Gateshead Boys Indoor Rowing Championships

Last week students from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 took part in the Gateshead Indoor Rowing Championships. It was a fantastic day for Joseph Swan as right from the start of the competition our students did really well. In Year 7 Lewis won gold and Alfie won silver medals in their races! The medals did not stop there as in Year 9 Cain won a bronze medal, and in Year 10 Charlie also gained a bronze.

When it came to the relay race the Year 7 students really stepped up their game and pipped another local school to win the race. The Year 7 relay winners were Lewis, Charlie, Alfie and Riley.

The students have done both themselves and the Academy very proud. Overall, this was a brilliantly successful day for our students and the Academy.

All of the students named above now have the chance to progress through to the next round. Well done from all of us in the Academy!

Lakeside Challenge 2018

A Year 9 and Year 10 team from Joseph Swan Academy have competed in the 2018 Lakeside Challenge. This included a two night residential stay in the Lake District. They took part in a variety of activities such as raft building, night line, obstacle course and king swing, as well as many other outdoor pursuits. The students were very competitive and completed every activity to the best of their ability.

JSA are currently top of the league with Year 9 being first! All students should be incredibly proud of themselves this weekend as they truly did shine. All of the students who took part now have the chance to go through to the next round…

North of England Children’s Cancer Run

On Sunday 21st May, a group of students represented Joseph Swan Acadmey at the North of England Children’s Cancer Run at Gosforth Park. It was a lovely day, great atmosphere and everyone was in very high spirits. On the day there were over 9,000 runners, with many other activities there.

This was the 35th Anniversary for the event and was focused on being an “everyday hero” and running to beat childhood cancer. This is a fantastic charity and raising money in order to increase the number of children cured of cancer, improve chemotherapy, to make treatment less distressing, to individualise treatments, find causes to childhood cancer and develop new treatments. To date they have raised across the 35 years over £30 million.

We had a wonderful group of students from across Years 7 – 10 contribute to this brilliant charity, they had the option of running 3 or 5 miles to raise money. The students were just fantastic and really embraced the moment – to date the students have raised through sponsorship alone a phenomenal £1,182.14 and this is continuing to grow.

Joseph Swan Academy is so proud of every single student who ran, they were so pleased with themselves and their acheivements. Thank you to every single one of you and the parents and carers who supported the morning’s events.

I am really looking forward to taking part in this event in the future

Well done and thank you

Miss Wilkinson

Gateshead Schools Dance Festival 2017

Dance FestivalOn Wednesday 5th April, the Joseph Swan Dance Academy attended the annual Gateshead Schools Dance Festival at the Sage, Gateshead.

Over the two days there were 97 schools, 2,500 students and over 2,000 spectators. The girls performed on the busiest night with 19 schools and over 1,000 spectators. The event commentator was Capital Radio’s very own Matt Bailey and local singer Channy was there to perform a special concert for the students.

As always the girls put on a phenomenal show and put a modern twist on the “Back to the 80s” theme. They performed to Girls Aloud’s “I think we’re alone now” with great style and finesse.

The girls have worked so hard as a team since September and have really committed their time to this club, this showed in their performance as it was one of the stand out performances of the night. The girls were exceptional throughout the night – from sorting hair and make up, rehearsing and travelling to representing at the venue.

I am very sad to see the Year 11 girls leave us, they have been the heart and soul of the club for four years now and have been real role models to the younger students – they will be a huge miss!! Especially their excellent song choices to sing along to….

I’m super proud of all the girls – well done!!

Miss Wilkinson

Lakeside Challenge 2017

Lakeside Challenge 2017 - 1Last week, a group of six girls in year 10 went to the Lake District to take part in the Lakeside Challenge at the YMCA outdoor activity centre. This is a competition between schools across the country, where each team takes part in exciting activities such as raft building and obstacle courses.

Lakeside Challenge 2017 - 2One of our favourite activities was the night walk across the fell, which involved using our map reading and orienteering skills to navigate the team to different locations, whilst in the dark.

All of the girls really enjoyed the weekend and demonstrated excellent problem-solving and communication skills throughout, finishing in a remarkable third place! We will look forward to competing in this event again next year.

Year 7 Girls 5 a-side Football

The Year 7 girls took part in a very competitive 5 a-side football tournament at Kingsmeadow. The standard of football from all 8 schools was exceptional, with Academy players and club players representing in every school – this is the first time in years Gateshead have had such a high level of participation especially at this standard.

