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10/07/20

Our teachers are a talented bunch, but who knew that Mr Barnett is a former figure skater with experience in global championships? Read more here: https://t.co/Glij6v7c4t https://t.co/qrj466iE4y

07/07/20

This is lovely, thank you so much for pausing and doing something positive & thoughtful for our shared ecosystem https://t.co/sCC5rjVKI2

07/07/20

If only everyone's Tuesday could be a Disco Day. Reception have the right idea 👩‍🎤🧑‍🎤🎙️ https://t.co/sYhbrDyj5O

06/07/20

Thank you for sharing, and 😊 https://t.co/yEEb4NwMDo

06/07/20

During 2020 our entire school community has risen to new challenges & our resilient spirit has prevailed. We have also been shortlisted for both Best Girls’ School & Prep School of the Year. Register for our 26 September Virtual Open Day to find out why: https://t.co/PztNcGmzCP https://t.co/bo6bFaSjxC

03/07/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A quick fire workout to get you through to the weekend https://t.co/N1QKffW4cS

02/07/20

We hope our Year 7 of 2020 are as excited to start as we are to welcome them ☺️ https://t.co/aibwb3ZWta

02/07/20

Welcome back Year 3! https://t.co/FAC2PPfWCX

02/07/20

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Blast your way through the rest of the week with this quick workout Get your heart bumping and body moving https://t.co/vf5Ctc5A8v

02/07/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

So nice to drop in on our and Year 5s enjoying our Senior School . Looking very mature and studious! https://t.co/M3eTlX1456

01/07/20

Quite the achievement - well done girls, and thank you for keeping us moving throughout the summer term! A real bunch of superstars 💫💫💫 https://t.co/fCYvANewMm

01/07/20

A short and snappy workout for Wednesday morning from https://t.co/7eZ5XfylZa

30/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Hydration, hydration, hydration! Something we should spend more time ensuring Try this challenge to see if you are usually hydrated! https://t.co/eUIPaYFyDs

29/06/20

🎼The countdown to the premiere of our Summer Concert has begun! Still time to check you have popcorn in stock before the music starts at 6pm tomorrow: https://t.co/rE03SFl1JJ

29/06/20

A lot to look forward to in Sixth Form. https://t.co/wlPyR25s4D

29/06/20

Creating new and healthy habits can be a real challenge - do you drink enough water? 🌊 https://t.co/6KFI3nlwL0

26/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Try this 10 minute challenge to kick start your weekend Get it done! https://t.co/D9uPqp7LKb

25/06/20

Our Taster Morning experience this Saturday is so close we are ‘virtually’ there! There’s still time to register for those interested in joining Year 7 in 2021: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/634W4gu0ZJ

24/06/20

For anyone still needing to wake up today, this challenge is for you! https://t.co/yIVVTZQg0f

24/06/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very good of to arrange such beautiful weather for me to greet our smiling girls at juniors this morning - I’m sure gate duty is like this all year round 🤣☔️ https://t.co/w8DqKV1U64

24/06/20

A wonderful example of Guided Home Learning - top work Misha. https://t.co/BWkRTqUy2R

23/06/20

We’re trying something a little bit different, join us this Saturday to see Blackheath High School through the eyes of a Senior School student. Year 5 girls and their parents can register here: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/f8ovlUjnAq

23/06/20

A huge well-done to everyone involved in the Virtual Senior School Sports Day. It's incredible seeing the Blackheath community keeping fit and supporting each other during lockdown. https://t.co/os9Y7YiiTq

22/06/20

Push, push Tilly 💪 - a great sports day effort! https://t.co/YdwGZJNMRN

22/06/20

Great work girls! https://t.co/ulXQEMs4DI

22/06/20

Good work on the 15km, Kate, and good luck on the dismount 🚴🏅 https://t.co/l6BZ3RO9fQ

22/06/20

Bonus points for puppy compliance 👍👍 https://t.co/1k6mR7Vd1e

22/06/20

Brilliant. Good to see a family effort bright and early on this beautiful Monday ☀️ https://t.co/cRrKUD3Nna

