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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.

Safeguarding

The welfare and safety of our students is our priority. We do everything possible to ensure our students’ safety, both within the school community and outside of school, including working with relevant agencies to address any issues related to child protection. Students are informed of who they should go to should they have a concern about their own safety or the safety of others. At INA, all staff have regular safeguarding training to ensure that they are able to meet their statutory responsibilities. We also have a number of staff who are designated to respond to any child protection concerns and to liaise with social services:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Jo Spencer Vice Principal Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Tam Broadway Primary Headteacher Designated Child Protection Officers Eleanor Seale Office Manager Leanne Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal Gareth Marshall-Jones Primary Deputy Headteacher You can find the INA Safeguarding policy, Child Protection policy and other related policies and procedures on the Academy’s website.

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Dear Parents and Carers, This week a lot has been happening. Year 11s are in the last stages of revision before the mock exams, some of our students performed to great acclaim at the Shakespeare Schools Festival at The Shaw Theatre in Central London (our thanks and congratulations go to Ms Rayner and Ms Field) and all the staff undertook key training in Child Protection. So it was good for us all to slow the pace and create some space in the middle of the week to reflect on ourselves as learners and immerse ourselves in something that we are passionate about or which we usually find it hard to make time for. It has been really moving to read the postcards written by staff and students which record the activities they undertook on Ahmed Al-Khafaji Day. Here are a few extracts: “I visited UCL to talk about the process of applying for a PhD or EdD” “I spent the day reading a difficult but enjoyable book” “I went to Ahmed’s grave in the Garden of Peace to pay my respects to him and remember my friend” “I went to my friend’s house and we sorted out our differences and bonded together” “I recited the Qur’an in memory of Ahmed” “I spent the day exploring a new city” “I spent Ahmed Day being absorbed in my learning - Ahmed was always learning and loved being absorbed in what he was doing” In recent weeks we have welcomed a few new staff to the Academy, They introduce themselves below:

Sheniz Khan, Administrative Officer I have recently joined INA as an Administrative officer. I graduated in Education Studies at UCL – Institute of Education, where I then pursued various temporary roles which allowed me to gain an insight into some of the different fields within 25 November 2016

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education. Since graduating I have coded international exam papers for TIMSS and PISA as well as worked for the Apprenticeships team at Newham College of Further Education. I am extremely excited to be a part of INA and look forward to working closely with all the staff and students across the different departments of the school. I am especially excited to be working on the new sixth form and look forward to helping students through their transition from key stage 4 to 5. I am able to relate to the students, as I too many years ago was the first amongst a cohort of students in a brand new school in the East End of London.

Georgina May, Marketing & Communications Manager I am delighted to have joined Isaac Newton Academy this term as the new Marketing and Communications Manager. Thanks to a warm welcome from the staff and students, I already feel like a part of the INA family. From a young age, growing up in Tunbridge Wells, I knew that I enjoyed communicating with people. Marketing was a natural choice for my degree course in Leeds. For the past six years, I have held marketing positions in two leading firms of international architects. Whilst I had a wonderful experience working in architecture, I was keen to transfer my skills to another sector. I moved to Romford in 2015 and was very excited when the position became available at Isaac Newton Academy this year. INA is unique in its goals, aspirations and approach to student learning and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to become part of the school’s ever-growing success. I will be working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Heads of Departments here at INA to explore how better to communicate and showcase our accomplishments to parents, students and the wider community.

Joshua Clarke, Learning Assistant/Cover Supervisor It’s been a real pleasure for me to have undertaken a role here at Isaac Newton Academy. I am excited about a future working within the school as a Learning Assistant/Cover Supervisor. Within my first two weeks I have already seen many excellent examples of students who are eager to learn and have an excellent attitude

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towards school life. Students here at INA are extremely polite and have made me feel very welcome to the Academy. Originally from West Yorkshire, I have recently moved to London. Previous to working at INA I worked in an Academy in Halifax for 2 years as both a Learning Assistant and then Cover Supervisor. Before this role I worked in Germany as a summer camp counsellor, organising and playing sports throughout the day with children from all over the world. I enjoying travelling and learning about/visiting new places, fuelled by my interest and degree in Geography. I enjoy playing sports, particularly football and tennis. I also follow my local team, Bradford City Football Club. Unfortunately moving to London has made this difficult but I still try to watch as many games as possible. With best wishes,

Rachel Macfarlane Food Survey Dear parents/carers, Following meetings with a focus group of parents regarding the school food offer, we have, as agreed, put out a survey to a sample of students across the Academy to establish the most popular dishes as well as find out what else they might like to see on the menu. If you would like to take part in the survey, please contact the school office who can either arrange for a paper copy of the survey to be sent home with your child or e-mailed to you. Please ensure that the survey is returned by Friday 2nd December. Many thanks Mrs Chamberlain

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Save the date!

