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22/10/20

‘The power of Student Voice’ Yesterday reps from each year group met with Mrs Derrick to discuss issues & concerns raised by each. https://t.co/NPnifawmVr

21/10/20

Year 12 History have been learning about post-war immigration to Britain and have been creating mood boards on 1950s consumerism. https://t.co/B1pjGquWzx

21/10/20

Retweeted From Lucy Cuthew

That is so lovely to see. I hope they do enjoy it! https://t.co/usbRWqPNdU

21/10/20

Mr Hancock's Year 9 Historians are transformed into Times newspaper journalists as they report on events of ‘Life in Russia under the Tsar in 1900’. I am sure you will agree that the papers look very authentic https://t.co/fBOECy8kb0

21/10/20

Retweeted From Spookspeare's Globe 👻

This November, grab your popcorn, bundle yourself in a blanket and pull up a pew (or deck chair!) for Shakespeare on Screen: a weekend of socially-distanced, open-air screenings of some of the most popular Shakespearean films of all time. Cue the reel… 🎥 https://t.co/xQV93wbyaa

21/10/20

Who doesn’t love some book post? Thank you to and our older students are looking forward to reading and reviewing by https://t.co/jfA7vuNVdH

21/10/20

Year 9 English students have read ‘Mother to Son’ & were asked to write their own version using a different extended metaphor. Well done Esme and Avani https://t.co/NrkR6P9iR5

20/10/20

We are counting down to when our students are able to use our fully refurbished AstroTurf. With new lighting too! A superb addition to our growing sports facilities. https://t.co/Lox270z0Ht

20/10/20

Fun was had by all by of our Year 10 Bronze students who completed their practice expedition last weekend. Smiles all round!! 🤗 https://t.co/xL7NPzBYtj

20/10/20

Looking for something to read? Our library has an excellent selection of books by black authors for our students to select via the library portal. https://t.co/U0iCGyCJO1

20/10/20

We would love for all our Year 7-9 students to get involved in the writing competition, in support of Black History Month. https://t.co/yycLdzH9ru

19/10/20

Retweeted From 🌈The STEM Hub

Learn about how , like our STEM Ambassadors at , solve the challenges of today and discover the cures and treatments of tomorrow. https://t.co/mJ5i9k1avD https://t.co/dJuHWOjkTR

19/10/20

Our panel have started judging and the first decision they had to make was which book to start with. Such a wonderful selection of books. https://t.co/GBZnyoZ7HE

19/10/20

Retweeted From UCAS

Join us live on Facebook at 17:30 (UK time) on Tuesday 20 October. , , and will all be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about university admissions for 2021. See you on Tuesday 👋 https://t.co/hwqBcFVAmY

19/10/20

Have you read our latest blog from Mrs Beales, Head of Upper School. https://t.co/2YUU6pySlB

19/10/20

Plenty to watch this week on the schedule. Thank you to https://t.co/QW4xwCKp2F

18/10/20

Don’t forget to book your tickets for our School at Work Days! Social distance tours available... https://t.co/0P43MLFL8P

15/10/20

We would like to proudly introduce our NEW VIAT Sports Hall. We hope you enjoy our little video. We are very excited to start using the facilities after half term. https://t.co/yrEWEf1CG2

15/10/20

A selection of recent donations to the school library from students and staff. We always welcome donations of books. https://t.co/MNkkyZbyKE

15/10/20

Good Luck to all those Year 6 students sitting the 11+ KENT Test today. You got this! https://t.co/vmbmc3UN3I

14/10/20

We are currently experiencing IT technical difficulties. We are unable to receive any emails into school and will update you in due course. If your enquiry is urgent please phone the school. Thank you for your patience.

