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21/02/20

To celebrate ‘Numbers Day’, students in Years 7-13 journeyed the school to find teachers wearing badges with significant numbers on them. https://t.co/B1QOk1VnJ2 https://t.co/4fFfGqu5uf

21/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A few tired eyes this morning but we are on route to the airport! We’ve had a fantastic week in Arosa! https://t.co/GMHSGILedx

19/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Nursery School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/7Y8NgppGZu

19/02/20

Year Two had a great time exploring the process of tie dyeing as part of their Out of Africa topic. https://t.co/2PU1ZUwfJJ https://t.co/xzn9ArCRT9

17/02/20

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What a beautiful day ! 🎿⛷ https://t.co/8lhpWcd8hE

17/02/20

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Emma having a blast in the snow ⛄️ https://t.co/qFlcTYv5xD

17/02/20

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Year groups ready to go ! A few tired heads but they are still smiling and ready to learn! https://t.co/NJnhqOwwgO

17/02/20

Retweeted From Independent Schools

More than 900 ISC schools are engaged in academic partnerships with state schools; sharing lessons, preparing pupils for higher education, and combining knowledge, skills and expertise https://t.co/aJ2cyTUVTQ

17/02/20

'When our Mandarin teacher Ms Chung told us that we were going to be doing a Chinese dance workshop I was so excited, because I’ve never tried a Chinese dance workshop before.' https://t.co/H7yY3VD76d https://t.co/3DSq03V0zx

14/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Safely arrived in Switzerland 🇨🇭 now to the slopes 🎿 https://t.co/zlqEwzxsl3

14/02/20

Blackheath High School’s Eco Club got out their binoculars and had a great time taking part in The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. https://t.co/S3uyvZ90yj https://t.co/dhdsk2qMc7

14/02/20

Have an amazing time girls! https://t.co/qo9y0l9ck2

14/02/20

What a lovely way to go into Half Term! https://t.co/HWGhd0ZzTk

13/02/20

A huge congratulations to Luiza for winning the 'Maths of Space' Competition held by the IMA! She has been awarded a certificate and a Samsung tablet as her prize. Well deserved! https://t.co/ab4OoIhykO https://t.co/MNqx5a9K15

11/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Junior School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/Av8odfDW1f

10/02/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

"Inspired by curiosity, there was always a sense of 'needing to know' which drove me forward to seek new challenges" – Dame Mary Quant, fashion designer & alumna. https://t.co/h2515mntbt https://t.co/cHc1DdzzNu

06/02/20

Visit our new Sixth Form Centre at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/FJYfXXhOce

06/02/20

On the 20 January 2020, girls in Year 7 who chose Mandarin as a language visited Chinatown for the day! https://t.co/QiVzqmgBsb https://t.co/zD2lzFrP0K

05/02/20

Stunning sunny afternoon 🌞🌞🌞 https://t.co/azmLkUTODp

05/02/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great to see ⁦⁩ and ⁦⁩ standing proud above the A2 this week https://t.co/Y8Iu2mAfw7

04/02/20

Visit the all-new Blackheath High School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. If you're looking for a Year 9 place starting September 2020 the deadline to apply is 13 March. https://t.co/4TvaFga8oz Rated "Excellent in all areas" (ISI). https://t.co/LIt8i0oTrE

04/02/20

Well done, girls! https://t.co/kCij4vdOSI

04/02/20

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Gardening club in full swing! https://t.co/CT8CVjUdQV

03/02/20

Retweeted From Rebecca Richards

Modelling the digestive system with weetabix and orange juice, the girls aren’t squeamish at all! The tights are representing the small intestine, the bag was the stomach. https://t.co/9q0QPg25Fx

03/02/20

Thank you to all of our sister-schools for contributing to the success of last week's SLT Conference! 👏 https://t.co/y9gmZ9EvOW

30/01/20

Retweeted From Cris Turple

Carol Chandler-Thompson opens SLT Conference: adversity & challenge can be positive; it stimulates innovation. It's important for our girls to be adaptive & flexible and for us as leaders to demonstrate this

30/01/20

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Fantastic start to the SLT conference this morning - wonderful welcome and fascinating keynote from https://t.co/ei0PRhGHKU

30/01/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

It's great to be hosting the conference for senior leaders from across the family here at https://t.co/SCrpUQBoCS

