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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 Eleanor Seale Office Manager Designated Child Protection Officers Leanne Abbott-Jones Sugra Alibhai Patrick Ball Pardeep Chaggar Jody Lapish

Gareth Marshall-Jones Mariam Mayet Jag Singh David Wilson

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, Our enrichment programme took off this week and each evening it has be great to see groups of students of all ages engaging in a range of fun activities with members of the operational as well as teaching staff. At INA all members of staff get involved in an enrichment activity each week. This is a remarkable commitment and speaks volumes about the dedication of our staff! On Tuesday we celebrated European Languages Day with a range of events laid on by the MFL team: thank you! On Wednesday this week all of the Year 11s took part in a Careers Advice and Guidance Day with around 50 staff from Barclays Bank. They were taught how to construct a powerful and effective Curriculum Vitae (CV)and each had a 1:1 mock interview, with feedback. The Year11s found the day really useful. We are very grateful to Ms Alibhai for organising the event and to the Barclays colleagues for giving up their time to support us. On Tuesday evening next week (3rd October) we host our annual Open Evening for prospective Year 7 students and their parents. It promises to be a packed event, so soon after our summer exam success! Thank you in advance to all those students who are acting as tour guides or helping out in departments. As this is a long night for the INA community, school starts at the later time of 9.25am the next morning on Wednesday 4th October. Students need their equipment for lessons2-6. And finally, I attach messages from two more of our new colleagues:

Ms Bisaccia, Teacher of Maths It’s an honour to be part of the dynamic Isaac Newton community. I am very excited about teaching students and working together with such experienced colleagues. I have a mixed Polish and Italian background that I am very proud of. I have

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spent half of my life in UK and therefore I consider myself also in some way British. I have been teaching in one of the Dagenham Schools for 5 years. Last year I was looking for a new opportunity abroad that offered traveling experience. As a result, I was teaching in Dubai for a year and was able to go to countries such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Lebanon. The most enjoyable part of teaching for me is having pupils grasp something that they had previously not understood – the ‘magic moment’ when it all becomes clear. Having students thank me for the part I have played in their success always makes the hard work worthwhile, and I would expect to continue to motivate students in this way at Isaac Newton Academy.

Ms Moorton, Learning Assistant I am delighted to join the team at Isaac Newton Academy as SEND Support. The school’s ideas and values are what drove me to apply. I am from Redbridge and have worked in local schools for the last 10 years, working with children from the ages of 3 to 18. This has given me a sense of accomplishment and pleasure in helping so many children achieve their potential. I am looking forward to interacting with and helping the pupils at INA.

With all best wishes,

Rachel Macfarlane

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Year 7 settling in evening Our settling in evening for the parents/carers of year 7 students will take place on Wednesday 11th October from 5.15-7pm. It is important that every year 7 student is represented by his/her parent/ carers. The settling in evening is an opportunity to learn more about key policies, such as Positive Behaviour for Learning, Independent Learning and Pastoral Care, and how we measure and track progress and attainment at INA.  We will also explain a little bit more about the BRIDGES lessons at INA.  We will also offer advice on how you can most effectively support your child with Independent Learning and reading. The presentations will start at 6pm in the KS3 hall; from 5.15-5.50pm we invite you to take the opportunity to meet other parents/carers, your child’s form tutor, Pastoral Leader and the members of the senior leadership team in the dining hall and to visit our school library. We look to seeing the parents/carers of every year 7 student at this important transition event. Ms Abbott-Jones – Assistant Principal Ms Cunniah – Year 7 Pastoral Leader

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Sixth Form Open Evening Tuesday 10 October 2017 6-8pm

Friends of Isaac Newton Academy FOINA is a friendly group who are part of the INA community. We are diverse, open and committed to nurturing an ethos of innovative and exciting fundraising events. Interested? Come join us now, we would love to hear from you. We will be holding our next meeting on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 6:30pm in the dining hall. With Kind Regards  Melissa Chergui

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GCSE Parent Workshop:

