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2 July 2015




Dear Parents and Carers,

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his week saw one of the highlights of the Ark Schools’ year – the Music Gala at the Barbican concert hall in Central London. Over 700 students from the 31 Ark schools got together to perform to a packed audience of family and friends. This concert is always an amazing spectacle and tickets are like gold dust. The evening is a strong reminder of what wonderful benefits we get from being part of the Ark family of schools as it is great to see performances from the massed choirs/ orchestra and individual primary and secondary schools. INA was honoured to be one of just 7 Ark schools to be awarded a solo school performance slot and the Big Band gave a brilliant rendition of the Stevie Wonder hit Pastime Paradise. It was widely felt that our students stole the show! Congratulations to Mr Coughlin, the Music Team and all the performers. If you want to catch their amazing performance there is a whisper that the piece may be re-performed at one or more of the end of term Awards Assemblies… We also held our first Primary Sports Day this week in the blazing heat. The reception children took part in a range of events, expertly led by secondary PE ambassadors. Many thank to Ms Hutson and Mr Healy for organising the event. It was wonderful to see so many parents there! I hope you enjoy the sizzling weather over the weekend.


achel Macfarlane, rincipal


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Year 9 End of Key Stage 3 Awards Ceremony Monday 20th July 6.00-7.00pm

We are holding a special awards ceremony for Year 9s to mark the end of Key Stage 3. Students will go home at the end of the school day and return to school at 5.45pm, dressed formally in their finest outfits, to meet with their tutors, co tutors and tutor groups in preparation for the ceremony. The awards ceremony will commence at 6.00pm. We would like every student to be represented by a parent/carer at the ceremony. Due to seating restrictions, we are only able to accommodate 2 adults per family and no guests under the age of 16 years. Tickets will be distributed on 6th July. Parents must bring their ticket to gain entry – one ticket per person. Parents/carers and students are invited to stay for refreshments at the end of the ceremony. Year 9 students will work from home on 21st July, the last day of term. Please note that awards assemblies for Year 7 and 8 students will take place on Tuesday 21st July and all Year 7 and 8 are expected to attend school on this day. Ms Spencer Vice Principal

On Tuesday 21st July we will be holding our final awards assemblies of this academic year. This is an opportunity for everyone to formally celebrate the students’ achievements in the Summer Term. There will be an assembly for each year group. Please note the times as follows: Year 7


Year 8 12pm-1pm At the assemblies we will be presenting awards in recognition of students’ academic progress and attainment, personal progress, development of their BRIDGES dispositions, and amount of merits gained. Excellent attendance and punctuality will also be celebrated. It is also a great opportunity for you to see some examples of the activities your child has been participating in this term. It would be fantastic if every student is represented by a parent or carer at their year groups’ Awards Assembly. If you would like to attend, please ask your son/daughter to collect a ticket for the awards assembly from his/her form tutor. 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 Tuesday 21st July. Jennifer Byrne Pastoral Leader for Year 8, i/c of Praise and Recognition INA Newsletter 3

Law Saturday Stretch

On Saturday  27th  June  we  welcomed  to  INA  Shumeela  Sabir,  a  Law  undergraduate  studying  at   Queen  Mary  University  London,  to  deliver  a  Saturday  Stretch  session.  A  group  of  9  students  were   involved  in  this  very  insightful  session.  

In the  first  half  of  the  session  Shumeela  talked  to  us  about  Law,  which  is  often  defined  as  a  rule   made  by  the  appropriate  authority  that  is  binding  upon  citizens.  She  then  went  on  to  explain  her   A  level  choices  and  in  particular  her  choices  of  subjects:  English  Literature,  Psychology,  Sociology   and  Government  and  Politics.  

