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!

Year 11 Final Preparations for Examinations

Dear Parent/Carer

Your son/daughter has a number of very important examinations left to take this Academic Year.

To assist with their final preparations students may study at home with your signed permission from Friday 15th June at 12.15pm. Up until then it is compulsory for all students to continue attending all lessons of examination subjects they have not yet taken, booster lessons, top tips and the examinations themselves.

The final examination for Year 11 students at Joseph Swan Academy is on Friday 22nd June. Following the final student assembly that will take place at 11.15am on this date, students will then be expected to prepare for the next stage in their life journey. Students attending Sixth Form at Joseph Swan Academy will be provided with a research document to enable them to prepare additional background information for their Sixth Form studies. For students who will be starting apprenticeships or going straight into the work place, an understanding of Health and Safety is essential. We recommend that students use the time they have available to research Health and Safety in the workplace so they are fully prepared for this.

To support students between the 15th June and 20th July, students are very welcome to use the dedicated study base within the Sixth Form area for Year 11 students in preparation for their remaining exams, further studies or the workplace. If you feel that it is more beneficial for your son/daughter to complete this preparation at home this can only be authorised if you complete and return the consent form below. If the Academy does not receive this we expect students to attend the Academy each and every day up to 20th July 2018.

I would kindly ask that the consent form is returned to your son/daughter’s Tutor or to the Year Team by Friday 25th May 2018.

I would like to thank you for your continued support and I wish all our Year 11 students the very best of luck with their remaining examinations.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Letter and Consent From

23rd April – Sixth Form Options Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Choices for Sixth Form Evening here at Joseph Swan Academy. This will take place on Monday 23rd April 2018. On arrival parents/carers and students will be registered at Main Reception and given a Sixth Form Prospectus. The formal part of the evening will start in the Main Hall at 6pm with an introduction to the Sixth Form. Following this, there will be a ‘Subject Fair’ located in the Academy ‘Street’ where you will be able to discuss course options for Year 12 with subject specialists.

This is a real opportunity for you to find out the content of courses taught, the entry requirements for the courses and combinations of courses that work well together.
The Academy Leadership Team and Sixth Form Team will be on hand for additional advice and support and refreshments will be available from our Street Café throughout the evening.
The evening will come to a close at 7.45pm.

Please do contact the Sixth Form Team via Mr Divers, Director of Sixth Form on email phillipdivers@josephswan.org.uk or telephone 0191 4422000 extension 241 if you have any further questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 23rd April 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Provision for Year 11 and Year 13 – 1st March

Department Year 11 Year 13
English Complete the English Language Paper 2 (emailed) and revise the nature based power and conflict poems in the revision workbook (emailed). English Literature:
To support your preparations for Paper 2, Question a please use the crime text that you identified to create your own Question A task:
AQA Resource
The above provided advise from the exam board about this process but remember, you need to find a section of a text which contains enough linguistic and structural material to to be able to analyse it to a high level.
There is a lot of material which is copyright free and available on the internet if it is Victorian (or earlier) if you’re struggling to find a text at home. Remember that the focus question is always the same (as is the mark scheme).

Send your completed task to Mrs Warr via email

Year Language:
Research the theorist Pinker and explore nativism further. I’ll attach some links. They then need to revise the key theorists from Tuesday’s lesson focusing in particular on phonetics and phonology. Students should then re- annotate their exam extracts in full, identifying anything they might have missed from the trial exam.
Chomsky’s Theory of Language
The Language Instinct

Maths All students have been set work to complete on Mathswatch. All students will be emailed directly by their teachers with instructions of tasks to complete. Past exam papers will also be attached for students to complete in preparation for their exams.
Science Combined Science
Students need to use their revision guides to complete end of topic questions from topics 1 to 4 for Biology and Physics and topics 1 to 5 for Chemistry. Copies of the revision guides have been shared with all students on the google drive. Answers to support self assessment are at the back of the revision guides.

