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12 February 2015


Announcements >>> Parents Report workshop

Monday 23rd February 6pm at Isaac Newton Academy Would you like to have a say about the data reports? Would you like to help shape future data reports? Come along to our parents' report workshop. Please RSVP to Mr Crowther-Green by Friday 20th February to info@

isaacnewtonacedemy.org Mr Crowther-Green, Assistant Principal.

Wear Red for the British Heart Foundation! Due to requests from the Charity Council, on Friday 6th February INA was streaked with streams of red! Students and staff took the opportunity to don a piece of red clothing and fundraise for the British Heart Foundation. A grand total of £254 will be donated for this worthwhile charity. Ms Alibhai-Watson 2  INA Newsletter

News

Dear Parents and Carers,

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have just left the Spring Concert, organised by Ms Morten and the music team. What a great recital! We have some really hardworking musicians who were showcasing how well they are mastering their instruments and what a great ‘growth mindset’ they possess. This week’s primary update has had to be postponed as Ms Broadway has been ill with flu all week. We wish her a speedy recovery. Consequently I have spent a lot of the week in the primary building and I have to say how impressed I am with the progress the students are making and the quality of their learning. Next term the reception topic is “Growing” and the class teachers would be very grateful if parents would bring in pictures of their child/children as babies. We look forward to guessing who is who! Reception parents should receive a letter today with details of their child’s enrichment activity. Enrichments classes start on the first week back after half term. A reminder that school is closed this Friday for staff training. We resume on Monday 23rd February at the usual time. Have a great half term holiday. With all best wishes,

RP

achel Macfarlane, rincipal


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. Parents are responsible for ensuring Year 7 students (and Year 8 when they do not have appointments) are in an appropriate supervised location away from the INA site. Y8 will attend for pre-arranged appointments and will manage their appointments in advance. Enrichments/detentions will be cancelled. Parents will sign to agree appointments in advance. Tutors will sign to agree appointments. Students will arrive punctually for appointments with a parent/guardian/family member over 18. Students will be in full INA uniform. Students will enter the KS3 Hall only and not be permitted elsewhere on site. Parents are only permitted to be in reception, the hall or the ground floor corridor linking them. 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 remainderso 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. Many thanks Mr Crowther-Green, Assistant Principal. INA Newsletter 3


Medicine Saturday Stretch

On Saturday 7th February we welcomed Amanda, Yuhan, Kay and Kashif, undergraduate students studying Medicine at Cambridge University, to INA to deliver sessions for our Saturday Stretch. A group of 37 students were involved in these exciting and highly detailed sessions.

heart, and also the lungs’ performance. At the end of the session we got to put this information into practice. We had to run on the spot and then measure each other’s heart rates using stethoscopes.

The sessions were split in to two, giving the students a chance to experience different topics in medicine. Yuhan and Kay led a session for the students on: ‘The Nervous System and Reflexes’. Amanda and Kashif hosted the session on: ‘Organs of the Human Body’.

At the end of the 2 sessions we gathered together in a big group and asked lots of really important questions about university. A huge well done to everyone who participated and a very big thank you to the Cambridge students for visiting us! In the Nervous System and Reflexes session all the students got to understand how the reflexes in our body work. This was also compared to our reflexes as babies; we were so amazed to see how relatable these facts were. After this we all had the chance to experience the patellar tendon reflex, also known as the ‘knee jerk’. We used tendon hammers on each other to complete the ‘knee jerk’. This is a tool used by doctors to find the patellar tendon in our legs. The students enjoyed taking on the role of a doctor very much. Much to their amusement they couldn’t get my knee to jerk! This kept their challenge going…. The other session, about Organs in the Human Body, was very detailed and extremely informative. The main parts of the body were described to us but more particularly the session focussed on our heart and lungs. We were shown a model of the 4  INA Newsletter

Sarah Hussain, Saturday Stretch Ambassador


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 INA Newsletter 5


ATTENDANCE 6  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 8C for achieving their 100% target for last week, continuing the good start to the term. Last week form scores

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

98.2% 97.8% 97.3% 97% 96.5% 95.5% 94.8% 94.3%

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

100% 99.1% 97.3% 97.3% 95.7% 93.9% 93.2% 90.4%

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

97.5% 97.4% 96.8% 96.5% 96.4% 95.5% 94.3% 91.7%

Year Groups

Year 8 95.8%

Year 7 96.4%

Leanne Abbott-Jones Year 9 Pastoral Leader

Year 9 95.7%


Praise and Recognition

Merits

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 I S C T W E

950 918 819 811 801 772 713 656

Year 8 E T N S A I C W

696 686 649 624 590 562 532 523

Year 9 W N S E T A C I

647 600 524 488 449 409 378 356

1 s t p l a c e : N ( 2 16 7 m e r i t s) 3 r d p l a c e : A ( 19 49 ) m e r i t s) Jennifer Byrne Year 8 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition INA Newsletter 7


THIS WEEK IN P.E……………… AT

JJ JEGEDE VISITS INA AS PART OF SKY SPORTS LIVING FOR SPORT At the end of last week International Long Jumper JJ Jegede visited the academy on behalf of the Sky Sports “Living for Sport” programme. The Sky Sports Ambassador gave a talk to 100 students and also signed autographs. He will be back later in the year to teach a lesson and give a further talk to the 20 students who participate in the most sport and physical activity as part of the “Raising the Bar” programme.

NETBALL RESULTS INA played Valentines school on Wednesday of this week. The year 8 team fought well against the Valentines team, particularly Daina Williams Morrison who was awarded player of the match. The Year 9 team made a great start to their game but could not sustain it for the full four quarters. Bedi Eliell played excellently until she had to go off injured.

YEAR 9 & 10 BOYS HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS This Monday 9th February INA hosted the first Year 9 & 10 Boys Handball Championships. The following students participated in the tournament 8  INA Newsletter


A TEA M

B TEA M

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) Abhay Prakhbar (9a)

NEXT WEEKS EXTRA-CURRICULAR FIXTURES (week commencing Monday 23rd February) Year 9 Boys Football v Beal – Wednesday TBC Year 8 Netball v Chadwell (a) – Wednesday

P.E. ENRICHMENT TIMETABLE AFTER SCHOOL - 4.15 - 5.15 DAY MON TUES WED

CLUB

TEACHER

VENUE

Table Tennis

TrB

Activity Studio

Rugby

OT

Sports Hall

Football

DL

MUGA

Judo Club

External

Sports Hall

Basketball

MCG

Sports Hall

Table tennis

PG

Activity Studio

Dance

LF

Stretch and Challenge

DB

Sports Hall

Spring Spectacular practise and BH, EH, LAJ Sports Hall preparation THUR Fitness Club Judo Club FRI

Badminton club

ES, LK

Activity Studio

External

Sports Hall

External

Sports Hall

LUNCH - 1.00 - 1.30 DAY Tuesday WED

THUR

CLUB

TEACHER

VENUE

Seated Volleyball (Open TrB to everyone)

Activity Studio

“Raising the Bar”

BH

Sports Hall

Football

DL

MUGA

Year 7 and 8 Netball

EH

Sports Hall

Year 7 Basketball Club (Open to everyone)

BH

Sports Hall

Sports Hall

PG

Activity Studio

Dance

LF

IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS! TRY SOMETHING NEW! KEEP FIT! MAKE NEW FRIENDS! UNLEASH YOUR ENERGY! INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING INTO A TEAM! INA Newsletter 9


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 10  INA Newsletter


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Key Dates for 2015 Spring Term 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 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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