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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

"No such thing as a free lunch" - Year 12 and 13 students completing hands on programming tasks to earn their lunch great day learning outside the classroom. https://t.co/oBbo2I8lFu

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

12/11/18

Orbis provided A Level computer science students with a wonderful day including hands-on programming, consideration of Cloud services and a brief introduction to the world of Economics! Thanks to and https://t.co/u7SatOTt3X

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

09/11/18

Big thank you to Lizzie from Maidstone Hockey Club for teaching us all something new at hockey club last night, everyone enjoyed it very much. We can't wait for next week! https://t.co/BKRoFQDyzH

08/11/18

Don't forget non-uniform day tomorrow - Friday, 9 November. We are looking forward to seeing your armed forces themed wear! £1 on the door for our RAG charities https://t.co/2YPTd33xHz

08/11/18

The World Challenge girls had a good POP session yesterday, doing some fitness to get them expedition ready! https://t.co/7rJRmAuMCE

08/11/18

Well done Jessika. Keep it up!

07/11/18

We have our first cross-stitch masterpiece completed in POP this afternoon! The rest of the group are working hard to complete their own masterpieces. https://t.co/0v8qnt9cEm

07/11/18

We received a phone call from a passenger travelling on the No 6 bus. She wanted to praise our students for ‘their exemplary behaviour, the bus was very busy and many students stood up to offer the elderly their seats'. Well done to any girls that travel on the No 6 bus!

07/11/18

7G have been using microscopes in science this morning to look at onion cells and cheek cells. They loved it! https://t.co/tdVJ1WRqEH

07/11/18

Year 7 have been conducting their very own science experiment in food technology this morning to see the science behind cupcake making! They worked in groups of four and missed out an ingredient each and then recored their results. https://t.co/2CdqtYrqzM

06/11/18

Year 10 are making chocolate orange mousse this afternoon in their GCSE food technology lesson. https://t.co/5Sb44YrxGN

05/11/18

Year 12 are studying Carol Ann Duffy's latest poem 'The Wound in Time' in their English lesson this afternoon as part of the WW1 centenary. https://t.co/UHl3NMozud

05/11/18

35 of our students have been shortlisted, from 550 entries, in the Armistice 100 Schools Poetry Prize competition. These students poems will be in a book published by Carol Ann Duffy and will attend an awards ceremony later this month. Well done girls, we are very proud!

02/11/18

The preparations for the World War 1 centenary are well underway - with our POPpies display nearly finished. And the crocheted POPpies handmade by students also now on sale! https://t.co/4FQNZmFPSi

02/11/18

Please contact the school office to speak to Mrs Finlay or Mrs Rush if you would like to join us. https://t.co/aQ48mWG1Aw

01/11/18

Thank you Miss Parry for our books, it was nice to see you and great fun giving you a tour of our new school! - Evie and Harriet https://t.co/NMzRDJVCTP

01/11/18

Year 8 are hard at work making iPhone and iPad stands in their DT lesson. https://t.co/VjR0LDVj43

01/11/18

Yesterday afternoon the gymnastics POP group had a great session at Pegasus Gym Club testing out their skills on the bars, beam and rings. https://t.co/RWhX6Uo4FA

31/10/18

The CSI Invicta Team have been extracting DNA from strawberries this afternoon. https://t.co/R8mLF7PupP

31/10/18

Young Chamber's Spooktacular Bake Sale with toffee apples, halloween cookies and cakes has sold out! What a scary break time treat.👻 https://t.co/AY9ZQQMWsr

31/10/18

A huge congratulations to Eleanor in 9T, who performed at the Mercure Hotel for The Young Lives Foundation in October. We have received a letter commending her exceptional harp playing. Well done, we are very proud.

30/10/18

Year 7 have been busy in History preparing for their mock election, deciding who should be King in 1066. Today they presented their campaigns with flyers, posters, badges and flags. The deciding vote was for Harald Hadrada to be crowned! https://t.co/yfgOG6Risj

30/10/18

In Year 13's Chemistry lesson this morning the students have been making buffer solution and testing their PH using probes. https://t.co/sjWZd9oSe0

29/10/18

Wishing every success and Good Luck to all our Year 11 students sitting their GCSE Mocks this week.

29/10/18

How much do you know about Shakespeare? This morning, our Year 7's have been challenged to a Shakespeare Quiz in their English lesson! https://t.co/W46N4MFyHq

26/10/18

Don't forget dance auditions for the school production on Tuesday 30 October, shortly followed by the cast list. Good luck everyone! https://t.co/HyzuBMIYDb

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths


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The ‘National STEM Agenda’ ensures that students are not only excited by Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths but also that they are encouraged and well equipped to pursue a career in STEM areas, should this be of interest to them.   At Invicta Grammar School,  Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are at the heart of the curriculum and a huge range of STEM opportunities are actively supported and promoted - both in and out of lessons.

As a result of creative teaching and exciting super-curricular activities, we have ever improving results in the STEM fields at GCSE and A Level.  We are also proud that many students are nominated for and have won awards in STEM fields.  These include a Year 12 student winning the Sapphire Award for Problem Solving in the Advanced Physics Olympiad;  Year 8 students winning the Regional Salter’s Chemistry festival ahead of many other grammar schools; Year 13 students reaching the County Finals in the Kent Messenger Bright Sparks Festival and Kent University School Physicists awards for Year 11 and Year 12 students.

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STEM opportunities are not confined to lessons and an extensive extra-curricular programme allows students to achieve Bronze and Silver CREST awards; become STEM leaders (as part of a national qualification) and take part in exciting competitions such as  the robotics group who competed in the regional final of the national LEGO competition.

Big band show 4  Stem discovery park 22  Stem discovery park 12

Students’ curiosity of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is supported through trips to STEM facilities and activity days which are too numerous and frequent to list.   However, the highlights from this year include:

-          The national Big Bang festival at Birmingham NEC.
-          The local Big Bang festival at Discovery Park, Sandwich
-          Chemistry at Work trip, also to Discovery Park, Sandwich.

As a result of the enthusiasm and engagement of our students, we also have a plethora of guest speakers who are keen to share their STEM experiences.  This has allowed for a STEM day for Year 7 and extended learning lectures for students who may in fact be considering higher education or a career in these fields.

Invicta Grammar School also supports the national drive for STEM throughout the year and ran fantastically exciting events for national Science Week and STEM month. These included:

-          Pig Head Dissection.
-          Rat Dissection.
-          Fruity Batteries – light up a bulb with an orange!
-          Create your own lava lamps.
-          Dangerous Demonstrations lunchtime session.
-          Produce a lustrous non-Newtonian fluid – “Make Glitter Slime.”
-          Squishy Circuits – investigating resistance using ‘play-do’ of different  conductivities.

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During National STEM month, the spirit of competition was in the air with students competing to gain House Points in an effort to win the overall House Cup.  The challenges included:

-          The Straw Boat Challenge – to see which boat could hold the most mass without sinking.
-          The Waste Catapult Challenge – who can use the recycling from the school to fire a drinks can the
           furthest?
-          The Parachute Challenge can you land an egg safely on the floor from two stories up?
-          The Beeswax Cosmetic Challenge – linking to Business and Enterprise, can you follow a method to
           produce cosmetics from the beeswax made from the beehive at school?
-          Family Crane Challenge – which family would build the best crane from Connex in one hour?

To summarise, STEM is not something else that we do at Invicta, it is in all aspects of school life which gives our students a brighter start to their careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It is for this reason, that we have a significant number of students progress to study these areas at a much higher level at University.