INA Secondary Newsletter
18 December 2015
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We need more Work Experience placements!
Do you work in a career that would interest our students? If so please contact us: info@ isaacnewtonacademy.org 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@ isaacnewtonacademy.org 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.
• 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: email@example.com.
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Dear Parents and Carers ur last newsletter of the term gives details of some of the wonderful activities that our students have been engaged in in the last two weeks: we certainly haven’t been relaxing into the holidays!
Last night many of you joined us for a fantastic Winter Concert at which a significant number of our students from all year groups performed. It was a spectacular event, showcasing the range of musical skills that our students are developing. Many thanks to Mr Morgan, Ms Hope, Mr Fowler, Ms Morten, Mr Robinson and Mr Coughlin, as well as to all the staff and student performers! Today we say a goodbye to Ms Malik for two terms. She is taking a short break from work to support her son while he recovers from an operation. We look forward to having her back with us in September. I am delighted to report that Ms Benmouh will be taking Ms Malik’s classes during her absence. We have a new Technology teacher, Ms Hinds, joining us in January. She has written a message to introduce herself: “I am very much looking forward to joining Isaac Newton Academy in the New Year as a Design and Technology teacher. Since the opening of Isaac Newton Academy in 2012, I have aspired to work here and was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to join such an exciting environment to enrich pupils’ learning both inside and outside the classroom. Having visited the school I was very impressed with the facilities and the general ethos of the school. I am passionate about all areas of DT, especially Food and TextilesTechnology, which I will be taking a lead role in. I am from Redbridge myself and attended Valentines High School. From there I went on to study Management and Marketing of Textiles at the University of Manchester. On my return to London I successfully passed my PGCE in Food and Textiles at the University of East London. My first teaching role took me to Caterham High School. I have spent the last two years at the City Academy, Hackney, where I have progressed tremendously and took a lead role in special educational needs alongside teaching all areas of Design and Technology. I am now looking forward to returning to Redbridge and passing on my knowledge and passion to the students at Isaac Newton Academy. I cannot think of a better way to start my new year!”
With best wishes,
achel Macfarlane, rincipal INA Newsletter 3
Year 10 Speak Out Success
n Friday 11th December, 29 Year 10 students took their first steps in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. It is the first time that the Academy has participated in this national competition and our students got off to a great start, having a full day of coaching in their presentation skills. As well as considering voice, body language and style, the students learnt how to structure and craft a speech that would grab an audienceâ€™s attention and make their voices heard. One particular feature of the coaching was working on speaking confidently without notes; the group discussed how this could support them with university applications and future employment . The day culminated with the first competition round where students delivered their speeches in front of the group, myself, and Carl, their Jack Petchey coach. Speech topics were varied and included, bullying, protecting the environment, artificial intelligence and diving. The quality level was so high that it was impossible for me to judge alone, so we have taken seven students through to a Year 10 assembly final, to be held in January, where two of the students will be selected to represent their school in the Redbridge heats. Congratulations to all who participated and delivered such wonderful speeches, but in particular to our finalists: Halema Anjum, Keanna Bhalla, Zaynah Chaudhry, Max Haluwa, Yusra Kilic, Simran Larr and Awais Seyyad. Ms Atkinson
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Saturday Stretch: Geography n the 12th of December 25 more about some of the invaluable O students spanning across transferable skills she has learned from years 7,8 and 9 met to take part studying the discipline, to include: in a Geography Saturday Stretch session. We welcomed Aditi Arora, a Geography undergraduate in her second year of study at Southampton University. Aditi began by explaining and describing how she ended up a budding geographer:
It all started during my GCSEs when I scored 100% in my human geography exam therefore I thought I’d take it for A level. I became a member of the Royal Geographical Society where I attended lectures and regularly read the FT, National Geographic Magazine and kept up to date with general affairs.
