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26/09/18

We were delighted to welcome Year 5 students from local primary schools to celebrate the European Day of Languages… https://t.co/FlWyxtApLw

26/09/18

Sign up for our Open Morning (Saturday 6 October) and learn more about what our motorcycle maintenance team get up… https://t.co/ClvgeFXnth

26/09/18

Retweeted From GDST Skills

Many students are currently finalising choices for university applications via and making big de… https://t.co/B9VRkrNK9r

24/09/18

Retweeted From STEM in Style

We worked with year 10 girls to create stunning and designs inspired by https://t.co/PkWzzyDSgs

24/09/18

Thank you to for the fabulous workshop! Our Year 10 students loved your insight into where maths meets… https://t.co/qezrjNPWLq

19/09/18

Our new Senior School is featured in the latest edition of Want to see more? Act fast to snap up the… https://t.co/stR49eSsNq

19/09/18

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

First meeting of my Mighty Girls’ mini feminist group. Florence was being a suitably rebel girl! https://t.co/l54FW7VlRQ

18/09/18

Thank you for the engaging Wollstonecraft Lecture you gave yesterday. We loved hearing about your writing… https://t.co/tcmjECeDE1

17/09/18

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Oops, looks like we slept through our "back to school" alarm... but definitely awake now! First meeting of the year… https://t.co/otXQMzSA17

17/09/18

A sneak preview of tonight’s KS3 Art Exhibition in the Wollstonecraft Room, beautifully displayed by https://t.co/k6pp0CZ6h2

17/09/18

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Florence was impressed by getting their roles of responsibility in assembly today. They’ll… https://t.co/F7XBaUxJYH

13/09/18

Congratulations to all of our students celebrating their achievements at Prize Giving this evening! https://t.co/efgF9MDzA5

11/09/18

Check out these eye-catching bags and notebook - created using designs from our very own Art A Level students. They… https://t.co/uq0WCJrK6P

10/09/18

Can you think of a better way to wake up and reinforce a positive mindset for the week ahead? Beautiful shot of our… https://t.co/EroElVQrw2

08/09/18

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

- A great advert in this Saturday’s - Open Day is October 6th if you’d like to find… https://t.co/Pb2zgcrhM0

06/09/18

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

How fast can a school dog’s tail wag on the ? Very! https://t.co/6qdMoSpFxH

06/09/18

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

It’s been a busy lunchtime for Florence https://t.co/GxBYOwo2lv

06/09/18

Welcome back to school fliers, so much fun to be had exploring our very own stunning Grand Design t… https://t.co/tGVfXYSJ7P

05/09/18

As stunning as our new senior school is, we can't help but feel there's something missing... we are so excited to w… https://t.co/ICZ9CYckND

04/09/18

Very proud to see our very own Lois, 13, starring in the new & ad. Could almost be an advert f… https://t.co/QhMsRKkoIz

03/09/18

Some more sneak previews of our new school - see you soon everyone! https://t.co/arGtJWj9Lu

03/09/18

We are so looking forward to welcoming current and new students back to school this week. Don’t forget your… https://t.co/RG6rSG3A4l

02/09/18

Sending huge luck and love to our very own ballet dancer, 15 year old Julia, performing tonight… https://t.co/q2HImZq2UY

02/09/18

Feeling proud to see our family of schools on the front cover of The Sunday Times this morning https://t.co/7d31rTuB4F

02/09/18

Retweeted From Helen King

Hope you’re 😊after 👏 You don’t need straight grade 9s to be in 2 or 3 years. So… https://t.co/XAPvVVABPd

02/09/18

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

League tables encourage the very opposite of what we might hope for from our schools: https://t.co/8NNPV5JtCp

30/08/18

From active participation to researching women's contributions and demonstrating links to everyday life, Mr Mostert… https://t.co/MnFXkPNNJM

28/08/18

"The immediacy of social media and emails can be a double-edged sword. We like to tweet information about the trip… https://t.co/iwRmlXD5P8

23/08/18

Blackheath High School students were on the tonight grilling Education Minister MP on… https://t.co/bOmyUi4QH8

23/08/18

Our GCSE Astronomers are over the moon! They aimed high and all got straight A* and A grades. Congratulations to Si… https://t.co/UNkRxqmCME

23/08/18

祝贺 to our Mandarin students, including Ingrid, who did brilliantly in their GCSE, with 80% of grades at A or A*… https://t.co/Ou3y204OMu

23/08/18

As we celebrate our best ever GCSE results at 'Blackheath On A High School' today - emotions are running high. Full… https://t.co/BMp7AstSoQ

23/08/18

Not only have more students than ever been studying modern languages at GCSE this year at 'Blackheath On A High' bu… https://t.co/SQenOIIpzc

23/08/18

The A* align for Blackheath High School. With 21 A* grades between them, Siya and Maitri are just two of many Black… https://t.co/vzfb7dh6Tv

23/08/18

An incredible CONGRATULATIONS to our students collecting GCSE results today. We are celebrating our best ever resul… https://t.co/a2abJ5W1tw

23/08/18

Commending our girls on their sporting prowess, MBE, retired English Netball player and Head Coach of th… https://t.co/1dvqPeGc8F

23/08/18

Good luck to everyone collecting their GCSE results today... https://t.co/x8pDvw1mOO

22/08/18

We love these beautiful tea-light houses that students at our summer camp have been working on. Stunning detail! https://t.co/S1BpqpFwMM

22/08/18

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Ahead of tomorrow’s , here’s our handy guide to the new grading system https://t.co/sVcBsAzJpH

22/08/18

Looking forward to seeing all our GCSE girls for results collection tomorrow - see you at 9am in the theatre

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 Netball 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. In April 2016, Headspace claimed to have over 6 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. 

All 26 schools belonging to the GDST have signed up to the programme including Putney High School

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