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 8 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 8 Progress Evening which will take place on

Monday 4th 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 8.

The Year 8 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 4th June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

JSA at the UKMT Team Regional Final

On Monday 12th March 2018, four students from various year groups across the Academy – Rosie, Elise, Katie and Aaron – represented Joseph Swan Academy at the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Team Challenge Regional Finals. The competition consisted of multiple rounds of maths problems that were designed to test students’ natural ability, flair and enthusiasm in mathematics.

The first round was a group round, where all four students worked collectively to complete as many questions as possible. This was followed by two further rounds where the team was split into two pairs, each pair attempting questions that involved using information and answers passed to them by the other pair.
Although our team didn’t win the Regional Finals, we all had fun challenging ourselves with maths problems and proudly representing Joseph Swan Academy against other schools in the North East.

Words by Aaron.

Year 8 Update

Dear Parent/Carer

We are now half way through the academic year and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our students on their hard work and effort during Year 8.  It has been very pleasing to see the students’ progress so far and I look forward to seeing this develop further throughout the rest of the year.

Year 8 have been involved in a wide range of activities, these have included:

  • The Shine Awards
  • Careers Speed dating
  • Sir Christopher Wren day
  • Remembrance Day
  • The Carol Concert and Christmas lunch
  • Show Racism the Red Card
  • Night at the Museum – Newcastle University event
  • The Joseph Swan Variety Show
  • Heart to Heart Day – Row the Amazon River Challenge
  • ‘Shine Time’ weekly rewards event
  • Academy Variety Show

The Carol concert and Christmas lunch along with Remembrance were certainly my highlights of the first term.  The way in which the students conducted themselves on both occasions was exemplary.

I was particularly impressed with the respect and dignity the students showed while planting their remembrance crosses.

This half term has seen the launch of ‘Shine Time’, a weekly reward scheme where students can cash in their points to enable them to participate in an activity of their choice. My thanks must go to Mr Kenyon for all his hard work in ensuring the success of this event.

As you will be aware, there have been changes to the Academy behaviour policy.  I am very pleased to say that the conduct and attitude to learning of Year 8 students has been incredibly positive and we thank you for your support with this.  Please continue to support us with these changes, ensuring that your son/daughter comes to the Academy every day fully equipped, in full uniform and ready to learn. If there are any issues with uniform or equipment, then please do contact me so that we can support you with these.

Excellent attendance is also a priority.  We expect all students to achieve a minimum of 95% over the Academy year.  Please support us to ensure that your child is in the Academy, therefore ensuring they are able to take the most of their opportunities to ‘Shine’.

Yours faithfully

Mr G Houston
Year 8 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!

Show Racism the Red Card Visit

We were extremely lucky last week to welcome representatives from a charity, Show Racism the Red Card, to the Academy. Over 200 year 8 and 9 students took part in workshops over two days which explored all aspects of racism. Students were given the opportunity to explore issues surrounding diversity, stereotyping and Islamophobia. Students spoke freely about their own personal experiences and addressed misconceptions throughout the workshops.

Miss Peverley, Year 9 leader, said, “I was extremely proud of our students and their inquisitive yet mature approach to the workshops, all of the students I spoke to said they gained a better understanding of where racism comes from and what we can do, collectively, to put an end to it”.

In addition to the workshops we also had fitness sessions with ex-footballer Gary Bennett and representatives from the Newcastle United training Academy. We look forward to welcoming the charity back in the near future to work with more of our students.

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”.

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 8 and Year 9 this Academic Year

Dear Parent/Carer

I am very proud to write to you about our Year 8 and 9 students and their experiences this year. The end of the year is approaching and very soon we will be calling your child a Year 9 or 10 student.

Mrs Peverley (Year Leader) will be taking the students into Year 9 and will be joined by Mrs Goddard (Home School Liaison Assistant) who has already started working with the Year Group.

Mrs Beeckmans (Year Leader) and Miss Forster (Home School Liaison Assistant) will be taking the students into Year 10.

