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23/10/20

Have you ever wondered what PE is like when you start KS2? Our Year 3 councillors give us all the details: https://t.co/NkuNSgs77s https://t.co/VdpEtD65qD

23/10/20

Retweeted From Good Shepherd Lee

Thanks for supporting our refugee foodbank once again. We’re very grateful for all your support! https://t.co/2HI0mU63lz

21/10/20

We couldn't be more proud of Umairah for winning a scholarship in the Immerse Education Essay Competition with her essay about the concept of 'justice'. Find out more and read her winning essay here: https://t.co/d81lnst9I0 https://t.co/XfJUARmR1g

19/10/20

To show their learning of Cell Differentiation and the Repiratory System in Biology, Year 8 and 9 got creative by creating incredible posters. https://t.co/adDDAe34qP https://t.co/2bbIkA69BD

16/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Congratulations to the top 5 pairs in the year 6 inter-house gymnastics competition. Great performances by all and a wonderful afternoon! An overall victory this time for Vanbrugh! Congratulations! Happy half term from PE! https://t.co/wYcCwF7bPY

16/10/20

We're so proud of our girls for using today's Mufti Day to raise money for and their campaign. Well done girls! https://t.co/tKM4fszD7Y

16/10/20

Good luck Year 6! 🤸‍♀️ https://t.co/dyqtBmAKNz

16/10/20

So proud of all our amazing artists here at Blackheath High. Check out some of our students' amazing GCSE artwork in our gallery here 👇 🎨💫 https://t.co/nLJAobC3WB https://t.co/jvyswjykFz

16/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Love a bit of Dance and Badminton on a Friday for the Sixth Form 🥳🥵 https://t.co/aK0Qz7gqFD

15/10/20

We’re delighted to be supporting and will be raising money tomorrow as we host “mufti day” here in school before we head into half term. It’s so inspiring to hear about all these amazing https://t.co/TkJrqqWNkD

15/10/20

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Some great taster lessons and demos here from staff around the school too... https://t.co/RUQtIWPVNj

15/10/20

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

2 balloon tetrahedron! https://t.co/ZQXL0nrZ0A

15/10/20

Amazing 👏👏👏 https://t.co/JTteTfeA24

15/10/20

Any excuse to enjoy the award winning musical performances of Blackheath High's The Rolling Tones and Higgins Quartet. So proud of all our talented musicians! 🎶 Check them out here 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/5URS8AZ5e1

15/10/20

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Conference has begun! Adding carefully to construct our Pascal's Triangle. What patterns will be revealed? https://t.co/hOr09BKc5s

15/10/20

This is brilliant 😊 👏👏👏 https://t.co/bvzEaagi5e

15/10/20

Interested in joining our amazing school? Find out all about life here at Blackheath High from our Head Girl, Saffron, who shares her experiences from joining us in Year 7 to studying in the Sixth Form. Don't forget our 11+ applications close tomorrow! 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/S4IIrDI8Gu

14/10/20

Year 9 smashing run club in Greenwich Park tonight https://t.co/UMkOYY8W9o

14/10/20

❤️🐶 https://t.co/d8jRYZzISX

14/10/20

Love history? Find out what it’s like to study at Blackheath High and take a taster lesson with our resident Historian Mr Crozier and find out all about life in Ancient Britain 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/wr7wl1vtkn

14/10/20

Retweeted From Rebecca Richards 🧪

Extinction with . Did a giant asteroid hit the Earth or did aliens abduct the dinosaurs? 🤔🦕🦖☄️🛸 https://t.co/3X8yFCgpfg

14/10/20

This made our day! 🌈 https://t.co/m5xnOOfeHX

14/10/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Our charity prefects would like to thank our ⁦⁩ parents for your Harvest donations. https://t.co/JDoRKy3e2K

14/10/20

Amazing work! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/XhXe6LlFPL

13/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Park run rained off so these machines blasted out some team endurance training instead. https://t.co/8TeghoQpN4

13/10/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

You were brilliant! Strong clear message on anti-racism and how young people can make their voice heard. Very proud you are a https://t.co/trWg78EqzM

13/10/20

Thinking of joining us in Year 7 and interested in sport? We have so much on offer here at Blackheath High School. Visit our Virtual Open Day to find out more from our Director of Sport, Miss Morrell 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12zHBn https://t.co/HplhijRpCG

13/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Thank you for such an informative and inspiring assembly. Learning how to be allies, educate ourselves and stand strong in support for our community is so valuable. Thank you! https://t.co/YvwQJ6ImXa

13/10/20

The girls all loved it, you were amazing - thank you so much again! https://t.co/GMEZPliWao

13/10/20

"Speak up for those who can't. It's OK to feel uncomfortable when calling things out." Thank you so much to Blackheath alumna for such a powerful talk this morning as part of our month - everyone was so inspired. Thank you! https://t.co/7KFgMkcaK9

13/10/20

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison 😷

such a powerful talk to girls. What a role model 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

12/10/20

Brilliant! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/ToXeWj22YH

12/10/20

We're so proud of Tia who has narrated ad & reminds us "We stop at nothing". When using your voice is more important than ever, Tia is a leading example of what BHS girls do every day. Check out Tia's work here: https://t.co/7d07dZ00ub https://t.co/U54XOLXHJa

12/10/20

This year, our 11+ application deadline is a little earlier than usual - this Friday, 16 October. Take a look behind the scenes with a virtual tour of our amazing school here https://t.co/ZMwHiLuPss You can also still visit our website to enjoy our Virtual Open Day. https://t.co/Vy8cR9xniY

12/10/20

Looking forward to a new week of sport here at Blackheath High 💪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/7lCBRwFCZR

09/10/20

As part of our Wollstonecraft Speaker Series, we couldn't be more excited to welcome Process Engineer Gillian Atwell, who will be giving a talk to our girls today about the steps she has taken along her career path and the day-to-day tasks of an engineer. https://t.co/BzKCZlFCCn

08/10/20

There's still time to enjoy our Virtual Open Day. Visit our website here for an insight into life at our Junior School, Senior School & Sixth Form. You can also watch recordings of our live Q&A, with teachers and students answering your questions 👇 https://t.co/KdsGpblCYt https://t.co/zNb3gUPOv5

08/10/20

We agree! Thank you for all the delicious, healthy lunches 🙂 https://t.co/5GyVPljKsi

08/10/20

Fantastic to see our girls making the most of our Run Club in Greenwich Park! 🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/lFIFQMymqP

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.