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16/04/19

Entries are rolling in for our Easter Reading competition. Send in your photo of you reading a library book in an unusual place to enter. https://t.co/rNQq7WJOk5

15/04/19

Last week we welcomed Year 4 and 5 students to our Musical Theatre Workshops. They learnt different routines from all our favourite musicals! We hope you had as much fun as us, and we can't wait to see you all again. https://t.co/Z23NLCJ5Fv

05/04/19

Retweeted From VIAT

We're delighted that Invicta Grammar School has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2018 based on data from the Department for Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network. https://t.co/XpWwnNqa9q

05/04/19

Congratulations to our competition winners from the 2019 Big Bang Fair! https://t.co/GLvuCLaGzR

05/04/19

Well done to our girls involved in the netball match against . With 6 winning results it was an evening to be celebrated! A special mention to our Year 9 and 10 sports leaders who took the lead in umpiring and scoring the matches! https://t.co/DZZjQaABpP

03/04/19

Yesterday we welcomed Year 5 students for our 'Easter Marketing' Business Workshop. The girls looked at the packaging of some of our favourite Easter chocolates, as well as their favourite part, the taste test!! 🍫 https://t.co/WMr064o88n

03/04/19

FIGS QUIZ NIGHT Saturday 11 May 2019, get your tickets now! https://t.co/JsvYMHAtxY

02/04/19

This breaktime Nightingale House held a charity Bake Sale for the whole school to enjoy some yummy Easter Bakes and what a treat it was!🎂 https://t.co/grA2tBTC8L

02/04/19

Well done and thank you to all our students for supporting yesterdays non-uniform day. We are pleased to announce that together we raised an amazing... £1,173.78 This will be added to our ongoing developing RAG fund for our chosen charities this year! https://t.co/U9PH78CV1B

01/04/19

Students are sharing messages of unity today on their clothing and on display boards in reception. They are taking an opportunity to show each other how much they enjoy and appreciate being part of such a diverse and multi-cultural community. https://t.co/GdKS6XRicd

01/04/19

Calling all our talented bakers! What a great opportunity to show off your outstanding baking skills! Ready, set, BAKE!!! https://t.co/t1qJCl8zV3

29/03/19

Today we welcomed our over 60's back for some Easter Cupcake Baking. We hope you had as much fun as we did, see you next time! https://t.co/Ll59MhP8Nv

29/03/19

On Tuesday 4 students attended the Salters Chemistry Festival . They had a great day of experiments and demonstrations. A massive well done to the girl’s for their hard work and engagement during the day! https://t.co/9BW8nejm6w

28/03/19

What a fantastic evening we had at . The evening consisted of author talks from Sita Bramanchari and Matt Killeen along with a Q&A where we were able to quiz them further. Thank you for having us, we can't for next year! https://t.co/iwOJxQmpN4

28/03/19

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Another successful Train to Teach Day yesterday with visitors keen to train as teachers 🙂 Thank you to: for hosting our visitors.

28/03/19

Congratulations to Lexie in Year 8 for her review of the book 'Moxie' that was printed in the programme for last nights South East Schools Themed Book Awards. https://t.co/d5MpWKC8q3

27/03/19

It was incredible to welcome lots of our excited new Year 7's to the first stage of their induction to Invicta, on Monday 25 March. It was lovely to see the smiles from both the girls and parents, whilst we recognised so many familiar faces! https://t.co/ndxRNsYChm

27/03/19

Congratulations to our Year 7 netball team who are the Maidstone District Champions for this year. They won the tournament scoring 30 goals against the other teams and not a single shot was scored against them. What an achievement! https://t.co/osE0zuAxC2

26/03/19

What better way to say well done to our Year 9 students who have achieved 100% attendance than with hot chocolate and cookies, not forgetting the cream and marshmallows! 🎊 https://t.co/XP2hiqKgnH

26/03/19

Year 7 have been getting their director hats on in BEN today as they film trailers for the products they have been designing! https://t.co/83KxmTCx5E

26/03/19

We are so glad to have with us today. Kicking the day off with an outstanding performance to Year 9! https://t.co/X6H4oUby9T

25/03/19

Tonight we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7’s for our New Entrants’ Evening!

