INA Secondary Newsletter
4 March 2016
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Dear Parents and Carers
n Monday 40 Year 10 students went to Coventry to visit the Jaguar Land Rover plant. They had a great visit and I am very grateful to Mr Crowther-Green for organising the trip. On the same day we were visited by Eleanor Stride, Professor of Engineering at Oxford University, who spoke to all of the Year 9s about her career. On Thursday the school plunged into a literary frenzy as staff and students dressed up to celebrate World Book Day. See the pictures and read all about it later in this edition! A huge thank you to Mr Butler-Zanetti and Ms Atkinson for all their hard work putting the various activities together in both the primary and secondary schools. Today the Year 10s have attended a study skills workshop which was delivered by a life coach. Thanks go to Wasim Rehman, one of our governors, for the contact. And lastly, next week your son/daughter will bring home a parent questionnaire. We would be very grateful if you would complete it and return it via your child to the school by Friday 11th March. Your feedback will help us to evaluate what we are doing well and how we can improve further. Thank you in advance for your time. With best wishes,
achel Macfarlane, rincipal
his Thursday we celebrated our fourth annual World Book Day with character costumes, a visiting author and a specially written Isaac Newton Academy adventure story! The day started with excitement as Cats in Hats, Harry Potters, a Wicked Witch of the West and all manner of much loved book characters waltzed up to the school gates. The whole English Department had been transformed into the creatures from Animal Farm, while the PE department were replaced by a gaggle of excitable minions!
The year 8s had an extra-special treat in the shape of special guest author Polly Ho-Yen. Polly hosted an assembly in which she shared her love of reading and discussed the inspiration behind her novel The Boy in the Tower. Polly then ran writing workshops for a very lucky selection of year 8s before heading over to the Primary School to read a story and tell them all about what it’s like to be an author. The fun even trickled into lesson time as students were treated to a story in four parts, over the course of the day. The tale featured some very familiar characters and was written by none other than our School Librarian Mr Butler-Zanetti. “It’s been a great day,” Mr Butler-Zanetti remarked, “We are a school of avid readers and it’s brilliant to see the creativity our students show in making their costumes and becoming, for a day, the characters they’ve read about and loved so much.” The story Curious Goings On can be viewed here
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Year 8 Ark Maths Challenge 1st Place Success
n Friday 26th February, five of our Year 8 students battled it out with schools from across the network in a series of challenges as part of the prestigious Ark Schoolsâ€™ Mathematics Challenge at Ark Academy, Wembley Park. Designing and building structures, competing in a relay race and even cracking a safe were just some of the activities the students took on in their bid to be crowned Ark Maths Champions. Great team spirit, together with determination and excellent reasoning, led to a fantastic and thoroughly deserved 1st place for Team INA! The students excelled collaboratively, and were a huge credit to the school. They have set a very high bar for other year groups and future challengers. Well done!
Aman Kaur Jagdev 8W Sanwar Hussain 8C Adan Jamal 8N Noah Hawthorne 8A
The team are:
Amaal Khandwalla 8N
Year 9 Battle of the Bands 18th March 6pm On the 18th March INA will be hosting its first Battle of the Bands competition. All year 9 students have been rehearsing with their bands throughout the term and the finalists will be performing on the main stage from 6-8pm. All year 9 students are expected to attend and support their peers and vote for their favourite act of the evening. The event is only for students to attend as we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate parents, relatives or friends from other years on the night. The majority of tickets will be for Year 9 students, however some will be available to Year 10s wishing to support. All students attending will be expected to find their own way home after the event finishes at 8pm unless we are told otherwise before Wednesday 16th March
PE AT ISAAC NEWTON ACAD News & Results
Year 7 Football vs Forest Academy
This is a brand new initiative for Isaac Newton Academy looking to raise participation levels of females in sport. This will run every Tuesday at the start of lunch and we will have special guest teachers from around the school each week to help raise awareness, acting as positive role models. Come and try something different with your friends.
The Year 7 football team started the new half term with a bang, dominating the whole game against Forest Academy and coming away with a 7 nil win. Despite the score line, this game started very closely with both schools coming close to taking the lead. Great leadership from Daniel Ekwueme , Haider Rafiq and Adam Kothia helped the year 7’s stick to their game plan and eventually take the lead through Jahiem Chambers. After this the Year 7 team showed great discipline and desire to keep a clean sheet but still carry on scoring. Three goals from Jahiem Chamber, two from Daniel Ekwueme, one from Vivek Kampurath and 1 from Miguel Paisley secured the win. It was a great performance from the Year 7 team! Hopefully they can take this into their next game.
