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INA Secondary Newsletter

15 July 2016

A Warm Invite to INA’s Awards Assemblies Wednesday 20th July 2016 On Wednesday 20th July we will be holding our end of year awards assemblies. This is an important opportunity for the staff, students, governors and parents/carers to formally celebrate our students’ achievements at the end of the academic year. There will be a separate assembly for each year group. Please note the times as follows: 11.15- 12.00

Y7 assembly

Dining Hall


Y8 assembly

KS3 Hall


Y10 assembly

Dining Hall

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 Monday 11th July. 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 20th July. Jo Spencer Vice Principal

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Dear Parents and Carers

This is the final newsletter of our fourth school year at INA – incredible! We have had an amazing week. On Tuesday 40 of our students performed in the Ark Schools’ Gala at the Barbican Concert Hall in Central London. It was a great concert and, as usual, the INA Big Band stood out for its professionalism, skill, energy and sense of fun. It is a memory that will last a lifetime! Then on Wednesday and Thursday evenings we had our school production of Hercules. And what a show! The cast were incredibly versatile and the show had something for everyone: gods, demons, muses, fates, school children, classical heroes, a crazed Headteacher, a karate kid… My congratulations and thanks to everyone who contributed, but especially to Ms Field, Ms Morten. Ms Rayner and Mr Fowler. We have also been showcasing some of the amazing Art and Technology work of the students this week in the KS3 hall. The volume and quality of the pieces was most impressive. Thank you to all the ADT team, including Ms Devi, for their hard work and commitment. At the end of term we say goodbye to 5 members of the secondary staff team: Ms Mataria, Ms Carragher, Mr Vaghela, Mr Joseph and Ms Benmouh. We wish them all the very best in their future careers and I should like to thank them sincerely for all that they have contributed to Isaac Newton Academy. We shall miss them! On the matter of staffing, I am delighted to be able to report that we are fully staffed with subject specialists in every curriculum area for September. I shall introduce you to all the new staff via the newsletter, with photos and biographies, at the start of the new term. Lastly, you will be aware that education budgets have reduced significantly in real terms, with the government freezing their spending on schools at the same time as the number of pupils in the system is increasing. This is leading to many schools having to make budget cuts. At INA we pride ourselves on prudent financial management, but we have had to take the decision to reorganise our teaching and tutor groups over the next three years, from 8 tutor groups and class groups across the year group of 180, to seven group. This will mean a small increase in the average class size from 22/23 to 25/6. This still allows us to have smaller class sizes than many secondary schools. The change will be phased in, affecting Year 7 and 10 in September 2017, and then the next Year 7 and 10 in 2018 and so on. We will, of course, still work hard to ensure that we know and meet the needs of evey child and maintain an outstanding standard of teaching and learning. I should like to take this opportunity to thank you all very much for your on-going support, encouragement, involvement and feedback. You are an awesome parent body and we all appreciate the way that you work in partnership with us to best support your children. I hope you all have a fabulous summer break, whatever you are doing. With my very best wishes


achel Macfarlane, rincipal INA Newsletter 3

Year 9 End of Key Stage 3 Awards Ceremony Tuesday 19th July 6pm - 7pm We are holding a special awards ceremony for Year 9s to mark the end of Key Stage 3. Students will go home at the end of the school day and return to school at 5.45pm, dressed formally in their finest outfits, to meet with their tutors, co tutors and tutor groups in preparation for the ceremony. The awards ceremony will commence at 6pm. We would like every student to be represented by a parent/carer at the ceremony. Due to seating restrictions, we are only able to accommodate 2 adults per family and no guests under the age of 16 years. Tickets will be distributed on 4th July. Parents must bring their ticket to gain entry – one ticket per person. Parents/carers and students are invited to stay for refreshments at the end of the ceremony. Year 9 students will work from home on 20th July, the last day of term. Please note that awards assemblies for Year 7, 8 and 10 students will take place on Tuesday 20th July and all Year 7, 8 and 10 students are expected to attend school on this day. Ms Spencer Vice Principal

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On Thursday 7th July we held our Sixth Form launch evening for Y10 INA students. We shared the prospectus, a course guide for internal students and were able to give more details about entrance requirements. It was great to see so many students and parents/carers there. A PowerPoint from the evening is available on our website under the ‘Resources for Parents’ tab. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Ms Alibhai Assistant Principal

Purchasing of school uniform for existing students.

