May 2008 Newsletter Page 1 - T

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					                                                                                                                                                              Message from Ms Cardus – Head of School
                No. 5 of 6                                                                                                Congratulations to Young Enterprise who won the first stage of the local competition and then went on to represent
                                                                                                                          the school at the south east finals at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Thank you to all students and staff who
               2007—2008                                                                                                  performed in the Vivaldi – Gloria Concert – a beautiful evening of classical music, with some outstanding individual
                                                                                                                          performances, in the lovely setting of Holy Cross Church.
                                                                                                                          As the one week break falls upon us, many of our students will need support over the holidays with organising their
                                                                                                                          time to ensure that they have quality revision time with a well earned rest. Many students face examinations in the
                                                                                                                          forthcoming weeks and preparation is the key to success! I would like to wish all students well in these examinations
                                                                                                                          and I look forward to welcoming back year 11 and 12 students on Monday 16 June for their continued studies.
                                                                                                                          I would like to wish all students, parents, staff and everyone involved with Invicta Grammar School a happy one week
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Visit to Pfizer
                                                                                                                          On Tuesday 18 March 2008, a group of eager potential scientists, doctors, dentists and vets embarked upon a trip to
                                                                                                                          Pfizer, a prominent pharmaceutical company in Sandwich, the company responsible for the production of many of our
                                              Head of School Ms K Cardus BSc, MA, PGCE, NPQH

                                                                                                                          favourite medicines including Benylin and Maraviroc.
                                                 Executive Headteacher Dr Limbert BA, MA, PhD

                                                                                                                          The day was spent attending talks by various speakers representing the research of the company, specifically
                           Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5DR Telephone: 01622 755856

                                                                                                                          concerning the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and potential treatments, and also the effect that drugs have on
                                                                                                                          the metabolism of the liver, finishing with an ethical debate on the use of animals for medical testing.
                                                                                                                          The group was provided with lunch and refreshments and was taken on a tour of the research laboratories.
                                                                                                                          The day gave us valuable experience of the medical and pharmaceutical field and experience of the technology and
                                                                                                                          stages of development of the production of treatments; all of which will help us to determine whether we wish to
                                                                                                                          continue in the direction of medical science.
                                                                                                                          Thank you to all the staff and the Pfizer Organisation for an extremely beneficial day.             Maddie Smither 12C

                                                                                                                                    THRIVE COFFEE MORNING                                                       Thrive
                                                                                                                           Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits available for £3         Thrive is a charity that provides accessible gardens to those
                                                                                                                                                                                    with sensory impairments and physical disabilities.
                                                                                                                           All proceeds will go towards a school sensory            A representative from Thrive ran a focus day with a group of
                                                                                                                                               garden                               year 11 students last term and now they have designed 3
                                                                                                                                                                                    gardens which the SLT are currently debating.
                                                                                                                                      Wednesday 28 May 2008                         The students are raising money in a variety of ways: there
                                                                                                                                                                                    has already been a charity car wash and there is a year 7
                                                                                                                                        10.00 am – 12.00 pm                         sleep-over as well as a coffee morning coming up.
                                                                                                                                                                                    We would appreciate help from any member of staff who
                                                                                                                          Mezzanine Floor - No tickets necessary, just let          feels that she/he can contribute to the project in some way
                                                                                                                                Erin Donovan, Mrs Manser or                         (donation, time, ideas etc)
                                                                                                                             Miss Anderson know if you are coming                   Thank you.                                 Erin Donovan 11T

                                                                                                                                 Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench Competition and the Salter’s Festival of Chemistry
                                                                                                                          Chemistry students from Invicta have been busy this term. On Saturday 26 April, four students from Year 9, Year 10
                                                                                                                          and Year 11 travelled to the Science Museum in London, to take part with other schools from all over the UK in the
                                                                                                                          Top of the Bench competition. The students completed a number of written and practical tasks including a dash
                                                                                                                          around the Science Museum looking for answers to a quiz that had been set. Although we did not win, it was a great
                                                                                                                          honour to be chosen to represent Kent in the national finals.
                                                                                                                          On May 13, a team of four Year 8 chemists travelled to the University of Greenwich (Medway Campus) for a festival
                                                                                                                          of chemistry. Teams of Year 8 students had travelled from all over Kent to compete in the challenges that had been
                                                                                                                          organised. The first challenge was to identify a murderer using analytical chemistry techniques and the second
                                                                                                                          challenge was to make a ball made by mixing borax, PVA glue and talcum powder, bounce the highest. We were
                                                                                                                          pleased to be placed 3rd winning a cash prize for the school. I hope that these two days showed the students that
                                                                                                                          chemistry is a lot more exciting than balancing equations.                Dr Vickery, Lead Teacher of Chemistry

                                                                                                                                                                           Year 7 Astronomy Focus Day
                                                                                                                               Our Focus Day on Wednesday 23 April was all about space.
                                                                                                                               We were split into five different groups, each doing different activities at different times. Firstly, our group had to
                                                                                                                               produce a poster on telescopes, the history of them and the different types of telescopes. In the second session
                                                                                                                               we were able to build a telescope, use trundle wheels to work out just how far away the different planets were
                          TERM DATES                                                                                           from each other and make sky wheels. After break, our group were desperate to enter the Astrodome.
                                                                                                                               When we entered the great astrodome, it looked smaller than we all expected! Firstly, we were told about all
Whitsun Holiday :                                                                                                              the different stars and star signs. We learned a lot more about the stars and the pictures the stars make like
26 May 2008– 30 May 2008                                                                                                       Orion the Great Hunter for example. We all were sad to leave the astrodome but we all got a certificate to prove
Term 6:                                                                                                                        we had been in it. The next thing we did was to find out about the planets and draw a scaled diagram of the solar
02 June 2008 – 18 July 2008                                                                                                    system. After lunch, we made a compressed air powered rocket. Firstly, we had to choose two people to make
                                                                                                                               the body and two people to make the fins. When we put the fins on they were too big for the body and it took
Staff Development Days:                                                                                                        several attempts to get it right. The fun part was firing the rockets after we had carried out a practice test across
4 June 2008                                                                                                                    the room. We fired the rockets to see which one went the highest. Ours flew quite high just not high enough
21, 22, and 23 July 2008                                                                                                       but it didn’t really matter. Our rocket got stuck up a tree!
                                                                                                                               And that was the end of my High Flying Rocket-tastic Focus Day!                                    Sarah Bristow 7C

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