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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

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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

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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!

02/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

inspiring evening. ❤️our Junior https://t.co/ymfLcM2QFv

02/07/19

Retweeted From Alexandra Anderson

What a fantastic evening watching so many talented girls collecting their sports awards. So proud to watch my daughter pick up a hockey award from Doesn’t get better than that! https://t.co/VyFlPgbKES

02/07/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Thank you ⁦⁩ for an inspiring message to all our ⁦⁩ sportswomen this evening - celebrate your successes and be able to acknowledge your strengths. Well done ⁦⁩ on a fab evening 🏆🤸🏾‍♂️🤸🏻‍♀️🏏🎽🏐🏑 https://t.co/vjNx9qdax7

01/07/19

It's been a great year for sport at Blackheath High, and we can't wait to celebrate our students' achievements at the Sports Awards Dinner with Olympic gold medallist this evening.

01/07/19

Well done and good luck to Sydney who will be starting her highly sought-after placement this week. https://t.co/kQMfTpdQPn

01/07/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

Thank you 4 a most fabulous prom & giving our girls a really special evening. Have watched these girls grow, thrive & prosper into such happy, confident & awesome women. Thank you 4 their amazing education, your care, support & superb teaching 🙏🏼 https://t.co/yIAeudQc30

01/07/19

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison

sixth form ball silent disco ❤️ https://t.co/DknoejVR6G

01/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

having a lovely picnic with little sisters, brothers, grandparents and parents https://t.co/5tclbG2KRf

28/06/19

Let the Tug-o-war commence! https://t.co/pJuVGfS9wQ

28/06/19

First rounders match of the afternoon, go girls! https://t.co/8sGeizE2zx

28/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Now time for the house cricket and rounders competitions ❤️💛💚💙 https://t.co/uh9JouXpTS

28/06/19

Exhausted and having a break in the midday sun. Great job already girls! https://t.co/ERgY4HR0cK

28/06/19

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And we’re off! Let’s go sports day!! Best day of the year! https://t.co/JsfQ8UfWYB

28/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

House spirit in full force 💛❤️💚💙 https://t.co/Xi8Cl1IqIp

28/06/19

Great supportive energy and spirit already on Sports Day today! https://t.co/QBNZIjTB6S

27/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Shaken not stirred? Loving Junior orchestra getting ready for next week’s summer concert. https://t.co/G2pr1dF5ph

27/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

What a great afternoon for the Year 3 cricket teams who played some friendly games of turbo cricket with Blackheath Prep. A fun afternoon in the sun for everyone 💪🏻🏏☀️ https://t.co/q78z2DwTRl

27/06/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

Spotted this female Holly Blue butterfly taking a rest on the nettles in our wildlife area this afternoon . https://t.co/8ZKtTP3DWF

27/06/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

Butterflies inside and out here today . Our Painted Lady caterpillars have become chrysalides (here's one caught on camera, 2nd from left). It's at this stage that the extraordinary process of metamorphosis happens. https://t.co/JYpTMPlcEw

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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