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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.


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, As you will be aware, our new Chef Manager, Oliver Iles, started at INA last week. I hope that your child has already reported back on some of the great changes that he has made to the lunch menus and offer: • A daily pasta bar with a tomato based sauce and a white sauce • A re-designed salad bar • Make your own wraps and baguettes for KS4 (where students can select their own fillings and combinations) • Larger pudding portions! Mr Iles has the following message: “Community. This is the word that comes to mind the most when I think of the short time I have spent at INA. The chance to be a part of this community and play a role within it is an honour and I am looking forward to the New Year and joining this team of amazing staff and enthusiastic students. I was lucky enough to spend time with the team on the day of the whole school Christmas lunch and was excited by everyone’s energy and real passion for producing great food for the INA community. I had a chance to serve and meet pupils who were all polite and happy and are a testament to the great work being done at INA. As a chef I have been working in private independent schools in Berkshire & Bath for eight years and love making and providing pupils and staff with the tasty, nutritionally-balanced food they deserve. I am keen to take my knowledge and experience and enhance and build on the fantastic foundations already in place in the catering department. I am proud to be joining INA and feel excited at the challenges it will bring.”

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We also welcome a new Maths teacher this term, Priya Sanger: “I am delighted to start at Isaac Newton Academy this term. I am thrilled to start teaching my new classes, and build a strong unit with the school. I am fond of the school’s policies and the respect gained from pupils. I feel that I am in the right place to teach. About myself: I previously worked at West Hatch High School in Chigwell where I was also a pupil up until sixth form. I have a passion to teach. This passion led me to teach in China for a month, which was a fantastic experience. I enjoyed the culture and way pupils were taught in classes. I feel proud to be teaching in Isaac Newton Academy. It is truly rewarding to be accepted to work at such an excellent and reputable school. “ This week has seen a Maths Challenge (more details next week), a trip to the Teen Tech competition (thanks to Mr Dewal) and a visit from our local MP Mike Gapes. Mr Gapes was toured around the school by some of our new Year 10 prefects and then met with Marian and Rajveer who have put themselves forward for the Youth Parliament and wanted to get some tips from an MP! Mr Gapes was very impressed by what he saw at INA and we are grateful to him for making time to visit us. And lastly, it was great to see a range of primary and secondary parents at the Growth Mindset workshop last night. If you were not able to attend but interested in the resources, please look on the INA website under Community/Resources for Parents. With all best wishes,

Rachel Macfarlane

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Year 11 progress meeting Thursday 26th January 2017 2:30 – 6:30pm ✧✧ ✧✧ ✧✧ ✧✧ ✧✧

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Year 11 Progress meeting is calendared for Thursday 26th January 2017 from 2:30-6:30pm. All students will complete lessons P1 – 4a (Year 10 and Year 11 students will complete lesson 4a as per KS3 timings). P4a will finish for all students at 1:05pm. Students will return to tutor groups from 1:05-1:15pm. Students who are eligible for Free School Meals who request lunch in advance (via form tutors) can collect a lunch bag from the KS3 desk area as they leave. Tutors will escort students to the KS3 gate at 1:15 where students are expected to go directly home. Year 11 students will return between 2:30-6:30pm with parents. Students are expected to attend with an adult family member in full school uniform. The progress meeting will take place in the KS3 Hall. The last appointment is 6:25pm for a 6:30pm finish. Staff will set independent learning for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 in advance for P5 and 6. The school will be closed to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 from 1:15. Enrichments and detentions will not take place. Mark Crowther-Green Assistant Principal

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BRIDGES Mentoring Wednesday 18th January 2017

The first BRIDGES mentoring session takes place on Wednesday 18th January from 1:45-4:30pm. All students will be given a fifteen minute 1:1 coaching session with their BRIDGES mentor. This is an important opportunity for KS3 students to reflect on how they have developed or strengthened their BRIDGES dispositions, to discuss the dispositions they consider to be their strengths and the ones they need to work on further. Year 10 students will be engaging in a mock interview focusing on their preparedness for GCSEs and work experience and how they are further strengthening their BRIDGES dispositions to achieve success in both. Year 11 students will be engaged in one to one coaching focusing on well-being and managing workload.

