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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
On Tuesday the 20th March, four students – Charlie, Chloe, Faith and Scott – from year 10 represented the school in a “Maths Feast” challenge. This challenge tested all of the students’ skills in the areas of teamwork, resilience, natural academia and exuberance for mathematics.
The day was filled with fun tasks stretching from a range of classic, exam style questions which tested teamwork and time management skills alongside mathematical intelligence, to a physical task in which students had to construct a cube from card so that all of the colours were matching. This task in particular was very challenging and really tested the whole team!
Overall, the day was very interesting and enjoyable, and all of the team learnt a lot from the experience and acquired a new passion for Maths.
Written by Faith.
The Academy’s Year 7 Rugby League team attended their second Sky Try Festival on Tuesday 27th March at Kingston Park Stadium in Newcastle. The team were unbeaten after winning all of their matches at their first festival and they were hoping to keep their unbeaten record…
The team played three matches in their league round and comfortably won all three! The team then played the winner of the other league and beat them by 4 tries to 1. Our Academy team played some amazing running rugby when they had possession of the ball. They also defended superbly with some ferocious tackles being made against the opposition by our players. In total the Year 7 team scored 15 tries and only conceded 3 tries throughout the whole day of rugby.
A great day was had by all. Well done to the Year 7 Rugby League team – you’ve all made the Academy very proud.
On Monday 12th March 2018, four students from various year groups across the Academy – Rosie, Elise, Katie and Aaron – represented Joseph Swan Academy at the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Team Challenge Regional Finals. The competition consisted of multiple rounds of maths problems that were designed to test students’ natural ability, flair and enthusiasm in mathematics.
The first round was a group round, where all four students worked collectively to complete as many questions as possible. This was followed by two further rounds where the team was split into two pairs, each pair attempting questions that involved using information and answers passed to them by the other pair.
Although our team didn’t win the Regional Finals, we all had fun challenging ourselves with maths problems and proudly representing Joseph Swan Academy against other schools in the North East.
Words by Aaron.
Thirty Year 7 students had a great day out at Newcastle University on a cold and snowy Tuesday.
The aim of the day was to give our students a taste of university life so that they could see some of the opportunities and courses available, and sample the atmosphere that they could, one day, choose to be part of.
During the day students took part in four different activities – Amazing Animals (a Science taster activity looking at animal adaptations); Roving Reporters (an exploration of the university, its buildings and services); Trekking Treats (a Business and Enterprise taster activity where students designed and sold a new type of survival suit) and, finally, Canyon Crossings (an Engineering taster activity to design and build bridges). Some of these activities involved making presentations to a large audience – a difficult task which our students did impressively well with – with one of our Academy’s teams even winning a prize!
Every single student took a full part in all the activities with a smile on their faces and with an enthusiasm and determination that would be hard to beat! They were respectful and attentive to all the university staff and they came up with some very innovative ideas as well. Congratulations to all the students who took part – you were a SHINING example of Joseph Swan Academy students on a visit.
So, what did our students think of the day? Here are a few quotations from them below:
“Today was really good and I have learned that there are so many more courses than you think!”
“I learnt that I want to go to university when I’m older as it seems like a good opportunity!”
“My experience at the university today was very entertaining and it really encouraged me to want to go to university in the future and I also have a much better understanding of what university is and how much it matters to your future!”
“It was good and I really want to go to university!”