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08/04/21

Today we look back to the 26 March where the Year 2 girls really enjoyed learning all about the adventures of Paddington Bear. They wrote diary entries and used paint and oil pastels to create our own Paddington pictures. Great job girls! 👏 https://t.co/LzO4tebLna

06/04/21

Even throughout the holidays, we are still getting some great submissions through for the showstopper challenge in . Well done Issy for this impressive looking carrot patch cake. For details on the showstopper challenge, please visit the Firefly page. https://t.co/HtIrFON3Pv

04/04/21

Here at Blackheath High, we are wishing you all a happy, peaceful, and fun Easter. Don't forget the chocolate! 🎉 https://t.co/sPvdv9aYO0

02/04/21

As part of shared project within the GDST before the holidays, Year 3 learnt French vocabulary related to colours, 2D shapes and body parts to write a description of a monster. They also illustrated their writing with a fun portrait. Great job girls! https://t.co/4Eo4uhSYir https://t.co/l8MONyz3wd

31/03/21

As part of a Biology practical before the Easter Holidays, Year 13 immobilised enzymes in alginate beads to study the difference in activity between free and immobilised enzyme activity at 40°C and 80°C. Find out more here: https://t.co/afJmrjbAOq https://t.co/PQ4znKyZMy

29/03/21

In Mandarin, Year 10 completed a project about Chinese Bubble Tea, a popular drink in Asia. Students also had a chance to be creative and designed their perfect Bubble Tea to suit their taste with a brand name in Chinese. Amazing! 👏 https://t.co/327X2cPRLr https://t.co/GS410ReSwK

27/03/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Jumping into the holidays.... https://t.co/KXk5XSpkad

26/03/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Could the U16 netball team be any more committed?! https://t.co/Gps62JTr5v

26/03/21

Yesterday, GDST CEO closed our Women in Leadership event, telling our girls, “Your generation is the one that is going to change the world. You are the future leaders”. We couldn’t agree more & can’t wait to see you step out into the world on the path of your choice. https://t.co/yLvNnQoTHF

26/03/21

It was tough but we have chosen our winner of the cake challenge in the competition... Our winner is Issy for her incredible Choco-nilla macaron cake. Well done! 😍👏🍰 https://t.co/Tl8xm1sNAZ

26/03/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Year 6 enjoying their hockey 🏑 interhouse competition yesterday during games. 🏆Well done team Morden who won all their games! https://t.co/LprhNAaLqk

25/03/21

Thank you so much again for sharing so many inspiring insights, and all credit to Mabel for such a fantastic interview 💙 https://t.co/8VnQvFVDWe

25/03/21

Thank you so much for being part of our event - it was amazing to hear all about your career journey 💙 https://t.co/HYgs2kzRaj

25/03/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Year 2 have been busy this week! Have a look at their tie dye t-shirts! https://t.co/XocACWtwTH

25/03/21

Incredibly grateful to our Women in Leadership panellists, who shared insights on their career journeys - from acting, to journalism, running your own business and leading a school. Thank you so much, Emily Watson, 🙏 https://t.co/Nc0AiWyk1Y

25/03/21

Thank you so much, Geraldine for your support. Amazing to have our Blackheath High alumnae supporting our Women in Leadership event... thank you 🙏 https://t.co/95AXCQdJWU

25/03/21

Very grateful to Blackheath High alumnae Ruth and Lucy from for leading an interactive workshop, "finding your values" as part of our Women in Leadership: the Entrepreneurial Edit https://t.co/8uWhV1eZul

25/03/21

Incredibly proud of Mabel, Year 12, who delivered a powerful interview with on how we can learn from "failure" and how growth comes out of our comfort zone. Thank you for sharing such inspiring insights 💫 https://t.co/Lh8ZOM3v28

25/03/21

Hi - we're so sorry you didn't hear back. We're so lucky to have so many wonderful speakers talk to girls. We'll DM you.

