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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) Leanne Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Tam Broadway Primary Headteacher Sugra Alibhai Head of Sixth Form Designated Child Protection Officers Patrick Ball (Online safety) Pardeep Chaggar Jody Lapish Gareth Marshall-Jones

Mariam Mayet Amreen Patel Jag Singh David Wilson

vYou 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, In the next two weeks we have a fabulous array of end of term events, concerts and functions TT On Tuesday 11th December all students (except for those Year 11 students who have mock French and Spanish exams and GCSE D&T non-exam assessment) will leave school at lunchtime as we are hosting our annual Community Party for OAPs in the local area. TT On Friday 14th December it is our Christmas Jumper day. Everyone is encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper and to pay £1.00 for the privilege. It is also our Christmas Lunch day! TT Our Winter Concert is on Wednesday 19th December. It’s an event not to be missed! Students are very welcome to attend this concert as members of the audience. However, all students must be accompanied by a parent/carer whom they sit with. Mr Coughlin has written to the parents of all performers with details of how to get tickets. Tickets will also be available for parents to purchase directly from main reception and will go on sale on Monday 10th December. Please note that entry is by ticket only and, to comply with health and safety regulations about capacity, we are unable to admit anyone without a ticket, including small children and babies. TT The Year 7 awards assembly is on Monday 17th December at 8.55am. We look forward to seeing all of our Year 7 parents at this event. TT Awards assemblies for Years 8-11 take place on Thursday 20th December (details later in the newsletter) and students will be dismissed after the final awards assemblies at 1.00pm.

With all best wishes,

Jo Spencer

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a newsletter published next Friday 14 December, however there will be a special Festive edition published on Friday 21 December instead. Cover Photograph: Year 7 Art-Science Workshop 7 December 2018

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Friends of Isaac Newton Academy I am hoping to get parents from both Primary and Secondary together who would be interested in setting up a new FOINA (Friends of Isaac Newton Academy) group, with the purpose of planning fundraising events for the school throughout the year. If you are interested and hadn't done so before, in the summer term, I ask that you sign up with either the Primary or Secondary reception. Ms Broadway

At Isaac Newton Academy we like to ensure we celebrate the festive season in good spirit. On Friday 14th December we will be having our traditional Christmas lunch for all staff and students. We invite all students to join in the festive spirit by wearing a Christmas jumper or suitably festive colours on that day. Please note all students will still need to be wearing their lanyards. There is a suggested donation of £1 which will be made into the buckets at the school gates. The donations will support the school’s charitable endeavours and support events which enrich our school’s curriculum. I thank you for all your support and look forward to welcoming students in a suitably festive fashion on this day. Mr Clift Matthews


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Isaac Newton Academy's

Community Party 2018 Tuesday 11 December 3pm - 4:30pm

Due to our annual community party on Tuesday 11th of December there will be alterations to the usual school day. Unless a student has a Year 11 Languages speaking exam , Year 11 DT Controlled Assessment or is involved in supporting the community party, all students will finish lessons at 13:05 and will be dismissed from school. There will be no after school enrichments, interventions or clubs on that day and no lunch will be provided to students unless they are eligible for free school meals. The timings of the day will be as follows: TIMING

KS3, KS4 & KS5


Normal school day


All lessons following the P4a timings


PM Registration


Students dismissed, Year 11 DT Students, performers & helpers go to lunch


Lunch time for staff & helpers/performers


Preparations for the Community Party


Community Party (only students supporting remain on site & Year 11 DT Students) Year 11 DT students dismissed at 15:50

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support with our charitable endeavours and support and generosity in giving to our community party guests. It is always highly appreciated and gratefully valued by our guests. Mr A.Clift-Matthews, Assistant Principal 7 December 2018

