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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

28/03/18

Thank you to everyone who joined us tonight at our New Entrants' Evening. We shall look forward to seeing you at our Languages Workshops on Saturday, 21 April! https://t.co/FnwkjyDLPF

28/03/18

We are ready and waiting for the new Year 7's to arrive for their New Entrants' Welcome Evening. See you soon! https://t.co/t54vJyxOQw

28/03/18

We look forward to welcoming our New Year 7 at our New Entrants' Welcome Evening tonight. Congratulations to them all!

28/03/18

Pictures from the Art STEM session yesterday lunchtime of walking rainbow water and erupting colour. https://t.co/JWXZUR3l9i

28/03/18

A Year 5 pupil who attended a recent Art and DT Workshop kindly created a card for our staff in appreciation! https://t.co/ZWQ8bLhZfc

28/03/18

Year 8 Testing a leaf for the production of starch. The leaf, when boiled and the chlorophyll destroyed with ethanol, can be tested with yellow iodine. If starch is present then the leaf turns blue black. https://t.co/fdpV5SpnO8

27/03/18

Students and staff have been helping to raise funds for Guide Dogs with an Easter Fair this lunchtime. https://t.co/JtDQ510yVJ

27/03/18

Strangely coloured flowers demonstrating water transport in plants in the Year 9 Biology lesson today. https://t.co/wCc84xIsjE

27/03/18

The image of a practical setup for A level Physics looking at Potential Divider equations. The potential difference from the power supply is shared out between the fixed resistor and the thermistor, a non-ohmic device where the resistance varies with temperature. https://t.co/3pX4YiLsvV

26/03/18

Invicta will be holding an Easter Fair for the students and staff tomorrow to raise funds for Guide Dogs https://t.co/CVwXJRy8bi

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Posted on: October 9th 2017

All teachers have asked themselves, often again and again, what is the purpose of schooling?

All teachers have asked themselves, often again and again, what is the purpose of schooling?   This question has been long debated, and philosophers as diverse as Aristotle, Plato, John Locke and Confucius have written extensively on the purpose and role of education in their respective societies.  

My reason for such reflection was my recent work with the ‘Future Teacher’ POP – Personal Opportunities Programme.  Future Teachers is a new offer to the POP options which aims to provide any Invicta student who is considering a career in teaching, with the knowledge, experience and skills to prepare them for this profession.

We have a diverse group of 28 students, some who are absolutely certain that the life of a History, Dance, English or Primary school teacher is right for them, whilst others are tentatively exploring the world of education to assess if it is a profession that may interest them in future.  

This week, we have been exploring ‘Education around the World’.  From the 16 hour school day in South Korea, to having a 40 minute nap in the classroom after lunch in some schools in China (the students, not the teacher); the emphasis on ‘drill’ in Japan and the absence of uniform in most of European schools.   

Anyway, going back to the original question – ‘What is the purpose of Education’.  As expected, there does not seem to be a global consensus on this matter.  In 1938, American educational philosopher, John Dewey argued that the primary purpose of education and schooling ‘is not so much to prepare students to live a useful life, but to teach them how to live pragmatically and immediately in their current environment’.  By contrast, George Counts, a leading educator in the 1930s, stated that the purpose of school was ‘less about preparing individuals to live independently and more about preparing individuals to live as members of a society’.   

From our exploration of the wide-ranging schooling systems around the world, our Future Teachers have identified certain key purposes that seem to be common to schools wherever they might exist in the world:

• intellectual development such as the development of literacy, numeracy and knowledge skills.

• economic opportunity such as job preparation.

• social gain such as the development of social and moral responsibility.

• personal growth or self-improvement.

• and, I am glad to say – the sheer enjoyment of sharing what we know and are interested in with other people who are eager to learn.

After half term, our ‘Future Teachers’ are going to investigate how education has changed in the UK over the years.  We will look at what it was like to be educated in Victorian times, the early1900s and the varying modern day systems.

If any parents or grandparents have amusing or interesting stories relating to their own schooling, our Future Teachers would be very keen to learn from them.

Mrs M Giles

Deputy Headteacher