Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

A massive congratulations to the Year 10 students who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Expedition at Hadrian’s Wall. They have all completed a two day walk along the Wall, covering a distance of 16 miles.

The students involved have all shown great resilience and commitment. Well done!

Year 9 Mission To Mars

On Tuesday the 10th of July we went on a trip with Mr Hodgson from the Technology Department. We went to Newcastle Racecourse that was holding a huge Northumbrian Water Event and took part in one of the events called Mission to Mars.

Activity 1

In this activity we used a Lego model of a robot that would be sent to Mars to explore the planet’s surface for research. We used programming software to give the robot instructions to drive forward, reverse and spin. We also used programs to make the robot autonomous and detect an obstacle in front of it, and for it to sense if it is moving over a certain colour on the ground. We also got free bags with water bottles in from the company Northumbrian Water.

Activity 2

This activity was in a separate room which included a laptop on each table for each pair. The woman at the front of the room talked about a program she had been working on with her team that helped to create the Bloodhound SSC. Bloodhound is a car which travels at 1000 miles per hour!  We had to program the Bloodhound to go as fast as possible.

We all really enjoyed the day and learned a lot about different types of programming and the jobs available when we leave school.

Bobbie & Chloe

9th July – Year 10 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 10 Progress Evening which will take place on
Monday 9th July 2018 between the hours of 4pm – 7pm at Joseph Swan Academy. This event will be an appointment based event with staff from each department located on the Academy ‘Street’.

This progress evening is a real opportunity for you to speak to your son/daughter’s subject teachers. It is important that you see key staff to discuss the progress your son/daughter is making in Year 10.

The Year 10 Team will be on hand for additional advice and support throughout the evening.

Please discuss the evening with your son/daughter and ask them to make appointments with the teachers you would like to see. The appointments will be between 4pm – 7pm. Please indicate if you need later appointments for your son/daughter. Note appointments will be approximately 5-10 minutes in length. You will have the opportunity to see your son/daughter’s books/folders during the evening.

Please do contact the Year Team if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 9th July 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

 

Year 10 Appointment card

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Last week forty six of our Year 10 students completed their practice expedition for their Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh Award. Students had to practice using their navigation and map skills to guide themselves around Stocksfield and Broomley. We then camped out overnight and continued with our navigated walk the following day.

The students were outstanding, showing resilience, ambition and energy the whole time. A massive well done to all of the students who took part! We look forward to our next adventure at Hadrian’s Wall…

18th June – Year 7 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 7 Progress Evening which will take place on
Monday 18th June 2018 between the hours of 4pm – 7pm at Joseph Swan Academy. This event will be an appointment based event with staff from each department located on the Academy ‘Street’.

This progress evening is a real opportunity for you to speak to your son/daughter’s subject teachers. It is important that you see key staff to discuss the progress your son/daughter is making in Year 7.

The Year 7 Team will be on hand for additional advice and support throughout the evening.
Please discuss the evening with your son/daughter and ask them to make appointments with the teachers you would like to see. The appointments will be between 4pm – 7pm. Please indicate if you need later appointments for your son/daughter. Note appointments will be approximately 5-10 minutes in length. You will have the opportunity to see your son/daughter’s books/folders during the evening.

Please do contact the Year Team if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 18th June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Joseph Swan is Reading

The last day of the half term saw Joseph Swan Academy take part in an Academy wide reading event involving all students in every year group. The Academy’s take on World Book Day saw staff across the Academy getting in the spirit by dressing as characters from books by authors such as Roald Dahl, JK Rowling and PL Travers to name but a few. Students worked with tutors and year leaders to research entrepreneurs, inspiring leaders or scientists who have made a huge difference to our lives today. Students created unique and extraordinary presentations in a range of methods such as cakes, Lego sculptures, short films and art work. The quality of work produced by tutor groups was exemplary and demonstrated the creativity and pride students have in their work.

Throughout the day, teachers delivered lessons focusing on world renowned individuals who have inspired others linked to their subject areas. Students could clearly see how characteristics such as resilience, determination and creativity led to the achievement of great things over time and how these remarkable people made an impact on students’ lives.

The Academy benefited from two internationally renowned authors spending the day with students in workshops and sharing their journey to becoming successful. Our local Gateshead librarian delivered workshops on the Japanese comic artwork of Manga where students created their own characters as well as learned of the various community groups they can become involved in to support young people in Gateshead and further afield.

Other workshops throughout the day saw students using 10 ‘tricky’ words to create a poem or short piece of creative writing. The winning entry was a fabulous showcase of creativity, empathy and maturity by several students and can be viewed on the Academy website. Students also created bunting in the form of book covers, recommended books to other students and visitors by writing the names of them on hand made leaves and attaching them to a tree in the Academy reception area.

