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23/09/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/rlC9TvehpD https://t.co/hst4PMNND8

23/09/21

A massive congratulations to our sports scholar, Marley, who competed at the Inter-Regional Champs for British Triathlon last week. After qualifying for the main final, Marley pushed herself and finished 9th in her age group in the entire UK - incredible! https://t.co/PoaH1QNOOv

22/09/21

Our Sixth Form girls are courageous and insightful. Speak with our Sixth Form Leadership Team at our Virtual Open Evening and Live Q&A on Wednesday 29 September to find out what makes Blackheath High Sixth Form unique – book now: https://t.co/qtcBgOg8PC https://t.co/IPnnN6QNHG

21/09/21

Our Senior School students loved receiving their 'welcome' tote bags at the start of term. These eco-friendly, reusable bags were designed by one our talented Year 13 Textiles students, Lumina, who will be starting at the University of Bath this year. https://t.co/dRQc0YDrzw

20/09/21

It's societies week! Last week our Sixth Form students advertised their societies in a whole school assembly, and this week our senior girls will be choosing which society they would like to join. They can choose from a wide range, from Art, to Film, to Law and many more. https://t.co/u6W1xGsxhX

17/09/21

We support and encourage our girls all the way from Nursery to Sixth Form. Book your space at our Open Morning on Saturday 25 September and take a tour of our new Sixth Form Centre to see how we can prepare you for university and beyond – sign up now: https://t.co/cUoFRsIY2Z https://t.co/BVkJ5VIZFC

17/09/21

Last week we celebrated the achievements of our wonderful Year 11 and 13 students at our Valedictory Ceremony. There were music and dance performances by our students, and an inspiring speech from . Needless to say, it was a fantastic evening. https://t.co/2cU5U5s2XX

16/09/21

It was such an honour to host the Sixth Form ball for our recently graduated Year 13 students this month. Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating their achievements with their friends and former teachers as they prepare to move into the world of higher education. https://t.co/EHMLMvA2SX

09/09/21

GCSE and A-Level art displays are being put up across the school today. Each year we celebrate the amazing talents of our art students with an exhibition where their work goes on display for all to enjoy. This year's exhibition will be taking place next Tuesday. https://t.co/g5xotu3nqM

07/09/21

Today is our Clubs Fair. At the Clubs Fair, students can choose from a range of exciting extra-curricular clubs to further enrich their studies. Some of our clubs include: 🥋 Chinese Martial Arts in Mandarin 🚲 Bicycle Maintenance 👾 Minecraft & more! Which would you choose? https://t.co/5629a4iWPN

06/09/21

Wishing a warm welcome back to all of our students. As we step into the new term together, we're looking forward to a fun-filled year and seeing where our girls will Boldly Go. https://t.co/XW42DA2LI7

03/09/21

Retweeted From Brent Pirie

GDST girls from and Norwich High, playing a cracking piece of music. An ethos of collaboration, team work, friendship and supporting each other at a challenging but enjoyable residential week of playing brass 💥🎼👏🙌 https://t.co/JNvYCWs0W8

25/08/21

We encourage our girls to chase their dreams with conviction. Take a tour of Blackheath High Sixth Form GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/hzAsr04f9Z https://t.co/ReFCFTJAGG

25/08/21

Having worked though the most challenging of years, our Sixth Form Textiles student have produced the most extraordinary collections and have proved just how creative they can be. Read more about our impressive Sixth Form Fashion Show here: https://t.co/lUb5yelRqq https://t.co/XCv8xq5xDY

23/08/21

On Thursday 24 June, we displayed all GCSE and A-level Art work as an exhibition in the Wollstonecraft Room. This featured acrylic paintings, mixed-media and Personal Investigation projects. Well done girls! You can view a gallery of the work here: https://t.co/HP6QdsdjTS https://t.co/NXfD0Ba4Wz

19/08/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

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18/08/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Day 3 of the Sports Camp has kicked off with a very competitive game of Capture the Flag. https://t.co/LN9BRc4LOp

