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26/05/20

Today’s Evening Standard featuring YR 6 pupil, Emma, and her BHS for NHS fundraising design. Well done, Emma! We are very proud of your community, creative and entrepreneurial spirit https://t.co/2XYbRhvmpT

25/05/20

As part of the English lessons via Guided Home Learning, Year 8 put together storyboards based on Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart', and they gave us some incredible results! https://t.co/jklGu5JqAx https://t.co/SvKxt3HUvR

22/05/20

In case you missed our stunning performance of Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars today - you can watch the winning music video here https://t.co/lYAwe4tcsi Well done - you absolute superstars Enjoy! https://t.co/9xUSF5Blk0

22/05/20

Huge congratulations to our very own ‘The Rolling Tones’ and 'Higgins Quartet' who have won the People's Choice Award in today’s ! Talk about ending the half-term on a high note! 🎤🥳 https://t.co/a2SjB6olNE

22/05/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Very moved to receive this lovely gift from parents thanking us for provision. Our honour ❤️ https://t.co/jCQM8B7oU0

22/05/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A Half Term Bingo challenge to keep the community in high spirits over the break. Keep active and enjoy! https://t.co/u04JDbPTAo

22/05/20

We can’t wait for the , the most anticipated music event of 2020, broadcasting live to girls around the country from 10am today! https://t.co/DeTFlfto0T

21/05/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Hands up if you need to engage your core muscles more 🙋‍♀️ sitting at the computer all day can lead to poor posture, a strong core can improve this - This challenge will only take a few minutes! https://t.co/VRGon8Gb0C

21/05/20

Hands up if you need to engage your core muscles more! Sitting at the computer all day can lead to poor posture, a strong core can improve this – today’s Fitness Forward challenge will only take a few minutes! https://t.co/nmEMdCO3WV

21/05/20

This is extremely fascinating to us as, unfortunately, records of the history of this part of our school (which we moved our Senior School & Sixth Form to in 1994, after it had been home to The Church Army since 1965) are limited. Please keep us updated on any discoveries!

21/05/20

Retweeted From Inspiring Change Makers

We hope you are all ready! Here's the link for easy access: https://t.co/zA5cLL7c6j https://t.co/enwoSLtnnc

20/05/20

Our students are excited to be some of the 20,000 young women taking part in the Inspiring Change Makers Summit tomorrow! You can download resources and watch videos ahead of the summit here: https://t.co/Od2hDhpfv2 https://t.co/2qrucJNAoW

20/05/20

It's and we are feeling especially grateful for our supportive community who remind us that we are appreciated throughout the year 🥰 https://t.co/vVwqwHwLT4

19/05/20

Only an hour to go until Mrs Gunton's melodic Kitchen Samba session! Follow the link below and make some music 🎶🎶 https://t.co/u1ouHCSPO7

19/05/20

Ella in Year 6 has created a bug hotel using an old wine box. Not only embracing the ‘reuse’ initiative, but also considering some of our smallest creatures that deserve a nice place to live too. Well done, Ella! https://t.co/zo4g63hM2U

19/05/20

Mrs Rosado has been using leftover tiles from the garage to make her rainbow in support of the NHS – it looks fab Mrs Rosado! https://t.co/CUXpZiPqPT

19/05/20

Some fabulous entries to the House Compettion have come in this week. Here, Betty in Year 6 has made this excellent message reminding us to ‘reuse’. Great work Betty! https://t.co/qUUgeOJbgT

18/05/20

Play your cards right! Another creative way to from https://t.co/eVWHAZn0xC

15/05/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Mrs W’s guided home learning task exceeding safe cuteness levels ! Next best thing to a hug ❤️ https://t.co/495oKkahDk

15/05/20

Get ready to tune in on the 22 May for the musical event of the summer! The first GDST Song Contest will be broadcast live to GDST girls around the country during the school day, so get your votes ready for Blackheath High! https://t.co/7V5hdSN4uo

