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10/12/19

Stars in their eyes 2019!🎤 https://t.co/PFt8FBfPDu

10/12/19

have been messing around on the gym bars today! https://t.co/ljJk1RmuHz

10/12/19

Today's RAG theme - First Initial! Can you guess their names? https://t.co/fENG7w4GAG

09/12/19

o, Romeo, Romeo https://t.co/8LeQO2x5FI

09/12/19

It's RAG Week! Today's theme - Movies vs Musicals 🎬 https://t.co/pe3vhoogI5

07/12/19

Retweeted From Maidstone Borough Council

Students from have been at today planting 11,000 bulbs including daffodils and bluebells! They were helped by Mote Park Officer Alan Frith and Nicola Toulson who looks after the Go Green Go Wild scheme 🌷 The bulbs will flower March to April time! https://t.co/y96cSAHvJz

06/12/19

Students enjoyed the Christmas Fair this lunchtime, especially the visit for the puppies! Raising £350! https://t.co/imX15RVWAH

06/12/19

The elves have been to our Christmas Fair today! https://t.co/hgIgo9UUPx

06/12/19

Retweeted From Maidstone Newsie (Maidstone Daily Prss)

Invicta Grammar School planting 11,000 bulbs in Mote Park ... Story by >> https://t.co/3TKbzkXxEO and via https://t.co/Lq25HBFHcs | | https://t.co/PlI5QnYs4M

06/12/19

Retweeted From Five Acre Wood

Grateful for students from years 12 & 13 who are with us today as past of their community project work. https://t.co/vMDwT39Nym

05/12/19

Retweeted From VIAT

Don't forget you can hire our fantastic school facilities for your own events at very competitive prices. See what we have to offer across our secondary schools here: https://t.co/YYkug5Af1I

05/12/19

Well done to the Year 8 Netball Teams who played against last night. It was a great team effort with the 2 teams alternating each quarter to take on our opponents. After taking an early lead, MGGS fought hard to catch us but Invicta held on for a 19-16 win! https://t.co/O49lXvkXYT

05/12/19

Yesterday we held our first Power Day! Aptly named in order to empower students to make good decisions, be more knowledgeable, be tolerant and respect society. We were also lucky enough to have several external speakers in, creating a real buzz throughout the day. https://t.co/Q76xztAuFz

05/12/19

The elves have been up to their old tricks this morning at the Carol Concert rehearsal! https://t.co/sQKm85xYtP

04/12/19

The naughty elves are making a Christmas brew! https://t.co/cganyNd6Ng

04/12/19

Preparations for tomorrow’s Carol Service are well underway with our technicians are hard at work! https://t.co/5Yzv9D7ASV

03/12/19

The Christmas Tree is up and decorated! 🎄🎅🏻 https://t.co/LeKQ1a5Qwz

03/12/19

The elves creating havoc at the book fair today. Open to all year groups this week! https://t.co/AUnyOwnTV2

02/12/19

Let’s see what Invicta’s naughty elf’s have been up to today, check in everyday to see what they’ve been doing! https://t.co/3DxvvICEDj

02/12/19

A very warm welcome to Mr Sullivan and the Hong Kong Exchange students from the G.T. College! We hope you enjoy your stay. https://t.co/u9v6dE8EAC

29/11/19

Thank you to everyone who has joined in our fun - so far we have raised £345! If you would like to donate further to charities that are striving to tackle male mental health issue, then please visit our Just Giving Page: https://t.co/9u7rBHKb0K https://t.co/bTfMRwMASj

29/11/19

Today's Non Uniform Theme - Pajamas!❄️ https://t.co/EwlUUnmXsi

28/11/19

Not forgetting one student was lucky enough to give Mr Ehren a new hair cut! All in the name of charity... https://t.co/wKgkJy9Bbh

28/11/19

The MoShow was a success! Students thoroughly enjoyed face painting and waxing our male members of staff and sixth form this lunchtime! https://t.co/oq3xOAKzaR

28/11/19

A great day for the A Level Computer Science students! https://t.co/Gps9JZSqg0

27/11/19

18 of our A Level Maths students enjoyed a highly influential and inspiring day at on Tuesday! https://t.co/S9BoYrcG8W

26/11/19

Thank you to everyone that attended the 16+ Open Evening last night. We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to sharing the next step of your academic journey with you!

26/11/19

This afternoon 10G have been using 'Speed Text Dating' to compare and analyse non-fiction texts. After writing a 'lonely heart' for their text they went on three first dates before finally deciding which text they were most suited to for the second date! Great fun was had by all! https://t.co/U3YNBQYvgt

25/11/19

Wednesday night saw the annual Autumn Concert, that as always did not disappoint! https://t.co/meOnsjNFZw

25/11/19

The Whitstable is done, Mr Ryder and Mr Ehren took part finishing 4th and 10th! https://t.co/8sXzaAjQHg

22/11/19

Well done to Amber in 11I who has recently been awarded a BTEC Level 2 in Aviation Studies from the RAF Air Cadets. Congratulations Amber! https://t.co/UwbDxml3Op

21/11/19

is back and lots of our staff are getting involved! We have plenty of moustaches on display, all being grown with the aim of raising awareness. If anyone would like to support us please visit: https://t.co/9u7rBHKb0K https://t.co/GUwrtatRzz

21/11/19

The Year 9 Classical Civilisation students have performed a Greek Sacrifice. The mantis read the entrails of the sacrificed beast (teddy bear) and the gifts were received favorably by the Greek Gods. Fun was had by all! https://t.co/4OdDD6HOGp

20/11/19

The Year 5 girls enjoyed designing their own sustainability bags last night at the Business Workshop. Visit our website to book your daughter onto one of our Transition Workshops! https://t.co/OsWbtuTPRl

19/11/19

Every student in Year 7 and 8 will receive their BookBuzz books this week courtesy of our wonderful FIGS. https://t.co/42ueoAbH25

18/11/19

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising day we've raised £691! Well done to Year 7 for organising the cake sale, and also to the 59 students and 23 staff who cycled continuously from 7.30 til 16.00pm. The total distance covered was 397km! https://t.co/9are9y23D2

15/11/19

At the beginning of lunch we have reached 273 miles on our Invicta Bikeathon! The staff and students are doing a fantastic job - keep it up! https://t.co/18yXfES2qr

15/11/19

We all enjoyed the cake sale organised by our Year 7's this breaktime!🧁 https://t.co/YMfxwTcjN0

15/11/19

We are an hour and a half into our Invicta Bikeathon for with 82 miles already cycled! https://t.co/BcXRTdphVP

14/11/19

The Year 7 Computer Science students have been putting their and skills to the test this morning with the . https://t.co/6XSjROXtHr

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 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 hope to secure the new Wellbeing Award for Schools, 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 are pursuing this award.  The award will help us to self-review and continue to develop the support services available to all our students and staff.

The Wellbeing Award has 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 are doing this through the recruitment of our Change Team which consists of teachers, parents, students and governors.

 

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:

 

Action for Children www.actionforchildren.org.uk/support-for-parents/children-s-mental-health/
CAMHS www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-kent-children-young-peoples-mental-health/
Childline www.childline.org.uk
  Early Help Services MaidstoneEarlyHelp@kent.gov.uk
MIND www.mind.org.uk
Place2Be www.place2be.org.uk/
School Health Team www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health/
Therapy Partners www.therapypartners.co.uk
Young Addaction www.addaction.org.uk/services/young-addaction-kent
Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk

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.