New Communication System

Dear Parent/Carer

We have just introduced a new and better system for communications with our Parents and Carers. This means that, as of Monday 26th January 2015, there is a new contact number for SMS text messages which are sent into the Academy.

If your child is absent therefore, please contact the Student Absence line on 0191 4422000 Option 2 or text on 07860 027349.

Thank you in advance for your support with this.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Table Tennis Champion

On Tuesday 20th January Joseph Swan Academy hosted the Gateshead Schools Individual Table Tennis Championships for Years 7 and 8.

Jordan in Year 8 won the tournament and is now Gateshead Champion. He won all 3 of his league matches, which qualified him for the knock-out stages where his results were:

  • Quarter final 15-0
  • Semi Final 21-8
  • Final 21-9

Jordan received his gold medal and was quite rightly over the moon.

Netball Results

On Monday 19th January, netball teams from Year 8, 9 and 10 played teams from Kingsmeadow.

The Year 10’s played first in what turned out to be a very close match. The teams were drawing 1 – 1 in the first quarter, 3 – 3 in the second and the third quarter ended 4 – 4. The girls played exceptionally well throughout the match but were pipped in the final quarter, with the final score being Kingsmeadow 7, Joseph Swan 4.

The Year 8’s had a very hectic game; with constant end to end play throughout. Kingsmeadow scored the only net in the first quarter and there were no nets in the second and third quarters. Alesia was moved into the central position which made a difference to the team, with Megan and Hannah receiving more passes. In the final quarter the girls scored 2 nets leaving the final score Joseph Swan 2, Kingsmeadow 1.

The Year 9’s showed their passion for the game in their match with the first quarter ending 2 – 2, The second quarter ended with Joseph Swan being behind 4 – 3 and in the third quarter the girls were 6 – 4 down. Nicole, Niamh and Hannah made some lovely link play in the last quarter, which resulted in the girls winning 7 – 6, scoring the last net in the dying seconds of the game.

Another excellent night by the teams, well done to all of them!

Year 11 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

Just a reminder that there is a Year 11 Progress Evening on Tuesday 10th February 2015 between the hours of 4pm – 7pm at Joseph Swan Academy. Your son/daughter should have a copy of their appointment sheet and be making appointments with teaching staff.

This is a very important progress evening as the results of the trial examinations will be discussed.
Please do contact the Year Team if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 10th February 2015.

Yours faithfully
Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Key Dates

There is a busy term ahead with the following key dates for your diary:

Year 10 (English/Maths/Science)
Year 11, 12 & 13 trial examinations
Monday 12th to Monday 19th January 2015
Year 12 & 13 Progress Evening Thursday 5th February 2015 from 4pm to 7pm
Year 11 Progress Evening Tuesday 10th February 2015 from 4pm to 7pm
Heart to Heart Respect Day Friday 13th February 2015
Half Term Monday 16th to Friday 20th February 2015
Sixth Form Choices Evening Wednesday 4th March 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Year 7 REAL Project Evening Tuesday 10th March 2015 from 5pm to 7pm
Careers Fair (for all Year Groups) Wednesday 18th March 2015 from 6pm to 7.30pm
Year 9 Options & Progress Evening Tuesday 24th March 2015 from 4pm to 7pm
Year 8 Progress Evening Tuesday 31st March 2015 from 4pm to 7pm
Staff Training Day Thursday 2nd April 2015

Presents from Joseph Swan Academy

RVI PresentsJoseph Swan Academy’s student leadership team have been raising money in order to provide presents for children who are faced with spending Christmas in Hospital. Today they delivered these presents to children at the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s children’s ward.

Year 7 Rugby League

On Tuesday the Joseph Swan Academy Year 7 rugby squad, fresh from their 3rd place at the Gateshead Rugby Union Tournament, travelled to Gateshead International Stadium to try their hand at Rugby League.

The tournament comprised of four teams from Gateshead: Thomas Hepburn, Heworth Grange, Thomas More and ourselves.
Our first tournament game was against Heworth, in which the lads were dominant from the start and with some excellent running from Steven, Charlie and Curtis we held Heworth back in their own half for most of the 15 minute game which we won 5-1.
Thomas Hepburn attacked us furiously in the opening minutes of the second match but some excellent tackling from Graeme, Steven and James stopped them in their tracks and made them think twice about repeating this. We then attacked and scored freely winning the match 5-0.
The final match was against St Thomas More, against whom we defended valiantly as a team and played some excellent attacking rugby to finish up winning 3-1 .
This means that we have now qualified to represent Gateshead at the regional tournament. Our first step to a possible Wembley final!

Year 7 Sports Hall Athletics

The Year 7 boys Sports Hall Athletics Squad competed in the Gateshead Schools Sports Hall Athletics Tournament on Friday 28th November. The team, consisting of seven of our students, competed in a large variety of events, including hurdles and long distance runs on the track and field events such as triple jump, standing long jump and speed bounce.

All of the lads were excellent winning many of the blue riband sprints and both of the big relays. They amassed loads of points for performance and finished up as Gateshead champions.

The final top 5 positions were:
  • 1st Joseph Swan Academy
  • 2nd Cardinal Hume
  • 3rd Kingsmeadow
  • 4th Whickham
  • 5th Thorp Academy
The boys now go forward to represent Gateshead in the Tyne and Wear event in January.

Sports Hall Athletics

On the afternoon of Tuesday 18th November teams from all of our cluster schools came to the Academy for a Sports Hall Athletics Tournament. Each team consisted of 8 boys and 8 girls and competed in various events such as sprinting, middle distance running, chest push, javelin and standing long jump.

All of the events were marshalled, measured and timed brilliantly by Year 8 and 9 students from the Student Leadership Team, who were very good with the pupils and invaluable help to Mr Davidson.

The tournament reached an exciting climax, as all high quality athletics meets do, with the team relays. The final results were as follows:

  1. Kells Lane
  2. Oakfield
  3. Glynwood A
  4. Harlow Green
  5. Kelvin Grove
  6. Glynwood B

Good luck to the Kells Lane team who now go on to represent our cluster at the Gateshead finals on December 8th.

Year 9 Girls Basketball

On Tuesday 18th November the Gateshead Basketball CVL Tournament was hosted at Joseph Swan Academy.

Last year the Year 9 Girls Basketball team excelled across all tournaments, resulting in several title wins.

With only Joseph Swan and Cardinal Hume in attendance, due to 3 other teams dropping out, it was a must win for Joseph Swan Academy to go straight into the Tyne and Wear Finals.

The girls were triumphant with the final score being:

Joseph Swan 40 – Cardinal Hume 4

The girls played exceptionally well, using the skills they have developed whilst playing at Regional level. As always the girls did us proud, representing the Academy in the new team jerseys that they earned last year.

The Tyne and Wear final will be held on Thursday 29th January at City Space in Sunderland, where they will compete with teams from different areas!