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13/07/18

Students enjoying the sunshine on the Izatt Plaza under the newly purchased parasols! https://t.co/X7p2v9m6Qj

12/07/18

There are some tickets still available for Invicta's production of Sister Act on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week via: https://t.co/oXRzG4IGjv https://t.co/bnM5XSrgsd

11/07/18

Only 2 days left until the Young Persons Travel Pass - 2018-2019 application date closes! https://t.co/703MiUygfH

11/07/18

8 students attended a Biathlon competition at Ashford Preparatory School. They had an 800m run combined with a 100m swim in an outdoor pool. Charlotte had a fast run on the track but Lara produced an excellent swim in the pool combined with a good run to secure 2nd place overall. https://t.co/aFR52ykTaT

11/07/18

Congratulations to Maddie 7A who has been chosen to play for the Kent Schools’ U14 Girls Football. Maddie also plays for Charlton Athletic FC U14 Girls which is part of the FA Talent Centre programme. https://t.co/fYUt8Ri4D0

11/07/18

Congratulations to Hannah, Elyisia and Charlotte in 10V and Lara in 7S who took part in the Stagecoach 30th Year Anniversary ‘Beauty & the Beast’ World Record Performance. troupe across the world took part for the most performances at the same time simultaneously. https://t.co/km8D5kRRdZ

11/07/18

Well done Megan 8A who competed at AJ Bell World Triathlon in Leeds. She raced alongside the best girls from across Great Britain and placed an impressive 4th! She also met some of the elite triathletes such as Sophie Coldwell, Jess Learmonth, Jake Birtwhistle and Andrea Hewitt. https://t.co/f9aZ0IvE9B

11/07/18

Well done to everyone who took part in the Military Mayhem Obstacle Course – the event managed to raise an incredible £2276.10! https://t.co/Xf8cEqWmEE

10/07/18

The Seniors came 1st with Charlotte breaking the 800m record by 6 seconds and Lauren breaking the high jump record. The whole team had 7 1st places and 1 2nd. It means Invicta retain the trophy for the 4th year in a row! Charlotte received an individual performance trophy.

10/07/18

The Invicta Athletics team had a great day out at the Maidstone District Athletics at the Julie Rose Stadium. The Juniors, who were made up purely of Year 7, came 2nd against Year 7 and 8 teams and did themselves proud, for many of them had not competed in the event before. https://t.co/9yn8srNUw9

09/07/18

Well done to Aoife 7T, she travelled to Brean Sands in Somerset on Friday, 22 June with The Breakaways Netball Under 13's team for a national netball tournament! https://t.co/ZjyLd5NGTK

09/07/18

Well done to Lucy in 8N who was invited to volunteer to work by Kent Police Cadets at the Kent Police Open day along with other Cadets from her unit! https://t.co/9w0ukVD4u2

09/07/18

Congratulations Sophie 7V who took part in a weightlifting competition in June. It was the first time she had competed, it was all about technique and Sophie managed to score 40 out of 52 and she was awarded her certificate by Commonwealth Gymnast Courtney Tulley https://t.co/WgA0a3edwj

09/07/18

Well done to Lauren 7S who competed at the same competition as Amber. She performed two solo dances with a routine, canasta and then a duo with her friend Rosie doing a Collegiate and Olympic Foxtrot. Lauren didn’t place in her solo event but came 2nd in her Duo. Congratulations! https://t.co/3efvuHdk93

09/07/18

Congratulations to Amber 8N who belongs to Kent Artistic Roller Dance Club KARDC. Their Annual Roller Dance Competition on 1 July 2018 and Amber danced in a team event with 3 other girls called Kent Little Mix. Kent Little Mix were placed 1st!! https://t.co/2jmGikdYra

09/07/18

Congratulations to Jasmine 11I and Amelia 11V, both have achieved 100% attendance for the 5 years that they have been at Invicta Grammar School. In recognition of this amazing achievement, the girls have been awarded a Platinum Attendance Certificate and gift cards.

09/07/18

Well done to Hannah 7S who competed in the Aquathon 1 July 2018, having to swim 250m in the reservoir before completing a 2km run. She led from the start and was the first girl in her age group to finish as well as the first finisher overall in the 11-12 year group. https://t.co/L5cQejrZne

09/07/18

Well done Charlotte! https://t.co/JwL7hAXuxO

09/07/18

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

06/07/18

After a gruelling selection progress we are delighted to announce that Maddie in 7A has been selected to join the squad for the Kent Schools’ U14 Girls Football Team! Well done Maddie. https://t.co/HL5QBFjlm7

06/07/18

Well done to Hannah, Elyisia & Charlotte in 10V, who together with Lara in 7S took part in Stagecoach's 30th Year Anniversary ‘Beauty & the Beast’ World Record Attempt! groups across the world took part for the most performances taking place at the same time! https://t.co/TUvchLJJCd

05/07/18

Our new Year 7 have had a great Taster Day today, making new friends and experiencing lessons here, whilst finding their way around. We look forward to welcoming them back in September. https://t.co/IMVNAyOA5c

05/07/18

Year 9 Art and Photography students are using their thinking skills to spark ideas for their exciting new project. They are enthusiastic about their mini summer sketchbooks to research and explore before returning as Year 10 to experiment and refine their creative ideas further. https://t.co/ipsXqn8Yeo

05/07/18

IGS Trailblazers smashing their challenge to pieces on the ice today! https://t.co/by2sRciWv7

04/07/18

Well done to Year 10 student Daisy who has been selected by GCHQ to be part of their Elite cyber security team in a workshop in the summer. https://t.co/F3uuji94eR