13/10/20

Last years Y13 student - Aimee, is showcasing her 'Arts Award Gold' work in reception, including a replica costume of Disney's 1937 Snow White dress, and a bomber jacket made to promote the upcoming school production of 'Alice'. https://t.co/cZTkpYGGWm

13/10/20

Retweeted From DofE South East

Pls RT: It's time! Join us for the South East Pumpkin Carving competition and win personalised DofE clothing! Don't miss out - tweet us your pumpkin before 2 November to be in with a chance to win! Open to all! https://t.co/Yj5YDVVaJ7

13/10/20

Retweeted From BAE Systems Maritime

We work at the cutting edge of the delivery and maintenance of complex surface ships, submarines, combat systems and equipment to support . If you'd like to learn more about the work we do and the careers on offer https://t.co/BpkTRqj2ZO https://t.co/LuWgQX3o6f

13/10/20

Year 11 Spanish students practising how to talk about their career choices and ambitions. https://t.co/qrAdfE22RS

13/10/20

We were very impressed by all of the entries last week into our Maths Challenge. If you would like to get involved, send a photo or scan in your solution to mathschallenge.viat.org.uk. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 14 October. https://t.co/tiVowj04j7

13/10/20

In conjunction with Black History month and with the help of the wonderful Horrible Histories, Mrs Geldard's Year 7 classes are studying key figures in history such as Mary Bowser, American Civil War spy and Rosa Parks, pioneering Civil Rights protester. https://t.co/KTdHqaIb4M

13/10/20

More from ‘Geogglebox’ thanks to https://t.co/UJX7FZ4qvX

12/10/20

Have you read our latest Invicta News? Brand new this week we introduce our 'Teacher Profile' starting with Mrs Derrick. Here you will also find the answer to last weeks Maths Challenge. https://t.co/K5qkBzzDCK https://t.co/86gNo4UaJs

12/10/20

DID YOU KNOW: Columbus was rejected by Portugal, France and England! If our King had agreed to fund his voyage perhaps they would speak English in South America and not Spanish!

12/10/20

FALSE: Christopher Columbus was actually born in Genoa in Italy. His voyages however were funded by the Spanish King and Queen. https://t.co/5WcuTQCtzi

12/10/20

Did you know today is Hispanic Day, also known as Columbus Day in the Americas. It commemorates the day that Columbus first landed in the Americas. TRUE OR FALSE: Christopher Columbus was Spanish

12/10/20

Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your visit especially coming on your sisters birthday! We hope you managed to enjoy some cake later. https://t.co/sFsnjTq1Jb

09/10/20

We are really looking forward to seeing those who have booked for our ‘Social Distanced’ Open Day tomorrow. https://t.co/G3AiPXLdIT

08/10/20

We are always happy to welcome back for our professional pictures for all our marketing material. Thank you Stuart. https://t.co/EB2FV4AWiD

08/10/20

Our Year 13 French students developing an understanding of cinematographic techniques and trying to identify the techniques used and their effect/impact in the first scene of Un Long Dimanche de fiançailles, by J.P. Jeunet. https://t.co/6i3yLnRMl6

08/10/20

Last but no means least - 7S enjoying Welcome drinks with our Leadership Team. https://t.co/stHqqSHflS

08/10/20

Mollie King, a singer in The Saturdays explains what it was like for her growing up with dyslexia and why she is now supporting Dyslexia Action. https://t.co/9sN0sMdeNW

08/10/20

Key moments in Black History Month : https://t.co/M5G6UXWbVJ

Wellbeing and Mental Health

Our wellbeing vision is:

To create an environment which actively promotes positive social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and wellness of students and staff.

 

 Wellbeing

Wellbeing Award for Schools

At Invicta Grammar School, we aim to ensure that we care for our students in the best possible way we can.  The essence of our school motto ‘Nurturing aspirations, Inspiring success’ cannot be achieved without considering the wellbeing and safety of our students, staff and stakeholders.  As part of our commitment to this, we were very pleased to secure the new Wellbeing Award for Schools in December 2019, which recognises a school’s efforts to promote and protect positive emotional wellbeing and mental health education and support.

We are proud of the pastoral support we provide our students and we know from our staff that Invicta Grammar School is a good place to work.  However, we are not a school to simply be satisfied with our achievements; every effort is made to develop further, which is why we pursued the award.  The award has helped us to self-review and develop the support services available to all our students and staff and we plan to do this moving forward.

