Year 7 Futsal
On Friday night the Year 7 girls had their first futsal tournament at Kingsmeadow. The girls effort and behaviour was exceptional, although the results did not go our way; the girls played with a huge smile on their face and enjoyed the tournament. Overall we came 4th, with Thomas Hepburn and Whickham qualifying from the 6 teams who were present.
It was a brilliant night and it was great to see so many developing young players. We have district trials coming up in March 12th so Joseph Swan Academy could be represented!
Created by Joseph Swan Academy on March 4th, 2014.
On Tuesday the Year 8&9 basketball team competed in the final of the Gateshead CVL. 3 of the 5 teams dropped out on the night (we had previously beatten the other schools before Christmas) so the final was between ourselves and Cardinal Hume.
The girls were exceptional throughout and worked unbelievably hard, they worked as a team on the pitch and off the pitch. It was a very tight game throughout with most of the game being played with 1 or 2 points in it, the game was end to end and very intense. We very nearly lost it in the last 30 seconds but with some excellent defending on the rebound the ball was played into safety. The final score was Joseph Swan 20 – Cardinal Hume 19, making Joseph Swan Gateshead Champions!
Created by Joseph Swan Academy on February 27th, 2014.
A massive congratulations to the twelve Year 10 students who attended the Lakeside Challenge in the half term. There were 22 teams across the UK who entered the competition and we entered two teams for this event.
We had to participate in a number of activities such as Archery, Obstacle Course, Night Orienteering and lots more to gain points. Our students were exemplary working together as a team, solving problems and competing to the best of their ability. As a result Team B were runners up, with a running total of 3632 points and only 18 points difference from the winners, while Team A came 3rd overall. Well done to these students.
Created by Joseph Swan Academy on February 25th, 2014.
Sixth Form Choices Evening
We held our Sixth Form Choices Evening on Tuesday 11th February and what a great success it was. Thank you to all who attended. Your feedback has been really positive with 96% of you finding the evening useful and highly rating the quality of the information we provided. This is a real tribute not only to the hard work of staff, but also to you, our committed and supportive parents and carers. Thank you!
Created by Joseph Swan Academy on February 24th, 2014.
Heart to Heart Day
On Friday 14th February we held our ‘Heart to Heart’ Day. This day took the form of an Academy Respect Day when we used the fact that it was Valentine’s Day to look at the heart, how it works, how you look after your heart, what you should do if you suspect someone is having a heart attack and the history of heart transplants.
We had representatives from the Red Cross, the British Heart Foundation, the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) organisation, staff from the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, the Royal Marines, the British Legion and members of the Safer Relationship Team in Gateshead. In addition, we have been working with our local MP Mr Ian Mearns to have a heart defibrillator installed on our campus.
During the Academy day students could wear a ‘splash of red’ to support the British Heart Foundation’s 2014 campaign entitled ‘Ramp up the Red’. A small donation was collected from our students by our Student Leadership Team Charity committee for this. Students were also able to purchase red roses and send Valentine’s cards in the true tradition of Valentine’s Day.
There was also a charity ‘Staff Valentine’s Day Bake Off’ competition on our ‘Live Feed’ with our very own Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as judges. The winners of the Bake Off were Mrs Callaghan and Mr Robson and all of the entries were sold to students at breaktime to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
All in all it was a very busy day, celebrating the fact it was Valentine’s day in an educational way by ensuring that students look after their heart, both for now and the future and learn what is and how to administer CPR.
Created by Joseph Swan Academy on February 21st, 2014.
Careers Fair – 25th February 2014 (5.30pm – 6.45pm)
Joseph Swan Academy invites all our students and their parents / carers to our first ever Careers Fair on the 25th February. It will take place on ‘The Street’ between 5.30 and 6.45 pm.
We expect to have around 25 organisations and businesses represented at the event and companies such as the Rolls Royce, NAC / Nissan, Sainsbury’s, Hay-Kilner Solicitors and Baker Tilly have been invited along with Gateshead Health, the armed forces and a number of local universities and training providers.
This event has been organised as part of our developing careers programme and is intended to help our students find out more about the huge variety of options available to them as they make decisions about their future. The evening should be of particular use to students in Years 9, 11 and 13 as they consider their options but everyone from Year 7 upwards is welcome to come along and investigate possible future pathways.
We look forward to seeing you on the 25th February.
Created by Joseph Swan Academy on February 14th, 2014.
Head Teacher for the Day
On Wednesday, eight students, from across all year groups, were chosen to be Head Teacher for the Day. With over 200 applications we had to create both a long list and a short list to decide who the lucky few were.
Over the course of the day these students learnt about the responsibilities of being a Head Teacher, as they shadowed Miss Scott and other members of Staff. The students had the opportunity to interview candidates for a position as a MFL teacher, accompanied Mrs Mitchell and Mr Hunter as they carried out a site inspection and each devised their own curriculum for the Academy, some including lessons such as swimming and BMX cycling. They also accompanied staff on break and lunch duties and looked at how the school finances were decided.
Created by Joseph Swan Academy on February 14th, 2014.
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