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INA Principal's Newsletter >3

6 February 2015


Dear Parents and Carers,


oday we have hosted our Sky Sports Ambassador JJ Jegede once again. JJ is an Olympic Triple Jumper and he addressed around 100 students, talking about his career and the BRIDGES skills and dispositions he needed to develop to become world class in his field of athletics. On Wednesday we held our first set of Progress Meetings of the year –for Year 9 students and their parents. We had a 95% attendance rate and I should like to thank all those who came for their on-going support and partnership. I am delighted to announce that our two new parent governors have now been elected. They are Amanda Adams (secondary) and Shazia Ijaz (primary). Congratulations to them both and I look forward to working with them for the benefit of all our students. I hope to see many of you on Monday evening at our esafety session for parents and carers. If you have any concern at all about your child’s safety on their computer or phone or you would like some advice about how to filter what he/she has access to, I would encourage you to attend. Thanks in advance to Ms Abbott-Jones for hosting a session on this important topic. A reminder that next Wednesday we have another Music recital at 6pm. All families are welcome to what promises to be a high quality performance. Thanks to Ms Morten and the music team for organising it. And finally, a big congratulations to the six Year 8 students who were chosen from a rigorous selection process to represent INA at the Phillips Exeter Summer School in July-August: they are Zainab Ale, Ishani Punl, Ayesha Maniyar, Ellis Currie Ward, Hamza Shaukat and Amber Khandwalla. We know that they will have a brilliant time on the summer school and will make fantastic Harkness Champions on their return. With all best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal

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>>> News

On the 23rd of January we had a very interesting visit from Secunder Kermani who is a producer and journalist for BBC Newsnight. He spoke to us about on what his career involves as well as what he enjoys about it. We were able to ask him questions about how he came to be where he is today and what inspired him to follow journalism. It was a very educational visit and we learnt about all the things you can experience as a journalist. We also saw the news piece he made on two schoolgirls that ran away to Syria from Manchester. It was a topic that we all discussed in depth. All in all it was an enjoyable and great experience for me- and no doubt quite a few other who also participated. Ms Alibhai-Watson Assistant Principal

The HUMs Games

On Tuesday 27th and Friday 30th January, the whole of year 9 took part in the first ever ‘Hums Games’. Students had to complete a range of challenges, from deciphering text messages and sound bites to answering questions about current affairs. All the activities were related to Geography, History and Religion. Once again the students of INA did us proud, they were focused, hardworking and enthusiastic. Below are the results: 1 st : 9A w it h 1 6 1 p oi nt s 2 nd: 9C w it h 1 5 6 p oi nts 3 rd: 9W w it h 1 4 8 p oi nts

Special congratulations to 9A and also to all the students who were involved in the reaping round where they were truly put on the spot! Ms Balsdon, Head of Humanities INA Newsletter 3

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. 4  INA Newsletter


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)

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 5

Spanish Trip to Barcelona – May 2015 A reminder that all payments for the Spanish Trip should have been made by Friday 13th March. The cost for this trip is £550 but you may pay the full balance at any time. A Q&A meeting for all parents and carers has been organised for Wednesday 1st April at 5pm. This will be an opportunity for you all to familiarise yourselves with the timetable of activities and we will also be collecting all passports, EHIC cards, medical information and emergency contact details during the evening. A letter outlining what you need to bring with you to this information evening will be given to your son or daughter after the half term holiday. If you have any concerns or queries please contact me. Mary Davies Head of Languages

French Trip to Normandy – April 2015 A reminder that all payments for the French Trip should have been made by Friday 6th March. The total cost for this trip is £380 for pupil premium students and £414 for nonpupil premium students but you can pay the full balance at any time before then. A Q&A for all parents and carers has be organised for Wednesday 25th February at 5pm. This will be an opportunity for you all to familiarise yourselves with the Château and the activities on offer. We will also be collecting all passports, EHIC cards, medical information and emergency contact details during the evening. A letter outlining what you need to bring with you to this information evening will be given to your son or daughter next week. If you have any concerns or queries please contact me. Mary Davies Head of Languages 6  INA Newsletter

The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. Look out for the next maths problem after half term. INA Newsletter 7

ATTENDANCE 8  INA Newsletter

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 7N for achieving their 100% target for last week. The challenge is on for more forms to hit that target next week. Well done to Year 7 for an impressive 97.1% for last week, Year 8 needs to make a big effort for the last week of term to raise their total. Last week form scores 7N 7T 7E 7I 7C 7S 7W 7A

