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22/01/21

The Nursery girls in school have been particularly enjoying catching up with all their friends and getting back to what they like best - playing! https://t.co/WkINvRYqay

22/01/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A brilliant 15 minute skipping challenge for you today from the Fitness Forward challenge. Why not give it a go either today or over the weekend https://t.co/qKxV7PTKI3

22/01/21

Year 10s have been learning about the characteristics of Expressionism and getting very creative as they explore how directors use lighting, sound and music to create atmosphere. Amazing what our GCSE drama students have created, using just what they have at home! https://t.co/AljeZGpDJt

21/01/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Juniors Guided Home Learning with Miss McQuater bringing maths to life. https://t.co/Ag5IhfzGka

21/01/21

Brilliant, Mrs Gunton! https://t.co/Ne0ht19ofT

21/01/21

Retweeted From Mrs Richards MCCT 👩‍🔬

Thrilled that ex-DCI Steve Gaskin has been kind enough to record some sessions for my lucky 'Forensic Science - Inside the Mind of a Murderer' enrichment students. This afternoon will be 'Offender Profiling' https://t.co/cLznsjc6YS

21/01/21

In today's assembly, we reflected on the power of kindness, thinking about what we can do to support people in our community and taking inspiration from others. Proud of everyone in our school community who have done incredible things to support others in recent times https://t.co/ofoHuQCYN6

20/01/21

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last”. An inspiration to girls everywhere. Congratulations Vice President Harris 💫 https://t.co/iPIZ7WTfKA

19/01/21

Another brilliant discussing 'How To Be A Tech Role Model For Your Child'. We've emailed parents a registration link... https://t.co/VB7jZCwZzs

19/01/21

Brilliant! Look forward to hearing all about it https://t.co/42xHeRyZU6

19/01/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Our most recent presentation for parents in the series is now available to watch. alumna, Professor Abi Gewirtz, shares her expertise on how to talk to your child when the world feels like a scary place. 👉 https://t.co/P95qdNVFu9

19/01/21

Our key worker children in school working hard and enjoying in their daily fitness session. Well done girls! 🤸 https://t.co/XjX9HDLlMC

18/01/21

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

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18/01/21

Beautiful sunrise over Blackheath this morning ☀️ https://t.co/ZaB3iBcwbW

18/01/21

Looking to take-up running in 2021? Another brilliant Fitness Forward Challenge from to start the week 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/L22p9QpOi3

18/01/21

Fascinating whole school assembly this morning from on the superpower of introverts. Very inspiring way to start off a new week https://t.co/X3fMmnMVsb

15/01/21

Great work girls! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/Tj6GhN9x6L

15/01/21

Why not try our Fitness Forward challenge this weekend? Choose your favourite songs and give it a go 💃 https://t.co/usUQPA1kZb

15/01/21

Our Wollstonecraft Lecture Series continues in lockdown with sharing fascinating insights about her career as an Aerospace Design Engineer, which has taken her around the world and includes designing cockpits for Hawks used by the Red Arrows! https://t.co/NNKACGBmAw

15/01/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed attending the Virtual Junior Citizenship session this week! It was a great opportunity for them to learn about citizenship and life skills directly from the experts. https://t.co/HfdqASgDXp

15/01/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

The nicest part of my day/week/2021 so far was popping in Yr5’s end of day Teams meeting with .I’m going to be photo-bombing ( or whatever the video/Teams equivalent is ) every year group on a regular basis. Look out !

15/01/21

Retweeted From The Halo Code 👸🏾

Seems like we have 4/25 of the wonderful GDST schools signed up to the Halo Code! Would love to see the others follow in these schools’ footsteps and 👸🏾👸🏽👸🏿 https://t.co/1W2N58voJW

15/01/21

Hi Florence 👋🐶 https://t.co/jKFjMS8Hgb

14/01/21

Inspiring assembly at the start of the year from our Head of Futures, Ms Day, on setting goals for 2021 and when thinking about future careers. We discussed the importance of reflection and setting S.M.A.R.T goals to make them much more achievable. 👏👏 https://t.co/5rY8bmzz5u

11/01/21

Another sneak peak at our virtual assembly this morning to celebrate our 140th birthday 🎉 https://t.co/Rvd2ygwQiU

11/01/21

We are so proud of all the eco commitments made by our school community to celebrate our 140th birthday. Fantastic to see everyone come together as a force for change. 🎂 https://t.co/n4eV9s0lzY

08/01/21

Merci Madame Moriseau for a wonderfully uplifting Early Years French lesson for our nursery girls. Fun with singing and learning healthy fruit - all in French. Fantastique! https://t.co/6ywbvdYQeq

08/01/21

Excellent work, Shelby! Well done to all teachers and students for this week. Have a well-deserved restful weekend.

08/01/21

Retweeted From Mrs Richards MCCT 👩‍🔬

Reviewing quantitative chemistry with Y10. Straight on it and some great work submitted, this is from Shelby. Great end to the week. Well done everyone ! https://t.co/aJ3pw3g3uK

08/01/21

All smiles here. Well done to all our key workers’ and critical workers’ children for keeping up their hard work and adapting so brilliantly. https://t.co/k1e97Cm1gU

06/01/21

Welcome back! We are now continuing our girls’ education through our online Guided Home Learning programme for all students. Blackheath High School buildings are now closed except to provide support to our incredible critical workers’ children. Well done all for adapting swiftly. https://t.co/bUy4K1bHED

02/01/21

During the Autumn term, we had two entries into this year’s Mathematical Olympiad for Girls. Shona and Yiting both faced some challenging but, no doubt, enjoyable problems. Well done for both of them for participating! https://t.co/LP2DsMiirf https://t.co/MxujTeJpMd

28/12/20

As part of the current GDST Talks event, the has put the fascinating second event on 'How to raise bold, courageous and resilient women' on YouTube until the Monday 4 January 2021. https://t.co/ZSzr7vSdbm https://t.co/jGNoGCgmPo

22/12/20

Through a combination of Eco Club activities, student-led campaigns and whole school initiatives, Blackheath High School has been awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag! https://t.co/iUreEy5Q9D https://t.co/4tGdN8L8BP

17/12/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Thank you to everyone for the generous contributions towards our reverse advent calendar for the https://t.co/PBx7PwB0f5

17/12/20

Retweeted From Hobgoblin Theatre Co

Thanks for having us ! https://t.co/Xqn32SI6GC

17/12/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

The prizes have been given out for our Festive Pet Competition! https://t.co/XB5seF7f4V

17/12/20

Love this! 🧑‍🎄 https://t.co/DURtgXwz4H

17/12/20

Just some of the over 200 entries for this year's Christmas cards competition. Congratulations to all our winners! https://t.co/l0EFwmuhe8

17/12/20

Retweeted From Judith Beenders

Me and my daughter sitting in the sofa watching & enjoying the Blackheath High Senior’s Christmas concert. Nice! 🎄

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.