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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, It was good to see so many Year 11 parents and students at their final KS4 Progress Meeting last night;  we had a 96% turnout at the event. The Year 11s had a mock results experience on Tuesday and are now taking stock of what they need to practise and revise in preparation for the summer GCSEs. Our next Progress Meetings  are for Year 8 students and their parents, on 7th February. Today is the deadline for applications to the INA sixth form, and as of this morning we have received 300 applications! We will be inviting applicants to interview from 27th February. Wishing you a great weekend,

Rachel Macfarlane HOUR of CODE

On 8th December 2016 students from years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a one-hour tutorial introducing them to the world of Computer coding.

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Last Thursday thirty Year 10 students spent the day getting their teeth stuck into some public speaking with tremendous enthusiasm. Throughout the day they wrote three different pieces, each one slightly longer than the last, and by the end of the day everyone in the group wowed both Hilary Lions, a trainer from The Speakers Trust, and myself with a two minute speech on a subject they felt passionately about. The prize was the opportunity to perform their speech in assembly on 3rd March, where we will pick our INA champion and runner up, and on hearing this, their competitive spirit really kicked in, making it a near impossible job to select winners. After much deliberating, we decided that Anushri Menon, Mary Brant, Taner Mustafa, Aliya Vahora, Amber Khandwalla and Summayah Hosenee would be our finalists battling to represent the school in the Regional Finals. Although they didn’t get through, we also felt it was really important to recognise the fantastic efforts of Ayesha Maniyar and Paramveer Singh, who demonstrated great levels of perseverance and courage throughout the day. We hope that every learner recognises the progress they made throughout the day and enjoyed practising public speaking. If you’re interested in pursuing it further, Year 10 Public Speaking will be continuing to run as an enrichment on Thursday nights from now until the end of term, so feel free to come along and give it a go! Mr Taylor

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Year 8 progress meeting Tuesday 7th February 2017 2:30 – 6:30pm ✧✧ ✧✧ ✧✧ ✧✧ ✧✧

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Year 8 Progress meeting is calendared for Tuesday 7th February 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 8 students will return between 2:30-6:30pm with parents/carers/adult family member. 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, 9, 10 and 11 in advance for P5 and 6. The school will be closed to Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 from 1:15. Enrichments and detentions will not take place. Mark Crowther-Green Assistant Principal

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HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY Friday 27th January 2017 January 27th each year is Holocaust Memorial Day. This is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. On this day we honour the people who were murdered and the survivors of these atrocities and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to help create a safer, better future. This week in History lessons, Year 9 have been studying the Holocaust in greater depth, examining the events and the aftermath of such a tragedy. They have approached the topic with integrity, humility and humanity demonstrating many BRIDGES dispositions. Next week in Religious Studies, Year 9 students will be looking in more detail at the history of anti-Semitism. Year 10 Cultural Studies students have also discussed different genocides this week, and have debated with maturity the question ‘forgive or forget’?

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is How can life go on? The aftermath of the Holocaust and of genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations. This year, the organizers are asking everyone to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities following such a crime. As author and survivor of the Holocaust Elie Wiesel has said:

“For the survivor death is not the problem. Death was an everyday occurrence. We learned to live with Death. The problem is to adjust to life, to living. You must teach us about living.” 6 Secondary Newsletter

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The theme is broad and open ended and up to our interpretation. Students have been encouraged to discuss this question and put themselves in the shoes of genocide survivors. ‘How can life go on?’ encourages us to learn about, and to celebrate the lives and cultures of those who were murdered during genocides. One way to do this is to share dishes important to communities targeted during genocide. Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has provided lots of recipes for us to try at home and we encourage you to have a go yourself – we look forward to hearing about the end products (and seeing pictures)! On the next two pages are recipes for Jewish Challah bread, eaten on special occasions and Ibirayi n’amashaza, a vegetarian meal widely eaten in Rwanda. You can find more recipes such as how to make Bosansjki Lonac or Cambodian Beef Loc-Lac on Fronter in the Humanities Year 9 folder or on the Holocaust Memorial Website -

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Challah - braided bread

Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

250ml lukewarm water 2 tbsp dried yeast 2 tbsp caster sugar 4 eggs 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp salt 2 tbsp oil (vegetable or sunflower) 650g strong white bread flour Poppy or sesame seeds (optional for decoration)

The following recipe makes enough dough for three loaves of Challah.

