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27/05/22

On Trips Day, Year 10 spent the day exploring the world of Astronomy. From the Royal Observatory to the National Maritime Museum, they went on a fascinating journey through the stars before building star scopes of their own ✨ https://t.co/GzqAJv2hYb https://t.co/aY16ruV3SU

27/05/22

Spaces are available in our Sixth Form for September 2022, including bursary places. Find out more and apply now: https://t.co/WYMnFkv3yc https://t.co/gxCPvQvd9X

26/05/22

On 9 May, our music students performed in the annual Pop Fest concert, held at Up The Creek comedy club. It was a fantastic night of exceptional musical talent, with group and solo performances from students in all years. Huge well done everyone involved! https://t.co/1E8D84r9QE https://t.co/NaYTfgvp1B

26/05/22

Not only do our girls succeed academically - they also complete a myriad of other achievements that make each one shine. ISI rated the quality our pupils' achievements as "excellent" 🌟 Read the report here: https://t.co/R9DXcqshGp https://t.co/PwPaD18Uab

25/05/22

We are recruiting for a Senior Alumnae, Development & Marketing Events Manager. This is a great opportunity for a creative marketing professional to use their skills to play a key role in the delivery of our alumnae relations strategy. Apply here by 8 June https://t.co/MUfG9gFztn https://t.co/ls8vun1lOh

25/05/22

On the last day of the Spring Term, the much-loved House Debate made a long-awaited return! All of our teacher-student teams made some exceptional arguments, but the Paragon team of Mr Sodhi and Jess McLaughlin came out victorious 🏆 https://t.co/KcLXIDV82E https://t.co/wvHgefT4La

24/05/22

We are delighted to invite all alumnae to a Summer Garden Party this Thursday, 26th May. Join us for cocktails, street food and to share memories with your old school friends and teachers. We look forward to welcoming you back to school! RSVP here: https://t.co/ixaFeWCJqy https://t.co/aBrHTM8O9x

24/05/22

On 11th May, our new Head Student Team attended the TSB 'Women of the Future' event, where they heard from an impressive range of female role models. Thanks to CBE DL, Founder and Chair of the Women of the Future Programme! https://t.co/2z1U9SguKh

23/05/22

Here at Blackheath High, our girls and their personal development are very important to us. We're so pleased that our recent ISI report rated us "excellent" on this category - it means we are succeeding in our mission! Read our report highlights here: https://t.co/A2LDfuvPI3 https://t.co/E7K4gwxu6z

23/05/22

A rare opportunity at Blackheath High Junior School in September 2022 - recently rated ‘excellent in all areas’ by the ISI, this is an exciting time to join our exceptional Junior School. We’re currently accepting applications for Years 3 & 4 - apply today https://t.co/tnuZU5PbIN https://t.co/s85EqGYasE

20/05/22

After the lovely weather this week, we couldn't end it in any other way… an Eco Club update! Mrs Bijnen's stick insects have grown even bigger, and the caterpillars are all in their own chrysalis, soon to emerge as beautiful butterflies. We can't wait! https://t.co/6K8aRebkan

20/05/22

Huge congratulations to the Junior School Art department for the spectacular art show last week! The theme was Celebration, and a celebration indeed it was, showcasing our girls' incredible talent and creativity. https://t.co/4ZlvY97J4e https://t.co/gPHvtYTssa

19/05/22

We are delighted to announce that Blackheath High School GDST has been recognised as "excellent in all areas" by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) after their recent inspection in 2022, the highest rating obtainable. Read our report highlights: https://t.co/8nX7NR1zk9 https://t.co/evVI3oeDwZ

19/05/22

On the 26th April, Years 3-7 took part in our Mini Marathon on the beautiful Heath. Thank you to everyone who came to cheer us on, and well done to all the girls who took part! Find out who won each race here: https://t.co/4kF5awZAZl https://t.co/71Xpb1KjnJ

18/05/22

Sixth Form bursary places available for September 2022. Find out more and apply now: https://t.co/D9PKjdySoU https://t.co/rP1jSU0IEj

18/05/22

Blackheath High School students are currently preparing for their end of year exams, and have never been revising harder thanks to online tool Seneca Learning! Our girls are the current leaders in Greenwich - you're going to ace those exams, girls! https://t.co/vMY7Wj0HDQ

16/05/22

Our lovely Year 11 girls have been making 'Cards for kindness' - sending positive messages and postcards to residents of local care homes. What a beautiful way to lift someone's spirits! https://t.co/cG9Z70Vd8c

12/05/22

Fully funded Sixth Form bursary places are available for gifted girls. Apply now for September 2022: https://t.co/F5YnDE3aeY https://t.co/ZkSH5DFmgz

11/05/22

Year 11 have been making 'Little Dresses for Africa' - pillowcase dresses that will be sent to orphanages across the continent. We're sure they will be sew happy with their new dresses! 🧵🪡 https://t.co/iTh6zCLzxn

