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17/01/20

Mrs Argile is reducing her environmental impact with these thoughtful changes, and we are encouraging our entire school community to think of ways they can do the same - let's inspire each other! What do you pledge for the ? https://t.co/N2tDjWDDZT

17/01/20

An excellent pledge idea from Ms Richards looking at how we can reduce our impact on our environment. What changes can you make to your daily routines that add up to a big change over the ?#140thAnniversary https://t.co/i8E9o6wGAK

17/01/20

Our is off to a great start, with pledges from staff, students and their parents coming in. Mrs Chandler-Thompson has made an ambitious pledge to not print a SINGLE thing for the entire year. Wow! https://t.co/5misHchheh

17/01/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Lots of wonderfully creative design solutions from years 6 and 8 in today's Architecture Day. Well done everyone! https://t.co/AulZY31Bj9

17/01/20

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Another great year of design from our Year 6 and 8 students on Architecture day. Thanks to Mr Masters and his team for organising and inviting such inspiring speakers https://t.co/fEh8Br4HWy

17/01/20

Retweeted From D&T

Fran, Nisha & Katie. Our GDST alumnae and design director, architect and project manager respectively, who gave up a day to take part in our amazing Architecture Day. Winners to follow! TM https://t.co/iTd066ZB5R

15/01/20

A real pleasure to welcome ‘Old Girls’” of Mary Datchelor Grammar School, the original home of the stunning Datchelor Glass, to school for afternoon tea and viewing of the glass in its new home. Thank you for coming, ladies! https://t.co/vWgg33YkJ5

15/01/20

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Have a look if you are booking your holidays soon 😎 You could raise over £120 for if you use to book your holiday and buy your travel essentials. If just five of us do this, we'll raise over £600 for FREE! Visit: https://t.co/zjMwEBsJqO

14/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Fitness Club started with a BANG 💥 well done to everyone 🤩🤩 https://t.co/yt5fGUvOQ0

14/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U16 netball team played their first fixture of the term ending with a great 28-7 victory over Plumstead manor. Some fantastic shooting, brilliant interceptions and super team work on display. Well done 👏🏻 pom Ezi https://t.co/0Wjkh4agGO

14/01/20

This week's Wollstonecraft Speaker Series talk will be delivered by Lily MacDonald on the themes of Ambition and Action - looking forward to it! https://t.co/XA5AMwkU5A

13/01/20

Thank you for your support 🙂 https://t.co/Yq3hyJCZYf

13/01/20

Retweeted From Common Seas

Thank you! We're so excited to be at Blackheath today!

13/01/20

Today we have announced a whole-school pledge to protect our maritime environment. Together with we pledge to highlight the vital role of clean oceans in our curriculum and work towards becoming London's first Ocean Friendly school https://t.co/eO7REsNvu0

10/01/20

To celebrate our 140th year, we are encouraging our whole school community to make environmentally-focussed pledges to change our world for the better. The focus of pledges will be: Spring: Reduce Summer: Reuse Autumn: Recycle https://t.co/7nTYOdrBj3

10/01/20

Retweeted From Girls' Schools Assoc

Eco-anxiety is robbing young people of their childhoods - adults must teach climate change responsibly says GSA Head ⁦⁩ ⁦⁦⁩ | The Independent https://t.co/RPDthz5y0c

09/01/20

Great to see in The Independent leading on the role schools have to play in the climate crisis:“As teachers,we need to empower students to understand their own agency and highlight what they can do to make a positive change...big or small” https://t.co/IATHTAyazQ https://t.co/CMpffd6hVn

09/01/20

What's not to love! Glad to see Year 1 enjoying Taekwondo. https://t.co/Nd9dW8GHBV

09/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Year 6 enjoying getting back into hockey 🏑 💪🏻 https://t.co/5shhb7FIZk

08/01/20

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

A very happy new year to all followers, here's to another great year of fun-raising 🥳 - Quiz Night booking coming soon, sort your teams! - remember you can donate clean, quality, unwanted uniform at juniors or seniors now - lots more to come so watch this space!

08/01/20

Welcome back to school, everyone! This is a particularly special first day back, as it also marks our 140th birthday. Stay tuned to hear about our environmentally-focussed which will take place throughout 2020 https://t.co/DIKseZLHT8

07/01/20

Hard to imagine a more welcoming bunch - great teamwork girls! https://t.co/Ico5WnR2Ue

03/01/20

In recent STEAM Club activities, the girls learned simple chemical reactions whilst making delicious fudge. https://t.co/rF0FzPvEAw https://t.co/eAeBPjTwBM

30/12/19

As part of our Bookbuzz programme, our girls were able to select and take home a book from a list of 17 titles! https://t.co/cXku8SoYWN https://t.co/a8JaB7fp4P

26/12/19

In celebration of Wellbeing Week 2020, our Music Scholars invite you and your little one to join us at the Senior School on Wednesday 22 January for a musical adventure. Further details and registration: https://t.co/NwV2vRdjJh

24/12/19

With Christmas just around the corner, turn up your speakers and celebrate with the Blackheath High School Christmas Single! Merry Christmas everyone! https://t.co/SPYvui2FhA https://t.co/N5tTntBBv3

21/12/19

With a staggering 38.45 seconds on the tuba, we are happy to announce the winner of the Long Note Competition... https://t.co/OZ9vxQ9qYU https://t.co/tZBTOu7YOL

19/12/19

Wishing everyone a restful and happy Christmas 🎄 🌟 ☃️ https://t.co/DjcCdfeKsw

18/12/19

Retweeted From Cheryl Giovannoni

So gorgeous. Lovely way to begin the 7 day countdown to Christmas. Have a great break BHS superstars. https://t.co/DAnsRks3jI

18/12/19

We are all feeling very spoilt - and full - this afternoon. Even the sprouts were delicious! https://t.co/zJHpPZcsmX

18/12/19

After a spectacularly melodic December, we're excited to share our music with you & your little ones in 2020. Register for Classics for Kids below: https://t.co/us2wUHB9sQ

18/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

We’ll be playing this at our Junior singalong this afternoon. Lovely to see so many “old” Junior girls and big sisters in there. Well done everyone 👏👏👏 https://t.co/Taoul3htZr

18/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Last day of term and having a blast with independent research- they seriously are loving it and I’ve learnt something new. https://t.co/UqNHj91qUr

18/12/19

Move over Simon Cowell, these Blackheath High girls have the X-Factor! Introducing our very own Christmas single🎄☃️🎄watch it here: https://t.co/7jPFe5ljWg

17/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

So proud of our dance company girls using their 4a time for extra rehearsals this week. 🙌🏼 https://t.co/VoaLsS3V3i

17/12/19

Well done to all candidates! https://t.co/f4DFHkN4iH

17/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. House captains and decs made by them with our laser printer and sold for . Paragon made the biggest profit but very close. £242.60 on the way to a very good cause. https://t.co/SJEHEzFwkk

14/12/19

Year 7 had a great time learning about the bone structure by dissecting chicken legs in Science! They even identified the tendons and ligaments at the joint https://t.co/IAGcoCz5IH

13/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

“It’s behind you...!!!!” Year 11 Panto Trip to get us into the festive spirit! 🎭🎄 https://t.co/Sl1GFgGjyh

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.