24th May 2019- The Internationalist Weekly Newsletter
Updated: Jun 6, 2019
'Let's make a better world together.'
Teacher Shout Out:
9C for having the highest attendance in Year 9 for every week this term.
Principal's Shout Out:
To all students that showed off their work in the end of term showcase on Friday. It was fantastic to see all of the brilliant work on show that has taken place this term, especially when all students have clearly taken pride in their work.
The Termly Internationalist
Announcement from Ms Purushothaman, Principal
Please click HERE to see the most recent update on our proposed new site.
Announcement from Mrs Forster, Associate Vice Principal, Pastoral Care
We are looking for parent volunteers who may be able to support the Academy with morning duties in the local area. We are hoping to establish a rota of parents who can work with staff to ensure that students arrive safely to school. Parents will need to be available from 8.10 - 8.35am.
If you are able to support the Academy with this, please email me your availability at email@example.com. Many thanks in advance!
Announcement from Ms Northey, Director of Language and Literature
How to Encourage Your Child to Read - Advice from the National Literacy Trust:
Read yourself! Show a good example by talking about the reading you do at work and at home. Let your child know that reading is an important part of your life.
Visit your library – it’s free to join! As well as taking out story books, use visits to the library as a time to find books and CD ROMs about your child’s hobbies and interests.
Make time to read. Set aside a time for reading for the family – after school or before bedtime. Encourage independent reading but don’t be afraid to still tell a bedtime story.
Don’t just read books. Encourage your child to read newspapers, TV guides, comics and magazines. Ask your child to find out information from the Yellow Pages, the Internet, cookery books, etc.
Let your child read with younger children. Encourage them to read to other members of the family.
Keep in touch with school. Make sure your child swaps their home reading books regularly at school and try to make a regular time slot of about 10 minutes to hear them read.
If English is not your family’s first language: You can buy dual language books. You can talk about books and stories in any language.
Be positive! Praise your child for trying hard at their reading. Let them know it’s all right to make mistakes.
Give them time. Let them make a guess before you tell them the word. Let them read to the end of the line before correcting their mistakes. It doesn't matter if you have to tell them the word sometimes.
Spot words inside words. Help them to spot words they know within larger more complicated words.
Let them read their favourites. Don’t worry if they only read one kind of book. If they are really stuck, ask the librarian or teacher to suggest something else they might like.
Make the story come to life. Encourage your child to read with expression. This will help them read more fluently.
Ask lots of questions about the story. What would you have done if you were…….? Does this book remind you of any thing that has happened to you? Can you guess what is going to happen next?
Use a dictionary. Buy a simple dictionary and use it to check the meanings of new words.
National Book Tokens
Announcement from Mr Gratton, Vice Principal, Curriculum and Pedagogy
For up to the minute details on the Curriculum at IAG, in particular the concepts and Driving Questions being studied across subjects by your child, please find details here,
In addition we update every term (6 weeks) the topics and inquiry questions being investigated within each subject area. look out for these updates on the homepage of our website and via Twitter.
We have updated the school website with an easy to access guide to assessment at IAG.
We have written a version for lower school (Key Stage 3) Year 7-9 parents and a version for upper school (Key Stage 4) Year 10-11 parents
This can be found here
If you would like to read in more detail our approach to Assessment please peruse the following document https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g8SZo6-8xIhuU-MBNjOXc5m69n6XdckPoRm8fJAeuyo/edit
As we move into next academic year we will host a number of workshop exploring the IAG approach to assessment.
Term dates 2019-20
The updated term dates fro next academic year can be found here
Extended Curriculum 2019-2020
As we begin to draft our Extended Curriculum offer for next academic year we are keen to hear from parents and community educators interested in contributing their time, interests and expertise.
We are looking for parents/community volunteers interested in designing and delivering a 10 week course.
The course would be delivered in one of the following timetable slots
1: After school 4pm - 5pm
2: Wednesday 2pm - 3pm
3: Friday 2pm - 4pm
The course can be on anything, literally anything, that you are passionate about that you feel IAG learners may enjoy.
This year one such parent volunteer ran a 10 week course for Year 9 students looking at business practices and innovation.