09/05/22

Retweeted From BlackheathHighJuniorArt

Junior Art Exhibition with special opening performances by Chamber Choir, Tuesday 10th May from 3pm. https://t.co/FZCzVgYiy0

09/05/22

What are biotic and abiotic factors? We may be scratching our heads, but our Year 11 Triple Science class certainly aren't after their Field Studies trip to Greenwich Park: https://t.co/0ht7Jxpk9O https://t.co/1PqLuR3aWB

06/05/22

We're looking for a Marketing, Events & Communications Officer to join our Marketing and Admissions Team. If you're looking to expand your content creation, campaign management, and event management expertise, visit 👉 https://t.co/MUNNCWrLbn Closing date: 12 May at 12 noon https://t.co/XEd0VZ5juI

04/05/22

Every week the Eco Club surprise us with yet another fantastic achievement! Thanks to them, the Senior School now has a beautiful pond area, even featuring bee, bird, and hedgehog houses for wildlife. Can't wait to see the what you do next, Eco Club! 🦔 https://t.co/AzQnYGLrNP https://t.co/sU5oSq2BVC

04/05/22

As one of their Community Engagement sessions, Year 11 and 12 made a whopping 77 portions of veggie pasta bake for Evelyn Community Store , which is linked with a food bank. Well done girls, you’re pasta-tively amazing! 🍝 https://t.co/UhTvsurAgm

29/04/22

Last week, the celebrated its first Earth Day as a CarbonNeutral® organisation! This certification has been achieved through reducing our own emissions internally, and supporting four emission reduction projects around the world.

29/04/22

Last term, our German students had the delight of watching German play 'Horoskop' performed for them. Read Laura in Year 10's summary of the show here: https://t.co/eTNscCIiC7 https://t.co/OqMzpkpsu5

28/04/22

Congratulations to Ella Greer, who competed at the Swim England London Regionals in March and did really well! Ella even made two finals in 200 Fly and 50 Backstroke. Fantastic work! 🏊‍♀️ https://t.co/2Vqr6NBfP1 https://t.co/CApPjimqMk

27/04/22

Last Friday was Earth Day, and to celebrate the announced its new Sustainability mantra: One World, One Future, One Chance. This ethos will see all of the wonderful eco campaigns our girls have initiated united under one strategy. https://t.co/2nRy4Q0lWf

27/04/22

We are thrilled to have a student from on the GDST Select Cricket team! Hope an exhilarating time was had by all 🏏 https://t.co/6eNta0XJb8

27/04/22

Well done, mini marathon winners! And well done on yet another brilliant photo 📷 https://t.co/soPw4XXt1Z

27/04/22

Pupils from Year 3 to 7 took part in yesterday's mini-marathon on our beautiful Heath. https://t.co/9vG0MuvayE

27/04/22

Blackheath High alumna Yuan Chen has been shortlisted for the WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award! The award recognises women who have made notable contributions within their industry. You can vote for Yuan here: https://t.co/fspUFdOrOI We're rooting for you, Yuan! https://t.co/5kKm4isJUN

26/04/22

Wonderful teamwork from the U13's netball team! Here's to an excellent summer term of sport 🏆 https://t.co/PDKJmNwLub

26/04/22

Massive well done to Julia and Anwita for being shortlisted in the , a competition which sees GDST girls write 700 words on a STEM topic of their choice. https://t.co/XLM8NTZt1z https://t.co/F6wASmJlRy

25/04/22

Have you booked your place for our Sixth Form and Senior School in Action open morning? It's happening tomorrow, so don't miss out! Sign up here to see what makes our school so great: https://t.co/UShxDPslWH https://t.co/5KYdu05uW1

25/04/22

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Maths Week off to a flying start with some brain-tingling outdoor Maths challenges https://t.co/8bLglYzEyQ

25/04/22

The are committed to sustainability and the environment, and we're thrilled that findings by the Brookings Institute, have identified girls’ education as one of the best and most cost-effective investments against climate change. Read more: https://t.co/7eQmUn4sZR

22/04/22

Read Laila, Year 10's write up of the "slightly boggy" Silver D of E expedition to the New Forest: https://t.co/94vSCsL5gp https://t.co/ozeTraTJi6

21/04/22

Our Sixth Form and Senior School in Action open morning is next week! Book your place to see for yourself why Blackheath High School is a place where girls boldly go: https://t.co/Qsw21KgOMZ https://t.co/gLKdyFZ0Ub

20/04/22

Year 12 Geography class went to Swanage on a field trip to learn about the physical and human geography there (as well as rocking some fabulous tracksuits). See the full article by Zoe, Year 12 here: https://t.co/Rem7TlJQcK https://t.co/r9QnFAEmho

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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 BH Junior School.

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 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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