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23/09/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/rlC9TvehpD https://t.co/hst4PMNND8

23/09/21

A massive congratulations to our sports scholar, Marley, who competed at the Inter-Regional Champs for British Triathlon last week. After qualifying for the main final, Marley pushed herself and finished 9th in her age group in the entire UK - incredible! https://t.co/PoaH1QNOOv

22/09/21

Our Sixth Form girls are courageous and insightful. Speak with our Sixth Form Leadership Team at our Virtual Open Evening and Live Q&A on Wednesday 29 September to find out what makes Blackheath High Sixth Form unique – book now: https://t.co/qtcBgOg8PC https://t.co/IPnnN6QNHG

21/09/21

Our Senior School students loved receiving their 'welcome' tote bags at the start of term. These eco-friendly, reusable bags were designed by one our talented Year 13 Textiles students, Lumina, who will be starting at the University of Bath this year. https://t.co/dRQc0YDrzw

20/09/21

It's societies week! Last week our Sixth Form students advertised their societies in a whole school assembly, and this week our senior girls will be choosing which society they would like to join. They can choose from a wide range, from Art, to Film, to Law and many more. https://t.co/u6W1xGsxhX

17/09/21

We support and encourage our girls all the way from Nursery to Sixth Form. Book your space at our Open Morning on Saturday 25 September and take a tour of our new Sixth Form Centre to see how we can prepare you for university and beyond – sign up now: https://t.co/cUoFRsIY2Z https://t.co/BVkJ5VIZFC

17/09/21

Last week we celebrated the achievements of our wonderful Year 11 and 13 students at our Valedictory Ceremony. There were music and dance performances by our students, and an inspiring speech from . Needless to say, it was a fantastic evening. https://t.co/2cU5U5s2XX

16/09/21

It was such an honour to host the Sixth Form ball for our recently graduated Year 13 students this month. Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating their achievements with their friends and former teachers as they prepare to move into the world of higher education. https://t.co/EHMLMvA2SX

09/09/21

GCSE and A-Level art displays are being put up across the school today. Each year we celebrate the amazing talents of our art students with an exhibition where their work goes on display for all to enjoy. This year's exhibition will be taking place next Tuesday. https://t.co/g5xotu3nqM

07/09/21

Today is our Clubs Fair. At the Clubs Fair, students can choose from a range of exciting extra-curricular clubs to further enrich their studies. Some of our clubs include: 🥋 Chinese Martial Arts in Mandarin 🚲 Bicycle Maintenance 👾 Minecraft & more! Which would you choose? https://t.co/5629a4iWPN

06/09/21

Wishing a warm welcome back to all of our students. As we step into the new term together, we're looking forward to a fun-filled year and seeing where our girls will Boldly Go. https://t.co/XW42DA2LI7

03/09/21

Retweeted From Brent Pirie

GDST girls from and Norwich High, playing a cracking piece of music. An ethos of collaboration, team work, friendship and supporting each other at a challenging but enjoyable residential week of playing brass 💥🎼👏🙌 https://t.co/JNvYCWs0W8

25/08/21

We encourage our girls to chase their dreams with conviction. Take a tour of Blackheath High Sixth Form GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/hzAsr04f9Z https://t.co/ReFCFTJAGG

25/08/21

Having worked though the most challenging of years, our Sixth Form Textiles student have produced the most extraordinary collections and have proved just how creative they can be. Read more about our impressive Sixth Form Fashion Show here: https://t.co/lUb5yelRqq https://t.co/XCv8xq5xDY

23/08/21

On Thursday 24 June, we displayed all GCSE and A-level Art work as an exhibition in the Wollstonecraft Room. This featured acrylic paintings, mixed-media and Personal Investigation projects. Well done girls! You can view a gallery of the work here: https://t.co/HP6QdsdjTS https://t.co/NXfD0Ba4Wz

19/08/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

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18/08/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Day 3 of the Sports Camp has kicked off with a very competitive game of Capture the Flag. https://t.co/LN9BRc4LOp

