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11/10/17

We hope to see you at our concert this evening! https://t.co/mpj7AXnka1

10/10/17

Congratulations to Briony and Sophia in Year 11, who have secured a place at the Cambridge MFL workshop next week. You should be very proud!

10/10/17

To celebrate the Library is running a competition to win this bundle of books. Entry forms available in the Library. https://t.co/EcznEgcP9f

10/10/17

Silly Sock Day is in full swing for Year 7 today! https://t.co/a44z2Nm0Lx

09/10/17

We look forward to welcoming you to our 11+ Open Mornings. Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 October. Booking required https://t.co/t27ZPDcRLs.

09/10/17

Congratulations to Abigail and mum for winning the Library Book Quote Competition during our 11+ Open Evening. https://t.co/WGW8BCxJOM

09/10/17

The Theme of the Week: Reflect Upon Internationalism, Religion and Culture. Assemblies and Tutor Time will be based on the theme.

06/10/17

Do you like solving murder mysteries? Tickets are still available for this fantastic Murder Mystery Evening on Saturday, 4 November 2017! https://t.co/VmkTV6bV1s

06/10/17

We were delighted to welcome prospective students and their parents to our 11+ Open Evening last night. https://t.co/X55fv7NVF9

05/10/17

Congratulation to Invicta's U15 hockey team who won a match against Kings Rochester, 6-2. Goal scorers were Olivia, Abi and Issy. https://t.co/EVUjw4O0MC

05/10/17

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Thinking of becoming a teacher? Find out more at a VITSA Train to Teach event: https://t.co/GgVCKZP4Dg

05/10/17

The walking POP group enjoyed their afternoon session yesterday! https://t.co/Fbv3NXWMWH

05/10/17

We hope you can join us for our 11+ Open Evening tonight! https://t.co/JpmixwAdpZ

05/10/17

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U15s warming up for tonight’s game v with guest coach, club captain Aspen Cumming. https://t.co/DssP6mC2aR

05/10/17

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Half time U15🏑 update: 1-3 . Goal from Gabby Mouzo. Very competitive, lots of chances for both teams https://t.co/QYfC01dUCK

05/10/17

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U15 🏑 final score 2-5 . (2nd half goal from B Ajayi) Thanks to our visitors for a great game. https://t.co/EpRf0fxF0t

04/10/17

An exciting final in the Spelling Bee Competition between Frank, Nightingale and Curie! 1st place to Curie. Well done Mia and Miranda 🏆 https://t.co/Sq1ndlGPPd

03/10/17

UPDATE: We raised over £800! A very big thank you to all those involved in the morning on Friday. We love cake! https://t.co/UiSfU8RIp3

03/10/17

Well done to Year 8 for the Virgin Island Fundraiser on Monday! Lunchtime mocktails and a hula hooping competition all added to the fun! https://t.co/C5ssoj3dJ6

02/10/17

The Theme of the Week: Care about Science and Technology. Assemblies and tutor time will be based around the theme.

29/09/17

We were delighted to welcome Mrs Monica Hartwell to School to meet the World School delegates as they prepare for Brisbane 2017! https://t.co/fatEmDwckJ

29/09/17

A very successful World's Biggest Coffee Morning here at Invicta Grammar School. https://t.co/y9A3SS6zmG

29/09/17

Well done team! https://t.co/3ql7AP8zk1

29/09/17

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Our went to a fair at yesterday with a petting corner of rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, alpacas & goats. https://t.co/cCoRLbp7Oq

28/09/17

Well done to the Netball Team. Winning all 7 games in the Under 19 Netball Tour, securing a place at the Kent Finals in November! https://t.co/GNqAvs1F6i

28/09/17

Year 7 are really pleased to see their Primary School Teachers at the Primary Afternoon Tea this afternoon. https://t.co/ZyTxCSkAHV

27/09/17

Janet Irons from University and Keith Light from University will be presenting at an Information Evening at Invicta today.

27/09/17

Good luck to Invicta's U19 netball team taking part in the County Netball Tournament today!

