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

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…

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!

Leading Parent Partnership

We are delighted that Joseph Swan Academy has once again been awarded the Leading Parent Partnership Award. We are thrilled with the outcome as we work hard to ensure that we are consistently meeting the needs of our families. We will, as always, continue to review our practice to ensure we are improving on a regular basis. Thank you all for your ongoing commitment towards working with us and your valued support to ensure that your young people can shine!


Illustration Workshop at the Apple Store

A group of Year 9 students recently had the opportunity to visit the local Apple Store in the Metro Centre to take part in a superb illustration workshop.

The workshop introduced students to various apps and Apple equipment and then offered the opportunity for students to create an illustrated revision resource from an extract of Romeo and Juliet, a text they are studying in the Academy’s English department.

The students were extremely well engaged, which was commented on by the Apple Store team.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Apple Store educational team and we look forward to working alongside them in the future.

Here is just a small selection of some of the superb pieces created by our students!

Rugby League Festival

Joseph Swan Academy’s Year 7 Boys’ Rugby League Team competed in the Sky Try Festival at St James’s Park on Monday the 14th of May. The boys had a fantastic morning of rugby, playing their matches on the main pitch at St James’s Park. We met some of the Super League team captains and got to see the Super League Trophy.

Our boys played four matches in the festival against some really strong teams. We won all our matches scoring 14 tries and only conceding 1!

Well done to the boys who were fantastic!

Beat Bullying, Be Kind

Last week we celebrated Be Kind Week in the Academy and what a fabulous week it was! Our theme was “Beat Bullying, Be Kind” and we wanted students to have the opportunity to reflect on the impact of their words and actions towards each other this week. Our assemblies with each year group reflected this and more importantly reinforced the kind behaviour that we usually see in our student body. We also ran an Act of Kindness Challenge in which staff, students and parents could nominate students. The challenge was to record at least 1100 acts of kindness in 110 hours and we are delighted to announce that the Academy far surpassed this aim! The top 5 students were Grace Brydon, Viktor Manchev, Lewis Ackerley, Abbie Brunskill, Kieran Tempest. Huge congratulations and well done to these students!

We also extended our messages of kindness out into the community, with some of our Anti Bullying Champions visiting local primary schools and others visiting the local area to give out flowers to the general public. Each of these flowers had a hand written kindness message from a student within the Academy. Other students were involved with baking activities and Amnesty’s Write for Rights Campaign. It was an extremely successful week which was great fun and we’re all looking forward to the Academy’s next Be Kind Week.

Year 7 Football

Our Year 7 footballers competed in the Year 7 Football Cup competition on Thursday the 19th of April. It was a fantastic day for a football competition as the weather was warm and sunny.

Our team played six games in the group stage of the competition and managed to progress to the semi-finals. Our semi-final against Cardinal Hume was a great game but it ended 0-0, so the match went straight to penalties. Our players held their nerve and we won the shoot-out by 5 goals to 4.

In the final we played Kingsmeadow, a team who had beaten us 1-0 in the group stage. This was a tough game with both sides having chances to score but the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Extra time did not manage to settle the match either so we were back to penalties! Our boys did brilliantly again and held their nerve by scoring all of their penalty shots whilst Kingsmeadow missed one of theirs, making Joseph Swan Academy the winners!

Our players displayed some great football skills during the competition. They showed great team spirit and a clear determination to win the Year 7 Cup.

Well done to all the players!