100% 98.3% 97.3% 97.3% 96.4% 96.4% 96.4% 94.8%

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

99.1% 97.3% 97% 96.4% 95% 94.8% 93.6% 92.2%

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

98.3% 98.3% 98.2% 96.5% 95.9% 95.5% 95% 93%

Year Groups

Year 9 96.3%

Year 7 97.1%

Leanne Abbott-Jones Year 9 Pastoral Leader

Year 8 96.7%

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 N S I C T W E

899 825 780 765 763 708 671 632

Year 8 T E N S I A C W

673 669 638 574 526 490 485 469

Year 9 W N S E T A I C

613 581 466 433 405 389 329 304

1 s t p l a c e : N ( 2 04 4 m e r i t s) 3 r d p l a c e : T ( 1 7 8 6 ) m e r i t s) Jennifer Byrne Year 8 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition INA Newsletter 9


YEAR 9, 10 & 11 GIRLS REDBRIDGE HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Led by head coach Rajan Virdee, the girls’ year 9 Handball team showed tremendous spirit at the tournament on Monday with notably strong performances from Bedi Elliel and goal keeper Aqsa Rafiq. The girls did tremendously well, especially considering they were playing against girls who were 1 or 2 years older than them.

NEXT WEEK'S EXTRA-CURRICULAR FIXTURES Year 7 Boys Basketball v Seven Kings (a) - Monday Year 9 & 10 Boys Redbridge Handball Tournament (h) - Monday Year 8 & 9 Netball v Valentines (h) - Wednesday

YEAR 9 & 10 BOYS HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS This Monday, 9th February, INA will host the first Year 9 & 10 Boys’ Handball Championships. Trials were held this week, and the following students were selected to represent the school. 10  INA Newsletter



Rajan Virdee (c) (9c) Gagan Gill (9c) (c) Manav Katavada (9e) GK Ibraheem Bhajee (9c) GK Rohan Bhogal (9a) Labib Ahmed (9e) Shaye Alexander (9i) Haroon Chaudry (9e) Tyrese Mitchell-Joseph (9c) Sofian Mahmood (9i) John Mansoori (9w) Hasnain Ahmed (9t) Muhammad Patel (9i) Mustafa Khan (9w) Tyler Moore (9e) Nathaniel Headley (9e) Faraaz Khurshid (9i) Hamza Siddique (9w)

Josh Husbands (9e)


CLUB Table Tennis


Rugby Football TUES Judo Club Basketball WED Table tennis Dance Stretch and Challenge Spring Spectacular practise and THUR preparation Fitness Club


Sports Hall


Sports Hall


Activity Studio Sports Hall

Badminton club External

Sports Hall

Judo Club


TEACHER VENUE Activity TrB Studio OT Sports Hall DL MUGA External Sports Hall MCG Sports Hall Activity PG Studio LF


LUNCH - 1.00 - 1.30 DAY

CLUB TEACHER VENUE Seated Volleyball Activity TrB (Open to everyone) Studio Tuesday Sports “Raising the Bar” BH Hall Football DL MUGA Sports WED Year 7 and 8 Netball EH Hall Year 7 Basketball Sports Club (Open to every- BH Hall one) THUR Activity Sports Hall PG Studio Dance LF


The BRIDGES focus for the fortnight Monday 9th February – Friday 27th February is:

Rembering and Making Connections

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian. He is considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived. He made connections between the world of maths, physics and astrology to propose the three laws of motion. He also invented the mathematical branch of calculus, proved light was made up of a spectrum of all colours, designed the reflecting telescope (which we still mostly use today) and is even rumoured to be the inventor of the cat flap! Newton had an incredible memory which enabled him to produce work at an extraordinary level. He also kept meticulous notes (a technique he used for remembering and making connections), using a logical filing system which made them easy to find. Remembering To recall, or memorise something for future use; to retain in the memory; to commemorate or keep in mind. Seeking coherence, relevance and meaning. Behaviours To recall, or memorise something for future use; to retain in the memory; to commemorate or keep in mind. Seeking coherence, relevance and meaning. To see and make links between different experiences and events and having the inclination to look for them. Making connections Making connections between the learning and skills you are developing with your own real-life experiences; drawing on what or how you are learning in one subject (or a skill you have mastered) to support you with your learning of another subject or skill. Behaviours Having an interest in investigating and building patterns and noticing links. Enjoying exploring how things fit together. Top tips Students Teach your partner your top tips for remembering. Try using mind maps to revise, to plan your ideas and to make notes/research. Play online memory games; there are lots of free versions. Parents Talk to your son/daughter about when you need to use your memory in everyday life and the strategies you use for remembering. Play word association games when in the car. Name a city, next person names a city that begins with the last letter of the previous answer. E.g. Paris – Sydney – Yokohama etc… Ask your son/daughter to tell you about what he/she has learned that day and tease out how what they’ve learned links to real life. Jo Spencer, Vice Principal 12  INA Newsletter

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he temperature has certainly plummeted this week and the few flurries of snow tied in very nicely with the work the children have been doing around Antarctica and the South Pole. Whilst we understand that the children may need to come to school in boots at this time of year, it is important that they do have their regular school shoes to change into please.