• Good communication and strong presentational skills • Independent Researching • Time Management • Excellent Writing Skills • Producing and Interpreting Maps • Fieldwork techniques
Lastly, the session concluded with a very active challenge; each group was charged with the task of blowing up a balloon and creating the world with a marker. Students had to During my time studying, I draw from their geographical realised how geography is a discipline knowledge to correctly place that it is constantly evolving and is continents and countries. present everywhere and every day. Students were given extra Furthermore, it spans multiple disciplines marks for adding in famous which meant I could study other landmarks. subjects within Geography that I really enjoyed such as Economic Geography, Each group presented their Geographies of Wellbeing and Cultural world and special mention goes Geographies. to Kisanth Ravi, Jay Amin and Zafirah Bhatti in year 7 who I did Geography, Maths, blew the year 8s and 9s out of Economics and French at A level as well the water with their presentational as gaining a qualification in Finance skills! They had correctly placed and achieved 5 As overall. I am a huge all countries and landmarks as advocate of ‘smart’ working i.e. that well as delivering an engaging and quality of work has a much greater impressive presentation. impact than quantity of hours put in. I have always been extremely busy having played most girls sports and toured The session was a great success and internationally in Hockey and Netball as certainly equipped the students well as performing dances nationally and with a more comprehensive view of playing hockey for Essex. This was only Geography beyond Isaac Newton all possible because I ensured that the Academy. hours I had available to study were all of high productivity!” When asked the question ‘do you think the session was helpful?’ some students said: Helpfully, Aditi explained the keys differences between human and “Yes because I was told physical geography; both courses about the process of going to that universities commonly offer. She university and it has helped detailed that under the umbrella term me plan my future.” of Human Geography you would be likely to cover modules in Economics, “Yes, I learnt about the Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, responsibilities that come Globalisation and Social Justice, with university and the skills Welfare and Rights. If you were to opt I need”. for Physical Geography you would study such units as Maths, Geology, When asked if the session Environmental Science and The Earth had prompted them to System. It was helpful to know the key consider studying this differences between the two and helped subject at university some cement the students’ understanding of students said: Geography at degree level. “Yes because it seems really Aditi went on to talk about the possible fun and enjoyable- at first I career paths available at the end of didn’t think so!” a degree in Geography and talked
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PE AT ISAAC NEWTON ACAD Last week the Year 10 Sports Leadership Group got to test out their planning and leadership skills by running a Year 1 multiskills session. The students have been learning about the skills and qualities needed for effective sports leadership as well as looking at activities suitable for primary age children and having a go at planning their own sessions. The session ran smoothly and fun was had by all involved, it was great to see the year 1 students responding so well to the enthusiasm demonstrated by the sports leaders. They were full of energy and engaged brilliantly with every task.
Fixtures and Results Last week student took part in Handball and Volleyball at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The lucky students that got selected for this trip were the INA girls who had won the Redbridge Handball Championships the previous week. This was a great opportunity to be exposed to the sport Volleyball and a great chance to further their knowledge of Handball which is still really new to them despite their success. Sessions were run by athletes from both the Handball and Volleyball Team GB squad. All students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and came away with a wealth of knowledge about sports which were unfamiliar to them. The student represented INA exceptionally well.
Upcoming fixtures 6th January • Year 9 Netball vs Forest Academy (Away) 7th January • KS4 Badminton Tournament (Home) • BOCCIA Tournament (Away)
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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
Yr 9 S+C
Yr 10 Football
Knox Field/ MUGA MUGA
Yr 8 Basketball JL
Seated MB Volleyball Football/ TB Cricket Yr 7 Badminton club External
Girls’ Sports club Bike Club
EC, DH, BB
Football/ Cricket Yr8
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
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 Tasnim Towfa (7W)
Rahaman Moorthy (7I)
Dev Sharma (8A)
Taeina Begum (8A)
Yaaseen Hussain (9N)
Vinay Solanki (9T)
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The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter the Mathematician of the Moment competition when it starts up again in the New Year. Answers to be written on a Maths postcard and be placed in the Maths post box no later than 4.10pm on the last day of the fortnightly problem.
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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COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY
n Tuesday 9th December we welcomed members of the local community to our annual Community Christmas Party!
