Staff are now fully engaged in the new timetable and working hard to ensure that our young people attain and achieve their best in all their subjects and in their extra-curricular activities. Over the next few weeks the Senior Leadership Team will be meeting with Curriculum Leaders to review the recent attainment in the SQA examinations and to look at next steps to ensure we continue to raise attainment for our young people.
We are currently advertising for an Acting Curriculum Leader of Communications (English, Literacy and Languages) and a part-time Music teacher post. Both of these posts are to cover the maternity leave of the current post holders.
Congratulations also to Hannah McBride, acting Pupil Support Leader (Guidance) who achieved her First Steps into Leadership Certificate this week.
Knox Academy’s Vision
As you may be aware, Knox Academy’s school values were agreed two years ago through consultation. These values are: Ambition, Respect and Community (ARC). The next step is to develop a whole school vision and I am inviting parents/carers, pupils, staff and community partners to give their views. Our overall vision will focus on what we would like all our young people to achieve over the next 5-10 years at Knox Academy. I would therefore like to ask if you could complete a very quick questionnaire (one question) to help develop our vision. Pupils, staff and community partners will also be completing the same questionnaire so that our vision truly is a joint one. So far 108 parents have completed the survey but if we could get all parents/carers to do so, it would be phenomenal. The link to the survey is: knox.is/parent-vision. Please can you complete the questionnaire by 7 September at very latest? Thank you.
Achievement Ties and Diligence Certificates
As you will be aware from previous Head Teacher’s updates, we will launch our new approaches to the recognition of achievement and diligence this term. Thank you to all pupils, parents/carers and staff who took part in our consultation to design ties and to agree the criteria for these. Diligence certificates will be awarded termly for all pupils showing hard work and commitment in their subjects. More detailed information on both is given in this document. Mr Moncrieff is coordinating the achievement tie nominations and will let everyone know when nomination forms can be submitted for the October awards. Forms will be available from the school office and also online for anyone wishing to nominate pupils (parents/carers/coaches/community partners).
I would like to ask parents/carers to let their young person’s guidance teacher know of their achievements out of school so we can celebrate these on an ongoing basis. Thank you.
S1 Parental Experience (new S1 parents/carers only) – Monday 28 October
I hope your young person has settled in well to S1 and enjoying their time at Knox Academy. Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of your young person is like at school? If so, we would like to invite up to 20 parents to experience life as an S1 pupil at Knox Academy and spend a day in our classrooms, visiting different subjects and finding out about how your young person learns and the variety of approaches we use in the classroom. This day would also allow you to meet and link with other parents/carers. If you would like to participate in this opportunity, limited to 20, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 27 September at latest. Please give us the following information in your email: Your Name/Your Young Person’s Name and their House and Class. We will be in touch with parents/carers after this date to let you know if you are part of the group of 20 and the programme for the day. Parents/carers who have taken part in these days have always seen it as a very valuable and fun experience.
University of Aberdeen Success – former pupils
We have just received notification that three former pupils have graduated with Degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Another has graduated with Degree of Master of Arts in English with Creative Writing, First Class Honours. Further to this another former pupil has graduated with Degree of Bachelor of Law (With Honours), Upper Second Class Honours.
As you may be aware, we have our Green Flag now. This was an amazing achievement and were awarded this flag earlier on this year. We are trying to be eco-aware in all that we do and to this end, we are looking to upcycle pre-loved school uniform. If you do have any uniform please can you pass this in to the school office for upcycling at our school events and parents’ evenings? There will also be a ‘drop box’ on Parents’ Evenings for you to drop pre-loved uniform into (please ensure it is washed before handing in – thank you) and an opportunity to select some uniform too. If anyone has spare hangers/clothes rails they would like to donate we would welcome these too. In the quest to become as plastic free as possible, please can we all encourage our young people to use re-useable water bottles as opposed to single use ones. Finally, please can I ask that you speak with your young person/people about ensuring that they put their litter in the bins in and around the school and our community to ensure we are litter free areas. Thank you.