Method Put the warm water in a bowl and add the dried yeast and the caster sugar. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. Separate two of the eggs and put the yolks to one side. Beat the egg whites, lightly, with the remaining two eggs. Add the eggs to the yeast mixture with the honey, salt and oil and whisk well. Put the flour into a large bowl and gradually pour in the liquid mixture to make a soft, sticky dough. Knead this mixture for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a bowl and drizzle some oil over it. Cover and leave in warm place for around two hours or until doubled in size. Punch the dough down and split it into three lumps which will make three challahs. Challah is traditionally braided with either 3, 4 or 6 strands. Split one of the lumps into three and roll each of these out into a long, thin strand. Then plait the three of these together. Place your challahs on baking trays, cover them and leave to rise for one hour. They should double in size. Brush the egg yolks over the challah and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated oven at 180˚C / Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes, until the challah is golden brown. If you tap the bottom of the challah, it should sound hollow. Enjoy your challah! If you want to try something more advanced, a six-strand method and other ways of braiding your challah can be found online!

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Ibirayi n’amashaza

Ibirayi n’amashaza

Ingredients • • • • • • •

400g baby potatoes 300g peas 2 onions, roughly chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 300g button mushrooms, chopped 1 can tomatoes

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2 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp cayenne pepper 3 tsp Aromatt Knorr spice blend or 3 Maggi cubes (available in the world food section of your local supermarket) ½ tsp ground black pepper

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1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped 1 ripe papaya, peeled and chopped (optional)

Method This recipe feeds 2 people. Steam or boil the baby potatoes whole until they are cooked all the way through. Allow the potatoes to cool and then peel them, setting the whole peeled potatoes to one side. Heat the oil in a large pan on a medium / high heat, then fry the onions until they become translucent and slightly brown in colour. Add the peas and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, then add the peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and spices. Keep stirring the mixture until the mushrooms and peppers are soft and cooked through. Finally, add the peeled potatoes, and stir the mixture to ensure it is coated in spices. Garnish with the avocado and serve immediately. For a full meal, serve with a glass of water and the papaya as a dessert.

This recipe comes to us from Sophie Musabe, a survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda, although sadly, many of her family were killed. Sophie managed to escape and went to India for her studies. She met her husband and had children, and now lives in London. Currently working as a nurse, Sophie often gives talks on her experiences during the genocide and in the years since. She has very kindly shared this recipe with us in order to give us a real taste of Rwanda! You can read Sophie’s life story on our website:

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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.


It has been a great start to the merit race for 2017. A massive well done to all the students who have worked hard to get merits so far! Remember that there are merits awarded for gaining 25/50/100/150 merits over the academic year, so set yourself a target to try to achieve! Also your merits help push your form up to the top of the leaderboard, so it will be interesting to see which forms wins in each year group for this term! If you are owed merits, make sure you remember to get them and good luck! YEAR 7











165 153 120 101 73 44 0


146 142 137 127 104 93 90 17


74 69 68 64 59 47 41 41


89 61 47 46 46 46 23


114 4 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: Taqi Aziz 7C Year 8: Waseem Dudhia 8C Year 9: Monique Toor 9W Year 10: Radhika Duggal 10N Year 11: Haneefa Sultan 11A

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Good Deed Feed Mr Ayerh: Mason Pickton, Ellis Currie-Ward, Djevia Elliel and Haile Richards for assisting with the scoring and table officiating for a year 8 basketball match. Mr Wilson: Luke Bailey – For the constant warm support of his peers. Luke is always willing to help his closest friends and does so with enthusiasm and positivity at all times.  He sets a wonderful example to others in this regard. Ms Stylianou: Nathaniel Hedley offered me help with my books when he saw that I had them stacked too high. Abdi Omar opened the door for me at break time when it was very busy and I was struggling with a stack of books Ms Hussain: Alisha Mahmood in 8W is so helpful, always willing to help both me and the students in the class in all aspects of learning in humanities lessons. Ms Atkinson: Afrah Shibli in Year 11. For always being helpful in English.

Mr Ayerh

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

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Questi Dr John Snow

Dr John Snow (15 March 1813 – 16 June 1858) was an English physician and a leader in medical hygiene. He is considered one of the fathers of the science of modern epidemiology, because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho, London, in 1854. Snow asked questions about why so many cholera victims lived in the same area of London. At the time, it was assumed that cholera was airborne. However, Snow did not accept this ‘miasma’ (bad air) theory, arguing that in fact entered the body through the mouth. Through questioning local residents, Snow identified the source of the outbreak as the public water pump on a street in Soho. He used a dot map to illustrate the cluster of cholera cases around the pump and interrogated statistics to find the connection between the quality of the water source and cholera cases.