We believe that community based projects and parent educators can play a fundamental role in enabling IAG learners to grow as Global Citizens.
Please complete the following to express your interest in getting involved https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW7fO8tTKW3UV-S6uz9jTaUKCpYwhmak92Qb8M8G-OZCmiZA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Invitation to join a Year 8 enquiry
We are currently developing a joint Individuals and Societies (Humanities) and English scheme of learning which will explore lived religions. We are keen to invite into school parents, carers, guardians who would share with our students what it is like to practice and live their religions. We are interested in all world religions and would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved.
Please show your expression of interest here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjsAjAFAY5_9V4BvRS8Qre10aNBV0nedVpkuaqeIxjz1gTeA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Student Led Conferences, Parents evening and Summative Reports
Wednesday marked the completion of a hugely successful and well attended Year 7 Student Led Conference. This built on the success of the Year 9 Student Led held earlier in the year and the Year 8 Parents Evening. We appreciate the kind words and praise from parents for these approaches and efforts by IAG to share with you your childs learning journey.
Building on these events we will be sending home during the last term a final Summative report for the academic year. This report will include,
Progress and Commitment average score
Progress, Commitment and MYP grade for each of the 8 subject areas.
Teacher comments on what has gone well and next steps for each subject.
An overall MYP grade for the year.
A Global Citizenship report outlining progress made within each of the 10 Global Citizenship attributes.
Follow us on Twitter @ingreenwich.
In order to continually evaluate and improve our practice here at IAG, we would appreciate you taking 10 minutes to complete the attached parent questionnaire:
Announcement from Mr Boot, Associate Vice Principal and Careers Lead
IAG Careers Breakfast Club
I am very happy to let you know that the IAG Careers Breakfasts was launched on Tuesday 7th May. The first IAG Career Breakfast will be focused on our Professional Pathway of STEM and will run from 8:00am - 8:30 am. This is a great opportunity for students at IAG to learn more about a career in STEM from a special guest working in this area.
We are very lucky to have guest speakers representing each of our Professional Pathways over the next two terms and the objectives of the sessions are to give students a good understating of:
1 - The Professional Pathway and possible routes that could be taken.
2 - The knowledge, work skills and attributes needed to succeed.
3 - What it look like day to day.
I hope that you will encourage your child to attend this exciting event.
If you are interested in talking to students about this pathway and your career, or you know someone who could represent this pathway please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming talks will be arranged around:
Business & Finance - 21st May
Communication & Media - 4th June
Healthcare - 11th June
Health, Fitness and Coaching - 25th June
The Creative Arts - 9th July
Information Technology - 16th July
Announcement from Ms Di Clemente, Global Citizenship Co-Ordinator
Duke of Edinburgh
There will be a compulsory Duke of Edinburgh meeting for the students and parents on Wednesday the 5th of June at 6.30pm to 7pm at the Academy, where you will receive further information about the expeditions, what the students have achieved so far, and answer any queries you may have. At the meeting, you will also receive a letter outlining the programme and full contact details for the campsite and the supervisors of the expeditions. Please arrive promptly to the meeting. Please click HERE to see the letter.
Last week parents, teachers and students nominated students at the academy who have gone above and beyond and achieved. There were so many wonderful and deserving nominations made however only four students could receive the award. Therefore it is my pleasure to announce the winners of this terms Jack Petchey award. From Year 7 a huge congratulations to Cassandra and Omari, Celise from Year 8 and lastly Kyron in Year 9. These students have displayed the IB learner traits of being Caring, Open-minded people who put others first, they are Knowledgable in their subjects and work incredibly hard to achieve. Outstanding work to everyone who was nominated and once again a huge congratulations to the four deserving students who will now have the honour of using their award money of £250 to put back into the school community.
Announcement from Mr Fahy, Director of PHE:
Sporting fixtures in May & June 2019:
Boys' Tennis Match, Thursday 6th June. Girls' Rugby Tournament Years 7 and 8, Monday 10th June.
Boys' Tennis Match, Thursday 13th June.
Boys' Rugby Tournament, Year 9, Wednesday 19th June.
Boys' Rugby Tournament, Year 8, Monday 24th June.
