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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!

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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