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24/05/18

We are very proud of the students too! https://t.co/4g6etTe20V

23/05/18

Invicta Students have been enjoying their 'Set Your Hands Free' time this week and have been writing their messages on the hand notes in reception. https://t.co/Ve5AP4dICU

23/05/18

Foundation (MMF) held an evening for members from Invicta to show parents and students how Invicta works closely with the museum and the advantages of such a pilot partnership. The tour centred on the Egyptian mummy in the refurbished Ancient Lives Gallery. https://t.co/905YRu7Qao

22/05/18

Year 8’s freeze frames inspired by Wilfred Owens poem ‘Exposure’. Abigail 8V, Digital Leader https://t.co/QaldcZEGNV

22/05/18

7V in their science lesson, experimenting energy and creating their own roller coasters using marbles, clamps and wires. Lily, Digital Leader https://t.co/1GoXu4eJGa

22/05/18

The inaugural Informal Concert was held in the Auditorium. The audience was treated to a variety of solo performances and duets, with pieces ranging from Mozart to Muse. The Chamber Choir finished the afternoon with a thrilling performance of 'Old Albram Brown' by Britten.

22/05/18

Invicta recently hosted the exciting Invicta Cooks Competition. There were 28 finalists who worked in pairs and ‘cooked off’ against each other. We were delighted to welcome Head Chef Lee Edney and PR Director Anne Herring from the The Swan West Malling who supported this event. https://t.co/wxgpJtFvcq

22/05/18

Belgium teachers were welcomed visitors to Invicta and Valley Park Schools, observing and teaching some lessons, and touring the schools. They were very impressed with our use of technology and interactive lessons. https://t.co/VpR6RzLvNQ

22/05/18

Around 30 Year 5 students came to Invicta for a workshop on The Charleston Dance from the roaring 20's. The dance is energetic, fun and has a lot of fast footwork. After the Charleston, they created their own dance routines. They also learnt facts about the dance and the 1920’s. https://t.co/rHPjFsYWT7

22/05/18

Well done to Lucinda in Year 8 who is going to have over 12 inches of her hair cut off to raise money, and for her hair will be used to make a wig for The Little Princess Trust. Donations can be made to her just giving page: https://t.co/Z00oQV1gHH. https://t.co/gwgcFlULJS

22/05/18

The West Kent Befriending Service has been one of Invicta's RAG Charities for the last year. There was an article in this week about the charity who are trying to raise extra funds for their befriending service and can be sponsored via: https://t.co/Mc37eFrdZy https://t.co/zZoi3nYc6F

21/05/18

Thank you to everyone that attended the Year 5 Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed your lesson! We look forward to welcoming you to the next event on Saturday, 23 June 2018. https://t.co/FZuo2tYziQ

21/05/18

Congratulations to Niamh in 7C who is re-qualifying for her Karate Blackbelt, with a view to going for her second Dan in October. The Camber Sands physical training was a full 4 hours of running up and down sand dunes, push ups in the sea, Katas, and other exercises. https://t.co/XtfsYFsN1n

21/05/18

Congratulations to Niamh in 7C who recently competed in her Swimming Club Gala, finishing 1st in the 4 x 1 Individual Medley, 1st in 50m Backstroke, 2nd in 50m Butterfly, and 3rd in 50m Backstroke. https://t.co/kZflF9WIOD

21/05/18

Well done to Jasmine in 11I and Ellie in 11C who played for Maidstone United under 16 Ladies in the Kent League Cup Final on Sunday 13 May against Canterbury City and won 5-2! https://t.co/mktTHeYOxB

21/05/18

Year 8 student led revision session on file size conversions. https://t.co/eMOWVfC1tE

21/05/18

The Theme of the Week: Be principled about Science and Technology. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

18/05/18

We look forward to welcoming parents with daughters in Year 5 to our 'Year 5 Open Evening' on Monday, 21 May 2018 at 6pm. https://t.co/fFhIzfxavC