17/08/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

Reviewing brand-new primary Christmas nativities in August for and secretly loving it🎄 🎶. Thanks for asking ! https://t.co/z7kRgNYV2i

17/08/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

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17/08/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Day 2 of the Sports Camp and we’re having a great time. There’s been dodgeball, hockey, tennis, rounders, netball - the only thing missing is some sunshine ☀️ https://t.co/uA39pUJlBl

13/08/21

30% of students have chosen to study Physics at A level next year. Meet Ms Tsikkinis, our inspiring Head of Physics, and read all about her passion for supporting girls and building a love of learning for the subject 👇 https://t.co/3A9VB9qBhv

12/08/21

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Many many congratulations to all our students who have achieved A Levels and GCSEs this week. All such justly deserved successes. 🎉

12/08/21

Congratulations to our amazing Year 11s as they receive their GCSE results today. Thank you to all our wonderful staff who have supported them. Read below about Rachel and Heaven's time at Blackheath and what they have planned for A levels. ✨💫https://t.co/mKsqGJ17R4

12/08/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Delighted for our wonderful Year 11 cohort today as they celebrate well-deserved success in their GCSEs. Funny, kind and brilliant in equal measure, we can't wait to see you start Sixth Form! 💫 https://t.co/e4LDJfddDG

12/08/21

Good luck to everyone receiving their GCSE results today! 💫

10/08/21

Huge congratulations to Year 13 and all our teachers who supported them through an incredible year. Read about our amazing team and our girls' achievements, including Dilmi, who has been with us since Year 2 and is off to study Medicine https://t.co/l0CpK4X8b4

10/08/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

So proud of our Year 13; so full of spirit, hard work, kindness and adaptability. What they have achieved in the last 18 months is amazing and I wish them all the very best for their bright futures! https://t.co/B8YWgTbwi3 https://t.co/r1qxcwWD6y

10/08/21

Ahead of A level and GCSE results, our Head wrote to all our students, who have achieved so much this year. "Your committed to your futures, even when the future felt uncertain". Please have a read if you are receiving your results💙 https://t.co/gHb7OJma6u

10/08/21

We are so proud of this year's A level students who have achieved so much and are going on to study a range of exciting courses at university, including: Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Korean Studies, Criminology, Film & Drama, History & Midwifery. Amazing! 💫

10/08/21

Good luck to all students receiving their A level results today 💫

05/08/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/rlC9TvvShb https://t.co/3G1c3cG3TZ

05/08/21

Inspired by our recent Beyond the School Walls talk, our generous speaker will be doing a Blackheath Suffragettes City walk on Sunday 12 September at 2pm. For more information on how you can be involved, please get in touch with Maureen here: mo.org.uk. https://t.co/MZvlIEngWk

23/07/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/YTGst4ceY2 https://t.co/YMiokFgNFP

21/07/21

The results are in for the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge. A huge well done to all girls who were involved. You can see the results and read more about the challenge here: https://t.co/dARzMxjGiT https://t.co/c0acyiVbUG

16/07/21

We encourage our girls to be daring. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST at our Open Morning 25 September – book now: https://t.co/4IO39haZMC https://t.co/o1vJsqHkXb

14/07/21

As part of the topic of inheritance in Science over the Summer term, Year 8 learnt all about the workings of DNA by making delicious jelly models. https://t.co/E9occmRyJ4 https://t.co/xI4QsGJMg7

09/07/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

What a fab best MCB they are! 😍 https://t.co/LNizGKH8Tz

09/07/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

The piano music of a Year 3 pupil who just performed to her class. I asked why she added a multiplication fact. She said it was because the music was too plain. I like it. Might add a few times tables to my music in future https://t.co/YUlWmULzDA

09/07/21

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Last day of term = great day for a ice-cream! 🍦 ☀️ 😃 https://t.co/VAIPXcFmCq

09/07/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Such a great turn out from our students who grasped the opportunity to be coached by a Superleague star. Thanks for providing so many of our students with a memory they will never forget! https://t.co/zaUgv6aAqo

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