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19/07/21

We are pleased to announce we have been awarded a Wilder Kent Bronze Award from Kent Wildlife Trust. For more information about the award and The Kent Wildlife Trust please visit: https://t.co/0DnDq6T88i

16/07/21

We wish all our families a safe and happy summer break and we look forward to seeing our pupils return in September. https://t.co/GRRMxYrX6m

16/07/21

Thank you to Berkeley Homes who have laid the base for our new PE Shed. https://t.co/HF69o1ACIU

16/07/21

Happy Birthday to all our pupils celebrating their birthday this week and during the summer holidays. We hope you have a wonderful day! https://t.co/ldDUT7oGLk

12/07/21

Year 6 had a fantastic time at Lower Grange Farm on Friday participating in Archery, Climbing, Water Rockets and Orienteering! https://t.co/8n37SpW2Dt

12/07/21

The children are all enjoying their ice creams this afternoon! Everest Ices have been very complimentary about how polite our children have been when receiving their ice creams! https://t.co/orYR7tD1Mr

08/07/21

Owl Class enjoyed their session about apprenticeships with Mrs Dell. It was fascinating to learn about the different departments within companies and the opportunities that are available to 'learn while you earn'! https://t.co/elvLEZ9buX

08/07/21

Alex came to tell us about being a journalist. We found out about different types of journalism and what the job can involve. No two days are the same! Alex loves his job and has inspired Owl class to aim high and do their best now, ready for the future. Thank you. https://t.co/MRLeYZbnKG

08/07/21

Meerkat Class have been busy making their products for Careers and Enterprise week. https://t.co/g85HtXmPV5

08/07/21

Thank you to Mr Farmer for delivering a workshop on Lego as part of our Careers and Enterprise week. https://t.co/1hMqvVmCG6

08/07/21

Year 6 have been busy preparing for Secondary School and received a fantastic transition Workshop, led by Early Help this week. https://t.co/lkaOfArLka

07/07/21

As part of our Careers and Enterprise week,Ms Hand gave Owl Class a fantastic talk about her job -Estate Agent. We learnt about sellers,buyers,bankers,solicitors,mortgage brokers,surveyors,deposits,exchanging contracts,completion and the property ladder. It was very interesting. https://t.co/kMHYr4onHs

07/07/21

Owl Class made Needle Kits to sell during our Enterprise Week. If they sell all of them, they will make £100! Our adverts were comical and persuasive! https://t.co/initCwliHx

07/07/21

Owl Class learnt about escape plans and what they would do if there was a fire in their home. They were fascinated and asked many questions. Thank you Kent Fire and Rescue service. https://t.co/YKUhSjwcyl

07/07/21

Penguin Class enjoyed their workshop from Kent Fire and Rescue Service today. https://t.co/P0616XHVaz

07/07/21

Thank you to Kent Fire and Rescue Service for leading workshops for all of our pupils today! You could ask your child about what they have learnt today? https://t.co/JFgW2doAFW

06/07/21

Miss Sheehan has been busy on her travels meeting her new Panda Class having great fun, take a look! https://t.co/oUOD0vmhi5

06/07/21

Thank you to Miss Thomas who led a fantastic workshop based on lino printing as part of Careers and Enterprise Week! The children had a great time creating their unique carrot designs! https://t.co/MVqFlESWUo

05/07/21

Meerkat enjoyed making mazes last week and shared them with Alpaca Class. https://t.co/7GrhUlfREx

05/07/21

Retweeted From Invictagrammar

Have you read Mr Ehren blog (link below) What a fantastic read 'Individual Liberty' ... https://t.co/9xxOfS8tcn https://t.co/oPuN7S2Bro

01/07/21

Our refugees have been tossing the caber, playing catch the tag and playing games in their tents to keep them busy. Awards have been presented for tidiest tent, most resourceful, best teamwork and fastest to put up their tent! https://t.co/iU4wJFqSI4

01/07/21

Our Year 3 and 4 refugees have been busy setting up camp this morning. https://t.co/XZ89xTj7JN

01/07/21

Year 1 and 2 visited Christ Church in Snodland on Tuesday, they were identifying items in the church from their list. https://t.co/a9zkWguAla

01/07/21

This week, the children who made pots at Valley Park School showed the class how to make terracotta vessels using coils. The teamwork was impressive and the results were fantastic! https://t.co/ow8Fc8gh46

01/07/21

Gianna Pollero, author of Monster Doughnuts! delivered a fantastic workshop to our Year 3 - 6 pupils this week. The children had a great time and were inspired to write a story of their own, thank you! https://t.co/e7a6UB3gNb

30/06/21

We are holding a transition event on 6 July to help you and your child prepare to move from primary to secondary school. It'll be held in the library of our secondary school, SST Maidstone, from 5-6pm. Find out more details, and book your place here: https://t.co/7TutS33XTO