She found  studying  these  subjects  really  helpful  because  it  had  helped  her  to  learn  and  use  the   skills  needed  to  study  in  her  law  degree.  For  example  problem  solving  skills,  being  articulate   when  writing  essays,  knowing  how  people  work  and  acquiring  good  investigation  skills.  She  said   it  would  be  a  sensible  idea  to  make  sure  you  select  the  universities  you  would  want  to  go  to.  She   chose  to  go  to  Queen  Mary  because  of  its  location  and  reputation.  She  made  lots  of  new  friends   and  she  loved  the  fact  that  she  was  really  close  to  everything.  We  were  informed  about  the  entry   requirement  in  Law  at  Queen  Mary  which  currently  stand  at  A*AA.  She  also  explained  funding  for   university.  

Why study  Law:      

• • •


Very wide  subject   Gain  many  skills     Many  job   opportunities   Flexibility  of  study    



• • • • • •

Barrister   Solicitor     Paralegal   Civil  Service   Council  Jobs     Further   study  

• • • •

Independence Self-­‐motivated   Setting  goals     Organisation    

These are  also  character   dispositions  from  our  Bridges   Wheel!  

Career Paths:  

Some Skills  required  for   University  

What you  learn:    

Cases Laws/  rules   Structures      

Modules in  a  Law  Degree   • • • • • • • • •

Criminal law   Public  Law   Contract  Law   Property  Law   EU  Law   Administrative  Law   Jurisprudence     Tort  Law     Equity  Law  

we  completed  some  tasks   After  the  break   that  are  typical  in  the  study  of  law  and  these  gave  us  a     better  idea  of  what  law  is  essentially  about.  First  of  all,  we  did  a  task  relating  to  ‘Employment   Law’.  This  involved  learning  the  essential  rules  about  ‘Employment  Law’  and  then  analysing  two   scenarios/case  studies  to  identify  if  they  were  employees  of  a  company  or  not.   The  second  task  built  on  this  but  was  more  specifically  focusing  on  ‘Contract  Law’.  We  learnt  the   core  principles  of  creating  a  contract  and  then  went  on  to  analyse  cases  to  identify  if  they  had   valid  contracts  or  not.  

The third  task  we  completed  was  to  do  with,  ‘Intellectual  Property  Law’.  We  learnt  about   copyright  law  and  copyright  protection  conditions.  We  then  put  in  to  practice  the  conditions  and   laws  by  analysing  cases  and  situations  to  identify  if  any  copyright  laws  were  being  breached.   A  huge  well  done  to  everyone  who  attended-­‐  I  really  hope  you  found  the  session  beneficial.   Thank  you  to  Shumeela  for  coming  to  deliver  a  session  for  us  and  giving  us  an  enhanced   knowledge  of  Law.  

Sarah Hussain, Saturday Stretch Ambassador

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The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. INA Newsletter 5

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PE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS THE SCHOOLS FIRST... SPORTS DAY AWARDS 2015 WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY 6-7PM The sports awards is an evening that recognises participation, effort and achievement in the school’s sports teams.

TICKETS will be available to students from lunchtime on Monday 29th June (1 each), and then to parents from Wednesday 1st July (initially 1 each). These can be collected from s02. Awards to be presented on the night: The Elite Performer Award, Sports Personality of the year, Most Improved Team, Most improved Individual, Male Player of the Year, Female Player of the Year, Team of the Year, Leader of the year, and Stars of the term.

Next week’s fixtures: Monday 6th July – Year 8 Rounders Rally (a) – Woodford County High Wednesday 8th July - Year 7 Rounders Rally (a) – Woodford County High Thursday 9th July – Year 8 Cricket v Loxford (a)

YEAR 7 & 8 REDBRIDGE SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS Last week the year 7 & 8 Athletics team went to Ashton Playing Fields to compete against other schools in the borough. They competed very well. We had a large number of students that made finals in their running events. Particular highlights were Abdi Omar finishing 1st in the 800m (please see below), Nikita Spiridonovas finishing 3rd in the Javelin, and Ellis Currie-Ward finishing third in the Hurdles final. 8  INA Newsletter

PRIMARY SPORTS DAY 2015 The first INA Primary Sports Day! Pupils took part in running, jumping and throwing events and we saw some fantastic performances – from pupils and parents! A fantastic afternoon.


