Letter from Shelter

Dear Staff and Students

Thank you so much for the fantastic number of 110 donation boxes, which were made up by Year 7 and Year 8 students to give out to people who access our services. Your generosity and hard work in making up these boxes will certainly make a real difference to the people we are giving them to.

We offer a variety of services to people across the North East who are generally experiencing a period of instability and are often vulnerable individuals.Our advisers’ efforts in providing free legal advice and support for those in the North East who are affected by the devastating effects of homelessness and bad housing, have made a difference to over 1,700 people in 2017/18.

In 2017/2018 more than 4.7 million people approached Shelter nationally for advice either online, in person or over the phone.

  • 118,626 enquiries were answered through our helpline and online services which are open every single day of the year.
  • 4,666,280 people accessed the “Get Advice” pages of our website.
  • 36,323 people received help through our face to face advice and support services.

Your support will assist our staff in the North East to continue to provide a dedicated advice, information and advocacy service directly to those in most need, as well as promote best practice and share their expertise. We will work with our national policy and campaigning teams to challenge the unfair policies and practices, which underlie many clients’ circumstances, both locally and nationally.

Very many thanks to everyone involved.

Your sincerely

Tracy Guy
Hub Manager

Shelter Donation Box Appeal for the Homeless

On Monday 10th December we went to our local branch of Shelter, the homelessness charity, to deliver the donation boxes that our Year 7 and Year 8 students have been making in their Thrive lessons this year. There were over 100 boxes! Shelter simply could not believe the generosity of our students and were amazed at the size of our donation.

We were taken around their branch and shown how they would deliver our boxes and we met some of the people who Shelter would give our donation boxes to.

We really have achieved something amazing as an Academy and we are extremely proud of the work that our young people are doing to support the local community at this time of year.

Well done to everyone involved!

Joseph Swan Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday the 28th September Joseph Swan Academy hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning from 10am until 11.30am. We invited members of the local community and parents of Year 7 students to join us for a morning of delicious refreshments.

Year 7 and Year 12 students hosted the event.  Year 7 welcomed our visitors and helped serve refreshments, whilst Year 12 ran a tombola stall, raffle and two Macmillan competitions.  There was a huge variety of prizes on offer, all of which were kindly donated by local businesses, students and staff donations.

The Joseph Swan Academy band played throughout the event supported by our Head of Music, Mr Miller.  For a list of prize winners please contact the Head Teacher’s PA – Andrea Atkinson.

A huge thank you to all of those who supported this event – we raised over £500 for a truly worthy cause!

18th June – Year 7 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 7 Progress Evening which will take place on
Monday 18th June 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 7.

The Year 7 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 18th June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

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!

Rugby League Festival

Joseph Swan Academy’s Year 7 Boys’ Rugby League Team competed in the Sky Try Festival at St James’s Park on Monday the 14th of May. The boys had a fantastic morning of rugby, playing their matches on the main pitch at St James’s Park. We met some of the Super League team captains and got to see the Super League Trophy.

Our boys played four matches in the festival against some really strong teams. We won all our matches scoring 14 tries and only conceding 1!

Well done to the boys who were fantastic!

Year 7 Football

Our Year 7 footballers competed in the Year 7 Football Cup competition on Thursday the 19th of April. It was a fantastic day for a football competition as the weather was warm and sunny.

Our team played six games in the group stage of the competition and managed to progress to the semi-finals. Our semi-final against Cardinal Hume was a great game but it ended 0-0, so the match went straight to penalties. Our players held their nerve and we won the shoot-out by 5 goals to 4.

In the final we played Kingsmeadow, a team who had beaten us 1-0 in the group stage. This was a tough game with both sides having chances to score but the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Extra time did not manage to settle the match either so we were back to penalties! Our boys did brilliantly again and held their nerve by scoring all of their penalty shots whilst Kingsmeadow missed one of theirs, making Joseph Swan Academy the winners!

Our players displayed some great football skills during the competition. They showed great team spirit and a clear determination to win the Year 7 Cup.

Well done to all the players!

Rugby League Festival

The Academy’s Year 7 Rugby League team attended their second Sky Try Festival on Tuesday 27th March at Kingston Park Stadium in Newcastle. The team were unbeaten after winning all of their matches at their first festival and they were hoping to keep their unbeaten record…

The team played three matches in their league round and comfortably won all three! The team then played the winner of the other league and beat them by 4 tries to 1. Our Academy team played some amazing running rugby when they had possession of the ball. They also defended superbly with some ferocious tackles being made against the opposition by our players. In total the Year 7 team scored 15 tries and only conceded 3 tries throughout the whole day of rugby.