P r imar

e t a y Up d

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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Breakfast Club We are very grateful for the support from a number of parents and carers who I know are desperate to save the breakfast club. The numbers have risen very slightly so we will continue to run the club after the half term break and monitor the situation closely.

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. You could also include any extension activities that you may have done with the book too. Thank you for your support.

Future Key Dates & Events Friday 27th February - Parents’ Coffee Morning in the Primary Dining Hall. This is a fundraising event which has been organised by the Friends of INA (FOINA) – refreshments will be on sale from 8.45am. Thursday 5th March - World Book Day & Non-uniform (details to follow) Wednesday 11th March - Parents’ Maths Mastery Workshop Tuesday 31st March - Primary Parents’ Day/ Evening – Early School Finish at 12.00pm Monday 1st April – Easter Egg Hunt (further details to follow) Thursday 2nd April - End of Term Praise & Recognition Celebration (further details to follow) Thursday 2nd April - The Primary will close at 1.40pm (after lunch)

Enrichment We will be starting our after school enrichment programme after the half term break. Every child is expected to participate in one enrichment club each week; this is an all-though school expectation. Over time we may have the capacity for the children to take up more than one club if they choose, but currently each child is expected to choose one. A letter has gone out in your child’s book bag; we ask that you complete this and return it to us by Tuesday 10th February stating your child’s first and second preference. You will be notified of your child’s club before the end of next week.

Day Club Monday 4.00Football 5.00pm

Lead By

Tuesday 4.00Judo 5.00

Heart of Oak Judo Club

Tuesday 4.005.00 Tuesday 4.005.00 Thursday 4.00- 5.00 Thursday 4.00- 5.00 Thursday 4.00- 5.00 Thursday 4.00 – 5.00 Friday 4.00 – 5.00

IT Club

Ms Mackay

Ms Ali

Cooking Club Ms McKernan Disney Arts & Ms Kourris crafts Choir

Ms Harris


Ms Brown

Just Dance

Ms Uddin


Ms Broadway

Exciting Learning this Week!

The children have been reading ‘Lost and Found’ this week in Literacy. They have been learning all about Antarctica, the South Pole and the animals that inhabit the region. The children are also enjoying the outdoor space and have been using their ‘integrity’ disposition to take turns. INA Newsletter 15

Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday 12th February, an invitation will be given to the children during our Friday Celebration and Awards Assembly: Ava-Lily Pemberton Mardenborough Tulsi Jogia Klaudia Peichlova Aashvi Govil Imani Salim Faheem

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: Zahra Abbas– Headteacher’s Habits Award (for sharing games, activities and junk modelling with her friends.) Musa Malik – Scholar of the Week (for working hard in maths – checking his partner’s counting and finding ‘one more’ with numbers.) Maxwell Class: Kayaan Khan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for playing fairly with others within the class and during outdoor play.) Haidar Sheikh – Scholar of the Week (for finding a pattern when solving a problem involving numbers within 20.) Newton Class: Meerab Dar – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for always being honest and being fair with everyone in her class.) Tara Rani Kaur – Scholar of the Week (for always working hard and producing fantastic work in all lessons.)

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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 Curie Class; at last we have new winners!!

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 9th February – Discovery Discovery Displaying habits of curiosity, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, energy, noticing, imagining and creativity. At home and school: Children at Reception age have so many questions; they often notice things around them that we are sometimes too busy to see. This always leads to some fascinating questions. • Encourage your child to use their imagination by making up stories together, or suggesting ways in which they could change parts of a story they know well , either change the gender of the characters, have them go on a different adventure etc. If your child is struggling to come up with story ideas, put some interesting objects in a bag and randomly choose a few that may feature in your story. Objects like feathers, a coin, or a sparkly stone generally work well. Use your imagination! • Play games with your child like ‘I spy’ where you can see how many things he/she can notice beginning with a certain sound or letter they may already know. You could also play the game whereby you give a number of adjectives to describe an object and your child has to guess what you are describing. Then take turns to help develop your child’s use of descriptive words. • Ask questions like ‘I wonder what would happen if…?’ or ‘what do you think might happen if?’ or ‘why do you think…? These types of deeper questions will encourage the children to use their creativity and imagination more fully. Tam Broadway, Head of Primary 18  INA Newsletter

Parent Information Board A message from Riyen’s mum:

As part of our children’s education, we would like to encourage parents to take their children to make use of the local libraries as they are currently heavily underused which may lead to closures.

