We have approximately £41,000.00 available to use on this year’s bids.
There are 9 bids for consideration. Each bid section explains who has asked for it, which group(s) will benefit and why, and how much the items will cost. On the agenda for the BHSA Meeting on January 17th is the detailed discussion of these bids. Please take the time to read through them all prior to joining the meeting on Wednesday. You are welcome to submit questions to the BHSA before the meeting to enable answers to be sought ahead of the discussion and thus encourage a more useful debate around the bids
The voting will start after the meeting and will finish on January 24th at 9pm.
Thank you for your time.
Seniors / PE Dept
- Climbing & Traversing Wall. The inclusion of a traversing wall in the design is crucial to GCSE and a great starter for those who are intimidated by an actual top rope climb so will offer access to all students of all abilities beginner to experienced.
- The impact of this is hugely beneficial to both junior and senior school. Within the bid there is training for all of the PE dept. Therefore, we can use the wall for clubs, lessons, preparation for GCSE assessment, open day, partnership days, taster days and external lettings. It can enhance our already rich curriculum as well as develop students’ strength and co-ordination, adding new skills sets. Age at which it can be used with Junior students to be determined though it will be opened up as far as possible
Seniors / Design Technology Dept
If awarded, we plan to move the Design & Technology department further into real world, industry based technology with this 3D printer.
We have plans to remove a dated piece of workshop machinery and build a 3D printing station incorporated over a bespoke laptop charging area (that we will fund).
We also have an ongoing discussion with the Junior School about CAD/CAM and are printing test pieces for them in a bid to further create links and have some joined up thinking to move the subject on across the two sites.
Seniors / Mandarin Dept
Mandarin Reading Books
Mandarin story books and Chinese Graded Readers Series Books for our school library for KS3 and KS4 students who study Mandarin
- Having these books in our school library will expose Mandarin students to a wide range of vocabulary and language forms to develop their reading skills at each level. It aids in developing fluency and ease in using Mandarin.
- Mandarin students will engage with a variety of themes related to the world around them and acquire useful vocabulary and sentence structures for everyday communication, and life in a diverse world.
- Mandarin books often reflect Chinese culture, history, and societal nuances. Our Mandarin students will gain insights into Chinese traditions, values, and perspectives through literature.
- Reading a Mandarin book will help Mandarin students in recognising and memorising characters engage the brain, enhancing memory and cognitive skills.
- Chinese literature has a rich history spanning centuries, offering students exposure to classical and contemporary works, and expanding Mandarin students’ literary horizons.
Seniors / Biology Dept
First Aid Club sessions
- What’s in a first aid bag, and how to use bandages
- How to take care of scrapes and grazes
- How to take care of burns (3 degrees)
- How to take care of cuts
- How to handle electrocution and poisoning
- How to do CPR
- How to act during a roadside emergency with victims
Fish for fishtank Science Biology
Empty fish tank in Mr Laber’s classroom at the moment. Biology of marine life, surface area – gas exchange in curriculum
Ducks to hatch in Science
Eco club in Summer term – 30 students
More students will benefit, 2 weeks of duckling hatching, natural world
Science department – shed
Raised shelves/flowerbeds for playground + plants
Juniors / Gym/Theatre Space
Replacement of all the curtains in the Junior school Gym & Theatre. This would be in fire retardant velvet for the stage and all surroundings.
Juniors / Grounds
We wish to use a space on the top area at Juniors to develop into a well-being garden. A quieter space for students to enjoy at playtimes and to use during lessons to develop the outdoor learning provision.
Items that we would like to make a bid for to start the process before getting the students to suggest and make items to develop the area further include a variety of outdoor seating, sensory equipment such as solar powered water features.
Juniors / Design
3D Printer & Accessories
This equipment would be an entry level model, meaning girls can see things being printed in real time, as opposed to sending it to Seniors. (The Senior model requested is the more advanced, next-step version.)
