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17/06/21

Retweeted From Blackheath Society

Blackheath and Greenwich in literature talk by Blake Morrison local author and society member. 1st july 7.30pm . Tickets £10. More info https://t.co/AxJl5MXXgV

17/06/21

Year 12 Biology students joined a live Ecology Webinar today from about the documentary ‘A life on our planet’ by . Fascinating! 🌳 https://t.co/aBUMZUBMxT

16/06/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Anyone else jealous of ‘s Florence having a lunchtime dip? Just me then. 😎 https://t.co/oHxpIgrotY

15/06/21

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We are looking for talented young singers (Year 3-Year 11) to join our Youth Choir. Taster Day on Saturday 26 June from 11am-3pm at Blackheath Halls. For more info or to register visit https://t.co/Nir47J8LHI https://t.co/bAhJD6PtI3

15/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Enjoying a much cooler temperature this morning in Year 5 games... https://t.co/CCDyQwqgTc

15/06/21

As the temperatures soared, Year 2 took otheir spelling investigations al fresco! The girls had a great time combining their orienteering and spelling skills, which was an engaging way to revise spelling high frequency words. https://t.co/KgnxErYUv3

15/06/21

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family - final days to book onto our with award-winning former editor of . Register here: https://t.co/c35stpecvU https://t.co/Npr6gLUQ1X

14/06/21

Amazing 👏👏👏 https://t.co/JZKHaO2YCx

14/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Our U14 A&B cricket teams also enjoyed a competitive but fun afternoon today, against Colfe’s. Another win for our B’s but Colfe’s A’s came out victorious, winning by just a few runs. POMS: Valerie and Millie. 🏏 https://t.co/5YMdcCNh3y

14/06/21

Thank you so much https://t.co/brY3LgrnfM

14/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A great afternoon of cricket for our U13A&B teams against Chis&Sid, ending in a close loss for the A’s and a win for the B’s! POMS: Jess and Amelie 🏏 https://t.co/UcI7ayTRvS

13/06/21

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A huge congratulations to Billie, Buffy, Rachel, Lucy and Breanna for completing their Silver D of E expedition section! 50km covered on the hottest weekend of the year! See our Insta for how they cooled off! 🥈🥈🥈🥈🥈

12/06/21

Thank you so much 💙 https://t.co/Cdn6oxrEs5

12/06/21

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Our sweet and gentle Ginger. 🐹🥰 https://t.co/qGJqjUptUr https://t.co/Nwsb8D7Z2K

12/06/21

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Day 2 D of E on one of the hottest days. ‘Your girls are amazing!! They're in camp already having some 19km over some fairly big hills’

12/06/21

Thank you so much for featuring us https://t.co/DEfPhEwoOX

12/06/21

Thank you so much https://t.co/9X8qBVOU4r

12/06/21

We're loving having Year 5 students at our Midsummer Shakespeare Experience Morning - "Though she be but little, she is fierce" 🌸 https://t.co/iDxhxgueJr

12/06/21

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Lockdown enabled introverts to shine so we’ve redesigned school with more quiet spaces - GSA Head ⁦⁩ | News | The Times https://t.co/oG4Yf5EIzO

12/06/21

Retweeted From Rebecca Brown

Great to see these fantastic initiatives from our sister school ⁦⁩. Blackheath High School lets its wallflowers blossom with quiet spaces after lockdown | News | The Times https://t.co/c9fX9ZJXbD

12/06/21

Thank you so much https://t.co/xClbJBbiGA

12/06/21

Retweeted From The Good Schools Guide

This is exactly the innovation we’d expect from - our review highlights a number of fab new pastoral approaches at the school. Wonderful to see positive come from the miserable last year and a half. https://t.co/BbpAzlvKxg

12/06/21

Our Head discusses the future of education in today's and how we are taking learnings from lockdown to help all our students thrive. https://t.co/CEATtyUyvI https://t.co/kgflUPsNDu

12/06/21

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Excited for our Year 5 experience day It’s been a while! https://t.co/RMT0KGkYiZ

12/06/21

We're so excited about welcoming prospective Year 5 students for our Midsummer Shakespeare Festival this morning to experience a taster of life at Blackheath High School https://t.co/RdSIaXBSBh

11/06/21

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Year 2 catch up on current events by choosing to read editions of First News. “We are commuters reading on the train!” https://t.co/OsuM19VhJ8

11/06/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

. is looking for a Deputy Head- a rare opportunity to work with our wonderful staff, students and their families- as part of our Senior Leadership Team: Work with us... https://t.co/yDFBvTBakQ

10/06/21

Year 2 had beaming smiles during their Animal Encounters workshops. The girls met a Madagascan hissing cockroach, a scorpion, a gecko, a chinchilla and a corn snake. They showed such curiosity and demonstrated an impressive grasp of scientific vocabulary. Well done brave girls! https://t.co/OnRDUOtrNb

