Progress Day

Dear Parent/Carer

Our Progress Day takes place on Thursday 3rd December 2015. Thank you to all those Parents/Carers who have made appointments already.

The structure of the day revolves around the appointments with the tutor.

In addition the Academy restaurant will be open serving complimentary breakfast, lunch and high tea. Connexions will be available for careers advice. The Green Team will have a Christmas Gift stand on the Street. Our Attendance Team will be available throughout the day to discuss attendance. Father Christmas will be on the Street with his reindeer for our younger visitors.

Please note this is not a traditional school day.

The key part of the day is the appointment to hear of your child’s progress. If you have any issues with childcare for the rest of the day please do contact your child’s respective Year Leader so we can support you with this.

Students must wear Academy uniform and must attend the meeting to receive their attendance mark for the day.

If you have any concerns please do contact your child’s Year Leader in advance to resolve these as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Latin Visit

Latin-VisitOn a very soggy Tuesday morning, a group of Year 7 Latin students climbed on board a bus, on a journey back in time to Roman Britain, alongside a very special guest, Mr Benson, who was visiting from Uganda, Africa.

Firstly, the students went to the Roman Army Museum. At the museum, the students were taught Latin by a hologram teacher, introducing them to the Roman numerals and reinforcing why Latin was so important during the Roman occupation of England. The students also watched a 3-D film about life on Hadrian’s wall during the times of Emperor Hadrian.

After a quick stop at the shop, the group then hopped back onto the bus along a very straight Roman road to the Vindolanda fort. Here, the group went to a little croft building, that was used during Roman times as a store, to eat their lunch. Fueled up and ready to go, the group went next to the museum, where they had the chance to see some of the oldest written artifacts in England – the Latin tablets. Having seen the tablets, the group then met with Lauren, an archaeologist, who then revealed exactly why Latin is so important to archaeologists and historians – as it allows us to piece together evidence of what settlements looked like during this time, the daily lives of the people of Roman Britain, and even what they ate! The students asked some brilliant questions, such as, “why do we still not know exactly how Latin was pronounced?” and, “why has the site ended up in the state it is today, rather than there still being buildings standing?”

Last but not least, the students were able to walk around the excavation site, piecing together in their minds what the arrangements of stones were for.

Finally, quite cold and wet, the students climbed back on board the bus back into modern day Great Britain.

The students very much enjoyed the day, especially being taught Latin by a Roman teacher, and also getting to see how people still use Latin today, in order to piece together information to find out about our past.

Low Fell Remembrance Service

Low Fell RemembranceMembers of the Student Leadership Team of Joseph Swan Academy, attended the Low Fell Remembrance Service at the Boer War Memorial on Wednesday 11th November 2015.

The Royal British Legion poppy helps to provide thousands of veterans, Service men, women and their families with vital advice and support. This year the Royal British Legion asked everyone not just to wear a poppy for the memory of the fallen, but to wear it for the future of the living.

Joseph Swan Academy pride themselves with the support they give to the Royal British Legion every year and the Student Leadership Team participate in the Remembrance Services with honour and pride.

During the service, the students lay wreaths in respect of our fallen heroes and also stood in silence as a mark of respect.

After the service, the students met with the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead and discussed the service together with how Joseph Swan Academy supports the Royal British Legion each year.

Glass and Ceramics Taster Session

Glass CentreOn Friday 13th November, three Year 12 and one Year 13 Product Design students took part in a Glass and Ceramics Taster Session provided by the University of Sunderland at the National Glass Centre.

The students had a tour of the University’s facilities and then participated in some hot glass making activities including pyrography, which is drawing with hot glass onto paper, and making a glass flower. After lunch the students made clay bowls and vases in the ceramics studio.

The day was very worthwhile.  The students found out some key information about glass and ceramics which they can apply to their work in AS and A Level Product Design.

Paying our Respects

As with the rest of the country the Academy held a one minute silence today out of respect for the victims and their families of the terrible terrorist attack which took place in Paris on Friday evening. This attack shows the very sad times we live in. It is all the more important that our core values of respect, tolerance, compassion and honesty are promoted within our Academy and the society we live in for our future and the future of our young people.

A small number of parents/carers have contacted the Academy about school trips in this academic year. It is too early at present to make decisions on these but please be assured that these will always be looked at carefully and thoroughly over the coming months and parents and carers kept informed.

Thank you for your support in this matter.

Miss HE Scott
Head Teacher

Be Kind Week

bekindlogoThis week is National Anti Bullying week and we raise awareness of  this with our own Be Kind Week. This week’s focus is mental health. Mental health problems affect about one in ten children and young people.

The emotional well-being of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

In school this week we have workshops and activities for students enabling them to reflect and think about their mental health and the mental health of others around them. These include mental resilience workshops for year 7 and 8. The If u Care Share Foundation will be delivering workshops to year 10 students on Wednesday. The Samaritans will also be in school on Friday chatting to students and offering advice. As well as this our ‘word of the week’ will be words of Kindness and assemblies will be around the theme of Be Kind Week. We’re really looking forward to this week, addressing a serious matter in a positive supportive way.

Further information can be found

Children in Need

Joseph Swan Academy showed their support for the BBC Children In Need event on Friday 13th November by wearing a splash of yellow or something spotty.

In keeping with the theme, students voted on the Street at lunchtime for their favourite spotted animal.

The results were as follows:

5th place: Chittal Deer
4th place: Spotted Eagle Ray
3rd place: Spotted Seal
2nd place: Dalmatian
1st place: Leopard

Remembrance Respect Day 2015

Remembrance Respect Day was a truly memorable day.

Indoor Athletics

Indoor AthleticsOn Monday Joseph Swan Academy took 2 teams (a boys and a girls) to attend the Gateshead Schools Indoor Athletics Competition at Gateshead Leisure Centre.

Points were awarded not only for winning events but also on participation rate and effort. This gave all teams a chance to make up additional points throughout the competition for achievements such as a quicker lap time, encouragement etc.

The girls dominated in the track and field events – finishing in the top 3 for every event. Mollie came 1st in the 2 lap race and Jade came 1st in the 4 lap race. They also ran a very tight relay race with Whickham.

The boys dominated the field events and pulled some excellent track results out the bag. Christopher ran in the top 2 of every race. With Jamie showing his talent in the triple jump.

Miss Wilkinson and Mr Davidson are very proud to say both teams qualified to compete at the next stage of the competition as they both came in second! The top two teams from each gender go through to represent Gateshead in the School Games competition at Temple Park in January 2016.

Auschwitz Visit

AuschwitzTwo of our Year 13 students, Katie Rickerby and Hana French, have just returned from an emotional trip to Auschwitz – Birkenau, the largest of the World War Two Nazi Death Camps.

The students were part of a visit arranged by the Holocaust Education Trust as part of its ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project, which gives secondary school students from across the country a chance to experience the horrors of Auschwitz.

The visit was preceded by a seminar in Newcastle where the students met a camp survivor and there will be a follow up seminar, where Katie and Hana will share their thoughts and reflections with others.