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INA Secondary Newsletter

3 December 2015

Can you support INA?

We need more Work Experience placements!

Do you work in a career that would interest our students? If so please contact us: info@ Year 10 students will complete a work experience placement from Monday 20th June 2016 – Friday 24th June 2016 and we need your help! If you feel you can offer a placement please read the placement guide below and contact Mr Crowther-Green by email: info@ with the title Work Experience. Please provide a work address, brief details of the type of work, potential duties and include a contact name, telephone number and email.

Placement guide

• Employers must have a Health and Safety policy and Public Liability Insurance • Placements should be easily reachable from INA by public transport • Students should not be working in a confined space with a single employer (safeguarding reasons) • Employers offering placements will need to complete an agreement and send details of dress, days, times, tasks and any specific information • Students will complete a project which they will work through during their placement We welcome friends and family of INA students to offer placements to INA students. We want students to broaden their horizons and we want students to be completing a work experience that they could not easily organise themselves. Therefore students cannot complete work experience with family and friends. If you have an questions please contact Mr CrowtherGreen by email:

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Dear Parents and Carers

e had a fantastic turn out at the Year 9 Options Evening on Wednesday. Students and their parents listened to presentations from Ms McEvoy and Ms Bryne and then had the opportunity to talk to subject teachers about the various GCSE courses. If you were not able to attend or you would like to view the slides and other related resources, they can be found on the school website under ‘Resources for Parents’. Congratulations to our Chef Manager, Fraser Thomson, and his team for being awarded 5 stars for hygiene in an unannounced inspection last week. This is the top grading (and a level that many cafés and restaurants do not achieve! I am delighted to announce that INA has appointed a Lead Teacher for Computing, Marsha Duraku, who started with us this week. She has written an introduction below: “Education has always been a major part of my life; as a university lecturer and an Educational Psychologist my mother placed great importance on the necessity for all of her children to obtain excellent qualifications in order to progress on to university and obtain qualifications through higher education. My outlook on life also mirrors this vision. Having graduated from university with a degree in Computer Science 11 years ago, I have spent the last ten years delivering teaching and learning to a wide range of age groups from Years 3 to 13 in the independent sector. I am now ready to embark on the second tier of my career. I feel incredibly fortunate and equally as excited to be joining the INA team as lead teacher of Computing. Advances in various areas of Computer Science such as robotics, touch screen technology and app/smart phone development have raised the profile of this subject that I am passionate about. Through my role at Isaac Newton Academy, my aim is to deliver an innovative, stimulating, challenging and rewarding programme of study for all INA students.” With best wishes,

Rachel Macfarlane Principal

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PE AT ISAAC NEWTON ACAD Jump Rope for British Heart Foundation Next Monday, 7th December, all Year 7 students will participate and hopefully raise money for the British Heart Foundation through skipping in their P.E lessons. Money raised can now be paid via Wise Pay. Merits will go to students who upload their money. Sponsorship forms should be brought to the first P.E lesson next week. Individual prizes and form prizes will be given for the most money raised.

Fixtures and Results

The team got off to a fantastic start with a 20-10 win against Seven Kings. The first two quarters Year 8 2nd Football team were closely contested and the score remained tight until INA started to The Year 8 team played move clear. Goals from in a very competitive Zain Islam and Jaheim match against Loxford. Chambers, alongside a The score was 0-0 at half time which shows just how great performance from little there was between the Jack Lavin, ensured the boys got a win in their first teams. The team showed game incredible determination and perseverance in search The KS3 and KS4 Girls for the goal to separate Badminton squad them . Unfortunately Loxford got the lucky break away and charged towards our goal, making it 1 nil to them. Well done to the Year 8 team for a well fought game; stand out players were Musa Bakhari, Ardit Mudhar and Abdul-Khalil Khan. The squad played in their first tournament at Year 7 Basketball team Bancrofts on Wednesday 2nd December. Both teams showed tremendous determination against 3 very strong schools and came away with wins in 6  INA Newsletter

2 doubles games against Valentines from Charisma, Aishwarya and Ishani. Well done girls!

