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!

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…

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!

JSA at the Maths Feast

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.

Year 10 Update

Dear Parent/Carer

It gives me great pleasure to inform you about all of the fantastic events that have happened at Joseph Swan Academy since September.

Students returned into Year 10 very positively and I am proud of the seamless transition they have made from KS3 to KS4. They seem settled on their chosen courses and have already made huge inroads with regards to controlled assessments and exam preparation. Ahead of some external examinations that took place in January, students sat trial examinations in November. All of Year 10 also sat a trial exam ahead of their external Literature Exams in May.

We currently have 15 students giving up their own time to attend a ‘Build Your Future’ course at Gateshead College and we wish them luck with this exciting opportunity. There are also 5 students who were successful in gaining a place with the Gateshead Leadership Academy in conjunction with Gateshead School Sport Partnership.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award was offered to all Year 10 students and over 50 students have taken up this opportunity to be part of the youth awards programme completing a series of self-improvement exercises. Looking forward, the award can help students to access greater opportunities as universities and employers hold this award in high regard.

Some exciting events that Year 10 students have also taken part in are the Shine Awards Evening, Careers event, Sir Christopher Wren Day, Remembrance Day, the Carol Service and Christmas lunch, BT Boot camp, Lakeside Challenge, Gateshead Indoor Rowing Championships, Healthy Relationships workshop, Nissan visit and the Jesus College Cambridge workshop. There are also 28 students taking part in the Young Persons Project led by Durham University. It certainly has been a busy time for students and there will be more opportunities that arise as the Academic year moves on.

In addition to the above, all students are able to access the ‘Go Active Everyday Programme’ to which further details can be found on the Academy web-site. Year 10 also have half-termly rewards events that they are able to trade their points for.  This half terms events was the Academy Variety Show and Year 10 were well represented by some very talented students.

Some key dates to inform you about are:

22nd May and 25th May 2018 English Literature Public examinations
9th July 2018 Year 10 Progress evening

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you as Parents and Carers for all of the support you have given the Academy and, along with our fantastic team of Tutors, Miss Forster and

I wish all of our students every success for the remainder of this year and next.

Yours faithfully

Mrs C Beeckmans
Year 10 Leader

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…

Gateshead Food Bank Donation

Joseph Swan Academy’s Student Leadership Team took the lead on organising the “Reverse Advent Calendar Challenge” over the Christmas period. The aim behind this initiative was for students to work collaboratively in order to give something to others, instead of receiving something themselves during each day of Advent.

Every student from each tutor group in Years 7 to 11 contributed towards this challenge by bringing in an item of food to donate to Gateshead Food Bank. This meant that over 50 boxes were packed with food from our students’ donations!

The Student Leadership Team then packed the food boxes onto the Academy’s minibus and helped to deliver these supplies to the local Food Bank. The staff at the food bank were overwhelmed by the kindness of our JSA students and were astonished to find that we had in fact donated 371.20 kg of food to the cause! They said that this would help to feed many Gateshead families in need, “Well into the New Year”.

Jesus College Cambridge Workshop

Students from Year 10 and Year 12 were involved in a highly engaging and informative workshop delivered by three university students from Jesus College Cambridge.

The Year 10 workshop focused on ambitions and aspirations, and gave students an insight into what life is like at a high achieving Russell Group University such as Cambridge. Students were actively involved in discussions around university life, including the types of degree on offer; student accommodation and facilities; extra-curricular activities and more. The representatives from Jesus College also gave students an insight into the requirements for entry into these Universities.

The Year 12 talk was attended by almost half of the year group, showing the high aspirations and goals that these students have for themselves. This workshop focused on the pragmatics of the application process, not only to Cambridge and Oxford, but also to all Russell Group institutions.

Topics covered in this talk included entry requirements; entrance exams; how to write personal statements and the importance of super and extra-curricular activities. The session also gave an insight into how rewarding studying at these institutions is. It has certainly whetted the students’ appetite to apply to the best universities!

At Joseph Swan Academy we pride ourselves on fuelling and supporting the ambitions of all of our learners and events such as this continue in this theme.