Guests were treated to a delicious afternoon tea, comedic drama performances and a range of musical items from the Hip Hop Brass Band. All students contributed through decorations, contributing gifts as a tutor group, offering to volunteer to help run the event and our guests had a fantastic afternoon. Some of the comments from guests included: ‘We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the food and entertainment was excellent’ ‘I was much impressed by the welcome I received from your Year 7 student Anisha Ahmed. She was very hospitable and
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obviously enjoying her time at the Academy. She conversed easily and was well supported by the teacher alongside her. A credit to the Academy and a worthy ambassador.â€™ A huge thank you to all the staff for their help and contributions. Sugra Alibhai-Watson Assistant Principal
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:
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Praise & Recognition Merits
Year 7 T C S E N W I A
953 826 687 644 642 597 543 489
Year 8 W C N E S I T A
651 641 629 620 591 512 448 470
Year 9 T E N W S C I A
798 518 372 271 264 233 210 194
Year 10 W E I T N S A C
298 195 167 157 157 150 146 93
Well done to everyone across the year groups that received a bronze or a bronze and silver certificate at the Autumn Awards Assemblies! Good Deed Feed From Ms Fontenelle: Daveena Williams Morrison 7C is always helping Usman Umarji 7C with his bags when he removes his coat whilst in line-up. She does this with good grace and without any complaint nearly every day. From Mr Mounsey : Humayra Mustaq in Year 9 selflessly offered to act as a scribe during a Science lesson earlier this week for Aadam Rehman, who had injured his hand. Her concentration skills enabled her to write down the essentials of the lesson for both herself and Aadam. From Ms Gurm: Adam Rehman for volunteering to help Daljit Kaur to sort her presentation out and for teaching her how to put resources on Fronter From Ms Balsdon: Haroon Chaudhry he got photocopying for me without being asked to. He saw I was stressed. Jennifer Byrne Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition INA Newsletterâ€ƒ13
INA’s End of Autumn Te
n Friday 18th December we held our first awards assemblies of the year. The assemblies were wonderful events enabling staff, students, governors and parents/carers to come together to formally celebrate our students’ achievements at the end of the autumn term
At the assemblies we presented awards in recognition of students’ academic progress and attainment, personal progress and the development of their BRIDGES dispositions. Excellent attendance and punctuality was also celebrated. Congratulations to all of the award winners and to all students at INA for a fantastic start to the year!
Special Award Winners Year 7 Enrichment James Evans Community Spirit Umer Mahmud Reading Hafsah Suleman Cultural Passport Devanshi Saha Attainment Izzah Abid Progress Keshan Beckett- Edwards
Year 9 Enrichment Yewande Olebole Community Spirit Natasha Mahmood Reading Mumina Begum Cultural Passport Aliyah Vahora Attainment Mary Brant Progress Jiya Shahzad
Year 8 Year 10 Enrichment Jasmeet Dhaliwal Enrichment Abdur-Rahman Community Spirit Jainna Bhalla Ibrahim Reading Manraj Rai Community Spirit Misbah Hashmi Cultural Passport Sisay Shah Reading Award Abdul-Samad Miah Attainment Aman Jagdev Cultural Passport Keanna Bhalla Progress Shakurra Attainment Simran Bilku Wellington
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erm Awards Assemblies BRIDGES AND Personal Progress awards YEAR 7 7I B Inayah Shah R Shama Daula I Harkirat Singh D Riha Islam G Rafi Ullah E Daniel Ekwueme S Kisanth Ravi Personal Progress Hafsah Suleman
