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21/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

So proud of the U15 A&B teams smashing their netball fixture against St. Dunstans. How much they love sport and persevere with trying to play better is so impressive. POMs Sienna M-G and Sasha M 👏🏻🙌🏻 https://t.co/ZwGHYv68KB

21/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

This was such a good talk ! Rebecca shared so many pearls of wisdom with sixth formers and her job is great! https://t.co/ZVn7cQ225u https://t.co/yQgnA2GxAE

21/11/19

We can't wait to welcome curators from the V&A to this illustrated talk on the life and work of the pioneering Mary Quant next week! https://t.co/bZOz1k2e56

20/11/19

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The U18 played a great game against St. Dunstans today. Some great interceptions leading in to strong attack. Well done! Pom Tilly https://t.co/7Ob1hDGMYR

19/11/19

Well done 👏 👏 https://t.co/pVil6Xv3Vu

19/11/19

Never a dull moment at Blackheath High! Today at the Senior School we hosted Rt Hon David Laws who discussed the impending election as keynote speaker for the https://t.co/5wi1fDmJXs

19/11/19

We're looking forward to this week's Wollstonecraft speaker, Blackheath alumna Rebecca Adams (class of 2013). Rebecca works as an archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives, working on the Mollie Hunt Collection and will be sharing her experiences with Sixth Form. https://t.co/0aWVjmbFmA

18/11/19

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Starting Monday with a circuit 💪🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/JrV2Erfft1

16/11/19

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Thanks for a fizzing, popping evening Great crowd and delicious munchies! 🙌 (photo taken by Meltem of year 7) https://t.co/VZnpaJjqvT

16/11/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Huge thanks to everyone who braved the showers and came along to the first Fireworks Night, especially all the fantastic helpers. Lots of great feedback so hopefully a regular addition to the calendar 👍 🎆 Keep an eye out for Christmas stuff, coming soon!

15/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Thank you 5B for sharing your hopes and dreams in assembly this morning ⁦ https://t.co/MgnkNaz22i

15/11/19

Retweeted From NottinghamGirlsHigh

A connection is one that lasts for life. Earlier this year from & met up to celebrate 's "exquisitely beautiful" choral work, Beati Quorum Via (Homage to Stanford). We love that you continue to support each other 💞 So special! https://t.co/wVnBQ8zwOF

15/11/19

Retweeted From Adam M Greenwood

Loved having a tour of this morning. What a stunning school! Thanks for having me over! https://t.co/RLBpjoO7dY

15/11/19

We are pleased to see our initiative, which since 2011 has provided funding for 200 students from local schools to study GCSE Astronomy at the Royal Observatory, featured in this ISC report (pg.9) https://t.co/cIBeMcq7yb

14/11/19

Retweeted From Cath Day

Great morning at the Lloyds’ Women Of The Future event. Good to see the GDST students from Blackheath High School here plus other GDST students. Excellent networking, folks! https://t.co/l4sVJU9UV0

12/11/19

Today Seniors and Sixth Form we have enjoyed a full day off-timetable with Years 5, 7 & 10 joining forces for a maths workshop, high-paced debating sessions for Year 9, Study Skills workshops for Year 11, and motivational 'Inner Drive' talks for our Sixth Form. https://t.co/g7pXJN8ikD

12/11/19

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Year 5 working hard at the Morning of Maths https://t.co/Sgp9MCBIUy

11/11/19

Retweeted From Judy Mitchem

Thanks to the GDST family for being there ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/nUmX5Ccxo9

06/11/19

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Happy (belated!) Divali from 6H!🎆 https://t.co/XjHuCgE9Ld

05/11/19

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A very enjoyable first Monday back with year 2&3 netball club https://t.co/Oxq6Dxdjyl

22/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

have had a fabulous creative time in Berlin this half term https://t.co/hB8ltajUCq

22/10/19

Well spotted!

16/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Make a splash! Juniors https://t.co/zVsQcfyAbg

15/10/19

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Congratulations 5H. Proud winners of the Greenwich Maths Competition! https://t.co/0O16cBPEHI

15/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

It has been a promising morning for the U16 netballers at the Kent County tournament. 2 wins, 2 loses, all to play for 🏐💪 https://t.co/IuCiFjD9ge

14/10/19

Thank you to everyone who has donated uniform so far! https://t.co/rDTAYrOraA

14/10/19

We hope you enjoyed our Open Morning as much as we did! For another chance to see how we are preparing young women for the future, sign up for our ‘School in Action’ open events on 7 & 13 November. https://t.co/AZRo2SQpYI https://t.co/yxHVtQs9ac

10/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very excited about today’s Wollstonecraft lecture https://t.co/ba1La7oRgj

09/10/19

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The rain didn’t stop us!!! Look at this amazing finish at Cross Country Club! 🏃🏽‍♀️🌦👏🏼 https://t.co/5U4Xvu5VLK

07/10/19

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hard at work at https://t.co/KtbrXwwzvM

03/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Florence deep in high level discussion with the head Girl team https://t.co/VoC8bioy1K

02/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. Thanks you’ve converted us into rugby fans! https://t.co/fCF5gy8KRE

02/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Did enjoy the tag rugby day . Just a bit! https://t.co/xF6ibNUevj

02/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Mrs Harris’ early morning fitness club literally going from strength to strength - great work! https://t.co/jRBs3dHjD1

01/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The junior girls cross country team are lined up ready to race! Beautiful weather for the first round of the ESAA 1st round https://t.co/YYgsFTTdDL

01/10/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great afternoon of Hockey at Crystal Palace today against other schools! Excellent display of determination, bravery and skill! Well done everyone 💪🏼 🏑 https://t.co/4eyozQnOes

27/09/19

On Wednesday 25 September, our very own Tia presented her first show! It'll be aired Saturday 28 Sep at 10.30am on for all who want to watch. Great job Tia! https://t.co/yH7g35ydaq

26/09/19

You're welcome - so glad they enjoyed themselves.

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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