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!

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…).