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INA Principal's Newsletter

30 January 2015


Dear Parents and Carers,


tudents have been involved in a lot of additional activities in the last week.

On Friday 23rd a BBC Newsnight producer and reporter, Secunder Kermani, visited the school and discussed his career with a group of students from all year groups. Thanks to Ms Alibhai-Watson for making this arrangement. On the same day Ms Franklin took a team of budding mathematician to the Ark Maths Challenge at Bolingbroke Academy. Read her report to see how they got on. On Saturday the London Club explorers visited the Tower of London with Ms Balsdon and myself. We saw the Crown Jewels, royal armoury from through the ages, the Bloody Tower where the young princes were held prisoner and probably murdered and the execution spot of Anne Boleyn on the Tower Green. We also bumped into Ms Leavis, much to her surprise! The Science department has run two trips to Seven Kings High School where our students have learnt with and from sixth formers: Mr Clift Matthews gives more details later in the newsletter. On Tuesday Ms Priestley and Ms Dudhia took some students to the Holocaust Memorial Service in Redbridge: their report follows. The Year 9 Humanities Quiz was held this week in two year halves: report and results to follow in next week’s newsletter. Thanks to Ms Balsdon and all the Humanities team for organising this great event. With all best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal

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>>> News

ARK Maths Challenge

On Friday 23rd January Omar, Amal, Mary, Ye Yint and Amber travelled to Bolingbroke Academy to represent INA in the ARK Year 8 Maths Challenge. The students competed as a team for most rounds, solving challenging problems under time pressure. Omar also competed in the ‘Last Mathematician Standing’ competition against students from the other ARK academies. There were also opportunities to pick up bonus points by answering questions such as writing π to as many decimal places as they could (the winner knew 17!). When the scores were added up the INA team were awarded a very respectable 4th place.

Well done Year 8!

An introduction to Ms Carey, new kitchen Porter I was born in London Borough of Waltham

Forest and grew up in Hainault, Essex. I have lived there all my life along with my parents and siblings. I have 6 children – 4 boys and 2 girls - who are grown except my twin sons who are still in school. I also have 1 grandchild. I enjoy socialising and spending time with family and friends. My first job was working in an office at the age of 17. I have also worked with family in construction and for a florist as a delivery driver. I am now happy to be working at the Isaac Newton Academy for my foreseeable future. INA Newsletter 3

>> More News Y9 Prog re ss Me et 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.

Many thanks

Mr Crowther-Green, Assistant Principal. 4  INA Newsletter

Y7 a nd 8 Progress Events


On Thursday 26th February from 8:50am-5:00pm year 8 students have their progress event at Isaac Newton Academy. Y9 will have lessons as usual. Y7 will learn remotely through learning posted on FRONTER with supervision arranged by parents and carers at a location away from the site. Y8 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. 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). On Tuesday 31st March from 8:50am-5:00pm year 7 students have their progress event at Isaac Newton Academy. Y8 will have lessons as usual. Y9 will learn remotely through learning posted on FRONTER with supervision arranged by parents and carers at a location away from the site. Y7 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. Students should arrive punctually for appointments with a parent/carer/ family member over 18. If you would like to discuss please call Mr Crowther-Green by Wednesday 28th January on 02089116666. Many thanks Mr Crowther-Green, Assistant Principal. INA Newsletter 5


E-Safety Parent Information Session

e would like to invite parents/carers to attend an E-Safety Information Session, which is being held on Monday 9th February, from 6.30pm-7.30pm at INA.

We will be sharing information about: • Social networking (security and safety) • On-line messaging • Cyber bullying • Tips for keeping children safe on the internet • Text and MSN abbreviations 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.

Leanne Abbott-Jones (Lead Pastoral Leader)

Bi g B an d Proje c t Thank you once again to those parents who made a contribution to their child’s Big Band instrument last half term. The ongoing sustainability of this hugely successful and innovative project, which enriches the lives of every student at the Isaac Newton Academy, is in no small way down to your continued generosity. As you will be aware, we are very keen for students to keep playing after the three year project has ended and for that reason we really want students to have the option of buying their instrument off the school at the end of the project. We would therefore really appreciate a £5 half termly donation which can be made via Wisepay. Just log into Wisepay via the academy website and there is a button for music payments. Any donations made towards the loan of your child’s instrument would be taken as a down payment on the instrument and would be subtracted from the overall cost of the instrument were you to purchase it at the end of your child’s time having Big Band lessons. If you have any questions about the Big Band Project, please contact Mr Coughlin, Head of Music. 6  INA Newsletter