As Year Groups they have given themselves a superb grounding for the next stage of their education. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you just some of the highlights this year:

  • he keenness and amazing engagement of students in our very first student ‘training day’ way back at the beginning of September
  • Our progress evenings, in December and recently in May and June, where it was lovely to see such a huge turnout of families, keen to meet our tutors and teaching staff to discuss the progress of their child
  • Our Remembrance Respect Day in November, where the students were impeccably behaved and respectful during a variety of assemblies, services and workshops. Students in KS3 alone managed to raise over £4,000 for the ‘Poppy Appeal’ during a very well supported sponsored silence event
  • The enthusiasm shown by students towards our Christmas festivities, including our carol concert, Christmas Jumper Day and our Year Group Christmas lunches
  • The students support for all of our SMSC days throughout the year, including our Heart 2 Heart day, where every student completed basic first aid training and out inventors and inventions day, where each tutor group competed to support their chosen inventor
  • Numerous successful higher education events that many of our students attended, when both Universities came to visit us and we took students to the Universities for the day
  • The Night at the Museum event, where some students from year 8 were lucky enough to camp out overnight in the Great North Museum
  • The success of both boys and girls sports teams across a number of sports, including Football and Basketball
  • The amazing commitment shown by girls who trained and performed in the Gateshead Dance Festival
  • The students from both years who have committed to the Sports Leaders training programme, many of which have achieved their level 1 qualification and in the process have supported in a variety of different events, including the ‘Glynwood Games’ and Kells Lane Sports Day
  • Holocaust memorial day, where Year 9 were involved in working with guests to produce a stunning art installation that can be seen displayed in our main reception area
  • The maturity shown by Year 9, whilst embracing the process of option choices for GCSE courses
  • The students who visited the Houses of Parliament
  • The students who represented us superbly at Gateshead stadium in our regional athletics competition
  • The huge number of students who have achieved record breaking merit points and rewards throughout the year. This includes a group of students who have now achieved 4200+ points so far this year and have been the first to gain the brand new Head Teacher’s Award Badge
  • The huge number of Year 8 and 9 students who supported a wide range of charity events throughout the year, including those who gave up their weekend to run in the Children’s Cancer Run

There are still plenty of things to keep our students busy until the end of term. They can look forward to:

  • Our Reward Day for top point holders on Saturday 8th July. This will be taking place in the Academy and replaces the visit to Lightwater Valley. This free event will have music and entertainment and be a real celebration of the Year successes.
  • Our Year group days on Tuesday 11th July for Year 9 and Wednesday 12th July for Year 8. I know that both days will inspire our students.
  • Our ‘All Together’ games on Monday 17th – Tuesday 18th July will give our students the opportunity to show their athleticism and dedication to doing their absolute best
    I would like to take this opportunity to add my personal thanks, to you as parents and carers of our year 8 and 9 student’s, for all the fantastic support we have received from you this year.

This year, has seen our Year 8 and Year 9 students truly embrace the ethos of ‘Where Everyone Can Shine’. I look forward to watching their development and growth as they move on in the Academy.

Yours faithfully

Mr C Bland
Academy Leadership Team

North of England Children’s Cancer Run

On Sunday 21st May, a group of students represented Joseph Swan Acadmey at the North of England Children’s Cancer Run at Gosforth Park. It was a lovely day, great atmosphere and everyone was in very high spirits. On the day there were over 9,000 runners, with many other activities there.

This was the 35th Anniversary for the event and was focused on being an “everyday hero” and running to beat childhood cancer. This is a fantastic charity and raising money in order to increase the number of children cured of cancer, improve chemotherapy, to make treatment less distressing, to individualise treatments, find causes to childhood cancer and develop new treatments. To date they have raised across the 35 years over £30 million.

We had a wonderful group of students from across Years 7 – 10 contribute to this brilliant charity, they had the option of running 3 or 5 miles to raise money. The students were just fantastic and really embraced the moment – to date the students have raised through sponsorship alone a phenomenal £1,182.14 and this is continuing to grow.

Joseph Swan Academy is so proud of every single student who ran, they were so pleased with themselves and their acheivements. Thank you to every single one of you and the parents and carers who supported the morning’s events.

I am really looking forward to taking part in this event in the future

Well done and thank you

Miss Wilkinson