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15 May 2015

Announcements School Trousers

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents/carers of our uniform policy with regards to school trousers. School trousers must only be purchased from the school and may not be replicated by high street brands or home-made products. The trousers must be the exact material match (colour and cloth) as the school jacket. Jo Spencer Vice Principal

Kitchen Porter positions We are looking to appoint 2 kitchen porters to support our catering operation, for either 30 hours a week (10am – 4.30om), or 10 hours per week (2pm – 4pm). If you are interested in finding out more, please visit our vacancies section on the school website or contact Gina Webb on 020 8911 6666. Helen Chamberlain Finance and Resources Director 2  INA Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,


he big event of this week was the Official Opening of the Primary School. Despite being graced by the presence of many highly esteemed guests, including the CEO of Ark Schools and the Mayor and Mayoress of Redbridge, it was the students who stole the show. You can read all about it and see some pictures in the primary section of the newsletter. Many thanks to Ms Rayner for organising a great event and to the Music department for providing the secondary dhol drummers and for coaching the reception children to sing their school song with such enjoyment and attitude! Last weekend the intrepid London Clubbers travelled to South London to visit the newly-refurbished Imperial War Museum. They explored First and Second World War galleries and the older students were able to visit the Holocaust Exhibition. We also witnessed some VE Day anniversary celebrations in the grounds of the museum. The Year 7s have been conducting field work at Rochester this week, visiting the castle and the cathedral. A full report will follow in the next newsletter. Thanks go to staff in the Humanities and English departments, and especially to Mr Woracker, for organising the trip. With best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal


>>> News STEM Club Success!

Last week we received word from the organisers of the TeenTech Awards that the hard work invested by three of our students during STEM club last half term had paid off, putting them through to the final of this year’s competition. The TeenTech Awards is a competition open to students from Years 7 to 11, which asks students to use their creativity and imaginations to come up with new ideas to make life simpler, easier, or better across a range of industries, including energy, wearable technology, retail and finance, design and construction, and infrastructure. STEM Club – which in most schools focuses on making links between Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and, at INA, makes room for English too – seemed like the perfect place for students to have a go at doing this for the first time. Working in teams of up to three, INA students came up with a wide range of products that had the potential to be brought to market, including a shower that monitors and regulates water usage, a jacket that would charge your phone, a cooker hood that would capture and store energy released by steam when cooking to reduce household energy consumption overall, security tracking devices, and swimming goggles that monitor your exercise as well as your safety in the water. Our winning project – designed by Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali, and Chirag Shah – was perhaps a little more risqué, but the originality of their product, and the quality of the design work that went into its promotion, clearly stood out amongst entries from more than 500 other students in the UK and caught the judge’s eye, taking them through to the final! They will now spend the next 7 weeks, starting with a workshop in Coventry this Saturday, preparing to pitch their project at the Royal Society to a host of VIP judges on Monday 22nd June, where a total of twelve awards are up for grabs, along with a prize of £1000 for the winning school in each category. The overall winners will be presented with their awards by HRH Duke of York KG at Buckingham Palace. They’ve done so well already, but we wish all three boys the very best of luck!

Miss Ahmed and Miss Rudd

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Praise and Recognition

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

Merits 1415 1404 1282 1251 1198 1076 1001 986

Year 8 T E N S I A W C

1073 999 933 886 815 777 775 737

Year 9 W N E S T I A C

873 873 759 692 675 561 542 440

44.71 44.43 41.63 38.81 38.52 35.32 35.00 33.50

Year 9 N W E T S I A C

40.00 37.96 33.00 30.68 30.01 25.50 23.57 20.00

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

64.32 58.50 58.27 54.46 54.39 46.78 44.89 43.52

Year 8 T N E I S A W C

1 s t p l a c e : N ( 3 2 1 0 m e r i t s) 3 r d p l a c e : T ( 2 8 2 4 m e r i t s) We l l d o n e S f o r k n o c k i n g A o f t h e podium!

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 7T last week for meeting the 100% attendance target.

Last week form scores

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

100% 98.9% 98.8% 97.2% 96.2% 95.5% 92% 90.8%

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

98.8% 98.4% 98.4% 97.9% 97.7% 94.3% 91.8% 91.5%

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

98.9% 98.3% 97.8% 97.2% 96.7% 96.7% 95.1% 90.3%

Year Groups

Year 7 96.2%

Year 9 96.4% Year 8 96.1%

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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: 6  INA Newsletter


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.

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 7

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On Thursday 4th June INA will have its 3rd annual Sports Day. It will involve students participating in the traditional Athletics field and track events. In addition, boys will participate in an inter-form Denchball tournament, and girls will participate in an inter-form Netball tournament. Parents are invited to attend the Athletics part of the day down at Cricklefields Athletics Stadium (next to the school). The Athletics will take place at the following times for each year group: • • •

Year 7 - 9.00 – 10.45am Year 8 – 11.15 – 1.00pm Year 9 – 1.50 – 3.45pm

• • • • • • •

Tickets will be available soon. Please not the following: Initially students will be allowed 2 tickets each for each Year group slot Tickets must be brought to the stadium for entry – no entry without them – children of all ages require a ticket Parents will be in a particular area of the Athletics stadium whereby you will be able to view track events. Please note that you may not be able to see your son/daughter performing their field event. You will not be able to walk around the stadium for safeguarding reasons Photography will not be allowed If you are staying for 2 slots, e.g. Year 7 & 8, then you must leave the stadium in between these 2 slots and then present another ticket for the next slot If the Athletics events have to be cancelled due to bad weather then you will receive a text message saying so on the day – In this unlikely event the timings of the school day will be unaffected and students will be released at 4pm as usual

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NEXT WEEKS FIXTURES Monday – Year 7 & 8 Cricket Practice Monday – Year 7 & 8 Rounders Rally – Away at Mayfield Wednesday – Year 7 Table Tennis v Woodbridge – Away Wednesday – Year 9 Cricket v Loxford (a) Thursday – Year 8 Table Tennis v Woodbridge (h)





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 22nd May 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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Official Opening Ceremony

P r imar

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On Tuesday we invited a number of guests to celebrate the opening of the primary phase of our school and to thank everyone who has worked hard as part of a large team to provide us with such an impressive building for our children to enjoy their learning in every day.