Wear Red for British Heart Foundation Non Uniform Day on Friday 6th February

On the 6th of February we will have a non-uniform day to fundraise for the British Heart Foundation. Students will be invited to red as part of their non-school uniform. 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. Make up of any kind, including nail polish, is not permitted. Students will need to bring ÂŁ1 by Monday 2nd February in order to be permitted to wear non uniform on the 6th of February. Ms Alibhai-Watson Assistant Principal

INA Music Recital Come along to the next INA Music Recital on Wednesday 11th February, 2015. Students from all year groups will perform. The concert will consist of performances from some fantastic soloists and brand new groups, including a vocal group, Year 7 trumpet group and saxophone ensemble. The recital will start at 6pm and last approximately 1 hour. Free tickets will be available from 2nd February and can be picked up from main reception.

Sian Morten, Music Teacher INA Newsletter 7

Chemistry Taster session at Seven Kings High School On Thursday the 22nd and 29th of January 15 students in year 9 travelled to Seven Kings High School to attend a Chemistry taster session which covered aspects of Triple Science GCSE and AS level Chemistry. The students performed an Acid-Base titration and subsequent calculations admirably and were mentored by Sixth form students from Seven Kings. Our students learned a lot from asking these older students questions, not just about Science but also about other options choices that these students had made and advice for their upcoming GCSE’s. The experience went down very well for our students and many found the experience of working with the more exotic equipment challenging but very rewarding. As ever I was very impressed by the emotional intelligence, hard work and sociability of our students here at Isaac Newton Academy. It was certainly a proud moment to see them all wearing their safety gear and imitating the work of much older Scientists as you can see from the photos below. This experience will be shared by more students in the future when we return for a Biology and Physics taster. I would like to congratulate all the following students that attended for being great ambassadors for the school.

Ahmed Al-Khafaji Halema Anjum Simran Bilku Ibraheem Bhaijee D ylan Bhurji Haneefah Gachi Shanzeh Haro on R awdah Hos enee Manav Katavada Amreen Sandhu Aw a i s S e y y a d Arjun Sharma Naly St anyer Aishah Zahoor 8  INA Newsletter

Mr Clift-Matthews Head of Science

70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: 27th January 2015 Seventy years ago, on 27th January 1945, the Red Army belonging to what was then, the Soviet Union (Russia), discovered and liberated the concentration camps at Auschwitz in Poland. The soldiers reported that: ‘…hundreds of thousands of Polish people, as well as Jews from a number of other European countries, have been held prisoner there in appalling conditions and many have been killed in the gas chambers’. When the Red Army arrived at the camp they found only a few thousand prisoners remaining. They had been too sick to leave. It has emerged since that some 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed at Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945, when Soviet troops liberated it. Those who survived Auschwitz lived through one of the 20th Century's worst acts of hatred and inhumanity. On 27th January 2015, in the ruins of Auschwitz, 300 survivors of the camp returned for a memorial ceremony under a giant tent. The temporary building has been erected over the infamous brick railway buildings where many of the Jews of Europe were sorted into those who were fit enough for slave labour and those who would be taken straight to the gas chambers. Many of those still alive today were children in 1945 but they are elderly now and this may be the last significant anniversary where so many will gather. The images below were taken at the memorial service at Auschwitz on Tuesday. Although now in their 80s and even 90s, some feel that they have to return, to speak out on behalf of those who are no longer here - and to tell their story to a new generation, before it's too late. Renee Salt, 85, from north London, was among them. "For 50 years I didn't go back to Auschwitz. "The first time I went was ten years ago. It was terribly difficult, but after that I was pleased that I went - I buried the ghosts. "And since then, I've been going backwards and forwards. "I'll do it for as long as I can. Why? There are still a lot of Holocaust deniers, the world over, and if we don't speak out, the world won't know what happened. "I was one of the lucky ones, who survived when so many did not. "And that's why we do it." Closer to home, you may not be aware that Redbridge has a dedicated Holocaust Memorial Garden in Valentines Park, Ilford. Each year a service is held to mark the day with local faith groups, Council Officers and people from all the diverse communities across Redbridge. On Tuesday, 12 students from Year 8, Ms. Dudhia and myself attended this service to mark the anniversary and remember the Holocaust. The students were impeccably behaved as ambassadors for INA. On the walk back to school they were saying that they really found it interesting and moving to hear the stories from survivors of the Holocaust and genocides since 1945. In the pictures you will see the Holocaust memorial stone, with wreaths and candles laid in remembrance of the victims, and the Rabbi Chapper speaking at the service. The key theme I noticed at the service was that Holocaust Memorial Day is a really great opportunity to forge links across all the diverse strands of our local community and to build understanding and unite in a common cause. With events happening in the world that show such intolerance, this is really important. I think that Holocaust Memorial Day should allow us time to stop and reflect, and take time to appreciate differences between each other rather than being fearful of it. Ms Priestley

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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 4th February. Good luck and may the best form win!!!

