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INA Principal's Newsletter

5 December 2014

Announcements Arrangements for the End of Term

Dear Parents and Carers,


t was great to meet with Year 9 students and their parents on Tuesday evening at our Options Evening, where we were discussing the GCSE curriculum. I look here will be no forward to discussing choices with some of you at your enrichment on Options Interviews. Thursday 18th December to enable staff to set up his week Mr Butler led a trip to Waterstones for the Winter Celebration Bookshop for students who produced the most concert which takes place impressive summer reading challenges. Mr Robinson that evening. We look forward to seeing you hosted a very promising Year 11 clarinettist from Ark there. Walworth Academy in South London, who supported Our end of term Awards a saxophone workshop. We also had visitors from Assemblies take place on Hatton School and Oaks Park High School who were the morning of Friday conducting a review into our relationships and links 19th December (see the item in the newsletter for with external partners. Thank you to those parents who details). Students will be dismissed at the end of the gave up time to come into school to give feedback as part of this process. morning and school will be closed to students for should like to give all parents advance notice of the the afternoon. Secondary fact that the last day of term, Friday 19th December, students who have free school meals and would will be a shortened school day. The secondary students like to have a packed lunch, should order it from will be dismissed at 1.20pm, after morning lessons. The primary children will have lunch at school but will Ms Chamberlain. (Please read Ms. Macfarlane's be brought down to the courtyard ready for collection message for further at 1.40pm. This is to allow the entire staff to have a details). Christmas lunch together as a thank you for all their School opens again for fabulous hard work and commitment over the term.




secondary students on Wednesday 7th January, with line up at 8.25am. The primary children return – to their new building! – on Monday 12th January 2015. 2  INA Newsletter

With best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal


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A Warm Invite to INA’s End of Term Awards Assemblies - Friday 19th December

On Friday 19th December we will be holding our first Awards Assemblies of the year. This is an opportunity for the staff, students, governors and parents/ carers to formally celebrate Year 7, 8 and 9 students’ achievements at the end of the autumn term. There will be an assembly for each year group. Please note the times as follows:

Ye a r 7 1 0 . 1 0 - 1 0 . 5 5 a m Ye a r 9 1 1 . 2 0 - 1 2 . 0 5 p m Ye a r 8 1 2 . 1 5 - 1 . 0 0 p m 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 participating 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 relevant Awards Assembly from his/her form tutor. Please request your ticket by Monday 15th December. Due to limited capacity in the viewing gallery, 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 Friday 19th December.

Jo Spencer ice Principal


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Increase in price of school meals from January 2014


aving held the price of £2 for a school meal for over 2 years, we will be increasing the cost to £2.10 with effect from January 2015. We will continue to provide a healthy school meal which includes a main course (halal, non halal and vegetarian option) and salad bar and a desert. We will be reviewing the menu following feedback this term from parents and students and will issue a new menu cycle at the beginning of the new term. We will also be reviewing breakfast and break time snack items following the food standards guidance which come into effect from January. Please can you ensure that your child’s account is topped up at the beginning of each week in order to ensure sufficient funds are available for their school meal and any additional snacks.

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BRIDGES Mentoring Wednesday 14th January


he first BRIDGES mentoring session for Year 7s, 8 & 9 takes place on Wednesday 14th January from 1:45-3:45pm. All students will be given a fifteen minute 1:1 coaching session with their BRIDGES mentor. This is an important opportunity for students to reflect on how they have developed or strengthened their BRIDGES dispositions, to discuss the dispositions they consider to be their strengths and the ones they need to work on further. Students will leave school after they have had lunch at around 1:20pm and should return to school for their allocated session. Students with appointments at 1:45pm or 2:00pm may wait for their appointment in the hall. We are unable to supervise other students as all staff are BRIDGES mentors and will be engaged in mentoring session throughout the afternoon. Parents are not required at the sessions but will be given feedback on how their son or daughter’s BRIDGES skills are progressing later in the year. Please note that enrichment will be cancelled on this day.


o Spencer ice Prinicpal

Christmas lunch menu

12 th December 2014

Meat option Halal roasted  turkey/sausage   Non  halal  roasted  turkey  /sausage      

Vegetarian option Vegetarian tarts   Roasted  potatoes   Roasted  root  vegetables   Gravy  /cranberry  sauce/Yorkshire  puddings  

Dessert Mince pie   Christmas  pudding   Chocolate  gateau  

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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. Well done to 7I and 8T for meeting the 100% attendance target last week. We would like to see more forms achieving this target every week, as the form with the highest attendance at the end of every term is awarded the attendance trophy. Could I please take this opportunity to remind all parents/carers that medical evidence in the form of an appointment card from the GP, or copy of prescription, should be provided where students are off school for cases of genuine illness. We know that attainment and progress are linked directly to attendance, and we ask that you consider carefully what justifies a day off school.

