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23/10/20

Have you ever wondered what PE is like when you start KS2? Our Year 3 councillors give us all the details: https://t.co/NkuNSgs77s https://t.co/VdpEtD65qD

23/10/20

Retweeted From Good Shepherd Lee

Thanks for supporting our refugee foodbank once again. We’re very grateful for all your support! https://t.co/2HI0mU63lz

21/10/20

We couldn't be more proud of Umairah for winning a scholarship in the Immerse Education Essay Competition with her essay about the concept of 'justice'. Find out more and read her winning essay here: https://t.co/d81lnst9I0 https://t.co/XfJUARmR1g

19/10/20

To show their learning of Cell Differentiation and the Repiratory System in Biology, Year 8 and 9 got creative by creating incredible posters. https://t.co/adDDAe34qP https://t.co/2bbIkA69BD

16/10/20

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Congratulations to the top 5 pairs in the year 6 inter-house gymnastics competition. Great performances by all and a wonderful afternoon! An overall victory this time for Vanbrugh! Congratulations! Happy half term from PE! https://t.co/wYcCwF7bPY

16/10/20

We're so proud of our girls for using today's Mufti Day to raise money for and their campaign. Well done girls! https://t.co/tKM4fszD7Y

16/10/20

Good luck Year 6! 🤸‍♀️ https://t.co/dyqtBmAKNz

16/10/20

So proud of all our amazing artists here at Blackheath High. Check out some of our students' amazing GCSE artwork in our gallery here 👇 🎨💫 https://t.co/nLJAobC3WB https://t.co/jvyswjykFz

16/10/20

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Love a bit of Dance and Badminton on a Friday for the Sixth Form 🥳🥵 https://t.co/aK0Qz7gqFD

15/10/20

We’re delighted to be supporting and will be raising money tomorrow as we host “mufti day” here in school before we head into half term. It’s so inspiring to hear about all these amazing https://t.co/TkJrqqWNkD

15/10/20

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Some great taster lessons and demos here from staff around the school too... https://t.co/RUQtIWPVNj

15/10/20

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2 balloon tetrahedron! https://t.co/ZQXL0nrZ0A

15/10/20

Amazing 👏👏👏 https://t.co/JTteTfeA24

15/10/20

Any excuse to enjoy the award winning musical performances of Blackheath High's The Rolling Tones and Higgins Quartet. So proud of all our talented musicians! 🎶 Check them out here 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/5URS8AZ5e1

15/10/20

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Conference has begun! Adding carefully to construct our Pascal's Triangle. What patterns will be revealed? https://t.co/hOr09BKc5s

15/10/20

This is brilliant 😊 👏👏👏 https://t.co/bvzEaagi5e

15/10/20

Interested in joining our amazing school? Find out all about life here at Blackheath High from our Head Girl, Saffron, who shares her experiences from joining us in Year 7 to studying in the Sixth Form. Don't forget our 11+ applications close tomorrow! 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/S4IIrDI8Gu

14/10/20

Year 9 smashing run club in Greenwich Park tonight https://t.co/UMkOYY8W9o

14/10/20

❤️🐶 https://t.co/d8jRYZzISX

14/10/20

Love history? Find out what it’s like to study at Blackheath High and take a taster lesson with our resident Historian Mr Crozier and find out all about life in Ancient Britain 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/wr7wl1vtkn

14/10/20

Retweeted From Rebecca Richards 🧪

Extinction with . Did a giant asteroid hit the Earth or did aliens abduct the dinosaurs? 🤔🦕🦖☄️🛸 https://t.co/3X8yFCgpfg

14/10/20

This made our day! 🌈 https://t.co/m5xnOOfeHX

14/10/20

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Our charity prefects would like to thank our ⁦⁩ parents for your Harvest donations. https://t.co/JDoRKy3e2K

14/10/20

Amazing work! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/XhXe6LlFPL

13/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Park run rained off so these machines blasted out some team endurance training instead. https://t.co/8TeghoQpN4

13/10/20

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You were brilliant! Strong clear message on anti-racism and how young people can make their voice heard. Very proud you are a https://t.co/trWg78EqzM

13/10/20

Thinking of joining us in Year 7 and interested in sport? We have so much on offer here at Blackheath High School. Visit our Virtual Open Day to find out more from our Director of Sport, Miss Morrell 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12zHBn https://t.co/HplhijRpCG

13/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Thank you for such an informative and inspiring assembly. Learning how to be allies, educate ourselves and stand strong in support for our community is so valuable. Thank you! https://t.co/YvwQJ6ImXa

13/10/20

The girls all loved it, you were amazing - thank you so much again! https://t.co/GMEZPliWao

13/10/20

"Speak up for those who can't. It's OK to feel uncomfortable when calling things out." Thank you so much to Blackheath alumna for such a powerful talk this morning as part of our month - everyone was so inspired. Thank you! https://t.co/7KFgMkcaK9

