Close

Twitter Wall

23/10/20

Have you ever wondered what PE is like when you start KS2? Our Year 3 councillors give us all the details: https://t.co/NkuNSgs77s https://t.co/VdpEtD65qD

23/10/20

Retweeted From Good Shepherd Lee

Thanks for supporting our refugee foodbank once again. We’re very grateful for all your support! https://t.co/2HI0mU63lz

21/10/20

We couldn't be more proud of Umairah for winning a scholarship in the Immerse Education Essay Competition with her essay about the concept of 'justice'. Find out more and read her winning essay here: https://t.co/d81lnst9I0 https://t.co/XfJUARmR1g

19/10/20

To show their learning of Cell Differentiation and the Repiratory System in Biology, Year 8 and 9 got creative by creating incredible posters. https://t.co/adDDAe34qP https://t.co/2bbIkA69BD

16/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Congratulations to the top 5 pairs in the year 6 inter-house gymnastics competition. Great performances by all and a wonderful afternoon! An overall victory this time for Vanbrugh! Congratulations! Happy half term from PE! https://t.co/wYcCwF7bPY

16/10/20

We're so proud of our girls for using today's Mufti Day to raise money for and their campaign. Well done girls! https://t.co/tKM4fszD7Y

16/10/20

Good luck Year 6! 🤸‍♀️ https://t.co/dyqtBmAKNz

16/10/20

So proud of all our amazing artists here at Blackheath High. Check out some of our students' amazing GCSE artwork in our gallery here 👇 🎨💫 https://t.co/nLJAobC3WB https://t.co/jvyswjykFz

16/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Love a bit of Dance and Badminton on a Friday for the Sixth Form 🥳🥵 https://t.co/aK0Qz7gqFD

15/10/20

We’re delighted to be supporting and will be raising money tomorrow as we host “mufti day” here in school before we head into half term. It’s so inspiring to hear about all these amazing https://t.co/TkJrqqWNkD

15/10/20

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Some great taster lessons and demos here from staff around the school too... https://t.co/RUQtIWPVNj

15/10/20

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

2 balloon tetrahedron! https://t.co/ZQXL0nrZ0A

15/10/20

Amazing 👏👏👏 https://t.co/JTteTfeA24

15/10/20

Any excuse to enjoy the award winning musical performances of Blackheath High's The Rolling Tones and Higgins Quartet. So proud of all our talented musicians! 🎶 Check them out here 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/5URS8AZ5e1

15/10/20

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Conference has begun! Adding carefully to construct our Pascal's Triangle. What patterns will be revealed? https://t.co/hOr09BKc5s

15/10/20

This is brilliant 😊 👏👏👏 https://t.co/bvzEaagi5e

15/10/20

Interested in joining our amazing school? Find out all about life here at Blackheath High from our Head Girl, Saffron, who shares her experiences from joining us in Year 7 to studying in the Sixth Form. Don't forget our 11+ applications close tomorrow! 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/S4IIrDI8Gu

14/10/20

Year 9 smashing run club in Greenwich Park tonight https://t.co/UMkOYY8W9o

14/10/20

❤️🐶 https://t.co/d8jRYZzISX

14/10/20

Love history? Find out what it’s like to study at Blackheath High and take a taster lesson with our resident Historian Mr Crozier and find out all about life in Ancient Britain 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/wr7wl1vtkn

14/10/20

Retweeted From Rebecca Richards 🧪

Extinction with . Did a giant asteroid hit the Earth or did aliens abduct the dinosaurs? 🤔🦕🦖☄️🛸 https://t.co/3X8yFCgpfg

14/10/20

This made our day! 🌈 https://t.co/m5xnOOfeHX

14/10/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Our charity prefects would like to thank our ⁦⁩ parents for your Harvest donations. https://t.co/JDoRKy3e2K

14/10/20

Amazing work! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/XhXe6LlFPL

13/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Park run rained off so these machines blasted out some team endurance training instead. https://t.co/8TeghoQpN4

