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Welcome to your Blackheath High School Association website. This is the online home for all BHSA news, events info and booking facility & our second hand school uniform store.

The BHSA was created to bring the Blackheath High students of both the Junior and Senior schools and their parents and teachers together to socialise and have fun whilst also raising money for items to be enjoyed by the girls at school. The school recognises the BHSA is of great importance in strengthening the community spirit and culture that supports both the Senior and Junior schools of Blackheath High School and thus is always very supportive of our events and activities. 

The BHSA is a charity and so all the profits go to our charitable causes. Until now that has mostly been the school. Since 2021 the BHSA has started to designate some of its fund-raising efforts to the wider local community, especially causes that advocate for children, their health, safety and education. This is in line with the GDST’s general approach, and those different causes are chosen by the girls’ School Council.  The BHSA continues to wholeheartedly support the school and its students, and any event raising funds for an ‘external,’ good cause will always be highlighted as doing such before the event happens.

A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of you for supporting the BHSA. It is entirely run by volunteer parents who are usually busy with jobs, family, life in general; whether you help with our Coffee Shop, run a stall at one of the fairs, help with setting up events, donate grown-out-of uniform, donate via Amazon Sale or Easy Fundraising or turn up and party at one of our ticketed events it all forms part of the BHSA’s success in being able to create a more fulfilling community-based experience for Blackheath High School students, families and teachers and we are very grateful for your help.

Natalie
BHSA Chair.

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Please read the articles on donating and buying to understand the complexities and limitations of a donations-based shop.

The Blackheath High School uniform is designed to be durable and easy to look after, which is why as parents we all accumulate pieces that our girls have out grown but are still useable. One of the BHSA’s biggest fund raising streams is the sale of second hand school uniform that is donated by parents. Buying from the BHSA is a great way to reduce school uniform bills, it’s environmentally sound and of course all proceeds from the sale of second hand school uniform go the BHSA so it’s charitable too! 

Donating Uniform

 Every item that is donated is truly appreciated, but let’s make it clear what the BHSA can accept:

  • Current uniform only.
  • Anything perfect or near perfect; slightly marked or gently worn items are great, thank you so much for contributing them!

A lot of items will have a small drop of paint or marker on them, or a thread hanging loose, or even a button missing, for example, that’s ok. (But please not all buttons missing!!)

For every item please:

  • Empty out the pockets,
  • Wash the items, you’d be surprised how many people think it’s ok to send in uniform with food on it or sweat/dirt. The Uniform Team do not have the time or resources to wash everything so we have to take those items to the recycling bins which takes time and is demoralising for the team to receive complaints about this. 
  • Cross your child’s name out if possible, but please don’t cut out the labels with the sizes on them; it makes it very difficult for us to allocate the stock without their sizes.
  • Check to see if they don’t resemble the below description:

If it’s badly ripped, stained beyond redemption, has holes in it and as a rule of thumb you’d be embarrassed for your child to continue to wear it please do not send it in to us as no other parent wants it either. There are clothes recycling banks in the middle of Blackheath Village that you can easily use to dispose of uniform that cannot be reasonably resold.

How To Donate:

We hold Donation Days at the beginning of every half term, but we will always accept donations! Please label them clearly for the attention of BHSA –  UNIFORM DONATION. 

Thank you so much for your donations, we truly appreciate them!

We are  more than happy to receive all donations that fit the above criteria but currently are keen to receive:

  • Any current-style house sports shirts (the round neck Ts)
  • Long winter wool coats – proving very popular! 
  • Sports kit
  • four pleat skirts
  • Any senior school uniform.
  • Summer uniform!

Buying Uniform

Please read these notes before purchasing:

As an online shop we have some unusual issues:

  • You will often all be shopping at the same time, so we have created a step in the purchasing process to ensure your basket is reserved for 30mins once you click to proceed to the payment page as it is likely people will be trying to buy the same one item at the same time and we are trying to prevent disappointment or unnecessary refunds. 
  • Even as a charity we are still charged as any business is by our Card Payment Provider: a fixed amount per transaction plus a percentage. To keep our outgoings to a minimum please try to put all the items you want into one transaction.
  • We are not a fully stocked professional shop; we can only sell what is donated so inventory can be unpredictable. 
  • It’s second hand, so it’ll rarely be perfect. We understand that even at these low prices no one wants to receive a badly ink-stained shirt, or a storm coat with huge rips in it. We operate a policy of trying to cull those items; we would like you to rest assured that we always pick the best item available in your size for you, so online ordering should be just the same as going through the rails yourself – think of the BHSA as your Personal Shopper for second hand uniform! That said, sometimes something unwearable slips through, please email us and we’ll try to sort it out for you. But please understand that sometimes items we sell will have a small rip that could be mended for example. 
  • Once you have bought second hand uniform, please take the time to remove any old name tags, and put your own in. If your daughter loses it you are unlikely to see your uniform again without her name in it. If it’s incorrectly named the school cannot return it to you.
  • Please bear in mind that second hand clothes have usually been worn and washed and thus even though they are labelled with their original size, they may have grown or shrunk. We try to assess these changes  when allocating stock. If something is sent to you as a “wrong,” size it might be because in reality it matches the size you requested. In all events, we will refund what doesn’t suit your daughter, please just follow our refund guidelines. 
  • Stock arrives in an unscheduled manner, and is completely unpredictable. If you’re after something specific, keep checking the site.
  • Please note, we now offer refunds and returns.
  • Please remember the shop is run by volunteers who aim to offer a good service to you all.
  • We aim to fulfil all orders within a timely manner but the stock is housed within the junior school and thus we are considerate of  the school’s timetable and any relevant Covid policies at the time. If a delay develops we will try to contact you.

