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27/05/20

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Are you joining us in September? Have you sent us some work for our Transition Project? Mrs Hutchinson has had fun today - follow the QR code for more (let us know if you can’t remember the password!). https://t.co/8XodQWBGI4

23/05/20

The wait is finally over! https://t.co/jhZWgsPNQn

22/05/20

It might be the final day of but our support to you is ongoing. We wish you all a happy half term but remember we are still here for you if you are struggling. Keep in touch! https://t.co/JxXgV12Tjt

22/05/20

Well done to Caitlin in 8V who has knitted herself a cardigan. You have done a great job, it looks very cosy! https://t.co/xf3evsFneY

22/05/20

Hannah in Year 12 and her friends from have formed a band and recorded their first song 'The Lion and The Lamb'. They have done a fantastic job and you can see for yourself on the link below! https://t.co/phfICXFanM

22/05/20

If you are concerned about a young person’s and are not sure what extra help is needed you can call the Single Point of Access on 0300 1234496. It is there to help you explore the difficulties and find the most appropriate response.

21/05/20

Gemma in 11A's beautiful freehand sewing! She is going to display this rainbow in her window. Well done Gemma - this is great! https://t.co/RU1e3NMVqJ

21/05/20

Amelia in 7A has drawn these phenomenal pictures, aren't they great? https://t.co/r2oDBrjT7Y

21/05/20

In we would like to promote the service of KOOTH where children and families can access free support! https://t.co/iIRfodW83N

21/05/20

Well done to Jenna in Year 6 who has created all this amazing artwork! https://t.co/wowu8BGFb5

20/05/20

Retweeted From Healthwatch Kent

for is to call someone who might feel lonely and cheer them up! Even a text could make a difference. https://t.co/b4bA8F7rzZ

20/05/20

Renée and her family have had a rainbow photo shoot! They chose 7 colours and then dressed from head to toe in each one. Isn't this great? https://t.co/x7cxePrWSk

20/05/20

During , channel your inner Winnie the Pooh and let us know if you are struggling. We have access to a range of support services and are keen to help. https://t.co/2KmSWx3I87

20/05/20

This week's Food challenge; design a logo for an imaginary restaurant or cafe! We can't wait to see what you create... https://t.co/cinEz3pYtm

19/05/20

At Invicta Grammar School, we are supporting the promotion of and would encourage everyone to watch this short video reflecting why ‘kindness’ is the official chosen theme for the week. https://t.co/uZeCqvIPjJ

19/05/20

Isla in 7G has made this amazing pointillism painting to thank the for all their hard work! Isn't it lovely? Well done Isla! https://t.co/5PI1ZN6bh6

19/05/20

Well done to Rebecca in 7S who has been busy over the past week. She has created some lovely cross stitch, been sewing, baking pizza, creating Brazilian food and painting outside. https://t.co/33utD4CF9H

19/05/20

Amy in 7N has enjoyed cooking stir-fry for her family and is perfecting her handstand into a crab move... We think she looks like a natural at both! https://t.co/o4i0ipHL6U

18/05/20

After the huge success of our Stay Creative competition, we're launching another! This time, there's a STEAM focus so we'd like to see work around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. All VIAT students can take part! Full details here: https://t.co/whO29D9ehj https://t.co/m9l43qIK0C

18/05/20

This , Moodspark is . They provide mental health support to young people in Kent, and their website is full of useful resources and service information for parents and teachers too: https://t.co/az1GJToyl5

18/05/20

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week with a theme of Kindness. Tell us about your recent acts of kindness or experiences of others being kind to you via the keepingbusy email! https://t.co/ybQ1p4YbEY

18/05/20

Anyone for a refreshing lemonade? Well done to Sarah in 7C who has been making her own! https://t.co/aznQcm5TqI

15/05/20

Well done to Chloe in 7T who has had a busy few weeks! She camped overnight in a front room den with her little brother after making a yummy pasta dinner for the family. She has also made chocolate chip and biscuit spread cookies all by herself! https://t.co/8Mc474mBer

15/05/20

Wow Arjun! What a lovely gesture! https://t.co/55tTa4l5c9

15/05/20

Sophia in 7S has been very busy during lockdown! She has made a makeshift basketball hoop, a bird house along with bunting and a cake! Well done Sophia you have been ! https://t.co/4WwHNafCmU

14/05/20

IDAHOBIT Day (17 May) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT+ https://t.co/kI7s9OayRY

14/05/20

Maddie, Keeleigh and Renée in Year 7 have all produced some great artwork this week! Well done girls! https://t.co/aR0amcSdCq

13/05/20

Well done to Charlotte in 7T who has produced this amazing artwork! They are fantastic! https://t.co/xWHEGxKpJB

13/05/20

Anoushka in 8V has made some salted caramel cupcakes and they look delicious! Well done Anoushka! https://t.co/jeKL7wxJiG

13/05/20

Well done to Abigel and Mezi in Year 7 who have dug a pond in their garden! It may have taken them 4 hours - but doesn't it look great? https://t.co/HdisCiQECy

12/05/20

Happy Nurses' Day to all of those incredible Nurses out there - this year more than ever, we thank you. https://t.co/RlJczA57Rd

12/05/20

Well done to Charlotte in 10T, who, without any guidance has used her own time and initiative to devise a program that uses voice recognition to allow a user to play a single or double player game! https://t.co/poRKJUdpug

12/05/20

Miss Fenson would like to share some fantastic python programs from Charlotte, Sophie, Isabelle and Summer in 7N. Well done girls! https://t.co/GW67ue8Yo7

11/05/20

Retweeted From NPL

To kick off ’s challenges, we are asking you to break a flake. When it comes to your breakfast cereal, do you know how strong your flakes are? If not, it’s time to get measuring and investigate 🔍 Ready, steady, break! Find out more: https://t.co/Z6pwnHiQr9 https://t.co/2QNBwG9Zxe

11/05/20

Our students have been busy cooking! Well done to Charlotte and Alina in Year 7 and Mrs Griggs for these yummy bakes! https://t.co/u7fmZLnmVn

11/05/20

It is nice to see our Year 7 students still being creative! Hannah has produced this amazing drawing, along with Alina and Isabelle painting some beautiful artwork and Sarah creating her own plushie! Great work girls! https://t.co/tVV33IbJ4H

11/05/20

A challenge this week from the Food Department; have a go at presenting your dinner as if you were serving it in a restaurant! Post your pictures below, or email keepingbusy. https://t.co/q4rQ4BxQW8

11/05/20

Wow Amy - these look amazing! Well done😋 https://t.co/2bHSgFNHuv

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.