A Word from Mrs Ingham, Head Teacher

24 March 2017

Kudos to Findlay Wallace for his dedication to his music both inside and outwith school. He is the youngest member of Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band and, last week, he went to the Scottish Brass Band Association Championships at Perth with the band where they pulled out a fantastic performance to win second place in their section, securing a place at the British Championships in Cheltenham in September. Findlay's Band recently played a concert at St Mary's, Haddington in support of East Lothian Talking Books and soon hopes to be performing in the town again - although that might need to be a fundraising concert to offset costs of attending the Cheltenham finals!

Hearty congratulations go to Abbi Robertson in S6, who has secured this year’s Aubigny Twinning Scholarship. This means that Abbi will get the chance to spend an extended period in Aubigny, working in the town and getting to know that area of France a bit better. I know that this is often a life-changing experience for our youngsters and I would like to thank the Twinning Association for all their hard work in bringing this to fruition.

Last Friday a number of our young people attended the East Lothian Saltire Awards Evening at the Corn Exchange. It’s a great night and a fantastic opportunity to recognise the volunteering contribution that our youngsters make to the community. Unfortunately the Volunteering Hours Competition was won by Musselburgh Grammar, but we are working hard to make sure that the shield comes back to Knox Academy next year.

Last Saturday, two of our pupils took part in the Preston Lodge Drumming Solo Competition. Clara Wilberforce (snare drum) placed 2nd and Olivia Pryde (tenor drum) came 3rd. Their tutor writes, “I’m so happy to see Knox Academy represented so well and in the prizes. I'm very proud of both of them.” Thanks also to Colin Pryde who piped for them.

On Wednesday evening I had the privilege of attending our first Dance Showcase event. Pupils from Knox and our associated primary schools took part in an evening that demonstrated real talent, grit and ability. I could not have been prouder of the performers and of all those who helped organise this successful event.

I was delighted to hear about the success if the S1 Boys’ Football on their victory in the quarter finals of the East and Midlothian U13’s cup scoring five goals to Beeslack High School’s one. Knox will face Ross High in the semi-final.

Congratulations to the BBC School Report team of Eilidh Graham, Louise Allan, Marilyn Briggs, Hugo Elder, Kyle Sutherland, Carrie Evans, Mr Dempster, Mr Plain, and Ms Prime. They have produced another fabulous report on Haddington and its growth, and it can be seen on the school website.

Today is Red Nose Day and the S6 have organised a number of events (pie the teacher and wax the teacher being two of them!) to raise money. The pupils have dressed down and the staff have dressed up as pupils – a most confusing, and slightly scary state of affairs. Thanks to everyone who donated.

Next Wednesday we have the Spring Concert and school closes at 12.05pm for the Easter Holidays.

Have a great week.

S Ingham