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14/06/19

Calling all alumnae! Don't forget to sign up for an evening of cocktails, street food and shared memories with your school friends and former teachers at our Summer Garden Party. Add your name to the guest list here: https://t.co/n26ZtvwuHE https://t.co/uQX0l9NreZ

14/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Fab parents, fab events - what a great community https://t.co/TVh5wjU9Wm

13/06/19

Retweeted From Will Wareing

GDST girls experience the Bernoulli principle in action at the Techathon at Brunel University https://t.co/Fklg17mJFl

13/06/19

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

⁩ pupils enjoying the GDST Techathon ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/pIUyZX2Aem

13/06/19

Blackheath High Open Studios: Don't miss our annual Art Exhibition on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June. The exhibition includes drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and mixed-media work from Senior School art, textiles and DTstudents. https://t.co/9sTHPFOJfE https://t.co/CBBmwnYtX4

13/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

for Yr3s? Yes please sir!! they’re loving it! https://t.co/VZh1qnUUsZ

13/06/19

Retweeted From Year 7 @ Blackheath

Over the river today to visit 5 schools, love the DLR! Lovely to revisit (congratulations to former alumna Ellen Beer for becoming Deputy Head) and My first time to and https://t.co/VRrEetzIGr

12/06/19

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Treetop studies completed ✅. Lunch ✅ ready for the afternoon 😃 https://t.co/DHkfQxFQPh

12/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

lots more parents in for lunch. Bon appétit! https://t.co/Pdq8wauNRO

12/06/19

Sunshine and the exhibit! What more could you ask for. https://t.co/FGmSrZGYt4

11/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

lovely to welcome more parents in for lunch today. https://t.co/nV2hXBon2j

11/06/19

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Ready for our first activity https://t.co/NZ9a0C3Bs3

11/06/19

Retweeted From Year 7 @ Blackheath

Despite the rain yesterday warm welcomes and wonderful new students https://t.co/8mv0ZtUSG7

10/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Year 5 not deterred by the rain. Enjoy Liddington ! https://t.co/s6PhjrcCaq

10/06/19

🙋‍♀️ https://t.co/jdbiwxVRm0

08/06/19

As part of the STEM/STEAM club's activities, the students made honeycomb and were asked to observe the chemical reactions taking place during each stage: https://t.co/amsQX51dFW https://t.co/5IY1NlAVrL

07/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Started Mighty Girls Club with a about girls’ perfection /bravery and one of my was ahead of me! Got the book at home and brought it in. https://t.co/9td1EffYby

07/06/19

Let your daughter experience life at Blackheath High School at our Enterprise and Innovation themed Taster Morning on Wednesday 19 June. Sign your Year 5 daughter up here: https://t.co/AKFzU4mgFV https://t.co/ulgsHMfRLL

06/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Don’t get in the way of a girl (mum or daughter) Highly competitive mums’ race at KS1 and Yr3 sports afternoon ! 👏👏 https://t.co/kJBDg2dfJg

06/06/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Sunshine, fun and very happy girls at KS1 sports day today.. sports prefects are wonderful role models https://t.co/wYWNKlqKBH

06/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Massive thanks to our amazing year 5 sports helpers for all their hard work this morning! 🙌 https://t.co/1CCl2ClFy1

06/06/19

Love this impressive and creative independent writing from Year 1! https://t.co/G0KZx4EzXF

05/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

when a Yr 1 girl decides Florence needs a new collar and lead 🐶🐶 https://t.co/FNfAMFJ1Nv

05/06/19

Our Year 7s had a brilliant day out learning about natural habitats at a mobile zoo. They even had a chance to meet a variety of animals up close! https://t.co/ZiCJp4ITAo

05/06/19

Today is and our Eco Club is particularly pleased to announce a very content newt has taken up residence in the Senior School pond 😊 https://t.co/74QtnLrKe0

04/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A fantastic afternoon for some cricket 🏏 https://t.co/VrsjrUuZsq

02/06/19

Our Head of Mandarin Mrs Chung tells us about her teaching career and how fulfilling it is when students speak to her in Chinese https://t.co/tJnPcI4a0m https://t.co/jLUWvvPF04

30/05/19

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Always wonderful to see our names in lights. Well done Saffron Coomber - alumna - we hear is brilliant! 🎭👩‍🎤 https://t.co/SVJMKz1OXz

30/05/19

Deputy Head girl Olivia has given us some of her top tips and tricks for revision during this exam period: https://t.co/s4qkc7YiDp https://t.co/ZpjNJhAwaZ

28/05/19

Year 8 were given a design brief to design and manufacture an 80x80mm square panel using pewter and acrylic. Find out how they made these incredible panels here: https://t.co/4CCFG9Zlns https://t.co/FhA9IPTzs0

25/05/19

Congratulations to Blackheath alumna Saffron Coober for a dazzling performance in Emelia, a play about England’s 1st female published poet. Special thanks to our amazing dept. for an incredible evening with students & teachers https://t.co/KGJuVyQHCW

24/05/19

After the successful Grand Opening event, we talk to the Blackheath High School Executive Chef Marcin Siemek about his experience in catering with Accent Catering and how it benefits the school. https://t.co/tKaNLjihpK https://t.co/Lxk0azF7a5

24/05/19

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Year 5 are enjoying their Maui Thai session this afternoon! https://t.co/1xPN4uT3Ar

23/05/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Seniors won their friendly rounders fixture Vs Chis & Sid this afternoon. Beautiful weather and it’s fantastic that our seniors still want to play fixtures during the exam period! Shows that sport has so many ways of being good for you 🙌🏻👏🏻⚾️ https://t.co/xD9EwmRZMf

23/05/19

This week Sixth Form students will meet west end sensation and Blackheath High School alumna Saffron Coomber after watching her take centre-stage in . Don’t miss this visionary production running at the Vaudeville Theatre until 1 June https://t.co/kc3EwnspHk

22/05/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great performances from our U13 A-D teams this afternoon against Chis and Sid and Kingsdale. Fantastic to see so many girls representing the school in both cricket and rounders. POM: Shelby, Tash, Katherine and Jasmine. https://t.co/xW5oTYwPjB

22/05/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Congratulations to our Y7 Netball Team! Winners of the Greenwich Schools Netball League 2018-2019 who didn’t concede any goals throughout the tournament! Well done to Martha for Player of the Tournament!! 🥇🏐 https://t.co/4JcTxGhNSK

22/05/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Our feminist focus Mighty Girls Club was somewhat derailed by Florence’s arrival https://t.co/qOGyjztHTt

22/05/19

Visiting the Royal Institute with 23 other GDST schools gave our Year 5 girls invaluable insight into how their love of science can lead them to becoming STEM pioneers themselves. Thank you to for organising. https://t.co/bDDy2AZKnd

22/05/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Have you got your tickets for this fab event yet? Open to all parents, teachers and friends of , this promises to be a great way to round off the year. Don't miss out, go to https://t.co/v1vgr90Niu to nab your tickets now 🍾💃🥂🕺🎶🧀🎉🥳 https://t.co/jpTMHB6kOh

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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