We were extremely fortunate to welcome Justin Cooke, a high profile speaker to Invicta. We were extremely fortunate to welcome Justin Cooke, a high profile speaker to Invicta. - Invicta Blogs - Invicta Grammar School
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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

05/07/18

Our new Year 7 have had a great Taster Day today, making new friends and experiencing lessons here, whilst finding their way around. We look forward to welcoming them back in September. https://t.co/IMVNAyOA5c

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Posted on: March 2nd 2015

We were extremely fortunate to welcome Justin Cooke, a high profile speaker to Invicta. We were extremely fortunate to welcome Justin Cooke, a high profile speaker to Invicta.

Justin is the Founder of POSSIBLE UK, WPP Digital’s largest global agency.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of FutureLearn, one of the world's largest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Platforms, along with being a Member of the No. 10 Downing Street Digital Advisory Board for the GREAT Campaign.  Wired Magazine listed him in its Top 100 survey of Britain's experienced digital power-brokers and, in June 2013, Econsultancy ranked him the second most influential person in UK digital. To cap an amazing 12 months in September 2013, he was inducted into the British Digital Hall of Fame.  So, you can see why it was a superb opportunity for our students to listen to someone like Justin.

Justin is an inspirational speaker, working on behalf of the Speakers for Schools Charity – an organization providing schools with talks from a range of industry leading professionals and academics.  The network consists of 950 speakers who donate their time to speak about their background and area of expertise, to provide stimulating experiences for students. 

Our students learnt how Justin, as a former Chair and now an Ambassador of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA), the industry body for everyone working in digital Britain and yet, he discovered digital media while studying Drama at the University of Manchester. This was a superb message for our students and one that I advocate – you can combine academic studies with vocational learning.  Listening to him, it was very clear that his drama skills gave him the confidence to believe in himself.  Justin provided a pertinent message by explaining that in life, it is important to have self-belief but that you must also listen to others.  In talking to students and staff after his speech, it was clear that this was a strong message.  Equally, he explained that we must not be afraid of making mistakes.  His experiences of learning from mistakes were ‘real’ and ‘heart-felt’ and as a result, this was well received by all of us.  I was so pleased, as this is something that we encourage students to accept and remember for life.  One particular aspect of Justin’s speech that was of great value was the fact that ‘if you enjoy what you do, you will not see it as work’.  I really liked this idea because it is essentially what I would like for all my students and staff.  I know that in reality, there will always be times when it is tough and we think of ‘work’ as hard and a struggle. However, I also endorse the point that you ‘get back, what you put into your work.’  But, to enjoy what you do, really does make the ‘world of work’ rewarding and nowhere near as hard!

Justin is deeply passionate about ‘investing in harnessing digital’s power to change the world in pioneering, transformational and measurable ways’. I am hoping that we too, have a large number of students who will now be inspired to be equally, as keen to change things using Justin’s concepts of ‘loving’ what you do, whilst understanding that mistakes are ‘positive’ if we learn from them, along with the need to have faith in our own ability.  What an inspirational message!  I shall look forward to seeing our students continue to be motivated by such eloquent speakers.  Thank you Justin and thank you too, to Speakers for Schools who are doing such a great job in enabling such a thought-provoking scheme.