The Wellbeing Award required us to action plan to consciously recognise what we currently do and to make use of additional opportunities to support and promote mental health and wellbeing.  We have secured the award and will use the experience to continue our developments in the future. 

What are we already doing at Invicta to look after our students?

Mental health and wellbeing is a key part of our school development plan in order to improve student and staff wellbeing.

Students at Invicta Grammar School are supported through a range of initiatives detailed below:

 

 

Student Voice is actively encouraged and developed through every individual interaction across the school.  More formally, the Student Voice Representatives and Prefects in each year group meet every six weeks and the Student Voice Prefects meet with the Headteacher once per term to share feedback.

The Student Support Centre is available to students across Years 7 – 11 to access support and guidance when they require this.  Sixth Form students have access to the Sixth Form Office.

PSHEE lessons provide an opportunity for students to engage in dialogue about common mental health needs and develop appropriate decision making and other life skills to help them with self-management and to increase awareness of support services available. 

Coaching is available through relevant trained staff.  Alternatively, a range of Mentoring support services are available in the form of peer mentoring, subject mentoring or pastoral mentoring on a one-to-one basis.

Activ8 aims to promote the positive benefits of physical activity in relation to mental health.  We provide PE lessons across all key stages. Engagement in Clubs and Societies is encouraged to support wellbeing through interaction with others and learning new skills.

Safeguarding and Online Safety is paramount to ensure students’ and staff safety on a day to day basis.  Safeguarding is overseen by a team of Designated Safeguarding Officers plus students are supported through pastoral staff teams and counselling links.

Tutor Time and Assemblies are used to share important messages regarding wellbeing, extend learning and give time for discussion.  External services and events are also promoted through visiting speakers delivering assemblies.  

Me & You Initiatives are ongoing all year round using the Student Bulletin and Looking After Yourselves and Others Notice Board to promote new initiatives both in and outside of school. Student Wellbeing Ambassadors are in place through the Prefect structure to act as peer mentors. 

The school promotes a range of Counselling Links.  A school counsellor is resident within the school on a weekly basis and students are seen on referral.  The school has a strong link with Therapy Partners, a local counselling service, and students and families are supported on referral.  The school also utilises the services of CAMHS, Early Help and the School Nursing service where appropriate for students. 

The Learning Mentor supports students, upon referral via the Head of Year, to develop their learning skills and manage their academic studies in order to enable them to develop a positive school/life balance.  Students are guided in developing skills to enable them to self-manage their learning independently. 

The Reflection Room provides a comfortable and supportive space giving students time and space to reflect on their issues during the school day under the supervision of pastoral staff. 

Pastoral Staff Teams are available throughout the school day to support students wherever necessary.  Each year group has a senior member of staff overseeing the work of a Head of Year and team of Tutors.  Students can access support through Tutor Time or simply by approaching relevant staff in the Student Support Centre and Sixth Form Office as necessary.  

How parents/carers can help

Early intervention is key to us all being successful in supporting young people showing signs of poor emotional or mental wellbeing. 

Warning signs of an issue might include:

  • Increased isolation and being socially withdrawn
  • Changes in mood, eating or sleeping patterns
  • Physical signs of harm and talking about self-harm or suicide – look out for changes in how they dress
  • Secretive behaviour
  • Use of drugs and alcohol
  • A dip in academic progress or increased lateness or absence from school
  • Expressing feelings of failure and self-doubt

In times of need, we would encourage parents/carers to:

  • Spend time listening and try to be understanding of the child’s needs
  • Make sure the child knows they can talk to you anytime about anything
  • Encourage family time and positive social interaction with trusted family friends
  • Show the child affection and give them space to be peaceful
  • Seek advice from professionals and do not be afraid to ask for help

There are some excellent support materials and guidance available on line for parents/carers.  A few we would recommend are as follows:

 

 

Should you notice a change in the behaviour of your own child then please liaise with us at school so we can work together to support them as best we can.