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21/02/20

To celebrate ‘Numbers Day’, students in Years 7-13 journeyed the school to find teachers wearing badges with significant numbers on them. https://t.co/B1QOk1VnJ2 https://t.co/4fFfGqu5uf

21/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A few tired eyes this morning but we are on route to the airport! We’ve had a fantastic week in Arosa! https://t.co/GMHSGILedx

19/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Nursery School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/7Y8NgppGZu

19/02/20

Year Two had a great time exploring the process of tie dyeing as part of their Out of Africa topic. https://t.co/2PU1ZUwfJJ https://t.co/xzn9ArCRT9

17/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

What a beautiful day ! 🎿⛷ https://t.co/8lhpWcd8hE

17/02/20

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Emma having a blast in the snow ⛄️ https://t.co/qFlcTYv5xD

17/02/20

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Year groups ready to go ! A few tired heads but they are still smiling and ready to learn! https://t.co/NJnhqOwwgO

17/02/20

Retweeted From Independent Schools

More than 900 ISC schools are engaged in academic partnerships with state schools; sharing lessons, preparing pupils for higher education, and combining knowledge, skills and expertise https://t.co/aJ2cyTUVTQ

17/02/20

'When our Mandarin teacher Ms Chung told us that we were going to be doing a Chinese dance workshop I was so excited, because I’ve never tried a Chinese dance workshop before.' https://t.co/H7yY3VD76d https://t.co/3DSq03V0zx

14/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Safely arrived in Switzerland 🇨🇭 now to the slopes 🎿 https://t.co/zlqEwzxsl3

14/02/20

Blackheath High School’s Eco Club got out their binoculars and had a great time taking part in The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. https://t.co/S3uyvZ90yj https://t.co/dhdsk2qMc7

14/02/20

Have an amazing time girls! https://t.co/qo9y0l9ck2

14/02/20

What a lovely way to go into Half Term! https://t.co/HWGhd0ZzTk

13/02/20

A huge congratulations to Luiza for winning the 'Maths of Space' Competition held by the IMA! She has been awarded a certificate and a Samsung tablet as her prize. Well deserved! https://t.co/ab4OoIhykO https://t.co/MNqx5a9K15

11/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Junior School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/Av8odfDW1f

10/02/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

"Inspired by curiosity, there was always a sense of 'needing to know' which drove me forward to seek new challenges" – Dame Mary Quant, fashion designer & alumna. https://t.co/h2515mntbt https://t.co/cHc1DdzzNu

06/02/20

Visit our new Sixth Form Centre at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/FJYfXXhOce

06/02/20

On the 20 January 2020, girls in Year 7 who chose Mandarin as a language visited Chinatown for the day! https://t.co/QiVzqmgBsb https://t.co/zD2lzFrP0K

05/02/20

Stunning sunny afternoon 🌞🌞🌞 https://t.co/azmLkUTODp

05/02/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great to see ⁦⁩ and ⁦⁩ standing proud above the A2 this week https://t.co/Y8Iu2mAfw7

04/02/20

Visit the all-new Blackheath High School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. If you're looking for a Year 9 place starting September 2020 the deadline to apply is 13 March. https://t.co/4TvaFga8oz Rated "Excellent in all areas" (ISI). https://t.co/LIt8i0oTrE

04/02/20

Well done, girls! https://t.co/kCij4vdOSI

04/02/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Gardening club in full swing! https://t.co/CT8CVjUdQV

03/02/20

Retweeted From Rebecca Richards

Modelling the digestive system with weetabix and orange juice, the girls aren’t squeamish at all! The tights are representing the small intestine, the bag was the stomach. https://t.co/9q0QPg25Fx

03/02/20

Thank you to all of our sister-schools for contributing to the success of last week's SLT Conference! 👏 https://t.co/y9gmZ9EvOW

30/01/20

Retweeted From Cris Turple

Carol Chandler-Thompson opens SLT Conference: adversity & challenge can be positive; it stimulates innovation. It's important for our girls to be adaptive & flexible and for us as leaders to demonstrate this

30/01/20

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Fantastic start to the SLT conference this morning - wonderful welcome and fascinating keynote from https://t.co/ei0PRhGHKU

30/01/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

It's great to be hosting the conference for senior leaders from across the family here at https://t.co/SCrpUQBoCS

30/01/20

We are delighted to be hosting the Senior Leadership Conference today and tomorrow. Welcome, everyone! https://t.co/Hm7Zdc5htm

28/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

GDST Netball Tournament this afternoon with 31 BHS girls taking part! So much fun, a few cold hands but smiles and happy faces 😀 Thank you for hosting. https://t.co/pEUdtLWGBc

28/01/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Celebrating Chinese New Year https://t.co/8eHjcakDdy

27/01/20

A great pledge for the from Mrs Skevington https://t.co/z89ZTKOtEM

23/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Don’t worry the future of housing is in safe hands with girls in charge! Great geography discussions going on about planning in SE London today https://t.co/QZlXuDeWlh

23/01/20

Such a thoughtful pledge, Mr Henderson. Thanks to the brilliant veggie & vegan options provided by this should be quite enjoyable, too! https://t.co/lYuLIhf812

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

governors learning about the amazing opportunities for tech and computing at school - they were impressed! https://t.co/5gXtejXyDJ

22/01/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

delighted to welcome our governors to Juniors, seen here learning about apps and skills from our girls https://t.co/absfTgD7Q0

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Second fabulous event from our musicians this week- tougher audience this time! https://t.co/tQwOnqMkCA

22/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great netball from our year10 &11 this evening resulting in 2 wins against St. Ursulas. https://t.co/VYT0XeGVLn

22/01/20

Thank you - exciting indeed and a fabulous way to creatively teach sustainability during our https://t.co/9W5IPHXX79

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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