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03/07/20

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A quick fire workout to get you through to the weekend https://t.co/N1QKffW4cS

02/07/20

We hope our Year 7 of 2020 are as excited to start as we are to welcome them ☺️ https://t.co/aibwb3ZWta

02/07/20

Welcome back Year 3! https://t.co/FAC2PPfWCX

02/07/20

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Blast your way through the rest of the week with this quick workout Get your heart bumping and body moving https://t.co/vf5Ctc5A8v

02/07/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

So nice to drop in on our and Year 5s enjoying our Senior School . Looking very mature and studious! https://t.co/M3eTlX1456

01/07/20

Quite the achievement - well done girls, and thank you for keeping us moving throughout the summer term! A real bunch of superstars 💫💫💫 https://t.co/fCYvANewMm

01/07/20

A short and snappy workout for Wednesday morning from https://t.co/7eZ5XfylZa

30/06/20

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Hydration, hydration, hydration! Something we should spend more time ensuring Try this challenge to see if you are usually hydrated! https://t.co/eUIPaYFyDs

29/06/20

🎼The countdown to the premiere of our Summer Concert has begun! Still time to check you have popcorn in stock before the music starts at 6pm tomorrow: https://t.co/rE03SFl1JJ

29/06/20

A lot to look forward to in Sixth Form. https://t.co/wlPyR25s4D

29/06/20

Creating new and healthy habits can be a real challenge - do you drink enough water? 🌊 https://t.co/6KFI3nlwL0

26/06/20

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Try this 10 minute challenge to kick start your weekend Get it done! https://t.co/D9uPqp7LKb

25/06/20

Our Taster Morning experience this Saturday is so close we are ‘virtually’ there! There’s still time to register for those interested in joining Year 7 in 2021: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/634W4gu0ZJ

24/06/20

For anyone still needing to wake up today, this challenge is for you! https://t.co/yIVVTZQg0f

24/06/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very good of to arrange such beautiful weather for me to greet our smiling girls at juniors this morning - I’m sure gate duty is like this all year round 🤣☔️ https://t.co/w8DqKV1U64

24/06/20

A wonderful example of Guided Home Learning - top work Misha. https://t.co/BWkRTqUy2R

23/06/20

We’re trying something a little bit different, join us this Saturday to see Blackheath High School through the eyes of a Senior School student. Year 5 girls and their parents can register here: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/f8ovlUjnAq

23/06/20

A huge well-done to everyone involved in the Virtual Senior School Sports Day. It's incredible seeing the Blackheath community keeping fit and supporting each other during lockdown. https://t.co/os9Y7YiiTq

22/06/20

Push, push Tilly 💪 - a great sports day effort! https://t.co/YdwGZJNMRN

22/06/20

Great work girls! https://t.co/ulXQEMs4DI

22/06/20

Good work on the 15km, Kate, and good luck on the dismount 🚴🏅 https://t.co/l6BZ3RO9fQ

22/06/20

Bonus points for puppy compliance 👍👍 https://t.co/1k6mR7Vd1e

22/06/20

Brilliant. Good to see a family effort bright and early on this beautiful Monday ☀️ https://t.co/cRrKUD3Nna

22/06/20

Let's get a tally going! Join in with Sports Day and let's see how many kilometres can we collectively walk, run or cycle today. https://t.co/VE5kYBmlt8

20/06/20

Discover more about Blackheath High Senior School. Register today for our Virtual Taster Morning for Year 5 girls and their parents: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/Cb70Zem8j8

19/06/20

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Why not see how many of the world's most famous buildings you can climb over the weekend https://t.co/VcWtm3AKkb

18/06/20

Well done indeed https://t.co/P68CDctPWa

18/06/20

We are always proud of our students, and it’s always special when they are recognised by others for how brightly they shine ⭐️ So well done to Ezinne in Year 13 for being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy

17/06/20

Not long now! https://t.co/9lpulHqkKz

16/06/20

Are you considering joining our Year 7 in 2021? Register for our Virtual Taster Morning to sample lessons, take part in a live Q&A panel, and experience our all-new virtual tour for the first time: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/zEzisL0RYr

