INA Principal's Newsletter
19 December 2014
Dear Parents and Carers,
his is the last newsletter of the term and I should like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your support and encouragement over the last four months. The school has grown considerably with two new year groups, but visitors still always comment on what a tight-knit community we are and the tangible family feel of INA. I am so proud of our students: their commitment, hard work, positive energy and emotional intelligence. I am grateful to all of our parents and carers for supporting our educational vision, trusting us in our work and maintaining close communication. It was lovely to see so many of you at the Winter Concert last night (what a fantastic production!) and again at our Awards Assemblies today. And lastly I would like to pay tribute to and thank all of our fantastic staff, teaching and operational, for their phenomenal hard work and relentless commitment to our collective aspiration of equipping every student with the knowledge, learning power and character necessary for success at university and beyond. I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday and a well-earned rest. With very best wishes for 2015,
achel Macfarlane, rincipal
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>>> News Y9 Prog re s s Meet i ngs
On Wednesday 4th February from 8:50am-5:00pm Year 9 students have their progress meetings at Isaac Newton Academy. This is an opportunity for the students and their parents/ carers to meet with each subject teacher for 5 minutes to get feedback about their attainment ad progress. Year 7 students will have lessons as usual that day. Year 8 students will learn remotely through learning posted on FRONTER with supervision arranged by parents at a location away from the site (usually home). Year 9 students will complete their appointments and a reflective learning pack, so will be required to be on site with a parent/carer/family member over 18 for part of the day and in a supervised location away from site for the remainder of the day. We respectfully request that parents take responsibility for ensuring that Year 8 students (and Year 9s when they do not have appointments) are in an appropriate supervised location away from the INA site. No enrichments/detentions will take place that day. Year 9s will set up and manage their appointments in advance. Parents should sign to agree appointments in advance. Tutors will sign to agree appointments. Students will arrive punctually for appointments with a parent/carer/family member over 18. They should wear full INA uniform. Year 9 students will enter the KS3 Hall only and not be permitted elsewhere on site. For safeguarding reasons, parents are only permitted to be in reception, the KS3 hall or the ground floor corridor linking them. If you have any questions regarding arrangements for the day please contact Mr CrowtherGreen on 02089116666 by Wednesday January 7th.
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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.
Year 9 Options Update Not sure where to find out more about careers and further study? Check out the website this weekend for our top picks of websites students and parents/ carers can use to research more. Community > Resources for Parents > Useful websites for Year 9 Eva McEvoy Assistant Principal 4 INA Newsletter
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 Principal
Christmas Themed Non Uniform Day On the 12th of December we began the official countdown to Christmas with our Christmas themed non uniform day! We were able to enjoy our Christmas lunch with festive music, crackers and decorations. We are proud to have raise £515 in the Secondary and a massive £98 within the Primary. Funds will be donated to Save the Children and the Terrence Higgins Trust. Below is a selection of some of the best outfits.
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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. The final results are in for the term. A huge well done to…..
7T, 8E and 9N this terms trophy winners. Weekly form scores
7T 7I 7E 7A 7S 7C 7W 7N
98.4% 98% 97.7% 97.4% 97.2% 96.6% 95.1% 94.8%
8E 8S 8N 8T 8I 8C 8W 8A
97.9% 97.8% 97.4% 97.3% 96% 95.7% 95% 94.6%
9N 9C 9E 9W 9T 9A 9I 9S
97.7% 97.4% 97.2% 96.3% 95.8% 95.6% 95.3% 95.1%
Final year group rankings for the term
Year 8 96.5%
Year 7 96.9%
Leanne Abbott-Jones Year 9 Pastoral Leader
Year 9 96.2%
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 T N C I E W
664 654 505 470 540 547 459 521
Year 8 T E N S A I W C
552 493 431 417 397 375 363 303
Year 9 N W S E T C A I
491 461 361 331 322 274 264 260
1 s t p l a c e : S ( 1 43 2 m e r i t s) 3 r d p l a c e : W ( 1 3 45 ) m e r i t s) Jennifer Byrne Year 8 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition INA Newsletterâ€ƒ7
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 17th December. Good luck and may the best form win!!!
