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25/05/18

Well done to Mark Heaton, Director of Music who received the award of ‘Secondary Teacher of the Year’ and Charlotte Fletcher, Teacher of Music who received the award for ‘NQT of the Year’. Images from the presentation can be viewed via this link https://t.co/oOMtrwlS82

24/05/18

Congratulations to Year 7 who came joint 1st at the STEM Engineering Finals at BAE Engineering today! https://t.co/CH6eFmlrGH

24/05/18

Momentum is gathering for the final day of Set Your Hands Free week at Invicta. How will staff manage without their iPads, Macbooks, IWBs, MMP, visualisers, email, the Internet........ https://t.co/f2PkoNr46V

24/05/18

In 7G’s science lesson today they were building their own rollercoasters. They were investigating kinetic and gravitational potential energy. https://t.co/hdziXXbTo9

24/05/18

We are very proud of the students too! https://t.co/4g6etTe20V

23/05/18

Invicta Students have been enjoying their 'Set Your Hands Free' time this week and have been writing their messages on the hand notes in reception. https://t.co/Ve5AP4dICU

23/05/18

Foundation (MMF) held an evening for members from Invicta to show parents and students how Invicta works closely with the museum and the advantages of such a pilot partnership. The tour centred on the Egyptian mummy in the refurbished Ancient Lives Gallery. https://t.co/905YRu7Qao

22/05/18

Year 8’s freeze frames inspired by Wilfred Owens poem ‘Exposure’. Abigail 8V, Digital Leader https://t.co/QaldcZEGNV

22/05/18

7V in their science lesson, experimenting energy and creating their own roller coasters using marbles, clamps and wires. Lily, Digital Leader https://t.co/1GoXu4eJGa

22/05/18

The inaugural Informal Concert was held in the Auditorium. The audience was treated to a variety of solo performances and duets, with pieces ranging from Mozart to Muse. The Chamber Choir finished the afternoon with a thrilling performance of 'Old Albram Brown' by Britten.

22/05/18

Invicta recently hosted the exciting Invicta Cooks Competition. There were 28 finalists who worked in pairs and ‘cooked off’ against each other. We were delighted to welcome Head Chef Lee Edney and PR Director Anne Herring from the The Swan West Malling who supported this event. https://t.co/wxgpJtFvcq

22/05/18

Belgium teachers were welcomed visitors to Invicta and Valley Park Schools, observing and teaching some lessons, and touring the schools. They were very impressed with our use of technology and interactive lessons. https://t.co/VpR6RzLvNQ

22/05/18

Around 30 Year 5 students came to Invicta for a workshop on The Charleston Dance from the roaring 20's. The dance is energetic, fun and has a lot of fast footwork. After the Charleston, they created their own dance routines. They also learnt facts about the dance and the 1920’s. https://t.co/rHPjFsYWT7

22/05/18

Well done to Lucinda in Year 8 who is going to have over 12 inches of her hair cut off to raise money, and for her hair will be used to make a wig for The Little Princess Trust. Donations can be made to her just giving page: https://t.co/Z00oQV1gHH. https://t.co/gwgcFlULJS

22/05/18

The West Kent Befriending Service has been one of Invicta's RAG Charities for the last year. There was an article in this week about the charity who are trying to raise extra funds for their befriending service and can be sponsored via: https://t.co/Mc37eFrdZy https://t.co/zZoi3nYc6F

21/05/18

Thank you to everyone that attended the Year 5 Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed your lesson! We look forward to welcoming you to the next event on Saturday, 23 June 2018. https://t.co/FZuo2tYziQ

21/05/18

Congratulations to Niamh in 7C who is re-qualifying for her Karate Blackbelt, with a view to going for her second Dan in October. The Camber Sands physical training was a full 4 hours of running up and down sand dunes, push ups in the sea, Katas, and other exercises. https://t.co/XtfsYFsN1n

21/05/18

Congratulations to Niamh in 7C who recently competed in her Swimming Club Gala, finishing 1st in the 4 x 1 Individual Medley, 1st in 50m Backstroke, 2nd in 50m Butterfly, and 3rd in 50m Backstroke. https://t.co/kZflF9WIOD

21/05/18

Well done to Jasmine in 11I and Ellie in 11C who played for Maidstone United under 16 Ladies in the Kent League Cup Final on Sunday 13 May against Canterbury City and won 5-2! https://t.co/mktTHeYOxB

21/05/18

Year 8 student led revision session on file size conversions. https://t.co/eMOWVfC1tE

21/05/18

The Theme of the Week: Be principled about Science and Technology. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

18/05/18

We look forward to welcoming parents with daughters in Year 5 to our 'Year 5 Open Evening' on Monday, 21 May 2018 at 6pm. https://t.co/fFhIzfxavC

18/05/18

On Tuesday, Year 5 students enjoyed a dance workshop on 'The Charleston Dance' from the roaring 20's! Students performed with as much energy as The Charleston demands with lots of characterisation! Thank you Miss Palin. https://t.co/lwJL05RRxk

17/05/18

Some pictures from the Year 13 Germany themed History bake off today! https://t.co/KAnsyKUOtV

