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15/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Recognise one of our girls here! One of many who love Roundabout. https://t.co/7ndf5DEZy9

10/04/19

Retweeted From GDST Skills

Interested in a career in medicine and looking for work experience? Useful tips here on writing a cover letter to stand out and increase your chance of getting a placement https://t.co/01zazmaWxO via

08/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

loved it. https://t.co/I2Eyqipj78

08/04/19

Retweeted From BHS Music

Our lovely sixth form students on our dinner cruise after a busy day of travelling and rehearsing. https://t.co/ziu2HenapL

08/04/19

Well done on your concert in Prague ladies! https://t.co/63YBdTikGB

04/04/19

Retweeted From BHS Music

We’ve safely made it to Prague and are having a short rehearsal before our dinner cruise tonight. https://t.co/RZ3KbLteJA

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Jood & Rachael representing Vanbrugh in the House debate. It’s so great to hear the students airing such well thought out opinions https://t.co/GD1agEaxOf

04/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great standard of debate in the House debate this afternoon https://t.co/Lvk0ckwIIf

04/04/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Really good inter-house debating this afternoon . Strong arguments, strong rhetoric. https://t.co/2EWbaO1XHI

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. So proud of our junior girls joining their Senior “sisters” on 10km walk. No whingers just ninjas in Yr6 - we all made it back! https://t.co/KOCgCMdKnX

04/04/19

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison

We did it!!! 10K walk to raise money for campaign. https://t.co/KBROraCccC

04/04/19

Of course it didn't! If anything it added atmosphere to our already iconic surroundings. Well done all. https://t.co/uqGJ56yFE8

04/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Small matter of some April showers .. no problem! 10k walk well underway 🌦😊 https://t.co/ZBd05rXMgE

04/04/19

Retweeted From PlanInternational UK

Thank you for your support! We're cheering you on👏 https://t.co/ee9eBF9TrW

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

And we’re off! whole school 10km quick year 6&7 photo 🙌🏻 https://t.co/Rsi4d8lymC

04/04/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

🍀Good luck to all the today from school yr6 & seniors doing a 10k sponsored walk to the & back 4 woowee! Support make a difference, these girls are awesome! 💫🏃‍♀️✨💥 good luck all!! https://t.co/sZ9eN2FKxE

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Well someone’s keen to start the walk! https://t.co/Fo9cJYxwJF

04/04/19

Glad to see they found some sunshine too ☀️ https://t.co/PPT7nvq2cg

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHighDrama

Great Theatre Trip to see the inspiring https://t.co/RYA1MiJi29

04/04/19

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

So proud of Maria’s success in the GDST Creative Writing Competition. The girls were captivated as she read to them! ⁦⁦https://t.co/o4FGBXsC5M

03/04/19

Congratulations on a great term of netball! https://t.co/6kigFkjmZA

03/04/19

Blissful! https://t.co/bC6oDqCT4o

03/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

I love this campaign. Too often, I meet 10 year olds who have had to campaign to play football alongside the boys at primary school.. thankfully not an issue schools where all sports are for girls: The Telegraph's Girls, Inspired campaign explained https://t.co/AGqysH1q5A

03/04/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Congratulations to everyone who performed tonight in the Spring Concert. A wonderful polished programme of delights ahead of the Prague tour.

02/04/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

This fab event is the first week back after Easter so make sure you don't get caught out ... book that babysitter and bring on the belly laughs! Tickets available now at https://t.co/v1vgr90Niu, contact us here or at bhsachairs.com if you want to bag a table https://t.co/7IdwpVoPgI

01/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Feeling 😇 to live and work in such a beautiful location - truly good for the soul! https://t.co/Xk58oKQIvh

28/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

What a pleasure to welcome more than 40 to Juniors today for lunch, music and tours. “Blackheath High made me the woman I am today” https://t.co/ta8zSLRSrZ

28/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

What a great match to end our U14 hockey team’s impressive season! The camaraderie these girls have created is admirable. Well done to you all for such a solid performance against strong opposition, St Dunstan’s. POM: Beni! https://t.co/IC8b6XKePY

