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20/02/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

BHS beginners smoothly making their way down the mountain ⛰ https://t.co/CPMSz02CG3

19/02/19

All Blackheath High School students on the ski trip in Crans Montana are safe, well and with staff. https://t.co/tzBG8vlZ6p

19/02/19

Great to see Blackheath High School alumna making a splash on the front page of the Talent Issue of https://t.co/PLT7Daoiw3

19/02/19

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Torchlit walk 🔥 https://t.co/LqHHohVixz

19/02/19

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Laila & Ayzia. An awesome afternoon. Super well done! https://t.co/E4PepWgU4T

19/02/19

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More action from today which concluded with a showing of the Hollywood classic “Pitch Perfect” while beclad in pyjamas and duvets. Ideal after a long, tiring day! https://t.co/VrZJW7YnhT

18/02/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great match against Colfes this afternoon for our U12+U13 football team. Well done to the girls who made their debut and a special mention to Kani for some excellent saves! POM: Soraya and Cait. ⚽️ https://t.co/CJZIYIHzrA

15/02/19

As part of the vast selection of clubs and societies we have here at Blackheath High School, Martial Arts is great for developing confidence and relieving stress. https://t.co/nMGEqZFR11 https://t.co/giagmGm0Su

14/02/19

Retweeted From Iain Soulsby

Walking to across a frosty Heath this morning. https://t.co/Y7m6y3Z0oQ

14/02/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

The joy of circus skills as part of the Yr1 PE curriculum https://t.co/aW1ALX7Of7

14/02/19

Our Head of Juniors talks about bedtime routines and the benefits of a good night’s sleep. https://t.co/W3bNysVU5q https://t.co/145B62YLDK

14/02/19

What a night! https://t.co/lA00Yua6yY

13/02/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U12A&B Hockey teams played in a well challenged fixture against Colfes today. Lots of fun was had and they continue to show such progress. POMs Valerie and Renee 👏🏻🙌🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/nEax2CpIW4

12/02/19

Retweeted From D&T

Take over alert! From Friday 15 to Friday 22 February this Twitter feed will be showing the ski tri to Crans-Montana, CH. Watch out for Year 7 to 10 in a beautiful, dramatic setting. https://t.co/sLWrT1PXiJ

12/02/19

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Well done to all the girls who competed in the LSAA Cross Country Champs, a really good day with some great results! A special mention to Soraya who placed 30th overall 😃 https://t.co/lNuxg9XX4B

11/02/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Thanks to our talented musician for a beautiful Handel recital to start the day https://t.co/qO5axMECdV

11/02/19

Our Head of Geography Mrs Stevens talks about the benefits of Geography and what different year groups are currently working on: https://t.co/KCIlGYeimE https://t.co/pzKMILlOin

11/02/19

Retweeted From Christine Pheiffer

Happy day from - looking forward to our next lecture on February 25th - will be discussing her latest book "Inferior" and discussing How Science Got Women Wrong https://t.co/eH7gNKRIhH

11/02/19

Thank you for your assembly challenging us to consider the when making day-to-day decisions, and question the sustainability of fast fashion. https://t.co/xyOs3KSQOJ

10/02/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Happy Saturday ☀️ thank you for hosting a great game. The team played their first 11-a-side match and loved it!! https://t.co/qvdNA3tSyF

06/02/19

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Wonderful start to the day Year 7 and 11 Buddy Breakfast. Chance to catch up! https://t.co/qOqSReNUn9

06/02/19

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Year 5 working together on the importance of Internet Safety. https://t.co/NsFQ5vEEvk

05/02/19

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Looking forward to welcoming 150+ girls from to the Languages Festival here tomorrow! The theme: Languages to the Rescue! https://t.co/MKCga0B4TE

04/02/19

Retweeted From London Youth Rowing

from our enthusiastic groups of students enjoying and developing teamwork https://t.co/RbZ54RPzCV

04/02/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Fantastic hockey fixture for the U13 A&B teams against Bromley High. A well fought win for the As and a loss for the Bs but they showed great perseverance poms: Rebecca & Natasha https://t.co/6ryn9vYWQI

04/02/19

As part of our 60 second interview series, we talk to a few of our school Peer Mentors about their support roles within the school. https://t.co/2SnQhxhkY9 https://t.co/gQei4VtDyU

04/02/19

Calling all alumnae - if you haven't already please DM for further details on signing up to this powerful mentoring app! https://t.co/GAIkTn0Ym2

