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.
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Yesterday the Academy hosted a Year 11 Revision Skills and Motivational Conference. The event was delivered by Positively MAD (Positively Making A Difference), an award winning educational company, who work with Year 11 students in schools and academies nationwide.
Our whole Year 11 cohort was involved in the Conference. The Conference was aimed at developing students’ range of revision strategies and motivating them to achieve their very best in the end of year exams. Year 11 students who attended found the event very useful.
One student described the day as, “Inspirational”, and another student felt that they, “Had picked up a lot of useful tips on how to prepare for the summer exams”.
This event is just one of the many key events and initiatives happening in the Academy this academic year to support and nurture our Year 11 students in the build up to their crucial end of year external exams.
I would like to invite you to our Year 11 Progress Evening which will take place on
Thursday 18th October 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 half term of Year 11.
The Year 11 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. A copy of the appointment card is available for download.
Please do contact the Year Team if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 18th October 2018.
Miss H. E. Scott
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!
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.
Miss H E Scott
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0191 4422000 extension 241 if you have any further questions.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday 23rd April 2018.
Miss H. E. Scott
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.
Miss H E Scott
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.
Deputy Head Teacher
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.
Deputy Head Teacher