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8 September 2016

Secondary Newsletter

High Attaining parent workshop Thursday 15th September 6:00-6:30pm An informative presentation on how you can get your child to extend their learning further outside of the classroom, what constitutes a high attaining student and to find out how as a school and as a parent we can support your child to get the best opportunities to broaden their horizon in and outside of school. Ms Ahmed High Attaining Ambassador

Football and Netball team trials If you wish to represent the school in Football (Boys) or Netball (Girls) then you must attend the trial on the following days: YEAR GROUP 7 8 9 10 11

Football Weds 21ST Sept TBC Mon 12th Sept Mon 19th Sept Thurs 15th Sept

Netball Thurs 22nd Sept Thurs 22nd Sept Mon 12th Sept Mon 12th Sept TBC

• All trials will take place after school from 4.15 – 5.30pm. • INA P.E. kit is needed (plus trainers for netballers) • Footballers must bring shin pads, trainers, astroturf boots or moulded boots, no blades or metal studs • All students should come up to the sports hall at 4.15pm • All students must write in their planners the finish time on the day and must ensure that someone at home knows they will be at school till this time. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Any questions please see a member of the P.E. department. Thanks. Mr Beattie

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Dear Parents and Carers, Welcome back (and an especially warm welcome to parents of Year 7 students who are becoming part of the INA community for the first time)! It has been great to see how smoothly the new cohort has settled in to life at INA. They are learning the rules and procedures very quickly and finding their way around the building with maturity and determination. Thank you to the Year 8-11 students who have been supportive and empathetic, providing assistance and direction. This tern we have a number of new staff joining us. Over the next few weeks they will be introducing themselves to you via the newsletter. This week you get to meet Mr Ball and Ms O’Rourke:

Patrick Ball, Pastoral Leader Year 7 I am extremely excited about beginning my new role as Pastoral Leader for Year 7 at INA. I have already been very impressed with the Academy and all of the fantastic opportunities it provides for its students. In addition to this, all of the staff I have come across have been exceptionally warm and welcoming; this reassures me that I am joining a very special family. I am particularly enthusiastic about the BRIDGES framework and how it will further my own development, as well as that of the new Year 7 students. The coming weeks and months will be real a challenge, as the Year 7 students settle in to new routines. This will require hard work and perseverance. It will also be a time for all us to learn a great deal about ourselves and each other. I grew up in Leeds and studied Geography at the University of Manchester. However, shortly after graduating I moved to south to London where I have spent most of my time since. I first worked for an architecture firm in central London where I was involved in providing consultation on strategies to

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improve the environment of urban areas. Although I very much enjoyed that job, I knew deep down that teaching was the right profession for me. So I shifted professions and spent five years as a Geography teacher and Head of Geography at a school in Stepney Green. For the past two years I have been teaching at a school in Colombo, which is the capital city of Sri Lanka. This was an unforgettable experience and my time there has given me an even more positive outlook on life. I hope that I can contribute further to the already positive feeling within INA.

Jacinta O’Rourke, Humanities Teacher I am delighted to be joining the Humanities department at Isaac Newton Academy as a Geography specialist. I was welcomed into the school for the final two weeks of summer term and I was granted the opportunity to spend time with students and staff and to fully explore what INA was all about. I am excited about the prospect of starting work at such a welcoming and forward thinking school. I moved to the UK from the Republic of Ireland two years ago and I have been working in East London schools since I arrived. I have had the opportunity to work in both primary and secondary schools and explore how students journey through their education in the UK. This was a fantastic opportunity as I got to see how pupils made the transition from year 6 into year 7 from a primary perspective and then a secondary perspective. I studied history and geography as a joint honours degree in University in Cork, Ireland, so a position in a humanities department was exactly what I had been looking for. My love of geography was cemented when I had been learning about interlocking spurs in school when I was about 13 years old. I had looked at diagrams of this formation not realising that only a mile or so up the road from my house I could see the real thing in our local mountain range. It was at this moment that I realised that geography is all around us, that we too are geography. I look forward to passing on my passion for geography and humanities as a whole to the students of INA.