Girls' Football, Year 9, TBA.
Girls' Football, Year 7-9, TBA.
PHE Lessons next term
The sports that students will be learning in Term 6 are:
Girls: Sports Aerobics
As we are approaching the summer term, we advise that all students bring sun cream to PHE lessons during hot weather. For the same reason, it is also important that all students carry at least a 500ml bottle of water with them that they can refill during PHE lessons. IAG will not be able to provide sun cream during lessons, due to the risk of an allergic reaction.
Students are required to wear the school PHE kit - please see below for PHE kit requirements:
Year 7 must wear the new logo IAG PHE kit
Year 8 and Year 9 can wear the non-logo PHE kit, however if students wish to transfer to the new logo IAG PHE kit they may do so.
Details of the Academy's PHE kit can be found HERE.
During the summer term, we will allow students to wear shorts due to hot weather. Shorts must still meet the requirements of the IAG PHE kit. Shorts must be unbranded and navy blue.
Could parents please ensure that students are bringing in their PHE kits and PHE books on the day of their PHE lessons. Students are responsible for ensuring that they bring the correct equipment to school for all lessons - this includes PHE.
Participation in PHE
It is expected that all students bring the right PHE kit to school, regardless of the weather or their condition. We understand that students can be sick or injured, however, if they are in school and participating in all other lessons it is our expectation that they also attempt to participate in PHE.
Healthy eating is an important part of everyday life. The focus on healthy eating was relaunched with an informative assembly given to our students by the PHE department. Students are advised to eat healthily at the Academy. Students have received a pamphlet, which is for you to read with your child. Thank you for your continued support.
PHE Lessons During Ramadan
Please click HERE to see the letter regarding PHE lessons during Ramadan. This letter has also been sent to all parents via email.
Announcement from the School Office
School Money/School Lunch Reminder
Please remember to make bookings through the School Money website at least 24 hours in advance, even if your child is entitled to Free School Meals. If you are having trouble logging on to the School Money system or have any queries, please do not hesitate to call the Academy, or email your query to email@example.com.
Free School Meals
If you believe your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, please follow the instructions to the Free School Meals Eligibility Checker HERE. The link can also be found in the ‘IAG Blog’ section of the new website. It is a free service, and if eligible, you will be issued with a certificate of eligibility on completion. Please save this, and email the certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘FREE SCHOOL MEALS’. By checking your eligibility and providing us with the proof, you help the Academy to secure more funding through the DfE.
Please see the 'Request For Academy Hold Medication' form HERE. This must be filled out if your child will require medication throughout the school day. Students should not be carrying medication on their person around school - it should be handed in to the front desk at the start of the day so that we can securely store it for your child to use at specified times under the supervision of a first aider. Without this completed form, the Academy will not be able to give out medication.
For general parent/carer inquiries via email, please contact: email@example.com
Parents must not drive or park on Meadowcourt Road when picking up students. Parking and traffic on this road is strictly for residents only. Please respect these wishes from the residents and be mindful that school children are also using this road. We appreciate your support with this.
Year 7 Attendance this week:
7F - 92.04%
7G - 84.62%
7S - 96.14%
Congratulations to 7S for having the best attendance in Year 7 this week!
Year 8 Attendance this week:
8A - 90.78%
8B - 92.07%
8C - 90.48%
8D - 93.19%
Congratulations to 8D for having the best attendance in Year 8 this week!
Year 9 Attendance this week:
9A - 91.95%
9B - 89.90%
9C - 98.15%
Congratulations to 9C for having the best attendance in Year 9 this week!
Attendance announcement from Ms Laurans - Attendance Officer
To notify us of an absence please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the school office.
Please do not send attendance emails to the info or admin email account.
Medical evidence is required for all pre-planned appointments.
When an absence is unplanned, if medical evidence is required, we will contact you.
Any students who are late twice in a week, will be required to attend a 90 minute detention after school the following Monday. The detention will be written in your child's planner. Students must be at the Academy for line up at 08:35am. Lessons start promptly at 08:45am.
Our target for weekly attendance is above 97%. Please see our diamond attendance chart below for expectations and a breakdown of attendance percentages and what they mean.