25/03/19

Well done to our staff members who ran the London Landmarks Half yesterday for . A special well done to Mr Ehren and Paul who ran together, with Mr Ehren guiding Paul in replacement of his guide dog! They completed the marathon in a great time of 2hr 48mins! https://t.co/liePfzqxmP

22/03/19

The Year 4 girls attending our all day Musical Theatre Workshop today, joined in with the Year 9 PE student to show off their Just Dance Moves! 💃 https://t.co/zzMmF2a35Z

22/03/19

Well done to the Year 8 Netball Teams who won the Maidstone District Netball on Monday, 18 March! https://t.co/4NtglS7Tmz

22/03/19

Here at Invicta we support and encourage our students to explore all their post 18 options, we feel US Universities are especially great opportunities! https://t.co/EftwsxDhGz

21/03/19

Today we welcome our Italian Exchange Students from ITC Tosi-Busto Arsizio. https://t.co/2imSkbFlNA

21/03/19

Year 7 have been working hard on their cases today! Some beautiful creations coming along... https://t.co/nnJtUF8V43

21/03/19

Last night we held our Annual Spring Concert, with outstanding performances from our House Bands, Orchestra's and Choir's. We are so proud of all our students for their hard work in the build up to last night! https://t.co/fWEwDfFENI

21/03/19

Our IGS Runners are looking forward to the London Landmarks Half this coming Sunday in support of the Guide Dogs Association. Thank you to everyone who has donated. There is still time to donate via: https://t.co/tdQI1Zv5f2

20/03/19

Yesterday lunchtime our 'Mini House Spirit Day' fun continued! With a sponsored run from Austen House and sponsored hola hooping from Roddick House along with Frank House selling Popcorn and Candy Floss. All in the name of charity! https://t.co/XvpSOL35Jf

20/03/19

Good luck to our Year 7 Team, who are competing in the Kent County Netball Tournament today!

19/03/19

Congratulations to Angel in 9N, winner of the FIGS Amazing Chcolate Hamper Raffle! https://t.co/uJNI1zAscO

19/03/19

The Colvin House Bake Sale has gone down a treat - cake's enjoyed by all!🎂 https://t.co/dvMcPzNiQQ

19/03/19

Today is 'Mini-House Spirit Day'. All year groups are dressed and looking fabulous in their House Colours! We are all looking forward to the house events later today. https://t.co/mdrztBWkXd

18/03/19

On Saturday we welcomed Year 5's for an 'Introduction to Filmmaking'. Where they planned, directed and then filmed their own mini movies.📽️ We loved seeing you all and cannot wait to see you again! https://t.co/JwD8DeozKm

15/03/19

Thank you to everyone for attending our Young Chamber business lunch, with special thanks to the events sponsor and our guest speaker . Also a very big well done to the Young Chamber team for all their hard work in preparation for this event! https://t.co/WTximOsWnM

15/03/19

The girls have got their accessories on and have donated to this morning! Don't they look fabulous? https://t.co/MMzT6Av7Dp

14/03/19

Today we welcomed Year 5 students for our annual 'Primary STEM Challenge'. Well done to you all for your hard work! https://t.co/EHVRMz8vU2

14/03/19

A Level Art and Photograph have been getting creative by responding to the artist Yves Klien as part of their A Level exam unit. https://t.co/d4hxSY9AEG

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Posted on: October 13th 2018

Sports Tour to Sri Lanka

After a long and tiring 11 hour journey, we finally arrived in Sri Lanka. The hotel did not disappoint with its amazing views and warming welcome. On our first visit to Seenigama School, we taught a 2 hour English lesson to two classes of children aged between 10 and 14. Their enthusiasm was contagious and they even wrote their own letters in reply to Year 2 students at Valley Invicta Leybourne Chase Primary school. After lunch, we then had a 3 hour netball session with the school’s netball team. We were surprised by their level of skill and let’s just say the matches were very competitive!

To begin our second day, we visited Ahungalla Sea Turtle Conservation Centre. We were taken through a turtle shaped aquarium with baby sharks and lobsters. Coming out of the aquarium we were greeted with a nest of 200 eggs; these were of different species of endangered turtle, e.g. the green turtle. We were then shown baby turtles which we were giving the opportunity to hold, (they were only a couple of weeks old.) We got some very cute pictures with them and many other bigger turtles, such as the rare albino turtle, (there’s only 1000 of them in Sri Lanka.)

We then continued our day at the school where they greeted us with lunch. In the afternoon, we led a session of football, where we taught many football drills, such as dribbling, passing and shooting. The children loved it and many of the locals joined in!

Day 3 took us back to the Foundation of Goodness where we painted one of their walls grey - some of us ended up with more point on ourselves than on the wall! It was a much more enjoyable experience than we originally thought it was going to be. In the afternoon, we played Rounders, Capture the Flag and other fun games with the local school children. Some of us were taught numbers, colours and even body parts by the Sri Lankan children as well which was very interesting!

