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Head Teacher's Update

10 October 2014

Last Friday night was the “celebrating Sport 2014 Awards Ceremony”.  It’s a night to celebrate the achievements of the many sportspeople and sports clubs within the county.  People connected with Knox were nominated in three categories:
Finlay Munro – Young Volunteer of the Year.
Ms Jeffrey – Performance Coach of the Year.
Sally Birrell – Young Sports’ Person of the Year.
All are worthy nominees and I am proud of our association with them.  I would like to congratulate Finlay in particular for winning his category for his work with the school’s Under 15 Basketball team.  I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms Jeffrey on being appointed Team Coach for the Great Britain squad at the 2014 World Trampoline and DMT Championships.

On Tuesday evening I attended the Advanced Higher Devised Drama productions.  There were two pieces: “Jack” and “Freak” that the pupils wrote, acted in, and directed themselves.  The pieces were very intense dealing with all manner of issues running from self-deception to fitting-in.  I am in awe of their ability to keep in character, remember lines, and stage-manage the productions.  Thanks must also go to Ms Whitfield and Ms Mackinnon for their hard work and support of the pupils.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jennifer Macrae (Minister from St Mary’s) was in to speak to pupils at assembly.  She spoke about all of us having the “seeds” inside us of compassion, hope, and joy,  and encouraged pupils to nurture these characteristics.  Given some of the distressing news that is out there at the minute, I think that we all appreciated being reminded that we can make a difference just by being who we are.  We have many visitors in the school in any given week e.g. volunteers that help with paired reading, speakers who come in to classes etc., and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who does come in – you enrich the pupils’ experience.

I would also like to remind all parents and carers that school closes today at 12.05pm and will reopen to pupils on Tuesday 21st October.  Things will get increasingly busy as we run up to Christmas, so I would also like to flag up the P7 Open Evening for all prospective S1 parents on Tuesday, 28th October at 6.30pm. 

S Ingham

 

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