A Word from Miss Cook, Head Teacher

11 October 2019

Staffing Update

We have made an appointment in Music and once pre-employment checks have taken place I will be able to give more details as to who the successful candidate is.  

We are in the middle of appointing a job-share Welfare Assistant who will work with Mrs Ball.

Meadowpark – advertising for two Learning Assistants.

Clair Fruish will start as our Acting Curriculum Leader of Communications (English, Literacy and Languages) on Monday 28 October.  We would like to wish Ms Machen all the best on her maternity leave and thank her for all her work in leading the Communications Faculty. 

Pupil News

U18 Hockey

Charlie Gates was selected from the East District to try out for the Academy Series. This is the preliminary step towards selection for Scotland U18s.  We wish him well and will find out by the end of November if he has been selected.

Parents/Carers Information

New S1 Parents’ Information Evening

Thank you to all parents/carers who came along to our information session. It was a great turn out and all the P7s seemed to enjoy trying out the various activities at each faculty.  We look forward to developing this relationship throughout the year and welcoming you back for your Induction Days in June.

Achievement Ties – Nominations

Nomination closed today, Friday 11 October. The Achievement Tie Committee will meet on Tuesday 29 October to review these and pupils/nominators will be made aware of the outcome shortly after this. Thank you to the parents/carers who came forward to be part of this committee.

S1 Parental Experience (new S1 parents/carers only) – Monday 28 October

We are looking forward to nine parents/carers joining us for the day to experience a day in the life of an S1 pupil at Knox Academy.   Following this I will feedback to the wider community on their experiences of this day and look at taking this forward in the years to come.

Uniform

Thank you to parents/carers for supporting our school uniform policy and our sense of shared values and community. Please can I ask for support in continuing this high standard of uniform into the colder days.  A reminder that hooded tops are no longer an acceptable part of uniform and should not be worn at school (please see the uniform letter on the website for more details about the reasons for this). Pre-loved uniform will be available on Parents' Evenings and if anyone would like to contribute items to this please pass these to the office for the attention of Ms Laudi and the Eco Team. Thanks.

Mid-term

Reminder that pupils will not return to school until Wednesday 23 October as Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 are staff in-service days.

Dates for your diary (please also refer to the CALENDAR on the school website for all events across the year):

  • 14-22 October – Mid-term break for pupils
  • 22 October – LGBTQ+ Training -11-12 at Knox Academy – parents/carers welcome
  • 29 October – Parent Council Meeting 6.15-8pm (Library)
  • 30 October – S1-S6 Halloween Dance (7-10pm)
  • 2-9 November – Hong Kong students visit from Tsung Tsin Christian Academy
  • 6 November – S3 Parents’ Evening

Have a lovely October break and we look forward to welcoming all our young people back on Wednesday 23 October.

Sue Cook