25/03/21

"It is the most amazing time to be a young woman". We couldn't agree more. Thank you so much for such an inspiring and uplifting talk https://t.co/pnNFNKeRHA

25/03/21

Thrilled to be listening to such an inspiring talk from our Keynote Speaker, "Dream the biggest dreams possible and be your own advocate. If there's somebody that lights-up your spirit, listen to them" 💫 https://t.co/bWvZDNlD0g

25/03/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

This is going to be such a great event ! Ending term on a high! https://t.co/yEm7rbQAc5

25/03/21

We're so excited about today's Women in Leadership event. We're incredibly grateful to our amazing speakers, sharing insights on how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and inspiring our students. https://t.co/UZpwsoz6Ps

24/03/21

Retweeted From Norwich High

This afternoon, Year 8 took part in the 'Design Thinking Challenge' made up of four, fast-paced tasks that girls completed in groups. It was a challenging and entertaining afternoon for the girls, working together with https://t.co/kB4wey23Mr

24/03/21

Retweeted From PortsmouthHighSchool

Y8 geographers collaborate with 3 other schools for a detective afternoon Maps, puzzles & an challenge https://t.co/ClBBtizOR1

24/03/21

Amazing 👏👏👏 https://t.co/xOwaNefaBL

24/03/21

As part of tomorrow's Women in Leadership event, Mabel, Yr 12 has turned the podcast tables and interviewed Their conversation includes inspiring insights on how 'failure' shapes us and how "there is no such thing as failure". We can't wait... https://t.co/jkPNg6s4yK

24/03/21

Retweeted From Mrs Richards MCCT 👩‍🔬

with their certificates for their fantastic work on Mars Rovers during GHL. I got one too because who doesn't want a certificate from NASA. https://t.co/BUanytIk9q

24/03/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Year 4 house fun at the field this morning! https://t.co/rjLAteHeQZ

24/03/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Year 5 are loving listening to Wildspark! Prue is such a great role model for girls. https://t.co/U3o37o9iGf

24/03/21

We're nearing the end of our competition, so let's end it in the best way possible, with the showstopper challenge! You can find inspiration and details on our FireFly page, good luck girls and get baking. 🍰👏🎉 https://t.co/BoHUFnGxIx

23/03/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

From Shakespeare's Globe to the Royal Institution, cross-Trust partnerships have continued to thrive during lockdown! And our schools remain to be places https://t.co/yCmh0zqDHN

23/03/21

We can’t wait 💫 https://t.co/zDxFmIeqZg

23/03/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

This echoes some of the sentiments so fluently expressed by two of our sixth form in assembly last week - https://t.co/3VKTHN1Ybm

23/03/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Yr 7 working on our interceptions today 🙌🏻 https://t.co/ZYUwR58sup

23/03/21

We’re so excited to host as our Keynote Speaker at our Women in Leadership event. This Thursday, our Sixth Form, Yr 10 & Yr 11 will take part in an afternoon of inspiration, exploration & live workshops, learning about entrepreneurial skills and mindset. https://t.co/cRFRMZ6ABT

23/03/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U12 netballers have been so committed to training. They’re really working on how dynamic they are and speedy ball handling skills sunshine helps too ☀️ https://t.co/tuhXuhNELS

23/03/21

As part of the cake challenge for our competition, Orla cooked up a delicious looking pineapple upside down cake. Well done Orla! 🍰😍😍 https://t.co/tSQVPvTXM4

22/03/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U13 hockey teams had such a great hockey training these students know how to work hard!!! The sunshine capped off a great afternoon of sport! https://t.co/3ruuVcvkal

Guided Home Learning

“The programme and approach has been nothing short of exceptional and at the right level in terms of amount, use of screens and our ability to accommodate our other commitments.” - Junior School Parent

 

Students can expect to follow their full timetable using their school issued iPads, including Form Time, Assemblies, selected Co-Curricular Clubs, National Competitions, Concerts and GDST Conferences, virtually. Our Guided Home Learning provision is a combination of live lessons on Microsoft Teams and work set on Firefly, our internal virtual learning platform. Some examples of home teaching approaches include:

  • Live teaching lessons (online) - full class, small group teaching and 1:1
  • Pre-recorded teaching 
  • Every girl in KS1 participates in a live 1:1 focussed reading session on MS Teams with a Teacher
  • Textbooks and reading books students have at home
  • Printed home packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Long-term project work and/or research activities 
  • Co-Curricular activities 

Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about how we continue to educate our girls in times of school building closure.

GUided Home Learning - Frequently asked questions

Will my daughter be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, some of our practical lessons, such as Drama, may follow a different format to usual, but they will still be covering the curriculum.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my daughter each day?

