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17/01/20

Mrs Argile is reducing her environmental impact with these thoughtful changes, and we are encouraging our entire school community to think of ways they can do the same - let's inspire each other! What do you pledge for the ? https://t.co/N2tDjWDDZT

17/01/20

An excellent pledge idea from Ms Richards looking at how we can reduce our impact on our environment. What changes can you make to your daily routines that add up to a big change over the ?#140thAnniversary https://t.co/i8E9o6wGAK

17/01/20

Our is off to a great start, with pledges from staff, students and their parents coming in. Mrs Chandler-Thompson has made an ambitious pledge to not print a SINGLE thing for the entire year. Wow! https://t.co/5misHchheh

17/01/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Lots of wonderfully creative design solutions from years 6 and 8 in today's Architecture Day. Well done everyone! https://t.co/AulZY31Bj9

17/01/20

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Another great year of design from our Year 6 and 8 students on Architecture day. Thanks to Mr Masters and his team for organising and inviting such inspiring speakers https://t.co/fEh8Br4HWy

17/01/20

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Fran, Nisha & Katie. Our GDST alumnae and design director, architect and project manager respectively, who gave up a day to take part in our amazing Architecture Day. Winners to follow! TM https://t.co/iTd066ZB5R

15/01/20

A real pleasure to welcome ‘Old Girls’” of Mary Datchelor Grammar School, the original home of the stunning Datchelor Glass, to school for afternoon tea and viewing of the glass in its new home. Thank you for coming, ladies! https://t.co/vWgg33YkJ5

15/01/20

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Have a look if you are booking your holidays soon 😎 You could raise over £120 for if you use to book your holiday and buy your travel essentials. If just five of us do this, we'll raise over £600 for FREE! Visit: https://t.co/zjMwEBsJqO

14/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Fitness Club started with a BANG 💥 well done to everyone 🤩🤩 https://t.co/yt5fGUvOQ0

14/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U16 netball team played their first fixture of the term ending with a great 28-7 victory over Plumstead manor. Some fantastic shooting, brilliant interceptions and super team work on display. Well done 👏🏻 pom Ezi https://t.co/0Wjkh4agGO

14/01/20

This week's Wollstonecraft Speaker Series talk will be delivered by Lily MacDonald on the themes of Ambition and Action - looking forward to it! https://t.co/XA5AMwkU5A

13/01/20

Thank you for your support 🙂 https://t.co/Yq3hyJCZYf

13/01/20

Retweeted From Common Seas

Thank you! We're so excited to be at Blackheath today!

13/01/20

Today we have announced a whole-school pledge to protect our maritime environment. Together with we pledge to highlight the vital role of clean oceans in our curriculum and work towards becoming London's first Ocean Friendly school https://t.co/eO7REsNvu0

10/01/20

To celebrate our 140th year, we are encouraging our whole school community to make environmentally-focussed pledges to change our world for the better. The focus of pledges will be: Spring: Reduce Summer: Reuse Autumn: Recycle https://t.co/7nTYOdrBj3

10/01/20

Retweeted From Girls' Schools Assoc

Eco-anxiety is robbing young people of their childhoods - adults must teach climate change responsibly says GSA Head ⁦⁩ ⁦⁦⁩ | The Independent https://t.co/RPDthz5y0c

09/01/20

Great to see in The Independent leading on the role schools have to play in the climate crisis:“As teachers,we need to empower students to understand their own agency and highlight what they can do to make a positive change...big or small” https://t.co/IATHTAyazQ https://t.co/CMpffd6hVn

09/01/20

What's not to love! Glad to see Year 1 enjoying Taekwondo. https://t.co/Nd9dW8GHBV

09/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Year 6 enjoying getting back into hockey 🏑 💪🏻 https://t.co/5shhb7FIZk

08/01/20

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

A very happy new year to all followers, here's to another great year of fun-raising 🥳 - Quiz Night booking coming soon, sort your teams! - remember you can donate clean, quality, unwanted uniform at juniors or seniors now - lots more to come so watch this space!

08/01/20

Welcome back to school, everyone! This is a particularly special first day back, as it also marks our 140th birthday. Stay tuned to hear about our environmentally-focussed which will take place throughout 2020 https://t.co/DIKseZLHT8

07/01/20

Hard to imagine a more welcoming bunch - great teamwork girls! https://t.co/Ico5WnR2Ue

03/01/20

In recent STEAM Club activities, the girls learned simple chemical reactions whilst making delicious fudge. https://t.co/rF0FzPvEAw https://t.co/eAeBPjTwBM

30/12/19

As part of our Bookbuzz programme, our girls were able to select and take home a book from a list of 17 titles! https://t.co/cXku8SoYWN https://t.co/a8JaB7fp4P

26/12/19

In celebration of Wellbeing Week 2020, our Music Scholars invite you and your little one to join us at the Senior School on Wednesday 22 January for a musical adventure. Further details and registration: https://t.co/NwV2vRdjJh

24/12/19

With Christmas just around the corner, turn up your speakers and celebrate with the Blackheath High School Christmas Single! Merry Christmas everyone! https://t.co/SPYvui2FhA https://t.co/N5tTntBBv3

21/12/19

With a staggering 38.45 seconds on the tuba, we are happy to announce the winner of the Long Note Competition... https://t.co/OZ9vxQ9qYU https://t.co/tZBTOu7YOL

19/12/19

Wishing everyone a restful and happy Christmas 🎄 🌟 ☃️ https://t.co/DjcCdfeKsw

18/12/19

Retweeted From Cheryl Giovannoni

So gorgeous. Lovely way to begin the 7 day countdown to Christmas. Have a great break BHS superstars. https://t.co/DAnsRks3jI

18/12/19

We are all feeling very spoilt - and full - this afternoon. Even the sprouts were delicious! https://t.co/zJHpPZcsmX

18/12/19

After a spectacularly melodic December, we're excited to share our music with you & your little ones in 2020. Register for Classics for Kids below: https://t.co/us2wUHB9sQ

18/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

We’ll be playing this at our Junior singalong this afternoon. Lovely to see so many “old” Junior girls and big sisters in there. Well done everyone 👏👏👏 https://t.co/Taoul3htZr

18/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Last day of term and having a blast with independent research- they seriously are loving it and I’ve learnt something new. https://t.co/UqNHj91qUr

18/12/19

Move over Simon Cowell, these Blackheath High girls have the X-Factor! Introducing our very own Christmas single🎄☃️🎄watch it here: https://t.co/7jPFe5ljWg

17/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

So proud of our dance company girls using their 4a time for extra rehearsals this week. 🙌🏼 https://t.co/VoaLsS3V3i

17/12/19

Well done to all candidates! https://t.co/f4DFHkN4iH

17/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. House captains and decs made by them with our laser printer and sold for . Paragon made the biggest profit but very close. £242.60 on the way to a very good cause. https://t.co/SJEHEzFwkk

14/12/19

Year 7 had a great time learning about the bone structure by dissecting chicken legs in Science! They even identified the tendons and ligaments at the joint https://t.co/IAGcoCz5IH

13/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

“It’s behind you...!!!!” Year 11 Panto Trip to get us into the festive spirit! 🎭🎄 https://t.co/Sl1GFgGjyh

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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