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24/01/18

Students taking part in a STEM challenge during extended form time this morning! Winner to be announced very soon. https://t.co/20Jds49py0

23/01/18

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Time to Get into Teaching? Find out more by joining us on our next Train to Teach Day on 13 March 2018! https://t.co/awlexhgHbL https://t.co/DpBVNnFqE5

23/01/18

Good luck to our Invicta students taking part in the VEX Robotics Competitions today and tomorrow!

23/01/18

The Year 6 Dance workshop proved very popular with girls from local primary schools. https://t.co/QnEwUERY4k

23/01/18

Year 5 pupils from local primary schools enjoyed their recent Computer Science workshop at Invicta. https://t.co/ytqtZpoaoU

22/01/18

Congratulations to Lara 10I who has qualified to compete in 7 events at the Championships to be held over the next 4 weekends at Crystal Palace and the .

22/01/18

Well done and congratulations to Amelia 7T who successfully qualified for the Junior British Show Jumping Team.

22/01/18

Congratulations to Grace in 7V, who has been awarded ‘Players Player’, ‘Most Improved Player’ and League Winners for 2017’s Maidstone United Girls U11, as well as ‘Most Improved Player – U12’ at Academy.

22/01/18

Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.

22/01/18

Year 8 learning flowcharts in Computer Science. Heidi Digital Leader https://t.co/3ANlHLctuu

22/01/18

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This week & took a tour of our Arlington Reservoir as part of our ‘Know H₂ow Awards’! An initiative for students to work with our expert staff on related projects 😀 https://t.co/TKziQiI37w

22/01/18

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Another inspiring evening

22/01/18

The Theme of the Week: Reflect upon Sport, Health and the Environment. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

22/01/18

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Kate Shoesmith, head of member engagement for the Recruitment and Employer Confederation, explores what the future holds for Kent young people, their education and working lives. https://t.co/CWKqMFLiJo

19/01/18

Date for your diary! FIGS Quiz Night - Saturday, 24 February 2018. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Featuring; Family Quiz, Ploughman's Supper, Bar, Raffle, and lots of other games and prizes! Tickets will be on sale soon! https://t.co/uSnkhRMGAJ

19/01/18

Last night we were fortunate to have speakers from the University of Oxford and Cambridge speak to Year 11 and 12 students about everything they need to know about applying to these very prestigious universities, as well as having an interview workshop with Mr John Krumins. https://t.co/D8xZAXn2go

19/01/18

Thank you to everyone that attended the 'Ms Empowered' Breakfast this morning. The event generated some great discussion around the implications of gender inequality for young women in the workplace. https://t.co/MWkNmSF2d8

18/01/18

Thank you for an excellent visit. https://t.co/4Kjf3ZvlwC

18/01/18

Thank you to everyone who attended the Piano Soiree yesterday evening. What amazing, talented students we have! https://t.co/0Zri18igEK

18/01/18

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Fed up with dreary skies where you live - come and join us developing a new career through Train to Teach and enjoy days like this one... https://t.co/UsfzDXDYX3

17/01/18

Tickets are still available for the Burns Night Supper on Saturday, 27 January 2018! Contact Miss Pope or the Young Chamber for more details. https://t.co/wAgVm7PpoP

17/01/18

Have you read Invicta's blogs recently? There is something of interest to everyone! https://t.co/IkFzogwz5c

16/01/18

We look forward to seeing you! https://t.co/0TVqMjBpr5

16/01/18

For enthusiasts. https://t.co/Mx5NtKlL0P

15/01/18

We currently have vacancies for Teachers of English, Maths and Science. Further information can be found on our school website: https://t.co/ETMwNzuX53 Invicta is an outstanding school with excellent prospects, come and see for yourself!

15/01/18

Congratulations to Amelia in 7T, who has been invited to ‘try out’ for the Junior British Show Jumping Team on Monday, 15 January 2018. Good luck Amelia!

15/01/18

Well done to Sophie in 7T, who has been invited to participate in the Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scouts National Swimming Gala from the 26-28 January 2018. The Royal Navy hosts this prestigious event in Cornwall for around 200 young people from all around the United Kingdom.

15/01/18

A lovely article in the celebrating the achievements of students at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards evening in December. https://t.co/NlTdAC8iBJ

15/01/18

Our World Challenge students are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 3 February, in the School Hall, raising funds for their trip in the summer.

15/01/18

On Sunday 25 February 2018 sixteen staff will be running the Headcorn Half Marathon, raising money for . Donation can be made via our Just Giving page using the following link: https://t.co/joh7RN1pAO. Many thanks for your continued support!

15/01/18

Well done Charlotte! https://t.co/smiRHMz85Y

15/01/18

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

15/01/18

Retweeted From Loose Primary School

This week some very strange footprints appeared in our classroom. We used our detective skills to try and find out who or what had been in Opal Class. https://t.co/3fOMATJhjF

12/01/18

Do you have what it takes to be crowned Britain's best lego builder?? Do you love to build awesome creations? Well, look no further. Register your interest for the second series of 'LEGO MASTERS' on Channel 4 today. https://t.co/Pj1bEEIxza

09/01/18

Epoc Careers organises high quality careers events for students. Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Doctor, Saturday 3 February 2018 Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Lawyer, Sunday 4 February 2018 For full details, see https://t.co/plOwJqUqWj. https://t.co/ZSPNVxXo0k

09/01/18

We are very pleased to hear that Trixie, the Guide Dog sponsored by Invicta, has been successfully placed with a family where the man has no sight. Trixie also has the family dog to play with when she is not working. Thank you for your support! https://t.co/8CinH4ytfg

08/01/18

Don't forget, tickets are still available for the Burns Night Supper on Saturday, 27 January 2018! Contact Miss Pope or the Young Chamber for more details. https://t.co/dWm0rsHQNY

08/01/18

Congratulations! https://t.co/avcaI0uWMZ

08/01/18

Congratulations to Maddie who has been shortlisted as a Finalist at the British Education Awards 2018, National Award Ceremony, for her academic result and other achievement in the GCSE category. The Awards ceremony is in Manchester on 31 January 2018. https://t.co/R3SZlA8Lge

08/01/18

The Theme of the Week: Take Inspiration. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

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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!