17/05/18

Well done to Hannah in Year 8 who has auditioned and been accepted to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance starting this September. https://t.co/OBGdlTLrG9

17/05/18

Congratulations to Thibau in Year 12 who is 1 of 5 winners of a research trip to a Hong Kong University to undertake a summer school out there. His entry was a 15 page booklet based on “Hong Kong: The Best Place For Start-Up Entrepreneurs." https://t.co/fHRa2ZMAN7

17/05/18

Have you read any of the Invicta school blogs recently? https://t.co/IkFzogwz5c https://t.co/lms1et8icS

16/05/18

Invicta's D of E POP group have been practicing erecting and folding away the tents in preparation for their next expedition. https://t.co/lvNREupmi2

16/05/18

We are very proud that Rudi Dharmalingham was a student at https://t.co/DgxPGn9rJr

15/05/18

Hadlow College are holding a Country Fair and Open Day on Saturday 16 June with many demonstrations and activities.

15/05/18

Invicta will be holding a non-uniform day on Thursday raising money for their RAG charities. https://t.co/WLz10Up7fv

15/05/18

Exciting news! Students are now able to use their KCC Travel Pass on buses in the evening, during school holidays and at weekends!

15/05/18

Well done and thank you to the Year 9 students who made an amazing selection of cakes for the Heart of Kent Hospice Bluebell Walk on Sunday, 6 May. The cake table raised £900.30 at the event! https://t.co/G74qFKNOiW

15/05/18

Well done to Abigail in 7I who participated the Dance Competition ‘Starpower’. Abigail performed two dances; Cheerleading, with 4¾ stars, 1st place in her category and 5th overall and Contemporary with 5 stars, 1st place in her category and 1st overall. https://t.co/zW9ebwfMcu

15/05/18

Congratulations to Chloe in 7N who competed in a show jumping competition at her riding school - Horseshoes Riding School. She managed to get a clear round with no faults. Chloe also competed in four races and came first in all of them! https://t.co/FoCYSERh9T

15/05/18

Well done to Amelia in 7A who took part in an annual horse event. Amelia jumped a clear round, placed 5th in the team obstacle, and 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in races! https://t.co/MZb89FNK9B

14/05/18

Retweeted From Get Into Teaching

"I didn’t find my confidence until I led my own class. During my training year I was constantly doubting my abilities but when I began my NQT year, the doubt washed away and I began to relax in the classroom." Top tips for your NQT year from https://t.co/42MVqx6B6m

14/05/18

Retweeted From Kent-Teach

Do you have some keen photographers in your class? They could enter the photography competition and be in with the chance to feature in next year's calendar! Full details on their website: https://t.co/cxVTUOnS4T https://t.co/I1DEYYEe4w

14/05/18

The Theme of the Week: Care about the Arts and Media. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

11/05/18

Well done to Amelia in 7A who took part in an annual horse event with clear round success! Well done also to Chloe in 7N, Becky in 7C and Ella in 7A who all competed at Horseshoes Riding Club in Loose! Chloe placing 1st and Becky & Ella securing 1st & 2nd in the obstacle course! https://t.co/rHAdzQteNG

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Posted on: April 25th 2018

Year 8 Preparation for Employment

As part of the school’s PSHEE Programme, Year 8 students visited various employers on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 to find out about the range of careers and roles available in a variety of businesses.  Students were given a mini-insight into the workings of the different industries; most were given tours and great discussion opportunities and some even came away with some great freebies! 

Guildhall Museum – 8A and 8C

Lucy sent this report:

‘8A and 8C shared the Preparation for Employment trip to Guildhall Museum; which began with a 45 minute talk from some of the employees from the heritage site, also in charge of others in the local area such as Rochester Castle, Upnor Castle and Eastgate House. We were also told some interesting facts about Guildhall, which in 1687 was first used as a courtroom then in 1979 moved location to the current place of the Museum.

Following this, we were given the opportunity to ask multiple questions about either specific careers or the sector of heritage in the job market. We learnt about jobs that we did not think would be in a heritage workplace. Such as an illustrator, fundraiser and an archaeologist as well as some we already knew such as the archivist. One question asked was “What degree would be useful to have to become an archivist?” The answer was extremely helpful, “Although the subject of your first degree often doesn’t matter many have degrees in History, Law, Classics and English”.

After the talk, which featured a woman who had been an archaeologist since university and a man who opened our eyes to the reality that he sort of fell into his job role, although he never knew that it was what he wanted; he has now been climbing the promotional ladder, in the same environment for 20 years.

For the last hour of the trip, we explored the museum, reading the information and taking part in many interactive activities. We all had a thorough, rounded experience of what our lives could be in a new area which none of us had thought of previously.’

Hilton Hotel – 8G

Erin, Amy, Grace and Jess sent this report:

‘On Wednesday, 25 April 8G visited the Hilton hotel for our ‘Preparation for Employment’ trip. When we got there we had a talk about the Hospitality Industry as a whole with the Human Resources Manager, and watched a short video telling us the story of Conrad Hilton, the founder.  Next, we took a short tour of the hotel: we looked in the huge rooms, the gym and pool, the restaurant, staff areas and business rooms.  The bathrooms are so big 11 of us could fit inside! 

