Write Times 2
Without a doubt, the highlight of this week has been the achievement of S5 pupil, Charlotte Birchall. Last session, Charlotte wrote a personal reflective essay as part of her National 5 English portfolio. The quality of writing was so high that Charlotte’s piece has been published in Write Times 2, a collection of outstanding writing submitted by young people as part of their SQA English qualifications. The publication was launched at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow this week. At the event, Charlotte met John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, who congratulated her on her wonderful writing. Copies of Write Times 2 are being sent to all school libraries across Scotland and we look forward to receiving ours very soon here at Knox Academy. A huge well done to Charlotte!
Pupil Learning Team
I was privileged to attend the latest Pupil Learning Team meeting this week and I am in awe of the work that this team is doing to further school improvement here at Knox Academy. The PLT, which has representatives from all year groups, has subdivided into four teams. Each team is planning how to develop one of our 4 Key Priorities:
• Develop high quality teaching and learning
• Support the needs of all learners
• Foster an ethos of ambition
• Provide leadership opportunities for all.
Pupils are ambitious for our school, as well as being creative and committed. They will be sharing their action plans with all pupils and staff over the coming months. Hearing their plans, I know that the Pupil Learning Team is going to have a very positive impact on all that we do here at Knox Academy.
Fizz Free School
In assemblies this week, Ms Leighton explained to all year groups that we are having a Fizz Free initiative for the last two weeks in February. Outlining the benefits of going ‘fizz free’ in terms of health, cost and the environment, she encouraged all pupils to take part. We would welcome the support of parents and carers, too, in persuading our pupils of the benefits of avoiding sugary, fizzy drinks.
School Day Timings
Thank you to all parents and carers who shared their opinions on our pilot of a shorter lunch break and an earlier finish. Taking all feedback into account from pupils, parents and staff, we have decided to continue with the new timings. You can see a brief summary of the feedback on the school website.
It just remains for me to wish all members of the Knox Academy school community a very happy, relaxing February break. We look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Tuesday 20 February at 8.44 am sharp.