Page 1

13 October 2017

Secondary Newsletter 6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter


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.


Secondary Newsletter

6 October 2017

Dear Parents and Carers, It was great to see lots of you this week at either our Year 7 Settling In Evening or our Sixth Form Open Evening. The slides from our Settling In Evening are available on the school website for anyone who was not able to attend. And I am delighted to announce that applications are now open for the sixth form – again via the website. Last Saturday Mrs Chamberlain and I had the pleasure of the company of 17 Year 7s on the first London Club expedition of the year. We set off from Seven Kings station at 8.30am and visited the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. We spent time in the space exploration hall, the travel exhibition and the engineering pod. At the V & A we learnt about all the amazing uses that plywood has been put to – including women’s bathing suits! Our next trips is going to be a walk down the Thames gathering answers to clues and visiting the Tate Gallery.

Science Museum

Plywood exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum 6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter


Lastly for this week, we are delighted to announce that Halima Anjum in Year 12 has been awarded a Citizens Award. Article appearing in the Redbridge Recorder: ‘INA Sixth Form student, Halema Anjum, has been announced as the September winner of the Young Citizen Award. Halema was nominated by Principal Ms Macfarlane due to the exceptional progress she has made at Isaac Newton Academy. Halema came to INA in 2012 with below average grades. Over the last five years she has consistently performed and made noticeable progress each term, leading to outstanding GCSE results received in the summer. Halema received the highest possible grades in her GCSE exams and was announced the highest achieving student in the whole of the Ark Schools Network. Not only did she receive three 9’s (one of only 2,000 students in the whole country to do so), but she also got straight A*’s in her other subjects. Not only has Halema got exceptional academic attainment, but she has maintained a breadth of input and passion across all school activities. She is passionate about music and has played her trumpet at many famous music venues, including Ronnie Scott’s and the Barbican. Even though she decided not to study GCSE Music, she has continued to collaborate with the school’s music department and participate in whole school events and enrichments, consistently mentoring and coaching the younger INA musicians. Rachel Macfarlane, Principal of INA, said “Halema is a fantastically generous, humble and well-aligned student. She is a wonderful role model to the younger students here at INA and she will go on to do fantastic things.” The Young Citizen Award scheme, run by the Recorder, aims to recognise the positive activities young people of Redbridge are undertaking. The scheme aims to celebrate their achievements and inspire others to do good work. The monthly winners will be nominated for the Young Citizen of the Year Award, and the winner will be crowned at next year’s Mayor’s Community Awards.’ With all best wishes,

Rachel Macfarlane

4 Secondary Newsletter

6 October 2017

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

Saturday 25th November 2017 9.30am – 4.00pm ExCel, London

London’s biggest jobs and careers event is back for 2017! Free entry, free classroom resources and a travel bursary contribution. As well as being FREE TO ATTEND, you will gain access to a range of resources to prepare you for the event. Visiting also offers you a chance to get up-todate career-related information, make useful employer contacts and update your labour market information. We also have a travel bursary available, to help towards the cost of your travel to the event. Ask for details. Students can attend on their own or with friends and family during the day of Saturday 25th November between 9:30am & 4pm, there’s no need to prebook , just turn up. Mr Crowther-Green

6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter


2017 Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger Black History Month has been marked in the UK for more than 30 years. It takes place during the month of October. It is held to highlight and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the black community in the UK. Throughout history, black people have made huge contributions to society in the fields of art, music, science, literature and many more areas. But in the past these contributions have often been ignored or played down because black people weren’t treated the same way as other people because of the colour of their skin. In 2017 we are marking 30 years of Black History Month being celebrated in Britain, and everyone is being encouraged to: dig deeper, look closer and think bigger in their reflections.

The Prime Minister Theresa May has issued this statement: “So as we mark the 30th anniversary of Black History Month, it is right to look back with pride on the progress that has been made in taking on racism and discrimination. But I am also clear just how far we have to go, not just in rooting out hatred and prejudice from our society, but in tackling injustices that still hold back too many people in our country today. That is why this Black History Month I am publishing the first results of the work which I commissioned within months of becoming Prime Minister – an unprecedented audit of public services to reveal racial disparities right across government. It exposes some uncomfortable truths about the injustices that still exist in our society today – from health and education to the welfare and criminal justice systems. As Prime Minister I make no apology for exposing these truths. I believe it

6 Secondary Newsletter

6 October 2017

is my duty to shine a light on these injustices and I want to lead a national effort to address them so that Britain can truly become a country that works for everyone. That is my pledge this Black History Month and I hope you will work with me to make it a reality.”