Congratulations to the five students who had poems accepted by the War of Words competition: Harry Taak Ushna Asim Afsana Kajibu Unais Ahmed Aqsa Hassan They will each receive a £10 book token and their writing will be published in a book of student poetry. Also, one of these students could win the top prize of £1000 for INA. 8 INA Newsletter
“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 I spoke to Year 8s students in assembly about a fantastic opportunity for 6 of the year group to attend the Phillips Exeter Summer School from 5th July to 8th August 2015. 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 trip MUST attend a meeting with their parent/carer at the school on Monday 12th January 2014 at 6.30pm prompt, where there will be the opportunity to find out much more and to ask questions. Application forms will be distributed at this meeting, with a deadline of Monday 19th January for returns. Rachel Macfarlane, Principal INA Newsletter 9
The 2014 Community Party
Every term teachers in the Humanities Department nominate someone from each class who deserves to be the humanities hero. It is awarded to students who demonstrate one or more of the following key humanities skills: -‐ -‐ -‐ -‐ -‐ -‐ -‐
Developing Evaluating Leadership Critiquing Creating Problem solving Predicting
A huge congratulations to the students below who are this term’s heroes: Year 9
RE & Hist / Geog group
Teresa / Nightingale
Eve / Parks
Abittha Ponniah Ushna Asim
Ahmed Al Inshaal -‐Khafaji Ali
Jibril / Attenborough
Tutu / Seacole
Suu Kyi / Scott
Piyush Halema Karathia Anjun
Gandhi / Earhart
Year 8 Hums group
Year 7 Hums group
Manraj Rai Aqsa Hussain
Sarah Balsdon Head of Humanities 10 INA Newsletter
Psychology Saturday Stretch
On Saturday 13th December we welcomed Susanna, an undergraduate studying Psychology at Oxford University, to INA. A group of 15 students were involved in this enjoyable and informative session. In the first half, Susanna gave us an overview of the different fields of Psychology. However in the session we focussed specifically on Cognitive Psychology as we were introduced to the working memory. The group identified two different parts of the working memory: the visuospatial sketchpad and the phonological loop. Our students conducted an experiment to support the hypothesis of the Brookes task. The students completed this experiment with a partner to prove the prediction, which we did! The prediction for the experiment was: ‘We will find it easier to simultaneously do two tasks that require different skills, compared to two simultaneous tasks that require the same skills’.
In the second half the students had the chance to have a Harkness discussion around pre-reading the students were given the day before the session. This was a journal article on ‘Power Poses’ which is used for seminar discussions at university. After we spoke about the article the students practised the power poses and then recorded how powerful they felt. In the first half of the session we filled out a sheet of questions relating to our emotions and how powerful we felt. Again this experiment was to support existing Psychological research. The last thing Susanna spoke to us about was psychology as a career and the possibilities that a Psychology degree would bring. She spoke to us more specifically about life at Oxford University. She explained that it was the only university to offer one two one tutorials for students with subject specialists.
Sarah Hussain, Saturday Stretch Ambassador INA Newsletter 11
The BRIDGES focus for the fortnight Monday 15th December – Friday 9th January is:
Emmeline Pankhurst (15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928) was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement which helped women win the right to vote. Pankhurst was ever-ready to take risks to help achieve this. Pankhurst rebelled against the legal and social norms of her day to fight for voting rights for women. This included staging a rally to the Houses of Parliament, making speeches at demonstrations and going on hunger strike. She was arrested and was given prison sentences for fighting for the cause. In 1918 the Representation of the People Act granted votes to women over the age of 30. Pankhurst was named as one of the hundred most important people of the 20th Century.
Being willing to experience something that is outside of your comfort zone.
Not afraid of turning setbacks into success, not letting fear stop you from trying new things, not worrying about getting things wrong, taking a calculated risks
Activities 1) 2) 3) 4)
Watch and discuss the following clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58JbY73_fOA&safe=active – Mission impossible 2 opening http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNnpEmWG9_U&safe=active – Penalty shoot out Top ten trust games (see resources). Risk and rules game (see resources). Research/discuss calculated risks that have succeeded e.g. Space exploration, High wire artists, Jamie Oliver mortgaged his home for his career, Bradley Wiggins got back on his bike after being knocked off.
Top tips Students
Actively take yourself out of your comfort zone by trying a completely different enrichment activity Push yourself to try to answer the more challenging questions in lessons, to lead group activities or lead a section of the lesson. Write a mini action plan for how you are going to take more risks in lessons in future. Take calculated risks (without endangering anyone/anything or being anti-social).
