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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: January 8th 2018

Happy New Year!  As we embark upon a new year, everyone thinks about resolutions and particularly diets.

Happy New Year!  As we embark upon a new year, everyone thinks about resolutions and particularly diets.  However, I would rather think about the fact that when we make resolutions, we make choices.

In October, Richard Thaler won this year's Nobel Prize for Economics. He co-wrote the global best seller ‘Nudge’, which explored how humans make bad or irrational choices. He referred to the fact that we are not the rational beings of more traditional economic theory: given two options, we are likely to pick the wrong one even if that means making ourselves less well off. 

Lack of thinking time, habit and poor decision-making mean that even when presented with a factual analysis - for example, on healthy eating, we are still likely to pick burger and chips; we are hungry, in a hurry and burger and chips is what we always buy. 

‘Nudge theory’ takes account of this, based on the simple premise that we choose what is easiest over what is wisest. Tests have shown that putting healthier foods on a higher shelf increases sales. The food is more likely to be in someone's eye line and therefore "nudge" that person towards the purchase - whether they had any idea about the obesity argument or not. The results of what Thaler’s team were able to achieve were so impressive that governments across the globe took the ideas on board and the Behavioural Insight Unit, or ‘Nudge Unit’ for short, was set up in the UK in 2010. This unit looks at how they might add a compelling reason to an ordinary official request, for instance asking people to pay their parking tickets, sign up for a pension, or become an organ donor - the sort of official letters you might get through the post that often get ignored. 

Using the acronym EAST, their principle is that if you make a request to someone that is easy, attractive, socially acceptable and timely, people are much more likely to do what they are asked. The Nudge unit recruited 100,000 more people each year to carry organ donor cards. They discovered that the most effective slogan to present to people renewing their car tax disc online was one that appealed to them personally – therefore when you signed up for a car tax disc, it asked you the question: "If you needed an organ transplant, would you have one?". This one simple addition to the form has persuaded so many more people to sign up to be an organ donor. One of the interesting points Thaler makes is that ‘friction costs’. If you make things just a little bit easier for people, at the right time, in a way that looks good to them and makes them feel like they will be the odd one out if they do not do it – they will probably do the right thing. 

Teachers already use nudge theory on students – they personalise feedback, to get to know them and what helps them work most effectively. There are lots of nudge tactics at work in school. But we can also use nudge theory for our own benefit - make things easy, attractive, socially acceptable and timely. For instance, really working hard on handwriting and spelling makes it much easier for an examiner to read your work and give you the good mark you deserve. You can make looking out for each other the social norm; and if you take the lead, for example by refusing to take part in, and always reporting, cyber-bullying, then research shows that other people will follow you down that easier path of less resistance. If you are asking for something, from a friend or a teacher, make sure you give people enough time to get the answer for you. Ask in the right way - politeness costs nothing - and you may well be surprised to see what others can be nudged into doing for you when you least expect it. If you create friction, it is more difficult to get what you want and who would want to make life more difficult if they could avoid it?

So, as our theme for this week, is ‘Take Inspiration’ I am advocating that we take inspiration from Richard Thaler.  When making resolutions and considering choices, we need to use the nudge theory for our own benefit and that of others - make things easy, attractive, socially acceptable and timely.  I am sure that this will have an enormous impact upon us all!