15/05/20

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

"I never doubted whether I was good enough or qualified enough, I just believed I was capable enough, and definitely taught me that" — Victoria Barnett's story. https://t.co/0YzSMee0Kv

15/05/20

Stay mindful and take care of yourselves over the weekend. https://t.co/FxIM24Cp0V

15/05/20

Incredible work is still coming in for the House Competition. Resha, Yr 6 reused a Pringles pack, old jeans and buttons to make a pen holder, Really useful! https://t.co/F3Y11lIbg0

15/05/20

At Blackheath High we encourage our girls to positively leave their mark on the world. Next Thursday students will be joining the brilliant Change Makers conference to see firsthand how other inspiring women are making a difference https://t.co/XptkvmKVbI

14/05/20

Sharing the love of reading in our virtual book club, well done girls! https://t.co/UGkDNRLQOL

14/05/20

Good luck everyone! Let us know what level you get to. https://t.co/iZlpCZ09PX

13/05/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Mrs Brooks’ GCSE class turned into a come dine with me cooking class today! Learning about nutrition whilst making a lunch live on teams. I think all of the PE department will be logging into this lesson from now on!!! https://t.co/JqCyKnUDLG

13/05/20

A fascinating GDST enrichment course starts today for our YR 11 & YR 13 students. They will be applying design-thinking to our real world problems as we embrace our 'new norm' during ー19 - good luck to everyone taking part https://t.co/9p1uMLZ0Rj

13/05/20

Even in lockdown, our girls are finding their inspiration and being creative. Beatrix in Year 9 has shown this beautifully in her poem, ‘Behind Closed Doors’. https://t.co/bAhztFTDWA https://t.co/jzfQ5xlonm

13/05/20

Great to see students, teachers and now dogs staying active together at Fitness Club this morning.🐕🦮🐩 Next up, Dance Club starts 1.10pm https://t.co/XjdlEw8iz1

13/05/20

Great to see so many girls connecting through music rehearsals - well done Sinfonia https://t.co/3uLylXarjx

13/05/20

and our wellbeing partner, have produced a series of webinars for parents to help 'manage minds' during this current situation. Find out more now on Firefly. https://t.co/AhDbkdms0f

12/05/20

Not long to go until our 'Kitchen Samba' music lesson kicks off live on Youtube...4pm. https://t.co/ySZJ1TKWuX

12/05/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

First Steps to Starting a Business - online course opens today! https://t.co/RvtHWTE3da Everything you need to know, delivered by , start-up expert, lecturer and columnist alumna https://t.co/t41TdEFMXW

12/05/20

Well done for keeping up the excellent guided home learning work girls – here’s a snapshot of a YR 8 Mandarin lesson, learning about countries and nationalities (and embracing new whiteboard tech for ) https://t.co/18TBbsVEe7

12/05/20

You can do it girls (and parents)! https://t.co/XBcXefyo7b

11/05/20

Our Director of Music, Emily Gunton, is teaching a ‘Kitchen Samba’ class, live on Youtube at 4pm tomorrow. Bring your pots and pans, explore different rhythms and take part in a Samba influenced piece. Click link to join - all welcome https://t.co/TzaqmiLlKt https://t.co/UxDqGBRPHF

11/05/20

A beautiful response to the Getty Museum Challenge by one of our Year 7 Students. Giulia is Frida Kahlo  #stayhome #covidart #year7 #ks3art #fridakahlo. Do head over to our Art Dept. Instagram for some incredible entries by students https://t.co/5rWicGHdBJ https://t.co/6JyZF22n5Q

11/05/20

Good luck to all our YR11 and YR13 students who are starting our new Excelerate 2020 summer curriculum today. Both programmes help to prepare our students for the next step in their educational journey. Here’s more on our YR 13 Programme https://t.co/iRfrhVPLSU

Latest news

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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