AFTER SCHOOL – 4.15 – 5.15 DAY MON




CLUB Table Tennis Year 9 Football


Year 7 Football


Judo Alternative Sports/ Mixed Sports Year 8 Stretch & Challenge Cricket Ultimate Frisbee & Volleyball Rounders & Softball Fitness

Outside club MCG

Badminton club



VENUE Activity Studio Sports Hall/ MUGA MUGA/Sports Hall Sports Hall MUGA/Activity Studio Sports Hall Knox Field MUGA/Sports Hall Knox Field Activity Studio/ KS4 hall Sports Hall


CLUB Seated Volleyball (Open to everyone) “Raising the Bar” WED Year 7 and 8 Netball THUR Year 7 Basketball Club (Open to everyone) FRI Basketball team practice



Sports Hall


Sports Hall


Sports Hall


Sports Hall


Praise and Recognition

Form Totals Year 7 N A S W I C T E

Merits 1720 1667 1473 1423 1418 1373 1291 1259

Year 8 T E I N S A W C

1195 1136 1063 1059 1027 994 947 766

Year 9 W N E T S I C A

1033 977 923 776 774 653 603 586

50.43 49.79 49.39 48.32 45.18 44.65 41.17 34.82

Year 9 W N E T S I C A

44.91 44.08 40.13 35.27 33.65 29.68 27.41 25.52

Form Averages Year 7 A N S W I C E T

72.48 71.67 66.96 61.87 61.65 59.70 57.23 56.13

Year 8 N T E I A S W C

1 s t p l a c e : N ( 3 7 5 6 m e r i t s) 3 r d p l a c e : E ( 3 3 1 8 m e r i t s)

Jennifer Byrne Year 8 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition

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Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ 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. Results for last week

7A 7E 7S 7T 7N 7W 7C 7I

98.6% 97% 97% 96.4% 92.8% 92.4% 90.9% 89.1%

8E 8A 8T 8S 8W 8C 8I 8N

98.6% 97.7% 97.2% 97.1% 95.7% 95.5% 92.4% 87.3%

9W 9C 9N 9I 9S 9T 9E 9A

97.1% 97% 97% 96.2% 95.7% 92.8% 92% 95.4%

Year Groups

Year 9 95.4% Year 8 95.3%

Year 8 94.3%

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The BRIDGES focus for the fortnight Monday 29th June – Friday 10th July is:


‘The people are looking to me for leadership and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter.’

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American activist and humanitarian who became the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Similar to Mahatma Gandhi, King became known for advancing civil rights through non-violent civil disobedience. As a Baptist minister, King took part in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Protest, a political and social campaign against the racially segregated public transit system in Montgomery, Alabama. King went on to help organise the 1963 March on Washington, where he famously delivered his iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Before his death, in 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for leading the fight against racial inequality through non-violence. Leadership Being a positive Influence on others to achieve a goal. Behaviours Great leaders guide, direct and inspire others. They communicate their ideas well. They manage the actions of others. They are the person in the group that possesses the combination of knowledge, character and learning power that others respect and follow. Top tips Students Start to prepare your CV now by listing all of the leadership roles you have had. Then write a list of the leadership opportunities you would like to take on next year to widen your experience. During group work ensure everyone has a voice and completes their task. Lead by example by always following the INA rules and helping others to do so. Parents Talk to your son/daughter about the times when you have had to take the lead and the skills/qualities required. Discuss great leaders of the past and present and why they are great role models. Jo Spencer, Vice Principal 12  INA Newsletter

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Primary Sports Day

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On Monday we enjoyed our first ever Primary Sports Day with the Reception pupils. I am sure you will all agree when I say that it was a fantastic afternoon! It was great to see so many parents and carers supporting the children and it certainly helped them to feel a sense of audience and purpose during the event. Seeing so many willing parents take part in the races was superb and highlights what great role models you are to the children every day. We are all immensely proud of the children and their great sporting attitude throughout the events. I know that the children were equally proud watching their parents and carers demonstrating their BRIDGES character too. The children really demonstrated Grit, Emotional Intelligence and SelfDiscipline with their amazing sportsmanship and support of each other. Everybody took part and there were no tears (not even from the parents)!