Sports Relief is a charity run in conjunction with comic relief which raises money for people facing adversity all around the world. Students will be running the sports relief mile in their P.E lessons between 16th and 23rd March. They have been asked to bring a donation of £1 (if they can bring more to donate, then fantastic!) 6 INA Newsletter
Isaac Newton Academy’s Spring Spectacular is fast approaching, it will be held on Wednesday 16th March 6pm-7pm in the sports hall. Tickets will be available very shortly.
DEMY Upcoming fixtures
7th March • Year 7 Football vs King Solomon (Away) 9th March • Year 7 Football Vs Valentines (Home) • Year 9 Badminton team represent London and the London Youth Games • Year 8 & 10 Netball vs Wanstead
(Home) 10th March • Year 7/8 Boys & Girls Handball Vs Mayfield (Home) • Year 10 Basketball vs Chadwell Academy (Semi final away)
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)
Badminton Boys and Girls
Basketball club Boys and Girls
2nd Lunch (year 7,8 &9) Badminton (Year 7, 8 & 9) Boys and Girls Girls Can! (Year 7,8 & 9 Girls) Basketball (Year 8 & 9) Boys & Girls Handball (Year 7, 8 & 9) Boys and Girls Basketball (Year 7) Girls and Boys
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
Saturday Stretch: Languages
n Saturday 27th February Isaac Newton O Academy was lucky enough to be visited by an undergraduate in Modern Languages and
lessons each week, the hours he is expected Linguistics at Cambridge University. Onkar to commit to Singh led an engaging Saturday Stretch session independent study to 18 excited students across years 7 and 8. are vast. Onkar Onkar offered us a few words below outlining his suggested that he educational journey so far. talked about some of the modules “My name is Onkar Singh. I study Modern and you can study Medieval Languages (Spanish and Italian) at on his course to Cambridge. I was born and grew up in East Ham, include: so very locally! At GCSE, I studied Triple Science, English Literature/Language, Maths, Drama, Language Spanish, French, Media Studies and Film Studies at Lister Community School in Plaistow. For A-Level, Film I studied Spanish, French, History and Chemistry Art History at the London Academy of Excellence in Stratford. Initially, I had been completely put off Cambridge, Philosophy thinking it wouldn’t be the kind of place suited to History me, but after going there for an open day in Year 12 I realised how much I would enjoy studying there; Linguistics it was the academic environment that I’d always Literature yearned for.” Onkar opened the session with an icebreaker quiz in which the students were challenged in teams to answer true or false to some mythical statements about Cambridge University. Who knew that the university was made up of 31 different colleges and campuses? Onkar went on to outline for us the route he took to university from his study of GCSEs to A Levels and finally his degree in Modern and Medieval Languages. He then explained a little about his course detailing fantastic opportunities such as studying up to four different languages and studying abroad for a year! He then talked about what his day to day activities looked like after sharing his timetable with us. It was apparent from Onkar’s discussion that, although he might not be in many timetabled
After a short break and sing along for Taybah Patel’s birthday, we got the opportunity to learn some Italian which was really enjoyable. We even learnt some of the important hand gestures that should be performed when speaking Italian which is apparently as important to learn as the language itself! Overall a great and engaging morning had by all- Ciao! When asked the question ‘Do you think the session was helpful?’ some students said: “Yes because we got an insight into what studying at university is actually like.” “Yes because I learnt how to speak some Italian and learnt about some famous Italian people.” When asked if the session had prompted them to consider studying this subject at university, some students said: “Yes it sounds like fun to go and study in a different country and learn all about that culture.”
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“Yes I will consider studying a language as it has inspired me to improve my language skills”.
A Warm Invite to INA’s Awards Assemblies – Thursday 25th March 2016 On Thursday 25th March we will be holding our end of spring term awards assemblies. This is an important 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 10 Year 9 Year 8 Year 7
11.05-11.50am 11.05-11.50am 12.00-12.45pm 12.00-12.45pm
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 Monday 14th March. Due to limited capacity, 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 25th March. Jo Spencer Vice Principal.
