Can I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a very happy, healthy and safe 2016.
As we come to the end of this the Autumn Term can I, as always, thank you for all your support. We have had record breaking attendances from parents/carers at Progress Day, our Year 11 and Year 7 Parent/Carer evenings, our Shine Awards Evenings and our Remembrance and Christmas Concerts.
During this term our Sports Teams have competed well and our Active Everyday initiative is going from strength to strength. Our Remembrance Respect Day was something we hope students, staff and local community will remember forever. We even sent our JSA flag into space through our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics) initiative.
Our support for charities continues with Macmillan Cancer Support, Break Through Cancer, Children in Need, the Royal British Legion and currently the Gateshead Food Bank and the People’s Kitchen in Newcastle. On ‘Christmas Jumper Day’, on the 18th December 2015, we will be supporting Save the Children, ‘Make A Wish’ and Macmillan Cancer Support.
There is a busy term ahead with the following key dates for your diary:
|Year 10 & Year 11 GCSE/BTEC Examinations (selected students)
||Friday 8th January to Thursday 14th January 2016 (see separate timetable)
|Year 11 Mock Examinations
||Monday 11th January to Monday 18th January 2016
|Year 12 & 13 Mock Examinations
||Monday 18th January to Monday 25th January 2016
|Year 11 BTEC Finance for Business & BTEC Sport Examinations (selected students)
||Thursday 21st January 2016
|Year 9 Progress Evening for Parents/Carers
||Monday 1st February 2016 from 4pm to 7pm
|Year 11 Progress Evening for Parents/Carers
||Monday 8th February 2016 from 4pm to 7pm
|Heart to Heart Respect Day
||Friday 12th February 2016 (for all students)
|Half Term Holiday
||Monday 15th to Friday 19th February 2016
|JSA Careers Fair (for all Year Groups)
||Wednesday 24th February 2016 from 6pm to 7.30pm
|Year 12 & 13 Progress Evening
||Monday 29th February 2016 from 4pm to 7pm
|Options for Sixth Form Evening
||Monday 14th March 2016 from 6pm to 7.45pm
|Year 11 Shine Conference Staff Training Day for other Year Groups
||Tuesday 22nd March 2016
|Staff Training Day
||Wednesday 23rd March 2016
During the Autumn Term we have continued to focus on improving still further the quality of teaching being delivered in the classroom and have further developed our marking and feedback policy which is having a real impact. Our focus in the Spring Term will be on Home Learning, Attainment and Progress. We will also continue to develop our students’ positive attitudes to learning and positive behaviour.
As you can see next term will be a busy time for all of us. Please do have a wonderful Christmas and I send very best wishes for 2016.
We would like our students, your children, fully rested and ready for ‘deep’ learning when they return. The Spring Term will begin at 8.35am on Monday 4th January 2016 when we look forward to welcoming our students back.
As always, please do check our website www.josephswan.org.uk. This contains many important updates about our Academy.
With very festive wishes
Miss H E Scott