It has been a very busy Spring term here at Joseph Swan Academy. We held a very successful Heart to Heart Day in February raising funds for the British Heart Foundation and the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. The focus of this day was looking after your heart. Students had lessons in CPR, keeping your heart healthy, and the work of the Blood Bikes and Children’s Heart Unit. At the beginning of March we held a very successful Dragons’ Den meets the Apprentice activity with many great ideas for inventions being produced. Watch out Mr Branson and Mr Dyson!
Our Year 7 students put on a great display for our Year 7 ‘Trashion Show’ which is part of the REAL project curriculum here at Joseph Swan Academy. The focus of this project was respecting the environment with the students having researched all aspects of recycling and reusing materials which culminated in a fashion show exhibition.
As always our students did their bit for charity this term with each Year Team hosting an activity for Comic Relief. This included our very own Year 8 with their Photo Booth initiative which raised over £150 by itself.
This was followed in the next week by an excellent Careers Fair when over 30 different companies and organisations came to the Academy providing advice on apprenticeships, careers in the forces and the NHS, College and Degree level courses and careers in the business sector. Again we were very pleased with the attendance of parents/carers and students to this event. Currently our Year 9 students are choosing their Key Stage 4 options and our Year 11, 12 and 13 students are preparing for their GCSE and GCE examinations so the Careers Fair was especially useful for these students.
Last week two ‘Classroom Medics’ sessions were organised by our Science department for specific student cohorts. These hands on workshops allowed students to use real medical equipment, used daily by medical professionals, to test their own individual physiology. Activities were also be linked to topics such as healthy lifestyles, impacts of smoking and drugs, and obesity. Activities included ECG testing, Peak flow readings, using a Spirometer, checking carbon monoxide and oxygen levels, taking temperature and blood pressure, reflex testing, using ultrasound technology, iPhone retina scans and trying on an ageing suit. These workshops were so successful we will be having the ‘Classroom Medic’ organisation back for additional sessions.
Keeping students safe remains one of our top priorities. By now I hope you will have received my letter on Operation Encompass regarding domestic abuse. If you would like any further advice on this initiative please do contact DC Gill Menzies on 0191 433 2450 or via email OperationEncompass@Gateshead.gcsx.Gov.Uk. You can also find out more information through accessing the following website: http://www.operationencompass.org/.
This term we also had an additional Be Kind week with the ‘if U Care Share Foundation’ working with our Year 10 students. Assemblies on E-Safety also took place throughout the week. For further information on E-Safety please do feel free to contact Mrs Whalen our Academy Equality Co-ordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. We have also recently held assemblies on Railway Safety and the dangers of drug taking. These were delivered to Year 9, 10 and 11 by a member of the Platform Team (Drug and Alcohol Awareness Team – Telephone 0191 4601354).
In addition I encourage students to ride their bicycles to the Academy. This needs to be done safely taking great care at road junctions and obeying the Highway Code. Students should also be wearing cycle helmets both to and from the Academy. It is also highly recommended that some form of high visibility clothing is also worn.
Smoking is not allowed on the Joseph Swan Academy campus – this includes E-Cigarettes. We have a Zero Tolerance policy regarding smoking here at Joseph Swan Academy and are working in partnership with the NHS and Northumbria Police to enforce this. Students have the opportunity to be involved in a registered smoking cessation course – further details regarding this can be obtained from Mrs Whalen our Equalities Co-ordinator via email@example.com.
As always our Sports Teams are doing incredibly well in all the Gateshead Schools football and netball leagues. We have also seen success in fusball, rowing, cross country, dance as well as county and national trials for many of our young people. Congratulations to all those who participate and represent our Academy.
Three of our staff have just returned from a visit to linked school in Uganda. Whilst at the Samuel Baker School the staff taught Geography, Sport and trained students to be anti-bullying champions. We donated much of our former Academy uniform to this school.
We continue to work closely with all our feeder primary schools. We are very pleased with the record breaking numbers of Parents/Carers who have chosen Joseph Swan Academy as their school for September 2015. Our Year 7 numbers are record breaking and we are oversubscribed.
We will finish this Spring Term on Wednesday 1st April 2015 at the usual time of 2.20pm. Our students will return on Monday 20th April at 8.30am. Please note some very important dates in the Summer Term:
|Thursday 30th April
||Year 10 Progress Evening
||4pm to 7pm
|Monday 4th May
|Thursday 7th May
||Year 11 and Year 13 only in the Academy
|Thursday 12th May
||Year 7 Progress Evening
||4pm to 7pm
|Monday 25th – Friday 29th May
||May Half Term
All of these events and activities have been ongoing alongside deep learning throughout the year. As always I would like to thank all the staff and the students for all their hard work. I would especially like to wish the Year 10, 11,12 and 13 students the best of luck for their summer examinations and to remind them to revise hard over the Easter Holidays in preparation for these examinations.
Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Easter and to all our students a happy and safe holiday. We look forward to seeing all of our students on Monday 20th April 2015 at 8.30am.
Miss H E Scott
Please also note for those of you planning Summer Holidays that the Autumn Term will start on Wednesday 2nd September 2015. All students will return to this Academy on this date.