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03/07/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A quick fire workout to get you through to the weekend https://t.co/N1QKffW4cS

02/07/20

We hope our Year 7 of 2020 are as excited to start as we are to welcome them ☺️ https://t.co/aibwb3ZWta

02/07/20

Welcome back Year 3! https://t.co/FAC2PPfWCX

02/07/20

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Blast your way through the rest of the week with this quick workout Get your heart bumping and body moving https://t.co/vf5Ctc5A8v

02/07/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

So nice to drop in on our and Year 5s enjoying our Senior School . Looking very mature and studious! https://t.co/M3eTlX1456

01/07/20

Quite the achievement - well done girls, and thank you for keeping us moving throughout the summer term! A real bunch of superstars 💫💫💫 https://t.co/fCYvANewMm

01/07/20

A short and snappy workout for Wednesday morning from https://t.co/7eZ5XfylZa

30/06/20

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Hydration, hydration, hydration! Something we should spend more time ensuring Try this challenge to see if you are usually hydrated! https://t.co/eUIPaYFyDs

29/06/20

🎼The countdown to the premiere of our Summer Concert has begun! Still time to check you have popcorn in stock before the music starts at 6pm tomorrow: https://t.co/rE03SFl1JJ

29/06/20

A lot to look forward to in Sixth Form. https://t.co/wlPyR25s4D

29/06/20

Creating new and healthy habits can be a real challenge - do you drink enough water? 🌊 https://t.co/6KFI3nlwL0

26/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Try this 10 minute challenge to kick start your weekend Get it done! https://t.co/D9uPqp7LKb

25/06/20

Our Taster Morning experience this Saturday is so close we are ‘virtually’ there! There’s still time to register for those interested in joining Year 7 in 2021: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/634W4gu0ZJ

24/06/20

For anyone still needing to wake up today, this challenge is for you! https://t.co/yIVVTZQg0f

24/06/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very good of to arrange such beautiful weather for me to greet our smiling girls at juniors this morning - I’m sure gate duty is like this all year round 🤣☔️ https://t.co/w8DqKV1U64

24/06/20

A wonderful example of Guided Home Learning - top work Misha. https://t.co/BWkRTqUy2R

23/06/20

We’re trying something a little bit different, join us this Saturday to see Blackheath High School through the eyes of a Senior School student. Year 5 girls and their parents can register here: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/f8ovlUjnAq

23/06/20

A huge well-done to everyone involved in the Virtual Senior School Sports Day. It's incredible seeing the Blackheath community keeping fit and supporting each other during lockdown. https://t.co/os9Y7YiiTq

22/06/20

Push, push Tilly 💪 - a great sports day effort! https://t.co/YdwGZJNMRN

22/06/20

Great work girls! https://t.co/ulXQEMs4DI

22/06/20

Good work on the 15km, Kate, and good luck on the dismount 🚴🏅 https://t.co/l6BZ3RO9fQ

22/06/20

Bonus points for puppy compliance 👍👍 https://t.co/1k6mR7Vd1e

22/06/20

Brilliant. Good to see a family effort bright and early on this beautiful Monday ☀️ https://t.co/cRrKUD3Nna

22/06/20

Let's get a tally going! Join in with Sports Day and let's see how many kilometres can we collectively walk, run or cycle today. https://t.co/VE5kYBmlt8

20/06/20

Discover more about Blackheath High Senior School. Register today for our Virtual Taster Morning for Year 5 girls and their parents: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/Cb70Zem8j8

19/06/20

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Why not see how many of the world's most famous buildings you can climb over the weekend https://t.co/VcWtm3AKkb

18/06/20

Well done indeed https://t.co/P68CDctPWa

18/06/20

We are always proud of our students, and it’s always special when they are recognised by others for how brightly they shine ⭐️ So well done to Ezinne in Year 13 for being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy

17/06/20

Not long now! https://t.co/9lpulHqkKz

16/06/20

Are you considering joining our Year 7 in 2021? Register for our Virtual Taster Morning to sample lessons, take part in a live Q&A panel, and experience our all-new virtual tour for the first time: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/zEzisL0RYr

16/06/20

Delicioso! 🇪🇸 https://t.co/wASOIV4NvO

13/06/20

Immerse yourself in the world of a Blackheath High Senior School student, register for our Virtual Taster Morning for girls in Year 5 and their parents on 27 June, today: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/7uyvjfiChV

12/06/20

A great photo of Safari featured in the - so pleased she’s happy to be back 😊 https://t.co/fWPq8hLODz

12/06/20

Thank you - we are delighted that Safari has settled back in so well! https://t.co/QPH2eGjB6c https://t.co/Ylt2pdrct5

12/06/20

We had some tremendous feedback from the girls which was hugely appreciated, thank you!

12/06/20

We truly enjoyed the programme for GDST Year 13 girls planning to study French at University, which included a four week history and culture course spanning colonialism through May 68 and exploring Impressionism and Nouvelle Vague with the girls giving presentations in week four.

12/06/20

It's been wonderful collaborating with and in the Limitless Learning Bridging Brogramme for Year 13 girls. It's been a real highlight in this strange time!

12/06/20

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Happy Friyay!!!! A 5 minute Abs blast for you today this will get you ready for a well earned weekend, enjoy. https://t.co/xeYqJBpguG

11/06/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

"Going to a GDST school opened up a world of opportunity." Dominique Unsworth, founder of alumna talks about her time at https://t.co/ampNJmeWHq

10/06/20

Thank you 🙏

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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