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INA Secondary Newsletter

24 March 2016

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Dear Parents and Carers

hat a wonderful evening we had last night at the Spring Concert! We were entertained by amazingly accomplished musical performances from the Reception and Year 1s right through to our GCSE musicians. I should like to thanks all of the Music department for their hard work on this event, as well as the Big Band competition which took place on Monday and last Friday evening’s Battle of the Bands. It was great to see so many of you at our End of Term Awards Assemblies today and to be able to join with you in celebrating all the progress and achievements of the term. I hope that you all enjoy a fantastic Easter break with your families and we look forward to seeing the students back on Monday 11th April. With best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal

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INA’s Awards Assemblies – Thursday 24th March 2016


n Thursday 24th March we held our end of spring term awards assemblies. They were great opportunities for staff, students, governors and parents/carers to come together to formally celebrate our students’ achievements at the end of the 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 Awards Year 7 Reading Harkirat Singh Enrichment Elicia Chana Community Spirit Imran Ali Cultural Passport Eleanor Brant Attainment Jay Amin Progress Zaib Gulfareed

Year 8 Reading Hudhaifa Abdur-Rahman Enrichment Subhaan Dar Community Spirit Noah Hawthorne 4  INA Newsletter

Cultural Passport Anushri Menon Attainment Aman Jagdev Progress Qashrina Collier

Year 9 Reading Noshin Samiya Enrichment Haile Richards Community Spirit Haaris Waseem Cultural Passport Ekam Marwa Attainment Mary Brant Progress Sumayyah Hosenee

Year 10 Reading Maria Gulfareed Jannat Enrichment Taylor Boon-Melville Community Spirit Neha Rajput Cultural Passport Yusra Kilik Attainment Rawdah Hosenee

BRIDGES and Personal Progress Awards

Year 7

Year 8

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BRIDGES and Personal Progress Awards

Year 9

Year 10

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Year 10 visit the Natural History Museum


ast week Year 10 students visited the Natural History Museum over two days to explore the exhibits and gain valuable information as they prepare for their GCSE exams. Triple Science students visited on Wednesday and Double Science students spent the day at the popular venue on Thursday. Students spent their day finding fascinating facts about the human biology, getting up close to dinosaurs and charting the 4-billion-year history of the earth. Some Triple scientists were fortunate enough to get behind-the-scenes access to The Spirit Collection, where they were treated to seeing a selection of the millions of preserved species the Museum houses, including an 8.6 m long giant squid, a rare scaly mammal called a pangolin and some samples collected by Charles Darwin himself on his famous Beagle voyage. Following this they had a talk charting the history of biology from one of the Museum’s expert botanists.

Students represented INA fantastically well and were truly exhausted after a day trailing the historic Museum as they gathered facts to aid their Science GCSE work.

Students said of the trip: “I learnt about classification while looking at the real species.” “I enjoyed going behind the scenes to see where they kept all the species as it was really interesting to see how they were preserved.” “I liked the trip as we got the chance to visit many exhibits.” “I liked the freedom to learn Science independently.”

Dr Mounsey Science Teacher INA Newsletter 7

Summer term all through menu 2016

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Lost Property As the term draws to a close there are a number of articles in Lost property. Parents: please encourage your child to come and check the lost property box at Student Reception by Friday 15th April. After this date all lost property left over will be disposed of. We currently have the following items in lost property: Whole PE Bags – with full PE kits Blazers/Coats Shoes/Trainers Pencil Cases Books And Lots more…… Kind Regards Tahira Akram Pastoral Administrator INA Newsletter 9


Rainbow Laces

IN FOOTBALL ALONE SEVEN IN 10 FANS HAVE HEARD HOMOPHOBIC ABUSE ON All students in Years 7, 8 & 9 participated THE TERRACES. We can only rid sport of homophobia, in the Sport Relief Mile during their biphobia and transphobia by all of us P.E lesson this week. All students standing together with players, clubs and fans and sending a message that it has no place in showed great determination, with today’s game.

Sport Relief Mile

many completing far more than a mile and showing incredible character. The donations made by the students were incredibly generous and are going to a great cause. Year 8 Netball Vs Wanstead

The Year 8 girls took on Wanstead away on Tuesday night and managed to withhold the home team’s attack well within the first quarter. In the second quarter Wanstead proved to have the advantage and scored 2 within quick succession. INA countered and worked hard when in possession against a very strong Wanstead defence to regain 2 points within the 3rd quarter – both fantastic shots from Manisha Mahil. The fourth saw INA perform to a high standard, particularly their movement in attack. However Wanstead’s change in formation lead to a 6-2 loss for INA

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DEMY 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!

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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 7T crucial factor in students’ educational development 7W and ability to achieve their 7N 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 7 96.5% The results are in for the term. Huge congratulations go to our attendance shield winners for this term which are 7T, 8C, 9E and 10E – well done. Year 9 95.9% Here is where your tutor group ended the competition this term: Year 10 95.8% Our winning year group for the term was Y7, a great effort by all, well done!

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Praise & Recognition - Awards assemblies are fast approaching! Merits

Year 7 C S T N W I A E

430 318 315 295 249 197 156 108

Year 8 W C N E S A T I

488 384 363 319 315 315 298 297

Year 9 T S N E W C A I

312 200 181 175 158 156 95 58

Year 10 N W E C I T S A

161 184 129 120 116 106 96 67

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 term Year 8: to be announced next term Year 9: Mohammed Awadh 9A Year 10: Leannne Hau 10T Good Deed Feed Ms Field: Lovepreet Kaur has been an amazingly supportive partner in preparing for her duologue exam in Drama. Ms Rayner: Jiya Shahzad has spent time helping another student practise and revise their lines for an upcoming assessment. Mr Butler-Zanetti: Perdeep Kalsi has shown excellent sociability, proactively engaging people in conversations and asking about their welfare/day etc. I’ve also seen him giving really good advice to year 7s working on IL. He’s also very vigilant if he sees people’s property left behind. Always takes it to a nearby member of staff or lost property. Ms Gurm: Ibraheem Imran helped Rachana in the lesson yesterday, a big improvement in his attitude Jennifer Byrne Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition

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Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccination The Year 8 girls HPV vaccination that was scheduled to take place on 12th April has been postponed. This is because there is an insufficient time gap between the date of the first vaccination and the one that had been scheduled for 12 April. The revised date for the second vaccination is 26th May. Further instructions and information will be in the newsletter nearer the time. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thank you

Eleanor Seale Office Manager

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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Key Dates for the Summer Term 2015: Secondary 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 Tuesday 12th April Wednesday 13th April Monday 18th April Wednesday 20th April Friday 29th April Wednesday 4th May Thursday 5th May Friday 6th May Friday 6th May Wednesday 11th May Tuesday 17th May Wednesday 18th May Thursday 19th May Friday 20th May Monday 23rd May Wednesday 25th May Wednesday 25th May Friday 27th May Friday 27th May

HPV vaccines Year 8 Three Musketeers Show for Year 7s MFL Shaking Up Shakespeare Secondary Parent Numeracy Workshop Speak out Challenge Final Sept 2016 new Reception Parents’ Information Evening Year 7 to Oxford University Year 10 Maths Challenge Year 7s to Rochester Year 11s & Parents Work Experience Evening Primary Sports Day BRIDGES mentoring. No lessons in the afternoon Year 10 Geography fieldwork at Stratford Year 10 Geography fieldwork at Stratford Year 7s to Rochester Year 10 Science controlled assessments New Year 6 Parents’ Information Evening Music Recital Year 10 Geography Field Trip to Wales

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