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15/08/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

Such lovely accreditations to all the girls for their hard work. Big thanks to the school & all the wonderful teachers & staff for everything they’ve done over the years, truly exceptional, marvellous school 🙏🏼 https://t.co/zBuDtgd1hp

15/08/19

This year we have students leaving us to study everything from Law to Politics, Medicine, World Performance and Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies. Well done to everyone! Full results day story & photo gallery here: https://t.co/azF7hEFqKW https://t.co/alutaYHc1f

15/08/19

Excelling in English, Zoe will be going on to study English at Cambridge. If anyone is more thrilled by this news than she is, surely it’s our English teachers Ms Beecham and Ms Chandler https://t.co/1UW3XXrBq2

15/08/19

We ❤️ it too! https://t.co/GMCoUEjD2K

15/08/19

Retweeted From Cheryl Giovannoni

Wonderful achievements girls. Well done from everyone in the . https://t.co/gDYzyxSuig

15/08/19

Touching to see so many of our Year 13 students ‘taking flight’ today – some more literally than others. Epiphany will be studying Aerospace Technology and Pilot Studies at Hertfordshire https://t.co/NS48xjUSzp

15/08/19

Freya has every reason to be jumping for joy, with three A*’s in Chemistry, Biology and French. She will be putting her broad range of strengths to good use in her Biomedical Science with a Modern Language degree https://t.co/RwGR18AeR5

15/08/19

Hodan (A*,A,A) and Christine (A,A,B) are overjoyed to have secured places to study Medicine at Imperial and Manchester https://t.co/Nwf6aq6BXh

15/08/19

Congratulations to “The Fab Five”, our Head Girl Team, who have inspired the school with their leadership. Soon to be found spreading their pioneering spirit throughout the country, from Cambridge to Durham https://t.co/fT3POFopnF

15/08/19

Overwhelming emotion here at Blackheath High. Well done to everyone picking up their results today! https://t.co/uYjKgkKUF6

15/08/19

is finally here. Stay tuned and celebrate the day with us!

14/08/19

Tomorrow is and we are thinking of everyone eagerly awaiting their results

06/08/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHighDrama

See us in Space 2 this week “Rhinoceros”! https://t.co/1LS9gFcY4J

05/08/19

To all of our girls performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this week - break a leg! An impressive accomplishment in your summer holiday. https://t.co/abTSYHZtcv

02/08/19

The all-new Blackheath High School is now open. Book now for our Open Morning on 12 October and visit our new Senior School: https://t.co/sUVP67yPdl https://t.co/ByGtsapUgf

01/08/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHighDrama

You might enjoy our production of “Rhinoceros” at 11am Monday 5th - Friday 9th - same venue as Croydon High! https://t.co/IZi7XEJWdj https://t.co/lD4cVJSShI

01/08/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHighDrama

Excellent day of rehearsals! So excited for our adventure next week edfringe2019 @ Blackheath, London https://t.co/bKxtOuzJFo

30/07/19

Blackheath High School GDST was shortlisted for Independent Girls School of the Year. Come to our Junior School Open Morning on 12 October to find out why: https://t.co/AzaSJAhqFO https://t.co/ke5gFbh1Wu

26/07/19

So proud of our students performing at the this summer. "This production from Blackheath High School is fast, funny, physical and terrifying. You have been warned"… https://t.co/CAGEbrEl8H https://t.co/Nf7u6r3Piz

23/07/19

Rising stars in Year 11 have impressed across the board in their work experience placements. Read more here: https://t.co/p4KwFMEaex

19/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

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19/07/19

"The only barriers are ones you have built yourself". Great advice from Apple in Year 12 on how to make the most of your summer break to step out of your comfort zone and look after yourself https://t.co/P3idC5w8hk

16/07/19

When you leave Blackheath High School, you become a member of the GDST's 70,000 strong alumnae network. It’s hard to pick just one winner for the 2019 Alumna of the Year - but you can read through the shortlist and cast your vote here: https://t.co/CNGBmhMJVa

10/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Bye bye and Nurse Sue https://t.co/JdgibYNPBy

10/07/19

It's not the end of term without the school song! Happy holidays to all 😃 https://t.co/Mh413rOBKs

09/07/19

It's always a joy to have alumnae back in school to inspire and encourage us. Thank you for speaking at Prize Giving https://t.co/0YN1Pp7LTD

08/07/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A lovely sunny morning for our last rowing session of this year ☀️🙌🏻🚣🏼‍♀️ https://t.co/cw4ynFu5td

08/07/19

Retweeted From CRUK Blackheath shop

Enormous thanks to kindly donating all the proceeds from facepainting at their recent camp night. Such a kind & generous gesture enormously appreciated by 💖🤩😘🤜🤛💫💥🌸 https://t.co/AjbOPfU32A

08/07/19

No amount of rain could dampen spirits at the camp night over the weekend!

04/07/19

Incredible! https://t.co/pHOsUZUhNe

03/07/19

Retweeted From GDST Skills

Great to visit students from and doing work experience today. Students asked brilliant questions to vice chairman Edward Bonham Carter who encouraged them to be resilient, flexible and curious https://t.co/X7mzoSkjhy

03/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

council proudly displaying their potato harvest from the playground planters (courtesy ) . Owen of will be cooking them for lunch tomorrow produce! https://t.co/LQpHw9cw2t

03/07/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Last HIIT of the term , and you all absolutely smashed it! 💪✌️🙌 Well done for all your hard work and commitment to Wednesday morning fitness. Keep up the TABATAS over the summer! 🌞 https://t.co/epGlWitvvr

02/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Only ..a moving performance 🤣 https://t.co/YY0fpyWAOv

02/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

summer concert - pure joy! https://t.co/fU4Oy5ooZK

02/07/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

What a concert! Well done - totally unforgettable! https://t.co/KGxqZhIdWC

02/07/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Ready for another wonderful concert in a beautiful venue https://t.co/0twkknaYyY

02/07/19

Retweeted From Hollie Pearne-Webb

We can not underestimate the importance of sport and the benefits that we get from it.We need more media coverage of Womens sport so that girls get to see the amazing female role models that are out there and don't give up on sport themselves.

02/07/19

As we rally behind the , our Head, Carol Chandler-Thompson, talks to The about how an increase in awareness of women’s sport must begin with girls at school https://t.co/gKvga9cDXc

02/07/19

Retweeted From Hollie Pearne-Webb

Thank you for having me! I had a wonderful evening celebrating with you all!

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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