February 2010

Published: 26 February 2010

On Monday, while the pupils were enjoying the last day of their holiday, the staff were in school for an in-service day. The theme of the day was ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ and each Faculty made a presentation on their plans for next session. Plans are well advanced and the pupils joining us in August as the ‘new’ S1 will have an enjoyable, but challenging, set of courses. Further information will be available at the various information evenings.

Congratulations to Ms Adam (RMPS) who was married during the February holiday. The wedding took place in Las Vegas and I understand Elvis was involved in the ceremony. Ms Adam is now Mrs Montgomery.

Also, congratulations to Ms MacLeod who had a baby boy on St Valentine’s Day. Mother and baby doing well.

All in all a very busy holiday week!

Best wishes,

JB Craig

Published: 12 February 2010

Today, Mr Young (Depute) returned to school following his trip to California as part of a Learning and Teaching Scotland project. The theme was mentoring new teachers and Mr Young is very enthusiastic about the programme and, in due course, he will be making a presentation to staff.

On Wednesday, a group of S2 pupils took part in the East Lothian Orienteering Challenge. Pupils from all 6 secondary schools took part. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon, and it is a delight to report that Knox pupils gained 6 of the top 10 places, including the first 4. Well done to all involved in the challenge.

I hope some members of the school community managed to listen to Radio 5 Live on Tuesday 9 February when the Knox Glee Club hit the airways as part of the Gabby Logan show. After some delays and lots of nerves, the live interviews and singing began at approx 13.25. It was a triumph, congratulations to Mr Campbell and all the pupils involved.

School closes at 12.05 today and pupils resume on Tuesday 23 February at 8.44. I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday week.

Best wishes,

JB Craig

Published: 05 February 2010

Today, the S5/6 prelim examinations finish and I look forward to analysing the results. All pupils return to normal timetable on Monday.

On Tuesday, as part of a Learning and Teaching Scotland project, Mr Young (Depute) set off for California. The theme is mentoring new teachers and the programme includes seminars and school visits. On his return, Mr Young will be making a presentation to staff.

On Wednesday, S1 pupils, accompanied by Miss Bulloch and Miss McPhee, visited the Scottish Parliament. The pupils had the opportunity to tour the building and chat with Education Officers. This trip was over subscribed and the staff hope to organise another visit in June. Today, the S3 Modern Studies pupils have had the chance to question MEP Alan Smyth, who had kindly agreed to visit the school.

The Parent School Partnership met on Wednesday evening, minutes of all meetings and other information are on the website.

Finally today, it has been great fun to see the wonderful kites made during the ACE morning by S1 Traprain pupils. The coming Chinese New Year (year of the tiger) has inspired many of the kites.

Members of the school community may be interested to listen to Radio 5 Live on Tuesday 9 February between 13.00-13.10 when the station plans to relay (live of course!) a short piece on the Knox Glee Club.

Best wishes,

JB Craig