INA Principal's Newsletter
9 January 2015
Dear Parents and Carers,
appy New Year! I hope that you all had a fantastic break.
We are delighted to have finally taken possession of our primary building and the reception staff have been busy this week moving their resources over from the temporary accommodation and reorganising routines and procedures. We are really looking forward to watching Curie, Maxwell and Newton classes exploring their new school from Monday! This week we welcomed our new staff – Ms Malik, Mr Abrantes and Ms Taylor –and four of our established staff started new roles. Ms Spencer is temporarily leading the English Department until the arrival of our newly appointed Head of English, Ms Curley, in May. For the remainder of the year Ms Abbott-Jones has taken on some of the pastoral wok that Ms Spencer usually carries out, leading the team of Pastoral Leaders. To support Ms Abbott-Jones with our founding year group, Ms Ahmed has become acting Assistant Pastoral Leader of Year 9. This has taken Ms Ahmed away from her form tutor responsibilities so Ms Morten is now tutor to 8T. This means that parents of Year 9s and members of 8T can expect to perhaps be contacted by Ms Ahmed and Ms Morten respectively regarding pastoral matters. With all best wishes,
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/carers 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. Many thanks
Mr Crowther-Green, Assistant Principal INA Newsletterâ€ƒ3
E-Safety BRIDGES Parent Information Mentoring Wednesday Session 14th January
e would like to invite parents/ carers to attend an E-Safety Information Session, which is being held on Monday 9th February, from 6.30pm7.30pm at INA. We will be sharing information about:
he first BRIDGES mentoring session 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 1:00pm 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.
• Social networking (security and safety) • On-line messaging • Cyber bullying • Tips for keeping children safe on the internet Students will be set independent learning tasks • Text and MSN abbreviations for the lessons that they would have had in the If you would like to come along, please register your interest at the main reception by Monday the 2nd of February. We look forward to seeing you on the evening.
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afternoon. This must be completed by students in readiness for the next lesson. 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
“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.”
Before the Christmas break 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 5
Praise and Recognition - end of term winners! Congratulations to the following forms:
7A – merit winners (664) 7T – attendance winner 8T – merit winners (552) 8E – attendance winners 9N – attendance winners AND merit winners (491)
Praise and Recognition
Congratulations to the following students: Year 7 Silver certificate for 50 merits - Ali Ilhai, Manraj Singh, Shahriah Rahman, Fatima Jilani, Maliha Awadh, Jainna Bhalla, Travis Barrett, Amaan Hassan, Aemaan Rehman, Sabba Hussain, Kriti Thaba, Aqsa Hussain Enrichment Award – Dovidas Snioka Community Spirit Award - Aminah Mehmood Chair of Governor’s Reading Award – Thomas Cater Attainment Award – Aman Jagdev Progress Award – Annan Ibne-Anis Year 8 Silver certificate for 50 merits – Paramveer Singh and Manraj Gill Enrichment Award - Amaan Vaseem Community Spirit Award - Mumina Begum Chair of Governor’s Reading Award - Sumayyah Hosenee Attainment Award – Mary Brant Progress Award – Richard Turqan Year 9 Silver certificate for 50 merits – Aqsa Hassan and Sneha Prasanna Enrichment Award - Reece Claire Community Spirit Award - Mustafa Khan Chair of Governor’s Reading Award - Aqsa Hassan Attainment Award - Halema Anjum Progress Award - Safiya Sayid
Jennifer Byrne Year 8 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition
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The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next weekâ€™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 21st January. Good luck and may the best form win!!! INA Newsletterâ€ƒ7
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Awards Assemblies December 2014 On Friday 19th December we held our first end of term awards assemblies of the year. I was delighted to see many parents in attendance, to join with us in looking back at the many highlights of the term and to celebrate the achievements of the students. I am pleased to announce the BRIDGES and Personal Progress award winners for the autumn term.