Khalsa Schoolwear will be in school on Thursday 21 July selling uniform. Existing students are welcome to purchase their uniform from 4:30pm to 6pm. A 5% discount will be offered on this day only. Khalsa strongly recommend that you bring cash to pay for your items as this will reduce delays.

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PE AT ISAAC NEWTON ACAD News & Results INA Sports Day The outline for Monday is as follows: • • •

Lesson 1 & 2 – Year 8 and 9 Field events (and 400m and 800m) at Cricklefields Athletics Track. Year 7 and 10 normal lessons Lesson 3 & 4 – Year 7 and 10 Field events (and 400m and 800m) at Cricklefields Athletics Track. Year 8 and 9 normal lessons Lesson 5 & 6 – Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Track events and Tug of war at Cricklefields Athletics stadium

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Come to school in your P.E. kit – you are allowed to wear your school blazer/a plain black jacket as you usually would to school. If you have any issues regarding your P.E. kit (you have lost part or you are not sure if some of it is acceptable) then please see someone in the P.E. department before the day itself! Please bring your books and equipment that you usually would need for a Monday week A

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Remember what teams/groups/events that you are in! And where you should be and when! You should bring a bottle of water, sun cream and a hat. It is very important that you fill up water bottles at times when this is possible e.g. break, lunch, and before school If you require an epipen or an inhaler then this must be with you for you to participate

Parents with tickets: • • • • •

No ticket no entry – children of all ages require a ticket You must remain in the parent enclosure Photography isn’t allowed If you are staying for more than 1 slot then you need 2 or 3 tickets ( see above in red) If the event is cancelled you will receive a text

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DEMY After school

Lunch time






Girls Can!



Judo Club



Yr 8 S+C


Yr 10 Football Table Tennis


Resistance Sliding Table Tennis

External provider CD




External provider External provider EC, DH, BB



Badminton club Bike Club


Girls Running RM Club


1st Lunch (Year 10)

2nd Lunch (Year 7,8 &9)


Badminton Boys and Girls

Badminton (Year 7, 8 & 9) Boys and Girls


Girls Can! (Year 7,8 & 9 Girls) Basketball Basketball (Year club Boys and 8 & 9) Boys & Girls Girls Handball (Year 7, 8 & 9) Boys and Girls

Sports Hall Astro Sports Hall Sports Hall Astro Activity Studio KS3 Hall Activity Studio Astro

Wed Thur

KS3 Hall Sports Hall MUGA South Park


Basketball (Year 7) Boys and Girls

Fixtures coming up.....

Improve your skills! Try something new! Keep fit! Make new friends! Unleash your energy! Increase your chances of getting into a team! INA Newsletter 7

Well done to the following students who are this week’s Mathematicians of the Moment. Please collect a merit from Mr Dukes

Here are the scores so far

Answers to be written on a Maths postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) no later than 4.10pm on Thursday.

Each Form  will  get  10  points  for  a  correct   solu7on  with  clear  explana7ons.     Write  your  solu,on  here.       You  must  include  your   workings  out     with  a  clear  explana,on   showing  how  you  got  your   answer.    

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The ‘Mathematician of the Moment’ will be awarded a certificate in assembly and will appear in the INA newsletter.

The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. Look out for the new problem next term.

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Imita Barack Obama is one of the most powerful people in the modern world. Although he used the iconic tagline of ‘change’ to symbolise his campaign, Obama did in fact use the age old art of imitation to win over doubtful voters. Obama modelled himself on previous well-loved presidents such as Abraham Lincoln who made slavery illegal and Lyndon Johnson who helped end segregation between black and white people. Obama imitated popular previous presidents like John F. Kennedy by holding outdoor speeches in the exact places that the previous president had done. Obama also imitated many inspirational speeches of Martin Luther King and even created a campaign symbol which imitated the USA official coat of arms in a bid to appear presidential. Obama used the skill of imitation effectively to win the 2008 election.

