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23/11/17

Thank you to everyone who came to our Autumn Concert. It was an excellent evening with talented students performing a wide range of music. https://t.co/9nerGISK2M

23/11/17

We are very proud of her! https://t.co/rud5ymV2tR

23/11/17

A fascinating talk from Dr Heather Campbell on Monday to our A level physics students on astronomy and the study of supernova in cosmology. Thank you for an excellent insight into physics and astronomy at university which has inspired our students from Year 11 to Year 13. https://t.co/cbcsJPSJff

23/11/17

Students from 7N in their BEN class (Business and Enterprise) working on their product designs, ready for selling them to the rest of Invicta later this year. Lucy 7N, Digital Leader https://t.co/zDatA9vAZV

23/11/17

Congratulations to Millie 10V, who was a finalist at the Award at East Kent College in Broadstairs. She cooked off against 4 senior category finalists making venison with sweet and sour parsnips, curly kale and blackberry jus and sticky toffee apple pudding. https://t.co/RpFgpf9AkM

23/11/17

Codes and cyphers POP was very successful in the National Cypher Challenge. Maddie Year 8, Digital Leader. https://t.co/V08UX2d4vP

22/11/17

Congratulations to Maddie in Year 12 who has been selected for the England Women's U17 Testing Camp. Good luck! https://t.co/JMivwyxZs8

22/11/17

Our fantastic students completed the Bebras Challenge 2017. Hajiya Year 8, Digital Leader https://t.co/NxN3ffNuvs

22/11/17

Yesterday, Invicta held the first heat of the 2017-18 Secondary Maths Challenge. 16 teams took part, each of them undertaking a variety of different Mathematical challenges. The winners on the day were Simon Langton Boys School, with Invicta a very creditable second place. https://t.co/w0uruULITN

22/11/17

A Year 8 student at work during our Textiles lesson. Jennifer 7C, Digital Leader https://t.co/AXvzfr8ohQ

22/11/17

Year 8 practicing their French after getting their test results back. Lucy and Beth 8N, Digital Leaders https://t.co/RHKeA4CBcs

22/11/17

We're looking forward to the 'Young Chamber Business Lunch' this Friday. We will welcome guest speakers, Helen Grant and Paul Wookey from Locate in Kent, together with VIP guests, Helen Whately and the Mayor and Mayoress of Maidstone .

22/11/17

Beautiful bread made by 8S. Toni, Digital Leader https://t.co/aaxrzWsakk

22/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Lovely to meet with one of past students who is applying for teaching next year 😀😀

22/11/17

Photos from 7V's lesson - creating and designing their own leisure centres. Lily 7V, Digital Leader https://t.co/FEDeZi6BWe

21/11/17

7V enjoying reading the amazing story of Stone Cold by Robert Swindells! Lily 7V https://t.co/sKPH9RKjfy

21/11/17

Retweeted From Kent-Teach

What a great guest to have in the school 😲. A really good inspiration for your students too!

20/11/17

Dr Heather Campbell, Astrologer, has been at Invicta today giving talks to Year 13 students. https://t.co/uw60xzNVIA

20/11/17

We look forward to welcoming you to our Autumn Concert on Wednesday evening at 7pm. https://t.co/LdTw9HTrd1

20/11/17

Congratulations to Eleanor in 9A, who was invited to attend and perform at a celebration dinner for the 10th Anniversary of the Young Lives Foundation at Allington Castle on Wednesday, 8 November. https://t.co/NaY2I9GQTN

20/11/17

An exciting science lesson on Atoms, Elements and Compounds lesson with 8V. Abigail, Digital Leader https://t.co/1vCrwcNyYe

20/11/17

We are all loving learning a new instrument, the ukulele! Inara and Rachel, 7T Digital Leaders https://t.co/9CesJlkMrY

20/11/17

Year 8’s working on their designs in their Design Technology Resistant Materials lessons. Mary Ellis 8S, Digital Leader https://t.co/yiCYgJeLp8

20/11/17

The Theme of the Week: Be Knowledgeable about Politics and Economics. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

20/11/17

We are proud that our students form part of the image, it looks amazing! https://t.co/8bZYPAIJUi

20/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Lovely day with our visitors who are looking to next year with vists to and East Borough Primary School 😀

20/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Get that and apply for with us in Maidstone, Kent! Primary & Secondary courses with bursaries of up to £26,000 available for some subjects. eMail us to find out more: vitsa.org.uk

20/11/17

Retweeted From Kent Young Chef

This time next week our 8 finalists will be cooking up a storm in the Live Final to be crowned 2017! Good luck to all our amazing finalists. Thx to our judges and sponsors for making it possible https://t.co/azZBtp7cCj

20/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Announcing the winners of our Bake-off. Thanks to for judging. https://t.co/niUKCwjZIo

17/11/17

Don't miss out. Tickets are still available for the second Broadening Horizons Production to see 'An American in Paris' at The London Palladium next Friday, 24 November. Tickets available via Wisepay. https://t.co/To7vpyIF4O

17/11/17

Good luck to Bryony in 7T who is busy training hard to complete an Iron Man later this month. (2.4mile swim/112 mile bike ride/26 mile run.) Raising funds for as her Nanny has cancer. If you would like to donate visit . https://t.co/30OVaRvuVa

