Lights on for Learning

DSC_8368What a fantastic busy week we have had during our ‘Lights on for Learning’ summer school.  We spent the week exploring different aspects of a Museum including natural history, fun with fossils, dinosaurs and even had an educational visit to Beamish Open Air Museum!

With a record breaking number of students in attendance everyday, we all worked together and produced some exemplary work including our very own Modern Art exhibition which parents also had the pleasure of visiting!

It was a truly memorable week where all students proved that at Joseph Swan academy, Everyone Can Shine

End of Term Letter from the Head Teacher

Dear Parent/ Carer

‘Standing on the Shoulders of this Year’s Progress’

First of all can I take the opportunity to thank you for all the support you have given to the Academy this year.  We have made real strides on improving yet further the quality of education we are delivering to students, the development of our curriculum to meet the needs of our students in a changing society and the raising of aspirations of our young people.

There are so many positives this year including; ever improving the attainment grades and levels within all year groups across all subjects, an increased understanding in the world around us through our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural provision and further improving attitudes and love of learning amongst our students.

We have won many awards this year including the International School Award and the Eco Schools Award.  We have also had our Bullying Intervention Group (BIG) National Award re credited, to name but a few.  We have also taken part in many local, regional and national competitions in sport, STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), design, and reading and writing competitions.

We have seen over 100 very successful trips and visits take place throughout the year including our ski trip and we have just waved goodbye to students who have gone on a Philosophy visit to Thailand.  What an experience that will be!  Three of our staff travelled to Uganda to work in our link school for a week with the focus on sport, the environment and sharing our ‘Be Kind’ agenda.  They also took over a donation of our former Academy uniform for the students to have.

We have three students who have been successful in the Komatsu Scholarship programme who will be travelling to Japan this year, two students who will be representing the Academy on the National Schools visit to the Battlefields programme in France and six students who flew to Belfast to visit the Queens University in Belfast as part of a Russell University group National Scholars Awards programme.

Our Year 11 students have just had their ‘Platinum Ball’ at the Sage in Gateshead and our Year 13 students celebrated 7 years attendance and hard work at their Ball at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle.  Both were wonderful evenings including superb speeches from our young people showing just how empowered and mature they have become. We wish them every success when they collect their results in August.

We continue to work very closely with our feeder primary schools regarding our outstanding transition programme.  Our mathematical mornings, Mysteries at Swan Hall, project and reward days, our promotion of young musicians, the Archbishops Trust Young Leaders Awards and our Summer School are all adding to the seamless transition between primary and secondary school.  I would like to thank all the Head Teachers and staff of Kells Lane Primary School, Oakfield Junior School, Kelvin Grove Primary School, Harlow Green Primary School and Glynwood Primary School for their support with this and for the fact we have record breaking numbers of students for our Year 7 in September 2015.

Other successes of the year include our band concerts, our sell out production of Oliver and our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural days including Remembrance with the Spitfire plane, our Heart to Heart Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and Refugee Awareness Week.

At this point I would like to thank the staff of the Academy for their 100% commitment to the young people in our care.  Every single member of staff wants the very best of every child and works hard every day to ensure that we uphold our ethos of ‘Where Everyone Can Shine’.  We are supported and challenged by our very committed Governing Body and Trustees to ensure that this is the case each and every day.

We invite you to make a note of the following dates for your diary:

Term Dates

Term Dates First day of term Last day of term
Autumn Term Thursday 3rd September 2015 Friday 23rd October 2015
Autumn Term Monday 2nd November 2015 Friday 18th December 2015
Spring Term Monday 4th January 2016 Friday 12th February 2016
Spring Term Monday 22nd February 2016 Monday 21st March 2016
Summer Term Monday 11th April 2016 Friday 27th May 2016
Summer Term Monday 6th June 2016 Wednesday 20th July 2016
Academy Training Dates Tuesday 1st September 2015
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 (Year 7 present from 12 noon)
Tuesday 22nd March 2016 – Year 11 will be attending for their Year 11 Shine Conference
Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Progress Evenings

