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25/04/18

Have you read our school blogs recently? https://t.co/6T2RIu2gP7 They are written by our Leadership Team and our Student Prefects and are very interesting. https://t.co/Mb1uB4DP3n

25/04/18

There have been a wide range of PHSEE sessions taking place today from diets to The Samaritans to Year 8 visiting local businesses. All of which raises thought-provoking issues for the students.

25/04/18

Invicta Grammar School will be hosting the Kent Schools' Under 14 Debating Competition this afternoon.

25/04/18

Have you made a date in your diary yet? We look forward to seeing you! https://t.co/udpmApza5B

25/04/18

Year 9 wiring plugs in their Physics lesson. https://t.co/23Ac59DZ6K

25/04/18

Year 7 practising their spreadsheet skills on desktops and iPads. https://t.co/ee2KCZg74X

24/04/18

The PE department would like to welcome all students, of every age and ability, to attend the summer sports clubs which are now running during lunchtimes or after school. If you would like to improve your skills; or try out for one of our successful sports teams, give them a try! https://t.co/GGlu2ug7Ig

24/04/18

Congratulations to Jess in 7V who competed at the South East Regional National Grades on Sunday, 8 April in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Jess passed her National Grade 2 with a Commendation. https://t.co/xgo2okTQWj

24/04/18

Congratulations to Megan in 8A who competed at the Hillingdon Duathlon on Sunday, 15 April and finished in 1st place! https://t.co/KgqgukCpUP

24/04/18

A group of Year 7 students visited The Holmsdale School for the visit of poet Neal Zetter. They came back to school very inspired! https://t.co/z3OhHlPFRn

23/04/18

Invicta Grammar School has been recognised for its excellence by becoming a member of the SSAT Leading Edge network, a national group of exclusively high-performing secondary and special schools. https://t.co/F0ziwrr124

23/04/18

Invicta has been successful in achieving the Inclusion Quality Mark for the school. Inclusion promotes equal opportunities for all students, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background. https://t.co/wOyHkOpj1c

23/04/18

Monday to Thursday lunchtimes this week, students will holding their Business and Enterprise Spring Fair raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. https://t.co/stQkFn4g7d

23/04/18

Invicta students will be making cakes for the Heart of Kent Bluebell Walk cake table on Sunday 6 May. https://t.co/FTcKouDjae

23/04/18

Congratulations to Amelia in Year 7 who competed at the County Showjumping Championships as one of the youngest competitors. In the warm up event she came 2nd out of 63 riders. On Saturday qualified her for the next round, unfortunately she did not make it to the final round. https://t.co/Kcx8WjzhiM

23/04/18

The Theme of the Week: Be Knowledgeable about Internationalism, Religion and Culture. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

20/04/18

Year 12 and Year 13 enjoying the sunshine and a game of rounders at lunchtime today. Better luck next time Year 13! Thank you to Miss Abbott for organising it. https://t.co/7wPf1ePk6L

20/04/18

We look forward to welcoming all our New Entrants to their Language Workshops tomorrow, Saturday, 21 April 2018. See you there!

19/04/18

Student led tutorial showing how to import original material from garage band into Scratch. Jess, Digital Leader https://t.co/vGtRn3oK6L

19/04/18

Today's lecture starts at 3.30pm for Years 9-13. We are very pleased to have Thane Campbell, a PhD student from Edinburgh University, coming to Invicta to share his PhD research on the latest imaging equipment for the Proteus project for the medical sector.

19/04/18

Congratulations to Eleanor, in Year 8, who recently played her harp at the Mayor's Reception for Judge Carey in the Town Hall. Mr Greer described her performance as stunning!

18/04/18

The frames have propolis (bee glue) on them, which is a resin-like substance. The keepers also add syrup to the feeder. https://t.co/FQdpUFHfX2

18/04/18

Attending to Invicta's hives and adding syrup to the feeder. We hope we get another bumper crop of excellent honey again this year! https://t.co/gzr8wsuPaM

17/04/18

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Did you miss our last Train to Teach Day? Not to worry, join us on Tuesday 22 May for our next Train to Teach Day. https://t.co/awlexhgHbL

17/04/18

Binary poem written by Katie in Year 7 to support her computer science revision. https://t.co/hGA2LFcBwL

17/04/18

7V were testing acids and alkalis in a fun and interactive science lesson. Lily, Digital Leader https://t.co/phdjUWDjid