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Winter Concert 2018 The INA Winter Concert will take place this year on Wednesday 19th December at 6:30pm. It promises to be a fantastic festival of music making, inspired by music from around the world, which celebrates some of the wonderful performances that the students of INA have been rehearsing this term. Performers will need to arrive at INA by 6:00pm at the latest. The performance will run until approximately 8:30pm. Please note that audience members will not be allowed to enter the school building until 6:20pm and I would recommend not arriving before then as I don’t want you to have to wait outside in the cold! The dress code for student performers is all black (smart) with a red accessory. Shoes must be smart and may only be trainers if they are entirely black. Shirt, trousers, suits, dresses, skirts and ties are all acceptable forms of smart dress. The accessory could be a belt, tie, braces, head-scarf, jewellery, laces etc. Your child will find out if they are performing in the concert by Monday 10th December. Students are very welcome to attend this concert as members of the audience. However, all students must be accompanied by a parent/carer whom they sit with. We believe that this will really enhance the experience for both the audience and the performers and allow everyone to focus completely on the performers who have worked so hard to make the Winter Concert happen. Any students/children who turn up without an adult supervisor or who move to sit away from their parent/carer will be removed from the performance, even if they have a ticket. Tickets: Tickets will be available from KS3 reception when your child returns the reply slip below. Student performers will be eligible for 2 tickets each. There is not enough space in the hall for every performer to have 2 tickets so they will be issued on a first come first served basis. A small number of tickets will also be available for parents to purchase directly from main reception and will go on sale on Monday 10th December. I am sure that you are all aware that times are hard at the moment for school budgets. After 8 years of austerity we are so proud that we are still able to offer our ground-breaking music programme at INA. However, to support the long term sustainability of our big band project we are charging £2 for adult tickets and £1 for student tickets. Not only will you be hard pressed to find such a high quality, varied and enjoyable evening of musical entertainment for this price anywhere in London, by purchasing tickets, you will also be supporting the INA music programme for years to come. Key information - please keep for your records: Winter Concert - Wednesday 19th December - 6:30pm start (6:00pm arrival for performers) Student/child audience members must be accompanied by an adult & must sit with an adult Tickets are £2 for adults and £1 for children and are available at KS3 reception after return of the reply slip Babies and small children must have a ticket due to health and safety regulations Kind regards, Mr Coughlin, Head of Music/Assistant Principal


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Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School

“If you are a serious student, intellectually curious, creative, eager to embrace new

challenges and opportunities, then Phillips Exeter Summer School may be for you.� This week Ms Abbott-Jones spoke to Year 8 and Year 12 students about a fantastic opportunity for six students to attend the Phillips Exeter Summer School from July 1st to August 2nd 2019. This is a prestigious programme of Harkness lessons, sports and cultural excursions at one of the top independent schools in the USA. Any student wishing to apply to be considered for this amazing opportunity MUST attend a meeting with their parent/carer at the school on Tuesday 18th December 2018 at 5.30pm prompt, where there will be the opportunity to find out much more and to ask questions. Application forms will be live on the Academy website following this meeting, with a deadline of 4.00 pm 8th January 2019 for returns. Interviews are being held the week commencing 14th January 2019. Ms J Spencer, Interim Principal 7 December 2018

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A Warm Invite to INA’s End of Autumn Term Awards Assemblies Monday 17th December - Year 7 Thursday 20th December - Years 8, 9, 10 & 11 On Monday 17th December and Thursday 20th December, we will be holding our end of term awards assemblies. This is an important opportunity for the staff, students, governors and parents/carers to formally celebrate our students’ achievements. There will be a separate assembly for each year group. Please note the times and locations as follows:

Monday 17th December

8.55-9.45 Year 7 Awards assembly

Thursday 20th December 11.05am Year 9 Awards Assembly Dining Hall Year 11 Awards Assembly KS3 Hall 12.00pm Year 8 Awards Assembly Dining Hall Year 10 Awards Assembly KS3 Hall 1.00pm Students dismissed 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. We believe that it is important that every student is represented by a parent at the Awards assembly for their year group. If you would like to attend, please ask your son/daughter to collect tickets for the awards assembly from his/her form tutor. Please request your tickets by Friday 7th December. Due to limited capacity, we are unable to accommodate very many additional family members. However, if you would like additional places, please notify the school office and we will do our best to allocate an additional ticket. I look forward to seeing you during these special celebrations.

Ms J Spencer, Interim Principal


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Important Information for

Year 11 Design & Technology Students In the upcoming weeks all year 11 DT students will complete the NEA (non-exam assessment) part of their GCSE. This piece of coursework represents 50% of their final DT GCSE grade. In order to give our students the best possible chance of success, we have arranged for year 11 DT students to be off-timetable for these 4 days to complete this very important component of their DT GCSE course. This will take place on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th, Friday 14th and Monday

17th December.

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 their organiser and equipment as normal. 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 NEA. 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. I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is that your child attends this day of school. The ADT 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. Ms B.Robson, Head of ADT

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TOP TIPS: Students

J K Rowling

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” - J. K. Rowling

Rowling’s success came with relentless hard-work and belief in her writing. But at times she had to take risks. As a single-parent trying to finish her first book she was told many times to ‘give up’ or ‘get a proper job’. Times were very hard for Rowling and her daughter. Regardless, Rowling took a risk and continued to follow her passion. When Rowling finally finished the first three chapters of her book, she sent the manuscript off to a publisher – it was quickly rejected. In fact, Rowling faced rejection from 12 different publishers. Eventually the book was accepted when the editor at Bloomsbury Publishing allowed their 8-year-old-daughter to read the first three chapters. She loved it and rest is history! Rowling became the first female billionaire author. She demonstrated bravery and perseverance - and took a big risk which paid off.


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• Discuss with your son/daughter what calculated risks are and the difference between taking a risk and breaking a rule. • Encourage your son/daughter to take calculated risks to experience new things by suggesting some activities that he/she hasn’t tried before. • Talk to your son/daughter about some calculated risks you have taken in life, in your learning, in your job and what the outcome was for you.

