Year 6 ‘Healthy Body’ Sports Event

Joseph Swan Academy recently hosted our annual Year 6 Cluster Primary ‘Healthy Body’ Sports Event.

220 Year 6 students from Kells Lane, Oakfield, Glynwood and Harlow Green (all schools which are part of our cluster of primary schools) attended either a full morning or an afternoon of sporting activities.

The aim of the day is to open up new and exciting opportunities within sport, opportunities which our primary schools may not be able to offer to their students. At the same time, students were reminded of the importance of exercise and healthy eating. Students had the chance to use the Academy’s climbing wall and play table tennis within our European tournament set up. They also participated in trampolining and basketball drills and competitions.

The students were supported by Mr Gray, our Head of P.E., and the P.E staff, alongside some of our trained Sports Leaders from Year 10.

A brilliant time was had by all, with all students receiving a commendation certificate for their participation in the day and some lucky students winning awards for their individual performance in each of the activities.

This event is just one example of our extensive transition and primary links programme. If you would like more information on this, please do not hesitate to contact our Deputy Head, Mr Bland, at the following email address: or call: 01914422000 ext 249.

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…

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!

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!

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!

Rugby League Festival

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.

Ski Trip 2018

This year’s ski trip took place over the February half term holiday. Thirty five students and four members of staff visited the ski resorts of Jochtal and Gitschberg in Italy. Students and staff had a fantastic time skiing on the different grades of piste that the resorts had to offer.

The visit had something for everyone. The beginners all enjoyed their first week on the snow and made great progress with their skiing over the week. The intermediate and advanced groups skied the various different blue and red runs that the resorts had to offer, with the advanced group skiing down the more difficult black runs.

We had fantastic skiing weather during the trip, with sunny days and excellent snow conditions. In the evenings the students and staff went swimming, bowling, participated in quizzes and even took part in fancy dress competitions!

Well done to all the students who came skiing this year and thank you to the staff who supported this trip.

We Travelled the Amazon

Friday the 9th of February saw the Academy host its half termly Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development day. Our ambition was to travel the navigable length of the Amazon River (3343 km, or 2077 miles) in order to raise sponsorship for the Alzheimer’s Research UK charity… We did it!

Over 500 students and staff were involved and worked within P.E lessons, year group sessions, and before and after school to complete the challenge across the whole day. We travelled an amazing 3,400km on the day through rowing and running.

We are still collecting in the sponsorship money but are looking forward to raising a significant amount for such a worthwhile and fantastic charity. We were delighted to be joined on the day by the Newcastle Thunder Rugby League squad who participated in the event and contributed some of the miles to our total. We will be raffling a signed shirt that was kindly donated to the Academy with all of the profits going to the charity.

Joseph Swan Academy would also like to thank the following for their support with additional rowing equipment: Gateshead Sports Partnership, Kingsmeadow, Emanuel College and Thomas Hepburn.

Y7 Gateshead Rugby Union Championship

Mr Davidson took the Y7 Rugby Squad to Gateshead RFC to take part in the Gateshead School Tournament on Wednesday night. Five local schools had entered teams and they were all scheduled to play each other in a round robin style tournament.

The JSA team managed to defeat Kingsmeadow and Lord Lawson in their first two games. After a close defeat by Whickham, the team then played Cardinal Hume to decide who would win the Bronze or Silver medals. It was a hard fought game but our outstanding JSA team managed to take the Silver!

Mr Davidson was very impressed by the brave tackling and hard running that the squad displayed throughout the tournament, and he was especially proud of those team members who were new to rugby. They followed the lead of the more experienced players and listened well to their coaches and PE teachers in the build up to the event and throughout the tournament. They were a real credit to the Academy.

Gateshead Girls Indoor Rowing Championships

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 recently took part in the Gateshead Indoor School Rowing Competition. They worked incredibly hard and never gave up.

The year 7 students did especially well and one of our students, Demi, came 2nd in the individual competition. She has now been selected to represent Gateshead in the regional North East School competition.

The year 7 team also came 3rd in the relay race event on the day. Massive congratulations and well done from all of us in the Academy!