7N B Eleanor Brant R Jawad Rashid I Alisha Marion D Tasseen Hussain G Jaskiran Bains E Jay Amin S Manahil Asim Personal Progress Anisha Ahmed
7S B Rajan Rathor R Iman Sharif I Katherine Medina-Rua D Rhea Virdee G Maryam Ali E Keshan Beckett-Edwards S Hammad Khan Personal Progress Dhruvika Divecha
7E B Anamaika Pathak R Zain Islam I Asma Omar D Jasmine Joseph G Umer Mahmud E Kamil Momot S Izzah Abid Personal Progress Umaimah Umarji
7A B Adam Rebhi R Laiba Isha-Butt I Aaliyah Kidiya D Nikhil Banarsee G Marian Constantinescu E Sakina Awadh S Sajjad Ali Personal Progress Nadia Miah
7W B R Rabbi Hossain I Taybah Patal D Haris Malik G Abdulkadir Abdulle E Jannat Ibrahim S Jahiem Chambers Personal Progress Abdullah Javaad 7T B Ishaan Debroy R Ajwad Hadi Mathoor I Hammad Patel D Zubeida Esmail G Tufah Begum E Berfin Colak S Sunil Mann Personal Progress Denise Salvaterra
7C B Lily Southall R Waseem Dudhia I Daveena Morrison-Williams D Anish Mistry G Hamza Sajid E Tanisha Rahaman S Miguel Paisley Personal Progress Jack Lavin
INA’s End of Autumn Te BRIDGES AND Personal Progress awards YEAR 8 8I B Josh Abraham R Amber Mahmood I Manraj Rai D Qasim Nawaz G Sayhaan Kayani E Simran Sanghera S Rohan Jaswal Personal Progress Sanaan Hafeez
8N B Karolina Merliunaite R Arslan Dar I Malik Rashid D Abdur-Razzaque Miah G Aman Amin E Samera Yusuf S Maliha Ahmed Personal Progress Jasleen Kaur
8S B David Paltan-Pilicita R Ekam Sehmbi I Iman Latif D Hibaak Aden G Riann Haynes E Rahul Kalra S Tafcir Majumder Personal Progress Dilpreet Kaur
8E B Ammarrah Ahmed R Zayd Selant I Annan Ibne-Anis D Jasmeet Dhaliwal G Hruday Kinhikar E Fajar Kayani S Sanaa Rasool Personal Progress Omar Muhammad
8A B Jainna Bhalla R Ardit Mudhar I Fatima Jilani D Arjan Sandhu G Sinthuram Seethamohan E Maliha Awadh S Shahriah Rahman Personal Progress Noah Hawthorne
8W B Dovidas Snioka R Monique Toor I Hamzah Majid D Kriti Thava G Sisay Shah E Avinash Desai S Naeemah Khan Personal Progress Thomas Cater
8C B Hafsa R Mahathir Kazi I Lailaa Malik D Sanwar Hussain G Matthew Afsar E Hajara Rafiq S Aminah Mehmood Personal Progress Saffiyah Ul Haq
8T B Javin Faiza Sufiyani R Aqsa Hussain I Ayman Oulad-Lafkuih D Remeez Saleem G Zuzanna Krupska E Saira Musab S Finn Adams Personal Progress Umer Ahmed
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erm Awards Assemblies BRIDGES AND Personal Progress awards YEAR 9 9I B Omar Gill R Zahra Khan I Hazna Haleem D Aadam Rehman G Amaan Muhammad E Aisha Jatta S Salman Waheed Personal Progress Muneeb Bhatti
9N B Serina Singh R Hamza Shaukat I Arjun Shah D Sumeyya Derya G Richard Turcan E Radhika Duggal S Nikita Spiridonovas Personal Progress Mustafa Taner
9S B Maxwell Cameron-George R Ishani Punj I Mohammad Kothia D Haarris Waseem G Kunal Rathod E Jonah Robinson S Esher Bahara Personal Progress Lovepreet Kaur
9E B Aminah Umerji R Paramveer Singh I Ekam Marwa D Aasif Rahman G Aniqa Ahmed E Perdeep Kalsi S Neel Banarsee Personal Progress Yewande Oyebola
9A B Khalees Sakkaf R Lamys Mills I Humayra Mushtaq D Simranjeet Sehmi G Sabir Mohammed E Jasmin Johnson S Jeshurun Jeyason Personal Progress Amman Kiani
9W B Aliya Vahora R Jiya Shahzad I Husna Umarji D Simran Chahal G Rahul Pattni E Daina Williams Morrison S Ahnaf Ibne-Anis Personal Progress Rajveer Aytan
9C B Farhan Patel R Amirah Zamal I Yameen Aslam D Denada Balaj G Afrin Talukder E Mary Brant S Zahra Noori Personal Progress Rohit Sandha
9T B Cherice Chana R Hassan Khan I Anushri Menon D Amber Khanwalla G Alfie Southall E Tahmid Uddin S Nisha Mistry Personal Progress Gurinderjot Singh
BRIDGES AND Personal Progress awards YEAR 10 10I B Amaarah Kothia R Rutina Caldeira I Rawdah Hosenee D Saskeia Francis G Arjan Sharma E Faraaz Khurshid S Tamika Adamson Personal Progress Rio Hoque Rashid