28/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U12 hockey team finished the season off in style with ah great match against LPGS. Well done for a fantastic first year of hockey 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/WcV5vcc78W

26/03/19

Yesterday, The French Department took two students (Valerie and Zoë) to the regional final of the MFL Spelling Bee. They did fantastically well and performed brilliantly under pressure. Congratulations girls! https://t.co/3VzOkQvqYN

25/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Junior School Council made the Florence lunchtime walking rota happen. Top work Ceri- risk assessment and rota in place! And a squirrel did appear... 🐿 https://t.co/1VAdFFzc6R

25/03/19

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Watch girls from around the UK & Wales performing at for our Young Choir of the Year 2019. https://t.co/Bpes5UNras

25/03/19

Retweeted From Judy Mitchem

Watch out for Blackheath High ⁦⁩ ⁦ https://t.co/llnbcEejLv

22/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Could not be more proud of these girls 👏👏👏 https://t.co/1VQwOs4bKA

20/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Only https://t.co/E7py150P2l

20/03/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Loved watching year 10 at work in our beautiful art studios yesterday https://t.co/eAFGC2PyYZ

19/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

girls here https://t.co/p7BwGxeI1R

18/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U14 netballers performed brilliantly to come 2nd in the Greenwich Schools tournament this afternoon. Misa was awarded Player if the Tournament out of the players there which is a fantastic accomplishment 👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/Bkz4zLhGyv

18/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

popped in for lunch with Reception today. Guesses on our Head’s age ranged from 17 to 88. And they all liked her necklace 🤣🤣 https://t.co/JDMzIQFDp2

18/03/19

Retweeted From BHS Junior English

enjoying the conference https://t.co/40AG3xdfCW

September 20

Why girls simply must not give up on sport - Mrs Chandler-Thompson

We have just enjoyed a record-breaking sporting summer with Team GB achieving their best medal tally at the Rio Olympics since 1908 with a wealth of inspiring performances from dedicated and inspirational athletes. Fabulous female role models like Laura Trott, Jessica Ennis, Nicola Adams and the Ladies Hockey team abound and yet statistics tell us that by the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), factors such as social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and absence of positive role models, can all contribute to the reasons why girls drop out of sports in their adolescent years. As a headteacher, I hear other reasons too, why girls might give up sport: they want to focus on their GCSE studies; they don’t like field sports; it clashes with revision classes/drama/music; they hate the kit.  As a lifelong sporting enthusiast myself, I have a battery of reasons why these are terrible arguments!

Studies commissioned by the WSF point to the benefits of girls staying active in terms of their physical and mental health; it can prevent chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease as well as boosting self-esteem and confidence levels. In an age dominated by technology and social media, it provides a valuable break from the screen and opportunity to develop focus, concentration and co-ordination. Improved teamwork and communication skills, the opportunity to develop leadership skills can lead to improved  achievement opportunities in school and at work. In an EY Women Athletics Business Network and espnW survey, 74% said a background in sports can help accelerate a woman’s career; 66% believe that athletes make excellent candidates for jobs because they’ve developed a strong work ethic, can be a team player, and have the determination to be a great employee; and 75% stated that competitiveness is an asset to their leadership style in the workplace.

Fortunately at Blackheath High GDST, we are working to reverse the general picture of girls opting out of sports. It helps we have fabulous role models in school; our Director of Sport is tackling a marathon this year and our Junior sports specialist teacher is a former England netball captain. More than that, we do not force girls to choose between studying GCSEs, acting in the school play or playing in the U16 Hockey XI, we know how important a skill balancing these commitments is and just how much the girls develop as a result. We espouse an approach that supports both excellence and participation, offering a broad range of activities so that there is something active to appeal to every girl, with specialist sports teaching from their first arrival in the Junior School, all through to Year 13 . There are no gender stereotypes here, with girls participating in Football and Ballet with equal relish and commitment and long may it last and grow!


Further reading:

GDST Sport Matters

Huffington Post – ‘The Importance of Retaining Girls in Sports‘

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