13/10/20

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison 😷

such a powerful talk to girls. What a role model 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

12/10/20

Brilliant! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/ToXeWj22YH

12/10/20

We're so proud of Tia who has narrated ad & reminds us "We stop at nothing". When using your voice is more important than ever, Tia is a leading example of what BHS girls do every day. Check out Tia's work here: https://t.co/7d07dZ00ub https://t.co/U54XOLXHJa

12/10/20

This year, our 11+ application deadline is a little earlier than usual - this Friday, 16 October. Take a look behind the scenes with a virtual tour of our amazing school here https://t.co/ZMwHiLuPss You can also still visit our website to enjoy our Virtual Open Day. https://t.co/Vy8cR9xniY

12/10/20

Looking forward to a new week of sport here at Blackheath High 💪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/7lCBRwFCZR

09/10/20

As part of our Wollstonecraft Speaker Series, we couldn't be more excited to welcome Process Engineer Gillian Atwell, who will be giving a talk to our girls today about the steps she has taken along her career path and the day-to-day tasks of an engineer. https://t.co/BzKCZlFCCn

08/10/20

There's still time to enjoy our Virtual Open Day. Visit our website here for an insight into life at our Junior School, Senior School & Sixth Form. You can also watch recordings of our live Q&A, with teachers and students answering your questions 👇 https://t.co/KdsGpblCYt https://t.co/zNb3gUPOv5

08/10/20

We agree! Thank you for all the delicious, healthy lunches 🙂 https://t.co/5GyVPljKsi

08/10/20

Fantastic to see our girls making the most of our Run Club in Greenwich Park! 🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/lFIFQMymqP

Latest news

April 27

Spotlight on Senior Music

This week, we spoke to Emily Gunton, Director of Music about the subject at BHS.

How is music taught here at Blackheath High?

It is a nice mix between practical, theory and using technology to help the girls learn. There are excellent resources available including percussion instruments, flutes, violins, and keyboards so if a student is not particularly good at one instrument they are able to try another. We approach music in a way so that it is accessible to all students.

 

Do you think all children have the ability to learn how to play an instrument?

Yes, but it is finding the right instrument. The department runs a taster scheme in Year 7 where students have up to 20 lessons on an instrument of their choice. They are helped in the process with a taster concert to hear what it sounds like and they then take part in a taster workshops so they can have a go. So if they like the idea of playing a trumpet, but can’t get a sound out of it, then they can try another instrument. Students are encouraged to listen and participate in any type of music they like, not just classical, as we are not all the same and it is good to keep it varied.

 

Is music very popular at GCSE and A level?

Very much so as the girls like the performance element of it. Performance and composition are a major part of the course. We have so many good musicians here so it is becoming increasingly popular as they are really interested in the subject.  It is very varied, it’s not just about classical music. There is a music for media element and a music for theatre element. Some of our Sixth Form students have gone on to study Music at university including Oxford, King’s and Bath.

 

Are there opportunities for the girls to interact with established musicians and singers?

We have some excellent peripatetic music teachers who come here. Mrs Riley has sung on the Beauty and the Beast film. Mr Luckett and Mr Hignell have done lots of recordings. Miss Wydenbach and Miss McGhee regularly sing at the Royal Opera House.

 

How does music contribute to positivity within the school and local community?

There is a real buzz amongst the girls who attend the choirs and ensembles. It is a nice way to start the day with rehearsals at 8am each morning, doing something different instead of feeling tired. It is nice to have something really positive to do before you start school.

 

Do the Juniors and Seniors work on any collaborative musical events?

They work together on the Summer concert, with workshops held at Juniors. I often play with Junior School groups and enjoyed participating in the GDST Choir of the Year and the Cantata. It is important that students are able to participate in events that are outside of the school.

 

Which musical events does the school attend and encourage girls to participate in?

The girls perform every year at Christmas at the Royal Naval College. There is a bi-annual tour which has previously seen us visiting Amsterdam, we have recently come back from Venice and Verona, whilst in two years’ time we are going to Prague. We also perform a musical at The Greenwich Theatre and go to watch a variety of concerts where we get to hear professional musicians. Most recently, we went to the Queen Mary Evensong at The Royal Naval College with the music of Henry Purcell, which is one of the composers studied at GCSE and A level.

 

What are the benefits to students studying music in school?

Students are able to perform in lots of concerts. They then experience the buzz of performing. They are able to experience different genres of music including classical and musical theatre.

 

What are the plans for the future for the music department?

We are hoping to make more recordings of concerts and post them on Firefly. We are developing chamber music with more small groups. We also have some big scale concerts planned for the next year with hopefully performing Handel’s Messiah at the Naval College at Christmas.

Written by Mrs D Glazebrook

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