Tuesday 6th December—Year 9 Options Evening We are pleased to invite all parents and carers of our Year 9 students, and the students themselves, to our Year 9 Options Evening on Tuesday 6th December. 9ISAC:

Open from 5.45pm to 6.30pm

Talk at 6pm

9NEWT:

Open from 6.30pm to 7.15pm

Talk at 6.45pm

This is an essential opportunity to explore the subjects on offer, understand how the options process will work and reflect on factors to consider when making decisions about option choices. Browse subject stalls, pick up information and ask lots of questions of both our teachers and some of our GCSE students. This evening is your chance to find out about how the options system will work and pick up your options guide and form.

Make sure to catch one of the explanatory talks: 6pm for 9ISAC 6.45pm for 9NEWT Should there be a problem with the slot allocated to your child’s tutor group, contact the school as soon as possible and we will investigate the possibility of joining the other session. Ms McEvoy, Assistant Principal

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 students have all received an INA Work experience placement form to support them with sourcing a placement.  We are pleased that students have already started to bring confirmed placements in to Ms Patel and myself and look forward to more of these.

Year 10 Work experience Parent and student Optional information session Tuesday 29th November 5pm at INA with Mr Crowther-Green and Ms Patel

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A Warm Invite to INA’s End of Autumn Term Awards Assemblies Monday 12th December Year 7 Friday 16th December Years 8, 9, 10 & 11 In the final week of term, we will be holding our first awards assemblies of the year. This is an opportunity for the staff, students, governors and parents/ carers to formally celebrate our students’ achievements at the end of the autumn term. There will be a separate assembly for each year group. Please note the dates and times as follows:

Monday 12th December

8.55-9.45 Year 7 Awards assembly

Friday 16th December

11.05am Year 9 Awards Assembly KS3 Hall Year 11 Awards Assembly Dining Hall 12.00pm Year 10 Awards Assembly Dining Hall Year 8 Awards Assembly KS3 Hall 1.00pm Students dismissed At the assemblies we will be presenting awards in recognition of students’ academic progress and attainment, personal progress and the development of their BRIDGES dispositions. Excellent attendance and punctuality will also be celebrated. It is also a great opportunity for you to see some examples of the activities and events your child has been participated in this term. We believe that it is important that every student is represented by a parent at the Awards assembly for their year group and would like to invite one parent to attend on behalf of the family. If you would like to attend, please ask your son/daughter to collect a ticket for the awards assembly from his/ her form tutor. Please request your ticket by Friday 9th December. Due to limited capacity, we are unable to accommodate very many additional family members. However, if you would like a second place, please notify the school office and we will do our best to allocate an additional ticket. I look forward to seeing you on the 16th December. Jo Spencer, Vice Principal 25 November 2016

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Praise and Recognition

At INA, we aim to provide a stimulating, challenging and rewarding learning environment which supports learning, celebrates achievement and encourages everyone. Awarding merits, informal praise in class and the end of term awards assemblies are all part of this. Please speak to your child/children on a regular basis to see how many merits they have and how they are working towards the different awards on offer.

Merits It is the start of another year so we are restarting the Form Merit competition. Each merit you gain will increase your individual total and also your form’s overall total. So make sure you are keeping up the good work to gain merits! Also if you are owed a merit, go and collect it and make sure it gets recorded on your form’s spreadsheet! YEAR 7

TOTAL

YEAR 8

TOTAL

YEAR 9

TOTAL

YEAR 10

TOTAL

YEAR 11

TOTAL

E A W C I N S

527 524 513 439 416 368 323

W I T N C E A S

399 326 322 322 271 221 156 102

I N W S A T C E

306 255 230 227 195 152 120 119

W T A E N S I

321 296 205 159 159 122 118

W C I E T N A S

100 69 65 62 59 48 17 5

Ahmed Al-Khafaji Award (Peer Commendation Award) Ahmed was well known for being kind, for helping others and for being extremely polite. He was also someone known for his hard work and absorption. The idea, therefore, is that the winner should be someone who encapsulated one of these qualities in that week. Year 7: Aarez Khan 7A Year 8: Aryan Dattani 8A Year 9: Ekam sehmbi 9S Year 10: Yaseen Hussain 10N Year 11: Muaz Nawaz 11A

