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22/09/18

You've still got time to come and join the fun! We've got lots of stalls, performances, hot food and an inflatable assault course. An event you don't want to miss! https://t.co/qhGakv3Cxx

22/09/18

FIGS Fair starting in 55 minutes, taking place in the school hall and the gym, enter through main reception or side hall doors. Can't wait to see you all... https://t.co/2icUsZOuIb

21/09/18

Don’t miss the annual FIGS Autumn Fair, expected to be an afternoon of fun and fundraising! Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. https://t.co/t8RWnnkr9K

21/09/18

Don’t forget school photographs Monday, can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces!

21/09/18

Few pictures from yesterday’s Physics trip to Cavendish Laboratory Cambridge with Year 11 https://t.co/UzM9Dwqtxo

19/09/18

Another week, another House Competition: Sixth Form Benchball! https://t.co/8zNIZtdisB

19/09/18

Year 11 have been taste testing their pastries and using the sensory vocabulary to write down their findings. Yummy! https://t.co/quuWRiAN75

18/09/18

Today we are holding our Year 7 Leadership Fair at lunchtime for students to see the Prefect Opportunities available and meet our Senior Prefect Team.

18/09/18

Don't miss out on the 'Catwalk Catastrophe'! All proceeds from the event will go to the Young Chamber and Interact chosen charities. To secure your tickets please contact k.finlay.viat.org.uk. https://t.co/ZnoJ6sRd2Z

17/09/18

On Sunday, 16 September a team of Invicta staff and students headed to Sandgate to take part in the Great British Beach Clean 2018. Well Done Team! https://t.co/U6uNbITXTi

17/09/18

Year 9 getting creative in Georgaphy, learning about tectonic plates. https://t.co/oGcPazjhbB

17/09/18

Year 8 kick-starting their Monday morning with double science, investigating the unusual properties of Transition Metals and the displacement reactions of Halogens. https://t.co/NasOcpbACG

14/09/18

Now, Forest Challenge!! https://t.co/F2vqUYOW27

14/09/18

Next stop Orienteering! https://t.co/ThNsNjnmyH

14/09/18

We've had a great time open canoeing, but definitely ready for some lunch! https://t.co/vUPtSeFnen

14/09/18

First activity of the day, open canoeing! https://t.co/FPRbZl4uwM

14/09/18

We've arrived! Quick welcome then off to the activites. Lets get started! https://t.co/WVJC1lCEA3

14/09/18

Year 7 all ready for their trip to Bewl Water. Smiles all round! https://t.co/xxyfqdkJ0o

13/09/18

What a great end to the day - Year 11 Yoga https://t.co/zFO4zWFVZO

13/09/18

Year 10 Food Tech, cooking sausage rolls and making butter! Very nice! https://t.co/caSEXv3rE0

13/09/18

As part of our Broadening Horizons programme we would like to welcome Vincent Fraser, President of Nottingham University Law Society for our first lecture of the year titled 'Pathways to Law'. Photos to follow tomorrow.

13/09/18

Year 8 creating new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory characters in their English lesson as part of the Roald Dahl Day Celebrations. https://t.co/qjb5vrk4Ni

12/09/18

Tonight we welcome Year 11 for an evening of sharing information to support students and parents in getting ready for GCSE and A Level options.

12/09/18

Another House Competition, Year 7 Benchball. Well Done to the Winners 7C and Runners up 7T, everyone played fantastically https://t.co/YlUbHwYDRV

12/09/18

The Summer Reading and Book Face Challenge Winners are in! Well done to Adena Rowan Year 8 and Claudia Pitcher Year 8. Keep up the great reading. https://t.co/5P9O26XY22

12/09/18

Year 7 displaying their beautiful summer work this morning, in English. https://t.co/IGVk7bSEwf

11/09/18

Students have enjoyed finding out about all the different Clubs and Societies available to them. https://t.co/EMhYa7nZfi

11/09/18

Today we are launching our Clubs & Societies Fair at lunchtime for all students to view and register their interest in over 60 clubs on offer. This is an opportunity for all students to Take on a new challenge.

11/09/18

Our Young Chamber and Interact hope that you can attend the Catwalk Catastrophe Murder Myster Evening on Saturday, 6 October! For more details or to book contact k.finlay.viat.org.uk. https://t.co/8r8vLg8rKw

11/09/18

Congratulations to everyone earning their bronze and silver awards for DofE. https://t.co/vjm1f2ceNt

10/09/18

Tonight we welcome over 250 guests to celebrate the success of our students completing their Bronze and Silver DofE awards. Well done girls!

10/09/18

Year 13 Investigating Capacitors in Series and Parallel - Keep up the great work! https://t.co/Rhrj98WiI7

10/09/18

'I did not think I would be using a sewing machine in my second Textiles lesson!' Year 7's enjoying their first go on the sewing machines today. https://t.co/yJqTfk25uo

06/09/18

On 6 September, Year 11 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group. Well done Year 11, keep up the good work!

05/09/18

The House Competitions are underway! Year 8 playing Capture the Flag in Period 5 this afternoon. https://t.co/coHOY8V3v4

05/09/18

We would like to wish all Year 6 students sitting the 11+ test tomorrow the very best of luck. Remember that all you can do is try your very best. https://t.co/aDPGXAYu29

05/09/18

On 5th September, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group. Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!”