Teaching 3D printing to primary children in the UK holds significant importance in fostering a well-rounded and future-ready generation. Here are several reasons why integrating 3D printing into the Blackheath Junior High curriculum is beneficial:
- Hands-on Learning Experience: 3D printing provides a tangible and interactive learning experience. It allows children to move beyond theoretical concepts and engage in practical, hands-on activities, promoting a deeper understanding of various subjects such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
- Encourages Creativity and Design Thinking: 3D printing empowers children to unleash their creativity by transforming their ideas into physical objects. It encourages them to think critically, solve problems, and explore innovative solutions. This fosters a culture of design thinking from an early age, nurturing a generation of creative problem-solvers
- Relevance to Real-world Applications: Learning 3D printing introduces children to a technology that is increasingly prevalent in various industries. Understanding the fundamentals of 3D printing prepares them for future careers and gives them a head start in fields such as engineering, design, and manufacturing.
- Cross-disciplinary Learning: 3D printing involves a combination of skills from different disciplines, including mathematics, science, and art. Integrating 3D printing into the curriculum allows for cross-disciplinary learning, breaking down traditional subject boundaries and promoting a holistic approach to education.
- Technology Literacy: In an era dominated by technology, teaching 3D printing helps children develop essential digital and technological literacy skills. This early exposure lays the foundation for understanding advanced technologies, fostering a generation comfortable with navigating the rapidly evolving technological landscape.
- Promotes Environmental Consciousness: 3D printing often utilizes recycled materials, promoting sustainability and environmental awareness. Teaching children about the eco-friendly aspects of 3D printing instils a sense of responsibility towards the environment and encourages them to consider the environmental impact of their creations.
- Fosters Collaboration and Teamwork: 3D printing projects often involve collaboration and teamwork, mirroring real-world scenarios where individuals with diverse skills come together to achieve a common goal. This collaborative approach helps children develop interpersonal skills and learn the importance of teamwork.
- Prepares for the Future Job Market: Many industries are increasingly incorporating 3D printing into their processes. By teaching 3D printing in primary education, children are better prepared for the evolving job market, giving them a competitive edge as they progress through their academic and professional journeys.
In conclusion, integrating 3D printing into the Blackheath High Junior curriculum not only aligns with the demands of the modern world but also equips our girls with the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed to thrive in an ever-changing technological landscape.
Juniors / Computer Science
Classroom Invention Kit
The Makey Makey Classroom Invention Kit is a highly advantageous tool for enhancing girls’ Design Technology learning in primary school settings. Its inherent versatility and hands-on nature make it accessible to learners of all academic strengths, fostering an inclusive educational environment.
Integrating Makey Makey into the classroom promotes collaborative learning, encouraging teamwork and problem-solving among students. The tool’s ability to facilitate multimodal learning ensures that diverse learning styles are accommodated, creating a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.
One key benefit lies in the active involvement of both teachers and students in the learning process. Students, alongside their educators, embark on a journey of discovery, cultivating genuine moments of understanding within the classroom. This participatory approach not only enhances the educational experience but also reinforces a sense of empowerment and ownership of their learning.
Makey Makey’s emphasis on collaboration and risk-taking is particularly beneficial. It nurtures a supportive environment where making mistakes is viewed as an integral part of the learning process. This approach helps build confidence and resilience, crucial attributes in fostering a positive attitude towards STEM subjects.
Furthermore, the adaptability of Makey Makey ensures that it aligns seamlessly with the primary school curriculum. Its versatility allows for the exploration of various concepts, encouraging creativity and critical thinking among girls. The tool’s affordability and the availability of free online resources make it accessible even to schools with limited budgets, ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to engage with this enriching educational technology.
In conclusion, Makey Makey proves to be a valuable asset in BHS girls’ learning by providing an inclusive, collaborative, and empowering educational experience that aligns with the objectives of primary school education.
Juniors / Nursery, Reception & Clubs
Forest School Planting
Forest School is enjoyed by Nursery, Reception and clubs on a weekly basis. However over the last couple of hot summers some of the plants and trees in the Forest School Garden have died. We would like to create more shade, and plant drought tolerant plants to encourage native wildlife and, over the longer term, to become more environmentally sustainable. The aim is to continue to encourage a love of nature and an understanding of how to look after Forest School (and the planet) – starting with our youngest children.
We would like some small saplings to create a hedge to make Forest School more habitable for wildlife. Hedges are considered invaluable for maintaining and increasing biodiversity. We would also like some small trees and plants. They will provide flowers for pollinators, colour in autumn and berries for the birds.
We have also made an application for some free trees for the school – suitable for an inner-city garden. We will find out in the Spring if we have been successful in our bid.