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8 May 2015

Dear Parents and Carers,


t has been a busy week in both the Primary and Secondary phases.

On Tuesday we welcomed the 90 families who have been allocated a primary place for September for a transition evening and tour of the school. At the same time, families of secondary students were attending a workshop designed to give information about university admission. The presentation that Ms McEvoy gave at this event will be available on the website under “Community – Resources for Parents.” On Thursday all of our secondary students voted in the INA mock election. Their political persuasions clearly do not mirror those of the electorate as a whole!: Labour - 54.16 % UKIP – 15.27% Conservative - 12.10% Green – 9.12%

Lib Dem - 1.98% Plaid Cymru - 1.19% SNP- 0.59%

Today we welcomed a professional trumpeter to INA. She led a workshop for our trumpeters in all year groups during the afternoon and then gave a public concert, supported by INA musicians, in the evening. Thank you to Ms Morten for arranging the visit. This week we welcomed back Ms Girard to the Modern Foreign Languages department: it is fantastic to have her with us again! We also welcomed a new Learning Assistant to the SEN team, Shameem Aziz. She introduces herself below: “I have always wanted to work in education. I am particularly interested in special educational needs, literacy attainment, pastoral care and mentoring. I was fortunate enough to have a good education; I have a law degree, a Masters and I embarked on a PGCE a couple of years ago. I believe passionately in the transformative effect of education, and being part of a process that helps a young person fulfil their potential is a privilege. I look forward immensely to joining Isaac Newton, engendering a love of learning and knowledge in the pupils I work with and helping them develop their articulacy and confidence as learners and people. I enjoy writing, reading, listening to music and tennis.”


nd finally, thank you to the very many secondary parents who have completed and returned the parent questionnaire. If any of you still have a questionnaire at home, please give it to your son/ daughter to return to their tutor on Monday. The primary parent questionnaire will be issued very soon. With all best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal

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>>> News BRIDGES Mentoring Wednesday 13th May

The second BRIDGES mentoring session takes place on Wednesday 13th May 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 since the last BRIDGES mentoring session, 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 go straight home. They are not permitted to go to local shops. They 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 sessions 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 towards the end of the year. Please note that enrichment will be cancelled on this day Jo Spencer, Vice Principal

Tim Foot 'Revision Cracked' session The Year 7’s had a fantastic insight into how to revise thanks to Tim Foot's annual visit The students all received a revision guide which will support their ongoing preparation for their upcoming end of Year Exams (8th-15th June) Students will need to ensure this revision guide is stored safely for use in future years Mr Crowther-Green, Assitant Principal

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INA Engineering After much debate, sketching and lots of collaboration with one another, the winning team managed to make their building 72cm tall! Well done to Haneefa Sultan, Naveen Haran, Amrit Ruparai and Qasim Hussain.

The high attaining Year 9 students this week had a wonderful opportunity to take part in an engineering workshop run by the Institute of Engineering. The workshop entailed students making the tallest building out of spaghetti and marshmallows! Students had to think very carefully about the structure of their building and where the most strength of building would have to be placed.

Ms. Ahmed Maths Teacher High Attaining Student Ambassador

End of Year Exams for Y7, 8 and 9

Please find below the end of year exam timetable. Please note that the year groups involved in the am and pm session vary daily.

• Students are expected to bring exam equipment to each exam: 2xpens, 2xpencils, rubber, sharpener, 30cm ruler, protractor and a calculator (maths calculator paper) in a clear/plain pencil case • Students can bring a clear bottle of water without a label. 4  INA Newsletter

Should w e study ov erseas?

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US


here is a lot of talk at INA about going to If, however, you: university, and going to a top university too, but perhaps less is said about where those • would prefer to study a broader range of ‘top universities’ might be located. courses • prefer to have more contact time with Last week, twenty of INA’s highest attaining Year teachers/course leaders 9 students travelled to ARK Wembley for a talk, • would like your extra-curricular activities hosted by two Harvard alumni, to find out more to contribute to your overall degree about the pros and cons of studying in the United • prefer continual assessment to end-of year States. exams • prefer to be judged more holistically when They learned that, despite what the media applying, rather than just your academic might have us believe, it is not so much a case of record American universities being ‘better’ than British • prefer to study for four years, as opposed ones, or vice versa, but rather a case of certain universities being better for certain types of to three student based on the courses they want to study, the way in which they want to study, and what then perhaps studying in the States is they want to do outside their course. something to consider. The speakers identified six key differences between Higher Education in America and the UK to enable our students to determine which system might be the best for them. According to them, if you:

nd, they said, something that people shouldn’t A necessarily rule out based on the belief it would be too expensive. According to one speaker,

who graduated just two years ago, Ivy League universities like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford offer means-assessed grants that mean for parents whose joint income is less than £40,000, all fees • are passionate about one course, and would prefer to study that one course in – including those for tuition, flights, insurance, food, and accommodation – would be paid for depth in full; and for parents whose joint income does • prefer studying independently, rather not exceed £100,000, grants could be obtained for than through taught sessions up to 90% of the total costs, potentially making • do not need or want your degree to depend on your extra-curricular activities studying abroad cheaper than here in the UK. • prefer end-of-year exams to continual Of course, grants are also available at Russell assessment Group universities like Oxford and Cambridge • prefer to be judged based on your here; and top universities exist elsewhere in the academic credentials when applying world as well. So, once again, the most important • prefer to study for three years, as opposed thing is for students to start thinking about what to four they want to study and how they want to study to determine where they want to study in years to then the UK is probably the place to study. come! Miss Rudd, Teacher of English

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Praise and Recognition


Form Totals Year 7 N A S I C T W E

1329 1324 1231 1189 1117 1076 1001 986

Year 8 T E N S A I W C

985 880 869 812 777 755 712 677

Year 9 W N E S T A I C

856 837 700 674 662 525 491 440

41.04 40.00 38.26 35.95 35.32 35.30 32.00 30.77

Year 9 N W E T S A I C

38 37.22 30.44 30.10 29.30 22.83 22.32 20

Form Averages Year 7 A S N I C T E W

60.18 55.96 55.38 51.70 50.77 46.78 44.82 43.52

Year 8 T N E I A S W C

1 s t p l a c e : N ( 3 0 3 5 m e r i t s) 3 r d p l a c e : A ( 2 6 2 6 m e r i t s) S t i l l n o c h a n g e a t t h e t o p – l e t ’s ch a nge th at!

Jennifer Byrne Year 8 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition

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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. We know that attendance has a direct link to progress, and would urge you to really consider if a day off school is necessary. Well done to 9A, 9C and 9T last week for meeting the 100% attendance target, the year group as a whole had a great start to the term.

Last week form scores

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

99.5% 98.6% 98.3% 97.3% 97.3% 96.2% 95.7% 94.8%

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

99.1% 97.7% 97.4% 97.1% 97% 96.4% 96.2 % 95.5%

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

100% 100% 100% 99.6% 98.3% 97.7% 96.1% 95.9%

Year Groups

Year 7 97.2%

Year 9 98.4% Year 8 97%

Leanne Abbott-Jones Year 9 Pastoral Leader INA Newsletter 7

End of  Year  Exams   8th  –  15th  June  2015  

Designed to  test  the  full  range  of  content,  knowledge   and  skills  covered  during  the  course  of  the  year   Designed  to  be  similar  in  nature  to  the  end  of  KS4   examina=ons   Designed  to  gauge  a  student’s  level  of  understanding   and  track  their  progress  over  =me   To  inform  your  summer  term  grades  and  your   baselines  for  next  year  

Revision )ps  –  being  prepared  

•  Ensure you  have  caught  up  on  any  missed   learning   •  Ensure  you  have  completed  all  your  green  pen   correc5ons  and  ACTION  points  from  STA  marking   •  Ensure  you  have  spoken  to  your  teachers  so  you   know  what  is  covered  in  the  exams   •  Set  out  a  revision  5metable  in  advance  so  you   know  what  you  are  revising,  when  and  for  how   long  and  use  the  EASTER  BREAK!  

Revision )metable     1st May 2015   Subject Topic 5pm - 6pm     6pm - 7pm     7pm - 8 pm     8pm - 9pm     Parent Signature: 8  INA Newsletter


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 20th May. Good luck and may the best form win!!! INA Newsletter 9

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INA WINS NUMEROUS MEDALS AT ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS On Wednesday 6th May Isaac Newton Academy sent a team of 10 students to represent the school in the 2015 Inter-Borough U15’s Athletics Championships. This proved to be a great day out with many displays of courage, determination and perseverance in all the races. Despite the bad weather the INA Athletics team showed tremendous spirit throughout the course of the day and managed to bring back with them 6 Gold medals, 3 Silver medals and 1 bronze medal. This return of medals was outstanding and really shows the effort the team put into the day. A special mention must go to Chloe Bonnici who won gold in all 3 of her field events and Dervin Ebuki who received Gold in both the 300 metres race and Javelin.

