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23/02/18

A date for your diary! Saturday, 17 March 2018. Figs Pamper Night - Tickets will be on sale very soon. https://t.co/Rrpz6SlHMv

23/02/18

Yesterday, nearly 50 students attended a Health Careers Workshop organised by the Careers Department. Thank you to Hannah Ridgeway who delivered the workshop. A great insight into the career path of an 'Occupational Therapist'. https://t.co/R9UpN97xAw

23/02/18

Congratulations to Charley in 10V. Charley attended tea with the Mayor at the Town Hall last night to celebrate her achievements in the Kent Cooks Competition. Well done Charley, we are very proud! https://t.co/ocUSufDEzI

22/02/18

A date your your diary! https://t.co/qwZvbdaov7

21/02/18

Invicta students enjoying their Wednesday afternoon POP session. https://t.co/JiOOMrtFbt

21/02/18

Have you read our School Blog this week? https://t.co/5BoYIJLFAv https://t.co/VfSLlaKsJx

21/02/18

We look forward to seeing you there! https://t.co/VHj3M8btYC

21/02/18

Year 5 pupils from local Primary Schools attended a Science workshop at Invicta yesterday afternoon. https://t.co/ogusxqSD85

21/02/18

Retweeted From Get Into Teaching

Could you help to underpin the future of physics and engineering? Train to teach physics with a £28k tax-free IOP Scholarship https://t.co/Hn18bAZoGd https://t.co/RYQJGjlEBr

20/02/18

Our class has been using Language Gym during our Spanish lessons. Sophie, 8G Digital Leader https://t.co/l3ByKb4Dm6

20/02/18

Congratulations to the Invicta Equestrian Team! Amelia qualified for the County Championships to be held in April and won the 80cm class. The team came 3rd. Amelia then went on to come 4th in the 90cm class. https://t.co/ASXQ37kQJa

20/02/18

The World Challenge students recently organised a Quiz Night at Invicta in order to raise money for their trip to Cambodia in July. Over 100 guests arriving to support them and to test their knowledge in the 10 rounds organised! An amazing £1110.52 was raised! https://t.co/Q3u0vFpWUU

20/02/18

Well done to Charlotte 10V, who recently competed in the regional final of the Future Chef Competition. Charlotte was crowned runner up of the competition – an amazing achievement! https://t.co/NsTGNcD7BC

20/02/18

Well done Ellie 12C, she made her debut with U19 Netball Squad, playing their first two matches of the NPL (National Performance League) at Worcester University winning both matches comfortably. There are many games up until April culminating in a major tournament. https://t.co/4Keyu6ioNs

19/02/18

7-a–side Football Tournament at Maplesden Noakes, Marcus, team coach reported. 12 schools took part in 7 a side football over the last 4 weeks. The Invicta Year 7 and 8 team only lost 1 game out of the 11 played, topping the table with a 16 point lead, to win the competition! https://t.co/mmKBsXDJc2

19/02/18

Congratulations to Abby 11T, Amelia 11V and Kirsten 11V who have been selected as the new delegates for World School 2018. The girls will be representing the school (and the UK!) at the World School forum later this year in Japan. https://t.co/CZxsbAO7eB

19/02/18

Retweeted From Downs Mail

It will be a dream come true for a former pupil when she takes to the stage at in Maidstone with next month: https://t.co/FcTfWENabn https://t.co/APU1B52IIU

19/02/18

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

09/02/18

Congratulations to Charlotte in Year 10, runner up in the 'Future Chef Regional Final' yesterday. We are very proud! https://t.co/z0KVCaYVRb

08/02/18

Year 11 photography students enjoyed their trip to London and their visit to The Tate Modern, which they found very inspiring! https://t.co/rnoiLpFVdE

08/02/18

Local Primary School pupils attended the Primary Maths Challenge Day at Invicta yesterday. https://t.co/OxtL6cthon

08/02/18

Congratulations Maddie, we are very proud of you! https://t.co/2DKm1MmUDF

07/02/18

Our next Broadening Horizons Lecture, open to all students in Years 9-13, will be on Thursday, 8 February, given by Reverend David Cook: ‘Sparta, Plato, and Joined-Up-Thinking on Education’.

07/02/18

Retweeted From Press Association

One hundred years ago today, British women secured the right to vote (if they were married, over 30 and owned property). But the UK was not the first country to do so https://t.co/QJhUDx3M0q

06/02/18

Reinforcing the importance of e-Safety on Safe Internet Day 2018 https://t.co/HIxQM4gktG

06/02/18

All students are taking part in special audience participation assemblies today, dedicated to Safer Internet Day. They have been reminded about age restrictions, bullying, fake news, plus much more on Social Media. https://t.co/Ji9EumPoh0

06/02/18

On Saturday, a few people from the invicta music department were invited to watch the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra and Sheku Kanneh-Mason play at the Maidstone Leisure Centre. It was a great experience and some people even got signatures! Jennifer, Digital Leader https://t.co/VSt2ch9W3k

06/02/18

Safer Internet Day 2018 https://t.co/ORPrGyZ7NY

05/02/18

Invicta’s Annual Burns Night was a great success. Guests enjoyed having the haggis piped in, followed by a traditional meal after having Mrs Lloyd address the haggis. After the meal the raffle was drawn and then the dancing commenced! https://t.co/gf8YgYOZfU

05/02/18

In preparation for their World Challenge Expedition to Cambodia in July, the challengers from Invicta completed a 12.5 mile hike around the Bewl Water Reservoir. All students completed the hike in 5 hours or less, despite the weather not quite being on side! https://t.co/X7BIHeBzBB