Separate Sciences
Use the grade booster work books that have been shared via google drive to complete the questions from topics 1 to 4 for Biology and Physics and topics 1 to 5 for Chemistry. Answers to support self assessment are at the back of the workbooks.

Students are to use their textbooks to complete the end of topic questions for their current unit and complete the textbook questions for their y12 modules as revision for the upcoming exams.
Art Year 11 to work from their exam prep schedule and outcomes checklist. Aim to complete all tasks for this week for Tuesday next week. Any concerns or questions email both Art staff for a response. Year 13 to continue working on their exam prep as according to tutorials. Any concerns or questions email both Art staff for a response.
BHT Mrs Barrass’ Year 11 Business class, please refer to Tuesdays email and complete Unit 8 tasks 1-4.

Mrs Penny’s Year 11 Business class, complete Unit 5 (year 10 folder) comparison table set on Google Classroom. Anyone still working on Unit 1 Business plan please continue with this task.

Miss McGeorge’s Year 11 Business class, continue working on Unit 5 tasks set on Google Classroom.

Mrs Saunders and Mrs Whalen’s Year 11 Health & Social Care classes, please continue to work on Unit 2 tasks set on Google Classroom.

Year 13 Business students, use beebusinessbee resources and your revision guides to revise for Business Finance Exam.

Year 13 Health and Social Care, continue working on Unit 14 coursework tasks set on Google Classroom.

EPRE 11J1 – Students should access the Google classroom work on Islamic practices and work through the questions on each PPT as a revision activity.

11J2 and 11J3 – Students to complete a research task based on ‘divorce’ on to their Google Classroom platform.

Year 13 Philosophy – read the introduction to Meta-ethics powerpoint on the google classroom and make notes.
Geography Using the revision workbook posted on google classroom earlier this year students should look to complete the questions on ‘Changing Cities’ and ‘Development’ ahead of their trail exam. They can use the mark scheme in the back of the book to self assess their answers. Year 13 – continue to work on their Personal Investigations using the feedback provided by Mrs Blundred.
History Use your books (which you all have at home) to revise the topics from Year 10 which will be on the trial exam this month and in the June exam for paper One
This is Germany (apart from those in Miss Lough’s class last year who studied the USA) and the Conflict unit (which you all studied) about the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, Appeasement etc.
As well as the sites on the Academy revision site you can use this about Germany
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zskcg82

This one is good for parts of all of the topics, you’ll have to navigate the way through it – where it says ‘Modern World History topics’, you need the second, third and fourth topics plus Germany or USA depending on what you have studied. This does not cover all of the Germany or USA topic so you’ll still need to refer to your books.
http://www.johndclare.net/

For Germany focus on hyperinflation, Hitler’s treatment of different groups and impact of war. For conflict unit look at League of Nations, Treaty of Versailles in particular. Try to create mind maps and use some of the revision techniques we used during some AAPC sessions and revision you did last year.
Miss Lough has also put more revision material on google classroom.

Work to complete your coursework, you all have clear individual instructions on what you need to do. If you need any help then email Mr Givens.

For the exam units – use your notes from both topics to begin your revision for the June exams by focusing on work from Year 12 from study on both Tudors and Russia. Remember the essays are ‘assess the validity’ of a particular statement so need to present both sides of an argument. Again anything you think you need on top of this then email Mr Givens and Miss Lough

ICT Cambridge National ICT
Unit 1 revision: Unit 1 revision materials are already on Google Classroom for students to access. Students are to read through this work. Students can then make notes based on the pre-release for the March trial exam. Pre-release is on Google classroom, which can also be accessed from here
Revision materials for Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams are on Google Classroom. This includes unit specifications and accompanying notes, which students should read through and make notes. Previous exam papers for both units are also available on Google Classroom to work on.
Languages Please login to Kerboodle and complete the following exercises:
Pages 158 – 159 exercises 1,2, 3 and 5
pages 160 – 161 exercises 1,2,3 and 4
Write your answers on a sheet and this will be marked and stuck into exercise books.