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The two students have both recently joined INA. Joining a new school entails many new experiences, and each of the students have embraced this and as a result settled in very well. They have made many new friends and are progressing well in their GCSE subjects and with their BRIDGES dispositions.

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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 The inter-form merit competition is heating up – with more and more merits being given out each week. 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





7S 7W 7N 7A 7E 7C 7I

849 830 620 580 545 456 278

8N 8C 8W 8S 8A 8E 8I

722 575 528 498 490 483 415

9E 9A 9C 9I 9S 9N 9W


281 275 253 207 162 122 47

10S 10W 10T 10C 10A 10I 10N

91 86 72 68 52 22 15

11N 11E 11I 11A 11T 11S 11C

161 89 79 73 60 57 52

Year 10 Work Experience 1st–5th July 2019 Students have until Thursday 20th December 2018 to submit their placement forms to Mr Crowther-Green If you son/daughter needs a replacement form please print directly from the website 12

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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 who encapsulated one of these qualities in that week. Year 7: Kirandip Kaur 7I Year 8: Khadija Raja 8A Year 9: Tasbir Rahaman 9C Year 10: Taybah Patel 10A Year 11: Anees Syed – 11S

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!

Jeskiran Rai 11A for working with peers to help them develop their coursework and being an outstanding role model. - Ms Watkins Zakir Ikram 8N and Fahad Noor 8N for helping out with the year 7 basketball fixture last week. - Mr Marecar Luke Bailey 11N for being a highly supportive friend to his peers and displaying fantastic resilience skills. - Mr Wilson Meera Mistry 10A and Ramel Shakespeare 10A for coming into my office one day last week and invited me to have lunch with them. - Ms Skyers Mr Athwal Pastoral Leader for Year 11, i/c of Praise and Recognition

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INA 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, putting them under unnecessary pressure. 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 8.23am.

Reporting of child’s absence In line with INA attendance policy it is the parent/ carers responsibility to phone the school by 8.15am on each day of an absence. If you fail to contact the school to inform us of your child’s absence we may take the necessary steps to ensure your child is safe. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the INA Attendance policy.

Year group and form attendance for last week Tutor 7A 7C 7E 7I 7N 7S 7W Total

% Tutor % Tutor 95.0 8A 96.2 9A 98.1 8C 98.4 9C 90.2 8E 91.3 9E 100.0 8I 98.6 9I 99.2 8N 97.8 9N 98.5 8S 92.4 9S 98.5 8W 96.0 9W 97.1 Total 95.9 Total

% Tutor % Tutor 98.1 10A 99.2 11A 97.1 10C 91.5 11C 92.1 10I 96.5 11E 93.3 10N 97.1 11I 98.3 10S 97.7 11N 98.5 10T 92.0 11S 98.5 10W 97.6 11T 96.6 Total 95.9 Total

% 98.7 93.7 96.8 93.1 98.4 90.9 94.0 95.2

Ms Lapish Lead Pastoral Leader – KS4


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Festive Cards

designed by KS3 Students

20 cards for ÂŁ10 Pay on WisePay and collect from Ms Robson in the ADT Department 7 December 2018

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Merry Christmas 25th December

Christmas is a religious festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. • It is a time for sharing food, sending cards and giving presents. • Many people decorate their houses with Christmas trees and lights. • Many Christians remember the story of the nativity and think about the miracles that happened in the story. • Christmas is a festival that is celebrated today by nonreligious people and also people of other faiths.

What can I do? • Share some kind words, buy a present or send a card to someone in the school. • Give money to charity or donate unwanted items to charity. You could volunteer and help the homeless. • Help those who might be lonely at this time of year. Visit an elderly member of your family.


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Happy Hannukkah 2nd - 10th December

Winners of the ARK Festive Card Competition

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Key Dates

Autumn Term 2018 Monday 3rd September – Thursday 20th December

Spring Term 2019 Friday 4th January - Friday 5th April 2019 Half Term: Monday 18th - Friday 22nd February 2019 Independent Learning Days: Friday 4th January & Friday 8th March 2019 INSET Days: Monday 7th January & 11th March 2019 Tuesday 11th December Friday 14th December Monday 17th December Wednesday 19th December Thursday 20th December Friday 4th January 2019 Monday 7th January 2019 Thursday 10th January Friday 11th January Tuesday 15th January Wednesday 23rd January Thursday 24th January Monday 28th January Tuesday 29th January Wednesday 30th January


Community Party Christmas Jumper Day & Christmas Lunch Year 7 Awards Assembly Winter Concert Years 8-11 Awards Assemblies Independent Learning Day No school for students INSET - No school for students Year 9 Progress Meetings Years 7-10 Reports to parents Options Evening Years 11/12/13 Reports to parents Year 11 Progress Meetings Year 7 Music Theatre Trip Sixth Form Open Evening (provisional) BRIDGES Mentoring

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