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Southern Entrance

We would like to remind parents and carers that the gate at the southern entrance will be locked at 08:23 each morning. Students arriving after this time should enter via the main entrance in Cricklefield Place.

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, Today half of the Year 8s are out at the National Gallery on a visit related to their last English set text, Framed. Many thanks go to the English department for organising it. Next week we celebrate European Languages Day on Friday with a variety of activities across the Academy. As promised, we are introducing you this week to some more of our new staff. They are three members of the science department:

Dominik Golinski, Lead Teacher of Physics I am very pleased to be joining INA and the science team as Lead Physics Teacher. I have worked in a school in Dagenham for the last 5 years and as a project lead for an East London Physics education programme, Physics Factory, and I’m excited about working in a new environment. INA quickly caught my attention as a school that cares deeply about the pupils and for more than just their excellent academic attainment. The school seems to nurture its pupils to be great learners and caring and mature individuals. I am a local, having grown up in Seven Kings, so I’m really excited to be back here. I remember coming to the old swimming pool on the school’s site regularly on a Friday evening with my friends, and it’s amazing to see the growth and regeneration of the site. The school seems to be at the heart of a community that is developing and growing and I look forward to giving back to a community that I grew up around. I’m very lucky with the classroom that I have been given as I see the area I grew up in from a new angle. In fact, from my classroom I can see the location of my very first job, Maplin Electronics on Green Lane. There’s a good chance that I’ve served many of the parents, pupils and staff some years back! I feel proud and privileged to be a part of outstanding organisation and I am really looking forward to starting at INA and hope to have many exciting and 16 September 2016

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funs times ahead!

Nazifah Nakedar, Maths Teacher

It is an honour to be accepted into the Isaac Newton family. The last two weeks I have been here have been extremely positive. The pupils have shown real enthusiasm for learning and the staff have shown a real passion for teaching. I’ve really come to enjoy working at INA, mostly because of the values that the school and its pupils hold and I’m really excited to incorporate the BRIDGES dispositions into my teaching, to not only make us successful learners and successful in our exams, but to make us an asset to society at large. I’ve always lived in East London, except the year I spent travelling in South Africa. This was a really exciting experience and it really changed my perspective on life. It made me into a more positive and optimistic person. But more than anything being so close to wild elephants and lions made me a little more courageous and gave me the mind-set of really taking on any trouble that comes my way – with a smile. I fell in love with teaching and working with children when I volunteered at a primary school after I finished my GCSE exams. This is why I pursued teaching soon after I completed my degree in Economics. Maths has always been dear to me, I remember when my Dad used to wake me up at 6am every other morning to tutor me in maths (whilst I was in primary school!) and once I had gotten started, I secretly really enjoyed it. The opportunities that INA provides its pupils with are truly outstanding – that’s why I feel extremely privileged to be working here. I look forward to the positive memories we’ll make together during our time at INA.

Afsana Akther, Science Teacher

Education has the ability to change lives and being a part of that process as a Science teacher here at INA is something I feel very proud of. As a graduate of Psychology there are numerous instances where I have taken part in, used or carried out research. A lot of research during my teaching degree was around

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the growth-mindset and the importance of resilience. Isaac Newton Academy’s BRIDGES programme is one I feel echoes some of the principles I truly believe in; every student has the capacity to excel in their learning and with hard work and sustained effort, the highest of aspirations can be reached. Science is an essential subject in the lives of pupils; it allows them to investigate, challenge, discover and progress through various aspects of real world experiences that apply science. Albert Einstein was not able to speak until he was 4 years old and many of his teachers thought he would not amount to anything and yet even now in 2016 he is still regarded as one of the most influential scientists ever. Looking past failure, seeking opportunities to improve and learning with sincere motivation really do go hand-in-hand. I look forward to working with the staff here at INA and helping each unique student gain the skills necessary to increase the opportunities and choices they have in the future. More introductions to come next week! 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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Sixth Form Open Evening Save the date

Tuesday 11th October 2016 6pm -8:30pm We will host our Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 11th October 2016 for Y11 students. You will have a chance to hear more about our vision, see our Sixth Form area and learn more about the subjects offered from the department areas. To register your attendance please email We look forward to welcoming you then!

Sugra Alibhai Vice Prinicpal

A parent workshop for higher attaining students took place this Thursday with Ms Ahmed. Look out for more details in next week’s newsletter.

