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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

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

14/11/17

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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

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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

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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

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

13/11/17

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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

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

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths


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The ‘National STEM Agenda’ ensures that students are not only excited by Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths but also that they are encouraged and well equipped to pursue a career in STEM areas, should this be of interest to them.   At Invicta Grammar School,  Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are at the heart of the curriculum and a huge range of STEM opportunities are actively supported and promoted - both in and out of lessons.

As a result of creative teaching and exciting super-curricular activities, we have ever improving results in the STEM fields at GCSE and A Level.  We are also proud that many students are nominated for and have won awards in STEM fields.  These include a Year 12 student winning the Sapphire Award for Problem Solving in the Advanced Physics Olympiad;  Year 8 students winning the Regional Salter’s Chemistry festival ahead of many other grammar schools; Year 13 students reaching the County Finals in the Kent Messenger Bright Sparks Festival and Kent University School Physicists awards for Year 11 and Year 12 students.

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STEM opportunities are not confined to lessons and an extensive extra-curricular programme allows students to achieve Bronze and Silver CREST awards; become STEM leaders (as part of a national qualification) and take part in exciting competitions such as  the robotics group who competed in the regional final of the national LEGO competition.

Big band show 4  Stem discovery park 22  Stem discovery park 12

Students’ curiosity of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is supported through trips to STEM facilities and activity days which are too numerous and frequent to list.   However, the highlights from this year include:

-          The national Big Bang festival at Birmingham NEC.
-          The local Big Bang festival at Discovery Park, Sandwich
-          Chemistry at Work trip, also to Discovery Park, Sandwich.

As a result of the enthusiasm and engagement of our students, we also have a plethora of guest speakers who are keen to share their STEM experiences.  This has allowed for a STEM day for Year 7 and extended learning lectures for students who may in fact be considering higher education or a career in these fields.

Invicta Grammar School also supports the national drive for STEM throughout the year and ran fantastically exciting events for national Science Week and STEM month. These included:

-          Pig Head Dissection.
-          Rat Dissection.
-          Fruity Batteries – light up a bulb with an orange!
-          Create your own lava lamps.
-          Dangerous Demonstrations lunchtime session.
-          Produce a lustrous non-Newtonian fluid – “Make Glitter Slime.”
-          Squishy Circuits – investigating resistance using ‘play-do’ of different  conductivities.

Salters festival 10  Salters festival 14  Stem discovery park 18

During National STEM month, the spirit of competition was in the air with students competing to gain House Points in an effort to win the overall House Cup.  The challenges included:

-          The Straw Boat Challenge – to see which boat could hold the most mass without sinking.
-          The Waste Catapult Challenge – who can use the recycling from the school to fire a drinks can the
           furthest?
-          The Parachute Challenge can you land an egg safely on the floor from two stories up?
-          The Beeswax Cosmetic Challenge – linking to Business and Enterprise, can you follow a method to
           produce cosmetics from the beeswax made from the beehive at school?
-          Family Crane Challenge – which family would build the best crane from Connex in one hour?

To summarise, STEM is not something else that we do at Invicta, it is in all aspects of school life which gives our students a brighter start to their careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It is for this reason, that we have a significant number of students progress to study these areas at a much higher level at University.