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07/08/20

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Looking for a soundtrack to your summer break? We present the Virtual Valley Park Live Lounge! https://t.co/TFLOJN17tm

07/08/20

Our new Year 4, 5 and 6 Transition Workshops are now live and ready for you to book. We look forward to meeting you and your daughter very soon! https://t.co/T25bhYvRp4

06/08/20

Mr Perry and Mrs Alizadeh have rescued this huge moth from the wildflower meadow! Can you identify what species of moth it is? https://t.co/KBN0vTC9EG

05/08/20

Well done to Chandanasri in 8C who has received her Bronze Keeping Busy Certificate today! https://t.co/ihQDxQM0W6

03/08/20

'Can you imagine yourself in 10 years if instead of avoiding the things you know you should do, you actually did them every single day - that's powerful' - Jordan Peterson. Don't forget to seize the day and share with us how you are keeping busy and motivated!

17/07/20

We have finally made it to the end of the academic year and it has certainly been a memorable one! We are incredibly proud of each and every one of our students. You have all earned a well deserved rest! Enjoy your summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September. https://t.co/601jqTMZb7

17/07/20

Retweeted From Poetry By Heart

Summer Challenge is up in the Learning Zone for your students - everyone can join in! Set the task now and you'll have a celebratory start to the new school year, an oven-ready showcase and everything you need for Poetry By Heart 2021! https://t.co/ohQXjWV1Ix

17/07/20

Up for a little summer challenge? Why not take part in our Poetry by Heart summer holiday challenge and share with us your favourite poem. For full details, see the email from Miss Sayer telling you exactly how you can get involved.

16/07/20

We cannot wait to welcome you all to our Year 5 Explore the School Day. Don’t forget your tickets! https://t.co/tubc4vGEs4

15/07/20

Calling all Business and Economics students! Chancellor Rishi Sunak is cutting the rate of VAT on hospitality and tourism from today...but what does this all mean 🤔 https://t.co/oQOvSxZoA7

15/07/20

Today we welcomed Year 8 back for their Welfare Tutorials. We had a wonderful day and it was great to hear how you have all been! https://t.co/oCdFvOuTRY

15/07/20

Acids and Alkalis. Take bees and wasps, the two villains of summer days – one bumbling but painful, the other evil-looking and vicious. These insects are also chemical opposites. The sting of a bee is acidic, whilst that of a wasp is alkali!

15/07/20

We hope you enjoyed the quiz! https://t.co/krmaVlkBts

15/07/20

We are so proud to share with you, that we have been name the Best Secondary School in Kent! What a great way to end the year 🤩 https://t.co/0m9kpKqlMy

15/07/20

7A have been up-cycling in their BEN lesson this week! Haven't they done an amazing job? https://t.co/HONenVJjtr

15/07/20

It was so lovely to welcome Year 9 back in yesterday for some pebble painting and a catch up with friends and teachers. We can't wait to have you back in September! https://t.co/kP3H2B2Jhh

14/07/20

Retweeted From The Reading Agency

We're delighted to share activity highlights for the Reading Together Day on 16 July! 18 organisations are collaborating on a shared schedule of events. Head to our website for more details of the day: https://t.co/u3hNbrU4hQ https://t.co/GSTpvKbcFy

14/07/20

Over the summer we would like to challenge you to the My Active Life Challenge! This is an activity organised by the to help you stay active and healthy during the summer holidays. Click the link below to find out more https://t.co/Fvly6kWBLF

14/07/20

Ruth in 7V has been experimenting with water droplets in her photography. GCSE Photography awaits you Ruth, very well done! https://t.co/qwjlbmyUlQ

14/07/20

Wow Eva! Very well done! https://t.co/fRm0tLelG1

14/07/20

Years 7 & 8 have the wonderful opportunity today to watch one of Shakespeare's plays brought to life. With thanks to who have managed to bring the magic of live theatre to our students online!

14/07/20

Thank you , we are glad Charlotte enjoyed her day, We cannot wait til the girls are all back in September! https://t.co/I9vxvQdUvF

14/07/20

Try this at home experiment. What happens to the level of water if you add salt to a glass of water? The water level will go down. Why? the dissolved ions from the salts in the water allow the solvent molecules to order themselves better.

13/07/20

Calling all budding entrepreneurs! Can you turn your ideas into a business in lockdown? https://t.co/CUUZRqhZxi

13/07/20

Well done to all the Year 7's who joined us in school today. We hope you enjoyed seeing your friends and teachers, you all painted some amazing pebbles! https://t.co/gQgKYvTCjv

13/07/20

Well done to Ameena in 8S who has designed this great T-Shirt. She drew a dragon with the help of a stencil she made, and used what ever she could find in the kitchen which was bleach! Doesn't it look fantastic? https://t.co/NWkd42GPgc

13/07/20

We are so excited to welcome Year 7 back into school today for their Welfare Tutorials. This morning the girls have painted some beautiful pebbles. It is so lovely to have them back in, even if it's only for a short while! https://t.co/pnd7WXDeF7

10/07/20

Just a few days into school closure we asked students to explore how Fundamental British Values might be affected due to the lockdown. As always, they rose to the challenge and created this… https://t.co/amGICEeQc1

10/07/20

Well done to Imogen, Alfreda, Alex, Chloe and Isla 7G, Isabella, Ellie, Lucia, Isobel, Sarah, Niamh, Madison, Georgia and Omowonuola 7C, Kobi, Renee, Isabelle, Cheyenne 7N and Amelie, Gabrianna, Phoebe 8N who have made it through to the second round of the Competition! https://t.co/OfGlBZeY3v

10/07/20

Well done to Hannah in 10A who has been selected to receive the Philip Jones Memorial Prize at ! Very well done Hannah - congratulations! https://t.co/7yFrP554A8

10/07/20

Wonu in 7C has made chilli con carne for her family with Nachos, cheese and cucumbers on the side. She also made some cupcakes, sausage, mash and some cheesy pasta earlier in the week. What a feast! Well done Wonu. https://t.co/Hh3x7hqV6s

10/07/20

Well done to Georgia in 7C who, with a little help from her dad, has built a hedgehog cafe! Georgia wanted to help stop the declining number of hedgehogs by giving them a safe place to stay. She has even had a customer! https://t.co/imigj0Peud

09/07/20

Mr Waters’ favourite word is “spaghettification” and is the name given to the process caused by a black hole “swallowing” an object as it draws the object out into a long, thin spiral of atoms. What is your favourite word?

09/07/20

Great to see what IGS brass players have been doing during lockdown. https://t.co/GFEQEXwp7w

09/07/20

Mrs Alizadeh and her bees had a special visitor this week! Ben had the opportunity to meet the Invicta Bees and wear all the gear. 🐝 https://t.co/Je5KB7qmcY

09/07/20

Calling all school leavers - On Friday 10 July at 10am, the Prime Minister will be giving an address to all school leavers which will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. https://t.co/Q7zslSY5Xt

08/07/20

Great to hear so many students are doing so well in the two grade challenge. Keep up the practice everyone.

08/07/20

Did you know water can boil and freeze at the same time? This occurs at what is known as the “triple point” and is caused by the temperature and pressure of the surroundings. https://t.co/t9C4kj5hjm

08/07/20

Its so why not join Abi from the as she ‘pots-on’ veg seedlings and also shows us some easy ways to encourage wildlife into our gardens. Click the link to investigate… https://t.co/rgsWJrGnZW https://t.co/1JL1BiBR6d

08/07/20

Well done Poppy! We will be posting your award shortly... https://t.co/mdAFJcmdtH

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.