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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

December 14

Endurance in Education: Set your own pace and you will succeed

On my first visit to Blackheath High School, someone casually commented that the Marathon goes past the school. Unfortunately, these sorts of comments tend to play on my mind, The Marathon! I have never run further than a couple of miles in my life; maybe I could! (could I)? When I see others who run regularly, I realise how very far I would be from even reaching the start line. Sadly it is a completely unrealistic goal for me.

I have completed endurance events in cycling, though. My first 100-mile event was significant for me, although to succeed I had to make it just another increase in a long succession of stretching challenges. The feeling of success at each small stage along that process was the motivation I needed to keep going.

I learned a lot about digging deep and keeping going during the final ten miles, but the first few miles were very important to get right. As I left the Olympic Park, others all around raced ahead, full of adrenaline and a sense of freedom on traffic-free roads; I told myself it was going to be a long day and set out at a pace I knew I could sustain for the long hours ahead. I set my own pace; I made it my own race.

Anyone who has completed an individual sporting challenge knows that setting a personal goal is vital to success. My goal was just to complete my longest event yet – not to compare my time with others on the leader board (which was good because I was not fast at all).

So why do we so often forget this in an educational environment? Is it just a desire for social acceptance that makes students want to compare themselves to the class average?

Students should compare their performance against their own goals and past performance. In sporting terms, they should look for personal bests. Others will rush ahead and some will fall behind, but education is a very long endurance event. To get through school happily and successfully, a student will need to have the right personal goals and then be able to keep moving forward towards them.

So what about that Marathon: did you notice I fell into the same trap? I probably could run a marathon one day, if I stopped looking around at those who are already achieving what I want. The better questions for me are these: is it the right goal – do I really want it?  If so, am I prepared to find out how to get from where I am to where I want to be and then take the long personal path to get there?

I suspect that a Marathon is not the right goal for me, and I am content to live without that particular achievement. But if we all get our goals right, everyone can feel the sense of success we all deserve.

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