Last Friday, the timetable looked a bit different for all our S1 and S2 pupils. As part of Get Active Day, they had the opportunity to try out a variety of activities, including: walking, golf, yoga, Pilates, basketball, netball, trampolining and boxing. The day was facilitated by our Sports Leaders and proved to be a great success, with very positive feedback from pupils. Our hope is that the sense of purpose, community and fun that pupils experienced on the day will spur them on to take up a new activity and ‘get active’. We are indebted to Mr Wands, our Sports Co-ordinator, and his team of helpers for making the event such a success.
Knox Academy played host to a web design masterclass this week, attended by pupils from other schools in the authority as well as our own computing science senior pupils. The focus was on audience and purpose of websites, and the pupils have come up with some excellent ideas on how we can improve our own school website. S4 history pupils studying Mary, Queen of Scots and the Reformation enhanced their knowledge at a workshop at Holyrood Palace on Tuesday. Despite the rain, the intrepid group then walked up the Royal Mile to visit Edinburgh Castle. A very topical issue, both in Scotland and worldwide, is renewable energy. S1 pupils had the chance to learn much more about this on a trip to the National Museum in Edinburgh, run by the science department. This may just be the catalyst for some our pupils to think about a career in the renewable industries of the future. This Sunday, a group of senior art pupils has spent the whole day at Haddington Golf Club creating a mural for the practice room. This is a great opportunity for our pupils to be involved in creating public art and we look forward to seeing pictures of the finished piece. If you are playing golf at Haddington, be sure to have a look at the Knox Academy artwork. I would like to say a huge thank you to pupils and art department staff for giving up their Sunday to do this for the community.
S1 pupil Dylan Pearman had a very successful weekend at championships in Aberdeen run by Scottish Squash. Dylan was runner-up in the Boys Under-13 event, losing in the final to the current Scottish champion at this age group. Dylan played amazingly well and his success is very well-deserved. Well done, Dylan, from the Knox Academy school community. If your child has achieved something outwith school, please do let us know. It is always great to hear of our pupils’ wider achievements.
The Haddington community is rightly very proud of the town’s success in Britain in Bloom over the years and Knox Academy junior pupils are doing their bit to make sure the town looks its best. Once a week for eight weeks, a group is working in partnership with Blooming Haddington to clear litter, going out around the town in all weathers. We are very grateful for the commitment, hard work and enthusiasm shown by the pupils. They really are responsible citizens! We also have a group of S1 and S2 girls taking part in the Green Angels programme run by the Green Team, a charity which provides opportunities for young people to engage in conservation projects. Over seven weeks, our girls spend every Thursday carrying out various environmental activities, supported by a local Ranger and Green Team staff. As well as learning about the natural world, developing teamwork skills and building their resilience, the pupils are working towards their John Muir Discovery Award.
I’m delighted to share the total amount raised by Knox Academy for Children in Need through last Friday’s events: a wonderful £886.87 will be sent to the appeal, including £28.24 raised by Amber Washington-Mackay who was sponsored to remain silent for the day. Well done to everyone involved.