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12/10/19

Retweeted From SST Maidstone

Some of our prospective students enjoying a science lesson as part of our open event this morning! https://t.co/1wmSGPbdd4

11/10/19

Invicta Grammar School, Year 11 on Leysdown Beach. https://t.co/QS3Kdfup7G

11/10/19

Today's non-uniform theme... eco-festival, and we have raised a fantastic amount of 1332.20! https://t.co/xgHQb78AEk

10/10/19

To celebrate the library would like to introduce the latest collection of wellbeing books. https://t.co/ZaKbsX2K4t

10/10/19

Well done to our Under 14 football team who won 6-0 against John Wallis in the first round of the Kent Schools Cup! https://t.co/Q273CYKZ75

10/10/19

Year 7 students loved welcoming their former Headteachers on Tuesday for a tour of the school, a look at all the work they have done this term and a catch up! https://t.co/Bl8fp74X5a

10/10/19

Yesterday, 11 students in Years 9-12 visited the University of Kent to complete their own research projects. They will be presenting their findings on Wednesday, 4 December! https://t.co/fx0qULR3St

09/10/19

The 'roots and shoots' POP group have been busy this afternoon painting their bird boxes along with preparing old tires to be reused as plant pots. We are looking forward to seeing the final outcome! https://t.co/C9AAD22oLj

09/10/19

Great work Poppy! https://t.co/Kz9rUtV9Cj

09/10/19

Retweeted From Loose Primary School

Mrs Makey and Miss Burman were lucky enough to visit some of our ex pupils in their new schools. We are so proud of you and it was amazing to see how much you’ve grown up. Thank you for having us https://t.co/yhU4Sr5viK

09/10/19

On Thursday, we welcomed prospective students and their parents to our 11+ Open Evening. They had the opportunity to tour the school and meet students and teachers. It was lovely to meet everyone and we cannot wait to welcome them back to Invicta very soon! https://t.co/TFIND5BIPz

07/10/19

Year 7 have enjoyed an Astronomy Show in a Planetarium today. They have learnt all about navigating the night sky, eclipses, phases of the moon and explanations of planets and how stars are formed from collapsing nebula. https://t.co/H0GPtThxXS

07/10/19

Some great ideas for the brain teasers and logic puzzle from Isla in Year 5, following on from our Maths Workshop on Saturday. Great work Isla! https://t.co/UBMHU4ixyt

04/10/19

Yesterday we welcomed Eastfield Care Home to a poetry workshop ran by Year 12 students. It was a lovely afternoon with cake, laughter and lots of great poetry reading! https://t.co/XrmXmIz0Ob

04/10/19

On Thursday 3 October, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group for the fourth day in a row – a new school record! Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!

04/10/19

It is great to hear you enjoyed the evening! https://t.co/LWi6vDnXQe

03/10/19

Today Year 7 and 8 students celebrated National Poetry Day by completing a range of creative tasks based on the poetry they have been studying this term. https://t.co/vN9NXcyiCX

03/10/19

We look forward to welcoming all prospective students and parents to our Open Evening tonight. To get the most from the evening we recommend you download a QR Code Scanning App and the Kahoot App.

02/10/19

The display is up! With our first ‘Female Lead of the Month’ being https://t.co/t2slmcMGdw

01/10/19

Year 7 have been tasting roasted crickets in Geography this week to help them decide whether insects are a reliable (and tasty) food source for the future. https://t.co/xMHVPHwgVg

01/10/19

How thoughtful of her, get well soon!

01/10/19

On Tuesday 1 October, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group for the second day in a row. Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!

01/10/19

400 hand crafted cranes by students - all with unique messages to showcase the importance of being kind. Now on display in reception. https://t.co/1TPZtBdFAi

30/09/19

On Monday 30 September, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group. Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!

27/09/19

The was a success! Thank you to all staff and students who came along today, and to those who donated such yummy treats!🧁 https://t.co/SQlKptuG6a

27/09/19

We are ready for the cake sale! https://t.co/jkVNsjdXgl

27/09/19

Our Sixth Form Prefects are ready and waiting for the cake donations to flood in this morning for our coffee morning! Which house will raise the most money this year? https://t.co/EaDb4qiGHr

26/09/19

Year 7 explored the school rounds in Physics today, investigating the effect different surfaces had on the gravitational energy store of the first bounce compared to the gravitational energy store the ball had just before it was first dropped! https://t.co/zp0BQtZFbj

26/09/19

Special congratulations to 8V who challenged themselves to have a whole lesson in French where their teacher (Mrs Vincent) only spoke French! Students did a fantastic job of helping each other understand instructions and have already planned their next class challenge!

25/09/19

Year 8 have been investigating the gravitational field strength of different planets and its effect on weight in Physics today. https://t.co/PUemZ8by5S

24/09/19

On Tuesday 24 September, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group. Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!

23/09/19

On Saturday we also welcomed our Alumni for Afternoon Tea. We had a lovely afternoon hearing stories about their time at Invicta as well as hearing about all the great things they have achieved since leaving us! https://t.co/5fOVf280we

23/09/19

We welcome the outstanding Wolfe Duo for a concert in the auditorium tomorrow at 5.30pm. Joseph (violin) and Anthony (piano) will be playing works including Brahms Sonata in A Major, and entry (on the door) is £5 adults/£3 students, which includes free tea and home made cake!

21/09/19

The Autumn Fair is well underway, with lots of great stalls and talented acts! Why not head over and join the fun? https://t.co/qtmPsjRZHA

20/09/19

We look forward to welcoming you all to Invicta tomorrow, for a day of family fun! https://t.co/bSORoLuG3N

19/09/19

Our Leadership Fair on Tuesday gave students the chance to see what opportunities are available to them, and how to apply! https://t.co/JGf5QVPtm7

16/09/19

Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Involving borrowing books from the school library and writing a review for each. Jessie-Mae in 8I was the winner of the prize draw! https://t.co/cYSch98q37

16/09/19

Year 7 had a fun-filled team building day on Friday , a perfect end to their second week at Invicta! https://t.co/PMYC86Fy6q

12/09/19

Our Year 8 buddies have visited the girls at their welcome drinks answering all questions and sharing their top tips for surviving Year 7! https://t.co/CmsrQbdkXw

12/09/19

Starting secondary - BBC Bitesize offers advice and support to help with the move! https://t.co/UOET8h9G5R

Wellbeing Award

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.  

Looking After Yourselves and Others 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 ServicesMaidstoneEarlyHelp@kent.gov.uk

MIND www.mind.org.uk

Place2Be - www.place2be.org.uk/

School Health Team - www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health/

Therapy Partnerswww.therapypartners.co.uk

Young Addaction - www.addaction.org.uk/services/young-addaction-kent

Young Mindswww.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.