18/05/18

On Tuesday, Year 5 students enjoyed a dance workshop on 'The Charleston Dance' from the roaring 20's! Students performed with as much energy as The Charleston demands with lots of characterisation! Thank you Miss Palin. https://t.co/lwJL05RRxk

17/05/18

Some pictures from the Year 13 Germany themed History bake off today! https://t.co/KAnsyKUOtV

17/05/18

Well done to Hannah in Year 8 who has auditioned and been accepted to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance starting this September. https://t.co/OBGdlTLrG9

17/05/18

Congratulations to Thibau in Year 12 who is 1 of 5 winners of a research trip to a Hong Kong University to undertake a summer school out there. His entry was a 15 page booklet based on “Hong Kong: The Best Place For Start-Up Entrepreneurs." https://t.co/fHRa2ZMAN7

17/05/18

Have you read any of the Invicta school blogs recently? https://t.co/IkFzogwz5c https://t.co/lms1et8icS

16/05/18

Invicta's D of E POP group have been practicing erecting and folding away the tents in preparation for their next expedition. https://t.co/lvNREupmi2

16/05/18

We are very proud that Rudi Dharmalingham was a student at https://t.co/DgxPGn9rJr

15/05/18

Hadlow College are holding a Country Fair and Open Day on Saturday 16 June with many demonstrations and activities.

15/05/18

Invicta will be holding a non-uniform day on Thursday raising money for their RAG charities. https://t.co/WLz10Up7fv

15/05/18

Exciting news! Students are now able to use their KCC Travel Pass on buses in the evening, during school holidays and at weekends!

15/05/18

Well done and thank you to the Year 9 students who made an amazing selection of cakes for the Heart of Kent Hospice Bluebell Walk on Sunday, 6 May. The cake table raised £900.30 at the event! https://t.co/G74qFKNOiW

15/05/18

Well done to Abigail in 7I who participated the Dance Competition ‘Starpower’. Abigail performed two dances; Cheerleading, with 4¾ stars, 1st place in her category and 5th overall and Contemporary with 5 stars, 1st place in her category and 1st overall. https://t.co/zW9ebwfMcu

15/05/18

Congratulations to Chloe in 7N who competed in a show jumping competition at her riding school - Horseshoes Riding School. She managed to get a clear round with no faults. Chloe also competed in four races and came first in all of them! https://t.co/FoCYSERh9T

15/05/18

Well done to Amelia in 7A who took part in an annual horse event. Amelia jumped a clear round, placed 5th in the team obstacle, and 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in races! https://t.co/MZb89FNK9B

14/05/18

Retweeted From Get Into Teaching

"I didn’t find my confidence until I led my own class. During my training year I was constantly doubting my abilities but when I began my NQT year, the doubt washed away and I began to relax in the classroom." Top tips for your NQT year from https://t.co/42MVqx6B6m

14/05/18

Retweeted From Kent-Teach

Do you have some keen photographers in your class? They could enter the photography competition and be in with the chance to feature in next year's calendar! Full details on their website: https://t.co/cxVTUOnS4T https://t.co/I1DEYYEe4w

14/05/18

The Theme of the Week: Care about the Arts and Media. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

11/05/18

Well done to Amelia in 7A who took part in an annual horse event with clear round success! Well done also to Chloe in 7N, Becky in 7C and Ella in 7A who all competed at Horseshoes Riding Club in Loose! Chloe placing 1st and Becky & Ella securing 1st & 2nd in the obstacle course! https://t.co/rHAdzQteNG

11/05/18

Good luck to the Bronze students currently on their practice expedition at Hopehill Scout Camp Site in Meopham. We hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

11/05/18

Save the date.... https://t.co/Wz9mgfkkqp

10/05/18

We look forward to welcoming you! https://t.co/Vzj4fVb2Jw

10/05/18

On 2 May was the over 14 teams debating competition found the Invicta team just missing out on their debate: 'The solution to the problems of the NHS is something other than more money'. The final was excellent and Dartford Boys Grammar were the winners. https://t.co/aS1clJcmAC

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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!