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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

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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