How the Online shop works

Sales:

Choose your items, stick them in the cart, buy them, simple! 

Your order will be collated and prepared for you. 

Nursery, Reception and Y1 orders should be collected from the Junior School Office, and you’ll be emailed as soon as they are ready. Please try not to delay in collecting them, the office does not have much space to store the bags for you.  

Y2- Y6 girls will be given your order to take home with them. 

Senior School uniform orders are sent over to the Senior School the morning after we have fulfilled your order, and will be given to your daughter to take home that day. (All uniform is housed at the Junior School site, and donations are kindly brought over from the Senior School by the School minibus drivers  the day after you donate them. This allows for a swifter turnaround of all orders, and means that in those older Junior years and younger Senior years where similar sizes might be worn the Uniform Team can work quickly from one collated stock room to fulfil all orders.)  

Y2 – Y11 Please remind your daughters to take the bags home; many is the time that a parent has emailed to ask when we will send them their paid-for order, only for us to discover it’s being sitting on a peg waiting to be taken home for days and sometimes weeks. 

Refunds:

We will refund any item you don’t wish to keep for whatever reason. You have 7 days to inform of us via email, and return the item(s) within a further 7 days. If you wish for an exchange this reduces our transaction costs and thus, we will happily process the exchange for you. Please check online to see if we have the size you would like –  and we’ll try our best! Please be aware stock changes quickly, so don’t delay if you’re after a particular size. 

To start a return: send the item(s) back, preferably in the original bag with the label so we can identify who the stock was sent to. Please write on the other side of the label that this is a return.  If you don’t do this your return could be confused for a donation. Please take the bag, clearly labelled for the attention of the BHSA /RETURNS,  to your relevant school office. The BHSA will process your refund.  

We reserve the right not to refund items that have been damaged or worn since leaving our store.

Events

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BHSA events have a reputation for being fun times, and our events timetable is curated to offer everyone a great experience throughout the year. We hope you can join us at some of them.  Our events cannot happen with the generous support of Blackheath High parents who come together in small working groups for the BHSA to organise these events. The BHSA is forever grateful that parents are willing and happy to do this – if there is an event you’d like to see us host, please get in contact.  

Parents’ Summer Party

Saturday July 2nd 8pm

An evening event for parents, drinks, food, music/entertainment

Upcoming Events for 2022 –  save the dates 

If you would like to volunteer to help with any of these events please contact the BHSA, either through your Class Rep or via our email [email protected] Please see below for a list of what volunteers we are looking for.

Summer Term:

June 11th 2-6pm, & 6pm- Sunday morning Daytime Family Party & BBQ,  and Camp Night. Both starting at 2pm, at the school sports field. These are separate events but holding them on the same day allows for more people to enjoy the campsite and daytime activities as we cannot increase the number of overnight pitches we sell. There is lots planned for both events.

July 2nd  An evening Summer Party for parents and staff.

Starting this term, end date TBC Charity lottery & Raffle, and a BHSA Family Cookbook.

 

Autumn Term:

September 16th, Welcome Drinks event for parents and staff

October 13th, Diwali Party, after school event for families

November 4th, Fireworks Night. Evening event, at the school sports ground for families

Late November – Dec 3rd, Christmas tree sales and collection day

dates TBC, wreath decorating, for families

December 3rd, Xmas activities, bauble decorating etc for families

December 11th, Winter Walk & Carols for families.

FUND RAISING IDEAS THAT NEED SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT

  • A BHSA cook book,
  • a series of evening talks for families or parents with guest speakers,
  • other activity packs, following the success of the Hanukkah pack
  • BHSA Enterprise Week for the girls

Volunteers Please! 

Are you able to help  out with one of our events?  Please email [email protected] if you can 

Charity lottery/Raffle
An ongoing fundraising initiative throughout the rest of this term (end date tbc,) with part of the proceeds going towards a charity nominated by the School Council.
We need volunteers to help with:

  • Reaching out to local companies and larger corporations for donations

Coffee Shop

The weekly BHSA Coffee Shops are a  great opportunity to quickly grab a cuppa joe –or a brew – and hang out with a  few other parents after drop off on Fridays. In addition to coffee and tea, we sell  delicious pastries made by the school caterers to conform to all GDST allergen rules.