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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. A great week last week for Year 9 with 97.8%, a huge improvement on the end of last term. Well done to 7N for achieving their 100% targets for last week, continuing the good start to the term. Last week form scores 7N 7T 7S 7C 7I 7E 7A 7W

100% 99.1% 97.3% 96.8% 96.5% 95.5% 94.8% 91.8%

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

99.1% 98.7% 98.6% 97.7% 97% 96.4% 95.7% 93.6%

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

99.6% 99.1% 98.3% 98.2% 98.2% 97.3% 97% 95.2%

Year Groups

Year 8 97.1%

Year 9 97.8%

Leanne Abbott-Jones Year 9 Pastoral Leader

Year 7 96.5%

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 N I T W C E

812 714 700 691 657 634 629 600

Year 8 T N E S A I C W

656 619 617 541 490 478 473 440

Year 9 W N S E T C I A

578 549 461 426 398 296 294 294

1 s t p l a c e : N ( 1 8 6 8 m e r i t s) 3 r d p l a c e : T ( 1 7 1 1 ) m e r i t s) Jennifer Byrne Year 8 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition INA Newsletter 13


YEAR 7 REDBRIDGE INDOOR ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS This week a mix of Year 7 boys and girls (pictured below) who were selected for the indoor athletics team participated against other schools in Redbridge at different Indoor Athletics events. These included races and relay races, indoor throwing events such as shotput, and jumping events such as long and triple jump. All the students put in a great effort and were great representatives for the school. Congratulations to the boys in particular who finished 4th overall as a team.

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YEAR 8 BOYS BASKETBALL V SEVEN KINGS The Year 8 boys basketball team came up against tough opposition on Wednesday where they faced a strong Seven Kings team. They showed great determination but unfortunately Seven Kings were a bit too strong. Man of the Match performance came from Ellis Currie-Ward.

YEAR 8 GIRLS NETBALL V BEAL INA hosted the first Redbridge Handball Championships on Monday of this week. It saw Year 7 & 8 Handball teams from around the borough competing at the school. Big congratulations has to go to Oaks Park who were the tournament winners. INA lost out in the group stages to the 2 teams that made the final. INA Newsletter 15

The BRIDGES focus for the fortnight Monday 26th January – Friday 6th February is:


Dr. John Snow (15 March 1813 – 16 June 1858) was an English physician and a leader in medical hygiene. He is considered one of the fathers of the science of modern epidemiology, because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho, London, in 1854. Snow asked questions about why so many cholera victims lived in the same area of London. At the time, it was assumed that cholera was airborne. However, Snow did not accept this 'miasma' (bad air) theory, arguing that in fact entered the body through the mouth. Through questioning local residents, Snow identified the source of the outbreak as the public water pump on a street in Soho. He used a dot map to illustrate the cluster of cholera cases around the pump and interrogated statistics to find the connection between the quality of the water source and cholera cases. By interrogating the data, he learned that the water company was taking water from sewage-polluted sections of the Thames and delivering the water to homes, leading to an increased incidence of cholera. His studies of the pattern of the disease persuaded the local council to disable the well pump by removing its handle, an action which has been credited as ending the outbreak. He had the handle of the pump removed and cases of cholera immediately began to diminish. However, Snow's 'germ' theory of disease was not widely accepted until the 1860s. Snow’s findings inspired fundamental changes in the water and waste systems of London, which led to similar changes in other cities, and a significant improvement in general public health around the world Questioning Questioning is about developing the skill to ask good questions and having the curiosity to do so. Asking great questions provides a wide range of information from different perspectives. Great learners love questions. They enjoy getting below the surface of things and do not accept unthinkingly what they are told. Questioning can be non-verbal as well as verbal. Great questioners play around with materials and ideas just to see what happens. Artists and inventors are great questioners. Behaviours Having the confidence to ask questions if you are unsure or need clarification. Evaluating the things you do and the ways you do them and seeing if they can be improved. Constructing the correct questions when faced with a challenging topic or problem. Being responsible for building your knowledge, learning power or character through questioning. Top tips Students Ask your partner/group members questions to develop your understanding of new knowledge or a new skill. Write a list of questions to test yourself on a topic you have been learning in one (or more) of your subjects. Ask an older member of your family some probing questions to find out about their early life. Try to ask one inquisitive question in each lesson. Keep a note of the questions you ask in your BRIDGES journal. Parents Encourage you son/daughter to ask questions about you, your day or your life before them. Watch a few minutes of the news or read a newspaper report and encourage your son/daughter to ask questions about its content. Watch ‘Question Time’ or a similar TV programme with your son/daughter. Discuss the topics being debated, the type of questions being asked and how the panel respond to the questions. Visit and art gallery or museum and encourage your son/daughter to ask inquisitive questions. Jo Spencer, Vice Principal 16  INA Newsletter

