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Head Teacher's Update

24 October 2014

Since coming back this week I have definitely felt that autumn is upon us.  I did remind pupils about this at assembly before we went on holiday, with particular reference to coming to school appropriately clad and shod for the weather.  I would be really grateful if parents can ensure that pupils have appropriate shoes on (all back no white or coloured piping) and that they think about wearing a sweater or cardigan (all black) to ensure that they are warm enough.

Many pupils were busy during the holidays, none more so than some of our swimmers.  Pupils competed on the 19th October at the East Lothian and Borders Schools’ Championships.  Congratulations to all pupils who competed, in particular: Fiona Dickson, Fraser Samuel, Andrew McKnight, Kyle Eadie, Megan Watt, Brigid Hay, Kieran McDonald and Lucy Ballantyne. I look forward to hearing how they get on when all the heats across Scotland are completed.  The fastest 20 across the country will go through to the finals that are being held in Glasgow.  Fingers crossed!

The S6 are well into the throes of getting their UCAS forms completed.  Thanks to everyone for their support in this massive piece of work.  My advice, as ever, is for pupils to get as many people as possible to read over their personal statements, to ensure that they have given a good account of themselves.  We ask for the forms to be completed before the Christmas Holidays so that we have a buffer of time in case anything goes wrong.  I read all the forms, so the sooner they get to me to be checked the sooner they can be sent off.

One of our biggest events of the year is coming up on Tuesday (28th October): the P7 Open Evening.  Any parent with a child who is currently in P7 is welcome to attend.  The evening comprises of a brief meeting in the Hall (starting at 6.30pm) followed by tours round the school, finishing in the Social Are where there will be refreshments and an opportunity to talk to staff.  I am looking forward to meeting our prospective parents.  Please remember that if you do not have an address within the school’s catchment area, and you wish your child to come to Knox, you will need to complete a placing request that can be found via this link:

Have a very good week (and remember the clocks go back at 2am on the 26th October).
S Ingham



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