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16/08/18

Invicta is thrilled for their students’ future once again, as Year 13 students achieved superb results with 73% of all grades being A*, A or B grades this year. Out of 156 Year 13 students, nearly 200 A* and A grades were achieved, with 100% A* - E grades and 10.5% A* grades. https://t.co/j00UvJUZzT

19/07/18

The first sixth form entry for the challenge has arrived. Hoping this fantastic entry is the first of many from our inventive sixth form students. https://t.co/5zk7H01UOr

19/07/18

Congratulations to everyone involved with Sister Act - it is amazing! https://t.co/5ZvxGDbUHu

18/07/18

Congratulations to Sharna in 7N who won her category in the Young Pea Chef competition! She won a £50 hamper for herself and £500 for Invicta (from Ocado) to put towards a 'Grow your own project'.

18/07/18

Some staff at Invicta have already entered into the spirit of the Book Face Competition. Can you guess who is behind the books? https://t.co/2odC2o1bt1

18/07/18

Congratulations to Daisy Year 10 who is in the Government’s flagship cyber security training programme, Cyber Discovery. She is ranked in the top 200 out of over 23,000 initial participants and has qualified for the final stage of the programme - CyberStart Elite. https://t.co/pE7NhN3Eb9

17/07/18

On 12 July a group of Year 7 students attended a talk by the author Chris Hallatt Wells focussing on his debut children’s novel King Bones. The girls all received a copy of the book and Chris signed each one individually. https://t.co/DixmlhDhqX

17/07/18

Students and staff have been challenged to compose and photograph a over the summer holidays to be displayed in the new academic year. https://t.co/lUH4KLJKvK

16/07/18

On 9 July the Invicta over 60’s arrived for their final meeting this year. All were dressed to impress for the annual Ascot themed afternoon day at the races. Everyone enjoyed a welcome drink of prosecco and an afternoon tea of scones strawberries and cream. https://t.co/GloNLnYDbp

16/07/18

On 6 July, Chaaya, Nasheetha and Madison attended the KM Bright Sparks Awards at The Discovery Park in Sandwich. During the course of the year, they were working towards achieving the Perfect Bath Bomb, and they managed to get to the final of the competition. https://t.co/q9ZRkfIyQe

16/07/18

Congratulations to Elspeth in 9C and Maisie in 9T who have been awarded their Chief Scout’s Gold Award. https://t.co/LVtJsAriHi

16/07/18

Well done to Charlotte 10T who was asked to take part in ‘The Mall and Horse Guards Parade’ with the Royal Air Force in London on 10 July 2018 to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force. After a fly past at the end of the parade, all cadets were able to join a reception.

16/07/18

Well done to Tegan, Caitlin, Millie and Isobelle in 9C took part in the Pretty Muddy 5K in Mote Park, raising at least £100 for Cancer Research. They were also the fastest finishers in their group! https://t.co/n6dzUe6Cqo

16/07/18

Congratulations to Asha in 12T who has been selected to represent Kent Schools Athletic Association in the English School Athletics Championships in Birmingham.

16/07/18

Congratulations to Lottie in 9I who competed in an athletics competition at The Julie Rose on Sunday, 8 July. Lottie took part in hammer, shot put and discus. She got personal bests in discus and shot and placed 1st in hammer. https://t.co/zLhZf8CZRL

16/07/18

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16/07/18

We have some seats left on Tuesday and Thursday evening for the schools production of Sister Act. https://t.co/1dI9RA2VCQ

16/07/18

The Theme of the Week: Celebrate success and show appreciation. Assemblies and tutor time will be based on the theme.