In the Senior School, the full timetable is followed, including form time and clubs.  This means students will be logged on from 8.30 am until 3.45 pm, with the usual break times.  They will also follow their normal homework timetable, though teachers may set shorter tasks.  Tasks will be adapted to ensure screen time is limited, where possible.

Sixth Form students will still have study periods in which to complete homework, private study, UCAS statements and more.

How will my daughter access Guided Home Learning?

All pupils in Years 3-11 have a school issued iPad.  All students in the Sixth Form either have their own Macbook device or have been loaned one by school.  Live lessons will take place on Microsoft Teams. Non live lessons (if a teacher is unwell) and homework is set on our internal Virtual Learning Environment, Firefly. Parents can have access to tasks set on Firefly if added by the teacher.

What co-curricular opportunities do the students have access to during times of Guided Home Learning?

A number of Clubs have continued; Fitness club, Dance club, Book Club, Poetry club, French Club, Eco Club, Art Club as well as many Music Ensembles, to give a flavour. Other examples include:

Peripatetic Music Lessons, as well as many Music ensembles, rehearsals and concerts.

Our weekly Wollstonecraft Speaker Series, hosting pioneering female speakers to inspire our students, has continued virtually throughout. For example, during the first national lock down we welcomed Professor Martina Michelleti, vaccine expert from UCL, to talk about vaccine development - never before has a talk been so relevant.

In our virtual "Languages Week", the girls became 'Blackheath Spies' in an incredibly exciting, spy-themed week. Throughout the week, the students took part in missions in French, Spanish and German. They also had taster lessons in Mandarin, Russian, Arabic and Korean, as well as experiencing a once in a life time live and interactive talk from a GCHQ linguist special guest.

And just for fun our BHS Bake-off competition has kept students and families busy with a 10 week cooking competition with a new recipe set every fortnight #BlackheathHighBakeoff! 

How will you support my daughter to access guided home learning?

We are always here to support students when they need it. Should a student have a faulty device or any IT related issues that affects their learning, they should inform the IT service desk which is overseen by our technical team and we will arrange for a replacement to be issued temporarily. Teachers will not set any work that requires a printer to be used, however, students are trained on how to annotate documents on an iPad and submit their work through Firefly and Teams. If students do not have online access, we will work with them and their families to give alternative provision.

What are your expectations for my daughter’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect students to be ready to learn at 8.30 am, in an appropriate environment. They should be fully prepared for the day ahead, ensuring they have all resources for lessons organised in advance. Parents can support by ensuring the above happens and that students are ready to learn. We also ask parents to encourage students to take regular breaks.

How will you assess my daughter's work and progress?

Teachers will continue to assess work in the usual way to ensure progress and attainment levels are reached. Some may give whole class feedback, written feedback or verbal feedback. Various software programmes are used to assess understanding.

What additional support do you provide for pupils with particular needs?

Our SEND team has recently expanded so we have an excellent provision in place to support these students. 

 

GDST digital guide to Guided Home Learning

Keeping our Community together

Year 2's enjoying their live Music class

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Staying active daily with our #GDSTGETACTIVE Challenge

Fitness Forward for GHL webpage

A lock down Summer Music Concert


Our 140th Year of Promise Sustainability campaign - the whole school community has made enironmental pledges

140pledges

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is always paramount at Blackheath High School. We have worked hard to maintain our strong wellbeing and pastoral care during the global pandemic to support our girls and staff, especially during times of school closure. Some examples of this include: 

  • Weekly wellbeing topics are covered PSHEE lessons and Tutor Time 
  • Our Tutors meet with girls twice a day for regular check-ins and group discussion 
  • Our Pastoral team meet regularly with students who may need more support
  • The Student Peer Mentors meet regularly, via MS Teams, to contunue running their student led support service, and are always on hand to support students 1:1
  • The School Counsellor is holding 1:1 counselling sessions with students via Microsoft Teams
  • To give the students a rest from their computers, we hosted our ‘Escape The Screen’ day with activities for students and staff to energise and refresh such as; yoga, painting, chess playing, gardening, baking, even bird watching in the RSBP Big School Watch 2021 
  • Our Action for Happiness calendar is followed by students, families and staff, and is great way of staying uplifted and connected

Happiness Calendar

 

Blackheath High School's Guided Home Learning in the media

Our Head, Carol Chandler-Thompson and Head of Junior School, Sarah Skevington talk to School Report magazine on how our girls thrived despite the difficult lockdown.

School Report