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14/01/22

Our Year 10 Scientists extracted the DNA from strawberries 🍓and kiwis 🥝 today. How exciting to be able to hold the genetic code of fruits in your hands! Fascinating work, Year 10 🧪👏 https://t.co/lzDC2QsGBP

12/01/22

And here are another two! What the heath lacks in warmth these wintry mornings, it certainly makes up for in beauty. https://t.co/CxpkZE5Bvj

12/01/22

Such a beautiful sight over the heath this morning - oh, how we love being in Blackheath! A fantastic shot from 📷 https://t.co/EiPGVZrJRz

07/01/22

Our Sixth Form students have jumped right back into their term-time routine getting active this Friday morning. Whilst the kayaking does look like great fun, we're not envious of those cold waters🥶 https://t.co/6qL5ZyunLk

05/01/22

Episode 10 of the GDST’s podcast is now live. This episode explores how writing can help ease anxiety with fashion editor and novelist, Harriet Walker . Listen here (or wherever you get your podcasts) 👉https://t.co/96Mk5Da5Tk https://t.co/ENQuniOnyL

04/01/22

Can you help our students answer their EPQ questions? Year 12 students are beginning work on their extended project qualifications and would love some additional input. View their full list of questions here to see if you can offer any expertise - https://t.co/s1aFxyrhWQ https://t.co/qFAaIXbbLW

03/01/22

Introducing Mr Alaru - our new Deputy Head (Staff and Students) - who has joined us this year. We caught up with him for a 60 second interview to find out more about where he has come from and what he's looking forward to at BHS. Read the interview at👉 https://t.co/wUV2JLpjnN https://t.co/kPYMS6ul4S

01/01/22

Happy New Year one and all! 🎆 As we reflect on 2021, we think of how incredibly proud we are of our students and how hard they worked throughout what was a very challenging year. The resilience of our girls is inspiring, and we can't wait to welcome them back next week! https://t.co/IrGxoE0clO

31/12/21

Shooting for Gold: A New Junior National Ladies Archery Champion 🏆 After a nail-biting final, Year 11 archer, Dotty, secured gold at the Archery Nationals earlier this month, making her the new Junior National Ladies Champion! 🥇 A big congratulations to Dotty! 👏 https://t.co/jZxBfafJ0w

30/12/21

Instead of their usual Mandarin lesson, our Year 8 students had the opportunity to instead participate in an elegant Chinese dance workshop, featuring classic hand fans and traditional Chinese dance music.  The students had a wonderful time learning the graceful techniques. https://t.co/0vY6v3KsTI

29/12/21

During December, parents were invited into their child’s Computer Science lesson to learn how to code. Many parents had never written a word or line of code before, whilst others were already programmers, but everybody learnt something and had great fun! https://t.co/IVHpElWCSu

28/12/21

Our next Classics for Kids session will be taking place on 14 January. In this session, our Music Scholars will be retelling Michael Rosen's story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' with musical accompaniment. To book your place, visit: https://t.co/4Fyd2T3X2V https://t.co/jbbnqnBhZP

28/12/21

Year 7 donned their wellington boots and made their way to Greenwich Park for our annual charity Welly Walk. Isabella said: "It was very fun, even though we encountered a steep hill, which some decided to try and run up! It was a fun experience for all Year 7 to do together." https://t.co/G9HICQLFOI

27/12/21

Last term, Year 9 went to the Science Museum to experience interactive exhibitions such as 'The Atmosphere' and 'Who Am I?', and finished their day out with a bounce around the trampolining venue at the O2. Read Tilly and Isabella's recount of the day 👉 https://t.co/mleG1HIx5N https://t.co/JPDXLADB7O

25/12/21

Wishing Blackheath High School's friends, family and community a very Merry Christmas! 🎄 We hope this festive period is a restful and joyous one for everyone. 🎅 https://t.co/UhTxZerQ68

23/12/21

From Lawyers and Barristers 🧑‍⚖️ to Surgeons 🏥 and Psychologists 🧠, we had an incredibly inspiring array of speakers as part of our Wollstonecraft Speaker Series last term. Find out more about the impressive guests we have welcomed here 👉 https://t.co/HvCDPj3f9f https://t.co/CCKlz677id

22/12/21

A big well done to our Junior School girls who came together to raise an impressive £400 for Children in Need last month. Some of the fundraising activities included covering Pudsey Bear with donated coins and decorating Pudsey Bear shaped biscuits - yum! 😋 https://t.co/3AGScTkmsL

21/12/21

To reward our French students after a very hard-working term, we could not resist the invitation to a play entirely in French! 🇫🇷 came along to deliver yet another great theatre production for our students: Mon père ne me comprend pas. C'était fantastique! https://t.co/tHDg9AP8Np