Date Event Times
Monday 19th October 2015 Year 7 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 20th June 2016 Year 7 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 13th June 2016 Year 8 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 1st February 2016 Year 9 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 11th July 2016 Year 10 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 12th October 2015 Year 11 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 8th February 2016 Year 11 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 14th March 2016 Year 11 Options Evening 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday 20th April 2016 KS4 Options Evening 6pm – 8pm
Monday 29th February 2016 Year 12/13 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Friday 4th December 2015 Progress Day 8am – 7pm
Thursday 14th April 2016 Personal Welfare & Development Progress Day 8am – 7pm

Go Active Everyday

Our Go Active Everyday programme has also been a great success this year.  Our new programme will be published on our website www.josephswan.org.uk on 1st August 2015.

Catering

Our catering company will change in September.  Our Academy catering will be delivered by Hutchison’s Catering.  This is a local family run company who pride themselves in using and serving fresh food.  The usual payment procedures of cheques made payable to “Hutchison’s Catering Ltd” or cash can be added to our biometric machines around the Academy. 

Attendance

An attendance target of at least 95% attendance will be in place for each and every year group.  Students with less will be expected to attend Saturday attendance clubs throughout the year.  I advise all parents to read the additional notes attached to this letter regarding absence from the Academy, as parents/carers may face a fine from October 2015 if they take students out of school for a holiday or any other reason which is not exceptional or authorised by the Head Teacher.

Academy Uniform and PE Kit

September 2014 saw a very successful transition to our new Academy uniform. I regularly receive compliments from visitors to the Academy and from the local and North East community about how smart our students look.

The wearing of Academy uniform is very good but can I remind all parents/carers that no ‘skinny’ trousers are allowed and the jewellery and make up rules are simply non-negotiable for all students.

Additional uniform and PE kit is available from our uniform suppliers:

Joseph Swan Academy Uniform and PE Kit Suppliers
Uniform – Michael Sehgal & Sons Ltd
28-40 Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7JB
Telephone: 0191 230 2320, shop online at www.michaelsehgal.co.uk

PE Kit – Moette Ltd
Telephone: 0191 373 5995, shop online at www.moette.co.uk/josephswanacademy  – see order form.  Note: this is a different supplier this year due to parental feedback.

We couldn’t do all the things we do without the support of our students, parents and carers. This is paramount to ensure we continue to make rapid progress in the 2015/2016 academic year.

We want to make our good school ‘great’.  We are a very modern school with traditional values of tolerance, compassion, caring and respect but also having high aspirations at all times and an absolute belief in our ethos that ‘Everyone Can Shine’ at Joseph Swan Academy.  We want the very best for our students as do you.  Let’s work further together in 2015/2016 as ‘together we are stronger’ and ‘together we can make things happen’ and really stand on the shoulders of this year’s progress.

Joseph Swan Academy
‘Where Everyone Can Shine’

Have a wonderful summer!

Yours sincerely

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

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Welcome to our new Year 7 students parent/carers. A letter from the Head Teacher

Dear Parent/ Carer

Welcome to Joseph Swan Academy

First of all can I take the opportunity to welcome you and your son/daughter to Joseph Swan Academy. It is a very exciting time to join our Academy. In the last academic year we have made great strides on improving yet further the quality of education we are delivering to students, the development of our curriculum to meet the needs of our students in a changing society and the raising of aspirations of our young people.

There are so many positives this year including; ever improving the attainment grades and levels within all year groups across all subjects, an increased understanding in the world around us through our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural provision and further improving attitudes and love of learning amongst our students.

We have won many awards this year including the International School Award and the Eco Schools Award. We have also had our Bullying Intervention Group (BIG) National Award re credited, to name but a few. We have also taken part in many local, regional and national competitions in sport, STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), design, and reading and writing competitions.

We have seen over 100 very successful trips and visits take place throughout the year including our ski trip and we have just waved goodbye to students who have gone on a Philosophy visit to Thailand. What an experience that will be! Three of our staff travelled to Uganda to work in our link school for a week with the focus on sport, the environment and sharing our ‘Be Kind’ agenda. They also took over a donation of our former Academy uniform for the students to have.