By interrogating the data, he learned that the water company was taking water from sewage-polluted sections of the Thames and delivering the water to homes, leading to an increased incidence of cholera. His studies of the pattern of the disease persuaded the local council to disable the well pump by removing its handle, an action which has been credited as ending the outbreak. He had the handle of the pump removed and cases of cholera immediately began to diminish. However, Snow’s ‘germ’ theory of disease was not widely accepted until the 1860s. Snow’s findings inspired fundamental changes in the water and waste systems of London, which led to similar changes in other cities, and a significant improvement in general public health around the world.

Students who have shown great Questioning Khadijha Chaudhry in Year 9 demonstrates excellent questioning skills when learning. Aerez Khan in Year 7 is always very inquisitive and asks curious questions to learn more about the world around us. Full of great information too! Aslan Dar questions his teachers

to improve the quality of his learning, particularly in History.

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ioning Questioning Questioning is about developing the skill to ask good questions and having the curiosity to do so. Asking great questions provides a wide range of information from different perspectives. Great learners love questions. They enjoy getting below the surface of things and do not accept unthinkingly what they are told. Questioning can be non-verbal as well as verbal. Great questioners play around with materials and ideas just to see what happens. Artists and inventors are great questioners.

Behaviours Having the confidence to ask questions if you are unsure or need clarification. Evaluating the things you do and the ways you do them and seeing if they can be improved. Constructing the correct questions when faced with a challenging topic or problem. Being responsible for building your knowledge, learning power or character through questioning.

Top tips



Ask your partner/group members questions to develop your understanding of new knowledge or a new skill.

Write a list of questions to test yourself on a topic you have been learning in one (or more) of your subjects.

Ask an older member of your family some probing questions to find out about their early life.

Try to ask one inquisitive question in each lesson. Keep a note of the questions you ask in your BRIDGES journal.

Generate a series of challenging questions that you can answer when revising a particular topic.

Reflect on a challenge you’re facing by asking yourself questions such as ‘What’s one thing I could do to change the outcome of the situation?’ or ‘How can I improve on my performance in this area?’

Read an article, critical study, essay etc. on a topic that you are studying and note down questions you ask to deepen your understanding.

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Encourage you son/daughter to ask questions about you, your day or your life before them.

Watch a few minutes of the news or read a newspaper report and encourage your son/ daughter to ask questions about its content.

Watch ‘Question Time’ or a similar TV programme with your son/daughter. Discuss the topics being debated, the type of questions being asked and how the panel respond to the questions.

Visit an art gallery or museum and encourage your son/daughter to ask inquisitive questions.

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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 7N with 100% attendance for the week. Year 8 are the top year group for the week with 97.0% well done! 7A












































































Ms Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal

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Year 8 High Attainers Trip to the Emirates Stadium On the 12th of January some budding scientists/engineers and mathematicians in year 8 were rewarded for the effort put in to their Maths and Science work and the attitude they show towards the respective disciplines. They were given the opportunity of attending the TeenTech event at the Emirates stadium in London. The students grasped the opportunity with enthusiasm and diligence and they were wonderful ambassadors for INA. In particular the group won an award for a challenge where the team work and collaboration they showed was simply outstanding. It was a day hugely enjoyed by all involved and even the awful cold/wet weather didn’t dampen our spirits! With great pleasure I would like to congratulate (in no particular order) Abdulhamid Miah, Devanshi Shah, Izzah Abid, Aathaven Kandeepan, Alisha Marion, Eleanor Brant, Ramy Mills, Yumna Saleem, Jay Amin and Hamza Latif on a great day out and lots of intelligent and thoughtful conversations (mixed with lots of laughs on a very cold and snowy day).

Mr Dewal, Mathematics Teacher and Ambassador for High Attainers

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For parents regarding PE lessons At this moment in time we are experiencing some cold weather. Please note that unless health and safety is to be compromised e.g. frozen ground, students will be participating in their usual PE activities, including those outside. Students have been advised at the start of the year and in recent weeks what they can do to keep warm in lessons. The following are allowed for outdoor lessons: ✧✧ Gloves and hats (please note if doing handball it is advised that gripped gloves are used as per below) ✧✧ Isaac newton academy rain jacket ✧✧ Plain black tracksuit bottoms ✧✧ White or black under-layers – please see below

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Redbridge Youth Election Hustings On Monday 23rd, I visited the Redbridge Library to listen to the candidates participating in the Redbridge Youth Hustings. It was an amazing social and political experience as I met lots of new people and heard all about the political issues our borough faces. At first, when I arrived I was nervous to talk to anyone I didn’t know, however this changed after we played a game to introduce ourselves to everyone, which involved us tangling ourselves in yarn and saying our names. When the game ended, we were all seated to listen to the potential Youth Parliament candidates talk through their manifesto pledges. I listened to the candidates and cheered for Mariam and Rajveer, our school participants, who gave passionate speeches on the topics that will be a part of their manifesto when they come up for election on the 30th January. If you want to find out more about their policies before they vote, I’m sure you can grab them in the corridor and ask them to explain the issues that they are tackling.