13/10/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

You were brilliant! Strong clear message on anti-racism and how young people can make their voice heard. Very proud you are a https://t.co/trWg78EqzM

13/10/20

Thinking of joining us in Year 7 and interested in sport? We have so much on offer here at Blackheath High School. Visit our Virtual Open Day to find out more from our Director of Sport, Miss Morrell 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12zHBn https://t.co/HplhijRpCG

13/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Thank you for such an informative and inspiring assembly. Learning how to be allies, educate ourselves and stand strong in support for our community is so valuable. Thank you! https://t.co/YvwQJ6ImXa

13/10/20

The girls all loved it, you were amazing - thank you so much again! https://t.co/GMEZPliWao

13/10/20

"Speak up for those who can't. It's OK to feel uncomfortable when calling things out." Thank you so much to Blackheath alumna for such a powerful talk this morning as part of our month - everyone was so inspired. Thank you! https://t.co/7KFgMkcaK9

13/10/20

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison 😷

such a powerful talk to girls. What a role model 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

12/10/20

Brilliant! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/ToXeWj22YH

12/10/20

We're so proud of Tia who has narrated ad & reminds us "We stop at nothing". When using your voice is more important than ever, Tia is a leading example of what BHS girls do every day. Check out Tia's work here: https://t.co/7d07dZ00ub https://t.co/U54XOLXHJa

12/10/20

This year, our 11+ application deadline is a little earlier than usual - this Friday, 16 October. Take a look behind the scenes with a virtual tour of our amazing school here https://t.co/ZMwHiLuPss You can also still visit our website to enjoy our Virtual Open Day. https://t.co/Vy8cR9xniY

12/10/20

Looking forward to a new week of sport here at Blackheath High 💪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/7lCBRwFCZR

09/10/20

As part of our Wollstonecraft Speaker Series, we couldn't be more excited to welcome Process Engineer Gillian Atwell, who will be giving a talk to our girls today about the steps she has taken along her career path and the day-to-day tasks of an engineer. https://t.co/BzKCZlFCCn

08/10/20

There's still time to enjoy our Virtual Open Day. Visit our website here for an insight into life at our Junior School, Senior School & Sixth Form. You can also watch recordings of our live Q&A, with teachers and students answering your questions 👇 https://t.co/KdsGpblCYt https://t.co/zNb3gUPOv5

08/10/20

We agree! Thank you for all the delicious, healthy lunches 🙂 https://t.co/5GyVPljKsi

08/10/20

Fantastic to see our girls making the most of our Run Club in Greenwich Park! 🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/lFIFQMymqP

Mental wellbeing

Promoting good physical health should be straightforward; we know that we need to eat well, take exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. When it comes to mental health, however, we tend not to think about it until a problem develops. According to a recent article in The Guardian, this is a strategy that has been disastrous for an entire generation of British people (and in particular those under the age of 25).

A person’s mental health cannot be seen and there is still a significant stigma attached to discussing mental health problems; this is something that we are working hard to change in school.

Statistics tell us that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental illness each year. Yet we all have a brain and, therefore, a mental health. Surely, all of us should give consideration to how we might make lifestyle choices, and create an environment and society which is conducive to good mental health for everyone?

The mind: a school/home approach

We use PSHE in school to discuss a range of issues including body image, bullying, friendship - and a range of wellbeing issues that encourage our students to develop coping strategies that will stand them in good stead as they get older.

PSHE is only one part of the toolkit that we have to promote positive mental health. A really important approach that teachers and parents can take is to drop into casual conversations is that it is OK not to be OK. In Biology lessons, we can discuss mental health when we learn about how the brain functions, in English we can touch upon an author’s mental state, in PSHE we can discuss the treatment of people with mental illness within the legal system.

Over dinner with our children we can talk about how we are coping with life’s difficulties. By consistently and casually mentioning a topic, we take away some of the scariness and more importantly some of the stigma that stops students from asking for help when they are struggling.