We have three students who have been successful in the Komatsu Scholarship programme who will be travelling to Japan this year, two students who will be representing the Academy on the National Schools visit to the Battlefields programme in France and six students who flew to Belfast to visit the Queen’s University in Belfast as part of a Russell University group National Scholars’ Awards programme.

Other successes of the year include our band concerts, our sell out production of Oliver and our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural days including Remembrance with the Spitfire plane, our Heart to Heart Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and Refugee Awareness Week.

We have a fantastic team of staff here at Joseph Swan Academy. Every single member of staff wants the very best of every child and works hard every day to ensure that we uphold our ethos of ‘Where Everyone Can Shine’.

We invite you to make a note of the following dates for your diary:

The most important of these for Year 7 is at the beginning of the academic year. This is the additional orientation day which is on Wednesday 2nd September at 12noon until 2.20pm. This is a very special day when our new Year 7 students will have the opportunity to explore the Academy again, locate their classrooms and meet up with their tutor, Year Leader and Director of Social and Emotional Welfare and Senior Staff. The day will end at the time the Academy normally ends on a Wednesday which is 2.20pm. Students will require a packed lunch on this day.

Term Dates

Term Dates First day of term Last day of term
Autumn Term *Thursday 3rd September 2015 Friday 23rd October 2015
Autumn Term Monday 2nd November 2015 Friday 18th December 2015
Spring Term Monday 4th January 2016 Friday 12th February 2016
Spring Term Monday 22nd February 2016 Monday 21st March 2016
Summer Term Monday 11th April 2016 Friday 27th May 2016
Summer Term Monday 6th June 2016 Wednesday 20th July 2016

*Please note – Year 7 students have an additional afternoon on Wednesday 2nd September starting at 12 noon until 2.20pm – students will require a packed lunch on this day.

Academy Training Dates Tuesday 1st September 2015
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 (Year 7 present from 12 noon)
Tuesday 22nd March 2016 – Year 11 will be attending for their Year 11 Shine Conference
Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Progress Evenings/Days (Parents/Carers are invited to hear about their son/daughter’s progress)

Date Event Times
Wednesday 4th November 2015 Year 7 Attitudes to Learning Progress Evening 6pm – 7.30pm
Monday 20th June 2016 *Year 7 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Friday 4th December 2015 *Progress Day 8am – 7pm
Thursday 14th April 2016 *Personal Welfare & Development Progress Day 8am – 7pm

*These will be appointment based events
*Please note – in addition there will be ‘REAL’ presentation evenings throughout the year

Go Active Everyday

Our new programme will be published on our website www.josephswan.org.uk on 1st August 2015. Active Everyday Clubs will start on Monday 7th September. These are additional opportunities for students to attend clubs which last for one hour after the end of the Academy day.

Catering

Our Academy catering will be delivered by Hutchison’s Catering from September 2015. This is a local family run company who pride themselves in using and serving fresh food. The usual payment procedures of cheques made payable to “Hutchison’s Catering Ltd” or cash can be added to our biometric machines around the Academy.

Attendance

An attendance target of at least 95% attendance will be in place for each and every year group. Students with less will be expected to attend Saturday attendance clubs throughout the year. I advise all parents to read the additional notes attached to this letter regarding absence from the Academy, as parents/carers may face a fine from October 2015 if they take students out of school for a holiday or any other reason which is not exceptional or authorised by the Head Teacher.

Academy Uniform and PE Kit

September 2014 saw a very successful transition to our new Academy uniform. I regularly receive compliments from visitors to the Academy and from the local and North East community about how smart our students look.

The wearing of Academy uniform is very good but can I remind all parents/carers that no ‘skinny’ trousers are allowed and the jewellery and make up rules are simply non-negotiable for all students.

Additional uniform and PE kit is available from our uniform suppliers:

Joseph Swan Academy Uniform and PE Kit Suppliers
Uniform – Michael Sehgal & Sons Ltd
28-40 Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7JB
Telephone: 0191 230 2320, shop online at www.michaelsehgal.co.uk

PE Kit – Moette Ltd
Telephone: 0191 373 5995, shop online at www.moette.co.uk/josephswanacademy  – see order form.  Note: this is a different supplier this year due to parental feedback.