10N B Alex Daay R Halema Anjum I Sneha Prasanna D Rafiya Shaukat G Tamour Waqar E Callum Bailey S Neha Rajput Personal Progress Zaynah Chaudhry
10S B R Hiba Haroon I Jay Gohil D Chirag Shah G Aishah Zahoor E Misbah Hashmi S Aiysha Dakri Personal Progress Mohammad Rahman
10E B Yüsra Kılıç R Joshua Husbands I Simran Larr D Reem Shoaba G Aerhan Srirangan E Bedi Elliel S Charisma Patel Personal Progress Taylor Boon- Melville
10A B Milan Sehmbi R Reece Claire I Wahid Rafiq D Haneefa Sultan G Abhay Prabhakar E Mahrukh Zafar S Muaz Nawaz Personal Progress Umar Ibrahim
10W B Maryam Muhammad R Keanna Bhalla I Arnie Patel D Sam Morrison G Priya Heer E Chloe Bonnici S Aishwarya Maheswaran Personal Progress Haid Muhammad
10C B Abbie Pearce R Aqsa Bano Rafiq I Ibraheem Bhajee D Amir Chergui G Nadia Ibrahim E Aliyah Patel S Hardeep Dhaliwal Personal Progress Aafreen Khaliq
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10T B Awais Seyyad R Dylan Bhurji I Piyush Karathia D Abdul-Samad Miah G Jastej Panesar E Leanne Hau S Ushna Asim Personal Progress Annie Nadeem Jo Spencer, Vice Principal.
BRIDGES Mentoring Wednesday 20th January The first BRIDGES mentoring session takes place on Wednesday 20th January from 1:45-3:45pm for KS3 students and 1:45-4:15pm for KS4 students. All students will be given a fifteen minute 1:1 coaching session with their BRIDGES mentor. This is an important opportunity for KS3 students to reflect on how they have developed or strengthened their BRIDGES dispositions, to discuss the dispositions they consider to be their strengths and the ones they need to work on further. Year 10 students will be engaging in a mock interview focusing on their preparedness for GCSEs and work experience and how they are further strengthening their BRIDGES dispositions to achieve success in both. Students will leave school after they have had lunch at around 1:25pm and should return to school for their allocated session. Students with appointments at 1:00pm 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 session 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 later in the year. Please note that enrichment will be cancelled on this day. Jo Spencer Vice Principal
Year 9 Progress meetings Y9 Progress meeting are calendared for Wednesday 27th January 2016 from 2:30-6:30 All students will complete lessons p1 – 4a (Y10 students will complete lesson 4a as per KS3 timings) P4a will finish for all students at 1:05 Students will return to tutor groups from 1:05-1:15 Students who are eligible for Free School Meals who request lunch in advance (via form tutors) can collect a lunch bag from the KS3 desk area as they leave Tutors will escort students to the KS3 gate at 1:15 where students are expected to go directly home and return between 2:30-6:30 with parents Students are expected to attend with an adult family member in full school uniform The progress meeting will take place in the KS3 Hall The last appointment is 6:25 for a 6:30 finish All students who are not Year 9 will be set independent learning to study at home during the afternoon If you have any questions please contact Mr Crowther-Green 02089116666
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January term all through menu 2016
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Year 9 – Remember the Date – Tuesday 5th January 2016 Computer Science Taster Session We are writing to remind all students in Year 9, and their parents, of our GCSE Computer Science Taster Session running the first day back after the holidays. Computer Science is being offered as a GCSE option for the first time from September 2016. As part of this addition to the KS4 curriculum, a taster session will be delivered to students on Tuesday 5th January 2015 from 3:15 to 4:30pm. This will provide students with a better understanding of the demands of the course, enabling those interested in this subject to make an informed decision about choosing Computing as a GCSE. Year 9 students have heard about this in assembly and through registration. If you would like your son/daughter to attend this session, encourage your child to collect the letter and return the permission slip to Key Stage 3 Reception as soon as possible. Marsha Lee Duraku Lead Teacher of Computing