13/07/18

Students enjoying the sunshine on the Izatt Plaza under the newly purchased parasols! https://t.co/X7p2v9m6Qj

12/07/18

There are some tickets still available for Invicta's production of Sister Act on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week via: https://t.co/oXRzG4IGjv https://t.co/bnM5XSrgsd

11/07/18

Only 2 days left until the Young Persons Travel Pass - 2018-2019 application date closes! https://t.co/703MiUygfH

11/07/18

8 students attended a Biathlon competition at Ashford Preparatory School. They had an 800m run combined with a 100m swim in an outdoor pool. Charlotte had a fast run on the track but Lara produced an excellent swim in the pool combined with a good run to secure 2nd place overall. https://t.co/aFR52ykTaT

11/07/18

Congratulations to Maddie 7A who has been chosen to play for the Kent Schools’ U14 Girls Football. Maddie also plays for Charlton Athletic FC U14 Girls which is part of the FA Talent Centre programme. https://t.co/fYUt8Ri4D0

11/07/18

Congratulations to Hannah, Elyisia and Charlotte in 10V and Lara in 7S who took part in the Stagecoach 30th Year Anniversary ‘Beauty & the Beast’ World Record Performance. troupe across the world took part for the most performances at the same time simultaneously. https://t.co/km8D5kRRdZ

11/07/18

Well done Megan 8A who competed at AJ Bell World Triathlon in Leeds. She raced alongside the best girls from across Great Britain and placed an impressive 4th! She also met some of the elite triathletes such as Sophie Coldwell, Jess Learmonth, Jake Birtwhistle and Andrea Hewitt. https://t.co/f9aZ0IvE9B

11/07/18

Well done to everyone who took part in the Military Mayhem Obstacle Course – the event managed to raise an incredible £2276.10! https://t.co/Xf8cEqWmEE

10/07/18

The Seniors came 1st with Charlotte breaking the 800m record by 6 seconds and Lauren breaking the high jump record. The whole team had 7 1st places and 1 2nd. It means Invicta retain the trophy for the 4th year in a row! Charlotte received an individual performance trophy.

10/07/18

The Invicta Athletics team had a great day out at the Maidstone District Athletics at the Julie Rose Stadium. The Juniors, who were made up purely of Year 7, came 2nd against Year 7 and 8 teams and did themselves proud, for many of them had not competed in the event before. https://t.co/9yn8srNUw9

09/07/18

Well done to Aoife 7T, she travelled to Brean Sands in Somerset on Friday, 22 June with The Breakaways Netball Under 13's team for a national netball tournament! https://t.co/ZjyLd5NGTK

09/07/18

Well done to Lucy in 8N who was invited to volunteer to work by Kent Police Cadets at the Kent Police Open day along with other Cadets from her unit! https://t.co/9w0ukVD4u2

09/07/18

Congratulations Sophie 7V who took part in a weightlifting competition in June. It was the first time she had competed, it was all about technique and Sophie managed to score 40 out of 52 and she was awarded her certificate by Commonwealth Gymnast Courtney Tulley https://t.co/WgA0a3edwj

09/07/18

Well done to Lauren 7S who competed at the same competition as Amber. She performed two solo dances with a routine, canasta and then a duo with her friend Rosie doing a Collegiate and Olympic Foxtrot. Lauren didn’t place in her solo event but came 2nd in her Duo. Congratulations! https://t.co/3efvuHdk93

09/07/18

Congratulations to Amber 8N who belongs to Kent Artistic Roller Dance Club KARDC. Their Annual Roller Dance Competition on 1 July 2018 and Amber danced in a team event with 3 other girls called Kent Little Mix. Kent Little Mix were placed 1st!! https://t.co/2jmGikdYra

09/07/18

Congratulations to Jasmine 11I and Amelia 11V, both have achieved 100% attendance for the 5 years that they have been at Invicta Grammar School. In recognition of this amazing achievement, the girls have been awarded a Platinum Attendance Certificate and gift cards.

