Year 7-9 Excel Forum Evening
Anastasia Nicholl-Pierson, the Year 13 Excel Prefect sent us the following report:
“Last Monday, we hosted our annual Excel Forum Evening for Years 7 - 9. The evening begun with a speech from Mrs Baudéan, our Excel co-ordinator who welcomed over 400 students and parents. She gave an interesting presentation of the Excel Programme, which aims at inspiring and stretching our most able students in and outside of class. I then spoke to the audience, regarding the experience that I have gained from being an Excel student and how important it was for students to not be afraid to throw themselves into new opportunities, clubs and societies. This was tested later in the evening when some of the girls were brave enough to sing aloud (even if it was with their parents!) as part of the Music Workshop.
Mrs Vincent encouraged the students to sign up for “The Project” which is part of the Aspire Programme. This allows students to take the initiative to research something they are passionate about. Mrs Lindholm gave an inspirational talk about the importance of having a Growth Mindset, an attribute that means we can all better ourselves, learn more and be resilient when we flex our brain! Mrs Rivers, Senior Assistant Head spoke about how, at still such an early stage of secondary education, students could and should take part in all the experiences and activities available at Invicta. This will enable them to develop their interests and abilities, providing valuable learning experiences outside their studies. This will also help students to build a strong portfolio of experiences which surely will open the doors to the most prestigious university.
Following the talk, our excited guests were led to our workshops run by Heads of Departments and Prefects in STEM, MFL, Maths, English, Science, Music, Art and Computer Science: there was an immediate buzz! We all threw ourselves into the challenges filling in the Challenge Passports to secure an Excel prize at the end! The enthusiasm displayed by everyone was wonderful to see thus making the whole evening such a success that people really didn’t want to leave until each and every challenge had been completed!”
Thank you to Mrs Baudean and her team for their hard work in making the evening such a success.