17/08/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

Reviewing brand-new primary Christmas nativities in August for and secretly loving it🎄 🎶. Thanks for asking ! https://t.co/z7kRgNYV2i

17/08/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

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17/08/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Day 2 of the Sports Camp and we’re having a great time. There’s been dodgeball, hockey, tennis, rounders, netball - the only thing missing is some sunshine ☀️ https://t.co/uA39pUJlBl

13/08/21

30% of students have chosen to study Physics at A level next year. Meet Ms Tsikkinis, our inspiring Head of Physics, and read all about her passion for supporting girls and building a love of learning for the subject 👇 https://t.co/3A9VB9qBhv

12/08/21

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Many many congratulations to all our students who have achieved A Levels and GCSEs this week. All such justly deserved successes. 🎉

12/08/21

Congratulations to our amazing Year 11s as they receive their GCSE results today. Thank you to all our wonderful staff who have supported them. Read below about Rachel and Heaven's time at Blackheath and what they have planned for A levels. ✨💫https://t.co/mKsqGJ17R4

12/08/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Delighted for our wonderful Year 11 cohort today as they celebrate well-deserved success in their GCSEs. Funny, kind and brilliant in equal measure, we can't wait to see you start Sixth Form! 💫 https://t.co/e4LDJfddDG

12/08/21

Good luck to everyone receiving their GCSE results today! 💫

10/08/21

Huge congratulations to Year 13 and all our teachers who supported them through an incredible year. Read about our amazing team and our girls' achievements, including Dilmi, who has been with us since Year 2 and is off to study Medicine https://t.co/l0CpK4X8b4

10/08/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

So proud of our Year 13; so full of spirit, hard work, kindness and adaptability. What they have achieved in the last 18 months is amazing and I wish them all the very best for their bright futures! https://t.co/B8YWgTbwi3 https://t.co/r1qxcwWD6y

10/08/21

Ahead of A level and GCSE results, our Head wrote to all our students, who have achieved so much this year. "Your committed to your futures, even when the future felt uncertain". Please have a read if you are receiving your results💙 https://t.co/gHb7OJma6u

10/08/21

We are so proud of this year's A level students who have achieved so much and are going on to study a range of exciting courses at university, including: Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Korean Studies, Criminology, Film & Drama, History & Midwifery. Amazing! 💫

10/08/21

Good luck to all students receiving their A level results today 💫

05/08/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/rlC9TvvShb https://t.co/3G1c3cG3TZ

05/08/21

Inspired by our recent Beyond the School Walls talk, our generous speaker will be doing a Blackheath Suffragettes City walk on Sunday 12 September at 2pm. For more information on how you can be involved, please get in touch with Maureen here: mo.org.uk. https://t.co/MZvlIEngWk

23/07/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/YTGst4ceY2 https://t.co/YMiokFgNFP

21/07/21

The results are in for the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge. A huge well done to all girls who were involved. You can see the results and read more about the challenge here: https://t.co/dARzMxjGiT https://t.co/c0acyiVbUG

16/07/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/4IO39haZMC https://t.co/o1vJsqHkXb

14/07/21

As part of the topic of inheritance in Science over the Summer term, Year 8 learnt all about the workings of DNA by making delicious jelly models. https://t.co/E9occmRyJ4 https://t.co/xI4QsGJMg7

09/07/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

What a fab best MCB they are! 😍 https://t.co/LNizGKH8Tz

09/07/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

The piano music of a Year 3 pupil who just performed to her class. I asked why she added a multiplication fact. She said it was because the music was too plain. I like it. Might add a few times tables to my music in future https://t.co/YUlWmULzDA

09/07/21

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Last day of term = great day for a ice-cream! 🍦 ☀️ 😃 https://t.co/VAIPXcFmCq

09/07/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Such a great turn out from our students who grasped the opportunity to be coached by a Superleague star. Thanks for providing so many of our students with a memory they will never forget! https://t.co/zaUgv6aAqo

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.