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Our guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of Redbridge, members of the Education Funding Agency, the architects PTEa, the London Borough of Redbridge, consultants from Gardiner Theobald, the project team at Bouygues Leadbitter and a number of colleagues from Ark Schools including the Ark Central Projects team. Everyone was treated to a fabulous fanfare of music by the Secondary School dhol drummers, a song was sung by the Reception children and we finished off by with a tour of our fabulous building. Venessa Willms, the Director of Ark Primary Schools, was invited to officially open the building. A plaque to commemorate the occasion will shortly be on display in the main Primary reception area. The children were each presented with a beautiful bookmark in honour of the occasion and as a memento of being part of our founding primary cohort.

Our Learning this Week

Learning to share and divide a given number!

Dr. Ijaz examing the pet x-rays!

Being creative and imaginative!

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The following pupils have received 25 or more merits since September for making good choices and moving up to gold on the class ‘good choice chart’ – this is a fantastic achievement. A special ‘bronze’ certificate will be presented during Thursday’s Celebration and Awards Assembly. Faheem Ahmedabadi Emaan Hassan.

Headteacher’s Lunch

Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday, 21st May. an invitation will be given to the children during our Friday Celebration and Awards Assembly: Arjun Bihal Aadam Ali Musa Malik Jeneefa Khezar Nassim Rebhi Zaina Hussain Anum Imran Tulsi Jogia. 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 term! Curie Class: Nandini Sharma – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for having selfdiscipline to work hard and make good choices.) Emaan Hassan – Scholar of the Week (for some excellent work with doubles and halves this week in maths.) Maxwell Class: Ishwar Atkar – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for showing self-discipline in his work and behaviour.) Aashvi Govil – Scholar of the Week (for producing outstanding work and helping other children with their work.) Newton Class: Keerat Teja – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for having lots of selfdiscipline in the way he is learning and joining in with others.) Mariam Faheem – Scholar of the Week (for having great ideas in literacy, using connectives in her writing, helping her maths partner and trying really hard in phonics.) 16  INA Newsletter

Primary Praise and Recognition

Praise and Recognition

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! It was a very close race this week between Curie and Maxwell. Let’s see if one of the classes can make it to 100% next week.

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 11th May – Bravery Bravery Displaying habits of courage, leadership, experimentation, risk-taking and optimism. At home and school: We encourage the children to try new things every day, whether it is a food that they have not tried before or new activities that they may not normally choose during the afternoon sessions. We always encourage the children to be brave when they fall over and hurt themselves and to remain as calm as possible while we help them. Throughout the week we will be observing various lessons and lunchtimes, looking for pupils that role-model the characteristics mentioned above and lead by example to others.

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Parent Information Board Guided Reading Please remember to bring your child’s ‘guided reading’ book back on the correct day. Your child also has home record book for you to write your comments about his/her reading and progress. You could also include any extension activities that you may have done with the book too. Thank you for your support. If in the rare event a book is lost or damaged, we will ask parents/ carers to pay for the cost of replacing the book.

Old MacDonald Farm – Monday 18th May A letter has been put into your child’s book bag with a checklist of items that your child will need to bring with them on the trip and to hopefully answer some of the questions that you may have. We look forward to sharing some of the photographs with you next week. Just to remind you that breakfast club and afterschool club will run as normal on Monday, but there will be no enrichment clubs running.

Parent & Headteacher Forum Meeting – Friday 15th May

Thank you to those parents and carers who were able to attend the Parent and Headteacher Forum. It was a fantastic opportunity to take feedback on the year to date and consider how we can collectively continue to build on the community and relationship that has already been established between home and school. We know that the children make better progress when both parties work collaboratively to support each other. A parent questionnaire has been put in your child’s bag; it is important that every parent /carer completes this and returns it to school. You can hand these in to your child’s class teacher or to the staff on duty in the morning or in the box that will be situated in the Primary reception area.

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Primary Reminders IMPORTANT REMINDERS • Please make sure that if your child has long hair it is tied back neatly. Hair decorations must be small and plain • Schools starts at 8.45; it is important that your child arrives on time every day so that the teachers can start the lesson promptly. The school gate will be open from 8.25 and will close at 8.45. • If any of your details have changed e.g.. your address or phone number – please ensure you contact the office to inform us, so that we can update our records. • We expect every child to be in full uniform every day with their top button done up. • Nail polish is not permitted. • Only small stud earrings can be worn for safety reasons. • Please ensure your child attends school every day and on time. If your child is sick then you must call the office to let us know by 8.15am.

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Key Dates for 2015 Summer Term Monday 20th April - Tuesday 21st July 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 Tuesday 26th May - Saturday 30th 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 Monday 29th June Primary Sports Day 2.30-3.30pm 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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