Arrangements: All students will complete lessons, periods 1 – 4 (KS4 students will complete lesson 4 as per KS3 timings). Students will leave school at 1.10pm. Students who are eligible for Free School Meals who request lunch in advance (via form tutors) can collect a lunch bag from the student reception as they leave. Students are expected to go directly home and return between 1.45-4.30pm for a fifteen minute 1:1 coaching session with their BRIDGES mentor. Appointment times will be issued to students at the start of next week. Students must attend their session on time. KS3 students must wear full school uniform. KS4 students may wear either school uniform or professional work wear. We are unable to supervise other students as all staff are BRIDGES mentors and will be engaged in mentoring session throughout the afternoon. Parents are not required at the sessions but will be given feedback on how their son or daughter’s BRIDGES skills are progressing later in the year.

Please note that enrichment will be cancelled on this day.

Jo Spencer

Vice Prinicpal

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Dear Parent/Carer On Monday 16th January all year 11 students will sit their next science controlled assessment task. This piece of controlled assessment represents 25% of their additional science GCSE (for those doing double science) or 25% of their Physics GCSE (for those doing triple Science). In order to give our students the best possible chance of success in their first piece of controlled assessment, we have arranged for all year 11 students to be off-timetable all day to complete this very important component of their Science GCSE course. Throughout lessons 1 to 4, each class will be guided and advised by a member of the science department through the task. During periods 5 & 6, students will sit a 90 minute written paper in exam conditions to complete the controlled assessment task. Break and lunch times will be as normal and students will be finished at the end of the normal school day. Students will not need their normal books for the day but should bring a transparent pencil case containing at least two black pens, a pencil, sharpener, eraser and ruler. A scientific calculator will also be required. It is imperative we have 100% attendance on this day as any student who is absent will not have the same access to support and guidance as the other students in completing this aspect of the course and will be required to attend six hours’ worth of sessions after school to complete their controlled assessment. Only the gravest of emergencies will be tolerated for absence or lateness on this day. Any appointments or commitments, medical or otherwise should be rearranged for an alternative day. Failure to attend this day will significantly impact the performance of any student in obtaining the best GCSE result possible. A well-completed controlled assessment is often worth a full grade in the final GCSE score obtained by the student. I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is that your child attends this day of school. The science department is committed to ensuring every student achieves the maximum grade possible in this component of their GCSE qualification and we really appreciate your support in this endeavour. If you have any questions about this portion of your child’s GCSE qualification do not hesitate to contact me at or on the school number 0208 911 6666. Yours sincerely A. Clift-Matthews, Head of Science 13 January 2017

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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.


The merit race has restarted for 2017. The totals below are for the spring term only. So if your form missed out on winning the award last term, you now have another opportunity to get to top of the league. Also if your form won the award last term, then we will have to see whether you can defend your title this term. A massive well done to all those who have gained merits so far, and if you are owed any merits please do remember to collect them! YEAR7











76 76 48 44 35 0 0


49 49 48 35 29 26 6 0

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39 33 32 28 26 20 7 0


51 28 14 14 7 4 0


2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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: Muhammad Butt 7E Year 8: Younis Taher 8W Year 9: Abdur Razaaque 9N Year 10: Mason Pickton 10W Year 11: Moiz Dean 11A

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Good Deed Feed Mr Ayerh: Ekonkar Deerhe and Akhil Pillai in Year 10, for voluntarily helping with the running of the Key Stage 3 Redbridge Badminton tournament. Ms Hutson: Sakinah Choudhury 7C volunteered to help teach primary pupils on Monday and did a fantastic job teaching Year 1 their new dance! Mr Short: Rahaman Moorthy 8I volunteered and helped to reorganize S51 after the First Aid enrichment on Wednesday.