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Good Deed Feed Mr Knowles: At morning line up, Zain Ali in 10I saw that Rameez was trying to get through the door in his wheelchair, and stood aside and let him pass. Ms Alibhai: Arjun Tathgar – brought in a Y10 student book that had been left in a music practice room for a week so I could pass it on to them. Jamie Joseph- shows incredible generosity to his peers in my maths class with supporting their learning. He will lend equipment to ensure that no learning time is lost. Mr Ayerh: Kamil Momot 8E: for voluntarily opening the door for our PE class. He is never asked to do this; he does this independently.

Mr Ayerh

Year 10 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition.

Parents' Literacy Workshop Last Thursday, 17th November, saw a successful Parents’ Literacy Workshop, attended by invited Year 7 parents and students, as well as many parents and students from the Primary Academy. During the workshop, parents were able to learn about the importance of reading and writing and share some of their own experiences of reading with their children. There was the opportunity for all parents and children to do some reading together, using reciprocal teaching techniques. The session also included guided reading in the Primary and the Marking for Literacy codes used in the Secondary Academy. Thank you to Mr Wilson (SENCO), Mr Marshall-Jones (Primary Assistant Principal), Ms Wiltshire (Primary Literacy Lead), and Mr Butler-Zanetti (School Librarian) for being on hand to answer questions and support parents and students. Ms Atkinson 25 November 2016

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Prud

“It is the state of mind of the person wielding the instrumen

The Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists. Following

the Chinese invasion of Tibet in the 1950s, many Tibetans took to the streets demanding an end to Chinese rule. The Chinese People’s Republic troops crushed the revolt and thousands were killed. The Dalai Lama approached the situation with prudence and caution. He considered all the possibilities and risks involved before suggesting a way forward. The Dalai Lama is a man of peace so he advocated a non-violent response. He told the people of Tibet ‘With Truth, Justice and Courage as our weapons, we Tibetans will eventually prevail in regaining freedom for Tibet’. In 1989 the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He now devotes his life to the promotion of compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and selfdiscipline. He is committed to the development of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religions.

A student who has shown great Prudence Halema Anjum Balancing learning work load and still finds time to mentor a member of the tutor group twice weekly. The strategies she has employed to complete learning in lessons and independently to avoid receiving IL detentions and the meet INA’s high expectations.

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dence

nt that determines to what end it will be put.”

Dalai Lama

Prudence To think through carefully and consider all aspects of a situation or issue before taking action.

Behaviours Being cautious, being tactful, being trustworthy and discrete (not turning someone’s personal information or feelings into gossip), thinking ahead and planning a course of action, taking care of valuable items, being aware of risks and dangers.

Students

Top tips

Parents

• Devise a one, five and ten year plan for yourself. • Research universities and the courses that you are currently interested in. • Consider the way you speak to people and the language you use. How do you think it makes them feel? • Practise being kind to those around you. • Save up for something worthwhile or important.

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• Start a discussion with your son/ daughter about GCSEs, A-levels, University courses and future careers. • Discuss a situation with your son/ daughter when you acted prudently and a situation when you didn’t and talk about the impact of each response. • Talk to your son/daughter about how you manage the family income and outgoings.

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Well done to the following students who are this week’s Mathematicians of the Moment

7I

440

8I

30

9I

180

7S

530

8S

50

9S

80

7A

10

8A

7C

540

8C

330

9C

7N 100

8N

130

9N

7E

8E

430

9E

7W

8W

50

9W

7T

8T

290

9T

9A

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‘Careers in Law’ Law Society Trip

On Friday 18th November a group of 7 year 11 students were given the opportunity to attend a ‘Careers in Law’ event at The Law Society on Chancery Lane. The students were able to participate in a case study with a group of qualified lawyers. This was followed by a Q&A with a panel of law professionals (Solicitors, Barristers, Law Clerks, etc). Finding out that some barristers can earn £850 an hour was a revelation to all the students who attended. Finally the students were able to experience a mock trial, with some students chosen to form the jury (Daddy Bear was found not guilty of ABH against Goldielocks). It was a great day for the students and gave them a real insight into life as a legal professional and what they need to be doing to make a career in law a reality. Afterwards all of the students said that it had made them more interested in a career in the law.