Weekly form scores

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

100% 99.1% 99.1% 99.1% 99.1% 94.5% 93.9% 93.6%

Year groups

Year 9 95.9%

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

100% 99.5% 98.7% 97.8% 97.4% 91.8% 91.3% 88.2%

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

99.1% 97.3% 96.8% 96.5% 95.9% 95.7% 93.5% 93%

Year 7 97.3%

Leanne Abbott-Jones Year 9 Pastoral Leader

Year 8 95.6%

Praise and Recognition


Students can receive merits for achievement, progress, contribution, or any of the BRIDGES dispositions. This week's results are as follows:

Year 7 A S C N I E T W

542 486 469 422 384 363 344 419

Year 8 T E A N S C I W

427 373 356 354 348 303 300 292

Year 9 N W T S E C A I

397 372 266 259 259 238 221 183

1 s t p l a c e : N ( 1 1 7 3 m e r i t s) 3 r d p l a c e : S ( 1 0 9 3 ) m e r i t s) Jennifer Byrne Year 8 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition INA Newsletter 7

The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. Have a look at the problem below. Answers to be written on a Maths postcard to be placed in the Maths post box no later than 4.10pm on Wednesday 17 rd December. Good luck and may the best form win!!!

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Shakespeare for Schools Festival A group of 16 actors and 2 comperes from Isaac Newton Academy recently took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival a national event which celebrates the works of William Shakespeare and gives school students a chance to perform an abridged Shakespeare play in the original language in a professional theatre setting. INA students performed the hilarious The Comedy of Errors to a great reception, and students from our London Club enrichment came along to watch.

“On Monday 10th of November, some students (including myself) went to The Shaw Theatre for the Shakespeare Schools Festival. INA students performed The Comedy of Errors, whilst Amaan Vaseem and I were comperes. Amaan and I were told we did amazingly well. Students and members of INA that were lucky enough to get tickets said that everyone involved in the event was fantastic! The day began early in the morning and finished very late! Although it was a long and crazy day I enjoyed every single second of it. I had the opportunity to make new friends in both years 8 and 9. I had a memorable day and really tested myself which was a wonderful feeling. All those nerves paid off in the end and I will never forget my day with the Shakespeare Schools Festival cast. 10  INA Newsletter

The show itself was astounding! Every single school was unique and remarkable; you could tell each and every person involved had put in a lot of work. I was so proud whilst watching INA’s performance - I laughed out loud and couldn’t stop clapping. Next year I will definitely be auditioning for the show; this year was a blast and hopefully next year I will get to re-live it!” Jainna Bhalla, 7A

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Waterstone's Visit


wenty students

from year 8 & 9 had a special treat last week, as they marched up the road to Waterstone’s Ilford for a massive splurge on books! The students were the lucky winners of the Summer Reading Challenge, hand-picked by Mr Butler and Ms Atkinson for their brilliant reading and thoughtful ref lections over the Summer holiday. “It took us a while to read through every single reading ref lection,” Mr Butler explains, “and when we did, we wanted

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about fifty students to come! The year 8’s and 9’s really impressed us this year.” fter a good bit of browsing, the troupe of eager readers marched back with shopping bags full of Lemony Snicket, Anthony Horrowitz, Kevin Brooks and many more. Says Ms Atkinson, “It was lovely to see our students getting so excited about books . We wanted to stay all day!”


Year 9 Options Evening This week saw another first for INA – our first ever Options Evening! This event launched the start of our Year 9 GCSE Options process. Attendance was excellent and there was a real buzz from students and parents in both the talks and in the Hall around the subject stalls. It was a very busy evening and we thank all our families for supporting and engaging so positively with the event.

In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be adding a ‘Useful websites’ link to support students and parents in exploring careers and further study as they consider which GCSE courses to choose. There’ll be a message in the newsletter when this goes live. We look forward to seeing all our Year 9 parents back for individual Options Interviews in January and February. Letters with Interview slots will be sent out before Christmas.