05/02/18

Alice in 9G, Niamh in 7A and Holly in 10I recently competed in the Kent County Dressage Qualifiers, in our first Invicta Equestrian Event. All of the girls did very well despite being up against some tough competition and unfavourable weather. A special well done to each of them. https://t.co/MNKg1cIX9X

05/02/18

Well done to Asha in 12T, for being selected by the British Athletics to join their Athlete Academy in Sporting Excellence Programme for 2018. The Academy is a key part of the British Athletics Performance Pathway for young athletes aged between 16 and 18. https://t.co/quVMf07GTR

05/02/18

Congratulations to Sophie in 7T. Sophie, together with the 4th Gillingham Sea Scout Swimming Team competed in the Royal Navy Annual Swimming Gala in Plymouth. Sophie came 4th in the Under 12’s Back Stroke race.

05/02/18

Well done to Lottie in 9I and Isabelle in 7A. Both competed at High Wycombe Judo Tournament for Girls in January. Isabelle competed in the U13 and narrowly missed out on bronze in her last fight! Lottie competed in the U16 and gained 3rd place, Bronze for her category. https://t.co/yrwE51ffPs

05/02/18

Good luck to the following students: Year 7 - Josie, Ava, Aoife, Amelia, Bryony, Charlotte, Lily and Amy and Year 8 students - Mary, Anna, Toni, Zuzanna, Carys, Emma, Megan and Nhyira, who will all be competing in the Kent Sportshall Athletics Finals. .

05/02/18

Thank you to everyone who supported the non-uniform day on Friday raising funds for , an amazing £1025.39 was raised! The next event is the half marathon in Headcorn on 25 February. https://t.co/joh7RN1pAO https://t.co/n6O6YtTkGo

05/02/18

Students enjoyed celebrating the international with sorting cupcakes, punch and a very challenging quiz. https://t.co/jtHTbSJIoz

05/02/18

Congratulations to the World Challenge students for organising a fantastic quiz night on Saturday, raising over over £1100 for their Summer expedition. https://t.co/z9207uJ7Ah

05/02/18

The Theme of the Week: Safer Internet Week - Be Knowledgeable about Safety. Assemblies and tutor times will be based on the theme.

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Posted on: January 8th 2018

Happy New Year!  As we embark upon a new year, everyone thinks about resolutions and particularly diets.

Happy New Year!  As we embark upon a new year, everyone thinks about resolutions and particularly diets.  However, I would rather think about the fact that when we make resolutions, we make choices.

In October, Richard Thaler won this year's Nobel Prize for Economics. He co-wrote the global best seller ‘Nudge’, which explored how humans make bad or irrational choices. He referred to the fact that we are not the rational beings of more traditional economic theory: given two options, we are likely to pick the wrong one even if that means making ourselves less well off. 

Lack of thinking time, habit and poor decision-making mean that even when presented with a factual analysis - for example, on healthy eating, we are still likely to pick burger and chips; we are hungry, in a hurry and burger and chips is what we always buy. 

‘Nudge theory’ takes account of this, based on the simple premise that we choose what is easiest over what is wisest. Tests have shown that putting healthier foods on a higher shelf increases sales. The food is more likely to be in someone's eye line and therefore "nudge" that person towards the purchase - whether they had any idea about the obesity argument or not. The results of what Thaler’s team were able to achieve were so impressive that governments across the globe took the ideas on board and the Behavioural Insight Unit, or ‘Nudge Unit’ for short, was set up in the UK in 2010. This unit looks at how they might add a compelling reason to an ordinary official request, for instance asking people to pay their parking tickets, sign up for a pension, or become an organ donor - the sort of official letters you might get through the post that often get ignored. 

Using the acronym EAST, their principle is that if you make a request to someone that is easy, attractive, socially acceptable and timely, people are much more likely to do what they are asked. The Nudge unit recruited 100,000 more people each year to carry organ donor cards. They discovered that the most effective slogan to present to people renewing their car tax disc online was one that appealed to them personally – therefore when you signed up for a car tax disc, it asked you the question: "If you needed an organ transplant, would you have one?". This one simple addition to the form has persuaded so many more people to sign up to be an organ donor. One of the interesting points Thaler makes is that ‘friction costs’. If you make things just a little bit easier for people, at the right time, in a way that looks good to them and makes them feel like they will be the odd one out if they do not do it – they will probably do the right thing. 

Teachers already use nudge theory on students – they personalise feedback, to get to know them and what helps them work most effectively. There are lots of nudge tactics at work in school. But we can also use nudge theory for our own benefit - make things easy, attractive, socially acceptable and timely. For instance, really working hard on handwriting and spelling makes it much easier for an examiner to read your work and give you the good mark you deserve. You can make looking out for each other the social norm; and if you take the lead, for example by refusing to take part in, and always reporting, cyber-bullying, then research shows that other people will follow you down that easier path of less resistance. If you are asking for something, from a friend or a teacher, make sure you give people enough time to get the answer for you. Ask in the right way - politeness costs nothing - and you may well be surprised to see what others can be nudged into doing for you when you least expect it. If you create friction, it is more difficult to get what you want and who would want to make life more difficult if they could avoid it?

So, as our theme for this week, is ‘Take Inspiration’ I am advocating that we take inspiration from Richard Thaler.  When making resolutions and considering choices, we need to use the nudge theory for our own benefit and that of others - make things easy, attractive, socially acceptable and timely.  I am sure that this will have an enormous impact upon us all!