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n Friday 11th of December year 10 students gave up their Friday evening to attend a public science lecture at UCL. This is what they had to say about it. “The lecture was about if we would leave our families to go on a one way trip to Mars. The speech was very interesting as we learnt about the red planet and the outside solar system and how difficult a mission to Mars would actually be. It was also very exciting to hear about how many different projects they are currently working on that could take us to the red planet. We were very grateful that the teachers took time out of their timetables to facilitate our trip. It was very inspirational”. Dylan, Simran L, and Awais Y10
Ibraheem Bhaijee Milan Sehmbi Aishah Zahoor Arjun Sharma Amreen Sandhu Amreese Toor Muaz Nawaz Abdul-Samad Miah Awais Seyyad Manav Katavada Dylan Bhurji Sneha Prasanna Rawdah Hosenee
Omar Haque Toby Summers Daanyaal Ali Unais Ahmed Abdur -Rahman Simran Larr Taylor Boon Amrit Ruprai
I look forward to taking more students to my old university in the future and thank them for being a great audience. Mr A.Clift-Matthews Head of Science
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INA's trip to
n Wednesday 16th of December 40 students from Years 9 & 10 attended a medical school workshop at Kings College Medical School.
“We went to Kings College for a medical workshop led by students in their second year studying medicine. We took part in a number of activities to develop our clinical skills, such as learning to take someone's blood and practising stitches, which proved to be more difficult then it looked. We also tried CPR and learnt how to save someone's life if they were choking or experienced a heart attack. The tour of the campus showed us what I'd be like to be a medical student in future, and was a valuable experience for the future”. Neha Rajput& Aishwarya Year 10 “Kings College was a great experience. We took part in a medical workshop learning how to draw blood, perform CPR, measure our blood pressure and perform key-hole surgery and stitches. Learning these skills was a lot more difficult than they looked; however it was great fun. We also went on a tour of the campus and experienced what it would be like to be a medical student”. Ishani & Zaynab Year 9 We would like to thank the following students for being such great ambassadors for our school and hope this proves some food for thought when considering their future career choices. Ahmed, Junaid Ahmed, Unais Bhaijee, Ibraheem Chaudhry, Zaynah Maheswaran, Aishwarya Rajput, Neha Ali, Inshaal Rafiq, Wahid Anjum, Halema Bilku, Simran Dhaliwal, Hardeep Gill, Asad Miah, Abdul-Samad Rahman, Naym Shah, Chirag Ali, Daanyaal
Bhurji, Dylan Katavada, Manav Simran Larr Seyyad, Awais Brant, Mary Ranchan, Vikram Seraj, Bilal Adams-Huseyin, Aaliyah Venkatesan, Keerthivas Pillai, Akhil Sakkaf, Khalees Punj, Ishani Akhtar, Tasneem Balaj, Denada Gill, Omar Mahiya, Zaynab
Shaikh, Umar Kiani, Amman Rathod, Kunal Sohail, Amal Munshi, Zayn Kothia, Mohammed Summers, Elanah Haleem, Hazna
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Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School
“If you are a serious student, intellectually curious, creative, eager to embrace new challenges and opportunities, then Phillips Exeter Summer School may be for you.”