Success at GCSE and beyond! Wednesday 4th October 6pm start All parents and students in Year 10 are invited to attend a GCSE parent workshop led by Mr Atwal (Pastoral Leader Year 10) and Ms McEvoy (Assistant Principal). Covering the three areas of ‘How KS4 is different to KS3’, ‘Supporting your child’ and ‘Next steps’, this workshop will equip students and parents for success at GCSE and point towards the next steps for going beyond to sixth form and A level.  This workshop will also provide an opportunity for parents to ask questions.   We expect this workshop to end by 6.45pm. Parents of students in other year groups, looking ahead to GCSE, are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 4th October at 6pm. Ms McEvoy & Mr Atwal

GCSE PE controlled assessments Monday 16th October — Ms Hutson’s and Mr Healey’s group Wednesday 18th October — Mr Ayerh’s group GCSE PE lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays leading up to this are very important and attendance is essential. PE Department

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Homo Sapiens Our species of humans, known by scientists and genealogists as Homo Sapiens, first began to evolve around 200,000 years ago. During that time, they have had to adapt physically and mentally to their changing environment, for example: • Mutations in the structure of our spine and pelvis, stronger thigh muscles allowed us to walk more upright and peer over the long grass to spot predators. • Mutations causing our thumbs to be attached the other way around allowing unprecedented ability to grip and manipulate tools. This subsequently lead to the evolution of bigger brains driving more complex tool use.

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Some of these adaptations were biological, but many were the result of being flexible and willing to think or behave differently to deal with the different situations that they faced. This process isn’t static, and continues to this day, resulting not only in the evolution of the species, but also of the technologies we use to survive and enjoy life on Earth.

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Students • Talk to people you know who are at university and ask them how they have adapted to life at university and any tips they can offer you. • Identify people you think demonstrate adaptability and flexibility. Research/ask them questions about how they manage change. Make changes to your own behaviours based on what you have learned from them. • Reflect on events that cause you to have negative feelings, and how you could adapt your behaviour to make them more positive. • Reflect on feedback and adapt your approach to learning to increase your learning power.

Parents • Discuss the ways you are adaptable and flexible and the benefits these dispositions have bought you. • Talk about times when you have had to adapt to changes in your life and what you’ve learned from it • Share a time when you have revised your opinions based on other people’s arguments.

has shown great adaptability & flexibility in her learning: Shaiza in 12 Manchester started at INA’s Sixth Form just two weeks ago. Shaiza has made a fantastic transition from KS4 to KS5. Shaiza has adapted to INA’s systems and processes so well that she was commended by a guest at the Sixth Form Opening for giving an excellent tour of the sixth form. Shaiza’s teachers and form tutor have also praised her for her smooth transition to INA. Her attitude to learning reflects a student determined to succeed and her contributions in lessons reflect a clear passion and interest in her chosen subjects. She has also made a big impression on her peers, who have welcomed her into the INA student community.

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Congratulations Shaiza on role modelling great Adaptability & Flexibility!

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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 at school.

Merits It is the start of another year, so we are re- starting 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 fantastic 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

A I N S C W E

121 113 108 88 70 57 34

A S N W I C E

125 72 59 53 51 45 41

T W E S N A I C

TOTAL YEAR 10  TOTAL YEAR 11  TOTAL

87 62 46 21 19 15 13 8

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30 24 13 13 4 3 3

E N W I T S A

60 34 30 11 8 3 2

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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: Jasmine Oputa 7S Year 8: Eesa Nasiri 8E Year 9: Sami Daykin 9IÂ Year 10: Jodie King 10I Year 11: Arjun Shah 11N

Good Deed Feed

Every week we ask teachers to nominate students who have been role models by carrying out good deeds for others and the INA community. A big well done for those who have been nominated this week! Ms Beled: Hawwa Imran 9S – for showing remarkable citizenship by repeatedly being the first to volunteer in class e.g. to hand out worksheets/ materials. Ms Hutson: Ayesha Maniyar 11N was very mature and calm when dealing with a first aid incident. She did all the right things! Thank you for your help! Ms Skyers: Hawwa Imran 9S for helping a new student get settled into the lesson. Ms Bisaccia: Bilkis Abdi 7W is always a very good role model. She helps other students during the lessons if they are struggling. Mrs Gurm: Hruday Kinhikar 10E for helping Alam Mahfuz and being really considerate and incredibly supportive during geography lesson. Miss Cunniah Pastoral Leader for Year 7, i/c Praise and Recognition 29 September 2017

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Attendance and Punctuality Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and success in achieving their full potential. Missing out on education and learning leaves students vulnerable to falling behind. At Isaac Newton Academy every student is expected to maintain 100% attendance.

