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19/09/19

We're impressed, Ms Wood! https://t.co/5V01XxzyGI

18/09/19

Retweeted From Year 7 @ Blackheath

After lunch abseiling https://t.co/pE16nSwLJ4

18/09/19

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And we’re here! https://t.co/DSAAXghR9I

18/09/19

Enjoy your PGL trip, Year 7! https://t.co/DjxGdGLdQX

18/09/19

Such an awe-inspiring view right on our doorstep ❤️ https://t.co/4s0yAXJGQD

17/09/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Lovely morning at Wemyss Road- so rewarding to see the girls enjoying their inspiring spaces https://t.co/VYz2nqokRM

16/09/19

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Yr5 https://t.co/KeTdB1UAyM

16/09/19

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And more warriors https://t.co/QkZl3kqRQi

16/09/19

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Amazing work from Yr5 bringing maths into an environmental project - https://t.co/pTpX1vDCcf

16/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Great break time meeting with Head Girl team. We look for in our leaders and these four are full of it! https://t.co/qB11hHUFMU

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

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

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

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

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

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

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.

Latest news

March 13

60 seconds with Mrs Coles, Head of Music at Junior School and Year 5 teacher

For this issue, we spoke to Mrs Coles, asking her about her musical and teaching careers and how they fused together for her current role here at BHJS.

Could you please tell us about the start of your career path?

I initially studied for a Law degree at Girton College, Cambridge University.  I had decided, before university that I wanted to take a vocational degree that would enable me to pursue a career with progression and prospects.  However, I realised that Law wasn’t for me and I needed to find something else, preferably applying my love of music.

Your love of music really benefits our girls, what musical instruments do you play?

I am a pianist to concert standard and also sing. 

I began playing the piano at aged 4 after being envious of my elder sisters both playing.  I asked their teacher when would she start to teach me and she said: “once you have learnt to read, write and count” so, with determination, I went back to her once I could read, write and count (around aged 4) and asked her, again, to teach me.  This time she agreed and I have been playing ever since!

I gained my Piano teaching qualification whilst working at Queen’s College.

I was a chorister whilst at university, regularly singing in the Chapel and was fortunate to travel and perform in many fabulous countries including: Thailand, Malaysia, Switzerland and Ireland; and singing in wonderful venues such as Westminster Abbey and Yorkminster Cathedral.       

I also play the cello.      

You began your teaching career at Queen’s College Prep. School, Kensington; could you tell us a little about your time there.

I started at Queen’s Prep. working in the Admissions Team but covering the existing Music teacher when she was unable to teach. During that time, I completed my QTS teaching qualification.  

This led me to teaching music part-time and then to becoming Head of Music at the school.

When did you join us here at BHS?

I joined Blackheath High Junior School in 2011 and have never looked back!  

What do you currently teach?

I currently teach a Year 5 class of delightful girls and teach Music to girls from Reception through to Year 6.

I run the Chamber Choir which comprises girls in Year 5 and Year 6 and we are delighted to have been selected for the national finals in TWO competitions next week – The GDST Junior Choir Competition and the Dr Barnado’s Junior Choir of the Year Competition.  Both of which are taking place in prestigious venues in central London: Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square and The Royal Festival Hall.   We are very excited, please follow us on twitter (@rcoles8 and @blackheathhigh) to share the experience!

For girls in EYFS and Key Stage 1, music lessons comprise of learning music skills through movement and the use of our extensive range of percussion instruments.

In Key Stage 2, girls study History of Music, learn how to read music and enjoy lots of singing practise!

We have an abundance of opportunities for girls to sing and play their instruments, including:  Chamber Choir for Year 5 and Year 6, the Key Stage 2 Choir, ‘Minims’ for Year 2 and Year 3 plus a popular orchestra for girls in Key stage 2.  We now have 35 members!

We are also very excited that a well renowned trumpet player will be joining our school community to develop a Brass Section.

Plus we are very fortunate to have many peripatetic musicians teaching over 200 lessons per week to our students covering a huge range of instruments!

You are obviously very busy working inside school, but what do you enjoy doing outside of teaching?

I really enjoy running and have ran three London Marathons. 

We have a piano at home and I play as much as I can. My daughter, Isla, is now at our Nursery and I look forward to seeing if she too develops a love of music.

What makes working here at BHJS so rewarding and enjoyable?

It is impossible to have a bad day here – it is a real pleasure working with such a supportive, passionate team of people and children. The girls constantly amaze and enthral me. We really do have a great, aspiring team and I’m delighted that my daughter is now benefitting from a BHJS education. I also love working with Emily Gunton (Director of Music) - she is a real inspiration.   

 

 

  

 

 

 

   

 

 

  

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