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Head Teacher's Update

26 September 2014

There have been a multitude of things going on this week.

The cast lists for the various Drama productions and the S6 Panto have been published, so rehearsals are getting underway.  Talking of rehearsals, the East Lothian Youth Orchestra has begun their intensive rehearsals for a concert that is being held here on Saturday.  I look forward to hearing the performance.

Earlier on in the week four of our senior pupils took part in the first round of the Debating Matters competition.  Mrs Fairbairn writes, “On Tuesday, Mr Flood and I were fortunate enough to accompany the S6 debating team to their first competition of the year, hosted at Mary Erskine's School.  Lev Crofts and Naomi Rogers went head to head with Kelso Academy on the incredibly complex issue of three parent IVF and won, putting Knox through to the regional final later in the evening. Janina Calder-Petrie and Caitlin Wright topped off an excellent night for Knox with a win in the final against Mary Erskine on the topic of the closure of public libraries, holding their own in the face of a barrage of difficult questions from the opposition and the judges.  One of the judges commented that it was the best debate he had been involved in judging. Special mention should go to Lev Crofts who was given the award for best speaker. I'm incredibly proud of them and can't wait to take them to the Scottish and Northern Irish final later in the year.”  Thanks to Mr Flood and Mrs Fairbairn for accompanying the pupils and to all those staff members and pupils who attended the debate training sessions to get our teams up to speed.

Tuesday night saw the inaugural meeting of the Nungate Study Club.  It meets every Tuesday between 5.15pm and 6.15pm in the Nungate Community Centre.  Any pupil in S4, 5 or 6 is welcome and there is no need to sign up in advance.  Light refreshments are available and the person supervising will be more than happy to help pupils out wherever they can.

Yesterday the Pupil Council for this session met for their training day and first meeting.  They asked me to go along and I spoke to them about the School Improvement Plan and the role of the Managers in making it happen.  I think that they are formidable bunch of young people who are going to make a real difference in the school and I am looking forward to working with them.

Next week is busy.  There are pupils going off to Mull on a Princes’ Trust Expedition and S2s will be designing, building and racing Land Yachts. On Wednesday there is a PSP meeting at 6.15pm and on Thursday there is the S1 Settling-In Evening at 6.30pm followd by the KASG Blingo Evening.

Have a great week
S Ingham


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