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17/07/19

Our final stop of the day was an incredible biscuit factory where we were shown the home vs mass bakery techniques and got some free samples! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/YtVbKAnGS2

17/07/19

The aquarium was next! Our favourite was the submarine deck where we could see the sharks under water! Plenty of Nemo spotting in the tropic tank! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/oqLNd5laW6

17/07/19

A trip through the old town this morning with a chance to explore shops and cafes - lots of souvenirs bought! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/82dAUseKDL

17/07/19

Au revoir Dover! We are off on our day trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer! See you soon France 🇫🇷 We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/idztUz6aa7

13/07/19

was one of many highlights this week! Too many medals to name everyone individually but an amazing 9 medals overall and a huge effort from the staff in the relay! Well done everyone, you made us proud! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/oHifqSiLyS

06/07/19

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Congratulations to all finalists and winners of our 4th annual Spelling Bee! 68 students, 15 schools, French, Spanish & Mandarin = our biggest to date. Thanks to hosts & passionate teachers for supporting & entering students. https://t.co/nMfs0XX3ex

27/06/19

An amazing 6th Form Taster Day yesterday with our Y11’s and students from other schools visiting us to get a taste of what next year will look like in Y12! Welcome to the Invictus Family We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/KBFylTwjsW

24/06/19

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We look forward to welcoming & to - https://t.co/FLmnVBRQqZ

24/06/19

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Here is to our awesome judges! 2nd wave students are back as judges for the third wave celebration. https://t.co/XXrpIShx57

24/06/19

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We celebrate each and every day at ! https://t.co/7yCNIGREt3

24/06/19

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All set for and her fantastic students from - we are celebrating with https://t.co/sXGrQJ4pc2

19/06/19

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Fantastic welcome and hospitality showcasing the wonderful diversity of communities in the Borough and what makes us all so proud https://t.co/2rTx47kh4x

19/06/19

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Year 7 performing for their International Evening. A great opportunity to perform to a new audience. Great work guys. https://t.co/EK3eJ6Pk9U

19/06/19

Look who’s dropped in to pay us a visit!! What is Ms. Bergin discussing with Her Majesty?! Shh don’t tell anyone, we think it might be Ms. Davis in disguise! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/kLhZnlZDmL

19/06/19

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We are honoured to be invited at the of with

19/06/19

Plenty of food on offer tonight but can you guess which country has made it? We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/KJk856DmeE

19/06/19

Our amazing music students are outside in the BBQ area keeping our hungry visitors entertained! A big thanks to Chef Mr Degazon and Mr Green! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/4Ay7FIVTLj

19/06/19

Mr Ajala and his band have even got in on the musical act! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/RkBJN5IQjw

19/06/19

Next up, the wonderful dance entertainment from our friends just next door! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/XimlTPzBm8

19/06/19

A huge thanks to for the musical entertainment with their wonder Y7 steel band! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/4yw84TXhBN

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Posted on January 14th 2019

New Sixth Form - Year 9 Students Interview Ms Bergin

Invictus Scroll Club (4)Chance and Paulina (pictured), Year 9, interviewed Principal Claudette Bergin about our new sixth form. Here's their article, which was originally published in our newsletter, Invictus Scroll.

A new chapter of history is about to be written in the story of Harris Invictus. In 2019, our Academy will open its doors to its very first 6th form students. Hundreds more students will be joining us, some homegrown from our own Academy and others from outside will come for the best qualifications in life, our new state of the art facilities and our passionate teachers.

The Invictus Scroll went to interview the Principal Ms Bergin to find out more about the 6th form and wider Academy news. Sitting in her office on London Road, she told us: “The next five years at Harris Invictus are going to be wonderful. My vision is to see 6th form on its feet here. I want students to be able to do the A-levels and BTECs they need to succeed in life. My biggest dream is for HIAC students to get their qualifications here and go on to university.”

"Best thing about Croydon"

Ms Bergin, who has been Principal for nearly two years at Harris Invictus, has to look after our current intake of 855 students and this will increase massively when the 6th form opens. She is clearly very proud of her job and the Academy in the community. “I said this to my husband the other night and I’m going to share it with you: Harris Invictus is the best thing about Croydon," she said. "I really mean that. I want the community to respect and love us. I want us to be the best Academy in Croydon.”

Ms Bergin also told us that there would be more exciting new changes coming to our Academy. For example, she wants to introduce new languages such as Mandarin and Portuguese to the school. Although these changes might take a while to come into place, Ms Bergin is clearly very passionate about them: “I would really love to offer Mandarin and maybe Portuguese. Mandarin is my favourite though - I would love to learn it and offer it here. I also really want to raise awareness about community languages. Many people here speak so many languages at home and we could really excel by offering qualifications in that here. I learnt the other day that somebody in the Academy knows Czech – I knew them for two years and I only just found out!”

Language exchanges

But there are even more opportunities coming for Harris students who are interested in languages. Ms Bergin told us that in the future she is looking into setting up an exchange programme for students. This means that students who speak other languages can go and live abroad for a week to learn in the country whose language they are studying – and we will probably start with France. In return, we would take students here who want to learn English. “It’s early days”, says Ms Bergin, “but this is a really good way to learn a language and get the qualifications that students need. Whatever happens with Brexit we all need to be prepared and able to build relationships with other countries.”

There are other new great chances and opportunities coming for HIAC students who are interested in other subjects too. Lots of students have expressed a passion and interest for studying food technology and our building has specially-built labs for that purpose. At the moment there is a popular after school club that quickly gets filled up by students who want to do baking, but soon they may be able to take Food Technology as a formal qualification too.

“I am thinking about developing the Food Technology opportunities here in 2019. We started small with an enrichment club to try and decipher if there was a real excitement about the subject and in the future we really want to extend that. I’m going to do my best to make that happen.”

Lockers

The last subject we asked Ms Bergin about was the controversial one: lockers. Lots of HIAC students want lockers to stop the daily struggle of walking up stairs with heavy GCSE texts. However, Ms Bergin was very clear and strong in her opposition to introducing lockers: “There are going to be no lockers. A lot of new builds don’t have them. They take up too much space and personally I think they can create behaviour issues. They create hot spots where you can’t quite see everything – dark spots where you can get poor behaviour.”

Our Academy clearly wouldn’t be the same without Ms Bergin. It’s clear she has got lots of plans for improving and changing the school (even if we are not getting lockers!). She told us personally that she used to have a career in advertising and she is really keen on art, so if she wasn’t our Principal she might pursue a career in illustration or fashion. But with her obvious passion for education, we are glad she is leading Harris Invictus. As she said, “I left industry to work with young people. I can’t imagine doing anything else really. You have these golden moments like when a child gives me a golden ticket and it just lights up their day. It reminds me why I do this.” 

Chance and Paulina, Year 9


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