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11/12/19

Retweeted From Year 7 @ Blackheath

Well done Year 7 on a wonderful performance last night 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/YYoCovdA4C

11/12/19

Brilliant performances all round at the Carol Concert held in the Old Royal Naval College last night https://t.co/5nkcJdx0w9

11/12/19

Retweeted From Birdie Aitken

Christmas has begun...thank you ⁦⁩ for a wonderful evening of talented musicians and singers. Such a treat! 💕🎄🎼 https://t.co/Kw95qWJbfZ

10/12/19

Thank you for taking part! https://t.co/wSFBCYSedJ

10/12/19

Back to school! Today Year 7 girls were joined by their parents in Computer Science for a very special lesson... 1/2 https://t.co/w6yVkaGKRO

09/12/19

Retweeted From D&T

Junior School laser cutting for the BHSA Christmas Fair. https://t.co/CzV0nhaS4i

09/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Thanks , it's been another great year, and we still have the Christmas Fair and Singalong to look forward to! Huge thanks to all parents, teachers and friends of who donate their time and ££ to make these fab things happen ❤🎅🤶🎄 https://t.co/v3n7aGatvi

09/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

assembly. And we’re off! https://t.co/ujIvfrm5Wo

07/12/19

Retweeted From bhsdeutsch

Blackheath High School German Department trip to the Christmas Markets in Cologne is off to a great start. Lots of shopping and taking in the fabulous atmosphere. More fun to be had tomorrow at the chocolate museum! https://t.co/eXFJEKhjPB

06/12/19

Retweeted From BHS Junior English

Our Book Club! All organised by the wonderful They are loving their first choice https://t.co/9t5exKpkZR

06/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

what better way to start Friday? Our Nursery to Year 2 loving your teddy bears and their picnic! ❤️ https://t.co/WALQjrB7VU

06/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Great excitement Juniors as the glass is put in place in our new link building. . Thanks to Yr5 digital leaders for the footage! https://t.co/ggVOMl67uE

05/12/19

How uplifting! Looking forward to hearing their ideas. https://t.co/fiULg5Xc4G

05/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Yr2 Yr3 concert. https://t.co/Cltw9KNI6n

04/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Another beautiful evening at Hockey and Netball club 🥰 https://t.co/OO09JKwLcy

04/12/19

Classics for Kids! In celebration of Wellbeing Week 2020, our Music Scholars invite you and your little one on a musical adventure. Join us at the Senior School on Wednesday 22 January from 10am. Further details and registration: https://t.co/NwV2vRdjJh https://t.co/Qew03GCMXo

04/12/19

Brilliant persuasion skills, girls. https://t.co/Y0o9wHYxA7

04/12/19

We certainly think so! https://t.co/LW1gkGamSF

03/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Love where you live!!! 😍😍 We had a great run at Cross Country Club tonight + finished with a quick gym session! Well done everyone 💪🏼🌟🙌🏼🏃🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/0yCpINCxKK

03/12/19

We have our fingers crossed for Helena in Year 8, who will be travelling to Prague to compete on behalf of the Icelandic national synchronised swimming team this weekend. We're so proud of you, Helena!

03/12/19

Our Wollstonecraft Speaker this week is Dr Chris Duffin, an award-winning palaeontologist who has published extensively on a wide range of fossil groups. We're excited to learn more! https://t.co/CuL3EuPwWg

03/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

It’s freezing, but who cares?! 🤷🏻‍♀️🥶 we all had a great evening playing at Bromley! POMS - Amy and Amelie 🦁🐯🏑 https://t.co/7uGrPSGODP

02/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Oh yes it can choir is on! https://t.co/HbL2Ee9Cri

02/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Halls

Greenwich means ...Christmas time! The festive season arrives in style at our Christmas-jumper packed Festive Family Sing-a-long https://t.co/3RhBjqx7DE

02/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

A delightful evening with ‘s Jenny Lister inspiring us with Mary Quant’s story. A true role model for our girls. . Lovely collaborating with too-do come again! https://t.co/TlfQYaQQaW