One of our mums has set up a reading group at Goodmayes Library, 76 Goodmayes Lane, Goodmayes, Essex IG3 9QB. They attend every Thursday after school from around 4pm for about half an hour (feel free to stay longer). The librarians are requesting that we bring more children to the libraries to encourage them to take an interest in books. If you can make it to the above sessions please do so; we have attended 4 sessions so far. If not, try to make use of your local library whenever you can.

School Uniform

As you may have seen in the newsletter dated 23rd January 2015, parents were told that the sale of the Secondary school uniform will be sold directly through Khalsa Schoolwear from April 2015. This will also apply to the Primary uniform. We have not taken this decision lightly as we are aware that it will mean slightly increased prices for parents, but we have undertaken a considerable amount of work and negotiation in order to ensure that the impact is minimal. In order to manage the transfer, parents will be able to purchase items from the school up until Thursday 2nd April at the current prices. Uniform will not then be available to purchase from anywhere for the period between 2nd April and 13th April. After that you will be able to purchase uniform from Khalsa Schoolwear either online or from their shop in Bethnal Green. Further details will be sent to you nearer the time. If you have any queries, please contact the school office. Please see the price list at the end of this newsletter

Free Family Fitness Sessions P.A.L.A.C.E (Physical Activity and Lifestyle Advantages for Community Enrichment) has secured some funding from The London Mayor's Free Sport for London to offer Family Fitness activities. P.A.L.A.C.E have delivered various activities at Isaac Newton Academy, namely Women’s Basketball (Wednesday evening) and Keep fit sessions (Monday evenings) and have identified a need for women with young children (aged 5-11) who want to exercise/keep fit. The following sessions will be run for FREE in the secondary building, three of which are during the half term break: Tuesday 17th February 10.00am-12.00pm Wednesday 18th February 10.00am-12.00pm Thursday 19th February 10.00am-12.00pm Saturday 28th February 10.00am-11.15 am Saturday 7th March 10.00am-11.15 am Saturday 14th March 10.00am-11.15 am Saturday 21st March 10.00am-11.15 am

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Primary Reminders Wisepay Details


• Schools starts at is important that your child arrives Wisepay details on time every day so that the teachers can start the lesson The school gate will be open from 8.25 and will have been given promptly. close at 8.45. to everyone • A reminder that on Mondays the children need to come to now, which will school wearing their PE kit. • If your child comes to school wearing boots, they must have allow you to their regular school shoes to change into in their bag order uniform items and also • please. Your child must be wearing the correct style of school to book a place shoes, no trainers – if you are unsure about the style, the for ‘Breakfast office staff will help you and have pictures of the shoes which are considered part of our uniform. Club’ or ‘After School Club’. If • If any of your details have changed eg. your address or phone number – please ensure you contact the office to you experience inform us, so that we can update our records. any problems, • We expect every child to be in full uniform every day. please contact • Please ensure your child attends school every day and on Ms Rayner time. If your child is sick then you must call the office to let us know by 8.15am. who will be

happy to help

Breakfast Club & After School Club

If you would like to book your child in for a place for either Breakfast Club or After School Club, 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 20  INA Newsletter

Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

Key Dates for 2015 Spring Term Monday 9th February Wednesday 11th February Friday 13th February

Parent Workshop on esafety 6pm Secondary Music Recital (evening) 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 Saturday 7th March Saturday Stretch: Maths 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 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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Below  are  the  uniform  items  with  the  respective  DTS  prices  (in  black)  and  Retail  prices  (in  red)  for  the  2015/16   season       BLAZERS         2015/6     24”-­‐33”  =  £30.50       £35.00       TIE     One  Size  =  £3.00       £3.00   __________________________________________________________________________________________     JUMPER       3/4yrs-­‐13yrs  =  £11.30     £13.95     __________________________________________________________________________________________     CARDIGAN       3/4yrs-­‐13yrs  =  £11.80     £15.20   __________________________________________________________________________________________     WINTER  HAT       One  Size  =  £5.00       £6.00   __________________________________________________________________________________________     PE  SWEATSHIRT       All  Sizes  =  £7.50       £9.00     __________________________________________________________________________________________     JOGGING  BOTTOMS      

3/4yrs –  7/8yrs  =  £7.00   9/10yrs       11/12yrs  –  13yr    


£9.00 £11.00   £13.00  

__________________________________________________________________________________________     PE  POLO  SHIRT       20”-­‐36”  =  £7.50       £8.50   __________________________________________________________________________________________     PE  SHORTS      

All Sizes  =  £4.00       £4.50   __________________________________________________________________________________________  

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