Close

Twitter Wall

05/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Happy Friday why not work your way into the weekend with the quick but challenging plank challenge? Good core strength is vital, give it a go. https://t.co/luLDDHRYOS

04/06/20

What a brilliant, creative space, Izzy. https://t.co/qMHcpiiRAY

04/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Morning all community. Spend a few minutes joining the 50 club to get those endorphins buzzing today. https://t.co/P42UwLdnHb

03/06/20

Today's workout is perfect for the slightly cooler weather. Thank you https://t.co/NJejYU0hIX

02/06/20

Sounds glorious! https://t.co/NL566Fu8uc

02/06/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Perfect day for a picnic lunch in Reception https://t.co/8K3CZHK2B3

02/06/20

If playgrounds could smile... 🥰 https://t.co/9XuI9bg5JW

02/06/20

Lovely to see, and thank you for sharing 😊 https://t.co/TESYSzEvVk

02/06/20

A big, warm, Blackheath welcome back to many of our Reception, Year 1 & Year 6 girls today. Your energy and positivity is lighting up both schools, we are so happy to see you again. As always, thank you to parents for your patience and adaptability as we adjust to new challenges. https://t.co/a2tCFLebdp

01/06/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

We had a thorough day of training and preparing today. Really looking forward to welcoming back more pupils into our school buildings tomorrow.

01/06/20

Here comes - and with it a lovely guide from on how to bring a slice of joy into every day of the month 💐 https://t.co/hEpAG2SXIn

01/06/20

Wow, Jasmin! Delighted to hear your sculpture has been selected by the Royal Academy for their summer exhibition. Well deserved indeed. https://t.co/5808YEfcHg

01/06/20

A truly unique challenge from today! https://t.co/UBV8jbuCRx

29/05/20

As the newly elected Head Girl Team takes the lead of the next academic year, our outgoing team give us their final thoughts and farewells. https://t.co/2H5JUk9wug https://t.co/J1kXv1yt2i

29/05/20

Retweeted From Westcomberesident

Hey, how about a few more Retweets for these amazing singers from and their rendition of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars. It’s brilliant! 👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/1i8wLB21UU

27/05/20

Looking for an exciting opportunity to use your event organisation, marketing and relationship building skills? We are recruiting for a Marketing Events & Alumnae Relations Officer - PT / Flexible Maternity Cover https://t.co/EomGqo8F41 https://t.co/ZUreKUmyUG

27/05/20

Even though Year 11 are unable to do their exams, it didn't stop Kai from creating this truly amazing animation entitled 'Hope'. https://t.co/jfryA4Zm2E https://t.co/tPLrG3QieN

26/05/20

Today’s Evening Standard featuring YR 6 pupil, Emma, and her BHS for NHS fundraising design. Well done, Emma! We are very proud of your community, creative and entrepreneurial spirit https://t.co/2XYbRhvmpT

25/05/20

As part of the English lessons via Guided Home Learning, Year 8 put together storyboards based on Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart', and they gave us some incredible results! https://t.co/jklGu5JqAx https://t.co/SvKxt3HUvR

22/05/20

In case you missed our stunning performance of Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars today - you can watch the winning music video here https://t.co/lYAwe4tcsi Well done - you absolute superstars Enjoy! https://t.co/9xUSF5Blk0

22/05/20

Huge congratulations to our very own ‘The Rolling Tones’ and 'Higgins Quartet' who have won the People's Choice Award in today’s ! Talk about ending the half-term on a high note! 🎤🥳 https://t.co/a2SjB6olNE

22/05/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Very moved to receive this lovely gift from parents thanking us for provision. Our honour ❤️ https://t.co/jCQM8B7oU0

22/05/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A Half Term Bingo challenge to keep the community in high spirits over the break. Keep active and enjoy! https://t.co/u04JDbPTAo

22/05/20

We can’t wait for the , the most anticipated music event of 2020, broadcasting live to girls around the country from 10am today! https://t.co/DeTFlfto0T

21/05/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Hands up if you need to engage your core muscles more 🙋‍♀️ sitting at the computer all day can lead to poor posture, a strong core can improve this - This challenge will only take a few minutes! https://t.co/VRGon8Gb0C

21/05/20

Hands up if you need to engage your core muscles more! Sitting at the computer all day can lead to poor posture, a strong core can improve this – today’s Fitness Forward challenge will only take a few minutes! https://t.co/nmEMdCO3WV

21/05/20

This is extremely fascinating to us as, unfortunately, records of the history of this part of our school (which we moved our Senior School & Sixth Form to in 1994, after it had been home to The Church Army since 1965) are limited. Please keep us updated on any discoveries!

