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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

26/03/18

Geography students collecting data for their Geography coursework whilst in Snowdonia. https://t.co/klsNckZFtp

26/03/18

Physics experiment in Parallel with 3 bulbs by Katie and Isabelle, Year 9 https://t.co/7UqfG7kDN5

26/03/18

Year 7 get up close and personal with the tissue layers of a leaf! https://t.co/ZkmzdPqB2B

26/03/18

The Theme of the Week: Celebrate Success and show appreciation. Assemblies and tutor times will be based on the theme.

23/03/18

Well done to Francesca in 12A who is the new Head Girl for 2018-2019, Ellie in 12C who is the new Deputy Head Girl and Joe in 12A who is the new head boy! They will work alongside the new Senior Prefect Team: Caitlin B, Sarah, Amelia, Matilta, Aimee, Caitlin O, Rebecca and Asha! https://t.co/zNmVCGs7nc

22/03/18

Cansat students are building a mini satellite to launch in York tomorrow. It must have a primary and secondary mission. We have chosen to look into co2 and methane levels around the country due to the latest news reports. They are at National STEM Centre run by esero UK. https://t.co/5AXGoK4ZYv

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Posted on: October 16th 2017

2017 World School Australia - Blog Two

World School 2017 – Noosa  

On Monday, we were met bright and early at Brisbane Airport, by the welcoming committee of St Paul’s School. After a quick snack and a tour of the airport shops, we met the other delegates who had just arrived from the USA, Italy, Germany, Japan, Thailand, India, Hong Kong and Romania.  
After a short stop at St Paul’s we jumped on a coach to Noosa North Shore, where we spent the next 5 nights. Our accommodation at Noosa Eco retreat was just 100m from Lake Cooroibah and at the gateway to the Great Sandy National Park. 

It has been a very busy week - Miss Laming started her days at 5.30 by running to the beach with staff from Finland and Australia, while Ellie, Asha and Holly were kept busy from 6am until 11pm every day! However, it has been an unforgettable experience and, as you can see from the photos, it was a stunning place to be staying in. We are feeling incredibly lucky to have worked here for a few days!

World School Forum 2017 officially opened On Tuesday, with speeches from Dr Paul Browning, Head of St Paul’s School, Daryoosh Matsudaira, World School Director, James Harman, the Principle of Kanto International High School and Jon Andrews, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning at St Paul’s School. We also received a fantastic welcome from an Aboriginal elder, who also talked to us about the surrounding area, played the digeridoo (which was very impressive!) and led us in our cultural activity; painting our own boomerangs! 

Following this, Ellie, Asha and Holly gave their country presentation. They presented with great professionalism, as well as with humour, and were very well received by all of the delegates. This year, each country was given two ‘Global Design Challenges’ to present on, revolving around the theme, ‘The Future of Food and Water’. These challenges included:  the amount of water accessed for agriculture; dealing with the world’s waste; the impact of commercialisation on food supplies, the reliance on convenience food; and sustainable access to clean water. It was fascinating to find out different perspectives on global challenges and was also a brilliant opportunity to learn more about each country.

On Wednesday, the delegates started their task preparation. Tim Osborne, Head of Learning – Design at St Paul’s School, introduced the Design Led Innovation process the students are using to solve the problems associated with this year’s theme. In groups of six (with a selection of students from each country), the delegates were all given one of the Global Design Challenges. Firstly, they studied and annotated their problem, establishing definitions of each word and what themes the challenges encompassed. Secondly, they brainstormed ideas as to who the challenge applied to and who they needed to make the solutions accessible to.

Over the next few days they came up with 'How Might We' statements, which proposed initial ideas regarding solutions. They were then given 100 squares of paper and 15 minutes to come up with 100 possible or impossible solutions to the problem. The groups then categorised these solutions under headings, such as ‘Domestic Politics’ and ‘Technology’. They will use all of this information next week when they begin to establish feasible solutions.

Thursday was performance day - it was finally the time to put all of their hard work and practice into the real performance! With the help of Katie Mason (one of the 2016 World School delegates) as their choreographer, Ellie, Asha and Holly were able to celebrate great British music with the enthusiastic audience, who sang along to every song that came on, from Queen, to the Spice Girls, to One Direction.

Their nerves were high as they were selected as the first to perform, but everyone was excited as the night got underway. The girls decked out the tables, where the audience sat, with Union Jack flags so that everybody could join in and get involved, especially during the final song: ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles. The girls did a fantastic job of keeping everyone entertained, and were a perfect opening number!   

Every delegation performed incredibly well, displaying pride and passion for their culture and heritage. Some delegates danced, some sang, some acted, and some did a mix of all three! All in all, it was a wonderful way to share and immerse ourselves in the cultures of others, and each and everyone's warm reception to every performance made the experience enormously enjoyable!

We also received many opportunities to participate in activities during our time in Noosa, such as mountain biking, paddle boarding, rock climbing and raft building. Ellie and Asha went mountain biking (which turned out to be very, very wet and muddy!), Holly had a great time rock climbing and Miss Laming had a brilliant time paddle boarding! 

We also spent a day at the beach, where the delegates were kept busy, practicing life-saving techniques shown by the team at Noosa Surf Club, playing games, swimming through the surf and exploring the shopping street! Meanwhile, the staff spent several hours playing in the waves – Miss Laming particularly enjoyed how warm the water was, compared to the sea at home! 

The week was rounded off with a party on Friday evening, where the delegates could all relax and get their dancing shoes on! While sad to be saying goodbye to Noosa, we are very much looking forward to meeting our host families and spending the next week in Brisbane.