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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

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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

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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

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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

May 23

Being Brave and rising to challenges

We often tell our girls how important it is to take risks and rise to challenges, to learn from failure and be unafraid to move out of cosy comfort zones. Last week I followed my own advice and did my first inspection as an ISI inspector, in the course of which I developed a severe case of empathy for the Junior pupils who have been on the receiving end of our resilience message.

As the Compliance Inspector within the team (yes, just as exciting a role as it sounds) I revised the mountain of regulations in the weeks before the due date, going back through training notes and periodically asking myself why I had ever thought this was a good idea. Arriving at the school I had to remind myself of my mother’s advice about spiders, “they’re much more afraid of you...”, got on with the job in hand and came out the other side. It was an intense experience, made more so by the knowledge that my work was rightly subject to the detailed scrutiny of the lead inspector as my judgements were so critical to the outcome for the school.

I had not anticipated just how uncomfortable and anxiety-inducing the process would be; back to being a learner, being evaluated on performance and not being quite sure if I was getting it right. Talking to colleagues who are undertaking post-graduate studies alongside their day jobs, they expressed the same insecurities; imposter syndrome is alive and well! The inspection experience and those staffroom conversations confirmed to me the value of modelling what we urge the girls to do. Whether completing a Masters, Doctorate or inspection we all felt like giving up but didn’t; it is important that the girls realise that you can feel a stomach-churning sense of apprehension and yet survive – or indeed triumph.

In the spirit of promoting courage and determination, Years 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed sessions this week at the Field with a team of ex-Royal Marines putting them through their paces in team-building activities. Blue skies and an impressive giant inflatable obstacle course made the day very good fun but the girls truly rose to the challenges. I watched the Year 3s and it was moving to see classmates encourage each other to overcome fears, literally scaling new heights; hardier girls slowing down and holding hands with the more nervous to get them through to the end.

Those girls were not fearless - there were manageable and understandable levels of fear in evidence at the prospect of a drop three times their height- but they were definitely brave and once they managed to complete the course once, the next time was easier. A lesson for us all; I might even try another inspection!

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