Documents handed out at the evening – Guide to Options, Options Form, and Frequently Asked Ms McEvoy, Assistant Principal Questions – are now live on the website under ‘Resources for Parents’.

STEM club had a fantastic opportunity last week to attend a Space and Design competition at Imperial College London. Students were given a brief at the beginning of the day to design their own hotel in space! The competition was very much student led, with 4 of our students taking up the job roles of being Lead Engineers which entailed them managing a group of 7 students whilst liaising with the president for their company. It was a

great pleasure to see Halema Anjum in 9N being elected by the students as the president! She did an incredible job of managing 27 students throughout the whole day. The students were runners up. INA was the only state school there and did a fantastic job presenting themselves in front of the judges! The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and should be really proud of what they had achieved! Deelwara Ahmed, Teacher of Maths INA Newsletter 13

Spanish Trip to Barcelona – May 2015 – Payment schedule So far parents and carers for those students going on the trip should have paid £350. Please find below the dates on which the remaining trip payments are due. As always, please do feel free to pay a larger amount in advance. Date Friday 12th December Friday 16th January Friday 13th February Friday 13th March

Amount £50 £50 £50 £50

If there is a problem making these payments on WisePay please speak to Ms Khan at the main school reception. If there is a problem with the timeframe within which to make the payments please speak to Ms Davies. Thank you very much for your support, Mary Davies (Head of Languages)

French Trip to Normandy – April 2015 – Payment schedule So far parents and carers for those students going on the trip should have paid £250 for non-pupil premium students and pupil premium students should have paid £230. Please find below the dates on which the remaining trip payments are due. As always, please do feel free to pay a larger amount in advance. Date Friday 5th December Friday 9th January Friday 6th February Friday 6th March

Non- pupil premium £41 £41 £41 £41

Pupil Premium £37 £37 £38 £38

If there is a problem making these payments on WisePay please speak to Ms Khan at the main school reception. If there is a problem with the timeframe within which to make the payments please speak to Ms Davies. Thank you very much for your support, Mary Davies (Head of Languages) 14  INA Newsletter

INA C ommunity Party We are delighted to be organising a Christmas Party for the local community this year. We would love to invite older members to join us for a Christmas celebration on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th December. We hope this is a chance for our students to get to know members of the local community and interact with older people that they are not related to. If you have any elderly neighbours who you would like us to invite please could you share their title, name, address and contact number with reception.

Bingo and Raffle Prizes We are looking for donations of unopened gifts for the guests of the Community Christmas party as we hope to host a bingo game and a raffle. Should you have a suitable prize to donate please hand it in to reception FAO INA Ms Alibhai-Watson by the 8th of December. Many thanks in advance for your generosity towards supporting this event.

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The BRIDGES focus for the fortnight Monday 1st December – Friday 19th December is:


The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists. Following the Chinese invasion of Tibet in the 1950s, many Tibetans took to the streets demanding an end to Chinese rule. The Chinese People’s Republic troops crushed the revolt and thousands were killed. The Dalai Lama approached the situation with prudence and considered all aspects of the issue before suggesting a way forward. The Dalai Lama is a man of peace so he advocated a non-violent response. He told the people of Tibet ‘with Truth, Justice and Courage as our weapons, we Tibetans will eventually prevail in regaining freedom for Tibet’. In 1989 the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He now devotes his life to the promotion of compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. He is committed to the development of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religions.


To think through carefully and consider all aspects of a situation or issue before taking action.


Being cautious, being tactful, being trustworthy and discrete (not turning someone’s personal information or feelings into gossip), thinking ahead and planning a course of action, taking care of valuable items, being aware of risks and dangers.

Activities 1) 2) 3) 4)

Give students a series of scenarios for which they have to decide on the most prudent response/course of action. Get students to research a university course and plan out what they need to do between now and then to meet the entrance requirements. Groups plan a trip from Tangiers, Morocco to Cape Town, South Africa. They should work out how much money they will need and in what currencies, what visas and inoculations are required and whether those countries are safe to travel within. Smurf Money task (T:Drive).

Top tips Students

Devise a one, five and ten year plan for yourself. Research universities and the courses that you are currently interested in. Consider the way you speak to people and the language you use. How do you think it makes them feel? Practise being kind to those around you. Save up for something worthwhile or important.