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Attendance Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential. At Isaac Newton Academy every student is set the target of 100% attendance. We know that attendance has a direct link to progress, and would urge you to really consider if a day off school is necessary. Well done to 9A for achieving 100% for the week. Year 7 are the top year group again this week with 98% well done!. 7E

99.2

8W

99

9A

100

10S

98.4

11T

98.9

7W

99.2

8I

98.9

9N

99.1

10N

98.2

11S

97.4

7S

98.6

8S

98.1

9E

98.4

10T

97.7

11W

97.4

7A

97.6

8T

97.8

9I

97.7

10W

97.7

11E

96.6

7C

97.5

8E

96

9C

97.4

10I

97.6

11N

96.6

7I

96.9

8A

95.4

9T

97.3

10E

96.2

11A

95.7

7N

96.5

8C

93.7

9S

96.8

10A

94

11C

94.5

8N

93.3

9W

95

11I

91

Ms Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal

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Autumn 2016

Calling: Parents, carers and community members. Would you like to volunteer to lead an after school enrichment at Isaac Newton Academy?

Enrichment runs 4:15pm-5:15pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 3:15pm-4:15pm on Tuesday. For further information contact Ms Clarke Tel: 020 8911 6666 info@isaacnewtonacademy.org

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HOUR OF CODE You are invited ! Please join us in S28 and S30 on Thursday 8th December to spend an hour creating fun games.

You will receive a Certificate No prior knowledge needed You may bring headphones

Year 11 students and Year 11 mentors received a free copy of Tim Foot's 'Revision Cracked' book to support with the Year11 Mock exams and the upcoming GCSE exams. Mark Crowther-Green Assistant Principal 25 November 2016

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En Lit 1 (1h 45) 180 students Animal Farm

AM Year

P1 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40

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Mu (1.5h)

PM Year

P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50

P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

Spanish Listening (higher) (40m) 57 students Sound desk/CD

French Listening (higher) (40m) 60 students Sound desk/CD

P4 12:50 start (varied finish time)

Ma 1 (1.5h) 180 students 4 extra time

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Science C1 (1h) 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

Gg 1 (1h45) 128 students 4 extra time

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Tue 6th Dec

P3 Science B1 11:05 for 11:10 start (1h) Finish 12:10 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50

Mon 5th Dec

Times unless stated

Eng Lit 2 (2h15) 180 students Poetry and Christmas Carol

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French Listening (foundation) (30m) 4 students Sound desk/CD

Science P1 (1h) 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

Hi 1 (1h45) 69 students 4 extra time

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Wed 7th Dec

Ma 2 (1.5h) 180 students 4 extra time

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Spanish Listening (foundation) (30m) 8 students Sound desk/CD

Science B2 (1h) 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

RE 1 (2h) 42 students

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Thu 8th dec

Drama Splendid theatre

Normal lessons

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French Reading (higher) (50m) 60 Students

Science C2 (1h) 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

Tech (2h) 68 students 2 extra time

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Fri 9th Dec

Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable December 2016

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(foundation) (35m)

Geography 2 (1h30)

(foundation) (35m)

Spanish Reading

Science C3 (1h)

PE (1.5h)

English Language 1 (1h45) 19th Century Fiction

Science P2 (1h)

RE 2 (2h)

French Reading

Maths 3 (1.5h)

English Language 2 (2h) Non-fiction

Wed 14th Dec

Spanish Reading (higher) (50m)

Tue 13th Dec

Mon 12th Dec

Art exams – 1-2 Dec in classrooms with AJ and AH

P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50 P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

PM P4 12:50 start (varied finish time)

AM P1 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40 P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50 P3 11:05 for 11:10 start Finish 12:10

Times unless stated

Y11 Mock GCSE Exam Timetable December 2016

Drama (1.5h)

Science B3 (1h)

Science P3 (1h)

History2 (1h10)

Thu 15th Dec

Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable December 2016

Art Exams - 1st & 2nd December in class rooms with AJ and AH

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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 1st & Friday 2nd December Monday 5th – Thursday 15th December Tuesday 6th December Wednesday 7th December Thursday 8th December Friday 9th December

Tuesday 13th December Thursday 15th December Friday 16th December

Year 11 Art Mock Exam Year 11 Mock Exams

Year 9 Options Evening PEA Summer School Meeting Year 8 Christmas Lunch INSET Day: no school for Years 7-10 Year 11 Mock exams Splendid Theatre Production Community Party Winter Concert Awards Assemblies Term Ends at 1pm

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