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The BRIDGES focus for the fortnight Monday 12th January – Friday 23rd January is:
Energy and Enthusiasm
Helen Skelton, TV presenter and ex-Blue Peter presenter, displayed great energy and enthusiasm when engaging in a range of challenges to raise money for charity. In 2009, Skelton became only the second woman ever to finish the 78-mile Namibian ultra-marathon which took nearly twenty four hours to complete. She said, ‘It was a gruelling experience, but one I'll never forget. There were tough times but also amazing times.’ In 2010, Skelton kayaked the entire length of the River Amazon (2,010 miles) on a solo journey for Sport Relief. It was the longest recorded solo journey by kayak and by a woman. Skelton also walked a 150-metre tightrope between chimneys at Battersea Power Station, 66 metres above ground, to raise money for Comic Relief in 2011. In 2012, Skelton raised more money for Sport Relief by becoming the first person to reach the South Pole using a bicycle. She covered 329 miles by kite ski, 103 by bike and 69 by crosscountry ski, pulling a sled containing 82 kg of supplies. Energy The strength to undertake sustained or repeated activity. Enthusiasm Being eager in your approach to life. Behaviours Maintaining motivation, always giving your all, always trying your hardest, having a positive energy and attitude.. Top tips Students Greet every new experience positively and resist negative thoughts. Persevere with an activity, even when you are tired or lacking in energy. Ensure that you do some exercise every day, including walking to school and being active at break or lunchtime. Show your enthusiasm for something you are interested in and motivate others. Create an energy map of your day, indicating the times when you are most energetic. Reflect on why you are more energetic at some points of the day than others and what things energise you most. Parents Talk to your son/daughter about how you approach challenging or difficult things with enthusiasm and positivity. Encourage your son/daughter to engage in an energetic or sports activity at the weekend or after school. Jo Spencer, Vice Principal
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he whole primary team has done a fantastic job this week of unpacking resources, books and decorating the classrooms, library and corridors; we can’t wait to welcome everyone back on Monday and to share the
wonderful new learning environment with the children. We will arrange some tour times for our parents/carers over the coming weeks.
P r i m a r Up d a t e y
Here’s a sneak preview of some fantastic spaces awaiting exploration!
Tam Broadway, Head of Primary 14 INA Newsletter
Celebration and Awards Assembly Thank you for the amazing attendance and support from our parents/carers for our end of term Celebration and Awards Assembly. The children did a fantastic job of entertaining us all with their songs and actions. Well done everyone!
Spring Term Topic This half term the children will be working around the theme of ‘Exciting Expeditions’. An overview sheet will be sent home during the first week to explain in more detail the work covered and how you can support your child’s work at home INA Newsletter 15
Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday, 15th January. We will be having lunch in our new dining hall. An invitation was given to the children during our Friday Celebration and Awards Assembly at the end of last term: Kisa Fatima Mohammad Siddique Kayaan Khan Osman Dean Akshara Kurmachalam Kashan Shahzad Aisha Bashir
Primary Praise and Recognition
Show & Tell on Mondays The children will be starting ‘show and tell’ on Monday afternoons. Four children from each class will be told each Friday if it is their turn prior to the Monday, so that over the course of the weekend your child can find and prepare something they would like to bring into to school and talk about. This half term the theme is going to be ‘People and Communities’ and the children will be asked to bring in something as simple as a family photograph, a gift received , a postcard or a ticket stub from a day out. A note will also be put into your child’s bag with this information on so that you can support them in their preparation. This will start from Monday 19th January and children will be notified on Friday 16th January
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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 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 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 topping, 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 12th January Year 8 meeting for parents and students interested in the Phillips Exeter Summer School 6.30pm Wednesday 14th January BRIDGES mentoring for secondary students – pm (no afternoon lessons). Secondary students dismissed at 1.20pm 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 Thursday 29th January 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 Monday 9th February Parent Workshop on esafety 6pm 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) Wednesday 1st April Secondary Big Band competition 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 INA Newsletter 19