20/12/21

On our second trips day, Year 8 went to Bore Place Farm where they had a guided tour of a dairy farm and learned about sustainable and organic food. Matilda in Year 8 said: "I absolutely loved the Bore farm trip. There were lots of activities to do, so you were never bored!" https://t.co/eevKnKy9x9

17/12/21

And that's a wrap! To celebrate the end of term we've had quizzes, Christmas lunch, end of term films & music, and even some teacher dodgeball. We'll leave you with this uplifting rendition of Jingle Bells from our Junior Choir, recorded at the Christmas Carol Concert - enjoy! https://t.co/ak8mN3F9kv

17/12/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Another delicious Christmas lunch from Marcin’s Team Merry Christmas all! 🎄 https://t.co/ytnYcLZ5tX

17/12/21

The festive, yet educational, fun has commenced at our Junior School with our Year 6 Maths Ambassadors. Any guesses (without checking Google) which numbers on an advent calendar are square numbers? 🤔 https://t.co/L7Eu2dOqOV

16/12/21

This is Misha - our Poetry by Heart competition winner. Watch below as she expertly recites the 'The Three Little Pigs' poem by Roald Dahl with complete confidence. We're impressed! We can't even remember what we had for dinner last night...🤔 Great work, Misha! 🏆 https://t.co/TTwju2JrBO

16/12/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very proud of ⁦⁩ student Marley’s success 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 https://t.co/LtR3NscLGF

15/12/21

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15/12/21

The countdown to the end of term may have begun, but our school trips have not stopped yet! On Monday, our GCSE RS students visited the East London Mosque and St Paul's Cathedral to deepen their understanding of two centres of worship and the place of religion in modern Britain. https://t.co/mD05c5dffb

15/12/21

Our Junior School girls are doing an absolutely fantastic job of donating to for their Christmas appeal 🛍️ Our Year 6 Sport Prefects gave a great assembly on hygiene poverty, which has clearly inspired many girls to donate their unwanted toiletries! https://t.co/qUF6wtMzjS

10/12/21

It's beginning to look a lot like... The festive feeling is very much alive at our Senior School site with the addition of our student-decorated Christmas trees. 🎄 Just one more week until the end of term! We're immensely proud of how hard our girls have worked this year. 👏 https://t.co/OAhP97FaSS

08/12/21

Some truly beautiful scenes from our Senior Christmas Concert last night. What a wonderful experience to share the festive spirit with our girls and their families.🎄 Well done to all of the girls that performed and participated, you were all phenomenal! 👏 https://t.co/LiMwPUAYEq

07/12/21

Our Junior and Senior Christmas Carol Concerts are taking place tonight at this beautiful venue that's right on our doorstep - . We're really looking forward to watching our girls perform the music and readings that they have been rehearsing throughout the term. 🎶 https://t.co/b3TPvGRZFV

07/12/21

Today, our Year 12 and 13 A-Level Biologists are at the 'Biology in Action' event with , learning about fascinating biology topics such as the wonders of the deep 🐠, gerontology 🧬, bioethics 🧫, and more - all delivered by renowned scientists. https://t.co/qIkn3ekHSN

06/12/21

It was a huge pleasure to welcome an audience to a live music event last month. Our first live Teatime Concert for 18-months featured no fewer than 25 performances; from classical violin to French horn, voice to ukulele, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the concert. https://t.co/R7YL8y35ka

03/12/21

Our second trips day is in full effect! Some of our girls are currently offsite taking part in various thrilling activities like Free Jumping, whilst others are enjoying equally exciting workshops onsite delivered by external experts. What a great way to start the weekend! 🌟 https://t.co/hTfJbRmwf4

03/12/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

One of our talented Year 6’s competed in the National Taekwondo Championships last week, she went home with a gold and silver medal 🥇🥈Amazing effort ! https://t.co/J09tGehb6x

02/12/21

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02/12/21

And the winner is... 🥁 Every year hosts 'The Long Notes Competition', where each competitor is asked to play the longest note they possibly can. Lots of students entered this year, but Isla came out on top with an astounding note length of 42 seconds! 👏 https://t.co/GyzmIWQNNr

01/12/21

Episode 8 of 's podcast is now live! This week, neuroscientist Dr Cathy Rogers is talking creativity and the curriculum: how we can help to nurture creativity and why this is important. Listen here: https://t.co/bHRsFXvfJw https://t.co/12l3w5JKFR

01/12/21

"We were able to see the words we’ve been analysing in our English lessons come to life..." 🎭 Year 11 recently visited the Globe to watch Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'. Read Year 11 student Lucy's recount of the day here > https://t.co/EA3QTzEG7j https://t.co/l7x1wjBcAM

29/11/21

Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating this week, and thank you to Freya for leading assembly this morning 🕎 https://t.co/VUGYDEnLpv

29/11/21

Over half term, students were given Science projects to deepen their understanding of the topics discussed in lessons. The girls were very creative with their ideas and materials, resulting in some very accurate (and tasty 😋) looking models. https://t.co/0w38Bs9I5g

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