Punctuality All students need to be present on site and ready for line up no later than 8.25am each day and as such we advise students to be through the school gates (side entrance and southern entrance) no later than 8.20am. The form with the highest attendance at the end of every term is awarded the attendance trophy. Each week we will report on each form's attendance for the week prior and each year group will run their own year team competition. Year group and form attendance for week of 18th September. Tutor

YTD

Tutor

YTD

Tutor

YTD

Tutor

YTD

Tutor

YTD

7A

98.1

8A

99.7

9A

98.2

10A

97.1

11A

96.0

7C

99.2

8C

97.5

9C

93.4

10C

96.0

11E

96.2

7E

98.6

8E

97.2

9E

94.0

10E

98.4

11I

98.4

7I

98.0

8I

96.9

9I

93.5

10I

94.4

11N

87.2

7N

95.9

8N

98.0

9N

97.3

10N

97.6

11S

95.2

7S

99.6

8S

95.4

9S

94.4

10S

95.2

11T

96.3

7W

98.5

8W

95.3

9T

96.7

10T

96.6

11W

93.9

Total

98.2

Total

97.2

9W

96.2

Total

96.5

Total

94.8

Total

95.5

Year 7 are currently leading the way with the highest attendance across the Secondary School. Congratulations to year 7. Ms Lapish Lead Pastoral Leader

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Parents, carers and community members -

Would you like to volunteer to lead an after school enrichment at Isaac Newton Academy? Enrichment run from 4:15-5:15 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 3:15-4:15 on Tuesday. For further information contact Ms Clarke. Tel: 020 8911 6666 or info@isaacnewtonacademy.org

Autumn 2017

The Secondary Enrichment Programme has been a great success in the last academic year and I am looking forward to this continued trend. Students attended their clubs regularly and fully involved themselves with the school community and ethos. A list of all autumn 2017 enrichment clubs can be found on the school website. The Enrichment programme for autumn 2017 will begin on Monday 25th September. KS3 students are using the new online app to make their selection. Their allocation is confirmed via an email. KS4 students will be notified of their subject specific intervention allocations in form register on the 22nd September. 29 September 2017

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Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2017 Thursday 7th September – Wednesday 20th December Half Term: Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October Tuesday 3rd October Wednesday 4th October Monday 9th October Tuesday 10th October Wednesday 11th October Wednesday 11th October Wednesday 11th October Thursday 12th October Friday 13th October Monday 16th October – Friday 20th October Thursday 19th October Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October Wednesday 1st November Tuesday 7th November Monday 13th – Friday 17th November Tuesday 14th November

BRIDGES parent workshop 6pm Senior Maths Challenge Family Week, no after school events or enrichment Independent Learning Day

Wednesday 22nd November

Year 11 in for Next Steps Interviews INSET DAY: Ahmed Al-Khafaji Day

Monday 27th November – Friday 1st December Wednesday 29th November Thursday 30th November

Open evening 5:45 – 8:30 pm Late start at 09:25am for Years 7 -11 Thursday 12th - Open Mornings Sixth Form Open Evening 5:45 – 08:30pm Late Start at 9:25am for Years 7 – 11 Settling in Evening for Year 7 Sixth Form Applications Open Year 11 Geography Field Trip Year 11 Geography Field Trip Week of Year 7 Spelling Bee KS4/5 Music Recital

Half Term

No school for students Week of Year 9 Trip to British Library and author visit. Literacy Support and SEND Parent Workshop 6pm GCSE Certificate Evening 6pm

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