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INA Secondary Newsletter

11 March 2016

INA Science  Challenge  Week  2016   14th-­‐18th  March  2016   Think  you’ve  got  the  ul0mate  Science  brain?  Well  prove  it!     Celebrate  Bri$sh  Science  Week  by  compe0ng  in  our  INA   Science  challenges  and  win  fantas0c  prizes!     Year  7:  Memorise  the  elements  of  the  periodic  table  in  order!  

Year 8:  Get  up-­‐close-­‐and-­‐personal  with  everyday  objects!  

Year 9:  Can  you  complete  the  cryp0c  Science  crossword?  

Year 10:  Tackle  the  ul0mate  Science  Quiz!   Ask  your  Science  teacher  and  listen  for  announcements  for  more  details   2  INA Newsletter


Dear Parents and Carers

any thanks to those of you who have completed and returned the parent questionnaire. Could I please ask those of you who have not had a moment to do so to fill them in over the weekend and send them back to school on Monday with your son/daughter. Thank you! Once they have been analysed, I shall feed back to you via the newsletter. As this very short half term draws to an end, please may I remind you of some key events that I would warmly invite you to attend: Wednesday 16th March – PE, Dance & Gym Spring Spectacular in the secondary Sports Hall Thursday 24th March – Spring Concert in the secondary Dining Hall Friday 25th March – Awards Assemblies for each year group. For all of the above, further details are contained in this edition of the newsletter. Please read on…. With best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal Increase in price of school meals from April 2016 Having held the price of £2.10 for a school meal since January 2014, we will be increasing the cost to £2.20 with effect from April 2016. We will continue to provide a healthy school meal which includes a main course (halal, non halal and vegetarian option) and salad bar and a desert. We are currently reviewing the menu and will issue a new menu cycle at the beginning of the new term. Please can you ensure that your child’s account is topped up at the beginning of each week in order to ensure sufficient funds are available for their school meal and any additional snacks Many thanks Helen Chamberlain

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Michael Townsend Williams – A Doer who likes to be.

The Y10’s were privileged to receive a wellness class from Michael Townsend Williams, Author of Do Breathe, inventor of the Breathe Sync App for iphone and personal coach He talked and gave practical ways like controlling breathing to practise what he calls mindfulness. The benefits of mindfulness are less stress, more productivity, improved focus, being more relaxed, happier mood, better sleep, better relationships, enhanced creativity which we hope will allow our students to be more successful in their education and lead happier lives. For those that are interested more information can be found at www.

Mr CrowtherGreen

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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

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.

Year 7 Progress meeting – Mon 14th March Y7 Progress meeting are calendared for Monday 14th March 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. 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. INA Newsletter 5

PE AT ISAAC NEWTON ACAD News & Results Year 7 Football vs King Solomon The Year 7 football team faced their toughest opponents this year in King Solomon. They were a well organised team with players representing various clubs outside of school. INA showed a real desire and perseverance to compete for every ball. This was rewarded by an even score line at the end of the first half. INA knew the second half would be tougher as we were now attacking up a slope, Jack Lavin made some incredible saves to keep the score a draw but unfortunately couldn’t keep out a strong strike from the King Solomon striker. INA’s head briefly went down after this goal which led to another quick goal being scored; however before the game came to a close INA lifted their heads, showed great character and Sudais Khan went onto score in the closing minutes making it 2-1. INA’s Haider Rafiq was also denied a late goal due to a very close offside call. Badminton London Youth Games For the first time in INA history, we had a team that made it to the London Youth Games to represent Redbridge against all other boroughs around London. INA’s Badminton team finished ranked 5th in London which is an incredible achievement. With a tough first draw against Sutton who then went onto the final, we were unfortunate not to get another borough which would have seen us progress further. The whole team collaborated well from start to finish and represented INA to an amazing standard. Well done!

INA, the Year 9 team have proven they are more than capable for the step up to A league. All players are reaping the benefits from attending training before school, lunch time club and all being available for games.

Rainbow Laces IN FOOTBALL ALONE SEVEN IN 10 FANS HAVE HEARD HOMOPHOBIC ABUSE ON THE TERRACES. We can only rid sport of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia by all of us standing together with players, clubs and fans and sending a message that it has no place in today’s game. Play your part by standing with the PE Department, Manchester United, Arsenal and the tens of thousands of people who have already laced up their Rainbow Laces. Rainbow laces only to be placed in your P.E trainers

Year 8 Football Vs King Solomon The Year 8 football team remain unbeaten this term; however the 3-3 draw left the team very disappointed as the last minute goal from a set piece could have been avoided. The students started off very slowly, conceding an early goal from a corner before then coming to life to start working as a team and scoring the goals that came from their hard work. 2 goals from Abdi Omar and the 3rd from Zayd Selant, who was doing a remarkable job out of position higher up the pitch. However the last minute goal from King Solomon made it a disappointed trip back to INA. Year 9 Basketball vs Seven Kings The Year 9 Basketball team showed incredible enthusiasm for games and training even after the season had finished. They wanted to be sure they can make the step up to the A league. A friendly fixture was organised against Seven Kings, an A league team, to see if they could make the step up. With the final score 64-14 to

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Isaac Newton Academy’s Spring Spectacular will be held on Wednesday 16th March 6pm7pm in the sports hall. Tickets are available now from S02. Performers arrive at 5.30pm, audience from 5.40pm • • • •

You must have a ticket – no matter the age of children Doors will be closed and no entrance will be allowed from 6.10pm so please arrive promptly Enrichment is cancelled Performers need to bring reply slips back to Mr Beattie at S02 asap

DEMY Upcoming fixtures

Girls Can!

17th March • Year 10 Handball Vs Mayfield (Away)

This is a new initiative for Isaac Newton Academy, looking to raise participation levels of females in sport. It runs every Tuesday at the start of lunch and there are special guest teachers from around the school each

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)


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

LUNCH TIME CLUBS -as you only need your trainers for these clubs, not your full P.E. kit.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS -as part of the Enrichment Programme – 4.15 – 5.15pm – you will need your P.E. kit for these clubs – shin pads are advised for Football and Football/Rugby boots are advised for Rugby Club. Gum shields are compulsory for Rugby Club.

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

Here are the scores so far

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The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. Look out for the new problem next term.

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Imagining and Creativity

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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 7S 96.6 8A 95.7 9S 95.9 10A Academy every 7E 94 8T 92.3 9N 94 10S student is set the target of 100% 7I 93.2 8N 85.8 9T 92.4 10T attendance. We know that attendance has Year 7 97.6% a direct link to progress, and would urge you to really consider if a day off school is necessary. Year 9 96.3% A huge well done to 7N, 8C and 8I for 100% attendance last week.

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96.6 95.2 89.5

Year 10 96.1%

Key Dates for the Spring Term 2015: Secondary Spring Term Monday 4th January - Thursday 24th March Saturday 12th March London Club trip 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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