ast week Ms Abbott-Jones and I spoke to Year 8 students in assembly about a fantastic opportunity for 6 of the year group to attend the Phillips Exeter Summer School from 2nd July to 6th August 2016. This is a prestigious programme of Harkness lessons, sports and cultural excursions at one of the top independent schools in the USA. Any student wishing to apply to be considered for this trip MUST attend a meeting with their parent/carer at the school on Wednesday 6th January 2016 at 6.30pm prompt, where there will be the opportunity to find out much more and to ask questions. Application forms will be distributed at this meeting, with a deadline of Monday 18th January for returns. Rachel Macfarlane, Principal
Wisepay We are noticing an increasing number of parents wanting to pay with cash at reception for their child’s school meals. As you will be aware, we strive to be a cashless school and we are keen to ensure that all parents have access to, and are familiar with, how to load cash on to their child’s wisepay account via the internet. If you are experiencing difficulties in accessing your child’s account, or would like help or advice or a reminder of your username and password, please contact Ms Khan on 020 8911 6666 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks Mrs Chamberlain 24 INA Newsletter
Headscarves As you are aware, we consulted recently on the material of the Academy headscarves following reports that the material was too slippery. We liaised with the uniform supplier, Khalsa, and subsequently changed the material to a cotton material which is less slippery. However, we have noticed that the material is becoming very discoloured and is affecting the overall look of the Academy uniform so we are going to have to review our decision and potentially revert back to the previous material. However, we would welcome any input or advice from parents before we do so. If you have any ideas, please contact me in the first instance by Friday, 16th January 2015. I look forward to hearing from you. Mrs Chamberlain
ATTENDANCE Regular attendance is a crucial factor in studentsâ€™ 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.
Year 9 96.9%
As you can see the competition was close, but a huge well done goes to 7N, 8N, 9I and 10N our Autumn Year 10 96% attendance shield winners. The overall year group winner was Year 7 with a fantastic 96.9%, followed by Year 10 in second place with 96% and in third place Year 8 came in close behind with 95.9%.
Ms. Abbott-Jones Lead Pastoral Leader
Year 8 95.9%
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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.
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Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2015: Secondary Spring Term Monday 4th January - Thursday 24th March Half Term 15th - 19th February INSET days: Monday 4th January and Friday 12th February Tuesday 5th January Year 8 ISA&C to Bedfordshire University Wednesday 6th January Year 8 NEW&T to Bedfordshire University Wednesday 6th January 6pm meeting for interested Year 8 families about Exeter Summer School Monday 11th January Year 9 Options Interviews start Tuesday 12th January Oxbridge Maths Conference for Girls (10 Year 9 & 10 students) Wednesday 13th January Chem Art trip to Oxford for 5 Year 9 students Wednesday 13th January Year 9 DTP and meningitis jabs Thursday 14th January Chem Art trip to Oxford for 5 Year 10 students Thursday 14th January Year 8 Kings College Medics workshop (20 students) Thursday 14th January 6pm Growth Mindset Parent Workshop (Primary & Secondary) Sunday 17th January House Band performing at Ronnie Scott’s Wednesday 20th January Year 9 Science Exam Wednesday 20th January BRIDGES mentoring. No pm lessons for any year group Thursday 21st January KS5 Consultation Evening for all Year 10 students and their parents Friday 22nd January Sport Shirts Day Friday 22nd January Creative Writing Evening Wednesday 27th January Year 9 Progress Meetings (2.30 -6.30pm). Years 7, 8 & 10 studying at home in the afternoon Friday 29th January Year 8 Maths Challenge Saturday 30th January Medicine Saturday Stretch: Cambridge University Tuesday 9th February Year 8 Progress Meetings (2.30 -6.30pm). Years 7, 9 & 10 studying at home in the afternoon Friday 12th February INSET Day. School closed to students Friday 26th February Science Live Trip for Year 9s Saturday 27th February Modern Languages and Linguistics Saturday Stretch: Cambridge University Thursday 3rd March Year 10 Progress Meetings (2.30 -6.30pm). Years 7, 8 & 9 studying at home in the afternoon Monday 14th March Year 7 Progress Meetings (2.30 -6.30pm). Years 8, 9 & 10 studying at home in the afternoon Wednesday 16th March Maths Challenge Finals at Bow School Wednesday 16th March PE Spring Spectacular Friday 18th March Year 9 Maths Challenge Friday 18th March Year 9 Battle of the Bands Saturday 19th March Biology Saturday Stretch: Southampton University Monday 21st March Year 8 Big Band Competition Wednesday 23rd March Spring Concert Thursday 24th March Awards Assemblies. End of Term. Half day.
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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