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11/12/19

Retweeted From Year 7 @ Blackheath

Well done Year 7 on a wonderful performance last night 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/YYoCovdA4C

11/12/19

Brilliant performances all round at the Carol Concert held in the Old Royal Naval College last night https://t.co/5nkcJdx0w9

11/12/19

Retweeted From Birdie Aitken

Christmas has begun...thank you ⁦⁩ for a wonderful evening of talented musicians and singers. Such a treat! 💕🎄🎼 https://t.co/Kw95qWJbfZ

10/12/19

Thank you for taking part! https://t.co/wSFBCYSedJ

10/12/19

Back to school! Today Year 7 girls were joined by their parents in Computer Science for a very special lesson... 1/2 https://t.co/w6yVkaGKRO

09/12/19

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Junior School laser cutting for the BHSA Christmas Fair. https://t.co/CzV0nhaS4i

09/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Thanks , it's been another great year, and we still have the Christmas Fair and Singalong to look forward to! Huge thanks to all parents, teachers and friends of who donate their time and ££ to make these fab things happen ❤🎅🤶🎄 https://t.co/v3n7aGatvi

09/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

assembly. And we’re off! https://t.co/ujIvfrm5Wo

07/12/19

Retweeted From bhsdeutsch

Blackheath High School German Department trip to the Christmas Markets in Cologne is off to a great start. Lots of shopping and taking in the fabulous atmosphere. More fun to be had tomorrow at the chocolate museum! https://t.co/eXFJEKhjPB

06/12/19

Retweeted From BHS Junior English

Our Book Club! All organised by the wonderful They are loving their first choice https://t.co/9t5exKpkZR

06/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

what better way to start Friday? Our Nursery to Year 2 loving your teddy bears and their picnic! ❤️ https://t.co/WALQjrB7VU

06/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Great excitement Juniors as the glass is put in place in our new link building. . Thanks to Yr5 digital leaders for the footage! https://t.co/ggVOMl67uE

05/12/19

How uplifting! Looking forward to hearing their ideas. https://t.co/fiULg5Xc4G

05/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Yr2 Yr3 concert. https://t.co/Cltw9KNI6n

04/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Another beautiful evening at Hockey and Netball club 🥰 https://t.co/OO09JKwLcy

04/12/19

Classics for Kids! In celebration of Wellbeing Week 2020, our Music Scholars invite you and your little one on a musical adventure. Join us at the Senior School on Wednesday 22 January from 10am. Further details and registration: https://t.co/NwV2vRdjJh https://t.co/Qew03GCMXo

04/12/19

Brilliant persuasion skills, girls. https://t.co/Y0o9wHYxA7

04/12/19

We certainly think so! https://t.co/LW1gkGamSF

03/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Love where you live!!! 😍😍 We had a great run at Cross Country Club tonight + finished with a quick gym session! Well done everyone 💪🏼🌟🙌🏼🏃🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/0yCpINCxKK

03/12/19

We have our fingers crossed for Helena in Year 8, who will be travelling to Prague to compete on behalf of the Icelandic national synchronised swimming team this weekend. We're so proud of you, Helena!

03/12/19

Our Wollstonecraft Speaker this week is Dr Chris Duffin, an award-winning palaeontologist who has published extensively on a wide range of fossil groups. We're excited to learn more! https://t.co/CuL3EuPwWg

03/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

It’s freezing, but who cares?! 🤷🏻‍♀️🥶 we all had a great evening playing at Bromley! POMS - Amy and Amelie 🦁🐯🏑 https://t.co/7uGrPSGODP

02/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Oh yes it can choir is on! https://t.co/HbL2Ee9Cri

02/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Halls

Greenwich means ...Christmas time! The festive season arrives in style at our Christmas-jumper packed Festive Family Sing-a-long https://t.co/3RhBjqx7DE

02/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

A delightful evening with ‘s Jenny Lister inspiring us with Mary Quant’s story. A true role model for our girls. . Lovely collaborating with too-do come again! https://t.co/TlfQYaQQaW

02/12/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Absolutely loved this evening’s talk by ‘s Jenny Lister about alumna Mary Quant a true girl. Thank you ! https://t.co/LsZv0bRKR8

02/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Society

Mary Quant talk tonight in conduction with the Society and . Amazingly insightful ! https://t.co/H4T0u3qN0Z

28/11/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

A pleasure having lunch with some Year 4s. Conversations ranged from making hand puppets to nutritional benefits of dark chocolate with a critique of premature Christmas promotions thrown in. ❤️❤️ https://t.co/irkufrtBMg

28/11/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

are just having too much fun?!#circus skills. https://t.co/RBIv7esbfz

28/11/19

Congratulations to Blackheath High alumna for being named Apprenticeships Champion of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards last night! https://t.co/Ifja4RaVU2

21/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

So proud of the U15 A&B teams smashing their netball fixture against St. Dunstans. How much they love sport and persevere with trying to play better is so impressive. POMs Sienna M-G and Sasha M 👏🏻🙌🏻 https://t.co/ZwGHYv68KB

