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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

15/11/17

If you have any old Invicta School Uniform that is still fit for purpose and no longer required, please consider donating this back to school. Please hand any items into the Main Reception. https://t.co/Z4AnZsSsnH

15/11/17

On Saturday, 4 November, 20 eager Year 5 students joined Mrs Billingham and Mrs Moore for a Food Technology Workshop. The girls had a fabulous time, making and decorating their ‘Christmas-themed’ cupcakes. Each student left the workshop with a tub full of goodies and a big smile! https://t.co/NqgPO2JktL

15/11/17

Congratulations to those involved in Invicta’s first ever MAMMOTH all school . This event was spread over six lunchtimes in the Reading Room, not including the Form time preliminary rounds. Congratulations to all those who participated in the Spelling Bee. https://t.co/LdeGVnJINs

15/11/17

June 2016, Daisy, Melissa and Megan in Year 8 entered ’s ‘Treasures from Trash Competition’. The aim was to design and build a chair using only recycled materials. They won! Their chair featured in the exhibit in the museum and we received a bench with a plaque https://t.co/p2FHqmk2Ae

15/11/17

We are very proud to receive acknowledgement from KCC congratulating us on the schools Progress 8 2017. Also, that it was very positive to see that this is well above the National Average, meaning that learners do well compared with their peers from the same KS2 starting points.

14/11/17

8G food students have been coming to school at 8am to start making their bread. The results have been amazing! https://t.co/4uVfq1spaq

Invicta Blogs

Posted on: February 2nd 2015

I often listen to Chris Evans on Radio 2, as I drive into work, talking to children who ring to tell him what they are doing for the first time.

I often listen to Chris Evans on Radio 2, as I drive into work, talking to children who ring to tell him what they are doing for the first time.  It is always lovely to hear the anticipation and excitement in their voices before they embark on their new venture, and to then listen to the joy and pride when they recount their experiences and mark themselves out of ten.  The concept of doing something for the first time clearly brings with it mixed feelings – apprehension and hope.  In many ways, we all need to experience both emotions. For some, the anxiety of doing something new is a daunting prospect, but for others, it will be looked upon with optimism.  However, I do feel that embarking upon new projects or interests requires a large degree of courage – often referred to as ‘pluck’.  I also believe that it is an essential part of our personal development and that this can be at any age.  Indeed, I can remember only too well, when I first learnt to ski at the age of 29 – it was certainly something I was eager to do, but equally, I had my concerns.  However, once I had taken that first terrifying ‘step’ onto the mountain, I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my new experience. 

Our values of ‘enterprise’ at Invicta advocate the need to take risks and look at things from a fresh and ‘new’ perspective.  In exactly the same way as when I enjoy listening to the children who talk to Chris Evans, I love to provide the opportunities for our students to do something different and to encourage them to take risks or learn something new. This can be in so many aspects of our day to day school life, along with preparation for adult life.  Just this week, we have seen examples of this – students participating in the Secondary Maths Challenge, students helping to organise the Burns Night Supper, Year 7 – 9 students and their parents working together to complete challenges at our ‘Aspire’ Evening, students from across the school who took part in our annual Speaking Competition, and students who are taking part in the RSPB’s Bird Watch.  For many of these students, their involvement was a new experience – they were I am sure, initially nervous of what it may entail, but having now participated, they can reflect with confidence on how they have benefitted.  Yes, it may well have been daunting, and it clearly entailed hard work, and some anxiety, but the personal satisfaction derived from the venture undoubtedly has enabled our students to ‘grow’ in confidence. Having taken that ‘first step’ I am sure that they are now a little more prepared to try new things in the future.  I would like to congratulate these students – I am extremely proud of them! 

I shall now look forward to seeing our Year 8 and Year 11 students try something new in their Taster Day lessons this week, to help them decide on their GCSE and A Level options.  This, along with the Young Musician Competition on Wednesday, our Year 11 Hospitality Event on Thursday and Year 7 going to Paris for their first residential on Friday, will provide many opportunities for girls to be bold and brave in order to experience something new. I do hope that they enjoy their challenges and new experiences – just like my first skiing experience! They will never forget it and will be so pleased that they took that ‘first step’!