04/02/19

We celebrated Chinese New Year in assembly this morning with poetry, songs, kung-fu and dancing dragon. A great performance by all involved - well done girls. https://t.co/ntIMZxBezG

02/02/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Amazing enrichment opportunities https://t.co/Jl4Cz6kJRu

01/02/19

Retweeted From CRUK Blackheath shop

Fantastic photos, fantastic girls, fantastic school, fantastic teachers! Big thanks from all of us ❣️💖❣️💖😘💖❣️💖❣️ https://t.co/4n3mDrmxJ7

01/02/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Yr 3 went back to the Stone Age this morning. Great assembly 👏👏 https://t.co/5kbEPmYAbw

31/01/19

Thank you for the insight into Southern Hemisphere life Megan, Ella and Emma! https://t.co/djmlrOv0Of

31/01/19

Cracking codes, poison pens and finding fingerprints, our sleuthing Year 5 girls had a wonderful time at the Senior School’s CSI themed science day yesterday https://t.co/iTA9KflE9n

31/01/19

As part of their activities, a group of our Blackheath High School girls learnt the Traditional Chinese Handkerchief Dance with . https://t.co/d3cfPE4cWH https://t.co/bqjvg8cXK1

30/01/19

👍👍👍 https://t.co/BE6kj0fmQY

30/01/19

We loved hosting Year 5 at the Senior School for a morning of science! https://t.co/KW47h8KLHy

28/01/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

What a beautiful morning in Blackheath - makes our new building look even more lovely! https://t.co/MVfNkQUkMj

26/01/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Year 9 learning lots today - what not to pack in your rucksack, tent construction, first aid - all great preparation for their expedition later this year https://t.co/Mhi9ZjdoSG

25/01/19

To mark the end of the Blackheath High School , we've put together a selection of educational wellbeing activities our girls have had in our most recent edition of HIGHlife. View the edition here: https://t.co/preg1vmToK

June 13

Dealing with anxiety

The number of young people reporting anxiety has rocketed and is under the spotlight now in the midst of exam season.

A few statistics that help us to focus:

  • 8-11% of children and adolescents have anxiety that affects their ability to get on with their lives.
  • 14 is the age by which more than half of mental health issues have started. Three quarters begin by 18.
  • The increase in the rate of depression and anxiety among teenagers has increased by 70% in the last 25 years, Childline has seen a 68% increase in counselling sessions for 16-18 year olds about exam results since 2014.
  • Women are twice as men likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders.

Anxiety UK points out that anxiety can be understood as a tightness or fear; it is (for most people) a normal part of life and will come and go, but for increasing numbers of teenage girls it is becoming something they are living with. The symptoms can be both physical and emotional, and according to many studies, the UK is experiencing an epidemic. Projections suggest that by 2026, anxiety disorders will set the UK economy back by £14.2bn a year. Anxiety UK makes the case that if day-to-day functioning is impaired, then help should be sought. School referrals to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) across the UK have risen by a third so it is imperative that we, as parents and teachers, take anxiety seriously. 

What can we do to stop anxious thoughts taking over and spiralling into an anxiety disorder? The first thing is to take phones away. Social media can be an amazing force for good but if you are having negative thoughts about yourself, you can’t escape them if you are constantly checking your phone for ‘likes’. High screen time and poor self-esteem are very closely related. No parent wants to be the 'bad cop' but it is so important to be involved in your daughter’s online life – and even more important to limit her online life. Exam time has always been a very stressful time, but it is even more so now. We are much more aspirational for our children’s futures – and our children are like sponges, soaking up our hopes for them. Living up to our aspirations is an increasing pressure as the immediacy of information – and the overload of information – makes the world a much more uncertain place than it used to be. 

‘Sleep is the best meditation’ as the Dalai Lama said, and the Mental Health Foundation is arguing that, as a nation that is sleep deprived, we must put good sleep at the top of the public health agenda. Teenagers need to sleep and they need a lot of sleep. Don’t let them have their phones in the bedroom – dare I suggest a family policy of leaving phones in the kitchen! When girls sleep well, they have a better sense of perspective, which enables them to deal with anxious thoughts.

Finally, exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve mental health and anxiety. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood. Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication - but without the side-effects, of course. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing. Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.

The most important thing we can do as parents and teachers, however, is to listen – and really listen.

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