The body: incorporate more physical activity

Young people need to move regularly in order to think clearly. They simply aren’t designed to be trapped in a small room with a smart phone for hours on end having information thrown at them all day. In addition, a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for our mental health, since the body and the brain work in tandem.

Encourage your daughter to get out at the weekend. Put the phone away for a couple of hours and go for a walk together. At school we encourage students to get involved with the co-curricular programme - from Sports to Spanish Dancing there are lots of opportunities for the girls to throw themselves into physical activity.

The soul: encourage open communication

Technological advances mean there is the biggest gap in cultural understanding between adults (parents and teachers) and children since the 1960s. We must try to bridge the 'us and them' divide because communication is key to good mental health. For parents and teachers to have an open and honest dialogue with our children, we must understand their world and what is important to them.

Help young people find their passion and give them a healthy way to express themselves. Everyone needs a creative outlet, something which lets them release difficult feelings, perhaps through sport, art, music or drama. If we have this, we’re far less likely to express ourselves in more harmful ways.

We really try to encourage this at school through form time activities and through lessons. Blackheath High students are very socially aware and when they get involved with Community Projects and Charity Work they tend to be far less introspective – just look at the enthusiasm for collecting food for the local Salvation Army Food Bank recently.

A study by Professor Rachel Thompson in 2013 found young people see social media as more “real” than their three dimensional existences at home and at school. By immersing ourselves in their world, we give ourselves the tools to help them combat the worst aspects of the web and embrace the best. Most importantly, we can show them that not everything on the internet is real, and that there is a very real world at their fingertips.

The evidence shows that our daily habits have the most effect on our wellbeing; a little and often approach is what works best. Lots of conversations with the girls; allowing them to solve minor problems on their own gives them the strength to deal with big challenges as they get older; incorporating simple changes into the day, where we talk about mental health in the same way that we talk about physical health, not only impacts students, it can also have a profound positive impact on all of us – teachers and parents - too.

Useful Apps

Headspace


Headspace is a digital service that provides guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training. Its content can be accessed online, or via their mobile apps. Headspace have had over 16 million people using the app.

BellyBio

Free app that teaches a deep breathing technique useful in fighting anxiety and stress. A simple interface uses biofeedback to monitor your breathing. Sounds cascade with the movements of your belly, in rhythms reminiscent of waves on a beach. Charts also let you know how you’re doing. A great tool when you need to slow down and breathe.

eCBT Calm

Provides a set of tools to help you evaluate personal stress and anxiety, challenge distorted thoughts, and learn relaxation skills that have been scientifically validated in research on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Lots of background and useful information along with step-by-step guides.

Optimism  

Track your moods, keep a journal, and chart your recovery progress with this comprehensive tool for anxiety. One of the most popular mood tracking apps available, with plenty of features.

iSleepEasy

A calm female voice helps you quell anxieties and take the time to relax and sleep, in an array of guided meditations. Separately controlled voice and music tracks, flexible lengths, and an alarm. Includes a special wee hours rescue track, and tips for falling asleep.

Magic Window

Living Pictures - Not technically a mental health app, it makes no miraculous claims about curbing anxiety. However, there is independent research indicating that taking breaks and getting exposure to nature, even in videos, can reduce stress. This app offers an assortment of peaceful, ambient nature scenes from beautiful spots around the world.

Relax Melodies

A popular free relaxation sound and music app. Mix and match nature sounds with new age music; it’s lovely to listen to birds in the rain while a piano softly plays.

The Positive Schools Programme

We believe staff and students are best able to flourish when they are mentally and physically healthy. Blackheath High is leading the way in the pioneering Positive Schools Programme (PSP) within the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST). Drawing from neuroscience and psychology, PSP teaches us to better understand our behaviour, moods and feelings. The digital toolkit helps develop emotional resilience and provides the tools and techniques to manage stress, change and pressure. This includes the ‘emotional barometer’ which is used to manage feelings. 

To find out more about PSP, please visit the Positive website.