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17/11/18

Retweeted From hanna

feminist activists gearing up to talk to about inclusive for all conference with 👑👑👑 https://t.co/4fuYWeNUJ4

16/11/18

Retweeted From Laura Fowler

So much creativity on show https://t.co/72LpyO5lDO

16/11/18

Retweeted From Laura Fowler

What a beautiful fusion of historic and modern architecture ❤️’d visiting this School today. Thank you everyone who made us feel so welcome 😀 https://t.co/9B3CnGpXlQ

16/11/18

Retweeted From Beacons Netball

What a great afternoon with on Wednesday! We visited to run a netball session with their senior school netballers and just had so much fun! I’m looking forward to seeing some of the girls again on Sunday for our friendly fixtures! 🙌 https://t.co/Vrnyz65ftS

16/11/18

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Wonderful Poetry by Heart competition final this morning . Congratulations to Hannah & Arwen for prize winning performances. https://t.co/WEgqu2M5qo

15/11/18

Retweeted From Laura Fowler

I ❤️ the rainbow 🌈 roof it reminds me of a similar one https://t.co/4J5QkjH73S

15/11/18

Thank you - we completely agree 😊 https://t.co/Uzlxt9xVyY

14/11/18

As part of the most recent mufti day and cake sale, our girls raised £270.32 for Moving Mountains (), an education charity, providing schooling costs for children in the developing world, including Nepal. Well done girls! https://t.co/bWFiyfJ8vi

13/11/18

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A competitive afternoon of hockey against other schools. Thank you for hosting. Well done for coming 3rd 🎉 https://t.co/kZnFCHYP9T

13/11/18

Retweeted From BHS Sixth Form

Greena and Tambar from PWC visited us today, to deliver an engaging session on employability skills. Thank you! 👌😊 https://t.co/QKBuNh7ESY

12/11/18

Our lectures are designed to inspire and motivate our girls to pursue their ambitions - and Wizdom Layne certainly delivered today! From identifying opportunities to facing our fears, we're feeling ready to

12/11/18

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

All set for Day 2018! https://t.co/sqF64KTM7T

12/11/18

At school we stand united against bullying and always Thanks for sharing this wonderful photo as we launch https://t.co/DHw3ipYLk1

10/11/18

Did you know our school fields were ploughed to create allotments during WW1? Read more about our school's wartime history and our installation here https://t.co/pCsL8BzVh1

09/11/18

Feeling proud of our art installation of acrylic poppies commemorating the centenary of the end of WW1. Our girls and Artist in Residence transformed our wellbeing terrace into a field of poppies, inspired by the John McCrae poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. https://t.co/DWRacB4XsA

08/11/18

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

This. https://t.co/jyCTHmy1RH

08/11/18

Retweeted From St Olave’s Year 5

A group of Year 5 children completed maths challenges with the support of Year 10 at this morning. Many thanks for an enjoyable morning full of mathematical challenges the children can share with their friends back at school! https://t.co/7Eypney5pP

08/11/18

Glad to hear it, it was a pleasure hosting them! https://t.co/jQopm49Hxt

08/11/18

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A fantastic team performance from the U12s today at the GDST rally. Action shots to follow, eta back to school 5.30pm https://t.co/ek8VM9RRoT

08/11/18

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Visit us at the Independent Schools Show this weekend & find out what makes a GDST school so special! More info: https://t.co/9WWAbgcBYq https://t.co/0AV7IrZbSf

08/11/18

It's trips day at Blackheath High School! Year 10 are sharing their mathematic expertise with Year 5 students from Juniors, , , Brindishe (Lee, Manor and Green), and our Year 7. Lots of fun with activities including code-breaking and zoo planning. https://t.co/pmKOqz521R

08/11/18

What a creative and thoughtful display at the Junior school. https://t.co/PtyTn5toNo

07/11/18

Retweeted From D&T

Year 10 Arthy experiencing welding for the first time. Smash those stereotypes! https://t.co/Uo9gSNbpzv

04/11/18

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

fabulous parents, fabulous girls 👏👏 https://t.co/n9uRuXETbJ

02/11/18

Retweeted From D&T

Poppy production line team. Voila! https://t.co/FF3XL83aVO

02/11/18

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

So humbled & incredibly of the amazing & our lovely, happy daughter in this picture 😘🙏🏻😘 who continues to grow, thrive, shine & soar above the clouds & so much more! 🌟✨🌟 https://t.co/GfB6gEE7ds

01/11/18

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

so proud to be part of this day https://t.co/8M4IObqbXP

01/11/18

Wonderful to see the achievements of Blackheath High School Alumna celebrated in the National Portrait Gallery's 'Black is the New Black' exhibit. The stunning portraits can be viewed until 27 January - don't miss it! https://t.co/ollrTLVKuJ

01/11/18

Retweeted From School Guide

has a School in Action Open Morning (Junior and Senior) on Wednesday 7th November, 9am-11am. Tour the school during a normal working day, look in on lessons, and get a glimpse of the excellent teaching on offer at BHS. Click for info > https://t.co/4TRvz1bbKs https://t.co/8Lp5zqjOBs

01/11/18

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Poppies for our remembrance display are taking shape nicely https://t.co/1E3yvhDj2C

31/10/18

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Another great afternoon of sport for the girls. U13 hockey v LPSG Pom Rebecca, a good turn out for Netball Academy and a fun Trampolining club! 👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/f4Ce1TjtPs

31/10/18

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Mighty Girls club learning about Edith Cavell - old girl - ahead of day. Our discussions are better than our selfies! https://t.co/cJQ6kH9rz6

31/10/18

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Year 3 games at the field this morning! Loving netball and all hoping this sunshine stays ☀️ a great way to start the day! https://t.co/NTkySXJ80x

31/10/18

Retweeted From BHS Geography

With an ancient woodland on our doorstep, it makes sense to use it as our outdoor classroom today! Food webs, woodland structure, disturbances ✅ https://t.co/TEj9slykUZ

30/10/18

Last night students and their families enjoyed 's guest lecture on how public perception of the Great War has fluctuated over the past 100 years. Thank you for the thought-provoking discussion Dr Madigan https://t.co/a5OwKquHOK

29/10/18

We are looking forward to welcoming guests to school this evening to hear discuss British understandings of WW1. There are a few tickets still available at: https://t.co/RW3sT4UMW8

29/10/18

Retweeted From Elevate

This week we're back at and talking the best foods for exam period with the 6th form, why not to trust influencers for your nutrition advice, and how to include mindfulness in your daily routine.

27/10/18

As part of our celebrations for the Centenary of the end of WW1, the sedum roof on Mycenae Terrace at the Senior School will be transformed into an art installation of acrylic poppies. For more information and to sponsor a poppy, click here: https://t.co/ew2YfbBLe0 https://t.co/PmjZkIoiMK

26/10/18

On 2 November 2018, come to the Blackheath Junior School Gym and learn about the story of Diwali. https://t.co/CU7VOrCpQe https://t.co/BZ3QO7NHUH

25/10/18

From volunteering in Kenya to supporting bank traders, Miss Dickinson (Head of Computer Science) tells us all about herself. https://t.co/NuuFHqyuA4 https://t.co/7Y7WJ0veDk

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 Netball 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. In April 2016, Headspace claimed to have over 6 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.