Mr Ayerh

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

FREE Year 11 revision pack

Year 11 students have been provided with a revision pack including highlighters, post it notes and dividers to support their revision as they receive their Mock results and reports on Tue 24th Jan.

How to support your son/daughter with their exams Each week we will post tips on how you can support your son/daughters exam preparation and revision building up to their exams from May 2017 onwards The more parents are engaged in the education of their children, the more likely their children are to succeed. You don’t need to be an expert in the subject. Your role may include some or all of the following: • Attend progress meetings – Thursday 26th January 2017 • Provide a quiet work space at home • Show an interest in independent learning, controlled assessments and progress in subjects • Buying revision guides, stationary etc… • Supporting with I/l • Celebrating success, discussing problems and breaking the solution down into manageable tasks • Agreeing the rules for I/L, revision and ‘fun stuff’ • Continuing to liaise with the school as necessary • Searching websites and familiarising yourself with the exam timetable and structure 13 January 2017

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Energy & E ‘I want to share this experience with others to show people, especially young people, that you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen, MBE Sarah Outen, MBE, is a British adventurer, author and motivational speaker.

In November 2015 she completed her ‘London2London: Via the World’ challenge. The four and a half year expedition saw her row, cycle and kayak over 20,000 miles, starting and finishing at Tower Bridge, London. She demonstrated incredible motivation, energy and enthusiasm throughout this epic journey, adding that one reason for doing it was for all of the ‘good energy’ coming out of it. A biology graduate of Oxford University, Sarah loves wildlife and believes in the transformative effect of time spent outside. Sarah is the first and youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean. She also devotes time and energy to charity roles supporting youth and equal opportunities organisations.

Energy The strength and vitality required to undertake sustained or repeated activity. The power to be physically or mentally active.

Enthusiasm Being eager in your approach to life and learning. A strong feeling of interest in an activity or subject and an eagerness to be involved in it.

Behaviours Maintaining motivation, always giving your all, always trying your hardest, having a positive disposition and attitude. The strength to undertake sustained or repeated activity.

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Enthusiasm Students who have shown great Energy & Enthusiasm Riann Haynes shows impressive levels of energy in PE and extra curricular sport by getting involved with and representing the school in both the netball and handball teams. Her enthusiasm and open mindedness to these new experiences have been fantastic. Belal Yusuf shows huge enthusiasm for all his learning. He exhibits so much energy and throws himself into every lesson.

David Marion approached his first term at INA with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. He made the most of all the opportunities the school offers and always volunteers himself for extra activities, clubs and projects.

Top tips



Greet every new experience positively and resist negative thoughts.

Persevere with an activity, even when you are tired or lacking in energy.

Ensure that you do some exercise every day, including walking to school and being active at break or lunchtime.

Show your enthusiasm for something you are interested in and motivate others.

Create an energy map of your day, indicating the • times when you are most energetic. Reflect on why you are more energetic at some points of the day than others and what things energise you most. •

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Talk to your son/daughter about how you approach challenging or difficult things with enthusiasm and positivity and how you persevere with an activity, even when you are tired or lacking in energy.

Encourage your son/daughter to engage in an energetic or sports activity at the weekend or after school and to do some exercise every day.

Plan your son/daughter’s route to school by foot or bike. Ensure that your child spends some time everyday outdoors. Plan healthy meals with your child and encourage him/her to cook/prepare them. Talk to your child about the importance of sleep in helping to maintain energy levels (particularly around the time of exams and assessments) and encourage him/her to limit the time spent on electronic devices.

