Y7 Gateshead Rugby Union Championship

Mr Davidson took the Y7 Rugby Squad to Gateshead RFC to take part in the Gateshead School Tournament on Wednesday night. Five local schools had entered teams and they were all scheduled to play each other in a round robin style tournament.

The JSA team managed to defeat Kingsmeadow and Lord Lawson in their first two games. After a close defeat by Whickham, the team then played Cardinal Hume to decide who would win the Bronze or Silver medals. It was a hard fought game but our outstanding JSA team managed to take the Silver!

Mr Davidson was very impressed by the brave tackling and hard running that the squad displayed throughout the tournament, and he was especially proud of those team members who were new to rugby. They followed the lead of the more experienced players and listened well to their coaches and PE teachers in the build up to the event and throughout the tournament. They were a real credit to the Academy.

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!

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”.

Shelter Donation Box Appeal for the Homeless

Yesterday, representatives from Joseph Swan Academy went to the offices of Shelter, the homelessness charity, in Newcastle to deliver Christmas donation boxes for the homeless. Year 7 and 8 students have been putting these boxes together during their THRIVE lessons. We managed to make over 50 boxes! The workers at Shelter were overwhelmed by our generosity. A massive thank you to all of the teaching staff who are delivering THRIVE lessons, and a huge well done to the students for working on these donation boxes which will make a massive difference to many people’s lives. We are so proud of you all!

6th November – Year 7 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our Year 7 Progress Evening, which will take place on Monday 6th November 2017 from 4pm – 7pm.
At this Progress Evening you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s tutor and discuss how your child has settled in to life at Joseph Swan Academy.

Appointments for Tutors
We will be running an appointment based system for the evening. Please select the two most convenient time slots from the list below. A specific time will be allocated by your child’s tutor and a sticker will be placed in their planner by Thursday 2nd November to confirm this.

Appointments will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please return your preferences on the reply slip as soon as possible, by no later than Tuesday 31st October 2017.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing the successes of our Year 7 students during this evening.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Year 6 Cluster Sports Event

Joseph Swan Academy recently hosted our annual Year 6 Cluster Primary Sports Event.

190 Year 6 students from Kells Lane, Oakfield, Glynwood and Kelvin Grove (all schools which are part of our cluster of primary schools) attended either a full morning or afternoon of sporting activities.

The aim of the day is to open up new and exciting opportunities within sport, opportunities which our primary schools may not be able to offer to their students. Students had the chance to use the Academy’s climbing wall and play table tennis against our robot tennis machine. They also participated in live, giant screen rowing races; team building challenges and basketball competitions.

The students were supported by Mr Bland and the P.E staff, alongside some of our trained Sports Leaders from the Joseph Swan 6th Form.

A brilliant time was had by all, with all students receiving a commendation certificate for their participation in the day and some lucky students winning awards for individual performance in each of the activities.

This event is just one example of our extensive transition and primary links programme. If you would like more information on this, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Bland at the following email address: chrisbland@josephswan.org.uk or call: 01914422000 ext 248.

Year 6 Summer School

As part of the extensive Joseph Swan Academy transition programme, during the summer holidays, we were delighted to offer a week long summer school to all of our prospective Year 7 students. The week was extremely well attended with over 100 students taking part.

The theme for the week was ‘The Island’, with students enjoying a wide range of exciting activities which included:

  • Sand Castle Building Competition
  • Beach Sports Day
  • Pirate Cinema Afternoon
  • Pirate Bingo
  • The Island Art Day
  • Island Creative Writing

The highlight for most students was an interactive session on ‘Island Animals and Birds’, delivered by Riverside Falconry. Students learnt about wildlife and reptiles native to islands around the world. There was a bird of prey display, which included a Kestrel, Eagle Owl and Harris Hawk, with every student having the opportunity to handle all of the birds and reptiles, which included snakes and lizards.

The hugely successful week gave the students another great opportunity to use our fantastic facilities at Joseph Swan and assisted them with more valuable orientation time for our site.

Mr Bland
Director of Transition & Year 7 Leader

Record Breaking Open Evening

On Monday evening, the Academy opened its doors to welcome prospective students from Years 5 and 6 and their families. We received record breaking numbers of over 700 guests on the evening, which was themed ‘Inventors and Inventions’.

