Joseph Swan Academy is awarded the Bronze Eco Schools Award!

Green Team Bronze AwardSince forming in September, the Green Team have worked exceptionally well to make Joseph Swan even more environmentally friendly. They carried out an environmental audit, discussed the results and then produced an action plan. Their main achievement has been to roll out black paper recycling bins to all classrooms and ensure that every classroom gets a new green plastic bottle recycling bin! Green Team members have also put battery recycling boxes in key locations in the Academy. Through their commitment to promoting and developing sustainability they have gained the Eco Schools Bronze Award!

“Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.”

The Green Team have big plans moving forward and have their sights set on the Silver Award!

More information on the Eco Schools Bronze Award can be found on the Eco-Schools’ Website.

Schools Athletics

Schools AthleticsOn Friday a team from Years 7 & 8 attended the English Schools Athletics at Monkton Stadium.

They competed in a variety of track and field events and came up trumps in a few of the competitions.

  • Steven came 1st in the 100 metres in his race and came 3rd overall on times.
  • Toni came 1st in the 100 metres in her race and came 2nd overall on times.
  • Molly came 1st in the 200 metres in her race and came 2nd overall on times.
  • The Boys came 1st in the 4 x 100 metres.
  • The Girls came 2nd in the 4 x 100 metres.

Sadly, on points, we did not qualify for the next round in Hull, but it was a great experience for all involved and the students were exceptional as always.

Our Favourite Bird

On Tuesday lunchtime we asked students to vote for their favourite British bird as part of a national vote to find Britain’s National Bird. From this we can announce Joseph Swan Academy’s favourite bird is the Blue Tit.

Blue Tit

The Blue Tit is probably the best known of the Tit family; it is a very common sight in our gardens and will visit bird feeders and tables frequently. If you put peanut feeders in the garden you won’t have to wait long before these little fellas come along. They will also nest happily in manmade boxes. More…

Year 12 Taster Week

Sixth Form Taster Week is running from Monday 6th July until Friday 10th July.  All Year 11 students are welcome to come and sample our Sixth Form courses.  All students need to sign up using the link below and attend the introduction in the Main Hall on the Monday morning.  There will be a presentation and activities to launch the taster week and students will also receive a copy of their personal timetable for the week.

Taster Week Registration

Parent E-Safety Notice: ooVoo

OoVoo_LogoOovoo is a video chat and messaging app, similar to Face Time or Skype. It appeals to teenagers because it enables you to video chat with more than one person at one time and it is free over a  Wi-Fi connection. You can decide who you add to your chat group and privacy settings are available, which is good. However, as with any of these apps, you have to be careful who you or your friends are adding.

Unfortunately teenagers adding strangers to their chat group is becoming increasingly more common and this in itself is leading to young people (girls in particular) witnessing inappropriate behaviour. Please be aware of these risks if your child has this app. More helpful advice can be found here; http://www.bewebsmart.com/app-review/do-you-oovoo-maybe-your-kids-do/.

If you require any more E-Safety advice then please do not hesitate to contact Vicki Whalen vickiwhalen@josephswan.org.uk.

Great Big Dance Off

dance festival 2015 2Last Thursday afternoon the Joseph Swan Academy Dancers performed in the Great Big Dance Off at the Mill Volvo Theatre.

Once again the girls performed exceptionally well and represented Joseph Swan Academy in style. They really stood out from the crowd in their orange tops and their fantastic theatrical make up!

We are so proud of all the students who took part. Well done to them all!

Dance Festival 2015

dance festival 2015On Wednesday 18th March the Joseph Swan Academy Dancers performed at the Sage Gateshead in the Dance Festival 2015.

There was 663 students, 77 staff and a sold out auditorium. Over the previous 2 days over 2,500 students from Gateshead had performed. The girls closed the show and ended it with a bang. They gave it everything! The theme was films and the girls performed a modern twist on the Circle of Life.

The girls were exceptional throughout the afternoon and really looked the part in their tops! They have qualified for a National Dance Competition in April at the Mill Volvo and are really excited about it.

Fancy face paints for the next one!

Year 9 Netball

The Year 9 netball team had their Gateshead Netball Tournament last night. There were 8 teams in the tournament with each team playing 7 matches. The matches were awarded 5 points for a win, 3 for a draw 1 for a loss.

Our first six match results were:

  • Joseph Swan 5 – Charles Thorp 0
  • Joseph Swan 5 – Lord Lawson 5
  • Joseph Swan 1 – Kingsmeadow 0
  • Joseph Swan 2 – Whickham 2
  • Joseph Swan 7 – Cardinal Hume 2
  • Joseph Swan 3 – Emmanuel 2

This resulted in final match against Thomas More ended up being for for 1st and 2nd. With the points so close we needed a win or draw to come 1st.

It was an end to end game, with Thomas More scoring within seconds. We brought it back and fought to 3 – 3. However, just as the whistle blew, Thomas More scored, resulting in the final score being 4 – 3 and leaving the tournament results as:

  • 1st Thomas More
  • 2nd Joseph Swan
  • 3rd Emmanuel

The girls played out of their skin and the only way to describe them is absolutely class.

Academy Careers Fair – 18th March 2015

Dear Parent / Carer

Just a reminder that our Academy Careers Fair, which we have entitled ‘Your Future’, will
be held on Wednesday 18th March 2015 between 6pm and 7.30pm.

This event has been organised as part of our Academy Career’s Programme and is
intended to help our students find out more about the options available to them as they
make decisions about their future. The evening should be of particular interest to students
in Years 9 (who also have a joint options and progress evening on 24th March 2015), Years
11 and 13 students as they consider their options in the future. All students/parents/carers
are welcome to come to this event, to investigate possible future pathways.

We have invited over twenty five organisations and businesses to be represented at this
event including companies such as Rolls Royce, Nissan, Sainsbury’s, Sage Academy of
Performing Arts and Baker Tilley. There will also be representatives from Gateshead
Health, the Armed Forces including the Royal Navy, the Royal Air force and the Army. In
addition our Academy Sixth Form will be available to discuss our Key Stage 5 pathways and
curriculum. There will also be representatives from universities and training providers.

As you can imagine this is a very worthwhile event to attend to ensure both you and your
son and daughter have as much information as possible about future pathways.
Refreshments will be served throughout the evening in our Street Café.

As a further incentive all ‘family groups’ who attend this evening will be entered into a prize
draw for £50 Sainsbury’s voucher.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 18th March between 6pm – 7.30pm.

Yours faithfully

Miss H.E.Scott
Head Teacher

Year 7 Rugby

Our Year 7 Rugby team made a great start to the Gateshead Rugby Championships, finishing unbeaten after drawing both of their games.

The first game was against Lord Lawson and despite a great start which saw us jump in to a 2-1 lead. We then fell behind due to a combination of poor tackling and inexperience in defence against their club players leaving the score 2-5. All looked lost but then we had a chat and rallied during a break in play, after which the opposition didn’t know what had hit them and we pulled the game back to 5-5. The crowd really got behind both teams and at the final whistle it felt more like a victory than a draw.

Our great form and momentum continued as we took to the field against Whickham for our second fixture. We more than matched a team which contained a number of experienced club players. Mr Davidson was really pleased with the way our players took to the ruck and the maul which added a new dimension to their already excellent running play. The match was a bit of nip and tuck in which the lead changed 4 times and ended with Whickham grabbing a late equaliser.

The lads are starting to act like a real rugby team, something which will be a great strength in their future matches.