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03/07/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A quick fire workout to get you through to the weekend https://t.co/N1QKffW4cS

02/07/20

We hope our Year 7 of 2020 are as excited to start as we are to welcome them ☺️ https://t.co/aibwb3ZWta

02/07/20

Welcome back Year 3! https://t.co/FAC2PPfWCX

02/07/20

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Blast your way through the rest of the week with this quick workout Get your heart bumping and body moving https://t.co/vf5Ctc5A8v

02/07/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

So nice to drop in on our and Year 5s enjoying our Senior School . Looking very mature and studious! https://t.co/M3eTlX1456

01/07/20

Quite the achievement - well done girls, and thank you for keeping us moving throughout the summer term! A real bunch of superstars 💫💫💫 https://t.co/fCYvANewMm

01/07/20

A short and snappy workout for Wednesday morning from https://t.co/7eZ5XfylZa

30/06/20

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Hydration, hydration, hydration! Something we should spend more time ensuring Try this challenge to see if you are usually hydrated! https://t.co/eUIPaYFyDs

29/06/20

🎼The countdown to the premiere of our Summer Concert has begun! Still time to check you have popcorn in stock before the music starts at 6pm tomorrow: https://t.co/rE03SFl1JJ

29/06/20

A lot to look forward to in Sixth Form. https://t.co/wlPyR25s4D

29/06/20

Creating new and healthy habits can be a real challenge - do you drink enough water? 🌊 https://t.co/6KFI3nlwL0

26/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Try this 10 minute challenge to kick start your weekend Get it done! https://t.co/D9uPqp7LKb

25/06/20

Our Taster Morning experience this Saturday is so close we are ‘virtually’ there! There’s still time to register for those interested in joining Year 7 in 2021: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/634W4gu0ZJ

24/06/20

For anyone still needing to wake up today, this challenge is for you! https://t.co/yIVVTZQg0f

24/06/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very good of to arrange such beautiful weather for me to greet our smiling girls at juniors this morning - I’m sure gate duty is like this all year round 🤣☔️ https://t.co/w8DqKV1U64

24/06/20

A wonderful example of Guided Home Learning - top work Misha. https://t.co/BWkRTqUy2R

23/06/20

We’re trying something a little bit different, join us this Saturday to see Blackheath High School through the eyes of a Senior School student. Year 5 girls and their parents can register here: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/f8ovlUjnAq

23/06/20

A huge well-done to everyone involved in the Virtual Senior School Sports Day. It's incredible seeing the Blackheath community keeping fit and supporting each other during lockdown. https://t.co/os9Y7YiiTq

22/06/20

Push, push Tilly 💪 - a great sports day effort! https://t.co/YdwGZJNMRN

22/06/20

Great work girls! https://t.co/ulXQEMs4DI

22/06/20

Good work on the 15km, Kate, and good luck on the dismount 🚴🏅 https://t.co/l6BZ3RO9fQ

22/06/20

Bonus points for puppy compliance 👍👍 https://t.co/1k6mR7Vd1e

22/06/20

Brilliant. Good to see a family effort bright and early on this beautiful Monday ☀️ https://t.co/cRrKUD3Nna

22/06/20

Let's get a tally going! Join in with Sports Day and let's see how many kilometres can we collectively walk, run or cycle today. https://t.co/VE5kYBmlt8

20/06/20

Discover more about Blackheath High Senior School. Register today for our Virtual Taster Morning for Year 5 girls and their parents: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/Cb70Zem8j8

19/06/20

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Why not see how many of the world's most famous buildings you can climb over the weekend https://t.co/VcWtm3AKkb

18/06/20

Well done indeed https://t.co/P68CDctPWa

18/06/20

We are always proud of our students, and it’s always special when they are recognised by others for how brightly they shine ⭐️ So well done to Ezinne in Year 13 for being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy

17/06/20

Not long now! https://t.co/9lpulHqkKz

16/06/20

Are you considering joining our Year 7 in 2021? Register for our Virtual Taster Morning to sample lessons, take part in a live Q&A panel, and experience our all-new virtual tour for the first time: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/zEzisL0RYr

16/06/20

Delicioso! 🇪🇸 https://t.co/wASOIV4NvO

13/06/20

Immerse yourself in the world of a Blackheath High Senior School student, register for our Virtual Taster Morning for girls in Year 5 and their parents on 27 June, today: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/7uyvjfiChV

12/06/20

A great photo of Safari featured in the - so pleased she’s happy to be back 😊 https://t.co/fWPq8hLODz

12/06/20

Thank you - we are delighted that Safari has settled back in so well! https://t.co/QPH2eGjB6c https://t.co/Ylt2pdrct5

12/06/20

We had some tremendous feedback from the girls which was hugely appreciated, thank you!

12/06/20

We truly enjoyed the programme for GDST Year 13 girls planning to study French at University, which included a four week history and culture course spanning colonialism through May 68 and exploring Impressionism and Nouvelle Vague with the girls giving presentations in week four.

12/06/20

It's been wonderful collaborating with and in the Limitless Learning Bridging Brogramme for Year 13 girls. It's been a real highlight in this strange time!

12/06/20

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Happy Friyay!!!! A 5 minute Abs blast for you today this will get you ready for a well earned weekend, enjoy. https://t.co/xeYqJBpguG

11/06/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

"Going to a GDST school opened up a world of opportunity." Dominique Unsworth, founder of alumna talks about her time at https://t.co/ampNJmeWHq

10/06/20

Thank you 🙏

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. 

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