We only accept card payments; we do not accept cash. 

Please enter the junior school dining room via Paragon Place. There are steps that lead directly down to the Dining Room. 

If you would like to add your name to the Coffee Shop volunteers’ rota, please email us. No one is expected to be available every time, only when you can and wish to! Coffee shop opens at 8:30, serves until 9:30 and is usually all packed up by 10am. If you’re volunteering please come at 8am, and bring your daughters with you as they can help set up before going to their forms. 

 

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Next Coffee Shop is: June 17th

Other dates are:   June 17th, June 24th, June 30th & July 1st . 

This term there are Reception assemblies so we will also have a pop up stall outside of the gym for parents to buy tea or coffee before they watch the assembly –  parents bring another shop’s takeout drink in at their peril!!! 😉 

BHSA Meeting

Our most recent meeting was on January 20th. Please read the minutes in the Meetings section. 

All parents are cordially invited to attend these meetings. The more of us who join in this conversation, the more relevant and vibrant this charity becomes. The BHSA would like  to hear your voices, we want to share your ideas and we’d like to build this charity’s work with you. Zoom meetings can be dull, laborious and snooze-filled. We can’t – and won’t –  offer you a crazy, fun time online, but we do plan to make these meetings short, sharp, succinct, open to all, and all about how we can have fun, and fund raise.  

Class Representatives

Junior School Class Representatives

Our BHSA Class Representatives for the Junior School years are absolutely key to developing and sustaining the community spirit of Blackheath High School. They will make sure their form is fully connected with the  Class WhatsApp group(s), – if you wish to be – which is usually where much of the social side of each class gets organised, and is invaluable for all those small but important questions about school life in general. They’ll organise any class-wide social events, and if the class group decides to do so, they will organise donations towards staff and teachers’ gifts, often taking the time to then buy the gifts too – which the school says are not necessary, but are always delightedly received and valued! Please note, there is no imperative to join in on this activity.

Different Class Representatives will run these various elements in different ways but every one of them works really hard to help you feel supported and part of the class, and school, community.

Class Representatives have created their Form Contacts List which will contain your child’s name, your name(s), email address(es) and telephone number(s) This list will be shared with the parents in the form, to allow parents to connect directly with others for school matters, playdates, and so forth. You do not need to join in with this if you don”t wish to, but it is incredibly useful. 

If you don’t know who your Class Representative is, please email us at [email protected] so we can put you in touch with your Class Representative. They can change from year to year, due to free time availability, and as the forms change between years. 

Please be aware that if you are unsure of any of the school’s communications it is best to contact the School Office for clarification directly. If you are unsure of something it is likely others are too, and the school would always want to rectify that potential miscommunication for all. 

Senior School

The Senior School does not traditionally have a Class Representative for each form. The BHSA is aware that we can do more for you, as is currently compiling a questionnaire to discover where the opportunities for you to do more can be found . Please contact me at [email protected] with how you think we can help more. 

Meetings

The next BHSA meeting will be in the Autumn term.

 The meeting minutes from the last meeting can be found here: BHSA Meeting Minutes – Jan 22

The archive of previous meeting minutes can be found here: Meeting Minutes

Fund Raising

Part of the BHSA’s remit is to create a vibrant community spirit amongst the parents. The other part is to fund raise, raising money for items to be enjoyed by the girls at school. Here are the ways you can help:

Attend our ticketed events

Please check our events page – your ticket money will cover the cost of the event, plus a little profit for the charity to use for the benefit of the girls in school, and whilst attending any event there will be plenty of ways to donate to help us raise funds.

Join Amazon Smile

Please use the link below. It will take you to the BHSA’s Amazon Smile page. It could be slightly clunky process whereby you have to always remember to add “smile.” before the amazon.co.uk address.
Or….! You can use their handy bookmark which will automatically take you to the right page every time. This could potentially raise a lot of money for the BHSA if every parent did it – and best of all it costs you nothing! Amazon makes the donation straight from their coffers.

 https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1051334-0 

Use Easy Fundraising

This is another way to raise money for us without it costing you a thing.  We would massively appreciate your effort to set it up. There is the opportunity to have it set up as an automatic reminder if you prefer.

You can find our easyfundraising page at
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/blackheathhigh/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_content=gs-e1

In the spirit of transparency as the year progresses we will list what each event and fund raising stream generates. Please click here for more information.

Bids

Click here to read the bids for BHSA spending for each term including the results.

The archive of previous bids and results can be found here: Bids Archive

Contact

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We’d love to hear from you please e-mail to:
 [email protected]

Thank you for visiting the BHSA website.