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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

16/11/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the showers and came along to the first Fireworks Night, especially all the fantastic helpers. Lots of great feedback so hopefully a regular addition to the calendar 👍 🎆 Keep an eye out for Christmas stuff, coming soon!

15/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Thank you 5B for sharing your hopes and dreams in assembly this morning ⁦ https://t.co/MgnkNaz22i

15/11/19

Retweeted From NottinghamGirlsHigh

A connection is one that lasts for life. Earlier this year from & met up to celebrate 's "exquisitely beautiful" choral work, Beati Quorum Via (Homage to Stanford). We love that you continue to support each other 💞 So special! https://t.co/wVnBQ8zwOF

15/11/19

Retweeted From Adam M Greenwood

Loved having a tour of this morning. What a stunning school! Thanks for having me over! https://t.co/RLBpjoO7dY

15/11/19

We are pleased to see our initiative, which since 2011 has provided funding for 200 students from local schools to study GCSE Astronomy at the Royal Observatory, featured in this ISC report (pg.9) https://t.co/cIBeMcq7yb

14/11/19

Retweeted From Cath Day

Great morning at the Lloyds’ Women Of The Future event. Good to see the GDST students from Blackheath High School here plus other GDST students. Excellent networking, folks! https://t.co/l4sVJU9UV0

12/11/19

Today Seniors and Sixth Form we have enjoyed a full day off-timetable with Years 5, 7 & 10 joining forces for a maths workshop, high-paced debating sessions for Year 9, Study Skills workshops for Year 11, and motivational 'Inner Drive' talks for our Sixth Form. https://t.co/g7pXJN8ikD

12/11/19

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Year 5 working hard at the Morning of Maths https://t.co/Sgp9MCBIUy

11/11/19

Retweeted From Judy Mitchem

Thanks to the GDST family for being there ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/nUmX5Ccxo9

06/11/19

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Happy (belated!) Divali from 6H!🎆 https://t.co/XjHuCgE9Ld

05/11/19

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A very enjoyable first Monday back with year 2&3 netball club https://t.co/Oxq6Dxdjyl

22/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

have had a fabulous creative time in Berlin this half term https://t.co/hB8ltajUCq

22/10/19

Well spotted!

16/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Make a splash! Juniors https://t.co/zVsQcfyAbg

15/10/19

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Congratulations 5H. Proud winners of the Greenwich Maths Competition! https://t.co/0O16cBPEHI

15/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

It has been a promising morning for the U16 netballers at the Kent County tournament. 2 wins, 2 loses, all to play for 🏐💪 https://t.co/IuCiFjD9ge

14/10/19

Thank you to everyone who has donated uniform so far! https://t.co/rDTAYrOraA

14/10/19

We hope you enjoyed our Open Morning as much as we did! For another chance to see how we are preparing young women for the future, sign up for our ‘School in Action’ open events on 7 & 13 November. https://t.co/AZRo2SQpYI https://t.co/yxHVtQs9ac

10/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very excited about today’s Wollstonecraft lecture https://t.co/ba1La7oRgj

09/10/19

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The rain didn’t stop us!!! Look at this amazing finish at Cross Country Club! 🏃🏽‍♀️🌦👏🏼 https://t.co/5U4Xvu5VLK

07/10/19

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hard at work at https://t.co/KtbrXwwzvM

03/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Florence deep in high level discussion with the head Girl team https://t.co/VoC8bioy1K

02/10/19

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. Thanks you’ve converted us into rugby fans! https://t.co/fCF5gy8KRE

02/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Did enjoy the tag rugby day . Just a bit! https://t.co/xF6ibNUevj

02/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Mrs Harris’ early morning fitness club literally going from strength to strength - great work! https://t.co/jRBs3dHjD1

01/10/19

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The junior girls cross country team are lined up ready to race! Beautiful weather for the first round of the ESAA 1st round https://t.co/YYgsFTTdDL

01/10/19

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Great afternoon of Hockey at Crystal Palace today against other schools! Excellent display of determination, bravery and skill! Well done everyone 💪🏼 🏑 https://t.co/4eyozQnOes

27/09/19

On Wednesday 25 September, our very own Tia presented her first show! It'll be aired Saturday 28 Sep at 10.30am on for all who want to watch. Great job Tia! https://t.co/yH7g35ydaq

26/09/19

You're welcome - so glad they enjoyed themselves.

26/09/19

It was a pleasure to host you! https://t.co/oaHh4XF5Rp

26/09/19

We had a wonderful time welcoming girls from and for our languages day today https://t.co/nyBhPMCQ4B

25/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Fantastic combo from Astonishing numbers relating to https://t.co/l3FZkmJTRx

25/09/19

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Great to see that they’re teaching their students about the importance of environmental responsibility!👍🏼🌊

25/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

The sheer of being 6 years old and your heart out https://t.co/kJL78CkbQ3

25/09/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

A group of our Year 8 students enjoyed a really inspiring day at the inaugural conference at Imperial College London. They've come back buzzing with ideas and plans. https://t.co/sSLtn9e47J

25/09/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Another great session at HIIT club this morning! Well done to everyone who came 👏🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/zCMQLby9ro

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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