17/04/18

Photosynthesis in elodea, pond weeds in Year 8 Biology lesson, and counting bubbles of oxygen to determine rate of photosynthesis. https://t.co/k2oFY7sJSF

17/04/18

Year 11 scientists are excited to try out the new 'Required Practical' Questions on Tassomai - 150 new questions to support their revision. https://t.co/rXAez0BnrN

17/04/18

We hope to see you here! https://t.co/QkQntpC633

16/04/18

Never too old to make a daisy chain! https://t.co/rBdDvULFkp

16/04/18

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold practice weekend went very well for Invicta students, apart from a grey start to the day. https://t.co/1NQLJVVPaD

16/04/18

Congratulations to our 3 persons Invicta team whose entry into the KM Bright Sparks Award has been accepted. We wish them well.

16/04/18

Students and Staff enjoyed their fantastic ski trip to Italy during the Easter break, both on and off the slopes! https://t.co/J4fXSLKJgd

16/04/18

The Theme of the Week: Be Disciplined. Assemblies and Tutor Time will be based on the theme.

16/04/18

Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope you had a lovely time.

29/03/18

Well done to Angel in 8N who represented Medway Rugby Football Club on Sunday, 25 March at the Kent U13 Tournament at Priestfields, Rochester. They came 2nd overall out of 5 teams and Angel received a medal for taking part in the games!

29/03/18

Adventure athlete Sophie Radcliffe is at Invicta speaking to Year 9 about confidence and passion for life. https://t.co/pRsIlnaKcb

29/03/18

Students from Book Club enjoyed their visit to South East Schools Themed Book Awards evening to hear authors Patrice Lawrence and Juno Dawson speak. https://t.co/HqzOSwq0ko

29/03/18

Congratulations to Sophie in 13S - her fantastic alternative book cover won first prize South East Schools Themed Book Awards ceremony. https://t.co/3NdJZkTMhg

29/03/18

Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition students baked and decorated sponge cakes. Prior to this they investigated the ingredients in cakes and why each ingredient is important. The cakes produced are stunning and each one is individual with very professional presentation. https://t.co/zkORupvftx

Invicta Blogs

Posted on: April 18th 2017

I hope everyone has had a good holiday.

I hope everyone has had a good holiday.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to re-charge batteries and catch up on the all-important sleep that we are so often neglected of during a hectic term, along with enjoying the outdoors a bit more, now that we have lighter evenings. This term is, as always, a busy one!  On the ‘run up’ to the external examinations in May, we will discuss the importance of individual preparation and high expectations.  In the main, this is something that I think we do very well at Invicta. One of our Core Values is ‘Excellence’ and another is ‘Individuality’. As such, we try very hard to ensure that every individual strives to be the ‘best they can be’.  This is something that I always refer to and I know that both students and staff reflect on this often – how can we help one another to be exactly that?  A few weeks ago, it was Brain Awareness Week UK and over the holidays, I read an interesting article linked to this and the importance of memory:

M K Scullin gave undergraduate students with no previous exposure to economics a lecture on supply and demand. Students were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first group watched the lecture in the morning and came back in the evening to take a test. The second group watched the lecture in the evening and came back in the morning to take a test. In this way, the time from lecture to test was held constant, but only the second group slept in between the lecture and test. The test was divided into two parts. Half of the questions were very similar to the types of supply and demand questions that were used as examples during the lecture. The other half of the questions were called “integration” questions that required students to incorporate both supply and demand information to solve new complex problems.

The results showed that students in the sleep group performed about 8% better on the problems that were similar to those from the lecture. But on the new problems, students who had slept before taking the test performed 32% higher than those who had not slept! In other words, students retained more information after sleeping, but their ability to understand and apply that information received the biggest benefit with sleep. Apparently, the sleeping brain is very active, sometimes more so than during waking hours. The brain cycles through several different types of sleep throughout the night, sometimes with very fast activity and sometimes with what is called slow wave sleep. It is during slow wave sleep that the brain appears to replay the information that was learned while awake, which leads to consolidation of memories – moving them into long-term storage. Loss of sleep, therefore, means losing time for consolidation. So, it would appear that a good night’s sleep can help; not only with retaining information and understanding it, but also with dealing with new information. As we approach the exam season, the moral is that the best form of study and revision is a good night’s sleep!  So, I will certainly be advocating this as part of our reflection and preparation for the Summer term!  We will enjoy the forthcoming individual challenges - and the sleep too!