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. Jo Spencer, Vice Principal
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Next term we welcome three new teachers to INA. They have written a few words each to introduce themselves: An introduction from Mr Abrantes, Teacher of English
It has been a pleasure to be accepted into the community of INA. I have travelled to the UK from Australia to experience a different type of sea change. I am interested in furthering my experience as a teacher of English so the ‘home land’ of the language is a good place to start! I was adopted in Brazil by an Australian / Portuguese family. We lived in a small town of Darwin, Northern Territory, for a few years and then moved to East Timor. I vividly remember my fifth birthday as it was on a perfect Timor beach with the ocean glistening brightly in the background; this is where I fell in love with the outdoors. We then moved to Adelaide in South Australia where I spent my years surfing in shark infested waters, bush walking with snakes, camping with kangaroos, kayaking with dolphins and going to school with other children. I found a love of English and of working with young people. This passion led me to University where I completed a double degree to teach English, History and Media Studies. I worked in Adelaide for two years and then decided to move to Darwin to further develop my teaching experience. Four years later, I began to itch for more experience abroad. I packed everything in the space of seven weeks and landed in London two months ago. It has been a truly rewarding experience to be accepted to work at such an excellent educational institution. I look forward working with the students and staff of INA
An introduction from Ms Malik, Teacher of English My educational journey took place in East London schools, before I went off to pursue a career in national newspapers and magazines in the heart of London. I was very fortunate to be given opportunities to travel all over the world with my work and I will always feel that my many experiences abroad helped shape the cosmopolitan person I am today. Through working for leading global, media and finance companies I have acquired a wealth of professional skills that really benefit my work as a teacher. I feel very privileged to be joining Isaac Newton Academy at an early stage of its development and I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead. I am also hoping that I can make a real contribution to the future success of its young people. 14 INA Newsletter
An introduction from Ms Taylor, Teacher of Design and Technology I am in my 11th year of teaching Design and Technology at secondary school level. One of the things I love about teaching is that it is never dull! I enjoy every opportunity to think and work creatively and to see students express their learning in so many different ways. During my induction, I gained insight into some of the things that contributes to INA being an outstanding school. Both staff and pupils have an enormous amount of respect and trust for one another. It is a place where students want to learn and succeed. For me, there is no school I would rather be and I am proud to be part of the Art, Design and Technology team.
Y8 MATHS RELAY CHAMPIONS Well done to 8E who were crowned Maths Relay Champions for the autumn term.
Well done to all students who participated and made the maths relay such a great event. Students really used and developed many of their BRIDGES dispositions including collaboration, imagining, reasoning, perseverance and remembering.
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hat an amazing first term we’ve had and how quickly it has flown. This week we have been busy rehearsing our songs for the Awards and Celebration Assembly and packing up
everything in readiness to move to the new school building in the New Year. We are all very excited and looking forward to settling in to our
new classrooms. We certainly won’t miss climbing all those stairs each
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morning! We would like to once again thank you for your amazing support this term and for being patient while we have been getting our routines up and running. Just to remind you that the first day back for the Reception children will be Monday 12th January. The gate, which is at the end of Cricklefield Place and opposite the secondary building, will be open to greet you all from 8.25am, the gate will close at 8.45am when the children will line up ready to go into class. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a restful break and Happy New Year and look forward to working with you all in 2015. Tam Broadway, Head of Primary
Christmas Themed Non-Uniform Day – Friday 12th December Everyone looked fabulous in their Christmas non-uniform attire last Friday. Thank you for your £1 donations; we managed to raise £98 from our Reception classes and the money will be sent to Save the Children and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
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The Last Week Party hats, Christmas dinner and fabulous Christmas jumpers!!
Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for the first week back after the break. We will be having lunch in our new dining hall. An invitation will be given to the children during our Friday Celebration and Awards Assembly: Kisa Fatima Mohammad Siddique Kayaan Khan Osman Dean Akshara Kurmachalam Kashan Shahzad Aisha Bashir.
Celebration and Awards Assembly – Friday 19th December At the end of every term each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in the Celebration and Awards Assembly, one in recognition of a child who has demonstrated the habits of all the seven BRIDGES throughout the term, and the other in recognition of a pupil’s outstanding academic effort and achievement throughout the term. Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this term! Curie Class: Malaika Hussain – Headteacher’s Habits Term Award (for having all the characteristics of a good learner and a good friend.) Zoya Abbasi – Scholar of the Term (for working hard, trying her best and making excellent progress in her learning.) Maxwell Class: Rebeca Gheorghe – Headteacher’s Habits Term Award (for continuously applying all of the characteristics of the BRIDGES wheel throughout her learning.) Aashvi Govil – Scholar of the Term (for always trying hard to learn and extend her literacy and numeracy skills through applying the correct vocabulary and having an overall positive attitude to her work.) Newton Class: J’Shawn Holland – Headteacher’s Habits Term Award (for showing all the BRIDGES characteristics throughout the term and using them every day.) Tara Rani Kaur – Scholar of theTerm (for showing such a big improvement in all her work and really pushing herself with determination to do her
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Primary Praise and Recognition
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
We have joint winners this week – Newton Class & Maxwell Class - well done! We will find out on Friday which class is the winner of the Attendance of the Term certificate – any guesses?
