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18/01/21

Jan-u-Fit Update: Staff have travelled an amazing 1800km in 15days, however our students are in the lead with a staggering 3318km a superb effort! Don’t forget to donate to via our just giving page. https://t.co/diuo1bAzE0

18/01/21

Don’t forget the other important religious and cultural events happening this month! 23rd Jan is Chinese New Year this one is the year 4710 – The Year of the Dragon! 31st Jan is the birthday of Guru Har Rai the seventh prophet/teacher of Sikhism. https://t.co/1ny8iSyvrx

18/01/21

Our Year 12 Geography students are studying Maidstone and a contrasting area -Middlesbrough as part of Regenerating Places. Here is a selection of their academic posters displaying the initial data researched. https://t.co/uMiFGV2rXX

18/01/21

Mrs Bolton was out and about early this morning delivering to our KS4 Book Group - we are looking forward to exploring this title https://t.co/e2xD1omGbO

18/01/21

With thanks again to another great week ahead with https://t.co/0hdg7dJaYe

18/01/21

Retweeted From Mid Kent Mind

Today is day - so we wanted to share one of our favourite graphics we have seen with Pooh and Piglet. This graphic emphasises how invaluable friends can be - supporting us when we may not feel like ourselves, until we feel a little bit better. 💙 https://t.co/MUKLaFeCND

15/01/21

In Psychology today we explored why we forget and will cover ‘interference’, i.e. forgetting because one memory blocks another. https://t.co/S5oECOOeLC

15/01/21

Part 1 of 2: Our WDYW campaign has really shown our students creativity this week! https://t.co/viBLAD9tP9

15/01/21

Well done Emma these look amazing. https://t.co/OAjPcaA1y5

15/01/21

8A had a “bring your pet to form time” day today! The girls loved showing the class their pets and telling funny stories about them. https://t.co/2tK3evpnx8

15/01/21

Well done to all Year 11 students who completed their English GCSE Speaking and Listening exams this week. Such a wide range of topics, from fashion to discrimination – the English team certainly learnt a lot! https://t.co/vAFUmXDnts

15/01/21

Willow Update: She is making lovely progress with her training on lead. Off the lead, Willow’s recall to voice and whistle is very good, although whenever it’s windy it takes her longer to return as she loves to chase the leaves blowing in the wind! https://t.co/eN9v9NJpKy

14/01/21

Happy Pongal! Pongal is a Hindu harvest festival celebrated particularly among the South Indian and Tamil communities. Learn more from our Year 9 expert Chandana! https://t.co/igc6aYbWoy

14/01/21

Glad to hear our Year 8 'Virtual' Parent Consultations were a success. https://t.co/dFt4fLcRVb

14/01/21

Students in Year 7 RS are studying Hinduism this term. Today, they grapple with the way Hindus view God, or rather Brahman – the supreme spirit. These analogies bring us closer to wisdom. https://t.co/3i5nJUE9me

14/01/21

Thank you to Daniel for making these delicious treats for all 9 VIAT schools. So glad to hear you all enjoyed them. https://t.co/R1TzHXZgHu

14/01/21

Year 9 photography taking their cars off on an adventure in the style of https://t.co/PI42wqubu3

14/01/21

We are excited for our second virtual workshop taking place this afternoon – Year 5 Computer Science! https://t.co/Yn18SgoLFi

13/01/21

We love connecting with our transition students! Yesterday saw our first virtual workshop – Year 6 Dance!’ Jaunita and Katy performing the dance they created during the Workshop https://t.co/v8mUynzuEr

13/01/21

Exploring ethical debates with Year 8 in RS this week, “Do we ever face a conflict of morals?” https://t.co/G4WVjscgrc

13/01/21

In Psychology today: Next in our exploration of models of memory comes ‘Types of long-term memory’. Here’s a podcast about ‘the man who couldn’t remember’. https://t.co/1YSZoZaQgl

13/01/21

What will you all be doing for 'Why don't you Wednesday' Don't forget to send your photos into Keepingbusy. https://t.co/RZlAiEClYr

12/01/21

Today in Psychology we looked at the first of three models of memory, the so-called ‘multi-store model’. Here’s an explanation we viewed. https://t.co/LoVMe2ZnvL

12/01/21

Our teachers are looking forward to meeting our Year 8 parents this evening and again tomorrow for 'Virtual Consultation Evening' https://t.co/VerOQDaHbA

12/01/21

Celebrating religion and culture at Invicta. January will also host the 3rd World Religion Day, this year on the 19 Jan. A day to foster interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasising what religions share in their values and teachings. https://t.co/nyWjOvKgtS

12/01/21

Brilliant resources for those on a budget or Thanks to https://t.co/RVwBSYzHDM

11/01/21

Our RS department recommends The Dalai Lama in conversation with Greta Thunberg and leading scientists about The Crisis of Climate. https://t.co/y0COkZ9VUD

11/01/21

Teaching our students about other cultures and religions, look out for the Mahayana Buddhist New Year. This year it’s the 28th Jan. Mahayana Buddhists light candles to bring happiness and good luck. https://t.co/YQq3C44956

11/01/21

Murran in Year 8 has been very busy over the weekend cooking a delicious meal. This looks really tasty! https://t.co/mf0Rzj0uIf

11/01/21

Today in Psychology classes we start our study of ‘Memory’ by exploring coding, capacity and duration of memory. Here’s a great demonstration of a good memory. https://t.co/7Dc27Cp4pv

11/01/21

This weeks Geogglebox watching! With thanks to https://t.co/RmaMVUq55m

08/01/21

Miss Baudean is loving 10R French Students for taking ownership of their learning and letting her know what they think would be more beneficial for them. 🤣👍 https://t.co/U1W5KRUr1d

08/01/21

Wow what a success 'Why don't you..Wednesday' was. We loved seeing all your photos sent in. We look forward to seeing your activities next week! https://t.co/h7D4jgDQ1g

08/01/21

For all students 16+ will continue online. Delivered by world-class experts and include lecturers like Professor Chris Whitty , Edith Hall (Classics), QC (Law) and (Cultural History) https://t.co/GxXU0y3dgM

08/01/21

Retweeted From Leeds Castle, Kent

Back to home learning? The resources are once again here to help! 👩‍🏫 Visit the Home Education section on our website to download useful learning activities and test your knowledge with online quizzes: https://t.co/1EobOU7X5h https://t.co/o0qEp1y5Cr

08/01/21

Emily in Year 9 challenges you to solve the riddles as part of her Year 9 Classical Civilisation Labyrinth work. https://t.co/3sVx3EF8jI

08/01/21

Thank you for getting in touch with regards to accessing materials for Art lessons. Students have been asked to use recycled materials that they have available at home. If you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to email the class teacher directly.

08/01/21

Have you signed up yet to our Morning Mindfulness? Available to all students/staff and parents! https://t.co/WaZZLhbBmt

07/01/21

In Classical Civilisation Year 9 have been studying Theseus and the Minotaur and enjoyed creating their own labyrinth challenge games. Great entertainment for a wintery evening with the family. https://t.co/GPZyrNvbCl

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.