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P r imar

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hope most of you have now had the chance to visit and have a tour of the building; it was fabulous showing off the school with a large number of you on Wednesday. If you missed out for any reason and are still desperate to have a look around, please see me in the playground next week and I will see what we can do to arrange something.

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Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

Breakfast Club Whilst our numbers for after school club are steady and viable to run every evening, we have noticed that there are only a small number of children attending breakfast club at the moment. With such small numbers we have to consider the cost of staffing this time each morning and sadly at the moment the number of children attending does not make running the breakfast club viable. I will review the situation over the coming week and make a decision before the half term break. I will discuss this matter with any families using the breakfast club every day. With another cohort of children joining us in September, our numbers are likely to be higher.

Enrichment We will be starting our after school enrichment programme after the half term break. We will be sending details of this to you next week and asking you to state your child’s preferences. We will expect every child to attend one enrichment class each week. More details to follow!

Exciting Learning this Week!

The children have been reading ‘Man on the Moon’ this week in Literacy. They have been learning all about the moon and space. The children put their resourcefulness to good use and made some rockets with junk modelling as part of their afternoon learning Guided Reading Please remember to bring your child’s ‘guided reading’ book back on the correct day. Your child also has a home record book for you to write your comments about your child’s reading and progress in. You could also include any extension activities that you may have done with the book too. Thank you for your support. INA Newsletter 19

Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday 5th January. An invitation will be given to the children during our Friday Celebration and Awards Assembly: Meerab Dar Rayaan Vakas Yanis Benjamin Malaika Hussain Tay’Shawn Milan Richards Arjun Bihal 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: Aadam Ali– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being resourceful, and proud, of his junk modelled rocket.) Ali Ullah – Scholar of the Week (for some excellent thinking this week and some super answers to questions.) Maxwell Class: Rohin Ronson – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being resourceful by using a plastic bottle, foil and paper to make a rocket.) Rhea Thirumal – Scholar of the Week (for using a range of words to write a postcard, describing what it is like on the moon.) Newton Class: Riyen Shah – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being very resourceful and bringing in a big bag of junk modelling materials.) Ria Jethwa– Scholar of the Week (for trying really hard in all her learning in all her lessons.) 20  INA Newsletter

Primary Praise and Recognition

Headteacher’s Lunch

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








Well done to Newton Class, you are the winners once again. How many weeks in a row? I’ve lost count!

It is important that the children attend school every day and do not miss any learning. Thank you for your support in ensuring your child is at school every day.


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 2nd February – Integrity Integrity Displaying habits of: fairness, humanity, justice, citizenship, honesty and humility At home and school: We will be encouraging the pupils to make sure they play in a kind way and ensure they include others in their games. Games where ‘turn-taking’ is needed are great at helping the children to understand that everyone has a fair turn. It is also important that the children learn how to win and lose a game graciously, show humility rather than being boastful if they win but oppositely congratulate the winner and say well done rather than sulk. It is hugely important that the children understand the importance of telling the truth even when it makes us feel uncomfortable or bad when we do. Tam Broadway, Head of Primary 22  INA Newsletter

Key Dates for 2015 Spring Term Monday 2nd February ARK Spelling Bee Wednesday 4th February Year 9 Progress Meetings (during the day) No lesson for Year 8 & 9 students Friday 6th February JJ Jegede visit Saturday 7th February Saturday Stretch: Medicine 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). No lessons for Years 7 & 8 Saturday 28th February Saturday Stretch: Languages Wednesday 3rd March Year 7 Road Safety presentation Wednesday 4th March Rugby Sevens (Year 8) Thursday 5th March 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 Saturday 14th March Saturday Stretch: Maths Thursday 19th March Maths Relay Wednesday 25th March Performing Arts Spring Spectacular Thursday 26th March ARK Debating Championships Tuesday 31st March Year 7 Progress Meetings (during the day). No lessons for Years 7 & 9 students 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

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