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I would like to thank all the staff who supported but in particular Ms Hutson and Mr Healy and the Student Leaders for hosting and organising a fabulous event and experience for the primary children.

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Congratulations to the following winners from each class a certificate will be given to the children during the Praise and Recognition Assembly: Curie Class Zoya Abassi & Imani Salim – Bean Bag Throw (Joint 1st) Yanis Benjamin – 60m Sprint Yanis Benjamin – Bean Bag Race Ayaan Hussain Iqtidar – Long Jump Aadam Ali – Foam Javelin Maxwell Class Janeefa Khezar & Kisa Fatima – Bean Bag Race (Joint 1st) Khyra Maynard – 60m Sprint Nassim Rebhi – Long Jump Siya Kamothi – Bean Bag Throw Rohin Ronson – Foam Javelin Newton Class Naniyah Owusu – Bean Bag Throw Milan Richards – Bean Bag Race Ibrahim Ijaz – Long Jump Avneet Chaggar – Foam Javelin Arjun Bihal – 60m Sprint And........................

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Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this week! Curie Class: Zahra Abbas – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for being a good sport on Sports Day, even making up a song for to cheers her friends on.) Aadam Ali – Scholar of the Week (for working hard with his doubles and halves this week.) Maxwell Class: Rohin Ronson – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for listening to advice and going away and improving his ‘Jet Pack’ design.) Tay’Shawn Holland – Scholar of the Week (for having superb ideas and verbalising his sentences.) Newton Class: Meerab Dar – Headteacher’ Habits Award (for demonstrating good team spirit on Sports Day.) Zahraa Aamanee – Scholar of the Week (for fully applying fantastic learning in phonics of new sounds to new books.)

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Primary Praise and Recognition


very week each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in assembly, one in recognition of a child demonstrating our BRIDGES habit of the week, and the other in recognition of a . pupil’s academic effort throughout the week.

Muhammad Aadam Natha Ibrahim Ijaz Charan Chaggar Eesa Anwar Imani Salim Klaudia Peichlova Jeevat Palray. The following pupils have received 50 or more merits since September for making good choices and moving up to gold on the class ‘good choice chart’ – this is fantastic achievement. A special ‘silver’ certificate will be presented during Friday’s assembly. Khadijah Bukhari Naniyah Owusu.

Headteacher’s Lunch Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday 9th July. An invitation will be given to the children during our Celebration and Awards Assembly: Aqeel Nazir Imani Salim Osman Dean Lara Burvill Ali Ullah Charan Chaggar Aariz Khan.

Primary Praise and Recognition

The following pupils have received 25 or more merits since September for making good choices and moving up to gold on the class ‘good choice chart’ – this is fantastic achievement. A special ‘bronze’ certificate will be presented during the Celebration and Awards Assembly.

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At Isaac Newton Academy every student is set the target of 100% attendance. The class with the highest attendance at the end of every week is awarded the attendance trophy during Friday’s Award & Recognition assembly. Curie








We have a new winner this week. Well done to Curie Class, you were so close to getting 100% this week! Let’s see if one of the classes can make it to 100% next week!

