Year 7 Rugby League

On Tuesday the Joseph Swan Academy Year 7 rugby squad, fresh from their 3rd place at the Gateshead Rugby Union Tournament, travelled to Gateshead International Stadium to try their hand at Rugby League.

The tournament comprised of four teams from Gateshead: Thomas Hepburn, Heworth Grange, Thomas More and ourselves.
Our first tournament game was against Heworth, in which the lads were dominant from the start and with some excellent running from Steven, Charlie and Curtis we held Heworth back in their own half for most of the 15 minute game which we won 5-1.
Thomas Hepburn attacked us furiously in the opening minutes of the second match but some excellent tackling from Graeme, Steven and James stopped them in their tracks and made them think twice about repeating this. We then attacked and scored freely winning the match 5-0.
The final match was against St Thomas More, against whom we defended valiantly as a team and played some excellent attacking rugby to finish up winning 3-1 .
This means that we have now qualified to represent Gateshead at the regional tournament. Our first step to a possible Wembley final!

Year 7 Sports Hall Athletics

The Year 7 boys Sports Hall Athletics Squad competed in the Gateshead Schools Sports Hall Athletics Tournament on Friday 28th November. The team, consisting of seven of our students, competed in a large variety of events, including hurdles and long distance runs on the track and field events such as triple jump, standing long jump and speed bounce.

All of the lads were excellent winning many of the blue riband sprints and both of the big relays. They amassed loads of points for performance and finished up as Gateshead champions.

The final top 5 positions were:
  • 1st Joseph Swan Academy
  • 2nd Cardinal Hume
  • 3rd Kingsmeadow
  • 4th Whickham
  • 5th Thorp Academy
The boys now go forward to represent Gateshead in the Tyne and Wear event in January.

Sports Hall Athletics

On the afternoon of Tuesday 18th November teams from all of our cluster schools came to the Academy for a Sports Hall Athletics Tournament. Each team consisted of 8 boys and 8 girls and competed in various events such as sprinting, middle distance running, chest push, javelin and standing long jump.

All of the events were marshalled, measured and timed brilliantly by Year 8 and 9 students from the Student Leadership Team, who were very good with the pupils and invaluable help to Mr Davidson.

The tournament reached an exciting climax, as all high quality athletics meets do, with the team relays. The final results were as follows:

  1. Kells Lane
  2. Oakfield
  3. Glynwood A
  4. Harlow Green
  5. Kelvin Grove
  6. Glynwood B

Good luck to the Kells Lane team who now go on to represent our cluster at the Gateshead finals on December 8th.

Year 9 Girls Basketball

On Tuesday 18th November the Gateshead Basketball CVL Tournament was hosted at Joseph Swan Academy.

Last year the Year 9 Girls Basketball team excelled across all tournaments, resulting in several title wins.

With only Joseph Swan and Cardinal Hume in attendance, due to 3 other teams dropping out, it was a must win for Joseph Swan Academy to go straight into the Tyne and Wear Finals.

The girls were triumphant with the final score being:

Joseph Swan 40 – Cardinal Hume 4

The girls played exceptionally well, using the skills they have developed whilst playing at Regional level. As always the girls did us proud, representing the Academy in the new team jerseys that they earned last year.

The Tyne and Wear final will be held on Thursday 29th January at City Space in Sunderland, where they will compete with teams from different areas!

Author Visit

Jane HardstaffOn Friday the 14th of November 60 Year 8 students met the author Jane Hardstaff who read extracts from her novel ‘The Executioner’s Daughter’.  The novel mixes fiction with some Tudor history and tells the story of the daughter of the man employed by Henry VIII to behead his enemies.  The students enjoyed the reading and asked some brilliant questions, some of which stumped the author.  M. Ogg received a replica Tudor coin for winning the quiz that was part of the presentation.

Netball Success

Joseph Swan Academy is getting into its stride and back to their winning ways!

The Year 8 and 9 Netball teams played Thomas Hepburn at home tonight. Both teams played excellent netball and at a fast pace which resulted in 2 brilliant wins.

The scores were:-
Year 9: Joseph Swan 24 – Thomas Hepburn 1
Year 8: Joseph Swan 8 – Thomas Hepburn 2

In the Year 9 match Hannah scored every shot she took, from all different parts of the D and her team mates produced some high quality netball throughout the match. Joseph Swan dominated the game, but played with excellent sportsmanship and passion.

After a hectic start the Year 8′s settled into their stride to play some good netball, Hannah scored every shot that was taken and was fully supported by Megan who followed them up. The team defended well, with players making important interceptions to break down the play.

Excellent night all round with a lovely atmosphere!

Remembrance Respect Day

As you drove along Saltwell Road on Monday you may have been surprised to see a full sized Spitfire in our car park! This was not an innovative way to avoid the road works on the A1 but was one of the many exhibitions that we had to help us to remember those who have fallen in conflicts over the past 100 years.

On Monday at Joseph Swan, all of our year groups were invited to a special service of remembrance which was led by our Head Teacher. Within this service we reflected on the sacrifice that has been made across the past century, as well as the work that the armed forces still do today in troubled parts of the world. We looked at images of members of the armed forces and members of their families who they had to leave behind. We listened to poems by soldier poets of the First World War whose words still have such power and poignancy today, before we planted our own crosses of remembrance in our Garden of Remembrance.

A range of activities happened across the Academy to help us to remember and to understand the work that the armed forces still do today. These ranged from Boot Camp, a physically exhausting physical training session to The Defence Medical Services who discussed the vital work that they do with veterans who need prosthetic limbs and intensive physiotherapy to help veterans adapt to life after armed service. We were particularly interested the presentation by the Queens’ Own Yeomanry who talked about the recognisance work they perform in conflict to support battle strategy.

After viewing the Spitfire, a remarkable example of British engineering, we gained an insight into the life of a pilot during WWII.

Other activities across the day demonstrated the roles of both soldiers and civilians who have been affected by conflict during World War I and beyond.

On Tuesday we took part in the national act of remembrance by observing the 2 minutes silence, as a whole Academy in the main ‘street’ of our school.

We will remember.


Year 10 Football

Our Year 10 Football Team played St. Thomas More this week and from start to finish the boys played some excellent football at a high tempo.

The midfield engine room of Jack and Callum ran their socks off and didn’t give the opposition a second to relax into their flow. Joseph Swan played some excellent passing football and were able to score two tremendous goals through Jack and Lewis, the captain, resulting in a 2-0 lead at half time.

The lads were determined not to lose their lead, but instead of sitting back and inviting pressure on Kevin, our in form goalkeeper, we attacked and overran the opposition scoring 4 more goals. Lewis completed his hat-trick and Jack scored another, with the excellent Jason scoring too.

Mr Davidson was really proud of the squad, the defence were so solid that our attacking players were able to show their skills with pace and flair. The final score of 6-1 was a credit to the team and bodes well for the season ahead.

#Who Changed My World?

Year 7 REAL projects launch day at Cragside, Northumberland

Real Projects 1

Year 7 were given guided tours of Lord Armstrong’s house and made the most of the opportunity to ask questions about the life and inventions of both Lord Armstrong and his friend Joseph Swan.

The students marveled at the incandescent light bulbs on display in the Joseph Swan exhibition. They were also fascinated to see Joseph Swan’s actual purple dressing gown, made from the synthetic fibres he invented!

Real Projects 2The inventions didn’t stop there. In preparation for their REAL projects A-Z book of inventors entitled ‘#who changed my world?’, a walk along the Armstrong trail enabled the students to take in the impressive gardens and they each got to see his hydraulic inventions in action.