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Dear Parent/Guardian, This term, your teenager is going to get the opportunity to sign up to National Citizen Service (NCS), the government-funded summer programme for 15-17 year olds. It’s an amazing way to build new skills, meet new people, and live new adventures. NCS gives young people the chance to build their confidence and make a difference in their community, and it’s the perfect addition to any CV, personal statement, or UCAS form. It’s a head start on their next step in life, and so far over 200,000 young people have taken part! NCS programmes are delivered by a network of youth and community organisations including charities. The Challenge, the country’s largest provider of NCS, is going to have over 800 places available in Redbridge in summer 2017. Each place costs £50 through government backing, and financial assistance can be requested. This fee covers all meals, kit, and accommodation for the whole programme. Once your teenager completes their NCS journey, they attend their graduation and receive a signed certificate from the Prime Minister. NCS graduates continue to get access to loads of opportunities with us, so the programme doesn’t just end there! The NCS team will be coming into a Year 11 Assembly on the 20th of January, where your teenager can express an interest in taking part. Furthermore, we will be attending the Year 11 Parents Evening on the 26th of January where we can answer any questions that you may have. In the meantime, you can find out more about the programme at, and will be able to book a place online from January onwards. Yours sincerely, Jessica Gatfield NCS Engagement Coordinator

Newsletter Focus Group Don't forget our parent focus group is being held in the Secondary building on Monday 16th January 2017 at 6pm to discuss the weekly newsletter that you receive. Please let us know if you will be attending the focus group by emailing or phoning the school reception on 0208 911 6666.

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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 7A, 8I and 10A for achieving 100% for the week. Year 8 are the top year group for the week with 95.7% well done! 7A












































































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THIS WEEK IN P.E……………… AT INA YEAR 10 BASKETBALL TEAM HAVE MIXED WEEK Chadwell Academy INA faced last year’s finalists last Friday in a very competitive encounter. There wasn’t much between the 2 teams in the first 2 quarters, however tiredness began to kick in during the 3rd and 4th quarters. INA didn’t have a full squad due to injuries, so had 2 Year 9s on the bench to help fill the squad. There was a 20 point difference by the end of the game but I’m sure we will meet them in the cup later on in the year and the score line will not be split by 20 points. Superb performance by Brett Butler with excellent shooting from mid-range. Ilford County High School Ilford County hosted INA for the first round of the cup on Monday. After the defeat the previous Friday the boys were eager to get back to winning ways. With a full squad and every player eager to play we started the game fast and strong; taking a substantial lead in the first quarter eased everyone’s nerves. We finished the game 70—25 and everyone in the team got more than enough minutes. It was a real team win. Djevia Elliel scored a season high 8 points and Hamzah Shaukat brought his tally up to 4 followed by good performances all round from the rest of the team. MVP Djevia Elliel.

YEAR 10 NETBALL TEAM SHOWING PROMISE INA got off to a fantastic start, countering Forest point for point in the first quarter with our new GK Aisha Jatta holding off an extremely strong Forest GS. Shots from both Aaliyah and Yewande put us in a positive position after the 2nd quarter, trailing only 5 goals to 3 and everything to play for. The fourth quarter showed INA’s resilience and determination and brilliant movement from Jasmin at C created lots of chances for us. One of these was taken, with a shot from Aaliyah to finish the game 7-5 to Forest. Although a loss, a very strong team performance from all the girls and the best they have played so far this season. Player of the match, nominated by Forest, goes to Ishani Punj.

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Next Week’s fixtures: Monday 16th January

Year 9 Netball V Wanstead (away)

Year 8 Basketball v Loxford (away)

Wednesday 18th January

Year 8 Basketball v ICHS (home)

Thursday 19th January

Year 8 Netball v Wanstead (away)

SPORTS SHIRT DAY Friday 20th January is Sports Shirt Day at INA Students are encouraged to wear the shirt of their favourite sports team as part of a non-uniform day. Students will need to pay £1 as they enter the school on the day if they wish to participate.

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Humanities Heroes Congratulations to the Humanities Heroes!