In addition, more than 100 students were rewarded for their efforts during the week by attending the specially created Reading Café for a lesson. Students immersed themselves in literature of their choice whilst relaxing in a tranquil environment and they were provided with a range of refreshments.

Finally, the Academy was thrilled to be able to give all students in Year 7 and 8 a brand new book for them to keep. Students were encouraged to read their book over the holidays and return them to the Academy Book Swap Shop on the last Friday of each month where they can exchange their books monthly. Students can also bring any unwanted books from home and swap them at the Swap Shop in a similar way.

The day was a huge success with many students further developing their love of reading and their understanding of how determination, resilience and creativity can support achievement. Many thanks to the student leadership team who facilitated several of the sessions and welcomed our guests, authors Dan Smith OBE and RK Summers, and Gateshead librarian Andy Hodgkinson. Thanks also must go to Halls of Heddon, Waterstones, Amazon, First Class Supply and School Merit Stickers for the donations received for the event.

Winners of the 10 Key Word Challenge

Life is a pilgrimage
Where you have to find yourself
Put your life into perspective
You don’t want to be last on the shelf.
You could just choose to be average
But why when you could inspire?
Make sure you find your inner fire.

Life is like a story
It’s up to you to pick your genre.
Living in harmony and karma
Everyone in your life builds your own collage
All the different fabrics intertwined
But you chose your own path.
It might not always be in a perpendicular line
When your rhythm starts to fade
Your journey has been made.

By Chloe, Caitlyn, Ebony, Katy and Libby.

North of Englands Children’s’ Cancer Fun Run

On Sunday 20th May, thirty staff and students took part in the annual North of England Cancer Fun Run at Gosforth Race Course. Schools and runners came together from across the North of England to raise money to support children who have cancer.

It was truly an incredible day, with over 11,000 people taking part. Participants had the opportunity to run 1, 3 or 5 miles. The staff and students of JSA were exceptional and took it all in their stride. There was so much going on throughout the day and it was a wonderful experience to be part of. Our students have raised over £1,000 (and we are still counting). The charity itself has raised over £30 million and we are delighted to be contributing to that total!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff and students who took part, and parents and carers who came along to support our young people.

Bring on the 2019 Fun Run!

Fantastic News for Joseph Swan Academy

Dear Parent / Carer

I am very pleased to announce that Joseph Swan Academy has been allocated a grant of £762,400 to replace the windows and the curtain walling in specific parts of the Academy. This will transform the Geography, History, Business and Art areas of the Academy. This will also renew the area around the Quad which we will then develop as an additional learning location.

We are very pleased to have been one of a small numbers of schools in the North East to be a recipient of a grant of this high amount of funding. This money was allocated after a very rigorous application submission process. The work will start as soon as we finish for the summer term with majority completed by September for the start of the new academic year.

I look forward to sending you artist impressions of the plans of our building with the proposed changes.

This is fantastic news for Joseph Swan Academy.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Half Term Holiday

Dear Parent/Carer

Just a reminder that the Academy will be closed for Half Term Holidays from
Monday 28th May 2018 until Friday 1st June 2018 to students.

Please note there are revision sessions running for Year 11 and Year 13 students. Parents, Carers and students will be informed of these on a separate letter.

We look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday 4th June 2018 in full Academy uniform and ready for learning.

As always, please do regularly check our website www.josephswan.org.uk. This contains many important updates about our Academy.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Year 11 Final Preparations for Examinations

Dear Parent/Carer

Your son/daughter has a number of very important examinations left to take this Academic Year.

To assist with their final preparations students may study at home with your signed permission from Friday 15th June at 12.15pm. Up until then it is compulsory for all students to continue attending all lessons of examination subjects they have not yet taken, booster lessons, top tips and the examinations themselves.

The final examination for Year 11 students at Joseph Swan Academy is on Friday 22nd June. Following the final student assembly that will take place at 11.15am on this date, students will then be expected to prepare for the next stage in their life journey. Students attending Sixth Form at Joseph Swan Academy will be provided with a research document to enable them to prepare additional background information for their Sixth Form studies. For students who will be starting apprenticeships or going straight into the work place, an understanding of Health and Safety is essential. We recommend that students use the time they have available to research Health and Safety in the workplace so they are fully prepared for this.

To support students between the 15th June and 20th July, students are very welcome to use the dedicated study base within the Sixth Form area for Year 11 students in preparation for their remaining exams, further studies or the workplace. If you feel that it is more beneficial for your son/daughter to complete this preparation at home this can only be authorised if you complete and return the consent form below. If the Academy does not receive this we expect students to attend the Academy each and every day up to 20th July 2018.

I would kindly ask that the consent form is returned to your son/daughter’s Tutor or to the Year Team by Friday 25th May 2018.

I would like to thank you for your continued support and I wish all our Year 11 students the very best of luck with their remaining examinations.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Letter and Consent From