16/06/20

Delicioso! 🇪🇸 https://t.co/wASOIV4NvO

13/06/20

Immerse yourself in the world of a Blackheath High Senior School student, register for our Virtual Taster Morning for girls in Year 5 and their parents on 27 June, today: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/7uyvjfiChV

12/06/20

A great photo of Safari featured in the - so pleased she’s happy to be back 😊 https://t.co/fWPq8hLODz

12/06/20

Thank you - we are delighted that Safari has settled back in so well! https://t.co/QPH2eGjB6c https://t.co/Ylt2pdrct5

12/06/20

We had some tremendous feedback from the girls which was hugely appreciated, thank you!

12/06/20

We truly enjoyed the programme for GDST Year 13 girls planning to study French at University, which included a four week history and culture course spanning colonialism through May 68 and exploring Impressionism and Nouvelle Vague with the girls giving presentations in week four.

12/06/20

It's been wonderful collaborating with and in the Limitless Learning Bridging Brogramme for Year 13 girls. It's been a real highlight in this strange time!

12/06/20

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Happy Friyay!!!! A 5 minute Abs blast for you today this will get you ready for a well earned weekend, enjoy. https://t.co/xeYqJBpguG

11/06/20

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"Going to a GDST school opened up a world of opportunity." Dominique Unsworth, founder of alumna talks about her time at https://t.co/ampNJmeWHq

10/06/20

Thank you 🙏

Modern Foreign Languages

Blackheath High School is a private secondary school in London and offers an extensive range of subjects to all our girls. Read about studing Modern Foreign Languages.

Head of Faculty: 

Miss S Jackson


Our Modern Foreign Languages Faculty teaches four languages. In Year 7, students choose to study either French or Mandarin. In Year 8, they start to study a second MFL and can choose between Spanish and German. All students continue to study at least one of these languages at GCSE. There is then the opportunity to continue with a MFL in Sixth Form

Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. Our high-quality language education fosters students’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. This enables students to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and through writing. It also provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching also provides a foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.Our Modern Foreign Languages Faculty teaches four languages. In Year 7, students choose to study either French or Mandarin. In Year 8, they start to study a second MFL and can choose between Spanish and German. All students continue to study at least one of these languages at GCSE. There is then the opportunity to continue with a MFL in Sixth Form.

Our aims are to ensure that all pupils understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity; find ways of communicating through discussion and asking questions; and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation. Students will be able to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using a variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt, and discover and develop an appreciation of Literature in the language studied. The numerous co-curricular activities run by the MFL Department include trips to China, France, Germany and Spain, plus MFL breakfast clubs for bilingual and non-bilingual students. We also offer several clubs including: Debating, Mandarin and UKLO Training Camp, in addition to weekly conversation lessons and extra support lessons for Year 11 students. 

 

Spanish

Head of Department:

Ms N. Rosado - email : n.rosado@bla.gdst.net

Teaching Staff:

Miss P. Dunn
Mrs C. Pheiffer

Spanish Assistant:

Mrs I. Ludzik


Students can opt to study Spanish from Year 8 as their second Modern Foreign Language choice for two years at KS3. Students can continue to study Spanish at GCSE, alongside their other chosen language, or study Spanish exclusively. There is also the opportunity to continue to A-level at Sixth Form.

With some 400 million speakers, Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. Only Mandarin, English and Hindi have more speakers. If you count only native speakers, Spanish outranks English. Spanish is an official language on four continents and is the mother tongue in 21 countries. In the United States alone there are over 50 million people who speak Spanish as their native or second language.

For many, learning Spanish is rapidly becoming a business necessity. Knowing Spanish will also enhance your travel experiences, as you will appreciate Hispanic culture and community, and allow you to effectively communicate with Spanish natives.