Upcoming fixtures 7th December • Under 13 girls handball tournament • Year 7 Basketball Cup vs Oak park (AWAY) 9th December • Yr 8 & 9 King Solomon Netball (Back to back) • Yr 7 B Final Indoor Athletics Beal • Dance Competition 12.30 Caterham 10th December • Yr 7 Seven Kings Netball.- TBC • Girls 7, 8, 9 football vs Loxford • Chosen students to go out to the Copperbox for Handball & Volleyball session

DEMY Our new 3G Pitch

Please note that this floodlit all weather pitch is available for hire outside school hours. For enquiries, please contact the school via phone or email.

PE department extra-curricular and enrichment clubs

After school

Lunch time








Sports Hall




Table Tennis


Activity Studio


Judo Club


Sports Hall


Yr 9 S+C


Sports Hall

Rugby Club



Yr 10 Football


Knox Field/ MUGA MUGA

Table Tennis


Activity Studio




Yr 8 Basketball JL

Sports Hall

Seated MB Volleyball Football/ TB Cricket Yr 7 Badminton club External

Activity Studio

Girls’ Sports club Bike Club





Football/ Cricket Yr8


Knox Field

MUGA Sports Hall


1st Lunch (Year 10)

2nd Lunch (year 7,8 &9) Boys Handball (Year 8 &9) Basketball club (Year 8&9

Basketball club (BH)

Girls Handball Year 8 & 9 Year 7 Handball Boys and Girls Basketball (Year 7) Girls and Boys

Mon Tues


Handball Club (BH)

Improve your skills! Try something new! Keep fit! Make new friends! Unleash your energy! Increase your chances of getting into a team! INA Newsletter 7

Well done to the following students who are this week’s Mathematicians of the Moment. Please collect a merit from Mr Dukes

This week’s Mathematicians of the Moment Khadija Ahmed  (7N)    

Sajjad Ali  (7A)    

Amaal Khandwalla  (8N)  

Keshan Becke<-­‐Edwards  (7S)    

Nikita Spiridonovas  (9N)  

Eleanor Brant  (7N)    





















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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 17th December. Good luck and may the best form win!!!

YEAR 7 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Monday 30th November to Thursday 10th December

Find the  dimensions  of  a  rectangle  whose  perimeter  is   68cm  and  area  is  240cm2.

Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

YEAR 8 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Monday 30th November to Thursday 10th December You are at an unmarked intersection ... one way is the City of Lies and another way is the City of Truth. Citizens of the City of Lies always lie. Citizens of the City of Truth always tell the truth. A citizen of one of those cities (you don't know which) is at the intersection. What question could you ask to them to find the way to the City of Truth?

Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

YEAR 9 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Monday 30th November to Thursday 10th December

The bag of sweets has gone missing! Andy, Bob, Cassie and David are questioned about the disappearance and ONLY ONE of them tells the truth. Andy said "Cassie did it." Bob said " I didn't do it." Cassie said "Bob is lying." David said " Cassie is lying." Who took the sweets?

Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

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Saturday Stretch: Psychology n Saturday the 28th of November activity O students across years 7, 9 and 10 As a group, we then had a very rich attended a Saturday Stretch class in discussion as we collectively tried Psychology led by an undergraduate from Oxford University; Susanna O’Brien.

to name everything that the brain is responsible for. We came up with a vast and diverse list to include creativity, dreams, vision, language The session began mysteriously as and speech, memory and mental students were taken into a separate health. This exemplified for the room in preparation for a psychological students that within Psychology there experiment. Students were invited are many facets and that the study of into the experiment room one at a the subject at university level would time. They were told upon entry that result in a very interesting and mixed they were taking part in a Skinner timetable. experiment and for the purpose of the activity they were a hungry rat. The students were clearly Each ‘rat’ was placed in a make shift gripped by curiosity and hands box. In the box were two circuits with were shooting up left, right switches that light a bulb. The students and centre to ask thoughtful were told they had ten seconds to do questions. When asked how she whatever they wanted in the box. Some found delivering the session of the more savvy ‘rats’ realised that by Susanna said “really enjoyableswitching on the light bulb they would the students were lovely and receive a treat and continued to flip the friendly and asked interesting switch. and intelligent questions.” Susanna used this experiment to conceptualise the students’ understanding of positive reinforcement: a condition that encourages behaviour. Susanna explained that we can be motivated as human beings by reward and praise.

Susanna ended the session by talking to the students about the history and prestige of Oxford university. She helpfully explained the process of recruitment the university goes through and addressed some common misconceptions about Oxford.

