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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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Being a teacher is not just about standing in front of a classroom – there are so many other things to do, from creating the Great Fire of London to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. 5 things you never knew you could do as a teacher... https://t.co/jOl6OKlvNR

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: June 1st 2018

Sicily and Sorrento GCSE Geography Visit

The Year 9 and 10 Geographers sent this report:

Day 1

We had a very early (2am!) start to make our way to Gatwick airport. Once landed at Naples we met our guide Amelia who looked after us during our stay in Italy. Our first stop was Herculaneum; an ancient Roman town destroyed by Mount Vesuvius’ lava flows in 79AD, we were surprised by how well preserved the buildings were and liked the idea of a Roman ‘MacDonald’s;’ the takeaway cafes.

Afterwards we went for lunch in Sorrento where we discovered the lovely big square pizza slices for 3 euros

One of our best experiences was our gelato making and tasting in an ice cream class. While we were there, we learnt how to make ice cream and sorbet using the best ingredients you can find. We found out that fruit flavours have a sugar and water base, and other flavours have a milk and sugar base. After being dressed with our ‘sexy hats’ Teresa (the ice cream goddess) led us to heaven. After the quick briefing, we made lemon sorbet, assisted by Libby (the lemon grater) and Polly (squeezing the juice). We learnt never to buy a fruit sorbet with milk - the fruit is not fresh so they add extra flavours and mask it with milk. After that both were tried and tested by the experts, us (!) and we got a free double scoop ice cream! This was an amazing experience with the staff running the workshop being really nice and friendly and full of information.

The first hotel was Bleu village and it was just like summer camp in a movie. It was very cute and cosy. They had great leisure activities like the water slides and swimming pool adding to the exciting evening.

Day 2

We were excited to go to Vesuvius, we got out the coach and began to climb, It's a bit of effort to climb but the view from the top is fantastic, with several tourist shops and places to get drinks. Our guide was very interesting and we learned a lot about the formation and the past eruptions.      

After a quick supermarket stop to buy lunch and snacks, we visited Pompeii. We learnt a lot about how the archaeologists casted the skeletons they found from the ash and how the town used to run. However, we also learnt about how the civilians died and where everything used to be in the past.

After dinner of pizza and ice cream in a restaurant, we boarded the ferry to Sicily. When we arrived the boat was lovely with really comfy beds and rooms! We all walked up to the top deck to watch the boat depart when it got dark - it was so pretty! Before we knew it, we woke up in beautiful Sicily which was lovely and sunny! It was, for many of us, our first time on a ferry! We all really enjoyed it and were amazed at the fact you would not even know you were in the sea as you couldn’t even feel the waves.

Day 3

When we woke up in the morning, we looked out of our window and saw Mount Etna! It was amazing to see some smoke coming out of it as well as the sheer size of it! We picked up a new coach from the ferry and travelled to Syracusa Archaeological Site for a tour. It was very hot and we found the caves (the ear of Dionysius) a good place to shelter from the heat.

The Alacantara Gorge formed thousands of years ago and is made of volcanic rock. When we arrived, we instantly saw the stunning scenery and were introduced to the background of the gorge by an immersive five minute 4d film.  The friendly guide then walked us around the magnificent path where the sun was gleaming. We were given a talk about lemons as we followed a prehistoric trail where a statue of dwarf hippopotamus made us jump by a growling noise and started moving which scared us all a lot!  We then took a lift down to the gorge where we could go by the clear blue water and take some photos. The place was breath-taking and it was amazing to visit!

The Kings hotel in Sicily was by far the best with the huge rooms, the 2 singles and a double bed barely filled the room with a fridge and wardrobe giving a homelike feel; it also included a balcony with a great view over the complex, complimented with exotic flowers and palm trees. We stayed here for two nights.

Day 4

This was another exciting day as we headed out to Mount Etna. At the car park, we were given tickets and rode up in a cable car followed by little 4×4 buses until we got up to the top. It was cold and windy at 4 degrees so we were glad of our hoodies. We could see the smoke coming from the active crater and we were able to walk round the old ones. We had a guide who told us all about it and let us feel the lava to see how warm it was. 

On our last afternoon, we visited the town of Taormina. This was our chance to purchase our souvenirs and explore the Italian shops. It was very picturesque and traditional and we even managed to have a mini photoshoot in the pretty side streets! Some of us visited the amphitheatre which was incredible .On our way back to the hotel we stopped at the beach at Giardini Naxos and bought ice creams. It was a lovely way to finish our trip.

Thank you to Amelia from Rayburn tours for making sure we all enjoyed ourselves and translating when we did not understand and to Miss Dixon, Miss Pope, Mrs Le Sbirel and Mrs Smart for organising it all and taking us.

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