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May I take this opportunity to ask that parents do not drive down Cricklefield Place if it can be avoided at the start and end of the school day. The entrance to our site is not spacious enough to accommodate lots of vehicular traffic and every car increases the risk of a serious accident or injury to a child. The purple parking bays belong to the Academy and are used by staff; parents are not entitled to use them and risk being issued with a parking fine if they do so. Similarly, the space under the sports hall beam is not public property but part of the school site and parents are not permitted to drive through this area, park or wait here in cars. We do really appreciate your support in making the start and end of the day safe and congestion-free for the benefit of your child and others. With all best wishes, Rachel Macfarlane.

Year 10 Your child will have a received a letter with details of how to purchase a copy of the GCSE Mathematics Textbook Payments of £15 can be paid via WisePay under the ‘School Shop’.

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Empathy &

‘If you can learn a simple trick you’ll get along a lot b stand a person until you consider things from his poin around in it.’ Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Mahatma Gandhi [1869 - 1948]

Mahatma Gandhi, known for being highly empathetic and a great listener, became famous by campaigning for the civil rights of Muslim and Hindu Indians in South Africa and in India. Gandhi was the son of a senior government official and trained as a lawyer in London. After his return to India in 1915, Gandhi decided that, if he was going to campaign for Indian independence from British rule, he would need to experience what life was really like for the poorest people in the country. Gandhi discarded his barrister’s suit and instead wore a dhoti. He established the Sabamarti Ashram so that he could step into the shoes of peasant farmers. He and his followers grew their own food and spun their own cloth. Gandhi’s strong sense of empathy towards the plight of others led to him organise non-violent protests, such as the 250 mile Dandi Salt March in 1930.


Top tips

Discuss with your friends and family the complexities of their day. Read a news story and write down the view points of the people involved. Ensure you know the correct meaning of the words you use to avoid causing offense.

Parents Test your child on his/her listening skills. Get your son/daughter to verbalise how each person in the family might feel about a particular issue. Look together at news stories and discuss how people in different circumstances might be feeling.

Pay undivided attention to the person talking to you. Repeat/present back what you have heard.

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& Listening

better with all kinds of folks. You never really undernt of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk



Being able to put yourself in somebody else’s Engaging with what you hear and making links shoes. with other experiences and knowledge.



Considering other people’s points of view, thinking about others, understanding other people’s situation.

Paying attention, understanding what has been said and what is expected of you, actively making connections with other experiences and knowledge, responding in a positive way, being able to support others, being able to lead others, being able to recite the instructions to a task.

Students who have shown great empathy & listening skills Tanisha Rahaman in 8C is emotionally very mature. She exudes kindness and compassion and is supportive of others. She understands the struggles of others and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Manraj Rai in 9I always shows awareness of what other people are feeling, listens to others carefully and tries to help others in his lessons.

Anisha Ahmed in 8N is one of the most reflective and empathetic students in Year 8. She is constantly helping others, whether that’s supporting them through difficult times or helping with their learning.

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The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter the first Mathematician of the Moment competition. Have a look at the problem below. Answers to be written on a Maths postcard to be placed in the Maths post box in Mr Dukes’ room (G42) no later than 4.10pm on Wednesday 21st September. Good luck and may the best form win!!!

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First Day of Term for Year 7

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Key Dates

for the

Autumn Term 2016

Term Dates -Autumn Term Thursday 1st September - Friday 16th December Half Term: Monday 24th – Friday 28th October INSET Days: 1, 2, 5 September, 23 November, 9 December

Key Dates for Secondary – Autumn Term Thursday 15th September Friday 16th September Friday 23rd September Thursday 29th September Friday 30th September Saturday 1st October Tuesday 4th October Wednesday 5th October

Thursday 6th October Friday 7th October Monday 10th October Harvest Festival Week Tuesday 11th October Wednesday 12th October Tuesday 18th October Wednesday 19th October Thursday 20th October Monday 24– Friday 28 October

High Attainers Parent Workshop Year 8 English Trip to National Gallery European Languages Day Year 11 Barclays Careers Event Mita Desai Visit Start of Black History Month Open Evening 6-8pm School starts at 9.25am for secondary students, following Open Evening. Year 8 HPV vaccines New To GCSE Parents Workshop(Yr 10s) 6pm Tours for parents of Yr 6s 9am Tours for parents of Yr 6s 9am Tours for parents of Yr 6s 9am. Sixth Form Open Evening 6-8pm Sixth Form Applications open Settling In Evening for Parents of Yr 7s 6pm GCSE Music Recital BRIDGES Parent Workshop 6pm Music Recital HALF TERM

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