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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: April 13th 2015

On the last day of term, our whole school took part in our first ‘Race for Life’.

I was not only amazed at our students’ enthusiasm and energy for such an event, but their creativity.  It was a delight to see Noah’s Ark, dancers and even Father Christmas!  As I wished Year 7 ‘good luck’ for the event, they had huge smiles on their faces and said that they were going to sing and dance the whole route.  What a great way to approach their challenge!

Amidst all this creative energy, it is easy to assume that the future of our cultural and creative life is very much assured. In fact this is not the case.  The publication of The Warwick Commission's final report, Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth - found that creativity and the arts are being squeezed out of schools and that cultural experiences and opportunities were being closed off to youngsters. There is a significant decline in the number of schools offering arts subjects taught by specialist teachers. The commission’s chairperson, Vikki Heywood CBE said: "There are major concerns that the educational system is not focusing on the future needs of the cultural and creative industries and the broader needs for innovation and growth in the UK."

As I write, I would like to confirm that this is something that we hope to address at Invicta.  It is important that we encourage our students to think creatively and as such, it is part of our ‘Habits for Success’.  Students are encouraged to ‘try things in a different way’, ‘generate new and novel ideas’, ‘be original, confident and step beyond their comfort zone’ –  we will ensure that creativity is not squeezed out of our school.  Similarly, the arts subjects are an integral part of our curriculum and despite budget cuts, we will continue to encourage everyone to take this as an option with the importance of developing creative talent.  It is undoubtedly a challenge for our leadership, but equally it is a challenge for our students – one that I know they will embrace with the support of all our staff and parents.

However, we do need to be aware that creativity is required at all levels. There are arguments for more engagement in STEM subjects and I agree with this. But, you can have both!  Our students who have taken part in our recent Maths and Science Challenges have all had to be creative problem solvers.  In fact, I would argue that our STEM club members are amongst the most creative thinkers in the school. I witnessed this as I wandered the school at lunchtime and saw our STEM group try to build a structure to balance cans in the 'Can of Beans' challenge. They eventually managed to balance 6 cans plus the weight of two more cans of beans on their structure.  These students are undoubtedly some of the most creative thinkers of the school!

I personally believe that creativity allows a person to openly express their thoughts.  It will take an individual a long way in life.  But, if anyone needs convincing of the power of creative expression, then we need look no further to the wonderful way in which our students work together to stimulate and inspire one another.  It is a powerful reminder that examinations are important but we can measure the progress of our youngsters in more ways than one!   I shall certainly look forward to seeing our ‘Race for Life’ become an annual event with fun, creativity and inspiration at the heart of what we do.