04/07/18

The Real Schools Guide 2018 has Invicta Grammar School listed as the number 8 school Nationally and the number 2 school in Kent and Medway. https://t.co/ehxvXP3XNt

03/07/18

Year 11 students celebrated the end of the exam season at The Barnyard in Upchurch. The Prom Committee spent months meticulously planning a truly special evening for the year group and all their hard work paid off on the night! The girls looked very elegant in their gowns. https://t.co/OUK0mHl8D5

03/07/18

Five Invicta girls and ponies competed at Felbridge in showjumping and dressage. All girls did very well but a particular well done to Niamh, Alice and Katie who formed a team in the 60cm Grassroots competition and finished in 2nd place, next the Grassroots National Championships https://t.co/2grneHinfF

03/07/18

Well done Alex in 12G and Joelle in 12N who took part in a triathlon on 23 June to raise money for Haematology Cancer Care. They raised over £600 and came 2nd and 3rd for their age group, it was their first triathlon! It was at Leeds Castle, a 750m swim, 29km cycle and a 5km run. https://t.co/K1CwHDtbAK

03/07/18

Congratulations to Isabel in 7T who competed in the Kent Advanced Floor and Vault Championships on Sunday, 24 June 2018 placing 5th. Well done Isabel. https://t.co/cOIaqX0nPr

03/07/18

I feel most free when… by 9I No one telling me what to do, say, think or act, the moment where your life becomes a slow-motion scene – the character’s sudden revelation that life’s too short, you’ve got to be happy. https://t.co/E0YVgsLUBL

03/07/18

Congratulations to all of the nominees who attended the annual Invicta Awards event last night, and to our speakers, former student Katie Andrews and athlete Lina Nielson. https://t.co/cqo3jfI1Dm

03/07/18

Invicta raised an amazing £2276.10 for Sport Relief doing Military Mayhem! https://t.co/OYjw14Oo0C

03/07/18

The Theme of the Week: Reflect Upon Science and Technology. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme and there will be various STEM activities taking place.

28/06/18

Invicta students are going to the at the NEC in Birmingham today as part of

27/06/18

I feel most free when… by 8I - I feel most free when away from civilisation. I feel most free when I’m united with my family,

27/06/18

I feel most free when… by 8I - I feel most free when I run and skip in an open land of grass. I feel most free when I see the stars in the sky and the phases of the moon, I feel most free when I close my eyes, I feel most free in my deepest dreams;

27/06/18

I feel most free when… by 8I - I feel most free when I am outside, I feel most free when the sand feels hot beneath my bare feet, I feel most free when the wind blows, I feel most free when I am sitting in an open field, I feel most free when I go on morning walks with my dad,

27/06/18

Applications are now open for Young Persons Travel Pass 2018/19. It is very important you apply on or before Friday, 13 July 2018 to ensure the passes arrive in time for the start of term in September 2018. https://t.co/lxGbIoX0oN https://t.co/oq7y2c3pUJ

Invicta Blogs

Posted on: October 28th 2016

Silicon Valley - Day 3

28 October 2016

Day 3:

By Vicky Jenkins Year 11 and Mrs Lloyd

Today we were up at 7:30am as today we were going to Carnegie Mellon, which is linked to Ames NASA Centre and then on to Stanford University.

We left at 8:45am, and, horrifically, we brought the British weather with us to California as it was pouring with rain at this point.

The Carnegie Mellon facility in Silicon Valley is a specialist Engineering Centre and as linked to the space research.  The main university is in Pittsburgh.  

Arriving at Carnegie Mellon at 9:20am, we had breakfast with some of the female students who were studying for their PhD’s and Masters in Technology. They are part of the INI the Information Networking Institute and in particular the Womene@ini.  After breakfast we had a small tour of the small campus. Three of the main interesting facts they told us was: their campus used to be a hospital, 50% of applicants are now female and they have a 3D printing facility.  We got to see a number of Drones in development.

We then went outside where we were talked to about drones and how they were using some drones to help with their projects and how they want to understand technology better.  In particular to develop the need for improved mobile technology.

The main aspect of the morning was to work on ‘Hackathons’.  These are design problem solving think tanks.  We were split into three groups and each team had to come up with a problem to solve.  Working with mentors from the university we worked on possible solutions.  Each team had to consider the roles within a project team.  After lunch we had to present our findings.  This was followed by an inspiring ‘TED talk’ by Richard Lack from Gighya.  

Once the tour and sessions at Carnegie Mellon were done, we took some quick pictures at the entrance with the space shuttle and got over to the NASA Ames Research Centre since the two are linked. We looked around the small station where they had a small section of a real shuttle which did actually go to space and we got to see the evolution of space suits. The group made a small stop at the shop before we had to board the mini bus or get in the car to make our way over to Stanford University.

We rolled up to Stanford University at 4:00pm. Stanford was opened in 1891 and is the size of 97 Disneylands. The first part of our tour was being guided around the sports halls and other facilities while being given the history of Stanford itself, why it was built.  The inspiration behind it which was “it was aimed to be beautiful like the east coast universities, but different  than on the east coast”. We were told about what Stanford look for in applicants and about its success as one of the top universities in the world. The campus was stunning and inspired many of us visiting.

Evening came around quickly, we had dinner which Shannon Hogue Brown who was a top software engineer. She wanted to know what we had been told before and told us about her life and what got her into coding and why she wanted to do it and how being a well - rounded person and how communication can be helpful and why it’s important in any field of work you go into. The main bits of information she gave us was to “put yourself in unconformable positions because then you know you’re growing as a person”.