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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

15/05/20

At Blackheath High we encourage our girls to positively leave their mark on the world. Next Thursday students will be joining the brilliant Change Makers conference to see firsthand how other inspiring women are making a difference https://t.co/XptkvmKVbI

14/05/20

Sharing the love of reading in our virtual book club, well done girls! https://t.co/UGkDNRLQOL

14/05/20

Good luck everyone! Let us know what level you get to. https://t.co/iZlpCZ09PX

13/05/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Mrs Brooks’ GCSE class turned into a come dine with me cooking class today! Learning about nutrition whilst making a lunch live on teams. I think all of the PE department will be logging into this lesson from now on!!! https://t.co/JqCyKnUDLG

13/05/20

A fascinating GDST enrichment course starts today for our YR 11 & YR 13 students. They will be applying design-thinking to our real world problems as we embrace our 'new norm' during ー19 - good luck to everyone taking part https://t.co/9p1uMLZ0Rj

13/05/20

Even in lockdown, our girls are finding their inspiration and being creative. Beatrix in Year 9 has shown this beautifully in her poem, ‘Behind Closed Doors’. https://t.co/bAhztFTDWA https://t.co/jzfQ5xlonm

13/05/20

Great to see students, teachers and now dogs staying active together at Fitness Club this morning.🐕🦮🐩 Next up, Dance Club starts 1.10pm https://t.co/XjdlEw8iz1

13/05/20

Great to see so many girls connecting through music rehearsals - well done Sinfonia https://t.co/3uLylXarjx

13/05/20

and our wellbeing partner, have produced a series of webinars for parents to help 'manage minds' during this current situation. Find out more now on Firefly. https://t.co/AhDbkdms0f

12/05/20

Not long to go until our 'Kitchen Samba' music lesson kicks off live on Youtube...4pm. https://t.co/ySZJ1TKWuX

12/05/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

First Steps to Starting a Business - online course opens today! https://t.co/RvtHWTE3da Everything you need to know, delivered by , start-up expert, lecturer and columnist alumna https://t.co/t41TdEFMXW

12/05/20

Well done for keeping up the excellent guided home learning work girls – here’s a snapshot of a YR 8 Mandarin lesson, learning about countries and nationalities (and embracing new whiteboard tech for ) https://t.co/18TBbsVEe7

12/05/20

You can do it girls (and parents)! https://t.co/XBcXefyo7b

11/05/20

Our Director of Music, Emily Gunton, is teaching a ‘Kitchen Samba’ class, live on Youtube at 4pm tomorrow. Bring your pots and pans, explore different rhythms and take part in a Samba influenced piece. Click link to join - all welcome https://t.co/TzaqmiLlKt https://t.co/UxDqGBRPHF

11/05/20

A beautiful response to the Getty Museum Challenge by one of our Year 7 Students. Giulia is Frida Kahlo  #stayhome #covidart #year7 #ks3art #fridakahlo. Do head over to our Art Dept. Instagram for some incredible entries by students https://t.co/5rWicGHdBJ https://t.co/6JyZF22n5Q

11/05/20

Good luck to all our YR11 and YR13 students who are starting our new Excelerate 2020 summer curriculum today. Both programmes help to prepare our students for the next step in their educational journey. Here’s more on our YR 13 Programme https://t.co/iRfrhVPLSU

January 17

Time for bed: the benefits of a good night's sleep

Well-being, both physical and mental, is very a topical subject in schools and in the world beyond with advice and recommendations on nutrition and exercise to boost vitality and wellness. Within the GDST, head teachers have become familiar with the mantra of S.H.E.D. (sleep, hydration, nutrition and exercise) as a reminder of those key elements which need to be maintained to perform at an optimal level. For our children, the same message applies but particularly for them the benefits that a good night’s sleep provides are enormous.

While all children are obviously individuals, studies suggest that a Junior School aged child should be sleeping between 10 to 12 hours a night. During that time, the body physically repairs and rejuvenates; repairing tissue, boosting muscle mass and promoting a strong immune system. Research is clear that children sleeping well are far less likely to succumb to common colds or flu. A healthy sleep pattern also contributes to weight management with evidence established that children getting less than 10 hours sleep were three times as likely to become obese as those getting 12 hours or more.

We know as adults how a bad night’s sleep can make us grumpy and less than effective in the workplace; children are no different – if anything they will find the difficulty in regulating their emotions even more difficult, becoming irritable and forgetful. This can lead to low motivation in class, poor memory function and difficulty in learning. Every teacher learns very quickly to recognise the signs of a “sleep-over” – a misnomer if ever there was one!

Experts advise that a bed time routine is essential: avoid sugary snacks or fizzy drinks with caffeine, have a quiet time before bed, a warm bath followed by a story or reading. Bedrooms should not be too hot, screen time should stop at least an hour before going to bed. Try to have the discussion about the school day before your child is in bed. For so many working parents, tucking their child in at night is quite rightly a goal but if that is the only point when your child sees you the temptation for them will be to hold your attention and keep you there! This is often achieved by embellishing – or even creating – a dramatic event at school, raising their (and your own) anxiety levels and making sleep elusive. Rather than ask what happened at school, try asking what made them happy that day; lights out might still be deferred for a little but they will drift off with cheerful thoughts.

If sleep continues to be a major issue despite these best efforts it is always wise to seek medical advice but sometimes simple changes can have an impact. The good news is that establishing a healthy sleep pattern can show behavioural improvements within days. With 12 hours of sleep regularly enjoyed, I look forward to seeing the Junior School full of creative, problem-solving girls concentrating longer, remembering new things, making positive decisions and with more energy to do it all!

 
 
 

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