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21/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

So proud of the U15 A&B teams smashing their netball fixture against St. Dunstans. How much they love sport and persevere with trying to play better is so impressive. POMs Sienna M-G and Sasha M 👏🏻🙌🏻 https://t.co/ZwGHYv68KB

21/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

This was such a good talk ! Rebecca shared so many pearls of wisdom with sixth formers and her job is great! https://t.co/ZVn7cQ225u https://t.co/yQgnA2GxAE

21/11/19

We can't wait to welcome curators from the V&A to this illustrated talk on the life and work of the pioneering Mary Quant next week! https://t.co/bZOz1k2e56

20/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U18 played a great game against St. Dunstans today. Some great interceptions leading in to strong attack. Well done! Pom Tilly https://t.co/7Ob1hDGMYR

19/11/19

Well done 👏 👏 https://t.co/pVil6Xv3Vu

19/11/19

Never a dull moment at Blackheath High! Today at the Senior School we hosted Rt Hon David Laws who discussed the impending election as keynote speaker for the https://t.co/5wi1fDmJXs

19/11/19

We're looking forward to this week's Wollstonecraft speaker, Blackheath alumna Rebecca Adams (class of 2013). Rebecca works as an archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives, working on the Mollie Hunt Collection and will be sharing her experiences with Sixth Form. https://t.co/0aWVjmbFmA

18/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Starting Monday with a circuit 💪🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/JrV2Erfft1

16/11/19

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Thanks for a fizzing, popping evening Great crowd and delicious munchies! 🙌 (photo taken by Meltem of year 7) https://t.co/VZnpaJjqvT

16/11/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the showers and came along to the first Fireworks Night, especially all the fantastic helpers. Lots of great feedback so hopefully a regular addition to the calendar 👍 🎆 Keep an eye out for Christmas stuff, coming soon!

15/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Thank you 5B for sharing your hopes and dreams in assembly this morning ⁦ https://t.co/MgnkNaz22i

15/11/19

Retweeted From NottinghamGirlsHigh

A connection is one that lasts for life. Earlier this year from & met up to celebrate 's "exquisitely beautiful" choral work, Beati Quorum Via (Homage to Stanford). We love that you continue to support each other 💞 So special! https://t.co/wVnBQ8zwOF

15/11/19

Retweeted From Adam M Greenwood

Loved having a tour of this morning. What a stunning school! Thanks for having me over! https://t.co/RLBpjoO7dY

15/11/19

We are pleased to see our initiative, which since 2011 has provided funding for 200 students from local schools to study GCSE Astronomy at the Royal Observatory, featured in this ISC report (pg.9) https://t.co/cIBeMcq7yb

14/11/19

Retweeted From Cath Day

Great morning at the Lloyds’ Women Of The Future event. Good to see the GDST students from Blackheath High School here plus other GDST students. Excellent networking, folks! https://t.co/l4sVJU9UV0

12/11/19

Today Seniors and Sixth Form we have enjoyed a full day off-timetable with Years 5, 7 & 10 joining forces for a maths workshop, high-paced debating sessions for Year 9, Study Skills workshops for Year 11, and motivational 'Inner Drive' talks for our Sixth Form. https://t.co/g7pXJN8ikD

12/11/19

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Year 5 working hard at the Morning of Maths https://t.co/Sgp9MCBIUy

11/11/19

Retweeted From Judy Mitchem

Thanks to the GDST family for being there ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/nUmX5Ccxo9

06/11/19

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Happy (belated!) Divali from 6H!🎆 https://t.co/XjHuCgE9Ld

05/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A very enjoyable first Monday back with year 2&3 netball club https://t.co/Oxq6Dxdjyl

22/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

have had a fabulous creative time in Berlin this half term https://t.co/hB8ltajUCq

22/10/19

Well spotted!

16/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Make a splash! Juniors https://t.co/zVsQcfyAbg

15/10/19

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Congratulations 5H. Proud winners of the Greenwich Maths Competition! https://t.co/0O16cBPEHI

15/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

It has been a promising morning for the U16 netballers at the Kent County tournament. 2 wins, 2 loses, all to play for 🏐💪 https://t.co/IuCiFjD9ge

14/10/19

Thank you to everyone who has donated uniform so far! https://t.co/rDTAYrOraA

14/10/19

We hope you enjoyed our Open Morning as much as we did! For another chance to see how we are preparing young women for the future, sign up for our ‘School in Action’ open events on 7 & 13 November. https://t.co/AZRo2SQpYI https://t.co/yxHVtQs9ac

10/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very excited about today’s Wollstonecraft lecture https://t.co/ba1La7oRgj

09/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The rain didn’t stop us!!! Look at this amazing finish at Cross Country Club! 🏃🏽‍♀️🌦👏🏼 https://t.co/5U4Xvu5VLK

07/10/19

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

hard at work at https://t.co/KtbrXwwzvM

03/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Florence deep in high level discussion with the head Girl team https://t.co/VoC8bioy1K

02/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. Thanks you’ve converted us into rugby fans! https://t.co/fCF5gy8KRE

02/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Did enjoy the tag rugby day . Just a bit! https://t.co/xF6ibNUevj

02/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Mrs Harris’ early morning fitness club literally going from strength to strength - great work! https://t.co/jRBs3dHjD1

01/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The junior girls cross country team are lined up ready to race! Beautiful weather for the first round of the ESAA 1st round https://t.co/YYgsFTTdDL

01/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great afternoon of Hockey at Crystal Palace today against other schools! Excellent display of determination, bravery and skill! Well done everyone 💪🏼 🏑 https://t.co/4eyozQnOes

27/09/19

On Wednesday 25 September, our very own Tia presented her first show! It'll be aired Saturday 28 Sep at 10.30am on for all who want to watch. Great job Tia! https://t.co/yH7g35ydaq

26/09/19

You're welcome - so glad they enjoyed themselves.

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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