Guests were welcomed by Miss Scott, the Head Teacher, who gave an opening address, supported by some of our Academy students and a member of our parent focus group. Families then had the opportunity to explore all the departments within the Academy and join in with some of the exciting activities and competitions in each subject. For each area visited, students received a stamp on a light bulb, which when fully lit could be exchanged for prizes, which included a mini torch.

Staff in the Academy were supported brilliantly by over 150 students from Joseph Swan, who kindly stayed back to assist in departments, offer tours to families and answer any questions given to them. This group of students were superb ambassadors for the Academy and as a result will be rewarded this week.

The feedback from everyone involved in the evening was extremely positive and there was a real buzz around the Academy. It was particularly pleasing to see students from over 15 different primary schools across Gateshead attending.

Mr Bland, our Director of Transition, is currently working with many of our local primaries to ensure we really get to know the students who will be coming to join us in the next couple of years.

Anyone wishing to book onto either of our two open mornings, Friday 6th and Friday 13th October 9-11am, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Bland on 01914422000 ext 248 or email andreaatkinson@josephswan.org.uk PA to the Head Teacher.

Beach Rewards Trip

On 7th July 2017, 32 students and 6 members of staff piled onto a coach heading for the coast.  After the week of terrible weather, our bags were stuffed full of extra layers and rain coats, and the outlook for staying dry was not optimistic.

However, once we landed on Marsden beach, everyone’s first thought was to get changed into shorts as the day was muggy and warm.  The day absolutely flew by with some students playing football and rounders, others creating huge sand forts, and others choosing to sit and relax while making stone sculptures or making bracelets with Mrs Pennock.

The weather stayed so nice some students even decided to dip their feet in the freezing North Sea! The day was rounded off with ice cream on the cliff top and a very sleepy bus ride home.

A very well done to all involved, all students were a shining example for the Academy (though Mr Sword did manage to drip ice cream everywhere…).

Year 6 Transition ‘Welcome Week’ 2017

Monday 26th to Friday 30th June saw Joseph Swan Academy host our record breaking numbers of year 6 students for our five-day transition ‘Welcome Week’.

Students took part in a range of activities, some of which included:

  • Meeting their new form tutor
  • Orientation treasure hunt around the Academy site
  • Freshers’ Fayre hosted by Year 7 students
  • Doddington’s Dairy Business workshop – designing their own flavour of ice cream
  • Identity – What makes me me – PSHE workshop
  • Giant Maths puzzles
  • Colours of JSA – creative writing workshop
  • Series of 7 taster lessons
  • All Together Games – sports morning
  • Joseph Swan TV ‘Live Feed’ show
  • Summer concert from the Academy Band
  • Special year group lunches
  • Rewards and prize-giving ceremony

The week was a huge success, packed with fun and enjoyable activities to help students settle in and learn more about life in Joseph Swan Academy.

We evaluated our week with our students and here is what some of them had to say:

‘This week has really helped me to make new friends, I’m now not nervous about starting in September’

‘I have learnt lots about Joseph Swan, like you have to try your best and you can become a ‘shining star’

‘I’ve loved everything about the week; all the teachers were really nice to us’

 ‘I’ve enjoyed all aspects of the week, particularly getting to spend a lot of time with my new tutor, who made me feel so welcome and comfortable’

‘Can’t wait till September, can we not stay here longer than just a week?’

‘I’ve learnt that everyone can Shine at Joseph Swan and it’s important you keep trying to do your best and never give up. This is what I will be doing in September’

‘This week has made me realise that my parents made the right decision by picking Joseph Swan Academy, it has been amazing’

In addition to the student activities, we also welcomed large numbers of parents and carers to the Academy on Thursday evening for a ‘welcome’ meeting. Guests received important information about the coming year and had the chance to meet our Year 7 tutors and the Academy Leadership Team.

The Academy also opened on Saturday morning to allow parents and carers to order both uniform and P.E kits, ready for September.

We now look forward to welcoming back our Year 6 students for our free summer School event Monday 24th – Thursday 27th July for the final part in our comprehensive transition programme offered to all students.

Mr Bland
Head of KS3 & Year 7 Leader