2015/2016 On Friday 26th February 60 students a3ended GCSE Science Live. The group of students were from Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10. The day involved lectures from ﬁve prominent and pracJsing scienJsts. The primary objecJve is to generate greater enthusiasm for science amongst GCSE pupils. The scienJsts were very good at communicaJng with students and from their lectures showed that science really does oﬀer soluJons for many of the world’s great problems. Students’ comments: ‘Science live was a fun experience. We got to listen to a variety of speakers. Some of the speakers were really funny and their lecture was educaJonal.’ (Simran – Year 10) ‘We were given some helpful advice on GCSE Science and the common mistakes made when answering exam quesJons.’ (Alex – Year 10) ‘Overall we had a great Jme on the trip and it was really interesJng to learn about things you wouldn’t get to in class, such as Jme travel and life on Mars.’ (Maahi – Year 10) ‘Science Live was very interesJng and it helped me learn new things about science that I did not know before.’ (Hasan -‐ Year 8) ‘Very inspiraJonal and I learnt a lot.’ (Adam – Year 9) ‘Very interesJng and helpful.’ (Nikita -‐ Year 9) ‘Really interesJng and I learnt about upcoming missions to mars.’ (Tasnim – Year 9) ‘Knowledgable and fun.’ (Radhika -‐ Year 9)
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Well done to the following students who are this weekâ€™s Mathematicians of the Moment. Please collect a merit from Mr Dukes
Here are the scores so far
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The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next weekâ€™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 10th February. Good luck and may the best form win!!!
Year 10 visit Jaguar Land Rover
ear 10 students visited the Engine Manufacturing plant at Jaguar Land Rover, Wolverhampton.
Budding future engineers were taken on the state of the art brand new production line and show how the crank, head and block are machined on site and how the 450 000 engines annually are assembled. Students displayed their team work skills by building a working model engine, with Amir, Macey, Toby, Muaz, Rohan, Gagan, Alex, Ravi completing the challenge victoriously. The students represented INA with an impressive number of questions from students focused around apprenticeships, the graduate programme and the skill sets required by future engineers. Mr Crowther-Green
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Praise & Recognition
Merits - a change has been made!
Year 7 C S T W N I E A
294 215 191 168 147 142 44 34
Year 8 N C A S T I E W
272 260 249 248 242 203 181 156
Year 9 T S E C N W A I
261 168 132 131 106 100 66 37
Year 10 N W S E T I A C
154 152 96 92 84 66 61 0
Ahmed Al-Khafaji Award (Peer Commendation Award) 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: to be announced next week. Year 8: Sanwar Hussain 8C Year 9: to be announced next week. Year 10: Afrah Shibli, 10A
Good Deed Feed
Ms Gurm: Mustafa Khan: At my breaktime duty yesterday, Sunna was asking me some clarification about some topics for her assessment, Mustafa explained these to her without being asked. Ms Walsh: Imran in 7T is a lovely chap always opening doors, helping other students. Ms Rudd: Aadam Ahmed (7E) stopped and helped me pick up pieces of ripped up paper that were scattered all over the corridor. Iâ€™m very grateful for his humility and humanity! Mr Dukes: Kamil Momot (Y7) did a good deed by picking up a plastic bag and putting it in the bin. Ms Hutson: Aerhan kindly gave his time to a younger student who was having difficulty finding his levels :)
Jennifer Byrne Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition INA Newsletterâ€ƒ13
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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 7A 95 8N 93.3 9W 93 10S 92.8 Academy every 7S 94.8 8S 90.4 9S 92 10I 91 student is set the target of 100% attendance. We know that Year 7 96.8% attendance has a direct link to progress, and would urge you to really consider if a day off school Year 10 95.6% is necessary. Year 8 95.5%
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Year 7 Progress meeting â€“ Mon 14th March Y7 Progress meeting are calendared for Monday 14th March 2016 from 2:306:30. All students will complete lessons p1 â€“ 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. Staff will set independent learning for Y, 9 and 10 in advance for p5 and 6. The school will be closed to Y8, 9 and 10 from 1:15. Enrichments and detentions will not take place.
Key Dates for the Spring Term 2015: Secondary Spring Term Monday 4th January - Thursday 24th March
Friday 11th March Guest speaker from Institute of Civil Engineers Monday 14th March Year 7 Progress Meetings (2.30 -6.30pm). Years 8, 9 & 10 studying at home in the afternoon Wednesday 16th March UK Team Maths Challenge Finals Wednesday 16th March PE Spring Spectacular Wednesday 16th March Natural History Museum Trip (Triple Science students) Thursday 16th March Natural History Museum Trip (Double Science students) 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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