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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

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Posted on: October 30th 2016

Silicon Valley - Day 7

Last Day - Day 7

Steph Avraamides - Year 12 and Mrs Lloyd

After departing our hotel, we travelled to Gigya, a very successful start up company and were fortunate enough to be presented with a talk with their CEO, Patrick Sayler. We found this informative talk very useful, no matter what field we were interested in discovering that the companies required a wide variety of people in the organisation, coming from a diverse range of backgrounds and careers. The talk informed us about the competitive environment in the start up field, with only 1/500 companies making it to the size Gigya has reached in its 10 year life. With failure being inevitable for new companies, the employees all developed an admirable resilience they hoped to install within us, whilst they conveyed their passion for the business world.

Subsequent to the talk, we had the rare opportunity to question Mr Sayler who we were very fortunate to be able to address as he took time out of his day to speak to us. This allowed us to delve deeper into the way the company works, discovering the methods to raise funds and the investor process that allowed companies to grow and develop into world class businesses. Additionally Gigya also gave us a brief tour of their working environment, which mirrored the layout philosophies of larger companies such as Facebook, having unfinished ceilings and an open working space to show their employees that their companies is still developing and is unfinished, as well as encouraging collaboration and teamwork. We left Gigya with not only a new perspective on starting a business but also with a sense for the passion needed to start a company with the potential to grow as Gigya has. 

Then it was a quick stop at the local KFC and then onto Google X, a secret arm of the Internet giant.  Although photographs were not permitted within the buildings, we were allowed to photograph the prototype of the electric car in the main reception and admire the Google painted bikes for movement across the campus.  Eugiene Rives, head of one of the Google X research teams presented an overview of what they do and how they test out many ideas and how these are then narrowed down to those where there is commercial viability.  We were given an insight into some of their current ideas that have made it through to final testing.  These are the wind energy kites and the solar cell balloons to provide an energy source to parts of the globe short of power supplies.  This was followed by a tour of some of the facility including seeing the electric cars undergoing research tests.  We saw some driving around the roads around the site.  These illustrate an exciting new future!

We then returned to the hotel and then boarded the coach for the long ‘Red Eye’ flight back to the UK.  

There have been many inspiring and motivating visits to companies and universities at the heart of the technology revolution during the duration of the Silicon Valley Tour!