30/06/21

Anti-Bullying Ambassador training this morning. 12 pupils learnt to identify bullying behaviors and techniques to prevent and manage these. We look forward to planning our anti-bullying campaigns in school, watch this space...... Thank you to The Diana Award for leading today. https://t.co/akktLKRF3F

28/06/21

Well done to all the children for their hard work at our Sports Fair today! https://t.co/4vS46cZn5M

28/06/21

Happy Birthday to Harrison who is celebrating his birthday this week, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/qcpCe9KHdT

28/06/21

Year 4 had a fantastic time for the Clay Workshop on Friday. They learnt new skills and are looking forward to glazing their pots this week. Thank you Valley Park School. https://t.co/CTPJR5tOYh

25/06/21

We are excited to have been awarded 105 Medium Wildlife saplings and 105 Medium Year Round Colour saplings from The Woodland Trust community Tree Pack! We should receive our saplings in November, we can't wait to get planting! 🌳 Thank you

23/06/21

Thank you to all teachers, schools and support staff on https://t.co/7IWdblHl8e

21/06/21

It's National Thank a Teacher day on Wednesday! Take a look at https://t.co/CMHPrdiMl4 to thank a teacher and enter competitions!

21/06/21

Happy Birthday to Jasmine, Stanley, Blossom, Megan and Isabel who are celebrating their birthday this week, we hope you have a great day! https://t.co/du70kcaiNP

21/06/21

Well done to Chloe in Meerkat Class who has achieved the Diamond Standard Presentation award! https://t.co/rjnlwqIJbk

18/06/21

Linking in with Euro 2020 a special edition of 'Striker Boy' is available in aid of the charity Mind. For further details please see the link below https://t.co/5kEeLv68fi https://t.co/pBMSpee991

18/06/21

We were very excited to receive a visit from Rebecca at Holborough Hedgehogs who delivered our new Hedgehog House and feeding station. Thank you MP who joined us to celebrate this special occasion. We look forward to the hedgehogs moving into their new home.🦔 https://t.co/8977u77Men

17/06/21

The children enjoyed the creative arts workshops this week. They used paper machete, paint, charcoal & wire to create animals with other schools from the Valley Invicta Academies Trust. Thank you to for hosting these amazing workshops! https://t.co/Pu36bg41EF

17/06/21

Retweeted From Kent Messenger

The KM's much loved My Dad supplement is out today! If your little one has submitted a drawing of their dad make sure to pick up a copy today- it's a lovely keepsake. https://t.co/zVlqjBxmQX

17/06/21

Thank you to Mrs Bennett for helping with our Year 5 and 6 Production! https://t.co/EnVy7i8HJg

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

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

Helen Peach

Helen is a barrister, solicitor, mediator, arbitrator, business coach and trainer with a commercial litigation practice, focusing on contractual, shareholder, property and employment disputes.

Drawing on her background in business and law, Helen works as an executive and business coach to help leaders in the professions and commerce to develop their own careers whilst maximising their team's skill sets, effecting change for both themselves and their organisations.

She also provides training, both on a one-to-one basis and in larger groups, in areas as diverse as contract law for non-lawyers, negotiation techniques, conflict management, employment law, insolvency issues, change management, legal process for non-lawyers, directors duties, meetings management and Management Development for professionals. 

As part of Helen’s role as a solicitor, she recruits, mentors and trains junior lawyers and has sat as a member of the Faculty Academic Standards Council at the University of Westminster.

This is Helen’s first post as a co-opted school governor although she has previous experience as the fundraising lead for the PTA of her own daughter’s school. 

Hpeach

Joe Toko

Joe has close to 20 years of experience working in education, including working in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education.  

Formerly an Assistant Principal and Specialist Leader of Education, Joe has experience in implementing and managing teaching, learning, quality improvement and quality assurance strategies.  

Joe has delivered and coordinated teacher CPD, including setting and reporting against department KPIs, recruitment and managing staff, among other duties.  

Presently a university lecturer and education consultant, Joe has a degree in Psychology, a Masters in Professional Practice and is completing a Doctorate in Education. Joe is passionate about working with people and supporting individuals and groups to achieve their goals. 

Mr Toko

Mandy Sahota

Mandy has 14 years experience working in legal, policy and governance roles and currently works as an ethics and compliance specialist for a renowned British media company. Mandy provides advice and guidance on ethics and compliance risk management to senior levels of the business, and leads the company in their strategic planning in this area. 

Mandy has a passion for learning and education and believes every child can succeed, and be the best they can be, when given the support they need. Mandy brings direct experience through her current appointment as a co-opted governor for a primary school in Chatham. 

As a parent of two young daughters, she spends most of her time outdoors exploring the countryside. When she manages to find some free time, you will find her in the yoga studio or swimming pool.

MS