Also, complete the grammar worksheets (these will emailed to students). There are two for Higher candidates and two for Foundation however you can complete all four if you wish. Write answers on a separate sheet if you can’t print at home.

Finally, continue to learn your General Conversation questions and prepare answers to the rest of the questions.

All work will be checked on Monday.

11BFR1 – Students should log onto Kerboodle. Foundation students should do pages 150-151, read the article ‘Le règlement scolaire’ and complete exercises 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5 and 7.

Students entered for Higher Tier should do pages 152-153. Read the article ‘Améliorer son école’ and complete the activities 2, 3, 4 and 5.

All students should continue to practise their answer to the questions for the GCSE French speaking examination (Genral Conversation).

Foundation Tier students should complete the first two attached worksheets and Higher Tier students should complete the final two attached worksheets.

Please write your answers on paper if you do not have any printing facilities at home.

Music Can students please complete pages 10 to 20 in the white theory books
Complete another 16 bars of their compositions and look at completion. Send composition work to my email so I can have a look and return with corrections.
PE BTEC Sport
Log on to google classroom and either finish any work you have still to complete for unit 2 or unit 5 or green pen any work that has been marked.
BTEC Sport
Finish the report for the second assignment of unit 3. When it is completed share it with Mr Gray.
Technology Work will be shared on Google Docs.

Postponement of Year 11 Workshop Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

Due to the weather warning for later on today I have taken the decision to postpone the Year 11 Workshop evening tonight. This is for safety reasons for students, parents /carers and staff. I am sorry to have to do this and do apologise for the inconvenience caused. The evening has been rescheduled for Wednesday 7th March with the same timings being used. Thank you for the support, your sign up for this event, which we will ensure will run on Wednesday 7th March.

Many apologies again for any inconvenience caused.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Year 11 Shine Conference

On Wednesday the Academy had the fantastic opportunity to welcome a presenter from the award winning Positively Mad Education training company. Year 11 students had sessions on resilience and exam skills. Students were given a host of practical study and revision techniques to take away and use within their preparation for the upcoming GCSE exams.

The students also learnt physical techniques that can be used to combat and reduce the stress and anxiety which may occur during this important time. Students were provided with refreshments and a special year group lunch courtesy of our Head Teacher, Miss Scott. The engagement of the students was outstanding with everyone focussed and determined to learn as much as they possibly could from our guest speaker.

The feedback from the visiting presenter was hugely positive about how motivated, mature and caring our students were. We look forward to welcoming back Positively Mad in the near future to work with more of our students. Well done Year 11 – you were a real credit to the Academy.

Mr Bland
Deputy Head Teacher

Sir John Hall

On Monday afternoon, Joseph Swan Academy was delighted to welcome back a real friend and supporter of the Academy, Sir John Hall. Sir John has attended a number of events within the Academy in recent years and returned to speak with a cohort of Year 11 students about having ambition and motivation in the lead up to their summer examinations.

Sir John passionately shared numerous stories about his life and experiences from his school days through to his working life. He offered many valuable messages to the group about the value of education and was very happy to take questions from our students.

The students really valued this fantastic and inspirational opportunity and took time to individually thank Sir John, who was presented with a gift by the Head Teacher, Miss Scott, as a token of our thanks. We look forward to future visits from Sir John.

Mr Bland
Deputy Head Teacher

Year 11 Update

Dear Parent/Carer

It is with great pride that I write this newsletter to all the parents and carers of our fantastic Year 11 students.  I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the events, activities and successes that our Year 11 students have experienced and contributed to since returning from the Christmas holiday.

On January 8th the Year 11 students returned to the Academy to commence their January Trial examinations.  The dedication, commitment and conduct by all students throughout these examinations was exemplary. Students received their Trial Examination results on 29th January at a special celebration event. Over 280 awards, nominated by teachers, were presented to students during this event.  Awards were for Outstanding Progress, Resilience, Positive Participation, Ambition, Dedication to After Academy Progress Club (AAPC), Dedication to Home Learning, Outstanding Achievement and many more. Ten students were presented with a Special Recognition Award for outstanding progress, attitude and contribution to the Academy and wider community this year.