Every term teachers in the Humanities Department nominate someone from each class who deserves to be the Humanities Hero. The following students proved themselves to be excellent Historians, Geographers or Theologians last term! Humanities Heroes consistently demonstrate one or more of the following key Humanities skills: • Developing • Evaluating • Leadership • Critiquing • Creating • Problem solving • Predicting

Year 7

7 Parks - Sara Rahman 7 Tutu - Saihan Rahman 7 Gandhi - Sakinah Choudhury 7 Attenborough - Malaika Janjua 7 Scott - Muhammad Butt 7 Seacole - Aymen Mami 7 Pankhurst - Tonima Rahman

Year 8

8 Parks - Safa Hussan 8 Tutu - Abbas Khan 8 Gandhi - Daniel Ekwueme 8 Attenborough - Saraah Chaudhry 8 Scott - Eleanor Brant 8 Seacole - Taybah Patel 8 Pankhurst - Aaliyah Kidiya

Year 9

9 Parks - Sisay Shah 9 Tutu - Karolina Merlinunaite Year 11 9 Gandhi - Fatima Jilani 11 Yalta – Toby Summers Year 10 9 Attenborough - Noah Hawthorne 11 Nile – Keanna Bhalla 10 Pasteur - Anais Dosieah 9 Scott - Jamie Joseph 11 Genesis: Harry Taak 10 Nightingale - Gurveen Johal 9 Seacole - Saira Musab 10 Versalius - Amber Khandwalla 11 Exodus: Farzana Aktar 9 Pankhurst - Hudhaifa 10 Galen - Sumayyah Hosenee 11 Pacific: Ammaarah Kothia Abdur-Rahman 11 Everest: Mustafa Khan 10 Pacific: Hazna Haleem 9 Earhart - Riya Deol 11 Nile: Keanna Bhalla 10 Nile: Natalia Badenko 9 Malcolm – Zara Rafiq 11 Amazon: Rajveer Kaur 10 Amazon: Manraj Gill 9 King - Fahim Islam 11 Sahara: Daanyaal Ali 10 Galilee: Natalia Badenko

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Year 9 and 10 students are invited to attend

Friday 10th March 2017 at the Apollo Theatre, London

A chance to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. The scientists are carefully chosen for their ability to communicate with students of this age in a direct and exciting way.

Prof Jim Al-Khalili

Prof Andrea Sella

Prof Alice Roberts

Prof Robert Winston

Improve your Science GCSE results with top tips on examination success from an experienced science examiner. Students should register their interest and collect a letter from Dr Mounsey or Mr Golinski by Friday 20th January. The event costs ÂŁ17.50, to be uploaded to Wisepay by Friday 27th January. Students are expected to catch up on any learning missed. 13 January 2017

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Key Dates for the Spring Term 2017 Term Dates -Spring Term Tuesday 3rd January – Friday 31st March Half Term: Monday 13th – Friday 17th February INSET Days: Tuesday 3rd January, Friday 17th March Independent Learning Day: Monday 27th February

Key Dates for Secondary – Spring Term

Monday 16th January Wednesday 18th January Friday 20th January Tuesday 24th January Thursday 26th January Friday 27th January Friday 27th January

Friday 27th January Thursday 2nd February Tuesday 7th February Wednesday 8th February Thursday 9th February Friday 10th February Monday 27th February Wednesday 1st March Thursday 2nd March Friday 10th March Friday 10th March

Year 11 Science Controlled Assessment Bridges Mentoring. NO LESSONS IN THE AFTERNOON Sports Shirts day Year 11 reports issued Year 11 Progress Meetings 14:30 – 18:30 Holocaust Memorial Day Year 11 Triple Science Controlled Assessment Sixth Form Application Form Deadline Maths Challenge Year 8 Progress Meetings 14:30 – 18:30 Year 10 Natural History Museum Trip Year 10 Natural History Museum Trip Option Interviews end Independent Learning/Revision Day: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Year 10 Progress Meetings 14:30 – 18:30 World Book Day (Dress as a book character) Year 9/10 Science Live Trip Year 7/8 Team Maths Challenge

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