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15/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Recognise one of our girls here! One of many who love Roundabout. https://t.co/7ndf5DEZy9

10/04/19

Retweeted From GDST Skills

Interested in a career in medicine and looking for work experience? Useful tips here on writing a cover letter to stand out and increase your chance of getting a placement https://t.co/01zazmaWxO via

08/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

loved it. https://t.co/I2Eyqipj78

08/04/19

Retweeted From BHS Music

Our lovely sixth form students on our dinner cruise after a busy day of travelling and rehearsing. https://t.co/ziu2HenapL

08/04/19

Well done on your concert in Prague ladies! https://t.co/63YBdTikGB

04/04/19

Retweeted From BHS Music

We’ve safely made it to Prague and are having a short rehearsal before our dinner cruise tonight. https://t.co/RZ3KbLteJA

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Jood & Rachael representing Vanbrugh in the House debate. It’s so great to hear the students airing such well thought out opinions https://t.co/GD1agEaxOf

04/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great standard of debate in the House debate this afternoon https://t.co/Lvk0ckwIIf

04/04/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Really good inter-house debating this afternoon . Strong arguments, strong rhetoric. https://t.co/2EWbaO1XHI

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. So proud of our junior girls joining their Senior “sisters” on 10km walk. No whingers just ninjas in Yr6 - we all made it back! https://t.co/KOCgCMdKnX

04/04/19

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison

We did it!!! 10K walk to raise money for campaign. https://t.co/KBROraCccC

04/04/19

Of course it didn't! If anything it added atmosphere to our already iconic surroundings. Well done all. https://t.co/uqGJ56yFE8

04/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Small matter of some April showers .. no problem! 10k walk well underway 🌦😊 https://t.co/ZBd05rXMgE

04/04/19

Retweeted From PlanInternational UK

Thank you for your support! We're cheering you on👏 https://t.co/ee9eBF9TrW

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

And we’re off! whole school 10km quick year 6&7 photo 🙌🏻 https://t.co/Rsi4d8lymC

04/04/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

🍀Good luck to all the today from school yr6 & seniors doing a 10k sponsored walk to the & back 4 woowee! Support make a difference, these girls are awesome! 💫🏃‍♀️✨💥 good luck all!! https://t.co/sZ9eN2FKxE

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Well someone’s keen to start the walk! https://t.co/Fo9cJYxwJF

04/04/19

Glad to see they found some sunshine too ☀️ https://t.co/PPT7nvq2cg

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHighDrama

Great Theatre Trip to see the inspiring https://t.co/RYA1MiJi29

04/04/19

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

So proud of Maria’s success in the GDST Creative Writing Competition. The girls were captivated as she read to them! ⁦⁦https://t.co/o4FGBXsC5M

03/04/19

Congratulations on a great term of netball! https://t.co/6kigFkjmZA

03/04/19

Blissful! https://t.co/bC6oDqCT4o

03/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

I love this campaign. Too often, I meet 10 year olds who have had to campaign to play football alongside the boys at primary school.. thankfully not an issue schools where all sports are for girls: The Telegraph's Girls, Inspired campaign explained https://t.co/AGqysH1q5A

03/04/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Congratulations to everyone who performed tonight in the Spring Concert. A wonderful polished programme of delights ahead of the Prague tour.

02/04/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

This fab event is the first week back after Easter so make sure you don't get caught out ... book that babysitter and bring on the belly laughs! Tickets available now at https://t.co/v1vgr90Niu, contact us here or at bhsachairs.com if you want to bag a table https://t.co/7IdwpVoPgI

01/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Feeling 😇 to live and work in such a beautiful location - truly good for the soul! https://t.co/Xk58oKQIvh

28/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

What a pleasure to welcome more than 40 to Juniors today for lunch, music and tours. “Blackheath High made me the woman I am today” https://t.co/ta8zSLRSrZ

28/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

What a great match to end our U14 hockey team’s impressive season! The camaraderie these girls have created is admirable. Well done to you all for such a solid performance against strong opposition, St Dunstan’s. POM: Beni! https://t.co/IC8b6XKePY

28/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U12 hockey team finished the season off in style with ah great match against LPGS. Well done for a fantastic first year of hockey 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/WcV5vcc78W

26/03/19

Yesterday, The French Department took two students (Valerie and Zoë) to the regional final of the MFL Spelling Bee. They did fantastically well and performed brilliantly under pressure. Congratulations girls! https://t.co/3VzOkQvqYN

25/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Junior School Council made the Florence lunchtime walking rota happen. Top work Ceri- risk assessment and rota in place! And a squirrel did appear... 🐿 https://t.co/1VAdFFzc6R

25/03/19

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Watch girls from around the UK & Wales performing at for our Young Choir of the Year 2019. https://t.co/Bpes5UNras

25/03/19

Retweeted From Judy Mitchem

Watch out for Blackheath High ⁦⁩ ⁦ https://t.co/llnbcEejLv

22/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Could not be more proud of these girls 👏👏👏 https://t.co/1VQwOs4bKA

20/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Only https://t.co/E7py150P2l

20/03/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Loved watching year 10 at work in our beautiful art studios yesterday https://t.co/eAFGC2PyYZ

19/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

girls here https://t.co/p7BwGxeI1R

18/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U14 netballers performed brilliantly to come 2nd in the Greenwich Schools tournament this afternoon. Misa was awarded Player if the Tournament out of the players there which is a fantastic accomplishment 👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/Bkz4zLhGyv

18/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

popped in for lunch with Reception today. Guesses on our Head’s age ranged from 17 to 88. And they all liked her necklace 🤣🤣 https://t.co/JDMzIQFDp2

18/03/19

Retweeted From BHS Junior English

enjoying the conference https://t.co/40AG3xdfCW

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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