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23/10/20

Well done to all our 'Beat the Goalie' winners! Thank you to everyone for sponsoring this event and raising money for our fantastic PTA! https://t.co/RAXWBIzmnr

23/10/20

Happy Birthday to the following pupils celebrating their birthday during half term, Laurence in Dolphin Class, Jasmine in Owl Class, Monte in Panda Class, Alexandru in Meerkat Class and Evelyn in Owl Class. https://t.co/LIA9IQWLGO

22/10/20

Owl Class enjoyed 'Beat the Goalie' today, Mrs Billingham was in goal with her boxing gloves on!! https://t.co/xvwmQ4kQtV

22/10/20

Panda Class children were making different shapes with the brightly coloured shapes this morning. https://t.co/9q74kUubSd

22/10/20

Panda Class were being creative with colours this morning. https://t.co/1Z9VbZwnw7

22/10/20

The Victorian School day started for our Year 1 and 2 Pupils by addressing Miss Sheehan and Miss Daniels in the traditional form 'Present Miss' during registration. https://t.co/dVC3N55Ss1

22/10/20

Happy Birthday to Harley in Owl Class, have a fantastic day! https://t.co/y1xIZoVJOu

21/10/20

We are proud to confirm we received our 5 Star food hygiene rating for our kitchen today! https://t.co/9wGhAprco3

20/10/20

Join Joe Wicks on 31st October for a Halloween Special of PE with Joe! https://t.co/LSppQgi3Tu

19/10/20

We have received a delivery of some wonderful new books for our school today. https://t.co/kWKqLv9v1C

19/10/20

Tiger Class have enjoyed 'Beat the Goalie' today, some children were playing with Miss Daniels in goal! https://t.co/2G0XEGnX2l

19/10/20

Dolphin Class have completed their 2.6 mile mini marathon! https://t.co/wFCjt6kkBq

16/10/20

We are looking forward to our PTA Beat the Goalie Sponsored event next week! https://t.co/NIIBumSv4T

16/10/20

Here is a sneaky peek of our new published display! https://t.co/qg5jTJYScX

15/10/20

Happy Birthday to Lily-Ann and CeCe in Owl Class, have a fabulous day. https://t.co/nYsa0gLEyl

13/10/20

Happy Birthday to Madison in Owl Class, have a fabulous day! https://t.co/DvmtArTIjR

13/10/20

Penguin and Dolphin Class have been enthralled by the text 'Cosmic' by As part of their extended writing they have written a diary entry with a flashback for our awe inspiring display! https://t.co/K6ZVHC2Lld

12/10/20

Owl Class have been developing their skills in weaving, we are looking forward to seeing the outcomes at the end of the week. https://t.co/tqMNalwhSj

12/10/20

Owl Class have been learning about Anglo-Saxons. They have been using their sticky knowledge to recall facts. https://t.co/I1z69zHdna

12/10/20

Panda Class have been getting creative with numbers linking to their topic 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. https://t.co/BxVuoMdZAW

12/10/20

Emma in Alpaca Class has produced outstanding writing. https://t.co/BE9Ust4Gmu

12/10/20

Here's a sneak peek of our publishing! https://t.co/9ABhYCxrAA

09/10/20

Tiger Class have been writing a diary entry as one of the brave soldiers in their text 'Major Glad Major Dizzy'. https://t.co/nK0R9jfVqc

09/10/20

Owl Class have been learning about sound. They investigated vibrations using a tuning fork, it was brilliant! https://t.co/XytrHXqpKg

09/10/20

Happy Birthday to Daisy in Penguin Class who will be celebrating her birthday at the weekend, have a fantastic day. https://t.co/m5iDbj6RdT

08/10/20

We have celebrated our Virtual Harvest Festival in School today, thank you to all of our parents for their generous Harvest Donations. https://t.co/PDKnflRCpJ

06/10/20

Yesterday Panda Class found and planted 5 magic golden beans; look what they have grown into!! There was a message from the top of the beanstalk, so we have been busy writing and drawing replies. https://t.co/OaNtzplcgz

06/10/20

Thank you to all of our parents for your generosity with Harvest donations. https://t.co/FKUogxbcjv

06/10/20

Happy Birthday to Chloe and Max in Meerkat Class celebrating their birthdays today! https://t.co/bMt9IuBqsj

05/10/20

Join us in celebrating World Teachers day today! https://t.co/Zplr1Cf5NL

05/10/20

Owl Class have investigated pitch in Science using jam jars and water. https://t.co/ipQS1koRoP

05/10/20

Riley decorated an Anglo-Saxon Sword! https://t.co/o9tXZBWyip

05/10/20

Ashton in Owl Class has used his cup to communicate with his brother. https://t.co/Kv7AmEp6Kf

02/10/20

Happy Birthday to Hayden in Owl Class who is celebrating his birthday today and Raj in Owl Class who will be celebrating at the weekend, have a great day! https://t.co/ZO2oxMTkZw

01/10/20

The sensory garden is now open for the children to enjoy a little bit of quiet time. It took 37 wheel barrows of pea shingle to fill the area! The plants have been planted and the boxes have been weather proofed, we hope they enjoy this area. https://t.co/yEOBcxIeQ5

01/10/20

A fun lunch was had by all in school today! https://t.co/XgbNVza8ET

29/09/20

Alpaca Class have been exploring floating and sinking in Science. https://t.co/3bQV2VW8hC

29/09/20

Madison has created a fantastic first draft of her writing, we are looking forward to seeing the final published version! https://t.co/2tEQdqribD

28/09/20

Our sensational sensory garden and wellbeing space is almost complete! https://t.co/WMV8FgtoPT

28/09/20

Tiger Class have been enjoying playing tennis today. https://t.co/nSF8vSD1zZ

Meet our Governors

Click on the names below to find out more about our fantastic team of Governors here at Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes.

Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford is a retired teacher. She worked at Invicta Grammar School from 1979 – 2015. Starting as a PE Teacher and moving on to teach Psychology, she was a member of the Senior Leadership Team and her responsibilities at Invicta included Safeguarding, Admissions, SEN and organising major events.

On her retirement she continued to work on part time basis for the trust as Director of Primary Education. She worked with and supported the Headteachers of the new VIAT primary schools until September 2017.

In February 2018 she joined the Holborough Lakes Local School Board and was appointed Chair in October 2018.

Her main areas of responsibility include Safeguarding, eSafety, Safer Recruitment, GDPR, Sports Premium, EAL, PE.

Kim is mother to one son and two step-daughters, now she is retired she is able to help with her three grandchildren who all attend their local primary school in Maidstone.

Kim Stafford

Tracey Damerum

Tracey provides Director level interim management at Colleges, Universities and Schools specialising in Finance and Operations. The role is incredibly diverse and encompasses managing the entities finances, human resources, building projects including new buildings, facilities, Health and Safety, ICT, and office services.

Tracey is a qualified Accountant and accredited with a Certificate of School Business Managers through the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, she has recently successfully completed  the National Governance Association Chairs Development course. 

She has been involved in the operations of public sector organisations for around twenty years and operated at a Governor level for over 13 years.

Tracey’s primary belief is that business professionals within the education sector enable the headteacher the freedom and time to focus on teaching, learning, wellbeing, quality and standards and preparing children for their next steps in life.

Tracey Damerum

Paula Barnes

Paula has been a teacher for 12 years, initially specialising in EYFS and more recently in SEND, and has been a SENCO for 5 years. She is passionate about supporting and improving children’s wellbeing and mental health. 

Paula has previously held the role of staff governor for 8 years and enjoyed supporting and working with the Governing Body to develop the school and experiencing leadership and management from this different angle. 

Outside of work, Paula has two teenage step-daughters, is an avid Arsenal fan and enjoys photography and countryside walks. She is keen to become a more knowledgeable gardener and is also learning home improvement skills from her partner. 

Paula Barnes

Rachel Igbinovia

Rachel is an Associate Director at an international engineering consultancy.

As a Chartered Engineer with a background also in computer science, Rachel values the school curriculum for its focus on English and Maths - along with broader skills which facilitate children in developing their problem solving ability.

As part of Rachel’s work she collaborates with schools and universities to arrange work experience placements for disadvantaged youths who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Alongside working on engineering projects; Rachel recruits interns and graduates into the engineering profession, and leads a mentoring scheme for young engineers with the company.

Rachel enjoys seeing all children achieve their maximum potential and believes outstanding learning opportunities is a key factor.

Rachel Igbinovia

Machila Bakir

BSc in Psychology and qualified accountant, Machila has spent most of her career in Financial Services supporting the business with the strategic challenges of managing the delivery of challenging cost targets.

Machila has been a governor at Holborough Lakes for about 2 years and before that was a governor of another primary school for several years as well as leading on the Parents’ Group at her daughter's secondary school. She has a keen interest in education and, as a parent at school, is passionate about supporting the school to run as effectively as possible and achieve the best outcomes for the children.

Machila Bekir

Martin Ballard

Martin has been teaching in Kent and Medway within a secondary setting for the past 19 years.  In this time he has been the head of geography and the lead for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

This is the first time Martin has been a governor. He was drawn to the role as his son is a pupil at the school. He was impressed with the school's ethos and the teaching staffs commitment to learning. 

Martin is very sporty and a member of the Ocean Lake Triathlon club based at Leybourne. When not swimming, cycling or running he enjoys attending the England rugby internationals both home and away.

Martin Ballard

Shelley Farmer

I have been very lucky to be part of the Governing Board at Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough lakes for the past 3 years. I have worked within Early Years for over 15 years, with my most recent roles being in Preschools as a Manager and SENCO. I have completed my Early Years Teacher Training and am looking forward to working closely with the school, especially the EYFS. I am proud to support the school and want to support it going from strength to strength.

Shelly Farmer

Karen O'Dwyer

While this is my first post as a co-opted school governor I have past experience of being on my daughter secondary school PTA helping to organise and run events to raise money for the school. Now that my daughter has grown up I am looking for new challenges. Having worked in the Manufacturing Industry for my whole career in Technical, Quality Assurance and Environmental roles. I feel my skills from my present role as part of the Senior Management Team will ensure that I can contribute to the continued success of the school.

I hope to bring an impartial view to the governing board and look forward to being able to support the staff and leadership team at the school whilst achieving the best outcome for the children.

Karen O'Dwyer

Lisa Vickers

Lisa joined the Trust in September 2017 as Headteacher of Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes.

Lisa graduated in 2001 with a BA honours and QTS from Canterbury Christ Church University.  During her career she has worked in a number of primary schools and taken on variety of roles and positions. In 2005 she undertook an MA in Education with a focus on special educational need that led her to take on the role of SENCo in 2006, at a local infant school.

After completing her MA in 2008, she spent time supporting local schools to help them develop systems and processes to support pupils with additional needs. This was a fulfilling role and enabled her to help improve outcomes for both individuals and for the whole school.

Not only is Lisa passionate about her profession but she also has a love of physical activity. Lisa strongly believes that by engaging pupils in physical education this not only helps their physical but mental wellbeing and in turn helps their ability to engage positively in their learning.

With the dedication and commitment of the governing body, the School will continue to strive for excellence; offering every child the best possible education and care.

Lisa Vickers