21/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

This was such a good talk ! Rebecca shared so many pearls of wisdom with sixth formers and her job is great! https://t.co/ZVn7cQ225u https://t.co/yQgnA2GxAE

21/11/19

We can't wait to welcome curators from the V&A to this illustrated talk on the life and work of the pioneering Mary Quant next week! https://t.co/bZOz1k2e56

20/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U18 played a great game against St. Dunstans today. Some great interceptions leading in to strong attack. Well done! Pom Tilly https://t.co/7Ob1hDGMYR

19/11/19

Well done 👏 👏 https://t.co/pVil6Xv3Vu

19/11/19

Never a dull moment at Blackheath High! Today at the Senior School we hosted Rt Hon David Laws who discussed the impending election as keynote speaker for the https://t.co/5wi1fDmJXs

19/11/19

We're looking forward to this week's Wollstonecraft speaker, Blackheath alumna Rebecca Adams (class of 2013). Rebecca works as an archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives, working on the Mollie Hunt Collection and will be sharing her experiences with Sixth Form. https://t.co/0aWVjmbFmA

18/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Starting Monday with a circuit 💪🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/JrV2Erfft1

16/11/19

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Thanks for a fizzing, popping evening Great crowd and delicious munchies! 🙌 (photo taken by Meltem of year 7) https://t.co/VZnpaJjqvT

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November 22

Spotlight on Textiles

How long have you been teaching Textiles at Blackheath High School?

I’ve been teaching Textiles here as an A Level subject for six years now, although I’ve been teaching Art and Design at Blackheath High School for 13 years and have incorporated many aspects of Textile Design into the GCSE and KS3 curriculum during my time here.

When I arrived at the school we had no specialist equipment at all and over the years we have gained some fabulous new equipment that would rival many art colleges, including an exposure unit for developing screen prints, a heat press and numerous sewing machines. The DT department has a laser cutter too, that we often utilise.

Can you tell us about your background?

I studied my BA in Fine Art Textiles at Goldsmiths College before working at Maison Martin Margiela as a fashion buyer. After embarking on a PGCE in Art and Design at the Institute of Education, I took a job at The Green School in Isleworth where I taught Art for three years. I joined Blackheath High School in 2006 teaching just two days a week whilst spending the rest of my time working as the Education Co-ordinator at Studio Voltaire.

In 2008 I decided I wasn’t quite finished with education myself and completed an MA in Mixed Media Textiles at the Royal College of Art alongside my teaching role here. This professional development undoubtedly rekindled my enthusiasm for Textiles and also introduced me to many more processes that I had not previously encountered, allowing me to pass on these new skills to the students. My own practice, under the name Imogen Luddy, has taken more of back-seat since having my son Indigo, but I hope to start making work again soon.

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

The Textiles curriculum is broad and experimental and I like to think of it as an exploration of materials, surfaces and processes that can be applied to various outcomes.

The students tend to work towards garments as their final pieces, but the work could take any form including wall hangings, installations or product design. A series of introductory workshops form the basis of the Year 12 experience where they learn new processes and techniques that they can take forward and adapt to suit their own creative intent. At present, they are starting to hone their ideas into a capsule collection based around their theme of ‘Dis/assemble’. The Year 13 students are currently working on their personal projects, the themes of which they have devised themselves. These range from one student developing prints inspired by traditional African fabrics, that have been modernised to reflect a rapidly changing world, to another pupil designing a highly sculptural collection exploring unusual pattern cutting techniques.

Is it a popular choice of subject?

Yes, Textiles is a relatively popular choice amongst the students. We have good numbers for both Years 12 and 13 and we achieve excellent results at A Level. Fashion Society, which is a club aimed at lower school students, is completely oversubscribed with a waiting list!

What are the benefits of studying this subject?

Aside from the fun and excitement derived from the experimental nature of the subject, the students’ projects have to be developed in highly conceptual ways and the documentation in their books requires them to reflect and analyse their practice thoroughly. To avoid making derivative work, it is crucial the students are always thinking in new and innovative ways, especially if they think this is a path they may want to pursue. The written element of the course helps students develop their research and analytical skills in a more formalised manner.

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

I like to think I take an innovative and contemporary approach to this subject. When taught in a very traditional way, Textiles can sometimes feel a little dated, so I am keen to ensure the students are introduced to the most up to date processes and are surrounded by contemporary visuals to inspire them. Just this week we have had a pattern cutting masterclass with Sasha Jackson and in the past have had workshops delivered by designers Jane Bowler and Julian Roberts. Because our class sizes are relatively small, this means we can be big on ambition, producing work that exceeds expectation at this level.

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

The annual fashion show is always a huge highlight in the calendar for both the Textiles students involved in the making, as well as those modelling and taking part in other elements. It teaches the students so many skills, from liaising with pupils in different year groups to working to deadlines in high pressure situations. The show is always an incredible event and one that makes me so proud to be able to teach the students here at Blackheath High School.

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