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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

Invicta Blogs

Posted on: January 12th 2015

An aspect of my job that I always enjoy is the face to face communication I have with students, staff, parents and the local community.

An aspect of my job that I always enjoy is the face to face communication I have with students, staff, parents and the local community.  This week, amongst my day to day work, I have been privileged to speak to so many different people, from all walks of life.  To look back on my fortunate conversations, I have spoken to our whole staff about our exciting plans for this academic year, met with my Extended Project Qualification students, Katie, Kate and Cara, regarding their individual projects – all of which are diverse and challenging and discussed the progress of many of our Year 11 students at our Consultation Evening on Wednesday, which was delightful. Such communication allows me to see first-hand how our students have gained in confidence over the years and to receive such positive feedback from parents is truly inspiring and gratifying. Over the course of the last 5 years, I really have got to know our parents and our discussions provide a lovely opportunity to catch up about their daughter’s progress and life in general. 

This, followed by meeting so many enthusiastic students and parents at our External 16+ Open Evening on Thursday, was a real insight into how our visitors perceive education.  I am always amazed at how everyone looks for different things in a school and in their own education.  But, I do believe that this is how it should be!  Education should be personalised and so should our conversations. I like the fact that I can take time to talk to people and I view it as an integral part of my job.   If we did not meet people face to face, we would not be anywhere near as informed as to how we all differ and think so differently – essentially helping me to develop Invicta.

On Thursday afternoon, I spoke to many of our prospective parents and students following our Primary Maths Challenge. To find out about parents’ different professions, home locations, childhood education and viewpoints is both really interesting and something that I reflect upon on a daily basis, in order to continually shape our school.  On Friday, along with our MP, Helen Grant, who has been a superb supporter of Invicta, I was able to meet with other members of Maidstone Borough Council, Kent County Council and Arriva. This was as a result of a culmination of individual meetings, frustrated e-mails and letter correspondence over the course of the last few years, with a view to improving the transport offer for our students.  It really hit home to me, how meeting approximately 20 people who I had previously conversed with electronically but had no personal relationship with, suddenly became so much more approachable, affable and co-operative.  We really did move forward on developing a better strategy for transport in Maidstone.  The value of face to face communication was so clearly apparent in the results of this meeting. Charles Dickens, once wrote ‘Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with his soul encourages another person to be brave and true’.  This could not be more accurate!  At our meeting on Friday, people were true and brave and I see this on a day to day basis, whereby staff, students and parents are much braver when they speak to you personally and look you in the eye.  In contrast, I have witnessed so much frustration and pain when people communicate electronically; e-mail communication is sometimes difficult to read and subsequently impersonal, which can create upset.  So perhaps, we should advocate more face to face communication and use this as a valuable opportunity to get to know people for who they truly are – undoubtedly interesting people who have lots to offer!  I will continue to thoroughly enjoy meeting people as an important aspect of my job and work to ensure that our students will follow my example – not just for now, but for life!  I really do value e-mail and know that I could not live easily without it, but the impact of a personal conversation cannot be underestimated.