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27/03/20

Thank you to all our VIAT Parents for home schooling this week – ‘Cut yourself some slack, be kind to yourself you are doing an amazing job!’ https://t.co/wxAL4GVccL

27/03/20

We may all be stuck at home but at least it gives us a bit more to read something really good. This is a list of 100 books to try and read before you leave secondary school. Why don’t you give one a go, or see how many you’ve read already? https://t.co/yyrmq2RK5C

27/03/20

Happy Birthday Chloe! We hope you've enjoyed your - the cakes looks yummy🧁 https://t.co/XMQI5X0YuR

27/03/20

Yesterday Ella in 9S celebrated her 14th Birthday with help from her form! They all sang Happy Birthday to her on Teams as she blew out her candles on her cake! https://t.co/FVFrDXNj8a

27/03/20

The Plank Challenge is proving to be a little harder than first thought. Can you show us how it's done? https://t.co/sPVYXVuKpi

26/03/20

Invicta's salute in honour of all the NHS staff working hard through the Coronavirus outbreak. https://t.co/bNasmhhJVt

26/03/20

For all our theatre fans - what a great way to watch the shows you love! https://t.co/kOls6iJHQC

26/03/20

As part of our Personal Development Programme, students were asked to create a piece of creative writing to describe how the Fundamental British Values they have enjoyed in society, possibly taken for granted, have been affected due to the lockdown. The response has been amazing! https://t.co/iE3Zs4FWwz

26/03/20

Psychology Club has continued virtually despite the lack of ‘real classroom’. Discussing the link between existentialism, philosophy and religions. Do we have an essence, a purpose, a list of duties? Also, and very importantly they shared pictures of their ! https://t.co/DXFeE3DPmq

26/03/20

Food Preparation and Nutrition practical lessons are still in full swing this week with Year 7 making some yummy looking (and hopefully tasting) stir fry! https://t.co/o2Uf8tFqMF

26/03/20

We look forward to seeing all our students tonight at 8pm! https://t.co/BJACCwxZAj

25/03/20

Happy Birthday Daisy-Ellen! Glad to hear you enjoyed your https://t.co/0v8BNMwzfh

25/03/20

He’s definitely rocking the lab coat! https://t.co/9cn3z8sE95

25/03/20

Lily in 7A has been enjoying her first week of ! She has received lots of help from her study buddy Billie and used her personal development time well, to draw an amazing eye! https://t.co/e65Gw7da3S

25/03/20

If you are due to submit an Appeal application by 27 March, please can we ask you email your Appeal form only to office.viat.org.uk so that we can log your application, and ask you keep in contact with KCC for guidance!

25/03/20

'The perks of is that you get to have birthday cake at lunchtime!' Katie in 7T celebrated her brothers birthday yesterday - has anyone else celebrated their birthday in insolation? https://t.co/a9fvhmD60s

25/03/20

Parents keep your eyes peeled! We can't wait to see all your entries... https://t.co/oSgVr77Lc3

25/03/20

Love it!

25/03/20

Well done girls - keep up the great work and ! https://t.co/brOLYhSFn1

25/03/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

We have been informed some parents have received an email stating: ‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’. This is a scam email - do not respond, and delete immediately. https://t.co/r6cJP28dyY

25/03/20

Lauren Hill in Curie 1 has created some beautiful artwork with the help of her dog Pippin! https://t.co/RfxoGEBxDV

25/03/20

The girls in 7G have all been doing their 30 minutes of physical activity - well done! Keep the pictures coming girls... https://t.co/7HM8DWbK1Q

24/03/20

Our very own Miss Gulvin having a break from to . https://t.co/OX5lvx7Ckt

24/03/20

If you are still finding it hard to find pasta in the supermarkets, then why not make your own! 👩‍🍳You can even add ingredients to give your pasta an exciting colour. If you do not have a pasta machine at home use a rolling pin and knife to cut the pasta. https://t.co/RWdjCDyfFm

24/03/20

Great work - keep it up! https://t.co/Uvlv1HfKhY

24/03/20

Virtual School Day 2 is in full swing! Well done Maddie... https://t.co/AeYAKIjM0P

24/03/20

Retweeted From Kent Fire and Rescue Service

To help out with home schooling, we'll be bringing you video lessons from our education team, as well as ideas for art class & even PE with our crews! Today’s lesson: Make a fire engine from things you can find around the house. Send us a snap when you're done! https://t.co/0QZ2LikCKf

24/03/20

Calling all Geographers, now that our evenings have become a little quieter...what a great time to sink your teeth into some Geography documentaries! Why not watch with the whole family - they're great conversation starters! Let us know which one's your favourite!🌎 https://t.co/2jthdC9XOl

24/03/20

Well done Amélie! We can’t wait to see how they grow - keep us updated! 🌱 https://t.co/fAQNmdxUhU

23/03/20

Well done Alex and family! Keep up the great work 🤩

23/03/20

With the end of Virtual School Day 1 drawing to a close - how have you found the day? And what did you do in your personal development time? https://t.co/B9hwSQ4Ccu

23/03/20

Retweeted From British Dyslexia Association

We are pleased announce that we have more places available for our FREE parents webinar next Tuesday. Please note that places are limited by the technology and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. https://t.co/6bPvBNylVS https://t.co/lKpulWx395

23/03/20

Please listen to the news and only go out for the essentials, only send children to school if parents have no alternative - we need to all look after one another! https://t.co/kQHBwSdjCG

23/03/20

Perfect for all our students! With audio books available in German, French and Spanish! https://t.co/8AVPmp3hK5

20/03/20

It is with a heavy heart we close our doors today for an unknown period of time. We look forward to seeing all your smiley faces and cheeky banter on our new Virtual School starting on Monday. https://t.co/nG6UZUDGIs

19/03/20

Retweeted From The Body Coach

😀 PE WITH JOE starting Monday morning at 9am on my YOUTUBE channel: The Body Coach TV 📺 Please please share this with as many people as you can ❤️ Our kids need this more than ever. Share it on your stories, your wall, your Twitter, whatsapp and school newsletters ❤️ https://t.co/ioFGeFRpuK

17/03/20

This morning members of our Reading Hack group picked up their copies of . We are all excited to read and review the book over the next few weeks. https://t.co/XUbmQL54Yk

16/03/20

Last week in bee club the girls learnt how to dissect a daffodil. They saw the pollen and the learned the different parts of the flower! 🐝 https://t.co/t7cTiuPiFT

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.