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11/12/19

Retweeted From Year 7 @ Blackheath

Well done Year 7 on a wonderful performance last night 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/YYoCovdA4C

11/12/19

Brilliant performances all round at the Carol Concert held in the Old Royal Naval College last night https://t.co/5nkcJdx0w9

11/12/19

Retweeted From Birdie Aitken

Christmas has begun...thank you ⁦⁩ for a wonderful evening of talented musicians and singers. Such a treat! 💕🎄🎼 https://t.co/Kw95qWJbfZ

10/12/19

Thank you for taking part! https://t.co/wSFBCYSedJ

10/12/19

Back to school! Today Year 7 girls were joined by their parents in Computer Science for a very special lesson... 1/2 https://t.co/w6yVkaGKRO

09/12/19

Retweeted From D&T

Junior School laser cutting for the BHSA Christmas Fair. https://t.co/CzV0nhaS4i

09/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Thanks , it's been another great year, and we still have the Christmas Fair and Singalong to look forward to! Huge thanks to all parents, teachers and friends of who donate their time and ££ to make these fab things happen ❤🎅🤶🎄 https://t.co/v3n7aGatvi

09/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

assembly. And we’re off! https://t.co/ujIvfrm5Wo

07/12/19

Retweeted From bhsdeutsch

Blackheath High School German Department trip to the Christmas Markets in Cologne is off to a great start. Lots of shopping and taking in the fabulous atmosphere. More fun to be had tomorrow at the chocolate museum! https://t.co/eXFJEKhjPB

06/12/19

Retweeted From BHS Junior English

Our Book Club! All organised by the wonderful They are loving their first choice https://t.co/9t5exKpkZR

06/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

what better way to start Friday? Our Nursery to Year 2 loving your teddy bears and their picnic! ❤️ https://t.co/WALQjrB7VU

06/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Great excitement Juniors as the glass is put in place in our new link building. . Thanks to Yr5 digital leaders for the footage! https://t.co/ggVOMl67uE

05/12/19

How uplifting! Looking forward to hearing their ideas. https://t.co/fiULg5Xc4G

05/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Yr2 Yr3 concert. https://t.co/Cltw9KNI6n

04/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Another beautiful evening at Hockey and Netball club 🥰 https://t.co/OO09JKwLcy

04/12/19

Classics for Kids! In celebration of Wellbeing Week 2020, our Music Scholars invite you and your little one on a musical adventure. Join us at the Senior School on Wednesday 22 January from 10am. Further details and registration: https://t.co/NwV2vRdjJh https://t.co/Qew03GCMXo

04/12/19

Brilliant persuasion skills, girls. https://t.co/Y0o9wHYxA7

04/12/19

We certainly think so! https://t.co/LW1gkGamSF

03/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Love where you live!!! 😍😍 We had a great run at Cross Country Club tonight + finished with a quick gym session! Well done everyone 💪🏼🌟🙌🏼🏃🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/0yCpINCxKK

03/12/19

We have our fingers crossed for Helena in Year 8, who will be travelling to Prague to compete on behalf of the Icelandic national synchronised swimming team this weekend. We're so proud of you, Helena!

03/12/19

Our Wollstonecraft Speaker this week is Dr Chris Duffin, an award-winning palaeontologist who has published extensively on a wide range of fossil groups. We're excited to learn more! https://t.co/CuL3EuPwWg

03/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

It’s freezing, but who cares?! 🤷🏻‍♀️🥶 we all had a great evening playing at Bromley! POMS - Amy and Amelie 🦁🐯🏑 https://t.co/7uGrPSGODP

02/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Oh yes it can choir is on! https://t.co/HbL2Ee9Cri

02/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Halls

Greenwich means ...Christmas time! The festive season arrives in style at our Christmas-jumper packed Festive Family Sing-a-long https://t.co/3RhBjqx7DE

02/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

A delightful evening with ‘s Jenny Lister inspiring us with Mary Quant’s story. A true role model for our girls. . Lovely collaborating with too-do come again! https://t.co/TlfQYaQQaW

02/12/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Absolutely loved this evening’s talk by ‘s Jenny Lister about alumna Mary Quant a true girl. Thank you ! https://t.co/LsZv0bRKR8

02/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Society

Mary Quant talk tonight in conduction with the Society and . Amazingly insightful ! https://t.co/H4T0u3qN0Z

28/11/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

A pleasure having lunch with some Year 4s. Conversations ranged from making hand puppets to nutritional benefits of dark chocolate with a critique of premature Christmas promotions thrown in. ❤️❤️ https://t.co/irkufrtBMg

28/11/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

are just having too much fun?!#circus skills. https://t.co/RBIv7esbfz

28/11/19

Congratulations to Blackheath High alumna for being named Apprenticeships Champion of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards last night! https://t.co/Ifja4RaVU2

21/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

So proud of the U15 A&B teams smashing their netball fixture against St. Dunstans. How much they love sport and persevere with trying to play better is so impressive. POMs Sienna M-G and Sasha M 👏🏻🙌🏻 https://t.co/ZwGHYv68KB

21/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

This was such a good talk ! Rebecca shared so many pearls of wisdom with sixth formers and her job is great! https://t.co/ZVn7cQ225u https://t.co/yQgnA2GxAE

21/11/19

We can't wait to welcome curators from the V&A to this illustrated talk on the life and work of the pioneering Mary Quant next week! https://t.co/bZOz1k2e56

20/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U18 played a great game against St. Dunstans today. Some great interceptions leading in to strong attack. Well done! Pom Tilly https://t.co/7Ob1hDGMYR

19/11/19

Well done 👏 👏 https://t.co/pVil6Xv3Vu

19/11/19

Never a dull moment at Blackheath High! Today at the Senior School we hosted Rt Hon David Laws who discussed the impending election as keynote speaker for the https://t.co/5wi1fDmJXs

19/11/19

We're looking forward to this week's Wollstonecraft speaker, Blackheath alumna Rebecca Adams (class of 2013). Rebecca works as an archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives, working on the Mollie Hunt Collection and will be sharing her experiences with Sixth Form. https://t.co/0aWVjmbFmA

18/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Starting Monday with a circuit 💪🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/JrV2Erfft1

16/11/19

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Thanks for a fizzing, popping evening Great crowd and delicious munchies! 🙌 (photo taken by Meltem of year 7) https://t.co/VZnpaJjqvT

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.