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22/10/21

Congratulations to Lois in Penguin Class for achieving her Diamond Standard in presentation. https://t.co/wCPhuA8cdM

22/10/21

More from our fabulous Cultural Day event! https://t.co/0ewNK3l3Ui

22/10/21

Thank you to all our parents who came into our Cultural Day event yesterday, it was great to share their learning with you and enjoy activities together. https://t.co/RyduR5CTPo

22/10/21

It is wonderful seeing so many children in their traditional dress to end our fabulous Cultural Week! https://t.co/HG8ZiVebmy

21/10/21

Happy Birthday to Harrison, Harley, Jasmine, Monte, Alexandru and Evelyn celebrating their birthdays this week and next week, we hope you have fantastic day. https://t.co/laD4yMAXQD

20/10/21

Penguin Class had a basketball tournament today! https://t.co/7SwKO1edaW

20/10/21

Penguin Class enjoyed learning about Nigeria and Kenya as part of Cultural Week. https://t.co/Vl2A3VEcbc

20/10/21

Year 5 really enjoyed tasting Nigerian Jollof Rice this week during Cultural Week. https://t.co/kMz6SeEgkr

19/10/21

Saiya spoke to the children about Canada and Pakistan this week as part of Cultural week, well done! https://t.co/VAJLoig70v

19/10/21

Mr Smith came in to speak to about Australia for our Cultural Week, thank you! https://t.co/iVJh5CsKtF

19/10/21

More from our fabulous Cultural Week, thank you to Arjan's Dad who came in to talk about Sikhism. https://t.co/fmAIof0iCU

19/10/21

Keiva in Year 5 has painted this wonderful canvas, well done it is fantastic! https://t.co/QohlM3feZF

19/10/21

The start to our Cultural Week has been amazing!! Thank you to our parents who are giving up their time to speak to the children this week, we really appreciate it here is Mrs Okeleke talking to them about Nigeria. https://t.co/fbhta6SOJl

19/10/21

RockSteady were enjoying their rehearsals yesterday. https://t.co/d3kacePCNS

19/10/21

Our School Council have been busy updating the child friendly safeguarding policy during their meeting today. https://t.co/CFgRA1uClI

19/10/21

Space 2 Talk sessions. Please see the flyer for information. No formal diagnosis is required to access any of their services. To attend the sessions please follow this link to book: https://t.co/AnrUSL8IVQ https://t.co/5ZCWTJyM7d

18/10/21

Owl Class have been making life-size skeletons by drawing around their bodies and labelling the parts with scientific names. https://t.co/wpD8bGc9sF

15/10/21

Patrick Tootal has been speaking to Year 5 and 6 about his experiences as a child in World War 2. https://t.co/FOwyiVs06d

15/10/21

The Governors enjoyed meeting with the School Council today. https://t.co/b7TOV5lcad

15/10/21

A wonderful montage of artwork linked to Vincent van Gogh, a special thank you to Megan in Year 5 for creating beautiful canvases. https://t.co/am7bSPRC6c

15/10/21

Poppy in Year 6 has written a fantastic final published piece of work on her evacuee learning. https://t.co/VSKAdPlpXi

15/10/21

Chloe with her fabulous Diamante poem. https://t.co/rkzdNmTOSy

15/10/21

Some wonderful examples of the final outcomes of what the children have learnt about the Amazon rainforest. https://t.co/35V9zvxuDZ

15/10/21

Kai and Arabella are showcasing their learning on the Amazon rainforest. https://t.co/fu6dwJhQBu

15/10/21

Astrid is busy completing her published work on her rainforest learning. https://t.co/5PoYJNP7tK

15/10/21

Our Governors have been visited school today with a focus on reading, they enjoyed hearing some of our pupils read to them. https://t.co/gUbBiknjC2

14/10/21

Dolphin Class have been busy starting to make their Anderson Shelters linked to their WW2 learning. https://t.co/WpErRZAAZe

14/10/21

We held a Rights Respecting Assembly today focusing on International Day for Disaster Reduction. The children learnt about the impact of disasters and the advances the world has made in making places safer from disasters. https://t.co/WGYsYhnuvr

12/10/21

Panda Class have been taking their first steps learning to ride a bike today, they have enjoyed a balanceability session on balance bikes. 🚴‍♀️ https://t.co/4rQMwsqNo7

11/10/21

Happy Birthday to Daisy, Ava, Madison, CeCe and Lily-Ann who are celebrating their birthdays this week, have a fantastic day! https://t.co/uRAQ3WWHu4

11/10/21

Well done to jasmine for her amazing maths learning! https://t.co/ifSlbXEKHB

11/10/21

Thank you for all your generous Harvest donations, we enjoyed celebrating Harvest Festival on Friday and thank you to everyone who volunteered and came to the service. https://t.co/rgMcvq0Uku

08/10/21

We are celebrating World Mental Health Day on Sunday. Our website has great information and resources to support your wellbeing, follow this link to take a look: https://t.co/OHoM0FmrRy https://t.co/Geb0Q2nIti

06/10/21

Debate club are putting forward the debate 'It's good to be famous'. They are planning their arguments for and against. https://t.co/j7G2tEOPv5

05/10/21

Meet our new School Councilors who have been elected this week. https://t.co/Zyiu55PqQO

05/10/21

Happy Birthday to Raj, Chloe, Max and Krista celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/0C6I8LeXTS

04/10/21

On Friday's in assembly we celebrate the children's commitment to the wider curriculum. This week we focused on musical talent, everyone enjoyed the performance! 🎼 https://t.co/qxtv4CIpUC

29/09/21

Lily-Ann in Penguin Class has written this fabulous published version of a setting description from Goodnight Mr Tom! https://t.co/ltD1IoZ1Q5

29/09/21

We are taking bookings for our Open Morning tours for prospective parents, who have children due to start school in September 2022. Please see the flyer for dates and details of how to book. We look forward to welcoming you into our school. https://t.co/HQzCu9StqR

27/09/21

Happy Birthday to Hayden celebrating his birthday this week, we hope you have a great day! https://t.co/Rts1l5vMPV

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