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Part has issued this statement: “Black History Month recognises the true efforts that have created and formed the country we live in today. It also encourages us to reject complacency, as the promotion of equality and liberation are vital to our society. I have devoted my life to the pursuit of social justice, equality, and human rights. And the Labour party I lead is committed to ending the racial injustices in our economy and social institutions. This anniversary of Black History Month provides us with a great opportunity to recognise, appreciate and celebrate our diverse communities here in Britain, the role models that are inspiring our next generation, and the rich heritage that has built the society we live in today.”

Here are two stories of Black women to be admired in History: Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784): Phillis Wheatley was born in West Africa. When she was a young girl, she was put on board a ship and sent to the US, where she was sold as a slave to a family called the Wheatleys. She was named after that ship the Phillis. While Phillis was a slave, she was taught to read and write, which was unusual at the time. She wrote her first poem at the age of 14. At the age of 20, she moved to England with her son and within a year, published her first book. This made her the first African-American poet to be published, with her first volume of poetry in 1773. The fact that her writing was so brilliant proved that women who were slaves 6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter


could have amazing intellectual ideas, when people hadn’t thought that they could, and this contributed towards the anti-slavery movement. Malorie Blackman (1962-today) Another author that you may well have heard of is the best-selling author of the Noughts & Crosses series - Malorie Blackman. When she was chosen to become the eighth Children’s Laureate, she became the first black person to take on the role. She got the job in 2013, before passing on the baton to British illustrator and writer Chris Riddell in 2015. Malorie says she wanted to “make reading irresistible” for children, by encouraging them to explore a range of literature, from short stories to graphic novels. Martin caught up with her at the time to find out why she got into writing. At Isaac Newton Academy the students will be celebrating and reflecting on the achievements of Black and Ethnic Minority groups each week in October. There will also be a special lunch in school towards the end of this half term. Rebecca Priestley Lead Teacher of History


Secondary Newsletter

6 October 2017

Sports Report Dear INA students and parents Today I will be telling you about the Year 7 girl's netball match. Our match took place on Wednesday 4th October after school in our sports hall. We were playing against Oaks Park. We had four quarters in the game, the first quarter we lost 2-nil. The second quarter we drew 0-0; the third quarter we won 2-1 and the last quarter it was 0-0. The game finished and the score was 3-0 to Oaks Park. It was tough as both teams did not have any training sessions to prepare for the big match but we still played well. By our results for the four quarters we lost by one point, not bad. If there are any further questions about the match please ask either Tayyibah, Bilkis, Fatima, lqura, Kaddy, Joy, Zainab, Aleena, Arooj and me of course, Elizaveta.

Elizaveta Spiridonova 7W Our on the spot reporter

6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter



What is Un

Getting fully apprai Taking time to see


Galileo Galilei (1564- 1642)

• Striving to clear for information fully informed a • Testing your com to improve its d • Being sympathe feelings; being t • Being able to su

‘You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.’ — Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. Throughout his life’s research, Galilei demonstrated the disposition of understanding. In 1609, Galileo heard about the invention of the telescope in Holland. Without having seen an example, he constructed a superior version and made many astronomical discoveries. These included mountains and valleys on the surface of the moon, sunspots, the four largest moons of the planet Jupiter and the phases of the planet Venus. He conducted meticulous research and gathered evidence to prove the theory of the heliocentric model of the solar system (that the planets orbit the sun). Galilei’s pioneering observations laid the foundation for modern physics and astronomy.

10 Secondary Newsletter

Students who

Rafaela Vemb 8A 6 October 2017



ised with all the facts and details. clearly how someone feels.


rly know something by looking and making sure that you are about a topic. mpetence in a particular area depth. etically aware of other people’s tolerant and forgiving. upport others in their learning.

TOP TIPS: Students

• Pick a topic from any subject and undertake further research in order to better understand it. Test yourself by discussing with friends and parents. Ask them to question your competency. • Listen to the news on the radio and explain to parents/ other students what you understood about the topic. To further develop, write a list questions you have regarding the topic. • Take a topic you have a very strong views on and work hard to understand the opposing viewpoint.

Parents •

Ask your son/daughter to explain a topic they have been learning.

Question them to improve their depth of understanding.

have shown great understanding in their learning: Rafaela has a very mature outlook and is someone who works well with anyone, considering everyone’s viewpoints.

ba Vieira

Sudais shows understanding by regularly providing measured advice to his classmates.

