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22/11/18

Sixth Form Language students are testing their skills in this year's European Commission's Translation Competition - Juvenes Translatores! https://t.co/bSlbvXSiEL

22/11/18

Glad you enjoyed it, look forward to seeing you at the Carol Concert!

21/11/18

Rehearsals for tonight's Autumn Concert are well underway. With Choir, Big Band, Vocal Harmony and many more performing - it's a night you do not want to miss, starting at 7pm in the hall! https://t.co/aWQKEFKkaR

21/11/18

Year 7I were tasked to design and make a pasta dish suitable for a teenager. Jessie-Mae surpassed Mrs Billingham's expectations with her creation and has been awarded 2 Excel points. Great Work! https://t.co/k9r6Y0llmo

20/11/18

How to join the Coutts graduate training program, a masterclass in CV writing. https://t.co/bABrygpLEy

20/11/18

What a great display!

20/11/18

Austen House have held a gingerbread and hot chocolate sale today in order to raise money for their chosen house charity - Heart of Kent Hospice, it went down a treat! https://t.co/drqge1liJI

20/11/18

Year 8 have been carrying out a gluten ball experiment in Food Technology to find out the gluten content of different types of flours. https://t.co/ZfbtYH2UlQ

19/11/18

Huge Congratulations Jo. What a magnificent accomplishment! https://t.co/h7P2ngbqHa

19/11/18

Year 7 have been tasting lots of different fish and then recording their findings in their Food Technology lesson this morning! https://t.co/8oBd3JnkxA

19/11/18

Thank you Dr Harkup it was good to welcome you back taking a scientific look at the most sinister supernatural creature. https://t.co/zWnEoKbrX2

19/11/18

On Thursday students attended an Aspire Workshop about Art and the War. https://t.co/CH8tNe0woI

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

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Posted on: March 9th 2015

Last week was an amazingly busy week!

Last week was an amazingly busy week – the Beat the Flood Challenge, an Aspire Visit to Oxford, an Exchange to Germany, Rugby Taster Lessons, huge success in Under 12 Netball Tournaments, Recitals in Cranbrook and All Saints Church, Maidstone, and an Extended Learning Lecture from another distinguished guest, Geoff Riley. How lucky are we?!  However, there are two activities that have really impressed me – the production of ‘Clockwork Girl’, written, produced and performed by our Year 13 student April, along with the fact that Megan, one of our Year 8 students has committed to walk 5 miles a day for the ‘Walk in her Shoes’ charity.  It occurred to me that many of these activities require what I call ‘Grit’ and the fact that our theme for last week was ‘Impact’ highlights our continual drive in learning new skills and further developing our own’ resilience’.  We always encourage risk-taking amongst our students and we have recently heard from a number of speakers on the importance of overcoming fear of failure and developing resilience.

We cannot do enough to encourage resilience to prepare us for the challenges in life and this is particularly important in girls. Psychologist, Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, conducted a series of studies in the 1980s, looking at how students handled new, difficult and confusing material. She found that bright girls, when given something to learn that was particularly foreign or complex, were quick to ‘give up’ and the higher the girls' IQ, the more likely they were to ‘throw in the towel’.  In fact, the straight ‘A’ grade girls showed the most helpless responses. Bright boys, on the other hand, saw the difficult material as a challenge, and found it energizing.  They were more likely to redouble their efforts, rather than give up.  Recent research has shown that this gender difference is still very much the case.

Our girls take part in wide variety of sports, in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, competitions, performances and all the other activities you regularly read about in our newsletter.  These aspects are aimed at building confidence and although I do see this, I still see girls fear the concept of failure.  This week, we have had Mock Examinations, and probably the most frequent comment we hear is one of ‘I have not done well.’  This too, resonates around university/job applications and interviews amongst other aspects.  Yet, just this week, we have heard the superb news that some of our students have received very strong offers to study medicine and veterinary science at prestigious universities.  Not only am I very proud of these girls, but I am also thrilled to know that they are succeeding. 

It is a supreme irony that some girls are reluctant to be involved in the wider aspects of school life because they are focussing on their studies.  Girls working hard academically are very much in their ‘comfort zones’ but academic qualifications alone are never going to be enough for bright girls to compete in the 21st Century.  Recruiters from every sector tell us that they are looking far beyond grades.  They are looking for flexibility, for resilience and for candidates who have ‘an edge.’

Addressing this problem is not easy and there is no set pro-forma.  To enable girls to be unafraid of failure, we have to show them that we will willingly accept their failures and provide them with opportunities to try again.  So, collectively as teachers and parents we face a challenge – to consider the pressures we put on girls to do well and to reflect on the language we use.   Our girls are involved in a huge array of activities and I am extremely grateful to our superb team of staff who give so much time to organise the activities.  It has left me in no doubt that to build resilience in girls is not easy and it is certainly complicated.   However, we need to be relentless in our approach to enable every student to fulfil her potential, by overcoming her fears with a ‘resilient edge’ that will then give her the confidence to face the challenges for the world of work.  I am sure that our students who are in Snowdonia this week will learn that as they climb the mountain against the wind, rain and not to mention the heavy rucksacks!