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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

14/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Good luck to our a capella choir, who are performing at the Albert Hall tonight.

14/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

It's nearly here - 14 November! Unable to join us during our Train to Teach Day then join us at The Hilton, Maidstone at 6.30pm to find out more about training to be a teacher through School Direct with VITSA https://t.co/2qbTsSq88R

14/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Thinking of teaching? Try School Direct, you have a choice of training provider with us! Choose from the universities of Brighton, Sussex, Greenwich or Canterbury Christ Church.

14/11/17

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Looking forward to welcoming everyone to another tonight. 'Teaching with Media' at https://t.co/XCFvFDhlZH

14/11/17

Retweeted From The Lenham School

Save the date for our 6th Form Open Evening! https://t.co/JVQ2IHE7f2

14/11/17

Are you or anyone you know interested in considering a career change and would like to consider training to teach? As a teaching school, Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance, offers the opportunity to train to teach through salaried and non-salaried School Direct courses. https://t.co/04xrxzmJIF

14/11/17

We are very proud to report that Eloise in 9I recently competed at the European Kimura Shukokai Karate Championships in Estonia. Eloise achieved Silver for her individual fighting and together with her team they won Gold for the Junior Team Kata. https://t.co/tIKNPe9NTS

14/11/17

Maddy Hill in 11N and Lottie Hill in 7G are both competing in a National Squash Competition in Pontefract on Friday, 24 November, a competition that is only open to top players in the Country! Well done and good luck to you both.

14/11/17

Congratulations to Lauren Kirby in 10C who has won an amazing competition to attend the 2018 dance convention in London next March as a VIP guest! Lauren will be participating in dance classes with teachers from top performing arts colleges across the U.K.

14/11/17

Congratulations to Lara Gough in 10I, she has received confirmation that, as a result of her performance in the regionals in October, she has qualified for the British Modern Biathlon Championship in Solihull in December.

13/11/17

The Year 8’s working on their key-rings in Resistant Materials after giving amazing presentations about Smart Materials. https://t.co/QR6htuwc3t

13/11/17

Everyone is enjoying playing the quick quiz game in French in 7T. Rachel, Digital Leader. https://t.co/4f8XnKoRU9

13/11/17

Watching a video clip, and taking notes, in Year 8 Geography lesson, to help us understand more about the effects of tourism in Antarctica. Madison https://t.co/QcJCWn5hZE

13/11/17

Invicta will be supporting Children in Need day on Friday encouraging staff and students to wear something spotty as an accessory to their usual uniform or work outfit eg. socks, beanie boppers, hats, scarves, hair accessories. Donations will be collected on the door. https://t.co/2hKo75gz3m

13/11/17

The Invicta Aspiring Einsteins academic hub has begun with the discussion of the news story "The star that would not die.. the Supernova discovery that challenges known theories of the death of stars". Thank you Charlotte in Year 9 for organising. https://t.co/G38haGyAdt

13/11/17

The Theme of the Week: Be Principled about Internationalism, Religion and Culture. Assemblies and Tutor Times will be based on the theme.

13/11/17

Retweeted From Dami Salako

Make sure your voice is heard in this years’ Kent Youth County Council elections! https://t.co/i9UJrmN1Wl

13/11/17

Retweeted From Ellen R Kent Music

Want to learn an instrument? Join Maidstone Music Centre Not just for kids! https://t.co/VNHJBLmSFN

10/11/17

Congratulations to Tihana in 8V who recently participated in a Trampolining Competition. Her efforts were rewarded with a Silver Medal and qualification for the next stage! Well done Tihana. https://t.co/CTVuRXxe8A

10/11/17

Congratulations to Daisy, Melissa and Megan in Year 10 who won a competition to design and build a chair using recycled materials! Can you find their prize at school? https://t.co/0Kgkxk6zNT

09/11/17

Dr Kathryn Harkup will be delivering the next Broadening Horizons lecture to students today. Exciting!! https://t.co/vb2Q2d9jUD

09/11/17

Excellent advice from the Anti Bullying Alliance. https://t.co/72wleRBHWf

09/11/17

Retweeted From AntiBullyingAlliance

Positivity and kindness looks good on you! 🙂 https://t.co/zzydH2h4J1

Extended Learning

The Extended Learning programme at Invicta consists of a number of different opportunities for students as part of Extended Schools.  The extensive provision available for the whole school community has been accredited with the highest level of Advanced Status and is deemed to be outstanding and was re validated at the start of this academic year.

Lectures
This includes an established lecture programme which is primarily for upper school students but there are also occasional lectures for students from years 7 to 9. Speakers are primarily from universities, commerce and industry. The lectures are designed to give students an experience of university style lectures and to inspire wider learning. Lectures this year have included Dying to be Beautiful, Young Vets and The Current State of British Politics.

We have also introduced this year an ‘occasional evening guest lecture’ programme which is open to parents.  This year we were very pleased to invite Donald Stevens who was the lead engineer of the Bluebird land speed world record winning car and boat project.  The parents and students who attended thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Masterclasses
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There are also a number of Masterclasses focused around subject clusters or related to sectors of employment. This year they have included 'The Surreal Mind', where creative students were inspired by the lives of Surrealist artists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, as told by their granddaughter. 

Cutural Programme
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There is a cultural programme which includes trips to West End theatres and other arts organisations. Performances this year have included Mamma Mia, Wicked and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time.  Iconic films are screened regularly and there are many school focused performances across the creative sector.  Many of the public and corridor areas of the school are used as exhibition spaces.

Kent Schools Public Speaking Competition
Invicta hosts annually the Kent Schools Public Speaking competition and a cross county Kent Schools Debating competition.  Many schools across Kent are regular participants and it has enabled us to develop partnerships with this schools to encourage and develop these vital communication skills.  We have an established Primary Speaks competition programme which encourages year 5 pupils from a wide range of Primary Schools to compete in public speaking.  There are regular Invicta school debate and public speaking competitions and there are many opportunities for students to present and to develop communication skills.

Take a New Challenge
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Under the heading ‘Take on a new Challenge’ we offer an outstanding programme of clubs and societies that take place during the lunchtime, after school or at the weekend.  They cover an extensive range of topics and activities which meets the needs of most of our students.  The choice is considerable and range from Bee Keeping to Astronomy.  We are always keen to support new ideas for additional clubs and societies if they are requested.  The STEM programme for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects offers a fantastic range of activities and competitions.  Competitions are encouraged across the school and are at a school, local, national and international level.  Competitions are an excellent way for students to extend interests and to continue to engage with subjects that they are no longer studying in a formal way.   

University Preparation
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There are opportunities for students to prepare effectively for applications to the top universities though an established Oxbridge programme of workshops, interview preparation and discussion groups and visits to Oxford and Cambridge.  There are growing links with Harvard and Yale universities in the USA.  Invicta has hosted an information evening on behalf of both universities and we are very pleased to be welcoming both universities back to Invicta this September.  For younger students there is the Aspire programme which involves discussion groups and visits to encourage students to begin preparation for aiming high and to broaden horizons.  The Academic Subject Hub discussion groups led by students have been introduced this year to enable students with similar interests to discuss academic material beyond lessons.

EPQ - Extended Project Qualification
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There is also a wide range of extended qualifications that the students can take including The Project qualification at levels 1 & 2 and also the Extended Project Qualification taken in the sixth form.  Invicta is also a centre for the AQA BACC which recognizes and credits student’s wider participation in community, work related learning and personal development.  Invicta is also a centre for the Arkwright Scholarships in Engineering.  Students can also take the Arts Award, Crest Awards and Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and also the LAMDA qualification in public speaking.