30/01/20

We are delighted to be hosting the Senior Leadership Conference today and tomorrow. Welcome, everyone! https://t.co/Hm7Zdc5htm

28/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

GDST Netball Tournament this afternoon with 31 BHS girls taking part! So much fun, a few cold hands but smiles and happy faces 😀 Thank you for hosting. https://t.co/pEUdtLWGBc

28/01/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Celebrating Chinese New Year https://t.co/8eHjcakDdy

27/01/20

A great pledge for the from Mrs Skevington https://t.co/z89ZTKOtEM

23/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Don’t worry the future of housing is in safe hands with girls in charge! Great geography discussions going on about planning in SE London today https://t.co/QZlXuDeWlh

23/01/20

Such a thoughtful pledge, Mr Henderson. Thanks to the brilliant veggie & vegan options provided by this should be quite enjoyable, too! https://t.co/lYuLIhf812

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

governors learning about the amazing opportunities for tech and computing at school - they were impressed! https://t.co/5gXtejXyDJ

22/01/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

delighted to welcome our governors to Juniors, seen here learning about apps and skills from our girls https://t.co/absfTgD7Q0

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Second fabulous event from our musicians this week- tougher audience this time! https://t.co/tQwOnqMkCA

22/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great netball from our year10 &11 this evening resulting in 2 wins against St. Ursulas. https://t.co/VYT0XeGVLn

22/01/20

Thank you - exciting indeed and a fabulous way to creatively teach sustainability during our https://t.co/9W5IPHXX79

February 11

Inspiring and equipping girls to strive for personal excellence -Mrs Chandler-Thopson, Head

At the heart of Blackheath High’s mission statement sits the commitment to inspire and equip girls to strive for personal excellence in all her endeavours: intellectual; physical; creative; cultural; social and moral. In seeking to educate girls for life, as well as achieve high grades, we have an unfaltering commitment to a genuinely balanced education, from our Nursery to our Sixth Form. Not only do we believe that a balanced approach provides girls with a sustainable approach to the life after school, but we also know that opportunities to exercise their creative, spiritual and physical muscles improve students’ academic performance and motivation. It is the greater shame therefore, that some schools (especially in the state sector) are increasingly narrowing their curriculum and co-curriculum to focus on a smaller and smaller range of E-Bacc subjects, to the detriment of the musical, artistic and sporting life of the students. Government League tables, that exclude interesting qualifications like IGCSE and focus on an increasingly narrow range of measures to rank schools, seem increasingly uninformative and unhelpful for the discriminating parent.

The benefits of a broad and balanced curriculum are abundantly clear. Students will learn some of their most valuable lifetime lessons on the sports field, on the debating podium or in the orchestra pit. The discipline required to practise a musical instrument for a performance or the memory techniques developed to recall lines for a play directly benefit students in a wealth of other areas. The creativity, originality and enterprise necessary to stage a fashion show or develop a fund-raising initiative and implement it, are exactly the skills that employers are seeking and that businesses require. The teamwork, enthusiasm and commitment demanded by belonging to the Netball team are highly valuable attributes that feed into continued success academically and in the world of work. I say this with particular conviction, having also helped to start up a school in South Korea, where students joining the school had not benefitted from this breadth and balance in their curriculum. A didactic, rote-learning approach that focuses solely on the ‘core academic subjects’, to the exclusion of creative and sporting activity had left most students: unconfident; physically unfit; unquestioning and unhappy.

Students at Blackheath High are privileged in this context. The wealth of co-curricular opportunity is mind-boggling. A girl can star in a play at the Greenwich Theatre; organise a mock election; enjoy the richness of poetry with like-minded souls in the peace of the library; spend a blissful hour at crochet collective; perform a solo in the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College; find a new society or befriend fellow netballers from over 20 other GDST schools at a weekend tournament. The love of these subject areas can be further developed with a broad, balanced curriculum that embraces Mandarin, Sports Science, Astronomy or Theatre Studies alongside Further Maths, Physics, Philosophy and History. I believe that makes our students much happier and successful young women. Sadly, none of these opportunities or strengths are reflected in Government League tables or E-Bacc scores. It is our good fortune, therefore, to enjoy the support of intelligent open-minded parents who see the value of a truly balanced and meaningful education as one of the most important gifts to bestow on their daughters. For this we, and their daughters, are truly grateful.

Carol Chandler-Thompson
Head

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