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

"We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a pupil's character and learning power and enable him/her to grow into a well-rounded individual and resilient learner. There are seven BRIDGES habits that we will be working on, which will rotate on a weekly cycle throughout the year. The BRIDGES habit of the week will always be introduced at the beginning of the week during the Monday assembly and reinforced throughout the week across the curriculum. Each class teacher will award a certificate to a pupil that they feel has demonstrated the BRIDGES focus for the week. Each week we will update you on the BRIDGES habit that will be introduced in the coming week and offer some top tips on how to reinforce the habit at home too. Please also refer to the Primary BRIDGES wheel above Week commencing 29th June – Self-Discipline Self-Discipline Displaying habits of organisation, hard-work, absorption, practising, prioritising, planning, prudence, revising, self-regulation, independence and motivation. At home and school: As the children will soon be moving into Year 1, it is important that they demonstrate how to be a good Isaac Newton ambassador and citizen by role-modelling excellent BRIDGES habits every day. Soon the children will become our Year 1 pupils. With this comes the expectation of being more responsible and accountable for their actions and organisation. Every day we try to give the children the opportunities they need to become independent learners and help them to make good choices. As you will already know, the children are used to moving their peg up and down the ‘Good Choice Chart’ in accordance with their behaviour choices. It is important that the children learn to self-regulate and know what is acceptable and what is not. Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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Parent Information Board Labelling of Clothes There are a number of items in the lost property box at reception, we have checked but can’t find any names inside the garments. If you think that at item may belong to your child, then please pop into reception and ask to have a look through.

Future Key Dates Pupil Progress Reports Sent Home – Friday 10th July Discover Children’s Story Centre (Stratford) Trip (we will be looking for volunteers in due course) - Tuesday 14th July (Newton Class and Maxwell Class), Wednesday 15th July (Curie Class) Primary Parents’ Progress Meetings – Thursday 16th July Superheroes Theme Non-Uniform Day – Monday 20th July (details to follow shortly) End of Term Recognition and Awards Assembly – Tuesday 21st July (further details to follow shortly) Last Day of Term - Tuesday 21st July (further details to follow shortly)

Guided Reading Please remember to bring your child’s ‘guided reading’ book back on the correct day. Your child also has home record book for you to write your comments about your child’s reading and progress. You could also include any extension activities that you may have done with the book too. Thank you for your support. If in the rare event a book is lost or damaged, we will ask parents/carers to pay for the cost of replacing the book.

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Primary Reminders IMPORTANT REMINDERS Wisepay Details Wisepay details • Please make sure that if your child has long hair it is tied back have been given neatly. Hair decorations must be small and plain to everyone • Schools starts at 8.45; it is important that your child arrives now, which will on time every day so that the teachers can start the lesson promptly. The school gate will be open from 8.25 and will close at allow you to 8.45. order uniform • If any of your details have changed e.g.. your address or phone items and also number – please ensure you contact the office to inform us, so to book a place that we can update our records. • We expect every child to be in full uniform every day with their for ‘Breakfast top button done up. Club’ or ‘After • Please ensure your child has the correct footwear on, if you are School Club’. If not sure about the types of shoes that are part of our uniform policy, please ask! you experience • Nail polish is not permitted. any problems, • Only small stud earrings can be worn for safety reasons. please contact • Please ensure your child attends school every day and on time. If your child is sick then you must call the office to let us know by Ms Rayner 8.15am. who will be happy to help Breakfast Club & After School Club If you would like to book your child in for a place for either Breakfast Club or After School Club, you can make bookings through the Wisepay facilities, if you need any further help in doing this; please contact either Ms Rayner or Ms Heywood, who will be more than happy to help you.

Breakfast is available each day from 7.45am and costs just £2 per day. The children enjoy a range of cereals, toast and different topping, juice or milk and fruit. Any child attending must be brought to the main reception area by 8.20am at the latest. After School Club runs from 3.45pm – 6.00pm and costs just £5 per hour. The children enjoy a range of snacks each evening and a variety of games and activities Tam Broadway, Head of Primary INA Newsletter 21

Key Dates for 2015 Summer Term Monday 20th April - Tuesday 21st July Friday 3rd July INSET Day Wednesday 8th July PE Awards 6-7pm Tuesday 14th July Reception parents meeting Ark Athletics Championship Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th July School Production Monday 20th July Year 9 Awards Assembly 6pm Tuesday 21st July End of Term Award Assemblies Half Term: Monday 25 – Friday 29 May 2015 Staff Training Days: Friday 26th June, & Friday 3rd July

Autumn Term Monday 7th September - Friday 18th December Half Term 26th - 30th October INSET days: Monday 2nd November and Wednesday 25th November 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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