Can all our classes meet their target of 100% next term!!! Come on everyone!!
Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential.
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"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 12th January – Self Discipline Self Discipline Displaying habits of organisation, hard-work, absorption, practising, prioritising, planning, prudence, revising, self-regulation, independence and motivation. At home and school: Self-Discipline is a fantastic habit for us to start our new term with, as the New Year is a time when many people will make resolutions and set themselves new goals. After such a relaxing break from school we quickly need to become self-disciplined and organised as we get back to our usual hardwork and lessons. The children will be introduced to new routines and expectations as they get used to their new environment. During the Spring Term, we will continue to develop the children’s level of independence and encourage that this is something that they will do at home too. We want to instil a healthy work ethos in our children and hope that you will support us at home by ensuring over the break that the children continuously practise their sounds, their handwriting, sentence formation and reading. A little every day will really help us all to ensure we make fantastic progress from the first week back in January. Tam Broadway, Head of Primary
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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.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS • 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.
Breakfast Club & After School Club Thank you to all the parents & carers who have supported the use of the breakfast and after school clubs over the last half term; both are going very well, with attendance increasing gradually each week. You can make bookings through the Wisepay facilities. If you need any further help in doing this, please contact either Ms Rayner or Ms Heywood, who will be more than happy to help you. Breakfast is available each day from 7.45am and costs just £2 per day. The children enjoy a range of cereals, toast and different toppings, juice or milk and fruit. Any child attending must be brought to the main reception area by 8.20am at the latest. After School Club runs from 3.45pm – 6.00pm and costs just £5 per hour. The children enjoy a range of snacks each evening and a variety of games and activities.
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Key Dates for 2015 Spring Term Monday 5th January Staff Training Day (school closed to all students) Tuesday 6th January Staff Training Day (school closed to all students) Wednesday 7th January 6pm Information Evening for parents of prospective Reception children. Primary school closed for staff training Thursday 8th January Primary school closed for staff training Friday 9th January Primary school closed for staff training Monday 12th January Year 8 meeting for parents and students interested in the Phillips Exeter Summer School Wednesday 14th January BRIDGES mentoring for secondary students – pm (no afternoon lessons) Monday 19th January Year 9 Science Assessments Tuesday 20th January ARK Table Tennis Tournament at INA Wednesday 21st January Visit from David Dein Thursday 22nd January 6pm BRIDGES Parent Workshop (Secondary) Friday 23rd January Maths Challenge at Bolingbroke Academy Tuesday 27th January Holocaust Memorial Day Wednesday 28th January Year 9 Humanities Quiz 6pm esafety Parent Workshop (secondary) Thursday 29th January ARK Table Tennis Championships Friday 30th January Year 9 Humanities Quiz Monday 2nd February ARK Spelling Bee Wednesday 4th February Year 9 Progress Meetings (during the day) No lesson for Year 8 & 9 students Wednesday 11th February Secondary Music Recital (evening) Friday 13th February ARK Training Day (school closed to all students) Half Term: Monday 16 – Friday 20 February 2015
Tuesday 23rd February 6pm Understanding INA Reports Parent Workshop Thursday 26th February Year 8 Progress Meetings (during the day) Wednesday 4th March Rugby Sevens (Year 8) Thursday 5th March Secondary Big Band competition World Book Day Friday 6th March Year 9 Science Live Trip Wednesday 11th March Rugby Sevens (Year 9) 6pm Harkness Parent Workshop Thursday 12th March Year 9 Trip to Othello at the Globe Friday 13th March ARK Mega Maths Wrangle Thursday 19th March BBC School Report Wednesday 25th March Performing Arts Spring Spectacular Thursday 26th March ARK Debating Championships Tuesday 31st March Year 7 Progress Meetings (during the day) Progress Meetings for parents of Reception students (no afternoon lessons for primary students) Thursday 2nd April Secondary Awards Assemblies & End of Term. Students finish at lunchtime. 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 22 INA Newsletter