The Trail Exam results morning was followed by our Progress Evening. This was very well attended by Parents, Carers and Students.  I would like to thank you for taking the time to speak to your son/daughter’s teachers as I know the feedback, encouragement and next steps will be vital to the last remaining weeks before the examinations in the Summer.

On the 26th January the Year 11 students attended an extended assembly on the holocaust. This was an exceptionally moving assembly that helped students gain an insight into the heroic work of Sir Nicholas Winton. The assembly was delivered to mark the Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday 27th January.

On Tuesday 30th January all Year 11 students took part in ‘The Big Write’ aimed to develop their independent writing skills through investigating topics such as Climate Change, Body Image and Fake News.  Every student in Year 11 wrote a letter which was sent to authentic audiences such as the Prime Minister, President Trump and magazine editors. In addition to the Big Write, the English Department held an event to support all Year 11 students with their English Literature text, An Inspector Calls.  Our Maths Department has also delivered a fascinating Problem Solving Day to all students.

On the 9th February, twenty-five Year 11 students have been invited to take part in a special Heart to Heart celebration meal. Our top point holders and students who have demonstrated exceptional performance, effort and enthusiasm have been selected to attend this event. On the same day, many Year 11 students participated in the Academy’s fundraising event to ‘Row the Amazon’.  Students will contribute to this challenge throughout the day in order to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

Excellent attendance is a high priority at Joseph Swan Academy. This half term, Tutor Groups have been competing in a weekly attendance challenge.  Students in every Tutor Group work together to reach a weekly target of 95% or more.  By doing so they are awarded 50 additional points. This half term 11LF, 11LP, 11KG and 11PH have managed to exceed their weekly targets.  The Year 11 Team has also launched the Prom Tag challenge. Students are awarded with a gift tag from their teachers for exceptional effort and attitude.  Each gift tag received will result in 20 additional points for the student. Over 90 students have received tags so far; many have received more than one gift tag.  The points that students receive are contributing to their Prom Points totals.  This year’s Prom will be held at The Sage on the 6th July.  This will be an exciting event to mark the end of Key Stage 4 and the Summer examinations.  If you require any additional information about this event, please contact the Year 11 Team.

On the 26th February, all Parents, Carers and Students are invited to an Exam Preparation Workshop Evening at Joseph Swan Academy between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. The purpose of this event is to provide additional support and guidance in relation to Revision and Study Skills, English, Maths, Science and French Speaking Exams, Understanding the New Grades at GCSE and Exam Anxiety. If you require any further information regarding this evening, please contact the Year Team.

Throughout our next half term, Year 11 students will be invited to attend the After Academy Progress Club (AAPC) to support their progress further.  Details of the AAPC lessons are in the packs distributed on Progress Evening but is also available to view on our website.  Our Trail Examinations in March will also help to make those vital final preparations for the Summer Examinations that commence on the 15th May 2018.

Your son/daughter undoubtedly faces the most important half term of their academic career and we are here to support and guide them every step of the way.  We will continue to hold events to enable your son/daughter to carefully prepare for the 2018 exam season with confidence, determination and ambition. We truly want them to shine.

May I wish everyone a happy and healthy half term holiday and I look forward to seeing the Year 11 students again on the 19th February 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss K Allan
Year 11 Leader

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”.

World Challenge Launch

On the evening of Wednesday 18th October, the World Challenge team came to Joseph Swan Academy to launch our fantastic expedition to the Uttarakhand region of Northern India.

This expedition gives students the opportunity to trek in the foothills of the Himalayas; go on safari; visit the beautiful historic Agra and see the Taj Mahal. Even more importantly students will be working on a community project which aims to provide better educational facilities for students in an impoverished village in India.

The evening was well attended and delivered brilliantly by our World Challenge partners. We hope that many of the students who attended will opt to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.