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20/04/21

Year 9 students considering the ethical implications of Covid https://t.co/1rdc4Sogt7

20/04/21

With lockdowns easing a little we are super excited to bring back some of our Extra-Curricular clubs this term - Introducing PE. https://t.co/QmHg9ypUr8

20/04/21

Wishing Good Luck to Anya in Year 8 for tonights final of Step up to the Plate. https://t.co/FOIuDBjQWn

19/04/21

With non essential stores opening our business/economics department wonder, did you make 'revenge purchases' during the Easter break? https://t.co/4UV8SKvSGL

19/04/21

It’s been great to welcome back into school today serving up these delicious take away delights for our students. https://t.co/0b9vvJhQ4E

15/04/21

With Thanks to for another fantastic guide. This week they look at Snapchat and highlight important tips for parents and carers. https://t.co/ZsRkHZa4QM

15/04/21

Retweeted From 🌈The STEM Hub

Today is Celebrate today by having a go at your very own magnetic painting - a chance to learn about magnetic & non-magnetic materials, whilst being creative! https://t.co/DiHXh0J0VI https://t.co/cYWGy0nlrb

14/04/21

Recently in English, 8S created some blackout poetry based on their studies of Romeo and Juliet.#English https://t.co/5wUe24zsId

12/04/21

During our Year 9 students have been working on a collaborative development series to showcase in a virtual exhibition. Please use the link below to view the amazing work produced. https://t.co/EGOU7t3x32 https://t.co/zbiz3qPsBE

01/04/21

We are looking forward to seeing 70+ families for the virtual 'Easter' Quiz tonight. All proceeds raised go towards https://t.co/iQ8sSDC3aZ

01/04/21

Finally on the last day of term our Sixth Form managed to enjoy a treat from Mrs Derrick! https://t.co/C1Kvd9kSXV

01/04/21

Ever wondered how encryption works? The Computer Science department are pleased to announce they will be hosting a 3-day workshop for Years 7 & 8 taking place next term. This will cover the Caesar, Scytale and Pigpen ciphers. Please sign up if you are interested! https://t.co/qmIERKVEZb

01/04/21

Congratulations to our very own on your first book . We are super proud! https://t.co/csjhgap2B4

01/04/21

Introducing our 'Easter' Photography and Bakes Challenge, please find the details below. We are looking forward to seeing our students entries. https://t.co/eNQKqPM2Fw

31/03/21

Some of our Year 11 students enjoying an Ice cream from Mrs Derrick at lunchtime today . https://t.co/xf3qk62SXh

31/03/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for Lead Practitioners in English, Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Studies and French (MFL), to start in September. You can read all the relevant information, and apply, here: https://t.co/P46YUYUIfI https://t.co/Zt1A7MOIOd

31/03/21

'Creating this book with the aim to educate people out of willingness to make a change to the world' Thank you, from Lexie Year 9. , https://t.co/B9xb3SVQCR

31/03/21

Introducing Schools Officers from Kent Police. Dedicated policing resources designed to support schools. https://t.co/eCqEEcdJvf

31/03/21

In Year 12 Computer Science they have been programming their own calculators this week using and It is great being and working on the desktop computers! I think you will agree that their programs look very professional. Well done to the A Level group! https://t.co/k3NtiynasT

30/03/21

Our Year 10 students enjoying their treat today! https://t.co/k3EcLQUP2g

30/03/21

Calling all Computer Science Aspire students! There will be a subject hub session being held on Thursday, 1 April on the topic of ‘Big Numbers vs Small Brains’. Please speak to your Computer Science teacher for more information! https://t.co/DwJdQTj9AN

30/03/21

Year 7 have been how to use to draw shapes and repeated polygons. Learning that precision is very important when using text ! We are looking forward to practising our skills and creating our own images next term. Well done Esmae & Poppy. https://t.co/t1psVUTXPT

30/03/21

Last Saturday our Bronze students took part in a training day, to find out more please use the link below to read Mia in Year 9 article. https://t.co/LEpRsbGovb https://t.co/2DmmMRzK20

29/03/21

Our Year 8 Computer Science students have just finished their KS3 Diploma tasks and we were overwhelmed to see so many excellent images. Here are a few brilliant examples demonstrating how digital are represented in computer systems. https://t.co/bYffkyoC4v

29/03/21

Today our Year 9 students managed to enjoy a treat from Mrs Derrick in the sunshine! https://t.co/B3hHpBuz8n

29/03/21

Thank you Piers Black for your help with Year 10 Drama students playwriting Competition. https://t.co/DkRzx1zUEJ

29/03/21

Update from - Student tickets are for any student (6th form upwards) regardless of age, as long as they hold a valid student ID. This ticket is an alternative to local council passes. https://t.co/wYtcxbD2Gh

26/03/21

Year 8 enjoying their treat from Mrs Derrick today! https://t.co/EEcke00D46

26/03/21

Today's Fun Friday theme was 'World Theatre' . Can you guess the characters? https://t.co/ammreFp5xM

26/03/21

In Year 7 Art lessons this week students have been exploring the lighting techniques of the Dutch Renaissance painters. https://t.co/9weL34wG5t

25/03/21

Today see's the start for our students 'little' treat! Up first are our Year 7 who are busying waiting in line to enjoy an Ice Cream/Lolly from Mrs Derrick. https://t.co/8STU9H5YS0

25/03/21

Our Year 9 Food Tech students have been learning about vitamins and minerals and how they affect the body. https://t.co/WUzMJi1iVE

24/03/21

Just a little reminder for our students to test at home this evening or in the morning - don’t forget to record your results. Thank you for helping to keep our school safe. https://t.co/0gjmO3VQKN

24/03/21

We hope all our students enjoy today's 'WDYW' afternoon, we are looking forward to seeing your photos submitted to our keepingbusy email. https://t.co/hdl4WunMgL

24/03/21

It's our final 'Bubbles' journey update - It's lovely for us to see how much she has grown over the last year. We wish her every success! We will be sharing further updates on our other puppies soon! https://t.co/x7cDlL5DEd

24/03/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

The Music department has organised a Spring Concert this Thursday at 4pm, live on YouTube: https://t.co/71rIHeTYii https://t.co/XdETI3UwIo

24/03/21

Last Saturday, Invicta students completed a training day during which they completed their First-Aid training for their upcoming expeditions and practiced their camp craft and navigational skills. https://t.co/fYwudm113V

24/03/21

Congratulations to Hannah and Kimaya 👏 selected as finalists in the VIAT 'Fractured Fairy Tales' competition. Winners to be announced after Easter. https://t.co/aPgqf4LCx6

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.