05/09/18

Tonight we welcome our Year 12 students and parents to our Post 18+ Options Information Evening (6-8.30pm). This will include Academic Support and Career Guidance including workshops for UCAS/Oxbridge/Apprenticeships/Student Finance.

04/09/18

For our second workshop of the week we look forward to welcoming another 65 students this afternoon for our 11+ Maths Preparation Workshop.

04/09/18

Exciting News : Invicta Grammar School has been nationally recognised as a Transforming Educational Practice under SSAT's Framework for Exceptional Education. More to follow in this weeks Invicta News.

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Posted on: October 16th 2017

2017 World School Australia - Blog Two

World School 2017 – Noosa  

On Monday, we were met bright and early at Brisbane Airport, by the welcoming committee of St Paul’s School. After a quick snack and a tour of the airport shops, we met the other delegates who had just arrived from the USA, Italy, Germany, Japan, Thailand, India, Hong Kong and Romania.  
After a short stop at St Paul’s we jumped on a coach to Noosa North Shore, where we spent the next 5 nights. Our accommodation at Noosa Eco retreat was just 100m from Lake Cooroibah and at the gateway to the Great Sandy National Park. 

It has been a very busy week - Miss Laming started her days at 5.30 by running to the beach with staff from Finland and Australia, while Ellie, Asha and Holly were kept busy from 6am until 11pm every day! However, it has been an unforgettable experience and, as you can see from the photos, it was a stunning place to be staying in. We are feeling incredibly lucky to have worked here for a few days!

World School Forum 2017 officially opened On Tuesday, with speeches from Dr Paul Browning, Head of St Paul’s School, Daryoosh Matsudaira, World School Director, James Harman, the Principle of Kanto International High School and Jon Andrews, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning at St Paul’s School. We also received a fantastic welcome from an Aboriginal elder, who also talked to us about the surrounding area, played the digeridoo (which was very impressive!) and led us in our cultural activity; painting our own boomerangs! 

Following this, Ellie, Asha and Holly gave their country presentation. They presented with great professionalism, as well as with humour, and were very well received by all of the delegates. This year, each country was given two ‘Global Design Challenges’ to present on, revolving around the theme, ‘The Future of Food and Water’. These challenges included:  the amount of water accessed for agriculture; dealing with the world’s waste; the impact of commercialisation on food supplies, the reliance on convenience food; and sustainable access to clean water. It was fascinating to find out different perspectives on global challenges and was also a brilliant opportunity to learn more about each country.

On Wednesday, the delegates started their task preparation. Tim Osborne, Head of Learning – Design at St Paul’s School, introduced the Design Led Innovation process the students are using to solve the problems associated with this year’s theme. In groups of six (with a selection of students from each country), the delegates were all given one of the Global Design Challenges. Firstly, they studied and annotated their problem, establishing definitions of each word and what themes the challenges encompassed. Secondly, they brainstormed ideas as to who the challenge applied to and who they needed to make the solutions accessible to.

Over the next few days they came up with 'How Might We' statements, which proposed initial ideas regarding solutions. They were then given 100 squares of paper and 15 minutes to come up with 100 possible or impossible solutions to the problem. The groups then categorised these solutions under headings, such as ‘Domestic Politics’ and ‘Technology’. They will use all of this information next week when they begin to establish feasible solutions.

Thursday was performance day - it was finally the time to put all of their hard work and practice into the real performance! With the help of Katie Mason (one of the 2016 World School delegates) as their choreographer, Ellie, Asha and Holly were able to celebrate great British music with the enthusiastic audience, who sang along to every song that came on, from Queen, to the Spice Girls, to One Direction.

Their nerves were high as they were selected as the first to perform, but everyone was excited as the night got underway. The girls decked out the tables, where the audience sat, with Union Jack flags so that everybody could join in and get involved, especially during the final song: ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles. The girls did a fantastic job of keeping everyone entertained, and were a perfect opening number!   

Every delegation performed incredibly well, displaying pride and passion for their culture and heritage. Some delegates danced, some sang, some acted, and some did a mix of all three! All in all, it was a wonderful way to share and immerse ourselves in the cultures of others, and each and everyone's warm reception to every performance made the experience enormously enjoyable!

We also received many opportunities to participate in activities during our time in Noosa, such as mountain biking, paddle boarding, rock climbing and raft building. Ellie and Asha went mountain biking (which turned out to be very, very wet and muddy!), Holly had a great time rock climbing and Miss Laming had a brilliant time paddle boarding! 

We also spent a day at the beach, where the delegates were kept busy, practicing life-saving techniques shown by the team at Noosa Surf Club, playing games, swimming through the surf and exploring the shopping street! Meanwhile, the staff spent several hours playing in the waves – Miss Laming particularly enjoyed how warm the water was, compared to the sea at home! 

The week was rounded off with a party on Friday evening, where the delegates could all relax and get their dancing shoes on! While sad to be saying goodbye to Noosa, we are very much looking forward to meeting our host families and spending the next week in Brisbane.