French trip to The Opal Coast

A group of 32 of our students from Years 9, 10 and 11 recently visited the Opal Coast in Northern France with 3 of our staff members. The students all study French in the Academy and the visit was a chance for them to practise their language skills and experience French culture; learn about French history, and try some French cuisine. Students even had the opportunity to taste escargot (garlic snails!) during the trip. The students and staff were in agreement that escargot tastes like chicken!

The students and staff had an excellent time during the visit: it was a lot of fun and very educational. Some of the highlights of the trip were the visits to La Coupole (a WWII museum that is built inside a WWII missile launch bunker) and Nausicaa Sea Life Centre, which has the biggest aquarium tank in Europe, filled with sharks, turtles and many other species of sea-life.

Special thanks must go to Mrs Dunn, our Head of Languages, who organised the trip and the staff who supported the students during the three day visit. The students were also fantastic and a real credit to the Academy.

Au revoir and thank you for taking the time to read this article!

Year 10 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 10 Progress Evening which will take place on
Thursday 22nd November 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 the first term of 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 Thursday 22nd November 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Year 10 DT Visit To Nissan

As part of their studies in GCSE Design Technology, 48 of our Year 10 students were involved in an Engineering Event at the Nissan Car Plant in Sunderland. They met with students from other schools during the launch of the day and were involved in a series of challenges connected with car manufacture and industrial production lines.

After the challenges, the students were given a guided tour of the Nissan Trim and Chassis line where they saw Nissan Jukes, Qashqais and the all new Nissan electric Leaf model being engineered on the production lines. They saw the cars being created, finished and tested and have learned a lot of key information which will help them with their GCSE studies and future exams.

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!