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17/11/18

Retweeted From VIPS@Kingshill

We are delighted that Tia from Year 4 has starred in the new Action for Children advert! In the advert Tia showcases her fantastic reading skills - we are so proud! https://t.co/l6LijZmEqH https://t.co/kDzdjikI8t

16/11/18

Year 8 students have been battling it out in RS this afternoon with ingenious raps created around the theme of the 5 Pillars of Islam. https://t.co/vs8mvSFsRb

16/11/18

Thank you to everyone that has supported 'Children in Need' today. https://t.co/Yx2iA24V16

16/11/18

Retweeted From Uni. of Lincoln UK

Congratulations to all our amazing winners from , , , , , , St George's Academy and St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath.

16/11/18

Looks like you’re having a great time!

15/11/18

A Level Computer Scientists getting an even better understanding of the AQA Skelton Program. A great way to round off a Thursday https://t.co/JXLaYD4TxI

15/11/18

Year 13 have been lucky enough to dissect an eye, which David Charman from West Malling Butchers has kindly donated. The students have been able to learn about the eye in a practical and hands on way! https://t.co/AwP3EPJmHC

15/11/18

Last night we welcomed internal and external Year 11 students to our annual 16+ Open Evening. We hope you all had a great evening, if you have anymore questions please don't hesitate to ring us! https://t.co/mzemQQ1q4b

15/11/18

What a great job they did! https://t.co/CEbzdcOyso

15/11/18

We have collected 180 boxes in total for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal! Thank you to all our students and teachers who donated, we are very grateful that we can make such a different. https://t.co/YlgcJqReYE

15/11/18

Very nice. Beautiful pictures of our younger students working hard and having lots of fun!

15/11/18

Year 7 and 8 students have received their books kindly funded by FIGS, 'Friends of Invicta Grammar School.' https://t.co/sqzYlE3SuH

14/11/18

Year 8 have been continuing their work on their iPad stands in DT, putting their skills to the test. We can't wait to see the final products! https://t.co/rYX5FlORAI

14/11/18

The arrival of boxes for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal. These have been created in form groups, with friends, family and individually. There is still time to bring yours tomorrow, let's beat last years record of 225! https://t.co/S3yedBZ8hd

14/11/18

Year 9 have been busy in English analysing the Dreams and Reality shown in 'Of Mice and Men' along with the American Dream and its bitter realities. What does this picture tell you about America? https://t.co/KVkWX2wtZV

13/11/18

Everyone has it in them to be creative! Jo Loves candle workshop. https://t.co/rVTPHHYyuV

13/11/18

Well done to our Senior Maths Team for competing in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge Regional Finals today at Holcombe Grammar! https://t.co/9okLwcPwHx

13/11/18

Looking forward to welcoming you all to our event https://t.co/KYIRa6DS8A

12/11/18

Retweeted From VIPS@Holboroughlakes

We held a wonderful Remembrance service today, led by Father Matthew Buchan who was in Afghanistan during the Iraq war. After the service, all the children, along with some parents, created remembrance artwork in their classrooms. https://t.co/J6D2DmPSFT

12/11/18

Year 13 have been learning about the importance of resilience and positivity in business from the UK's leading entrepreneur Jo Malone. https://t.co/i8ZZEVR1pM

12/11/18

Friends of Invicta Grammar School (FIGS), AGM 15 November 7.30pm at Invicta Grammar School. All parents welcome. Please follow the signs from reception.

12/11/18

Don’t forget we have the bookstall with a selection of quality fiction at our Year 8 consultation event tonight. All books sold raise funds for the library! Cash or cheques only

12/11/18

Year 10 have been testing out the different types of production; batch, flow and job by making paper cars! https://t.co/GCfJIpeBn5

09/11/18

Year 11 completing their compulsory practical session for the identification of ions! https://t.co/cNS6n4ZY7X

09/11/18

7T dissecting chicken wings to identify the bicep, tricep, radius, ulna, humerus and the tendons that hold the muscles to the bones! Why not get your daughter to show you at home! https://t.co/yocD1qtyee

09/11/18

Remembering those who gave their lives in 'The Line of Duty' with Poppy Cards, 2 minutes silence, a cake sale and an Armed Forces Non Uniform Day. https://t.co/DTLDFnfirl

09/11/18

Year 10 have been testing Newton's third law of motion today! The balloon exerts a force on the air and the air exerts an equal but opposite force on the balloon! The balloon then accelerates! https://t.co/aHzwkLYcJB

09/11/18

Great to see our Year 2’s working hard as usual! https://t.co/YOjOAHDauc

09/11/18

Big thank you to Lizzie from Maidstone Hockey Club for teaching us all something new at hockey club last night, everyone enjoyed it very much. We can't wait for next week! https://t.co/BKRoFQDyzH

08/11/18

Don't forget non-uniform day tomorrow - Friday, 9 November. We are looking forward to seeing your armed forces themed wear! £1 on the door for our RAG charities https://t.co/2YPTd33xHz

08/11/18

The World Challenge girls had a good POP session yesterday, doing some fitness to get them expedition ready! https://t.co/7rJRmAuMCE

08/11/18

Well done Jessika. Keep it up!

07/11/18

We have our first cross-stitch masterpiece completed in POP this afternoon! The rest of the group are working hard to complete their own masterpieces. https://t.co/0v8qnt9cEm

07/11/18

We received a phone call from a passenger travelling on the No 6 bus. She wanted to praise our students for ‘their exemplary behaviour, the bus was very busy and many students stood up to offer the elderly their seats'. Well done to any girls that travel on the No 6 bus!

07/11/18

7G have been using microscopes in science this morning to look at onion cells and cheek cells. They loved it! https://t.co/tdVJ1WRqEH

07/11/18

Year 7 have been conducting their very own science experiment in food technology this morning to see the science behind cupcake making! They worked in groups of four and missed out an ingredient each and then recored their results. https://t.co/2CdqtYrqzM

06/11/18

Year 10 are making chocolate orange mousse this afternoon in their GCSE food technology lesson. https://t.co/5Sb44YrxGN

05/11/18

Year 12 are studying Carol Ann Duffy's latest poem 'The Wound in Time' in their English lesson this afternoon as part of the WW1 centenary. https://t.co/UHl3NMozud

05/11/18

35 of our students have been shortlisted, from 550 entries, in the Armistice 100 Schools Poetry Prize competition. These students poems will be in a book published by Carol Ann Duffy and will attend an awards ceremony later this month. Well done girls, we are very proud!

02/11/18

The preparations for the World War 1 centenary are well underway - with our POPpies display nearly finished. And the crocheted POPpies handmade by students also now on sale! https://t.co/4FQNZmFPSi

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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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