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20/04/21

Happy Birthday to Mila, Javier, and Saiya who are all celebrating their birthday this week, we hope you have a great day. https://t.co/RmGZct7fXf

19/04/21

We’re celebrating getting active and travelling around the body with . Schools have already made a fantastic 34,319 journeys! To find out more please visit https://t.co/VePuk8MHZZ

06/04/21

Retweeted From VIAT

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/Duw2yziCvx https://t.co/oPoVPZtOIi

31/03/21

Happy Birthday to Nyah, Anwuli and James who are celebrating their birthday during the Easter break, we hope you have a great day. https://t.co/EGcBWzUq47

31/03/21

Year 6 enjoyed a fun easter egg hunt in the sun yesterday! https://t.co/1P6kedFIT0

31/03/21

Year 5 have been using this wonderful model as part of their final outcome on their river topic. https://t.co/Fkuu2hMv8p

30/03/21

Thank you to our amazing PTA for giving each child an Easter Egg! Happy Easter! https://t.co/X51GXIvsSa

30/03/21

Meerkat Class have been having fun making cannons linking to their learning about The Mary Rose. https://t.co/NeNTgI6MYm

30/03/21

Thank you to Rev. Danielle for leading our virtual Easter Assembly this morning, it was a lovely way to celebrate Easter and end the school term. https://t.co/g1F3JLvg95

30/03/21

Thank you to Olivia for sharing her experience today in our Autism Awareness Assembly. If you would like to sponsor her and help raise money for the National Autistic Society please visit her Just Giving Page: https://t.co/CyzLzgUh4Y https://t.co/bJEt3A0UqI

29/03/21

Dolphin Class enjoyed their Author Workshop led by Jack Meggitt-Phillips last week. https://t.co/9f6KhZG6Gd

29/03/21

Dolphin Class have been creating fantastic pieces of artwork based on The Highwayman poem. https://t.co/fQzPQi0XnW

29/03/21

White Rose Maths have teamed up with TV presenter, teacher and parent Michael Underwood to bring you a mini-series called Maths with Michael. To take a look at the videos and resources please click on the link below. https://t.co/A1vckygqHs

29/03/21

Happy Birthday to Prince, Charlie, Alexis, Megan, Teddie, Mason and Callum who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a great day! https://t.co/KSBkS9Ksf0

25/03/21

Salus offer free virtual youth sessions for 8-19 year olds, for more information on how to get involved please visit their website https://t.co/VZ9s39JFoX The photo shows the activities for next week. https://t.co/bybFl7v2Fk

24/03/21

Retweeted From BookTrust

Feeling bored? Our Cupboard is bursting with treats - whether you want a lovely storytime, a drawing lesson, some writing tips or craft activities. Open it up here: https://t.co/HQCbVQ2jUb Pic: Hannah Shaw https://t.co/ZNsE5e25gL

24/03/21

Alpaca Class have had great fun planting this morning! We can't wait to watch the flowers grow 🌺🌻🌼 https://t.co/bpPl9goI3B

24/03/21

Megan in Owl Class has created an amazing canvas at home, it is her version of The Scream by Edvard Munch. Well done Megan this is fantastic! https://t.co/dh2GrkVqTJ

24/03/21

The children enjoyed the tasty pizza for yesterday's lunch 🍕 https://t.co/bAiBgF2UyS

22/03/21

Panda Class have had great fun today dissecting dinosaur poop! https://t.co/nO9TSbQE9g

22/03/21

Panda Class have been using their writing skills during free flow. https://t.co/BT1xRffi6i

22/03/21

Year 3 have been using clay to create Tudor Roses as part of their final outcomes. https://t.co/FRA3AvcrsD

22/03/21

Year 6 have produced beautiful publish writing. https://t.co/VNvqHdHkg6

22/03/21

Tiger Class have been using their orienteering skills to help them navigate through a maze. https://t.co/ESHAnAik1m

22/03/21

Happy Birthday to Aisha, Keiva, Alexander and Ava who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a fantastic day. https://t.co/UFVOgenGRV

19/03/21

In PE this week Dolphin Class were demonstrating team work through crab-football and they took on the 'Tennis Rebound' personal challenge! https://t.co/PoT01fA119

19/03/21

Dolphin Class have carried out an investigation into micro organisms in Science. https://t.co/PiCL0Y4aDZ

19/03/21

Dolphin Class have enjoyed their Drama and English this week linking to The Highway Man. https://t.co/UyPvF98gQM

19/03/21

We are proud to be wearing red in school today and raising money for Comic Relief! Thank you to all our families for your donations! https://t.co/uy7q1mk5Cg

18/03/21

Salus offer free virtual youth sessions for 8-19 year olds, for more information on how to get involved please visit their website https://t.co/XXE2tYq0MD The photo shows the activities for next week. https://t.co/fEYKmRXLd4

17/03/21

Panda Class are loving learning about dinosaurs. They have painted fossils, built dinosaurs out of bricks and were fascinated to explore a timeline and discover that dinosaurs wouldn't have had a Nintendo Switch to play on!! https://t.co/KAristJ2Mg

17/03/21

Jasmine in Owl Class has entered the Young Songwriter Competition with her amazing song 'The Lockdown Song'. Please listen, like and share to support Jasmine's entry! https://t.co/6G5NiliQhW

17/03/21

It has been great for the children to be outside and practice their hockey skills. https://t.co/0Ma42hj4Ii

17/03/21

The children have been enjoying learning new skills linking to Outdoor Adventurous Activities including orienteering. https://t.co/kUEcyS4AAy

15/03/21

Happy Birthday to Arjun, Jack, Lily-Rose, Phoebe and Isla who are all celebrating their birthday this week, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/uuOHFwgbjU

11/03/21

Salus offer free virtual youth sessions for 8-19 year olds, for more information on how to get involved please visit their website https://t.co/hn0KxT76N5 The photo shows the activities for next week. https://t.co/l9JwRxaMo5

09/03/21

We were celebrating International Women's Day at VIPS Holborough Lakes yesterday. https://t.co/HQ8du2NDxv https://t.co/03s7oCPdRK

08/03/21

We are really pleased to have welcomed our pupils back to school today and we are looking forward to them developing their positive growth mindset. https://t.co/SaxwWclEqa

08/03/21

Panda Class have settled back into school really well today and are having great fun learning today. https://t.co/HXoWyfkwtB

08/03/21

Thank you to Mr Tom for preparing and providing a wonderful breakfast for the staff today! https://t.co/3VIZS2KP21

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