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21/02/20

To celebrate ‘Numbers Day’, students in Years 7-13 journeyed the school to find teachers wearing badges with significant numbers on them. https://t.co/B1QOk1VnJ2 https://t.co/4fFfGqu5uf

21/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A few tired eyes this morning but we are on route to the airport! We’ve had a fantastic week in Arosa! https://t.co/GMHSGILedx

19/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Nursery School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/7Y8NgppGZu

19/02/20

Year Two had a great time exploring the process of tie dyeing as part of their Out of Africa topic. https://t.co/2PU1ZUwfJJ https://t.co/xzn9ArCRT9

17/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

What a beautiful day ! 🎿⛷ https://t.co/8lhpWcd8hE

17/02/20

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Emma having a blast in the snow ⛄️ https://t.co/qFlcTYv5xD

17/02/20

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Year groups ready to go ! A few tired heads but they are still smiling and ready to learn! https://t.co/NJnhqOwwgO

17/02/20

Retweeted From Independent Schools

More than 900 ISC schools are engaged in academic partnerships with state schools; sharing lessons, preparing pupils for higher education, and combining knowledge, skills and expertise https://t.co/aJ2cyTUVTQ

17/02/20

'When our Mandarin teacher Ms Chung told us that we were going to be doing a Chinese dance workshop I was so excited, because I’ve never tried a Chinese dance workshop before.' https://t.co/H7yY3VD76d https://t.co/3DSq03V0zx

14/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Safely arrived in Switzerland 🇨🇭 now to the slopes 🎿 https://t.co/zlqEwzxsl3

14/02/20

Blackheath High School’s Eco Club got out their binoculars and had a great time taking part in The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. https://t.co/S3uyvZ90yj https://t.co/dhdsk2qMc7

14/02/20

Have an amazing time girls! https://t.co/qo9y0l9ck2

14/02/20

What a lovely way to go into Half Term! https://t.co/HWGhd0ZzTk

13/02/20

A huge congratulations to Luiza for winning the 'Maths of Space' Competition held by the IMA! She has been awarded a certificate and a Samsung tablet as her prize. Well deserved! https://t.co/ab4OoIhykO https://t.co/MNqx5a9K15

11/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Junior School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/Av8odfDW1f

10/02/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

"Inspired by curiosity, there was always a sense of 'needing to know' which drove me forward to seek new challenges" – Dame Mary Quant, fashion designer & alumna. https://t.co/h2515mntbt https://t.co/cHc1DdzzNu

06/02/20

Visit our new Sixth Form Centre at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/FJYfXXhOce

06/02/20

On the 20 January 2020, girls in Year 7 who chose Mandarin as a language visited Chinatown for the day! https://t.co/QiVzqmgBsb https://t.co/zD2lzFrP0K

05/02/20

Stunning sunny afternoon 🌞🌞🌞 https://t.co/azmLkUTODp

05/02/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great to see ⁦⁩ and ⁦⁩ standing proud above the A2 this week https://t.co/Y8Iu2mAfw7

04/02/20

Visit the all-new Blackheath High School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. If you're looking for a Year 9 place starting September 2020 the deadline to apply is 13 March. https://t.co/4TvaFga8oz Rated "Excellent in all areas" (ISI). https://t.co/LIt8i0oTrE

04/02/20

Well done, girls! https://t.co/kCij4vdOSI

04/02/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Gardening club in full swing! https://t.co/CT8CVjUdQV

03/02/20

Retweeted From Rebecca Richards

Modelling the digestive system with weetabix and orange juice, the girls aren’t squeamish at all! The tights are representing the small intestine, the bag was the stomach. https://t.co/9q0QPg25Fx

03/02/20

Thank you to all of our sister-schools for contributing to the success of last week's SLT Conference! 👏 https://t.co/y9gmZ9EvOW

30/01/20

Retweeted From Cris Turple

Carol Chandler-Thompson opens SLT Conference: adversity & challenge can be positive; it stimulates innovation. It's important for our girls to be adaptive & flexible and for us as leaders to demonstrate this

30/01/20

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Fantastic start to the SLT conference this morning - wonderful welcome and fascinating keynote from https://t.co/ei0PRhGHKU

30/01/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

It's great to be hosting the conference for senior leaders from across the family here at https://t.co/SCrpUQBoCS

30/01/20

We are delighted to be hosting the Senior Leadership Conference today and tomorrow. Welcome, everyone! https://t.co/Hm7Zdc5htm

28/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

GDST Netball Tournament this afternoon with 31 BHS girls taking part! So much fun, a few cold hands but smiles and happy faces 😀 Thank you for hosting. https://t.co/pEUdtLWGBc

28/01/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Celebrating Chinese New Year https://t.co/8eHjcakDdy

27/01/20

A great pledge for the from Mrs Skevington https://t.co/z89ZTKOtEM

23/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Don’t worry the future of housing is in safe hands with girls in charge! Great geography discussions going on about planning in SE London today https://t.co/QZlXuDeWlh

23/01/20

Such a thoughtful pledge, Mr Henderson. Thanks to the brilliant veggie & vegan options provided by this should be quite enjoyable, too! https://t.co/lYuLIhf812

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

governors learning about the amazing opportunities for tech and computing at school - they were impressed! https://t.co/5gXtejXyDJ

22/01/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

delighted to welcome our governors to Juniors, seen here learning about apps and skills from our girls https://t.co/absfTgD7Q0

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Second fabulous event from our musicians this week- tougher audience this time! https://t.co/tQwOnqMkCA

22/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great netball from our year10 &11 this evening resulting in 2 wins against St. Ursulas. https://t.co/VYT0XeGVLn

22/01/20

Thank you - exciting indeed and a fabulous way to creatively teach sustainability during our https://t.co/9W5IPHXX79

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.