22/06/20

Let's get a tally going! Join in with Sports Day and let's see how many kilometres can we collectively walk, run or cycle today. https://t.co/VE5kYBmlt8

20/06/20

Discover more about Blackheath High Senior School. Register today for our Virtual Taster Morning for Year 5 girls and their parents: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/Cb70Zem8j8

19/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Why not see how many of the world's most famous buildings you can climb over the weekend https://t.co/VcWtm3AKkb

18/06/20

Well done indeed https://t.co/P68CDctPWa

18/06/20

We are always proud of our students, and it’s always special when they are recognised by others for how brightly they shine ⭐️ So well done to Ezinne in Year 13 for being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy

17/06/20

Not long now! https://t.co/9lpulHqkKz

16/06/20

Are you considering joining our Year 7 in 2021? Register for our Virtual Taster Morning to sample lessons, take part in a live Q&A panel, and experience our all-new virtual tour for the first time: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/zEzisL0RYr

16/06/20

Delicioso! 🇪🇸 https://t.co/wASOIV4NvO

13/06/20

Immerse yourself in the world of a Blackheath High Senior School student, register for our Virtual Taster Morning for girls in Year 5 and their parents on 27 June, today: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/7uyvjfiChV

12/06/20

A great photo of Safari featured in the - so pleased she’s happy to be back 😊 https://t.co/fWPq8hLODz

12/06/20

Thank you - we are delighted that Safari has settled back in so well! https://t.co/QPH2eGjB6c https://t.co/Ylt2pdrct5

12/06/20

We had some tremendous feedback from the girls which was hugely appreciated, thank you!

September 19

10,000 hours... is this the magic number?

Both Mrs Chandler-Thompson and Mrs Stevens mentioned the ‘10,000 hour rule’ at our prize-giving ceremony and one of our section assemblies last week. This got me thinking about my own goals and how our girls sometimes become frustrated when results are not as quick as they would like. 

This week alone, as a parent I have experienced this with my four year old son trying to tackle cursive handwriting (trickier than I can remember) and as a Chemistry teacher when a Year 11 student felt like she would never be able to describe the process of electrolysis through half-equations, thus achieve her goal of a top grade in the subject. Also, on a personal note, feeling like I will never be able to reach 13.1 miles of continuous running that I have in previous (much younger) years!  They don’t necessarily need 10,000 hours of practice, I would hope, but do need a sustained level of commitment.

I can understand why there is frustration around these issues, particularly for our students who very often set their own very high standards for achievement. Whether they are practising a musical instrument, developing an app, preparing for a dance exam or putting in the hours at football training to be selected for a team, our students are working hard every day to achieve their goals, both in and out of school.

Many are incredibly focussed but often put too much pressure on themselves. Of course, they must push themselves to achieve academic success; this is important. There is also often a hobby that forms a large part of their lives on evenings and weekends. However, it is important to balance this with activities for the sake of relaxation. Do we have to be expert in everything we do? Is 10,000 hours realistic across multiple platforms?

The argument put forward by Anders Ericsson in 1993 states that if you practise anything for 10,000 hours, you will be an expert in your field, irrespective of innate talent. Regardless of the number of hours of practise you put in, one thing is does correlate to is commitment.

At the Senior school, we have a vast array of clubs and societies on offer. Some of these develop skills, such as sporting activities, music clubs, or an understanding of martial arts and will count towards the girls 10,000 hours. Whilst they are still developing skills, others are there purely for relaxation. I joined the Year 10 book club this week to force myself to relax more and cannot wait to return to discuss the ins and outs of Eleanor Oliphant!

We think it is really important for girls to have a mix of the two. We encourage them to review their options each term. They may wish to commit to one club for 7 years or change after one term and that’s completely fine. There is a difference between giving up on something and trying something for fun without commitment. This is ok as long as we, and students, do not expect to become experts without putting in the time and energy. There is obviously a correlation.

The realisation may kick in for girls in Year 4 and sometimes it will come after they leave school and they wish they had put in more hours of practising the piano like their parents asked them to, or studying more around the Maths curriculum for their GCSE. If there is one field in which this is especially important to them, hopefully it’s a realisation that will kick in whilst they still have the opportunities in front of them.

 

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