Psychology is the study of the brain but Susanna carefully explained that within When asked the question ‘do you this there are many avenues of study to think the session was helpful?’ some students said: explore such as those listed below: “Definitely- it gave me an idea of • Abnormal psychology: what Psychology is and what A psychopathy and abnormal Levels I would need to do it.” behaviour • Biopsychology: the influence of “Yes- we don’t really know anything the brain and neurotransmitters about Psychology and it was a great • Behavioural psychology: the opportunity to expand our minds study of how behaviours are and learn something new.” learned “Yes because I learned what • Counselling psychology: providing therapeutic treatments Psychology is and also that • Clinical psychology: assessment you can study Art and get into and treatment of mental illness Oxford” • Cognitive psychology: study of When asked if the session mental processes had prompted them to • Educational psychology: study of consider studying this how people learn subject at university some • Forensic psychology: intersection students said: between psychology and law • Health psychology: promotion of “Yes because it seems really health and prevention of disease interesting and has a wide • Social psychology: study of social range of topics” interactions “Yes because it helps me • Sports psychology: how the human psychology influences physical understand mind.” INA Newsletter 11

A Warm Invite to INA’s Awards Assemblies – Friday 18th December 2015 On Friday 18th December we will be holding our first awards assemblies of the year. This is an opportunity for the staff, students, governors and parents/carers to formally celebrate our students’ achievements at the end of the autumn term. There will be a separate assembly for each year group. Please note the times as follows: Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10

12.00-12.45pm 11.05-11.50am 12.00-12.45pm 11.05-11.50am

At the assemblies we will be presenting awards in recognition of students’ academic progress and attainment, personal progress and the development of their BRIDGES dispositions. Excellent attendance and punctuality will also be celebrated. It is also a great opportunity for you to see some examples of the activities and events your child has been participated in this term. We believe that it is important that every student is represented by a parent at the Awards assembly for their year group and would like to invite one parent to attend on behalf of the family. If you would like to attend, please ask your son/daughter to collect a ticket for the awards assembly from his/her form tutor. Please request your ticket by Friday 11th December. Due to limited capacity in the viewing gallery, we are unable to accommodate very many additional family members. However, if you would like a second place, please notify the school office and we will do our best to allocate an additional ticket. I look forward to seeing you on the 18th December. Jo Spencer Vice Principal.

GCSE French and Spanish Controlled Assessments - Speaking Year 10 students will do their first Speaking controlled assessments during Friday 4th and Monday 7th December. This means that any student in Year 10 who is doing Spanish or French GCSE will be required to attend a 1:1 Speaking assessment with their language teacher for about 10 minutes. The controlled assessments will take place in formal exam conditions. The focus of the controlled assessment is sports and leisure. Students are preparing for the controlled assessments during their French or Spanish lessons. Students should also spend time as part of their independent learning revising and practising key vocabulary and phrases to ensure that they fully prepared and can approach their assessment with confidence. If you have any questions please contact your son/daughter’s MFL teacher. Jo Spencer 12  INA Newsletter

Community Languages GCSEs

Does your son/daughter speak a language other than English at home e.g. Italian, German, Russian, Urdu, Bengali, Polish, Turkish, Mandarin, Arabic, Portuguese? Can he/she read and write the language to a good standard? If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions, your child may be able to take an early entry GCSE in the language at INA. Students will need to study independently for the exam. The school will supply past papers for students to practise and will pay the exam entry fees but we are unable to offer any tuition in the language. Students will need to make a commitment to studying independently for the exams. What happens next? Ms Spencer will be talking to students about the process in assemblies in the week beginning 17th November. Any students interested in finding out more should attend a meeting with Ms Spencer and Mr Crowther Green on Tuesday lunchtime. Ms Spencer will distribute a past paper GCSE paper and a mark scheme for the language for students to do at home. Parents will need to mark the paper and students should return it to Ms Spencer by Monday 23rd November. The school will then make a decision as to whether the student can be entered for the exams next summer. Mr Crowther-Green will contact parents directly to discuss the decision. Should a student not be deemed ready to take the exam, he/she may be able to take it the following year. If you would like to would like more information or you would like to discuss the matter further, please contact Ms Spencer or Mr Crowther-Green.

Dear Parents of Y10 students Reports for Y10 students will be published in early January and have been revised to better support students following GCSE courses. The student’s current progress will be reported in GCSE grades and will include fine grading. A 1 or + after a grade indicates the student is progressing towards the next grade whereas a 3 or – would indicate the grade is not currently secure. See the table below for full details.