27/09/17

Invicta's Over 60s ICT classes have started once again today at the school. Please contact m.pope.viat.org.uk if you are interested.

27/09/17

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Free teacher subject specialism training in secondary mathematics, core maths, physics and modern foreign languages: https://t.co/sOhqVDiDZb

26/09/17

Congratulations to Libby and Emma in 11N who completed a sponsored Stand Up Paddleboard Marathon @ Leybourne Watersports Centre on Saturday. https://t.co/eA3kvyNp3I

26/09/17

Interact and Young Chambers Murder Mystery Evening. Saturday, 4 November 2017. Tickets are available now. We hope you can make it. https://t.co/jURYtWQ3Ir

26/09/17

Congratulations to Sophie in 10V, Emma in 11C, Emily in 10T and Phoebe in 11C - all winners in the Canterbury Festival Poetry Competition!

25/09/17

We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to our Year 7 Parents Information and Tutor Evening today.

25/09/17

Thank you to everyone who supported the FIGS Autumn Fair, it was a lovely afternoon. Final total raised will be announced once known. https://t.co/8g2Hgg3hpU

25/09/17

Challenge 20 launched today in School Library. Read 20 books over the academic year and write a review. Prizes and incentives as you go! https://t.co/TMH21AnX82

25/09/17

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

22/09/17

Fun in the sunshine at the IGS Fest. A great time was had by all! https://t.co/XUefNLfp6a

22/09/17

Congratulations to Lara, 10I for 6th place in the Pentathlon GB Biathle Series Race in Weymouth last week. A fantastic achievement.

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Posted on: November 2nd 2015

As we return to school, having had what I hope has been a restful Half Term holiday, it is pertinent to reflect on one of the wonderful aspects of any holiday for me – that of reading a good book!

As we return to school, having had what I hope has been a restful Half Term holiday, it is pertinent to reflect on one of the wonderful aspects of any holiday for me – that of reading a good book!  In October, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and children’s author and comedian David Walliams launched a campaign to make English pupils the most literate in Europe within five years. International surveys show that our Year 5 and 6 children in England are currently ranked sixth.

I personally believe that our love of reading stems from a very early age, when parents and children will read with one another on a daily basis.  I am therefore pleased to see that the Department for Education is working with the charity 4Children to equip parents and teachers with activities and resources to help develop pre-school children’s language skills with the aim of getting more children reading before they start school.

Nicky Morgan also called on leading publishers to give secondary schools access to classic novels by great English authors including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte.  I think that this is an excellent initiative. I certainly established my interest in these classics at school and they have remained with me ever since.

David Walliams said: “At the heart of this campaign is a very simple shared ambition - to get more children reading. Few things can compete with the joy of getting stuck into a good book and I believe that is something no child should miss out on.” 

Whilst this is a laudable aim, one of the things that I do know is that the most effective way to encourage young people to read is to ensure that they have access to books about subjects and themes that interest, inspire and are relevant to them. On this note, I am sure that our girls will have benefited from having the time to pick up something to read and just enjoying it for ‘enjoyment sake’. 

It is also important not to exclude young people by offering a diet of literature that fails to acknowledge social and cultural differences. I was interested, for example, in a BBC news story where a 14-year-old boy, who was born with a disability, called on the UK’s publishers to include more disabled characters in children’s books, and asked why the villains of children’s stories are so often “deformed”.  I hope too, that our students have used their time wisely over Half Term to think about things differently.  That is exactly what reading can do for you.

Nevertheless, simply insisting that teenagers read ‘the classics’ will go little way towards encouraging reluctant readers. It is more important that we as teachers and parents make clear that we value a wide range of literature. Diversity is key and as such, I hope that over the holiday, our girls have managed to engage in this diversity.  It is not only interesting but fun too.  This week, our theme is ‘honesty’.  Perhaps, it would be poignant to ask our girls, how much, in all honesty, they have used their half term wisely to read, be inspired and think differently?