02/12/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Absolutely loved this evening’s talk by ‘s Jenny Lister about alumna Mary Quant a true girl. Thank you ! https://t.co/LsZv0bRKR8

02/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Society

Mary Quant talk tonight in conduction with the Society and . Amazingly insightful ! https://t.co/H4T0u3qN0Z

28/11/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

A pleasure having lunch with some Year 4s. Conversations ranged from making hand puppets to nutritional benefits of dark chocolate with a critique of premature Christmas promotions thrown in. ❤️❤️ https://t.co/irkufrtBMg

28/11/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

are just having too much fun?!#circus skills. https://t.co/RBIv7esbfz

28/11/19

Congratulations to Blackheath High alumna for being named Apprenticeships Champion of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards last night! https://t.co/Ifja4RaVU2

21/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

So proud of the U15 A&B teams smashing their netball fixture against St. Dunstans. How much they love sport and persevere with trying to play better is so impressive. POMs Sienna M-G and Sasha M 👏🏻🙌🏻 https://t.co/ZwGHYv68KB

21/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

This was such a good talk ! Rebecca shared so many pearls of wisdom with sixth formers and her job is great! https://t.co/ZVn7cQ225u https://t.co/yQgnA2GxAE

21/11/19

We can't wait to welcome curators from the V&A to this illustrated talk on the life and work of the pioneering Mary Quant next week! https://t.co/bZOz1k2e56

20/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U18 played a great game against St. Dunstans today. Some great interceptions leading in to strong attack. Well done! Pom Tilly https://t.co/7Ob1hDGMYR

19/11/19

Well done 👏 👏 https://t.co/pVil6Xv3Vu

19/11/19

Never a dull moment at Blackheath High! Today at the Senior School we hosted Rt Hon David Laws who discussed the impending election as keynote speaker for the https://t.co/5wi1fDmJXs

19/11/19

We're looking forward to this week's Wollstonecraft speaker, Blackheath alumna Rebecca Adams (class of 2013). Rebecca works as an archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives, working on the Mollie Hunt Collection and will be sharing her experiences with Sixth Form. https://t.co/0aWVjmbFmA

18/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Starting Monday with a circuit 💪🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/JrV2Erfft1

16/11/19

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Thanks for a fizzing, popping evening Great crowd and delicious munchies! 🙌 (photo taken by Meltem of year 7) https://t.co/VZnpaJjqvT

November 7

Reading for Pleasure

Why read for pleasure? Evidence suggests that children who read for pleasure every day not only perform better academically, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of others. Some studies go as far as to say that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

How do we encourage reading for pleasure at Blackheath High School? We have a well-resourced library that girls can access from the Nursery up to Year 6. Classes visit the library each week and have wide-ranging sections to choose from non-fiction books on inspirational women, growth mindset, and anti-bullying to fictional characters such as Pippi Longstocking, Harry Potter and Jo March. In each classroom we have a supply of books that girls can read and the joy of reading is celebrated in displays around the school. There are also suggested reading lists on Firefly for each year group and a Mighty Girls box that each KS2 class gets to keep for two weeks. Year 5 and 6 girls are often spotted walking around the school with their pencil case, iPad and a book. It is lovely to overhear their conversations about these books as they recommend different books to one another.

How can this be encouraged at home? Take time to read to, and with, your child; even after they learn to read by themselves. Reading stories that are on their interest level but beyond their reading level can stretch their understanding and motivate them to continue to work on their skills. I know how difficult it can be when your device is buzzing with the next email but children mimic what they see. If they observe parents on a device they will want to copy that. Devices do have their place but as JK Rowling said, ‘I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book’. Obviously, reading is the tool that allows children to access knowledge but it is so much more than that. It increases our understanding of our identity, improves our empathy and gives us an insight into the views of others.

If you would like to share some pictures on Twitter of you and/or your daughters’ reading please do so with the hashtag #BlackheathHighreads.

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