09/07/18

Well done to Hannah 7S who competed in the Aquathon 1 July 2018, having to swim 250m in the reservoir before completing a 2km run. She led from the start and was the first girl in her age group to finish as well as the first finisher overall in the 11-12 year group. https://t.co/L5cQejrZne

09/07/18

Well done Charlotte! https://t.co/JwL7hAXuxO

09/07/18

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

06/07/18

After a gruelling selection progress we are delighted to announce that Maddie in 7A has been selected to join the squad for the Kent Schools’ U14 Girls Football Team! Well done Maddie. https://t.co/HL5QBFjlm7

06/07/18

Well done to Hannah, Elyisia & Charlotte in 10V, who together with Lara in 7S took part in Stagecoach's 30th Year Anniversary ‘Beauty & the Beast’ World Record Attempt! groups across the world took part for the most performances taking place at the same time! https://t.co/TUvchLJJCd

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Posted on: April 25th 2018

Year 8 Preparation for Employment

As part of the school’s PSHEE Programme, Year 8 students visited various employers on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 to find out about the range of careers and roles available in a variety of businesses.  Students were given a mini-insight into the workings of the different industries; most were given tours and great discussion opportunities and some even came away with some great freebies! 

Guildhall Museum – 8A and 8C

Lucy sent this report:

‘8A and 8C shared the Preparation for Employment trip to Guildhall Museum; which began with a 45 minute talk from some of the employees from the heritage site, also in charge of others in the local area such as Rochester Castle, Upnor Castle and Eastgate House. We were also told some interesting facts about Guildhall, which in 1687 was first used as a courtroom then in 1979 moved location to the current place of the Museum.

Following this, we were given the opportunity to ask multiple questions about either specific careers or the sector of heritage in the job market. We learnt about jobs that we did not think would be in a heritage workplace. Such as an illustrator, fundraiser and an archaeologist as well as some we already knew such as the archivist. One question asked was “What degree would be useful to have to become an archivist?” The answer was extremely helpful, “Although the subject of your first degree often doesn’t matter many have degrees in History, Law, Classics and English”.

After the talk, which featured a woman who had been an archaeologist since university and a man who opened our eyes to the reality that he sort of fell into his job role, although he never knew that it was what he wanted; he has now been climbing the promotional ladder, in the same environment for 20 years.

For the last hour of the trip, we explored the museum, reading the information and taking part in many interactive activities. We all had a thorough, rounded experience of what our lives could be in a new area which none of us had thought of previously.’

Hilton Hotel – 8G

Erin, Amy, Grace and Jess sent this report:

‘On Wednesday, 25 April 8G visited the Hilton hotel for our ‘Preparation for Employment’ trip. When we got there we had a talk about the Hospitality Industry as a whole with the Human Resources Manager, and watched a short video telling us the story of Conrad Hilton, the founder.  Next, we took a short tour of the hotel: we looked in the huge rooms, the gym and pool, the restaurant, staff areas and business rooms.  The bathrooms are so big 11 of us could fit inside! 

Following the tour three people from our form had the chance to experience what it’s really like being either on the Sales Team, Events Planning Team or Reception. We also met with food and beverage apprentices and were able to ask questions to every member of staff we met.

Meanwhile, the rest of the group spent time in a conference room enjoying a range of different activities, including: mock tail making, team building and napkin folding in a variety of styles, suiting the range of events the Hotel hosts.  At the end of the session we were able to ask the General Manager any questions we had. This trip was really interesting and it gave us a valuable insight into the world of working in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Thank you to Miss Mason and Miss Poulter for organising the trip, and for Mrs Hare and Mrs McGivern for looking after us on the day.’

Maidstone Museum – 8T

Terrena sent this report:

‘On Wednesday morning, 8T walked down to Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, and were greeted by Rosalind Meredith the Learning and Education Officer. We were led into a meeting room where five of the employees, all with different job roles, explained to us how they came to work at the museum, what skills and qualifications they are require to have hoping their jobs. We were surprised to hear that only one of the five speakers knew what they wanted to do when they were leaving school, and that it was something that they wanted to do their whole life. Most of the employees said that they had two to three careers in various different branches, such as catering, hospitality, archaeology, and teaching. We also enjoyed learning about what all of their different jobs entailed and how everyone worked closely together there to create the best possible experience for the public and the museum visitors. After the talks, we were allowed to explore Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery and learn about all of the various exhibitions form the Japanese Art Display, to the Egyptian Mummy, and Greek artefacts.’

