Year 9 Mission To Mars

On Tuesday the 10th of July we went on a trip with Mr Hodgson from the Technology Department. We went to Newcastle Racecourse that was holding a huge Northumbrian Water Event and took part in one of the events called Mission to Mars.

Activity 1

In this activity we used a Lego model of a robot that would be sent to Mars to explore the planet’s surface for research. We used programming software to give the robot instructions to drive forward, reverse and spin. We also used programs to make the robot autonomous and detect an obstacle in front of it, and for it to sense if it is moving over a certain colour on the ground. We also got free bags with water bottles in from the company Northumbrian Water.

Activity 2

This activity was in a separate room which included a laptop on each table for each pair. The woman at the front of the room talked about a program she had been working on with her team that helped to create the Bloodhound SSC. Bloodhound is a car which travels at 1000 miles per hour!  We had to program the Bloodhound to go as fast as possible.

We all really enjoyed the day and learned a lot about different types of programming and the jobs available when we leave school.

Bobbie & Chloe

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!

Illustration Workshop at the Apple Store

A group of Year 9 students recently had the opportunity to visit the local Apple Store in the Metro Centre to take part in a superb illustration workshop.

The workshop introduced students to various apps and Apple equipment and then offered the opportunity for students to create an illustrated revision resource from an extract of Romeo and Juliet, a text they are studying in the Academy’s English department.

The students were extremely well engaged, which was commented on by the Apple Store team.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Apple Store educational team and we look forward to working alongside them in the future.

Here is just a small selection of some of the superb pieces created by our students!

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 9 Update

Dear Parent/Carer

As this half term comes to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to update you on some recent achievements of the Year Group.

Year 9 have embraced the new Behaviour for Learning policy and taken the opportunity to Shine.  The vast majority of students are getting it right every single day. Student feedback has been extremely positive and welcomed. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Year 9 continue their success with rewards. This demonstrates the effort and passion they put into their learning. We always have a high number of students achieving the platinum badges at the end of the year, a high accolade indeed. Current badge numbers are 118 students on bronze (1000+ points) and 24 on silver (2000+ points).  Please remember you can follow your child’s progress via the weekly behaviour watch emails.

Students have enjoyed using their points to purchase ‘Shine Time’ available for 400 points. This involves taking part in an activity of their choice. So far they have enjoyed football, table tennis and a reading hour.

We were well represented for the JSA Variety Show with some beautiful musical performances and entertaining dance routines. Well done to those students!

We celebrated Heart to Heart day in true JSA style with our top point holders enjoying an exquisite dining experience. We also came together as a team and ‘rowed the Amazon’! This was a fantastic success, I am very proud of each and every one of them.

Next half term promises to be another productive and challenging one and I am looking forward to continuing to work together to ensure your son/daughter reaches their full potential in all areas of Academy life.  We will continue to embrace our Shine ethos that is at the heart of everything we do.

To ensure Year 9 maintain their high standards we will continue to focus on students with regards to:

  1. Attendance (95% minimum expected attendance)
  2. Positive Behaviour for Learning
  3. Uniform and equipment

Please remember that students are not allowed to wear make-up, jewellery (apart from a watch), trainers, boots or ‘skinny’ trousers.

An important date for your diary next half term is the Year 9 Options Evening on

Monday 19th March 2018.  More information will be sent out prior to the event.

Thank you for your ongoing and valued support. I look forward to enjoying the months ahead and continued success with Year 9.

Yours faithfully

Mrs K Peverley
Year 9 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.

Lakeside Challenge 2018

A Year 9 and Year 10 team from Joseph Swan Academy have competed in the 2018 Lakeside Challenge. This included a two night residential stay in the Lake District. They took part in a variety of activities such as raft building, night line, obstacle course and king swing, as well as many other outdoor pursuits. The students were very competitive and completed every activity to the best of their ability.

JSA are currently top of the league with Year 9 being first! All students should be incredibly proud of themselves this weekend as they truly did shine. All of the students who took part now have the chance to go through to the next round…

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”.

Year 9 Christmas Rewards Disco

Over 60 Year 9 students celebrated their half termly successes with a disco in the Main Hall. Students had to have earned 800 points this half term to be eligible to go. The afternoon was a very enjoyable one. Everyone danced and sang their hearts out: we got right into the Christmas spirit! There were games and prizes to be won and we even had a dance rendition from our very own Steps fan in Year 9. What a fantastic event. It is times like these when I feel like the luckiest Head of Year ever! I think I’m definitely on the nice list now that the students had such a great time!