The student reports will also feature and attitude to learning for each subject Attitude to Learning Key:

Mr Crowther-Green

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Praise & Recognition Merits

Year 7 T C E S W N I A

847 726 656 580 534 522 438 411

Year 8 C W E N S I A T

549 493 485 474 471 460 414 382

Year 9 T E N S W I C A

687 439 267 260 239 183 160 136

Year 10 W E I N S A T C

247 153 138 138 132 118 111 93

Ahmed Al-Khafaji Award (Peer Commendation Award) The seventh awards have been decided by the previous weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winners. Ahmed was well known for being kind, for helping others and for being extremely polite. He was also someone known for his hard work and absorption; the idea, therefore, is that the winner should be someone that encapsulated one of these qualities in that week. Year 7: Tahmina Rahaman 7S Year 8: Omar Ali 8T Year 9: Djevia Elliel 9A Year 10: Yusra Khiliq 10E Good Deed Feed From Ms Clarke: Gyane got a merit today for clearing away the equipment in the science lab. Equipment that was put in the wrong place by other students. He even wiped the water from the floor. From Ms Atkinson: Shaye Alexander saw me moving the layout of my room and kindly offered to help. Jennifer Byrne Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition 14â&#x20AC;&#x192; INA Newsletter

Christmas Themed Non Uniform Day on Friday 11th December On Friday 11th of December we will have a non-uniform day to fundraise for Save the Children. Students will be invited to wear a Christmas jumper as part of their non-school uniform. Christmas colours of green, red, gold and white are encouraged! 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. Students will need to bring ÂŁ1 by Monday 7th December in order to be permitted to wear non uniform on the 11th of December. Ms Alibhai-Watson

INA Community Party On Tuesday December 8th we will be hosting the INA Community Party. Timings for the day will be as follows:

P1-P3 P4a 12:50-13:00 13:00-13:10 Ms Alibhai-Watson

KS3 Normal school day Normal school day PM Registration Whole school dismissal

KS4 Normal school day Period 4b lesson PM Registration Whole school dismissal

Only students involved in supporting the event will be allowed on site after 13:00. Should your child be eligible for free school meals we will have a packed lunch available to take away that day. Many thanks in advance for your help and support! INA Newsletterâ&#x20AC;&#x192;15


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Planning and Prioritising

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BRIDGES How we build learning power and develop character at Isaac Newton Academy “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton The secondary BRIDGES programme commences on Monday 14th September. BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a student's character and learning power and enable them to grow into well rounded individuals and resilient learners. On a two weekly cycle throughout the year, Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to one or two new habits of mind or learning characteristics that will permeate throughout the curriculum. This will take place through a range of interactive activities. In addition, the students will experience BRIDGES learning objectives in each and every lesson throughout Isaac Newton Academy. Year 9 BRIDGES lessons will focus on strengthening certain BRIDGES learning characteristics through exploration of PHSE topics and themes. Each fortnight you will find top tips in the newsletter of ways of supporting your child to develop the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics within the home.

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

































At Isaac Newton 7C 95.7 8C Academy every 7N 95.5 8T student is set the target of 100% 92 8A attendance. We know 7E that attendance has a 7W 90.9 8I direct link to progress, and would urge you to really consider if a day off school is necessary.





















Well done to 9T for meeting their 100% target!

Year 8 97.1%

It is still possible for any tutor group to take the lead, so keep giving your form the chance to win by being here every day! Ms. Abbott-Jones Lead Pastoral Leader 18  INA Newsletter

Year 9 96.5%

Year 7 96.2%

Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2015: Secondary Tuesday 8th December Community Party Tuesday 8th December 20 Year 10 students involved in an Entrepreneurship workshop Friday 11th December Christmas Lunch Saturday 12th December Saturday Stretch: Geography Tuesday 15th December 20 Year 10 students involved in an Entrepreneurship workshop 3-5pm Wednesday 16th December 15 Y10 students on a medics trip to Kings College Thursday 17th December Winter Concert Friday 18th December Awards Assemblies. Term ends at lunch time.

Spring Term Monday 4th January - Thursday 24th March Half Term 15th - 19th February INSET days: Monday 4th January and Friday 12th February Summer Term Monday 11th April - Wednesday 20th July Half Term 30th May - 3rd June INSET days: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June, Friday 8th July

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