We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students on Wednesday 2nd September at 12 noon until 2.20pm and then at 8.30am on Thursday 3rd September. If you do have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Academy on 0191 4422000 or via email on enquiries@josephswan.org.uk.

Have a lovely summer
With very best regards

Yours sincerely

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

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Updated information about our PE kit for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11

Dear Parent/Carer

Unfortunately there has been a slight error on the literature that was sent out from Moette the company who have dealt with our Academy PE kit.  The correct information and order form can be downloaded below.

PE Kit Order Form

Can I remind parents that the PE kit for Years 8, 9,10 and 11 has not changedStudents do not need new kit for September 2015.

Our supplier has changed due to parental feedback.  Please note: the PE tops will be very slightly different from last year as we are using a different company but these will blend in with the original kit.

If your son/daughter does need a new top this year, for whatever reason, this is the company we are now using.  They are fully aware of their mistake and I am assured that this will not happen again.  Their website link will also be working from tomorrow Wednesday 22nd July 2015 – www.moette.co.uk/josephswanacademy.

Thank you for your patience with this matter.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Academy Opening Times during Holidays

Week Dates Times
Week 1 Monday 20th July 2015 – Friday 24th July 2015 9am – 2pm
Week 2 Monday 27th July 2015
Wednesday 29th July 2015
Friday 31st July 2015
9am – 12noon
Week 3 Monday 3rd August 2015
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Friday 7th August 2015
9am – 12noon
Week 4 Monday 10th August 2015
Wednesday 12th August 2015
Thursday 13th August 2015
Friday 14th August 2015
9am – 3pm
Week 5 Monday 17th August 2015
Wednesday 19th August 2015
Thursday 20th August 2015
Friday 21st August 2015
9am – 3pm
Week 6 Monday 24th August 2015
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Friday 28th August 2015
9am – 12noon

Contact telephone number – 0191 4422000
Contact email address – enquiries@josephswan.org.uk

Year 8 – 13 Student Merit Day Trips – September 2015

Our Annual Merit Day trips for students in Years 8 – 13 will take place on Friday 25th September. Students have already selected their trip (Edinburgh, FlamingoLand or the JSA Big Day In). Letters have been sent home with students on Friday 17th July, together with consent forms.

The cost of the events is as follows:

  • Edinburgh – £30 (includes entry to Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh Dungeons and return coach travel)
  • FlamingLand – £30 (includes entry to the theme park and return coach travel)
  • JSA Big Day In – a contribution of £10 is welcomed to cover the cost of activities to be run on the day

Payment is required in the first week of the new term in September.  Payment can be made by cheque (payable to Joseph Swan Academy), or with correct cash in a sealed envelope, please note that change cannot be given.  Money should be paid to the finance office during morning break on the following days:

Year 8 Wednesday 9th September
Year 9 Thursday 3rd September
Year 10 Friday 4th September
Year 11 Monday 7th September
Year 12 Tuesday 8th September

Should parents/carers have any queries, please do not hesitate to email Miss Houston (laurahouston@josephswan.org.uk) or Miss Allan (kirstenallan@josephswan.org.uk).

Thailand Blog

On July 13th Joseph Swan Academy Sixth Form heads to Thailand to experience its rich culture, religious heritage and beautiful landscapes. You can see updates on the progress of the trip via the blog on the link below.

Thailand 2015 Blog

The Dog King

Dogs

Clockwise from top left: Mindy, Billy, Summer, Milly, Hectar. Centre: Simba.

Yesterday’s live feed had some more unusual guests as Miss Allan’s dogs, Summer and Billy, made a welcome return, along with Mr Arkle’s Simba and Mrs Watson’s Hectar.

They were later joined by Miss Lough’s Milly and Mrs Peverley’s Mindy, in an experiment by Year 8 students to find which of the dogs was the most intelligent. Much to Mr Arkle’s surprise it was Simba who came out as the winner of the tests.

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.