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17/06/21

Retweeted From Blackheath Society

Blackheath and Greenwich in literature talk by Blake Morrison local author and society member. 1st july 7.30pm . Tickets £10. More info https://t.co/AxJl5MXXgV

17/06/21

Year 12 Biology students joined a live Ecology Webinar today from about the documentary ‘A life on our planet’ by . Fascinating! 🌳 https://t.co/aBUMZUBMxT

16/06/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Anyone else jealous of ‘s Florence having a lunchtime dip? Just me then. 😎 https://t.co/oHxpIgrotY

15/06/21

Retweeted From Blackheath Halls

We are looking for talented young singers (Year 3-Year 11) to join our Youth Choir. Taster Day on Saturday 26 June from 11am-3pm at Blackheath Halls. For more info or to register visit https://t.co/Nir47J8LHI https://t.co/bAhJD6PtI3

15/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Enjoying a much cooler temperature this morning in Year 5 games... https://t.co/CCDyQwqgTc

15/06/21

As the temperatures soared, Year 2 took otheir spelling investigations al fresco! The girls had a great time combining their orienteering and spelling skills, which was an engaging way to revise spelling high frequency words. https://t.co/KgnxErYUv3

15/06/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

family - final days to book onto our with award-winning former editor of . Register here: https://t.co/c35stpecvU https://t.co/Npr6gLUQ1X

14/06/21

Amazing 👏👏👏 https://t.co/JZKHaO2YCx

14/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Our U14 A&B cricket teams also enjoyed a competitive but fun afternoon today, against Colfe’s. Another win for our B’s but Colfe’s A’s came out victorious, winning by just a few runs. POMS: Valerie and Millie. 🏏 https://t.co/5YMdcCNh3y

14/06/21

Thank you so much https://t.co/brY3LgrnfM

14/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A great afternoon of cricket for our U13A&B teams against Chis&Sid, ending in a close loss for the A’s and a win for the B’s! POMS: Jess and Amelie 🏏 https://t.co/UcI7ayTRvS

13/06/21

Retweeted From BHS Geography

A huge congratulations to Billie, Buffy, Rachel, Lucy and Breanna for completing their Silver D of E expedition section! 50km covered on the hottest weekend of the year! See our Insta for how they cooled off! 🥈🥈🥈🥈🥈

12/06/21

Thank you so much 💙 https://t.co/Cdn6oxrEs5

12/06/21

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

Our sweet and gentle Ginger. 🐹🥰 https://t.co/qGJqjUptUr https://t.co/Nwsb8D7Z2K

12/06/21

Retweeted From BHS Geography

Day 2 D of E on one of the hottest days. ‘Your girls are amazing!! They're in camp already having some 19km over some fairly big hills’

12/06/21

Thank you so much for featuring us https://t.co/DEfPhEwoOX

12/06/21

Thank you so much https://t.co/9X8qBVOU4r

12/06/21

We're loving having Year 5 students at our Midsummer Shakespeare Experience Morning - "Though she be but little, she is fierce" 🌸 https://t.co/iDxhxgueJr

12/06/21

Retweeted From Girls' Schools Assoc

Lockdown enabled introverts to shine so we’ve redesigned school with more quiet spaces - GSA Head ⁦⁩ | News | The Times https://t.co/oG4Yf5EIzO

12/06/21

Retweeted From Rebecca Brown

Great to see these fantastic initiatives from our sister school ⁦⁩. Blackheath High School lets its wallflowers blossom with quiet spaces after lockdown | News | The Times https://t.co/c9fX9ZJXbD

12/06/21

Thank you so much https://t.co/xClbJBbiGA

12/06/21

Retweeted From The Good Schools Guide

This is exactly the innovation we’d expect from - our review highlights a number of fab new pastoral approaches at the school. Wonderful to see positive come from the miserable last year and a half. https://t.co/BbpAzlvKxg

12/06/21

Our Head discusses the future of education in today's and how we are taking learnings from lockdown to help all our students thrive. https://t.co/CEATtyUyvI https://t.co/kgflUPsNDu

12/06/21

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Excited for our Year 5 experience day It’s been a while! https://t.co/RMT0KGkYiZ

12/06/21

We're so excited about welcoming prospective Year 5 students for our Midsummer Shakespeare Festival this morning to experience a taster of life at Blackheath High School https://t.co/RdSIaXBSBh

11/06/21

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Year 2 catch up on current events by choosing to read editions of First News. “We are commuters reading on the train!” https://t.co/OsuM19VhJ8

11/06/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

. is looking for a Deputy Head- a rare opportunity to work with our wonderful staff, students and their families- as part of our Senior Leadership Team: Work with us... https://t.co/yDFBvTBakQ

10/06/21

Year 2 had beaming smiles during their Animal Encounters workshops. The girls met a Madagascan hissing cockroach, a scorpion, a gecko, a chinchilla and a corn snake. They showed such curiosity and demonstrated an impressive grasp of scientific vocabulary. Well done brave girls! https://t.co/OnRDUOtrNb

10/06/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Which questions would you like Lorraine Candy to address in her talk about handling your teen’s freedom this summer post-Covid? https://t.co/blZciHkVk2

09/06/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

And so concludes four fabulous workshops with , inspiring young girls through the work of Five Postcards and becoming composers themselves thank you for joining https://t.co/F1EdsVu6Iz

09/06/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

School site looking resplendent in the sunshine today- so lovely for the students to enjoy these havens of green and sunshine! https://t.co/7SXJ4E3Bwu

08/06/21

As part of the fortnight, our girls spoke with other GDST students planning to live, study and work in the cities they'll be moving to, providing a great chance to make friends ahead of the big move. Exciting! 👍 https://t.co/rK7yZGDs0C

08/06/21

So excited to begin the fortnight for our Sixth Formers. Each day from 1pm, our girls will join other GDST students for exciting events to prepare them for the next stage of their journey, including University seminars and real world ready workshops! ✨ https://t.co/NzC94o3qXQ

08/06/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

What a beautiful day for a trip to https://t.co/mYLDYbASRp

07/06/21

Before Half Term, we interviewed our new Head of RE about inspiring our budding philosophers and how the subject lends itself so readily to discussion. You can read the interview here: https://t.co/s6OzpZdjuC https://t.co/1Fdls4VaHa

03/06/21

Our Nursery girls have been learning the benefits of gardening to help boost mental health. The girls have enjoyed planting both flower and vegetable seeds, dead-heading bulbs and watering the forget-me-nots and bluebells. You can find out more here: https://t.co/ZiWpAs78N7 https://t.co/b3tAOWVgXs

01/06/21

Our helpful Year 7 volunteers did a fantastic job clearing litter from the heath before Half Term. Thank you girls! 👍 https://t.co/T9jTWLDUUt

28/05/21

Goodbye and good luck to you Year 13! It's been such a pleasure and we are so proud of you all. ✨ https://t.co/EiaLwhXAHM

28/05/21

Nursery have been learning the letter ‘v’ and the girls decided to make v..v..volcanoes from papier-mâché and paint. The girls then carried out an experiment to create lava from bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Wow! 🌋 https://t.co/XnPfHOJPRE

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.