Our Spanish Department proudly brings culture alive with dedicated assemblies, cultural clubs and workshops, TED lectures, and our popular ‘Magdalena club’ that brings together bilingual and non-bilingual students. All students from GCSE through to A-level also enjoy conversation lessons each week with our Spanish language Assistant. In addition, our students are encouraged to attend a study trip and a work experience trip to Spain at Sixth Form. The Spanish Department has also been in receipt of study grants to Valladolid, from the Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language, for the last two years.

Mandarin

Head of Department

Mrs T. Chung - email: t.chung@bla.gdst.net

Teaching Staff

Xi-Chen Guo Guy


Mandarin has been on our curriculum for over 12 years and the subject is offered, along with French, for students to study in Year 7.  Those who choose Mandarin, study the language at least up to Year 9, and then can choose to continue through to GCSE and A-level.

The best part about learning Chinese is the grammar. Chinese grammar is quite straightforward for English speakers. Most sentence structures are similar to English, and to help simplify things even more, Chinese has no verb conjugations, and it is in many ways similar to English grammar. Our more creative students also enjoy learning to ‘draw’ the Chinese characters.

In Year 7, our students visit the British Museum and London’s China Town to learn about Chinese history and culture. We also give our students the opportunity to compete at the GDST National Spelling Bee competition.

Co-curricular opportunities include our ‘Chineasy Club’ for students in Years 10 and 11, which provides the ideal opportunity to learn more about the Chinese culture, play traditional board games and practice calligraphy.

We offer regular trips to China which are always very popular with our students and give a fascinating insight into the country’s geography, history and culture as well as the perfect opportunity to practice listening and speaking skills.

China has a booming economy and is now the second largest in the world.  Therefore, speaking Mandarin is a great asset when it comes to applying for jobs in the future, and would be a distinct advantage when doing business in Asia.  Learning Mandarin not only enables our students to connect with another culture, but prepares them for the future.

German

Head of Department

Mrs A. Turvey - email: a.turvey@bla.gdst.net  

Language Assistant

Mrs K. Tatzel


German is a fascinating language to learn and girls can choose it as an option from Year 8. We have a lively and active department and there are opportunities throughout the year to travel to German-speaking countries and to use the language in authentic contexts.

We have an ongoing exchange with a grammar school in Trier, Germany. Participation in this exchange has proved very enjoyable for girls in the past, promoting enthusiasm and interest in the language and culture. There is also a trip to the German Christmas markets in Cologne which is also very popular. In addition to this, every month there is a German breakfast club in school attended by Sixth Form girls and native speakers.

Girls can go on to study German at GCSE and at A-level. In Year 12, girls benefit greatly from work experience in a German-speaking country. The aim of these courses is to develop the ability to communicate effectively in the spoken and written language and to gain an understanding of countries where German is spoken. Girls are then equipped to study further at university as German continues to be in great demand in many areas of industry.

French

Head of Department

Mrs N. Rosado - email: n.rosado@bla.gdst.net

Teaching Staff

Miss E. Wood
Mrs K. Fortin
Mrs C. Pheiffer
Miss P. Dunn

French Assistant

Miss H. Simsolo


As France is our closest continental neighbour, French is an excellent choice of language to learn. From holidays in the South of France, skiing in the Alps and weekends in Paris, a knowledge of French is useful and will enhance your life experience.  Furthermore, there are many opportunities to use French at work here in London.

Here at Blackheath High, in Year 7, our students embark on their study of French, many with a knowledge of the language from their Junior School and some who will be learning the language from scratch.

Lessons are tailored to meet our students’ individual experiences of the language. Our focus is on developing communication skills, acquiring a thorough knowledge of grammar and on the enjoyment of learning a new language.

Students continue with their study of the language into Years 8 and 9 and then make a decision as to whether they will study the language at GCSE level. For those who continue to A-level, we offer a range of co-curricular opportunities such as a monthly French Breakfast where students have the chance to interact with native speaker students, French Debating Club and French Film Club.

There are further opportunities to visit the Institut Français de Londres and the British Film Institute. We organise theatre trips and occasional trips to France. These cultural activities support the A-level course when students study classics of French film and literature. Most girls take up the offer of work experience in France, which greatly improves their spoken skills and provides them with invaluable first-hand knowledge of the country.

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