In the morning of day 4 we went to a historic town called Galle. We walked around the Fort and saw some amazing sights! For lunch we went to Pizza Hut, which was nice and it provided us with a home comfort. In the afternoon, we went back to the Foundation of Goodness and did a mixture of athletics drills and playground games. The evening consisted of some great singing by all of us in the karaoke night at the hotel - X Factor here we come!

What an emotional day 5! We started our day with a visit to another project the Foundation of Goodness have been working on since the tsunami. It was a real eye-opener to see and hear about the extent of the damage which the 2004 tsunami caused - the water levels were over 12ft in the village we have been staying in when the waves hit. Through the dedicated and committed work of the Foundation of Goodness, it is truly amazing to see so much good arise from such an awful situation.

After visiting the project, we returned to the club house for a yoga session. Although funny at times, we all left feeling very relaxed and bendy! The afternoon consisted of our last teaching session at the Foundation. After a few games of rounders with the older children, we then witnessed a special music and dance performance by some of the local villagers. The founder of the Foundation of Goodness (who travelled for over 3 hours just to come and speak to us!) then made a very moving and emotional speech, thanking us for all our hard work over the last five days. We were all in tears - including him! The stories and experiences he shared with us were both heart-breaking and inspirational. We were then each presented with a framed photo collage, containing photos of us and the local children taken across the week, along with a volunteering certificate and a Foundation of Goodness wristband. We were also given a commemorating plaque, which we will of course display proudly at school.  

After an emotional farewell, it was time to head back to the hotel to pack for our onward journey to Kandy. I think it is clear to say that, through our time with the Foundation of Goodness, we have all made memories and friendships that we hope will last a lifetime.

On Saturday, (day 6) we travelled from Colombo to Kandy for 6 hours on a coach. The travel was very tiring for most of us and we were all exhausted when we finally got to the hotel- Amaya Hills. However, before we reached the hotel we stopped several times for some sightseeing. This included a restaurant for lunch, a tea plantation factory and a traditional, cultural show.

At the tea plantation we were given a tour of the tea bushes farms and also the factory where the leaves are made to tea. The tea bushes looked a lot like any bush that we would get at home but apparently was actually much different in sense of flavour and texture, which would benefit the final tea made. The factory had no air conditioning, so therefore it was very hot. The smell of the tea made it very hard to stay in there for long as it was so strongly scented that it made people’s eyes water. However, it was very interesting to see how tea is made and the different types of tea there are. We were able to try some tea in the shop after the tour and lots of people bought boxes of Sri Lankan tea to take home to their families.

Then we went to a traditional cultural show in Kandy. It started with a variety of musical instruments accompanied by traditional dances. There were 11 in total and these included everything from dances representing offerings to one involving fire and a form of plate spinning. They were so impressive, but one of the key highlights was when a dancer with a mask appeared in the audience! We were all quite taken aback at first, but it was so funny when they started running around us all! We also found the drums really impressive and the “orchestra” performance at the end was so good; we’d never heard anything like it before. It included three different types of drums! The costumes were also amazing and it was such a great experience to witness something that plays a massive part in Sri Lankan culture.

Day 7 was our first day in the new hotel in Kandy. It was great waking up to an amazing view of the mountains. We had a short journey on the coach to the Temple of the Tooth. We got to experience Sri Lanka’s culture and religion by leaving flowers as an offering to Buddha, as well as seeing the shrines. We then got back on the coach and travelled to the Sigiriya Rock, which we climbed up to see the views. It was very tiring but the view was worth it, especially as when climbing the rock we got to see monkeys close up. All the exercise we did left us hungry, so we stopped for lunch at a nearby restaurant. When we had finished our lunch, we went on an amazing safari in Jeeps and got to see lots of elephants in their natural habitat, as well as peacocks. We couldn’t believe how close we were to the elephants, which was also slightly scary! Once we had finished the safari we went back to our hotel, where we enjoyed the buffet dinner.       

Our final day and we left Amaya Hills resort and drove to Colombo, stopping off along the way at a shopping centre and a spice garden. At the spice garden, we were treated to face and neck massages using natural, herbal products! For lunch we all had Pizza Hut and then travelled to Colombo. First stop, a little shopping at a market where many of us bought elephant trousers and magnets! After this, we drove to a beach where we sat and admired the view. Following on from this, we went for a coach trip around Colombo, stopping off at the Mini White House and Victoria Gardens. For dinner, we went to the Bay Leaf Restaurant and all sat together outside surrounded by fairy lights. After eating, Island Leisure presented each of us with a tea book as a gift as well as a plaque for the school, thanking us for coming on the trip and teaching sports at the Foundation of Goodness.

Tomorrow, we will be embarking on our long journey home. We cannot believe how quickly our 10 days in Sri Lanka has gone, and how many memories we have made. We hope to be back again soon!

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