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14/06/19

Calling all alumnae! Don't forget to sign up for an evening of cocktails, street food and shared memories with your school friends and former teachers at our Summer Garden Party. Add your name to the guest list here: https://t.co/n26ZtvwuHE https://t.co/uQX0l9NreZ

14/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Fab parents, fab events - what a great community https://t.co/TVh5wjU9Wm

13/06/19

Retweeted From Will Wareing

GDST girls experience the Bernoulli principle in action at the Techathon at Brunel University https://t.co/Fklg17mJFl

13/06/19

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⁩ pupils enjoying the GDST Techathon ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/pIUyZX2Aem

13/06/19

Blackheath High Open Studios: Don't miss our annual Art Exhibition on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June. The exhibition includes drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and mixed-media work from Senior School art, textiles and DTstudents. https://t.co/9sTHPFOJfE https://t.co/CBBmwnYtX4

13/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

for Yr3s? Yes please sir!! they’re loving it! https://t.co/VZh1qnUUsZ

13/06/19

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Over the river today to visit 5 schools, love the DLR! Lovely to revisit (congratulations to former alumna Ellen Beer for becoming Deputy Head) and My first time to and https://t.co/VRrEetzIGr

12/06/19

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Treetop studies completed ✅. Lunch ✅ ready for the afternoon 😃 https://t.co/DHkfQxFQPh

12/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

lots more parents in for lunch. Bon appétit! https://t.co/Pdq8wauNRO

12/06/19

Sunshine and the exhibit! What more could you ask for. https://t.co/FGmSrZGYt4

11/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

lovely to welcome more parents in for lunch today. https://t.co/nV2hXBon2j

11/06/19

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Ready for our first activity https://t.co/NZ9a0C3Bs3

11/06/19

Retweeted From Year 7 @ Blackheath

Despite the rain yesterday warm welcomes and wonderful new students https://t.co/8mv0ZtUSG7

10/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Year 5 not deterred by the rain. Enjoy Liddington ! https://t.co/s6PhjrcCaq

10/06/19

🙋‍♀️ https://t.co/jdbiwxVRm0

08/06/19

As part of the STEM/STEAM club's activities, the students made honeycomb and were asked to observe the chemical reactions taking place during each stage: https://t.co/amsQX51dFW https://t.co/5IY1NlAVrL

07/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Started Mighty Girls Club with a about girls’ perfection /bravery and one of my was ahead of me! Got the book at home and brought it in. https://t.co/9td1EffYby

07/06/19

Let your daughter experience life at Blackheath High School at our Enterprise and Innovation themed Taster Morning on Wednesday 19 June. Sign your Year 5 daughter up here: https://t.co/AKFzU4mgFV https://t.co/ulgsHMfRLL

06/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Don’t get in the way of a girl (mum or daughter) Highly competitive mums’ race at KS1 and Yr3 sports afternoon ! 👏👏 https://t.co/kJBDg2dfJg

06/06/19

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Sunshine, fun and very happy girls at KS1 sports day today.. sports prefects are wonderful role models https://t.co/wYWNKlqKBH

06/06/19

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Massive thanks to our amazing year 5 sports helpers for all their hard work this morning! 🙌 https://t.co/1CCl2ClFy1

06/06/19

Love this impressive and creative independent writing from Year 1! https://t.co/G0KZx4EzXF

05/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

when a Yr 1 girl decides Florence needs a new collar and lead 🐶🐶 https://t.co/FNfAMFJ1Nv

05/06/19

Our Year 7s had a brilliant day out learning about natural habitats at a mobile zoo. They even had a chance to meet a variety of animals up close! https://t.co/ZiCJp4ITAo

05/06/19

Today is and our Eco Club is particularly pleased to announce a very content newt has taken up residence in the Senior School pond 😊 https://t.co/74QtnLrKe0

04/06/19

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A fantastic afternoon for some cricket 🏏 https://t.co/VrsjrUuZsq

02/06/19

Our Head of Mandarin Mrs Chung tells us about her teaching career and how fulfilling it is when students speak to her in Chinese https://t.co/tJnPcI4a0m https://t.co/jLUWvvPF04

30/05/19

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Always wonderful to see our names in lights. Well done Saffron Coomber - alumna - we hear is brilliant! 🎭👩‍🎤 https://t.co/SVJMKz1OXz

30/05/19

Deputy Head girl Olivia has given us some of her top tips and tricks for revision during this exam period: https://t.co/s4qkc7YiDp https://t.co/ZpjNJhAwaZ

28/05/19

Year 8 were given a design brief to design and manufacture an 80x80mm square panel using pewter and acrylic. Find out how they made these incredible panels here: https://t.co/4CCFG9Zlns https://t.co/FhA9IPTzs0

25/05/19

Congratulations to Blackheath alumna Saffron Coober for a dazzling performance in Emelia, a play about England’s 1st female published poet. Special thanks to our amazing dept. for an incredible evening with students & teachers https://t.co/KGJuVyQHCW

24/05/19

After the successful Grand Opening event, we talk to the Blackheath High School Executive Chef Marcin Siemek about his experience in catering with Accent Catering and how it benefits the school. https://t.co/tKaNLjihpK https://t.co/Lxk0azF7a5

24/05/19

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Year 5 are enjoying their Maui Thai session this afternoon! https://t.co/1xPN4uT3Ar

23/05/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Seniors won their friendly rounders fixture Vs Chis & Sid this afternoon. Beautiful weather and it’s fantastic that our seniors still want to play fixtures during the exam period! Shows that sport has so many ways of being good for you 🙌🏻👏🏻⚾️ https://t.co/xD9EwmRZMf

23/05/19

This week Sixth Form students will meet west end sensation and Blackheath High School alumna Saffron Coomber after watching her take centre-stage in . Don’t miss this visionary production running at the Vaudeville Theatre until 1 June https://t.co/kc3EwnspHk

22/05/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great performances from our U13 A-D teams this afternoon against Chis and Sid and Kingsdale. Fantastic to see so many girls representing the school in both cricket and rounders. POM: Shelby, Tash, Katherine and Jasmine. https://t.co/xW5oTYwPjB

22/05/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Congratulations to our Y7 Netball Team! Winners of the Greenwich Schools Netball League 2018-2019 who didn’t concede any goals throughout the tournament! Well done to Martha for Player of the Tournament!! 🥇🏐 https://t.co/4JcTxGhNSK

22/05/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Our feminist focus Mighty Girls Club was somewhat derailed by Florence’s arrival https://t.co/qOGyjztHTt

22/05/19

Visiting the Royal Institute with 23 other GDST schools gave our Year 5 girls invaluable insight into how their love of science can lead them to becoming STEM pioneers themselves. Thank you to for organising. https://t.co/bDDy2AZKnd

22/05/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Have you got your tickets for this fab event yet? Open to all parents, teachers and friends of , this promises to be a great way to round off the year. Don't miss out, go to https://t.co/v1vgr90Niu to nab your tickets now 🍾💃🥂🕺🎶🧀🎉🥳 https://t.co/jpTMHB6kOh

Latest news

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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