21/05/20

Retweeted From Inspiring Change Makers

We hope you are all ready! Here's the link for easy access: https://t.co/zA5cLL7c6j https://t.co/enwoSLtnnc

20/05/20

Our students are excited to be some of the 20,000 young women taking part in the Inspiring Change Makers Summit tomorrow! You can download resources and watch videos ahead of the summit here: https://t.co/Od2hDhpfv2 https://t.co/2qrucJNAoW

20/05/20

It's and we are feeling especially grateful for our supportive community who remind us that we are appreciated throughout the year 🥰 https://t.co/vVwqwHwLT4

19/05/20

Only an hour to go until Mrs Gunton's melodic Kitchen Samba session! Follow the link below and make some music 🎶🎶 https://t.co/u1ouHCSPO7

19/05/20

Ella in Year 6 has created a bug hotel using an old wine box. Not only embracing the ‘reuse’ initiative, but also considering some of our smallest creatures that deserve a nice place to live too. Well done, Ella! https://t.co/zo4g63hM2U

19/05/20

Mrs Rosado has been using leftover tiles from the garage to make her rainbow in support of the NHS – it looks fab Mrs Rosado! https://t.co/CUXpZiPqPT

19/05/20

Some fabulous entries to the House Compettion have come in this week. Here, Betty in Year 6 has made this excellent message reminding us to ‘reuse’. Great work Betty! https://t.co/qUUgeOJbgT

18/05/20

Play your cards right! Another creative way to from https://t.co/eVWHAZn0xC

15/05/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Mrs W’s guided home learning task exceeding safe cuteness levels ! Next best thing to a hug ❤️ https://t.co/495oKkahDk

15/05/20

Get ready to tune in on the 22 May for the musical event of the summer! The first GDST Song Contest will be broadcast live to GDST girls around the country during the school day, so get your votes ready for Blackheath High! https://t.co/7V5hdSN4uo

15/05/20

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

"I never doubted whether I was good enough or qualified enough, I just believed I was capable enough, and definitely taught me that" — Victoria Barnett's story. https://t.co/0YzSMee0Kv

15/05/20

Stay mindful and take care of yourselves over the weekend. https://t.co/FxIM24Cp0V

15/05/20

Incredible work is still coming in for the House Competition. Resha, Yr 6 reused a Pringles pack, old jeans and buttons to make a pen holder, Really useful! https://t.co/F3Y11lIbg0

September 20

This Girl Can challenge gender stereotypes

I have been following the public shaming of a number of shoe shops for selling ‘flimsy’ footwear for girls with great interest over the summer. The last few weeks of the summer holiday are a ritual for most families, with feet being measured and school shoes being chosen. I certainly recall finding that the girls’ section in shoe shops contained Mary Janes or ballet pumps and very little that protected growing feet from winter weather.

Anna Kessel, a sports writer for The Guardian, argues that the battle against sexist school shoes is a fight that is worth having. She points out that whether or not you are ideologically invested in children’s footwear, the most important thing is that children’s feet are warm and dry and that boys’ shoes are sturdy and cover the whole foot and are ideal for running and adventuring, whilst girls’ shoes slip off far too easily for them to be adventuring. As a sports writer, Kessel is concerned about girls’ lack of participation in sport – ‘This Girl Can’ has had £10 million of public funds poured into it and yet the shoes on offer to young girls are preventing them from being physically active. Her argument is that this inability to take part in adventures that stems from being unable to run about in ballet pumps feeds into the fact that two million fewer 14-40 year old women than men participate in sport. Sport England have found that the main reason for the lack of participation is that women fear being judged.

Kessel argues that girls receive messages about gender when they shop for their school shoes; football is for boys because the football motifs appear only in the boys’ section and that girls will have already learned which toys, careers, hobbies and colours they should be interested in. As long as school shoes remain gendered, she argues, girls will rarely play ball games on the playground. If Kessel were to visit Blackheath High School she would have a very different experience of girls in the playground – she would probably struggle to keep up with the girls racing around and playing games, but she raises an interesting point about how products are explicitly marketed to girls and boys much more so now than they were in the early 1980s for example. In the Sears Catalogue from 1975 for example, less than 2% of the advertisements for toys were explicitly marketed to girls or boys so it is troubling that we are raising a generation of children who are exposed to ideas about gender that are potentially regressive. You may have seen the Jacques Peretti BBC documentary ‘The Men Who Make Us Spend’, in which he demonstrated that children are increasingly targeted as mini consumers; why sell one box of Lego when you can sell two by gendering the colours? 

Kessel’s points are certainly food for thought and at Blackheath High School we challenge gender stereotypes wherever we find them, with our Mighty Girls to our Feminist Society we embrace the ethos of ‘This Girl Can’ in the widest possible sense – and she won’t be held back by her shoes. 

Also In the News