10/06/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Which questions would you like Lorraine Candy to address in her talk about handling your teen’s freedom this summer post-Covid? https://t.co/blZciHkVk2

09/06/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

And so concludes four fabulous workshops with , inspiring young girls through the work of Five Postcards and becoming composers themselves thank you for joining https://t.co/F1EdsVu6Iz

09/06/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

School site looking resplendent in the sunshine today- so lovely for the students to enjoy these havens of green and sunshine! https://t.co/7SXJ4E3Bwu

08/06/21

As part of the fortnight, our girls spoke with other GDST students planning to live, study and work in the cities they'll be moving to, providing a great chance to make friends ahead of the big move. Exciting! 👍 https://t.co/rK7yZGDs0C

08/06/21

So excited to begin the fortnight for our Sixth Formers. Each day from 1pm, our girls will join other GDST students for exciting events to prepare them for the next stage of their journey, including University seminars and real world ready workshops! ✨ https://t.co/NzC94o3qXQ

08/06/21

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What a beautiful day for a trip to https://t.co/mYLDYbASRp

07/06/21

Before Half Term, we interviewed our new Head of RE about inspiring our budding philosophers and how the subject lends itself so readily to discussion. You can read the interview here: https://t.co/s6OzpZdjuC https://t.co/1Fdls4VaHa

03/06/21

Our Nursery girls have been learning the benefits of gardening to help boost mental health. The girls have enjoyed planting both flower and vegetable seeds, dead-heading bulbs and watering the forget-me-nots and bluebells. You can find out more here: https://t.co/ZiWpAs78N7 https://t.co/b3tAOWVgXs

01/06/21

Our helpful Year 7 volunteers did a fantastic job clearing litter from the heath before Half Term. Thank you girls! 👍 https://t.co/T9jTWLDUUt

28/05/21

Goodbye and good luck to you Year 13! It's been such a pleasure and we are so proud of you all. ✨ https://t.co/EiaLwhXAHM

28/05/21

Nursery have been learning the letter ‘v’ and the girls decided to make v..v..volcanoes from papier-mâché and paint. The girls then carried out an experiment to create lava from bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Wow! 🌋 https://t.co/XnPfHOJPRE

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May 11

Spotlight on Religious Studies

How long have you been teaching Religious Studies at Blackheath High School?

I arrived in January and began teaching my lessons via Guided Home Learning, lockdown having put an end to my hopes of making a good first impression in the flesh! Fortunately, I had the expert guidance of Mrs Rehman who teaches alongside me.

Can you tell us about your background?

I read Hebrew, Biblical & Theological Studies in Trinity College, Dublin. I spent my twenties travelling the globe and working in the heady world of opera and classical music. I’ve been teaching in both the state and independent sector for eleven years, and previously taught in another GDST school, so I feel very at home in my new environment.

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

Students in Year 6 are given a taste of RS in the Senior School through a study of Egyptology & Ancient Greek Religion. We deliver a systematic & philosophical study of six major world religions in Key Stage 3, and apply this learning to a range of contemporary ethical issues such as sustainability, wealth & poverty and matters of life & death. At Key Stage 4 we study philosophy & ethics through the lenses of Christianity and Islam. Our A Level students study an incredibly diverse range of themes such as Feminist Theology, Cosmology, Sociology of Religion and Business Ethics.

Is it a popular choice of subject?

It certainly is, and growing! This year we have two classes taking the subject in Year 10 and next year our A Level cohort is due to quadruple in size. This is exciting because the subject lends itself so readily to debate and discussion, so the more thinkers we have in the class, the greater the challenge when making judgements.

What are the benefits of studying this subject?

It touches so many aspects of the human experience. Whether one has been exposed to religion or not, the global impact of various belief systems is impossible to ignore. The opportunity to think critically about religious dogma and examine how it shapes how we think, who we elect, what we can wear, why we celebrate & mourn and where we will go when we die (if anywhere) is unmatched. From a progression viewpoint, it is a valued subject for entry into numerous third level courses. Furthermore, a quick internet search of ‘famous philosophy students’ will throw up a few surprises!

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

Goldilocks-style class sizes (not too big, not too small, but just right) allow students to be heard when they ask questions, discuss propositions with their peers and refine their critical thinking skills before articulating their stance on ‘the big issues’. Being a school connected to one of the world’s great capital cities means that we have the opportunity to visit numerous places of worship as well as venues such as the British Library and the National Gallery to see how our subject has been represented in academia and art. We are excited about the prospect of a school trip to Jerusalem next year (fingers crossed). Our library is well stocked with a cornucopia of books to light a spark in all our budding philosophers; Mrs Rehman and I are always on hand to recommend a book!

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

Blackheath students love a debate! As we say in Northern Ireland – ‘They’re not backward at coming forward!’

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