Anika Ferdoush

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Nanotechnology – January 21st 2017 On the 21st of January, INA welcomed Sally Shi from Southampton University. Sally is currently studying for her PhD in Nanotechnology. Sally split her session into two parts; the first was based around electrical engineering and nanotechnology, the second was an overview of what it is like to study these subjects at Southampton University as well as a look into university life in general. The session was attended by students in both year 9 and 10. All of the students had been recommended by the Science department because of their interest in science. Sally started the session with a picture quiz; the pictures were of different size of items, ranging from tiny items (nanometres) to large items (kilometres). The students had to guess what the pictures were of and a guess of what measurement could be used for them. Seeing the HIV virus from close up was exciting for the students. Next Sally showed the students a video of Richard Hammond and his trip to Southampton University for a science TV show. On the show Richard was able to use the same laboratory that Sally currently works in to write his name across a piece of human hair. Sally followed this up with a discussion about the protective clothing that is worn in the lab and the reasons for it. The final activity of the first part was a discussion about the uses for nanotechnology and the current research Sally and her peers are undertaking. For this activity the students had to wear 3D glasses and look at some images that had been created in the lab (these images were on a Nano scale).

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The second part of the session was about Sally’s experience while at Uni. She discussed the facilities that Southampton has to offer, the living arrangements available to university students and the best way to go about ensuring a place at your chosen university. The event was a great success for both students and our guest speaker. The students definitely had a very interesting morning and hopefully it may have sparked an interest in nanotechnology among some of the attendees.

Student feedback:

“Nanotechnology sounds fascinating, especially for our future.” “This has made me interested in a degree in engineering.” “Nanotechnology is part of everyday life, not just in robots.” “This has helped me with considering what subjects I want to do at A-Level.”

Mr Hall

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Thinking of studying Mathematics A-Level? Try the following problem? Complex Numbers (FP1) Challenge 1

Think about √16. Both 4 x 4 and -4 x -4 give us an answer of 16, so √16 is both 4 and -4. What about √−16? Are there any real, �, solutions?

Suppose đ?‘–đ?‘– = √−1. Can you find the √−16 in terms of đ?‘–đ?‘–? What about √−196 in terms of đ?‘–đ?‘–? Express 5đ?‘–đ?‘– as a square root.

Hint: Can you use your knowledge of simplifying surds to help you? Challenge 2 On the following axes, plot

a) 5 + 2đ?‘–đ?‘–

b) -3 +4đ?‘–đ?‘–

Complex (Imaginary) Numbers, đ?’Šđ?’Š

c) −

5 2


3 2


Real Numbers, â„?

Show your solution to Ms Gohil by Friday 10th February. Correct solutions with clear explanations will receive a prize.

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How to support your son/daughter with their exams Each week we will post tips on how you can support your son/daughter's exam preparation and revision building up to their exams from May 2017 onwards

Tips of the Week • Talk to your child about how you can support them and what they would find helpful. • The simplest things often get in the way of stating revision weeks can be lost while students 'are going to get round to sorting it soon...'. Get around these by making a list of what is needed and providing it (including old-fashioned stuff like files, dividers, wall-charts etc.) for the revision period. • Encourage your child to empty their bag and file hand outs and information from lessons at the end of each day. They won't seem important until they need them, at which point they are likely to be lost under a mountain of random papers...

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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

Thursday 2nd February Tuesday 7th February Wednesday 8th February Thursday 9th February Friday 10th February Monday 13th — Friday 17th February Monday 27th February Wednesday 1st March Thursday 2nd March Friday 10th March Friday 10th March Monday 13th March Thursday 16th March Thursday 16th March Friday 17th March Friday 24th March Wednesday 29th March Thursday 30th March

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

HALF TERM 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 Year 7 Progress Meetings 14:30 – 18:30 Year 8 Royal Observatory Trip Maths Intermediate Challenge Inset Day: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Year 8 Big Band Competition Year 9 & 10 Kings College Medical School Day Trip Spring Concert

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