17/11/17

Some Year 6's had fun this week at the Team Invicta Games Workshop. Thank you to Miss Abbott for taking the session. https://t.co/TNxCxyN9uf

17/11/17

There are lots of spots in school today. Thank you for all your donations . https://t.co/n1iww1Vcej

16/11/17

Thank you for the training! https://t.co/YvN1y12iXX

16/11/17

Thank you to everyone who created a gift box for 2017 Operation Christmas Child, we are sure the children who receive the boxes will be extremely grateful. https://t.co/Rn9HD3ShIW

16/11/17

Invicta students attended the Pretty Curious Event and Detling Showground run by . They had to create electronic circuits and drones using clip together electronics called little bits. There were about 20 teams and our teams did extremely well. https://t.co/HsGaavzArT

16/11/17

On 15 November the Junior Interact and Junior Young Chamber POP groups invited the Invicta Over 60s group to a Barn Dance. The students made decorations of bunting and paper chains, as well as homemade cup cakes for the afternoon tea. Everyone showed off their dancing skills! https://t.co/1sP9YgYy7d

16/11/17

Year 8 students in POP creating Beautiful Words. Creating art based on our favourite books! Mono printing, drawing, sculptures etc. Madison, Year 8, Digital Leader https://t.co/GjKQdlH0Yg

15/11/17

Invicta’s bees are doing well and we had a good honey harvest, which the girls enjoyed collecting. We are selling the honey to raise money to buy some new bee suits. Beekeeping continues to help girls towards their D of E award, either as a skill or as community service. https://t.co/8JhFMpPimb

15/11/17

Would you be interested in volunteering to help here at Invicta or at one of the VIAT primary schools? We are looking for parents or grandparents to volunteer to help with Art or read with our children in all phases of primary; from the youngest children in Y1 to the oldest in Y6 https://t.co/2PQ4q0G7jQ

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Posted on: March 9th 2015

Last week was an amazingly busy week!

Last week was an amazingly busy week – the Beat the Flood Challenge, an Aspire Visit to Oxford, an Exchange to Germany, Rugby Taster Lessons, huge success in Under 12 Netball Tournaments, Recitals in Cranbrook and All Saints Church, Maidstone, and an Extended Learning Lecture from another distinguished guest, Geoff Riley. How lucky are we?!  However, there are two activities that have really impressed me – the production of ‘Clockwork Girl’, written, produced and performed by our Year 13 student April, along with the fact that Megan, one of our Year 8 students has committed to walk 5 miles a day for the ‘Walk in her Shoes’ charity.  It occurred to me that many of these activities require what I call ‘Grit’ and the fact that our theme for last week was ‘Impact’ highlights our continual drive in learning new skills and further developing our own’ resilience’.  We always encourage risk-taking amongst our students and we have recently heard from a number of speakers on the importance of overcoming fear of failure and developing resilience.

We cannot do enough to encourage resilience to prepare us for the challenges in life and this is particularly important in girls. Psychologist, Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, conducted a series of studies in the 1980s, looking at how students handled new, difficult and confusing material. She found that bright girls, when given something to learn that was particularly foreign or complex, were quick to ‘give up’ and the higher the girls' IQ, the more likely they were to ‘throw in the towel’.  In fact, the straight ‘A’ grade girls showed the most helpless responses. Bright boys, on the other hand, saw the difficult material as a challenge, and found it energizing.  They were more likely to redouble their efforts, rather than give up.  Recent research has shown that this gender difference is still very much the case.

Our girls take part in wide variety of sports, in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, competitions, performances and all the other activities you regularly read about in our newsletter.  These aspects are aimed at building confidence and although I do see this, I still see girls fear the concept of failure.  This week, we have had Mock Examinations, and probably the most frequent comment we hear is one of ‘I have not done well.’  This too, resonates around university/job applications and interviews amongst other aspects.  Yet, just this week, we have heard the superb news that some of our students have received very strong offers to study medicine and veterinary science at prestigious universities.  Not only am I very proud of these girls, but I am also thrilled to know that they are succeeding. 

It is a supreme irony that some girls are reluctant to be involved in the wider aspects of school life because they are focussing on their studies.  Girls working hard academically are very much in their ‘comfort zones’ but academic qualifications alone are never going to be enough for bright girls to compete in the 21st Century.  Recruiters from every sector tell us that they are looking far beyond grades.  They are looking for flexibility, for resilience and for candidates who have ‘an edge.’

Addressing this problem is not easy and there is no set pro-forma.  To enable girls to be unafraid of failure, we have to show them that we will willingly accept their failures and provide them with opportunities to try again.  So, collectively as teachers and parents we face a challenge – to consider the pressures we put on girls to do well and to reflect on the language we use.   Our girls are involved in a huge array of activities and I am extremely grateful to our superb team of staff who give so much time to organise the activities.  It has left me in no doubt that to build resilience in girls is not easy and it is certainly complicated.   However, we need to be relentless in our approach to enable every student to fulfil her potential, by overcoming her fears with a ‘resilient edge’ that will then give her the confidence to face the challenges for the world of work.  I am sure that our students who are in Snowdonia this week will learn that as they climb the mountain against the wind, rain and not to mention the heavy rucksacks!