YEAR 7 GIRLS FOOTBALL LUNCH CLUB Year 7 girls’ football is kicking off! The girls are training every Wednesday lunch time to improve their individual skills and game play – Everyone’s invited! Fixtures will be arranged against other schools.

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MANRAJ AND GAGAN GILL REPRESENT REDBRIDGE AT THE LONDON MINI MARATHON Gagandeep Gill and brother Manraj Gill, after qualifying in the Mini Marathon trials in March, got a chance to represent Redbridge in the Virgin London Mini Marathon on 26th April 2015. Gagandeep finished 3 miles in 18:51, and Manraj in 18:58. Both were approximately a minute quicker than the previous year. Well done boys!


Monday – Year 8 & 9 Cricket Trial Thursday – Year 8 Cricket v Seven Kings (a)


AFTER SCHOOL – 4.15 – 5.15 DAY MON




CLUB Table Tennis Year 9 Football


Year 7 Football


Judo Alternative Sports/ Mixed Sports Year 8 Stretch & Challenge Cricket Ultimate Frisbee & Volleyball Rounders & Softball Fitness

Outside club MCG

Badminton club



LUNCH - 1.00 - 1.30

VENUE Activity Studio Sports Hall/ MUGA MUGA/Sports Hall Sports Hall MUGA/Activity Studio Sports Hall Knox Field MUGA/Sports Hall Knox Field Activity Studio/ KS4 hall Sports Hall


CLUB Seated Volleyball (Open to everyone) “Raising the Bar” WED Year 7 and 8 Netball THUR Year 7 Basketball Club (Open to everyone) FRI Basketball team practice



Sports Hall


Sports Hall


Sports Hall


Sports Hall


The BRIDGES focus for the fortnight Monday 11th May – Friday 5th June is:

Justice & Fairness

Fahma Mohamed (aged 17) has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the problem of female genital mutilation (FGM), including running an online petition against FGM and visiting Downing Street to talk to the Prime Minister. In organising the campaign, Fahma demonstrated a strong sense of justice and fairness. She said ‘Young girls are irreversibly mutilated against their will and devastated mentally, emotionally and physically. The deprivation of rights over your own body can only be described as a gross violation of human rights.’ Fahma’s online petition, calling for schools to teach about the risks of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), was signed by 230,000 people. Following the campaign, the Education Secretary issued new safeguarding guidelines for schools which included specific mention of FGM and encouraged teachers to be vigilant against it. Fahma’s courageous campaign led to her being presented with the Outstanding Young Campaigner of the Year award in 2014. She continues to campaign for the rights of girls and women, saying ‘With education as our main weapon in this fight, we will end FGM once and for all.’ Justice A shared social sense of what is right and wrong. Behaviours Thinking beyond your own interests and doing what is right for the community. Fairness Treating people in a way to ensure equal opportunities for all. Behaviours Treating others as you would wish to be treated. Putting yourself in other people’s shoes. Top tips Students Research a topical issue and explore the various moral issues surrounding it. Decide on an equal opportunities issue you feel strongly about and plan a campaign. Research people who have stood up for justice or who have campaigned to raise awareness of equal opportunities. Parents Read and discuss newspaper stories and current affairs with your son/daughter. Talk to your son/daughter about a time when you faced a moral dilemma, what you felt and how you dealt with it.

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Our Learning this Week

The police took time out of their busy day to visit us and tell us all about the amazing job they do within the community. The children got the chance to ask lots of very interesting questions.