Following the tour three people from our form had the chance to experience what it’s really like being either on the Sales Team, Events Planning Team or Reception. We also met with food and beverage apprentices and were able to ask questions to every member of staff we met.

Meanwhile, the rest of the group spent time in a conference room enjoying a range of different activities, including: mock tail making, team building and napkin folding in a variety of styles, suiting the range of events the Hotel hosts.  At the end of the session we were able to ask the General Manager any questions we had. This trip was really interesting and it gave us a valuable insight into the world of working in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Thank you to Miss Mason and Miss Poulter for organising the trip, and for Mrs Hare and Mrs McGivern for looking after us on the day.’

Maidstone Museum – 8T

Terrena sent this report:

‘On Wednesday morning, 8T walked down to Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, and were greeted by Rosalind Meredith the Learning and Education Officer. We were led into a meeting room where five of the employees, all with different job roles, explained to us how they came to work at the museum, what skills and qualifications they are require to have hoping their jobs. We were surprised to hear that only one of the five speakers knew what they wanted to do when they were leaving school, and that it was something that they wanted to do their whole life. Most of the employees said that they had two to three careers in various different branches, such as catering, hospitality, archaeology, and teaching. We also enjoyed learning about what all of their different jobs entailed and how everyone worked closely together there to create the best possible experience for the public and the museum visitors. After the talks, we were allowed to explore Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery and learn about all of the various exhibitions form the Japanese Art Display, to the Egyptian Mummy, and Greek artefacts.’

Tesco, Grove Green – 8S

Hannah sent this report:

‘On Wednesday, 25 April 8S visited Grove Green Tesco’s for our Preparation for Employment trip. We had two Tesco employees split us into two groups of fifteen and one showed the first group around the warehouse and store, and the second group were given scenarios that could happen and then were asked how they would resolve them. After the groups were shown round, they were then taken to a checkout till and taught how to scan different types of items. Next, the two groups went through the different scenarios, we were given a popular time of year and we then had to create a tannoy that was advertising a product linked with that time of year. After this, our employees who had been showing us round or working with us brought us all into a room and answered all of the queries that we had. Overall, our employment trip to Tesco’s was very informative and everyone learnt a lot of things they did not already know.’

Pepenbury Charity – 8N

Amelie sent this report:

‘We went on a tour around the Pepenbury Charity site.  First, we were told how it is utilised in the business, and were told lots of interesting information about what they do. Then we had a careers talk, where we discussed what it is like to work in the care industry, what jobs are available at Pepenbury, and the answers to many of our questions. We learnt that the ‘service users’ are supplied with many day services such as pottery, art, and gardening, but left to live an independent life within reason. We also learnt how care has improved in recent times, and that it is very fulfilling to see the residents that you have bonded with achieve things with your help. I asked what the best thing about working at Pepenbury was, and I was told that it was meeting new people and forming relationships with them. This trip was very inspiring, and I learnt a lot about working in the care industry.’ 

Tudor Park Hotel – 8V

Abigail, Nneoma, Loanne and Tihanna sent this report:

‘On Wednesday, 25 April we visited Tudor Park, Marriott hotel as part of the Year 8 preparation for employment day. We arrived and were taken to the meeting room facilities and they talked to us about different areas of the business.

First of all, they spoke about the history of Marriott. It was founded in 1927 by the Marriott family. Then they spoke to us about their mission, which is to be the world’s best hotel company. After that they took us through their 5 core values, which included ‘Embrace Challenges’ and ‘Always put the People First.’

During our time there, three people came in from different departments to share how they find working at Tudor Park. They also shared how they moved up the property ladder and have worked all over the world as a result of Marriott International.

Some of the questions we asked, together with the answers are detailed below:

What is the Gender pay gap?

They have a gap of about 3.5%

How many staff to they employ?

They have 127 members of staff.

What is the starting salary?

They start at the minimum wage.

Chilston Park Hotel – 8I

Jessica and Jess sent this report:

‘For our Preparation for Employment Trip 8I went to Chilston Park Hotel. As we entered the hotel we had a tour. During the tour we got to see how some of the bedrooms were decorated. We also got to learn about the history of the hotel. After that we had lunch and had a taster of some of the foods at the hotel: sandwiches and brownies: they were so nice and special mention to Victoria Ciszewska who ate 4, leaving none for Mr Perry! After, we had a talk about all the different jobs and individuals told us about their roles. There was the Wedding Organiser, Receptionists, Operations Manager, Food and Beverage manager, Housekeeping, Head Chef and the General Manager. During the day we learnt a lot of things such as: Hand Picked hotels was formed in 2001 and there are 20 other hotels throughout the UK and the Channel Islands. All of the people that worked at the hotel described it as a fun work environment. They explained how their jobs worked and what they did every day. They also talked about what qualifications or experience was required for their job and how they got to where they are today. This was very interesting. Finally, they explained why we should have a career in hospitality. There were a lot of good reasons and they answered our questions and were very helpful.’

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