The winners of the competition would go on to represent Gateshead at the Tyne and Wear finals, sadly Joseph Swan girls did not qualify for this but they played some lovely football with Jade and Amber hammering in some brilliant goals. The girls played with passion and worked so hard for each other – movement on and off the ball. The girls never let their heads drop when they went down, it gave them more fire to win the ball back to try and score – which paid off!

Well done girls – absolutely excellent effort, looking forward to the next one!

Miss Wilkinson

Teeside University – Sport In Action

I took 11 Year 9 girls to participate in Teeside University’s Sport In Action Programme. Schools from across the North East had to apply and were hand-picked to take part in this experience. This experience was designed to allow students to experience a day in the life of a sport science student and allowed them full use of their equipment and facilities.

The first activity was the Environmental Chamber, where the girls carried out a variety of tests; reaction time, grip strength and a memory test. We completed these tests in the lab, recorded the results, then… we were put into the chamber which they dropped to a chilly -18 degrees for 20 minutes, they even had a wind machine on to keep the temperature low! We then completed the tests in there to look at the different effects the cold had on the body and mind and compared the results.

After warming up we moved to health screening suite, this was a chance for the students to use a variety of health monitoring equipment and try them out on themselves and each other. We compared the reliability of the different tests and how they had different ways of measuring fat, muscle and bone in the body. We calculated BMI, blood pressures and then used an electrode impulse machine to get a full body reading – very interesting.

The staff at the University were very impressed with the girls’ attitudes and team work, they let us sneak into the netball practice – to get a few pointers! They were an absolute pleasure to take out, proud as always.

They sang their hearts out all the way there and all the way back… watch out X Factor!
Well done girls

Miss Wilkinson

Ski Trip 2016

During the February half term holidays Joseph Swan travelled to St Anton in Austria for the annual ski trip. 35 students from across year 7 – 13 took part in this amazing experience.

The resort itself is one of the most sort after resorts in Austria, as it provides the greatest amount of runs and endless amounts of additional activities that we could take part in across the week. We were fortunate enough to travel to the highest point of St Anton, Valuga, to experience the incredible views and due to the fantastic weather, we were lucky enough to see right across into Switzerland.

A large majority of the students skiing this year were beginners and had never been skiing before. Throughout the week the students showed endless resilience and determination to make their way up the groups, it was passed on by the instructors that we were one of the fastest progressing cohorts they have had. The students absolutely loved the skiing and showed this passion and enthusiasm every day. It was an interesting experience watching them first start, skiing backwards seemed a common theme…

The skiing conditions throughout the week were fantastic, blue skies most days and fresh powdery snow. Ideal for a brilliant day of skiing.

On an evening we took part in a variety of different activities such as; a quiz, fancy dress, party games, swimming, hot pool swimming and bowling. This year we were fortunate enough to see a ski show in St Anton, which was celebrating the art of skiing from the very beginning. This was a one off show and it was a great chance for the students to see and appreciate the art of skiing, as well as some pretty cool jumps.

Overall it was an absolutely outstanding week, students and staff thoroughly enjoyed every second. We laughed from start to finish and have made many memorable memories. A one to never forget.

We are already looking forward to arrange next years trip

Lakeside Challenge 2016

Lakeside Challenge 16This weekend 12 students participated in the 2016 Lakeside Challenge. It gives me great pleasure in Announcing that this year the students exceeded all expectations and ended up Winning the event which had other numerous schools participating in.

Both the girls and the boys took on lots of different activities such as team building, high ropes, canoeing, raft building and Orienteering to name a few. This culminated in the students taking part in a final race and counted towards their final placing. The Students were exceptionally behaved and a credit to our Academy. Mr Mann, Mr Davidson and Mrs Turnbull were proud of all of them.

And once again …………. We Won!

Indoor Athletics

Indoor AthleticsOn Monday Joseph Swan Academy took 2 teams (a boys and a girls) to attend the Gateshead Schools Indoor Athletics Competition at Gateshead Leisure Centre.

Points were awarded not only for winning events but also on participation rate and effort. This gave all teams a chance to make up additional points throughout the competition for achievements such as a quicker lap time, encouragement etc.

The girls dominated in the track and field events – finishing in the top 3 for every event. Mollie came 1st in the 2 lap race and Jade came 1st in the 4 lap race. They also ran a very tight relay race with Whickham.

The boys dominated the field events and pulled some excellent track results out the bag. Christopher ran in the top 2 of every race. With Jamie showing his talent in the triple jump.

Miss Wilkinson and Mr Davidson are very proud to say both teams qualified to compete at the next stage of the competition as they both came in second! The top two teams from each gender go through to represent Gateshead in the School Games competition at Temple Park in January 2016.