Start a discussion with your son/daughter about GCSEs, A-levels, University courses and future careers. Discuss a situation with your son/daughter when you acted prudently and a situation when you didn’t and talk about the impact of each response. Talk to your son/daughter about how you manage the family income and out-goings. Jo Spencer, Vice Principal 16  INA Newsletter

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Christmas Themed Non Unifor m Day on 12th December On the 12th of December we will have a non-uniform day to fundraise for Save the Children and the Terrence Higgins Trust. Students will be invited to wear a Christmas jumper as part of their nonschool uniform. Christmas colours of green, red, gold and white are encouraged! Students can choose to wear trousers, jeans, leggings or skirts but their outfit cannot be revealing and students are not permitted to wear any jewellery beyond that which is permitted as part of their day to day uniform. Students will need to bring ÂŁ1 by Monday 8th December in order to be permitted to wear non uniform on the 12th of December.

Congratulations to Harry Taak in 9W for designing the winning invite for our Community Party Invite! His design was chosen from several entries. A huge congratulations to Tahsin Naher in 8W whose entry was highly commended!

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t has been another busy week and term is flying by so quickly. We have a number of events to enjoy over the next few weeks. Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

Our Parents’ Day/Evening - Wednesday 10th December

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Thank you for signing up for your appointments so efficiently for next Wednesday’s Parents’ Day/Evening – we look forward to seeing you all on the 10th. Your child’s report will be in their book bag on Monday, giving you enough time to read it through prior to meeting your child’s teacher. Christmas Themed Non-Uniform Day – Friday 12th December

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On Friday 12th December we will have a non-uniform day to fundraise for Save the Children and the Terrence Higgins Trust. Pupils are invited to wear a Christmas jumper as part of their non-uniform. Christmas colours of green, red, white and gold are encouraged! The pupils can choose to wear trousers, jeans, legging or skirts to accompany their jumper. Jewellery is not permitted beyond what is allowed on a regular day. If you would like your child to participate, I will be in the courtyard in the morning on Monday to collect your £1. Primary Celebration and Awards Assembly We will be hosting a Celebration and Awards Assembly on Friday 19th December, the last day of term, to which we invite you all! Once you have dropped your child off in the morning in the usual way, you will be invited to take a seat in the Secondary Dining Hall. The children will be taken upstairs at 8.45 as usual, to remove their coats and bags etc. The children will be in the Dining Hall to start the assembly by 9.05. Each of the classes will sing a song that they have been learning as part of their music lessons this half term. We will be presenting a certificate to one child from each class who has proved to be an exceptional scholar this term, along with one pupil from each class who has demonstrated fantastic BRIDGES development. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and to celebrating and sharing our work with you. INA Newsletter 19

PE & Music Lessons this Week On Monday afternoon, the children had a huge amount of fun, learning to dance to ‘Frozen’ in their PE lesson, followed by a song practice in preparation for the Celebration and Awards Assembly.

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Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch next week. An invitation will be given to the children during our Friday Praise and Recognition Assembly: Naniyah Owusu Miguel Genov Aayan Hussain Inaaya Ijaz Hamza Omer Hashim Ali Jasmine Gadhiya. Every week each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in assembly, one in recognition of a child demonstrating our BRIDGES habit of the week, and the other in recognition of a pupil’s academic effort throughout the week. Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this week!

Curie Class: Frank Krupski – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for looking carefully at details and answering questions about the things he has seen.) Ayaan Hussain Iquitadar – Scholar of the Week (for working hard with his sounds to read and write words.) Maxwell Class: Amber Carless– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for paying attention to detail in her work and noticing changes in her environment.) Tay’Shawn Holland – Scholar of the Week (for making fantastic progress in phonics and being able to read his words.) Newton Class:

Primary Praise and Recognition

Headteacher’s Lunch

Rayaan Vakas – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being willing to learn and discover how people help us.) Hashim Ali – Scholar of the Week (for trying really hard in all his lessons this week – well done.) INA Newsletter 21

At Isaac Newton Academy every student is set the target of 100% attendance. The class with the highest attendance at the end of every week is awarded the attendance trophy during Friday’s Award & Recognition assembly. Curie








Wow!! Newton Class are the winners once again – will either Maxwell or Curie Class every get to see the cup again??

Let’s hope that all classes will meet their target of 100% each week to next term.

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Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential.