Sudais Khan 9A

6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter



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







207 197 184 183 117 115 88


179 95 95 87 51 45 41


107 87 74 60 43 21 20



12 Secondary Newsletter


45 44 33 30 24 20 18


64 63 60 45 29 27 2

6 October 2017

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: Elizaveta Spirodonova 7W Year 8: Saihan Rahman 8N Year 9: Ramel Shakespeare 9A Year 10: Mohamed Ahmed 10N 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! Mr Smith: Travis Barrett 10A for helping collect in the Bibles prior to my lesson starting so I was able to make a swift start teaching my Year 9s. Asma Mahboob 7A for always collecting in loose sheets from my previous classes and handing out glues for my year 10 lesson. Ms Priestley: 9Eve in their History lessons have been superb - last week they did group presentations on WW1 trench fighting and they were all superbly creative and showed great team leadership (honestly think it was the best lesson I have ever taught since arriving at INA!). These students stood out particularly: Glory Mondua – 9 Eve. Superb leadership and creativity in class during a group presentations about trench warfare.  6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter


Abdullah Javaad – 9 Eve. Excellent contributions to hold his own argument in a Harkness debate Rahaman Moorthy – 9 Jib. Excellent depth to his judgement about conditions in the World War One trenches Mr Crowther-Green: Cimraan Gaal 9N for assisting with organisation of course booklets. Mr Wilson: Luke Bailey 10N – For his kind and supportive approach towards his friendship with Remeez Saleem, promoting the BRIDGES dispositions of Citizenship, Patience and Collaboration in the process. Ms Branco: Keshan Beckett-Edwards 9S because he helped to tidy up the ICT room during KS3 lunch, he picked all the rubbish from the floor and tucked the chairs under the tables. Thank you Keshan. Ms Testler: Luke Bailey 10N for helping his friend Jash in GCSE Graphics lessons during the practical tasks (while still finishing his own work).

Miss Cunniah Pastoral Leader for Year 7, i/c Praise and Recognition

14 Secondary Newsletter

6 October 2017

Attendance and Punctuality At Isaac Newton Academy every student is expected to maintain 100% attendance. Each form group across each year are competing to ensure they are top of the attendance league table for their year. Please ensure your child catches up with missed learning. Our pastoral and teaching staff are also working hard to ensure students are taking responsibility for going to collect missed learning from their classroom teachers. 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 forms attendance for the week prior and each year group will run their own year team competition. Year group and form attendance for week of 6th October 2017 Tutor Week Tutor Week Tutor Week Tutor Week Tutor Week 7A 93.6 8A 94.4 9A 97.4 10A 96.7 11A 93.2 7C 98.8 8C 99.1 9C 94.6 10C 97.2 11E 90.0 7E










7I 7N 7S 7W Total

96.5 98.5 99.2 97.4 97.5

8I 8N 8S 8W Total

97.6 97.8 99.6 97.7 98.0

9I 9N 9S 9T 9W

98.5 96.7 96.5 98.3 92.9

10I 10N 10S 10T Total

91.2 97.3 96.4 94.5 95.6

11N 11S 11T 11W Total

81.1 92.9 98.1 91.2 92.2



Year 8 are now leading the way with the highest attendance across the Secondary School. Congratulations to year 8. Ms Lapish Lead Pastoral Leader 6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter


Year 8 Fieldwork – Infiltration exercise In Year 8 we have been studying a unit called Dangerous Places. In this unit students study a range of natural and quasi-hazards. They look at wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, tropical storms and tsunamis. This unit is very relevant to what has been happening across the Atlantic in the USA, especially hurricane Irma which devastated parts of the east coast and now more recently wildfires which have ripped through California. Students should be encouraged to watch the news and keep up with current affairs which directly relate to their humanities learning. When we looked at flooding, we focused on flooding in the UK, more specifically flooding in Tewkesbury in 2007 which left many people without power, clean water and a safe place to stay. In order to understand exactly how flooding happens; it is essential to understand the process of infiltration and understand key terms such as permeable and impermeable (ask the students to explain these to you as a challenge). All students undertook an hour long piece of fieldwork around the school site in which they tested different surfaces to check if they were permeable or impermeable. This allowed the students to further understand why built up areas on the flood plain are a disaster waiting to happen because of the concrete surface which is impermeable. Students tested three to four sites each and then brought their results into the classroom and plotted their results on a graph. Students wrote their own conclusions and evaluated how well they had completed the task. Here are some pictures of ‘Geography in Action’:

16 Secondary Newsletter

6 October 2017

Test your river experts here!! Task: Ask them to fill in the labels and explain what each feature is. Challenge: Why would a town built here be susceptible to flooding?

6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter


18 Secondary Newsletter

6 October 2017

6 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter


Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2017

Thursday 7th September – Wednesday 20th December Half Term: Monday 23rd – Friday 27th 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 Friday 8th December Tuesday 12th December Wednesday 13th December Thursday 14th December Friday 15th December Monday 18th December Wednesday 20th December

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 INSET DAY: No school for students Community Party Philips Exeter Academy Meeting for Year 8 & Year 12 Winter Concert Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumper Day Year 7 Awards Assembly Years 8 -11 Awards Assemblies. Term ends 1pm

20 Secondary Newsletter

6 October 2017

13 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter  
13 October 2017 Secondary Newsletter