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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.

05/02/18

Congratulations ladies, excellent team work! https://t.co/Ax9AXeExlH

05/02/18

Retweeted From ApprenticeKent

Become a qualified builder by doing an ! This is a brilliant opportunity in the Dartford/Gravesend area to earn while you learn. Go to - https://t.co/5SpKlhht5v https://t.co/WFgnBS9lMs

05/02/18

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Wondering if take up a career in Primary or History teaching on our School Direct programme whether there will be good places for trips? What could be better than the home of the Boleyns?! https://t.co/LeLdlio1cX

02/02/18

Congratulations to Megan in 7A who recently attended the Leon Paul Fencing Tournament in Stratford-upon-Avon. Megan competed in the U13's and came a respectable 9th. Well done Megan and good luck for your tournament in London this weekend. https://t.co/iqdrbUEduO

02/02/18

Thank you to everyone for donating to for the Non Uniform Day today. Do not forget there is still plenty of time to sponsor the team of Invicta staff taking part in the Headcorn Half Marathon on Sunday, 25 February. https://t.co/joh7RN1pAO https://t.co/FVybZcKQ3m

01/02/18

7S were investigating how the brightness charges according to the number of bulbs and batteries. Mollie, Digital Leader https://t.co/6mnBMOaR6c

01/02/18

On your marks get set go! 8A in their PE lesson. Heidi, Digital Leader https://t.co/C9Pi5MBo8l

01/02/18

We currently have vacancies for Teachers of English, Maths and Science. Further information can be found on our school website: https://t.co/ZB7cdBXlV3 Invicta is an outstanding school with excellent prospects, come and see for yourself! https://t.co/DGjdwY3M3g

01/02/18

Have you read Invicta's School Blog this week, written by Senior Prefect Erin-Jane? https://t.co/5BoYIJLFAv https://t.co/gFEtSkBduQ

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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!