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Celebrating European Languages Day Friday 23th September 2016

On Friday 23th September, INA will be celebrating European Languages Day! The MFL department is arranging a series of events and competitions to celebrate the day. It is a wonderful opportunity to express our cultural awareness as a community. Our chefs will be serving up some European delights for lunch.

Y7, Y8 and Y9 students will take part in a big quiz competition and there will be prizes for the winners!

Some Key Stage 4 students will have the opportunity to lead an activity in the primary school and teach the younger students a little bit of French or Spanish. We are looking forward to seeing our students entering the spirit of the day, competing and celebrating being part of a diverse community. Merci beaucoup, The MFL Department

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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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BRIDGES How we build learning power and develop character at Isaac Newton Academy

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton The secondary BRIDGES programme commenced this week. BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a student’s character and learning power and enable them to grow into well-rounded individuals and resilient learners. On a two weekly cycle throughout the year, Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to one or two new habits of mind or learning characteristics that will permeate throughout the curriculum. This will take place through a range of interactive activities. In addition, the students will experience BRIDGES learning objectives in each and every lesson throughout Isaac Newton Academy. Year 9 BRIDGES lessons will focus on strengthening certain BRIDGES learning characteristics through exploration of PHSE topics and themes. Each fortnight you will find top tips in the newsletter of ways of supporting your child to develop the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics within the home.

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BRIDGES Parent Workshop for Primary and Secondary Parents/Carers on Wednesday 19th October 6.00-7.00pm in the Secondary KS3 Hall You are invited to a workshop to find out more about our BRIDGES programme and how you can support your child in developing these key characteristics. Please inform the primary or secondary school office if you would like to attend.

First Day of Term for Year 7 some more photographs

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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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Dear Parent/Carer At Isaac Newton Academy our aim is to equip every student with the knowledge, learning power and character necessary for success at university and beyond. Effective sex and relationships education (SRE) makes a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by students in order to establish and maintain positive, healthy relationships. It enables young people to make responsible and well-informed decisions about their health and wellbeing. It is important that sex and relationships education is taught as part of PSHE education which develops essential skills and attributes, such as self-esteem, managing risk and resisting peer pressure which students can apply to a range of areas; and which addresses related factors such as alcohol and drugs, media literacy, and equality and prejudice. It is therefore recognised as best practice for SRE to be taught as part of a broader PSHE curriculum, to help pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and personal attributes they need to manage their lives and is endorsed by leading SRE bodies. At Isaac Newton Academy in Key Stage 3 SRE is taught through the Science curriculum and during PSHE lessons. At Key stage 4, SRE is taught through the PSHE programme. We ensure that the SRE programme is relevant to all students, is age and stage appropriate and that the issues covered are managed sensitively, with an awareness of students’ cultural and religious beliefs and perspectives. Below are the SRE topics for all year groups: Year 7 Puberty Changing feelings and self esteem Periods

Year 10 STIs (Sexually transmitted infections) Readiness for sex and contraception Child Sexual Exploitation

Year 8

Year 9 Sexuality Contraception Early sexualised behaviour STIs (Sexually transmitted infections) Sexual bullying and peer pressure Year 11 Consent/Rape Breast Cancer Testicular cancer

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Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from part or all of sex and relationships education provided outside of the Science curriculum. Parents wishing to withdraw their child should make an appointment to see their Pastoral Leader. If, following the meeting, they still wish to withdraw their child, they should put their request in writing, stating which part(s) of the programme they wish to withdraw their child from. A copy of the SRE Policy can be found on the Academy’s website. Kind Regards, Roxana Stylianou Pastoral leader for Year 9 i/c of PSHE

Barclays Capital Y11 Careers Day Thursday 29th September We are delighted to inform parents and carers of Y11 students that on Thursday 29th September we will be hosting approximately 35 professionals from Barclays Capital. They have generously given up their time to support our students with • Interview skills • Mock interviews • CV writing • Presenting yourself effectively. In preparation of this, all Y11 students are expected to produce a high quality CV from which they will receive feedback. They are to hand this in to form tutors on Friday 23rd September at the very latest. Y11 Students will also be permitted to wear business dress on Thursday 29th September to support the experience of taking part in a mock interview. Expectations around business dress include: • Shoes as footwear; trainers are not permitted. • Trousers should be smart; jeans and leggings are not appropriate. • A shirt and tie for male students. • Any skirts or dresses must be of an appropriate, modest length. I hope that the day is a useful and engaging experience for all of Y11! Sugra Alibhai Vice Prinicpal 16 September 2016

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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 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

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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