at . https://t.co/Mtxc3N1EHw

12/09/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

So much food for thought from our first lecture of term by - I particularly liked the thought that ‘Plan B doesn’t have to suck!’ Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your wisdom. https://t.co/RVtshTkKfT

11/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Stumbled across this in the common room and I just love it 😊 https://t.co/wZarQ2wDvU

10/09/19

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What a treat - one-off special performance of Edinburgh fringe production! Hugely enjoyable 👏🏽 https://t.co/meiArFziZn

09/09/19

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Fitness Club this morning!! What an amazing turn out for 7:30am! 💪🏼 https://t.co/JddMX7GoFx

06/09/19

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Fantastic day with students from for our Inspire Conference. Thank you to all our speakers, and especially to our new sixth formers for being so brilliant. https://t.co/VZ3ubvX1Cz

06/09/19

Words of wisdom on university applications, courses and utilising the GDST network from Blackheath alumna Liz Isaacs in the Alumnae Network session https://t.co/XPn4yzXg2V

06/09/19

Retweeted From Hayley Barnard

Thank you so much for letting me be part of your brilliant event again.

06/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Autumn term club lists bursting at the seams https://t.co/C2rpJvyvzv

06/09/19

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Mingle bingo! Great to see girls from a number of schools at today’s Inspire East conference https://t.co/LFUAEvyvOD

06/09/19

Motivating and practical tips on cultivating resilience from for Sixth Formers today at the conference at Churchill College in Cambridge https://t.co/TxIL0Ir3gv

05/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Lucky Year 11 students off to see Macbeth for GCSE English. Great being so close to this! https://t.co/6B11D6HvTF

05/09/19

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Starting the morning right with year 6 tag rugby 🏉 🌞 https://t.co/HNmatKkt7Q

05/09/19

Another spot on the shortlist for our inspired buildings. Congratulations https://t.co/RKjwKm1mKr

05/09/19

Off to a strong start in Year 7 Maths with a group "Unique Handshake" exercise to demonstrate triangular numbers 🤝🤝 https://t.co/xyiZns1gb1

05/09/19

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Record breaking number of Year 7s at the Netball trials tonight! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/frFlnk8z69

04/09/19

As we start our second academic year in our beautiful new Senior school it isn't at all surprising that have been shortlisted in the Architects' Journal 2019 for their work on our stunning new buildings. Congratulations to the team! https://t.co/m6FTh28GKT

03/09/19

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👍This pic says it all! She had the “best day everrrr” & “it was amazing” thank you so much ⁦⁩ 🙏🏼 seniors 💐 🤩👍 https://t.co/u9yldy51BT

02/09/19

Absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for your generous support https://t.co/eCHRx7yqzT

02/09/19

Welcome back to school everyone! Thank you for the welcoming wave, featuring the stunning, newly installed, stained glass panels at the Junior School. https://t.co/AKvDwSSG4k

30/08/19

Our annual KS3 Art exhibition is just around the corner! Find out more here: https://t.co/zwe1UmuSqe https://t.co/fsDHMJhOa2

30/08/19

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Your back-to-school checklist: Hopes ✔️ Dreams ✔️ Perseverance ✔️ Energy ✔️ Enthusiasm ✔️ Fun ✔️ Kindness ✔️ Imagination ✔️ Intellect ✔️ Wit ✔️ And pens. You can never have too many pens. 🖊️

23/08/19

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All Ahead - girls achieve best ever results for their school! https://t.co/zfXc3b9lKD

22/08/19

So proud of our students' wonderful GCSE results, reflecting their hard work, dedication and talent. Read more here: https://t.co/51Vd7L1fjW https://t.co/8TacyAk8q7

22/08/19

What a year for Mia. From having her artwork selected to hang in the to star studded GCSE results, Mia commented “So surreal to see my artwork in the Royal Academy and so surreal to see my results here today” https://t.co/L6weaWp8OY

22/08/19

Trisha is celebrating straight 7/8/9 or A/A* grades and can’t wait to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths and pursue her dream of becoming a paediatrician. Well done Trisha! https://t.co/yAfXWc85KY

22/08/19

Miriam, who has just completed work experience at Cambridge University is celebrating 9 A*’s and an A and will go on to study French, Biology, Chemistry and Maths . Her puppy, Tess, was also overjoyed! https://t.co/AXLWrawE81

22/08/19

Dilmi is thrilled with 11 8/9/A*s and looking forward to studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths with a view to studying Medicine at University https://t.co/TBW7MQVym7

22/08/19

It is an honour to be able to celebrate our best ever GCSE’s with students as they receive their phenomenal results. We’re so proud of all of you, girls! https://t.co/S4tS5OuG7s

22/08/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Very best wishes to all students collecting results today. Please come in via Westcombe House from 9am.

20/08/19

Our new Year 7 summer school is in session! This morning we've been enjoying icebreakers, drama sessions and everyone's looking forward to getting crafty in this afternoon's art class https://t.co/MVO18bKedS

19/08/19

Congratulations to our unstoppable alumna Saffron Coomber on being shortlisted in The Stage Debut Awards 2019. Join us in voting for Saffron in the Best West End Debut category here: https://t.co/mP5gOvpHxb

15/08/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

Such lovely accreditations to all the girls for their hard work. Big thanks to the school & all the wonderful teachers & staff for everything they’ve done over the years, truly exceptional, marvellous school 🙏🏼 https://t.co/zBuDtgd1hp

15/08/19

This year we have students leaving us to study everything from Law to Politics, Medicine, World Performance and Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies. Well done to everyone! Full results day story & photo gallery here: https://t.co/azF7hEFqKW https://t.co/alutaYHc1f

15/08/19

Excelling in English, Zoe will be going on to study English at Cambridge. If anyone is more thrilled by this news than she is, surely it’s our English teachers Ms Beecham and Ms Chandler https://t.co/1UW3XXrBq2

15/08/19

We ❤️ it too! https://t.co/GMCoUEjD2K

15/08/19

Retweeted From Cheryl Giovannoni

Wonderful achievements girls. Well done from everyone in the . https://t.co/gDYzyxSuig

15/08/19

Touching to see so many of our Year 13 students ‘taking flight’ today – some more literally than others. Epiphany will be studying Aerospace Technology and Pilot Studies at Hertfordshire https://t.co/NS48xjUSzp

15/08/19

Freya has every reason to be jumping for joy, with three A*’s in Chemistry, Biology and French. She will be putting her broad range of strengths to good use in her Biomedical Science with a Modern Language degree https://t.co/RwGR18AeR5

15/08/19

Hodan (A*,A,A) and Christine (A,A,B) are overjoyed to have secured places to study Medicine at Imperial and Manchester https://t.co/Nwf6aq6BXh

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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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