Tesco, Grove Green – 8S

Hannah sent this report:

‘On Wednesday, 25 April 8S visited Grove Green Tesco’s for our Preparation for Employment trip. We had two Tesco employees split us into two groups of fifteen and one showed the first group around the warehouse and store, and the second group were given scenarios that could happen and then were asked how they would resolve them. After the groups were shown round, they were then taken to a checkout till and taught how to scan different types of items. Next, the two groups went through the different scenarios, we were given a popular time of year and we then had to create a tannoy that was advertising a product linked with that time of year. After this, our employees who had been showing us round or working with us brought us all into a room and answered all of the queries that we had. Overall, our employment trip to Tesco’s was very informative and everyone learnt a lot of things they did not already know.’

Pepenbury Charity – 8N

Amelie sent this report:

‘We went on a tour around the Pepenbury Charity site.  First, we were told how it is utilised in the business, and were told lots of interesting information about what they do. Then we had a careers talk, where we discussed what it is like to work in the care industry, what jobs are available at Pepenbury, and the answers to many of our questions. We learnt that the ‘service users’ are supplied with many day services such as pottery, art, and gardening, but left to live an independent life within reason. We also learnt how care has improved in recent times, and that it is very fulfilling to see the residents that you have bonded with achieve things with your help. I asked what the best thing about working at Pepenbury was, and I was told that it was meeting new people and forming relationships with them. This trip was very inspiring, and I learnt a lot about working in the care industry.’ 

Tudor Park Hotel – 8V

Abigail, Nneoma, Loanne and Tihanna sent this report:

‘On Wednesday, 25 April we visited Tudor Park, Marriott hotel as part of the Year 8 preparation for employment day. We arrived and were taken to the meeting room facilities and they talked to us about different areas of the business.

First of all, they spoke about the history of Marriott. It was founded in 1927 by the Marriott family. Then they spoke to us about their mission, which is to be the world’s best hotel company. After that they took us through their 5 core values, which included ‘Embrace Challenges’ and ‘Always put the People First.’

During our time there, three people came in from different departments to share how they find working at Tudor Park. They also shared how they moved up the property ladder and have worked all over the world as a result of Marriott International.

Some of the questions we asked, together with the answers are detailed below:

What is the Gender pay gap?

They have a gap of about 3.5%

How many staff to they employ?

They have 127 members of staff.

What is the starting salary?

They start at the minimum wage.

Chilston Park Hotel – 8I

Jessica and Jess sent this report:

‘For our Preparation for Employment Trip 8I went to Chilston Park Hotel. As we entered the hotel we had a tour. During the tour we got to see how some of the bedrooms were decorated. We also got to learn about the history of the hotel. After that we had lunch and had a taster of some of the foods at the hotel: sandwiches and brownies: they were so nice and special mention to Victoria Ciszewska who ate 4, leaving none for Mr Perry! After, we had a talk about all the different jobs and individuals told us about their roles. There was the Wedding Organiser, Receptionists, Operations Manager, Food and Beverage manager, Housekeeping, Head Chef and the General Manager. During the day we learnt a lot of things such as: Hand Picked hotels was formed in 2001 and there are 20 other hotels throughout the UK and the Channel Islands. All of the people that worked at the hotel described it as a fun work environment. They explained how their jobs worked and what they did every day. They also talked about what qualifications or experience was required for their job and how they got to where they are today. This was very interesting. Finally, they explained why we should have a career in hospitality. There were a lot of good reasons and they answered our questions and were very helpful.’

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