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ating TOP TIPS STUDENTS Imitate a positive aspect of a role model for the day and analyse the effect. Support other students by acting as a positive role model for them. Reflect on what you have learned about effective ways to learn from working collaboratively with others.

PARENTS Picking up others’ ways of thinking, learning, working and evaluating. Absorbing and mimicking the mental strategies and habits of good role models.

Imitation Picking up others’ ways of thinking, learning, working and evaluating. Absorbing and mimicking the mental strategies and habits of good role models.

BEHAVIOURS Making sure that you imitate positive behaviours and learn how to improve your own. Recognising that copying without understanding or making your own changes is negative. Not losing sight of what makes you unique but trying to use other people and ideas to enhance your personality and attitude to life. Demonstrating understanding and learning from others. Recognising the achievements of others and trying to emulate that success. Displaying positive attributes to become a rolemodel for others. INA Newsletter 11

BRIDGES we build learning power and developcharacter characteratatIsaac Isaac Newton Newton Academy HowHow we build learning power and develop Academy “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton The secondary BRIDGES programme commences on Monday 14th September. BRIDGES are

The secondary BRIDGES programme commences on Monday 14th September. BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a student's character and learning power habits ofenable mind them or learning thatindividuals develop a student's character and to growcharacteristics into well rounded and resilient learners.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 of cycle mind throughout or learning characteristics will8permeate the curriculum. On anew twohabits weekly the year, Yearthat 7 and students throughout are introduced to one or two This will take place through a range of interactive activities. In addition, the students will new habits of mind or learning characteristics that will permeate throughout the curriculum. This experience BRIDGES learning objectives in each and every lesson throughout Isaac Newton will take place Year through a range lessons of interactive activities. In addition, theBRIDGES students will experience Academy. 9 BRIDGES will focus on strengthening certain learning BRIDGES learningthrough objectives in each of and every lesson characteristics exploration PHSE topics andthroughout themes. Isaac Newton Academy.

Year 9 BRIDGES lessons will focus on strengthening certain BRIDGES learning characteristics Eachexploration fortnight you findtopics top tips in themes. the newsletter of ways of supporting your child to through ofwill PHSE and develop the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics within the home.

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.

ATTENDANCE Regular attendance is a 7E crucial factor in students’ educational development 7W and ability to achieve their 7T 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 8C and 9S for 100% attendance last week! Year 8 95.6% With 2 weeks left until the end of term awards assemblies, it really is important that you are here every day to be in with a chance of picking up the shield for your tutor group.

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Year 7 97.2% Year 9 95.2%

Praise & Recognition



Year 7 T C N S W E I A

Year 8 1660 1419 1279 1212 1084 976 842 796


Year 9 1453 1369 1278 1266 1184 1088 1101 902


Year 10 1376 880 715 669 576 575 502 350



405 315 297 283 279 231 207

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 that encapsulated one of these qualities in that week. Year 7: Salma Parwane 7E Year 8: Subhaan Dar 8T Year 9: Jiya Shahzad 9W Year 10: Misbah Hashmi, 10S. Gabriel Ayerh Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition

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Key Dates for the Summer Term 2015: Secondary Monday 18th July Tuesday 19th July 20th July

Secondary Sports Day KS3 Graduation Awards Assemblies. End of Term. Early close.

2016/17 Academic Year Autumn Term Thursday 1st September – Friday 16th December 2016 Year 7 start term on Tuesday 6th September 12.45pm Years 8-11 start term on Wednesday 7th September 1.30pm Half Term: 24-28 October 2016 INSET days: 1st, 2nd, 5th September, 23rd November, 9th December Spring Tuesday 3rd January – Friday 31st March 2017 Half Term: 13-17 February 2017 INSET days: 3rd January, 17th March Summer Tuesday 18th April – Friday 21st July 2017 Half Term: 29th May – 2nd June 2017 INSET days: 30th June, 7th July

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