P r imar

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hank you for sending your Old MacDonald Farm trip letters back so promptly. We understand from a few parents that the Wisepay link was not working properly, but this should now have been resolved. If you do encounter further problems with the payment link, do get in touch and let us know so that we can sort it out swiftly. Thank you also to those of you who have volunteered to help; once we have all the letters in, we will put the names in a hat and announce our lucky helpers! The deadline is Monday 11th May for the remaining reply slips. You can find out additional information about Old MacDonald’s at the following address:

During the ‘Show & Tell’ sessions on Mondays, the children have been sharing some of the interesting things they do with their family and friends outside of school. Whilst each child presents, the rest of the class sit and listen intently. Once the presenter has finished talking, the rest of the class have the opportunity to ask lots of questions 16  INA Newsletter

Mariam Chowdhury Meerab Dar Ishwar Atkar Keerat Teja Riyen Shah Eesa Hussain Kashan Shahzad 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: Kaysha Reid – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being polite and considerate to her friends.) Yanis Benjamin – Scholar of the Week (for concentrating well in his independent writing.) Maxwell Class: Gurkirpa Hunjan – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing emotional intelligence and caring for her friends.) Saba Akram – Scholar of the Week (for challenging herself and answering harder questions for her maths homework.) Newton Class:

Primary Praise and Recognition

Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday, 14th May. An invitation will be given to the children during our Friday Celebration and Awards Assembly

Arissa Isha-Butt – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for showing a new sense of maturity.) Riyen Shah– Scholar of the Week (for having a fantastic maths brain and helping solve problems in his pair and in modelling.)

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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, the winners of the attendance cup this week! Let’s see if one of the classes can make it to 100% next week and earn some extra playtime!!

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. 18  INA Newsletter


Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential.

"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 11th May – 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: To help the children understand the structure and order of the day, we always start with a visual timetable. Each part of the day is represented by a picture; this helps the children to understand the daily routine. Now that the children are required to come to school wearing their normal school uniform on Mondays, and are learning to get changed into their PE kits independently at school, it does mean that the children need to become more organised and check that they have all of their belongings with them each day. It may help to create a visual/pictorial timetable at home to help your child become more organised and to think about when they need their PE kit, home learning, guided reading book etc. This could be displayed in your child’s room or in a central place like the kitchen where you can both check what is needed the night before, ready for the following day. This will allow your child to become more involved in preparing for their learning each day and to gain independence. It is also good to remind your child, as we do in school, to check regularly that they have all of the belongings with them.

Here’s an example of the one used in our classrooms.

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Parent Information Board Parent & Headteacher Forum Meeting – Friday 15th May As we are now in our last academic term of the year and preparing for a new cohort of children in September, I would appreciate some constructive feedback as I begin to plan ahead. If you would like to come along to the forum meeting, it will be held in the dining hall at 9.00 on Friday 15th May. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. I appreciate that morning events may not be convenient for everyone, so will happily organise the following half term’s date in an evening.

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Key Dates for 2015 Summer Term Monday 20th April - Tuesday 21st July Tuesday 12th May Wednesday 13th May

Official opening of the Primary School BRIDGES Mentoring pm (no afternoon lessons in the secondary school) Thursday 14th May Year 7s trip to Rochester Friday 15th May Year 7s trip to Rochester Saturday 16th May Saturday Stretch: Sports Science Tuesday 19th May Humanities Games Y8 I S A C Wednesday 20th May Information Evening for Year 6 parents Thursday 21st May Humanities Games Y8 N E W T Monday 25th May Residential trip to Barcelona Thursday 4h June Sports Day Monday 8th June - Monday 15th June KS 3 exams Tuesday 16th June Ark Athletics Wednesday 17th June Redbridge School's District Athletics Championship Y9 & Y10 Parent workshop on Literacy 6pm Thursday 18th June Bug Man Science visit Friday 19th June Author Visit: James Dawson Tuesday 23rd June Humanities Games Y7 I S A C Wednesday 24th June Humanities Games Y7 N E W T Redbridge School's District Athletics Championship Y7 & Y8 Thursday 25th June INSET Day Friday 26th June INSET Day Wednesday 1st July Royal Society Science Trip Year 7&8 District Sports Thursday 2nd July Year 6 Transition Day Friday 3rd July INSET Day Wednesday 8th July PE Awards 6-7pm Tuesday 14th July Reception parents meeting Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th July School Production Monday 20th July Year 9 Awards Assembly 6pm Tuesday 21st July End of Term Award Assemblies Half Term: Monday 25 – Friday 29 May 2015 Staff Training Days: Friday 26th June, & Friday 3rd July

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Term Dates for 2015-16 Autumn Term Monday 7th September - Friday 18th December Half Term 26th - 30th October Spring Term Monday 4th January - Thursday 24th March Half Term 15th - 19th February Summer Term Monday 11th April - Wednesday 20th July Half Term 30th May - 3rd June INSET days to be decided

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