All staff, parent/carers and members of our local community have been commenting on how smart our young people are looking since their return to school. The wearing of our school uniform helps to promote that feeling of being part of a community and striving towards common goals. Thank you to parents/carers for supporting the school with this. A reminder that hooded tops are no longer part of the school’s dress code for health and safety reasons (please see my letter issued in April 2019 for more details).
Charlie Gates (S5) represented Caledonian Cougars at the England Hockey Futures Cup last week/weekend. The team won all of their matches and took home the winner’s trophy for the first time ever! Charlie now moves to the U18 squad next season. We wish him well and look forward to more updates on his performances in this team. Charlie plays goalie for the team.
During last week all S1 and S2 pupils were issued with an information pack (with a PC1 form attached) outlining everything ‘sport’ that our young people at Knox Academy can get involved in.
We would like to encourage all of our young people to attend one, some or all of the clubs available. These range from morning fitness sessions, lunch time clubs and after-school sessions. Some activities have a small fee and are detailed on the information pack. If any S3s and above require more information, please come to see us in PE.
All the activities on offer require a completed 2019-2020 PC1 form. Please ensure that this is returned to the PE department before your first session – please note only one PC1 needs to be completed unlike previous years. This will also allow you to compete in fixtures, some that are already well underway!
Senior coaches (S4-S6)
We still have some roles that require filling for some of our clubs to help assist or lead junior pupils. Please come to PE if you are interested. CPD sessions will also be running in various sports. This can also be used for Duke of Edinburgh awards or Saltire awards.
Please keep up to date with any changes to sessions via the school bulletin and the Twitter page @Knox4Sport as some clubs are still to be confirmed.
Going the Extra Mile
After a very successful Sport’s Awards night prior to the summer break, the PE department will now feature a ‘Going the Extra Mile’ board in the department, this will also fall in line with our recognition through the achievement ties which are launching in October. This allows us to not only celebrate those that compete at their chosen sport at various levels, but for those that use sport and PE for enjoyment and fitness reasons. This will allow us to celebrate year-round successes of our individuals and our teams that represent the school values and go above and beyond. PE would like to encourage all pupils, staff and parents to come forward with achievements that deserve celebration and recognition.
The following awards will occur monthly:
- Individual performer of the month
- National performer of the month
- Coaches, including senior pupils/staff of the month
In order to feature on our ‘Going the Extra Mile’ board which will be updated monthly, please follow the below steps:
- Nominate yourself. You can do this in person by coming to the PE department during the month or emailing a member of the PE department via your school EDUBUZZ account.
- Nominate someone else. If you are a pupil or staff member, you can also do this in person by coming to the PE department, or emailing a member of the PE department via your school EDUBUZZ account.
- If you are a parent please Tweet us @Knox4Sport or email Knox Academy and put in the heading – ‘Going the Extra Mile – PE department’
Alongside your nomination please give a very short reason as to why you are completing the nomination, for yourself, or others!
We will require a photo, this can be an action shot or a head shot (which we can take for you) that will be displayed.
We look forward to filling our ‘Going the Extra Mile’ board for the month of September! (By Lana Borwick, PE)
Final details for the Knox Academy ski trip (2021) have been issued over the past week. I would like to encourage any S3-S5 pupil who is interested and yet to have picked up a letter, to come to PE as soon as possible. We are looking for at least 35 pupils to allow the trip to run at a manageable cost. If you are interested, please note that a £100.00 deposit is due by Monday 9 September. (By Lana Borwick)
School Cook of the Year
I am delighted to announce that Maria Miller was awarded Cook of the Year at the awards ceremony in Glasgow last night. We are so proud to have Maria at Knox Academy and to be the receivers of such amazing cuisine on a day to day basis here. Well done from all in the Knox Academy Community.
Dates for your diary (please also refer to the CALENDAR on the school website for all events across the year):
- 3 September - Parent Council (School Library) 6.15-8pm – all welcome
- 4 September - S4 Physics Trip – Torness
- 13-16 September (inclusive) - Autumn Holiday
- 24 September – UCAS Information Session for Parents
- 9 October – P7 Information Evening
Have a lovely weekend