"We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a pupil's character and learning power and enable him/her to grow into a well-rounded individual and resilient learner. There are seven BRIDGES habits that we will be working on, which will rotate on a weekly cycle throughout the year. The BRIDGES habit of the week will always be introduced at the beginning of the week during the Monday assembly and reinforced throughout the week across the curriculum. Each class teacher will award a certificate to a pupil that they feel has demonstrated the BRIDGES focus for the week. Each week we will update you on the BRIDGES habit that will be introduced in the coming week and offer some top tips on how to reinforce the habit at home too. Please also refer to the Primary BRIDGES wheel above

Week commencing 8th December –Grit Grit Displaying habits of patience, resilience, determination, managing distractions, perseverance and concentration. At home and school: Often when we try something for the first time, it may not quite work out how we would like it to. We have two real choices, to give up or to persevere. Achieving anything in life that gives us a real sense of satisfaction takes time, practice and patience. The most amazing achievements, sporting, scientific, academic or otherwise, take a huge amount of time and perseverance. Challenge your child to something over the course of the week – it may be to throw and catch a ball 10 times, learn to skip with a skipping rope, it may be to write their name on a straight line, or tie a pair of shoe laces. I am sure there are many new challenges that you could set your child that will need them to develop their levels of perseverance, but ultimately will leave them with a real sense of satisfaction. INA Newsletter 23

Primary Reminders Wisepay Details Wisepay details have been given to everyone now, which will allow you to order uniform items and also to book a place for ‘Breakfast Club’ or ‘After School Club’. If you experience any problems, please contact Ms Rayner who will be happy to help.

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• Please remember to label every item of your child’s uniform, so that we can help in getting items back to the correct owner and to check that your child has the correct clothes at home and hasn’t by mistake taken someone else’s clothing. • Schools starts at 8.45. It is important that your child arrives on time every day so that the teachers can start the lesson promptly. • A reminder that on Mondays the children need to come to school wearing their PE kit. • If your child comes to school wearing boots, they must have their regular school shoes to change into in their bag please. • Please ensure your child attends school every day and on time. If your child is sick then you must call the office to let us know by 8.15am.

Key Dates for 2014-15 Autumn Term Tuesday 2nd December Year 9 Options Evening Wednesday 3rd December Information Event for parents of prospective Reception children Tuesday 9th December Community Party for OAPs. Secondary students not involved leave at 1.10pm Wednesday 10th December Progress Evening for parents of Reception students Friday 12th December Christmas Lunch & Non Uniform Day Thursday 18th December School Concert 6.30pm Friday 19th December Primary & Secondary Awards Assemblies & End of Term. Secondary students finish at 1.20pm. Primary students finish at 1.40pm.

Spring Term

Monday 5th January Tuesday 6th January Wednesday 7th January Thursday 8th January Friday 9th January Wednesday 14th January Thursday 22nd January Tuesday 27th January Thursday 29th January Monday 2nd February Wednesday 4th February Wednesday 11th February Friday 13th February

Staff Training Day (school closed to all students) Staff Training Day (school closed to all students) Information Evening for parents of prospective Reception children Primary school closed for staff training Primary school closed for staff training BRIDGES mentoring for secondary students – pm BRIDGES Parent Workshop (Secondary) Holocaust Memorial Day ARK Table Tennis Championships ARK Spelling Bee Year 9 Progress Meetings (during the day) Secondary Music Recital ARK Training Day (school closed to all students)

Half Term: Monday 16 – Friday 20 February 2015 Thursday 26th February Year 8 Progress Meetings (during the day) Thursday 5th March Secondary Big Band competition World Book Day Friday 6th February Year 9 Science Live Trip Thursday 12th February Year 9 Trip to Othello at the Globe Friday 13th February ARK Mega Maths Wrangle Thursday 19th March BBC School Report Tuesday 24th February Understanding Reports Parent Workshop (Secondary) Wednesday 25th March Performing Arts Spring Spectacular Thursday 26th March ARK Debating Championships Tuesday 31st March Year 7 Progress Meetings (during the day) Progress Evening for parents of Reception students Thursday 2nd April Secondary Awards Assemblies & End of Term. Secondary students finish at 1.20pm.

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Key Dates for 2014-15 Summer Term Monday 20th April - Tuesday 21st July Half Term: Monday 25 – Friday 29 May 2015 Staff Training Days: Friday 26th June, & Friday 3rd July

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