A Word from Mrs Ingham, Head Teacher

Well, it’s been another busy week here at Knox. I am glad that we decided to have the fire drill on Wednesday, as I think we would have had to be out in snorkels and flippers on any other day! That said, the pupils did really well and we were all out of the building in the requisite time.

On Friday of last week we had our Sports’ Awards Evening. Thanks to Mr Wands and his team for organising the event and for Mr Illingworth and Mr Mackinnon for their compering skills. It was wonderful to see the live Tweets coming out, recognising the hard work and talent of pupils, coaches and members of the community.

I heard about recent music successes this week. So, congratulations go to: Zoe Buxton (Grade 4 Oboe – Merit), Harry Rogan (Grade 5 Saxophone – Distinction), Nikolaus Hogg (Grade 6 Flute – Merit), Isaac Smith (Grade 8 Saxophone – Distinction), Hannah Trotter (Grade 8 Flute – Distinction), and Isla Booth (Grade 8 Piano – Distinction). I would also like to congratulate Tom Wilson who plays Violin in the Senior Orchestra of NYOS (National Youth Orchestra of Scotland) and Phoebe Hayman who sings with the Training Choir of NYCGB (National Youth Choir of Great Britain).

This week I also heard that Jack Martin has just graduated with a BA (Hons) from Stirling University. I would like to congratulate him on all his hard work and wish him well for the next step in his career.

Wednesday saw the school vote in the final round of selecting our new Senior Prefect Team. Following a consultation with the S6, we have decided to go with two Head Prefects and three Deputies. All the candidates had to produce a manifesto, take part in a hustings, go through interview, and then came the vote. I am delighted to announce that our two Head Prefects for session 2017-18 are Cole Dean and Fergus Dickson, who will be ably supported by Cara Morrison, Kara Singh and Gregor Booth. They are a formidable bunch of people and I look forward to working with them over the session.

On Wednesday evening we had our Awards’ Ceremony. It was a fantastic evening where we recognised the achievement and efforts of approximately 150 of our pupils. The prizes ranged from subject awards, to recognition of personal achievement, to volunteer of the year. I would like to thank Iain Gray MSP for awarding the prizes and for giving such an entertaining speech.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending part of the Meadowpark Talent Show. As a colleague rightly put it, “…they brought sunshine to a rainy day”. The enthusiasm of the pupils and staff was great to see, through their renditions of songs that were as diverse as “Video killed the radio star “, to “Let it go”.

Yesterday we also said our formal farewells to staff that are leaving us: Mr Watson (Business Education), Mrs MacDonald (Meadowpark), Ms McClure (Meadowpark), Mr Fyvie (English), and Mr Murdoch (Computing). We also said a big thank you to Mrs Binks who joined us on secondment from Preston Lodge as she goes back to them at the end of session. I would also like to congratulate Ms MacLeod who will be taking over as Acting Depute in August. My thanks go to all the staff for their hard work and dedication and I wish all those that are leaving us the best for the future.

Today we finish, as usual, with the montage of the year and a chorus of “Summer Holiday”. School closes at 12.05pm and will reopen for staff on 14 August and for pupils on 16 August. There will be staff in school on 8 August to answer immediate queries about exam results and to make appointments for re-coursing that takes place on the 15 August.

Have a great summer.

S Ingham