A great day was had by all. Well done to the Year 7 Rugby League team – you’ve all made the Academy very proud.

Year 7 on a UNIventure!

Thirty Year 7 students had a great day out at Newcastle University on a cold and snowy Tuesday.

The aim of the day was to give our students a taste of university life so that they could see some of the opportunities and courses available, and sample the atmosphere that they could, one day, choose to be part of.

During the day students took part in four different activities – Amazing Animals (a Science taster activity looking at animal adaptations); Roving Reporters (an exploration of the university, its buildings and services); Trekking Treats (a Business and Enterprise taster activity where students designed and sold a new type of survival suit) and, finally, Canyon Crossings (an Engineering taster activity to design and build bridges). Some of these activities involved making presentations to a large audience – a difficult task which our students did impressively well with – with one of our Academy’s teams even winning a prize!

Every single student took a full part in all the activities with a smile on their faces and with an enthusiasm and determination that would be hard to beat! They were respectful and attentive to all the university staff and they came up with some very innovative ideas as well. Congratulations to all the students who took part – you were a SHINING example of Joseph Swan Academy students on a visit.

So, what did our students think of the day? Here are a few quotations from them below:

“Today was really good and I have learned that there are so many more courses than you think!”

“I learnt that I want to go to university when I’m older as it seems like a good opportunity!”

“My experience at the university today was very entertaining and it really encouraged me to want to go to university in the future and I also have a much better understanding of what university is and how much it matters to your future!”

“It was good and I really want to go to university!”

Year 7 Update

Dear Parent/Carer

Our Year 7 students have now completed half of their first academic year at the Academy and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support in ensuring this has been an extremely successful start to their academic life here at Joseph Swan Academy.  We have a busy and exciting remainder of the spring and then summer term ahead of us.

There will be a valuable opportunity for you to meet with your child’s subject staff to discuss their progress during this academic year on Monday 18th June 2018 from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.  You will receive more information regarding this event and how to make appointments closer to the time.

I would like to thank you for your support regarding uniform and equipment.  Year 7 students look extremely smart and are generally all fully prepared for learning each day; they are a credit to both the Academy and their family. To maintain our high standards uniform checks are conducted daily.  Can I remind parents/carers that the following are not permitted;

  • Trainers/boots
  • Make-up
  • Jewellery (except a watch)
  • ‘Skinny’ trousers

Attendance has been good, with a Year 7 attendance figure of 95.2% so far this year.  Attendance remains a high priority at the Academy and all students are expected to achieve a minimum of 95%.  Please ensure that your child attends every day and is on time.  If your child is going to be absent, please call the Academy before the start of the day and ensure you have a written note explaining the absence in their planner when they return.  Where possible, can I please ask you to support us by making medical and dental appointments outside of the Academy day.  Where this is not possible can you ensure your child attends the Academy before and after their appointment to ensure the least amount of learning time is lost.

I have been delighted with the way that students have really embraced our Academy ethos,

‘Where Everyone Can Shine’. We have a high number of regular attendees at the wide range of our ‘Go Active’ clubs.  We have had some excellent success in a range of sports, including medal winners in Football, Basketball and Rugby teams.  I would also like to thank you for your support of our numerous charity events this year.  My personal highlight is the £2000 we raised during for the

Royal British Legion with our Year 7 Remembrance Day Sponsored Silence.

We continue to reward our students with daily points and I was extremely proud to recently assist Miss Scott in distributing this terms rewards badges to students.  If your child is proudly wearing a new bronze or silver badge, then please do congratulate them as they have achieved a brilliant 1000+ (bronze) or 2000+ (silver) points so far this year.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Year 7 students this year.  I will be taking up the role of Deputy Head Teacher from half term.  I am very pleased to confirm that Mrs Watson will be taking over as Year Leader from 19th February 2018.  Mrs Watson is a very experienced member of staff and has been working with the students all year.  She is keen to build upon all the great work that has been done to ensure your child shines at Joseph Swan Academy.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mrs Watson with any queries during the remainder of the year.

Yours faithfully

Mr C Bland
Deputy Head Teacher