November 2020

Published: 27 November 2020

On Monday Mr Boyle held an assembly on Duke of Edinburgh, for S3 pupils, inviting them to join up for Knox Academy’s next cohort, which will be starting soon.  This is an amazing award full of challenges for young people and it would be great if as many of our current S3s could sign up as possible to start aiming to achieve their Bronze award. The commitment to this would be an average of an hour a week and a few expeditions at a weekend.  Forms were sent out to pupils’ EduBuzz emails and should be completed by 30 November 2020.  Once successful in achieving the Bronze award, pupils can move on to their Silver and Gold awards. So parents/carers, please do try to persuade them to do this as it is a fantastic award that helps develop so many extra skills. Thank you.

Staffing

We say a fond farewell to Mrs Moira Weir, who has been our admin assistant to the Pupil Support Team and at Knox Academy for 18 years and leaves us on Friday 27 November. We would like to wish her well for her a long, happy and healthy retirement and thank her for all her hard work and commitment in her time at Knox Academy.

Best wishes to Ms Borwick for her maternity leave, which starts today. We will miss you greatly at Knox Academy but what exciting times ahead for you. We’ll look forward to hearing your news in the near future.

Ms McBride – Acting Curriculum Leader, Communications.  A huge thank you to Ms McBride for leading the faculty forward over the last term.  She has done an amazing job!  We welcome back Ms Machen to this role today and know she will also do a sterling role back at the helm.

Health and Safety at school

East Lothian moved back to Tier 2 on Tuesday this week and Lesley Brown, Head of Education, wrote to parents  and pupils last week to explain what this means for us in East Lothian schools. As of Although it is no longer a requirement for staff and pupils to wear face coverings in senior phase classes it is still being recommended wherever possible to reduce transmission of Covid-19.

Any pupil showing Covid-19 symptoms must not attend school and you can book a test online at www.nhsinform.scot or by telephoning 0800 028 2816. Only if this test is negative should the pupil return to school. If pupils have the common cold, they should still attend school if they feel well enough to do so. 

If your young person is absent from school, Covid-19 related or other, work will be available to access on Google Classroom and also through E-sgoil (Glow user name and password required) and E-sgoil live webinars; Scholar UK (S4-S6), SQA (past papers); SQA (subject content to work through topics) and BBC Bitesize  and at Oak National Academy (some great resources for S1-S3 pupils).

Updated Prelim Timetable

These start on Wednesday 2 December and run until Thursday 10 December (inclusive) and S5/6 pupils were issued with their personalised timetables this morning. There are changes to the timings of the Higher and Advanced Higher Computing prelims.  These will now take place outside the formal diet of prelims. The Higher Computing will take place on 16 December and the Advanced Higher on 15th December.  The revised prelim timetable can be accessed here.

Young people in S5/6 following all National 5 or 4 courses do not have any prelims so they should attend school as normal. Those doing a combination of AH/H or all Highers have the full/flexible prelim entitlement. Those young people doing a combination of AH/H with N5s are welcome to attend their N5 timetabled classes when not sitting prelims or they can access the class work online. All young people who are on school transport are welcome to attend all timetabled classes when not in a prelim exam.

Learning and Teaching

In many classes we use self and peer assessment as our strategies for learning and teaching. To support this we have purchased mini-whiteboards for all our pupils (which wipe clean and can be used time and time again). These whiteboards allow pupils to write answers and comments on and share these with their peers and teachers and are a very useful resource to support feedback. Pupils have been supplied with a special pen for these too and will also receive a cloth to wipe these when they arrive. Pupils should keep these stored safely in their school bags and bring these to school daily for use in their classes.

S1 Parents’ Evening

We are looking forward to meeting parents/carers and S1 pupils at our virtual parents’ evening on Wednesday 2December. All S1s were given sheets to make appointments with staff and staff have set up meetings with them at agreed times. For more details please see the letter that was sent home last week.

Diligence Awards  

Mr Dickie took a whole school assembly on Wednesday to explain the role of our diligence awards in creating ‘ambition’ in pupils and to support pupils in achieving their potential in all subject areas. The certificate will detail all subjects a pupil has been nominated in. The ultimate aim is for pupils to be nominated in all of their subjects. If they are not, the goal for term two (January – April) is to aim higher and achieve this. We hope to issue certificates to pupils at the end of next week/beginning of the following week. More information on our diligence awards is available by clicking on this link Diligence Awards.

Foodbanks and Christmas Boxes

This year register classes are collecting items for the local foodbank, which plays an important role in showing kindness and supporting our community, particularly in these challenging times. If you are able to support our collection of non-perishable goods that would be much appreciated.  These should be passed to your young person’s register teacher by Friday 4 December at latest. Thank you.

Communication

If you have a question to ask about your young person or a question in general about the school, please email your young person’s Pupil Support Leader in the first instance as they will be best placed to help you.  If need be, they will refer any questions on to the House Depute Head Teachers.  The email addresses are as follows:

Ms Adam - ladam1@knox.elcschool.org.uk (Garleton Pupil Support Leader (PSL))

Mr Meekison - smeekison@knox.elcschool.org.uk  (Lammerlaw PSL) 

Mrs Doig - wdoig@knox.elcschool.org.uk  (Traprain)

Dr Lyon - vlyon@knox.elcschool.org.uk (PSL Support for Learning)

Ms Fox - sfox@knox.elcschool.org.uk (PSL for Inclusion)

Parent Council

If you would like to come along to our next Parent Council on Thursday 3 December, please let Lesley Pirie (Chair) know by emailing her at parentcouncil@ka-net.org.uk so you can be invited to the virtual meeting. 

Dates for your diary

2 December – S1 Parents’ Evening (virtual) – more information to follow shortly

3 December – Parent Council – 6.30 – 7.45 – virtual meeting

Stay safe and well and enjoy the weekend. 

Sue Cook

Please also remember to follow us at: www.ka-net.org.uk

Published: 20 November 2020

It has been another positive week at Knox Academy, starting with one of our Depute Head Pupils, Duncan Riley, delivering a whole school assembly on foodbanks and the role they play in supporting our community, particularly in these challenging times. During the month of November we are encouraging those who are able to, to bring in donations for our local foodbank in readiness to donate these nearer Christmas time.  Non-perishable goods would be most welcome. Thank you.

Our second assembly this week was devised by some of our S6 pupils in our SQA Mental Health and Wellbeing class. It covered what mental health is, how to get support and how to access our new Peer Support Group. The assembly ended by saying if you can choose to be anything in this world, be kind.  The presentation can be viewed here.

It is great to see our young people taking the lead in our assemblies programme and leading the learning of their peers.

Change of Festive Session Dates

Following on from an Education Committee meeting on Tuesday, East Lothian Council has revised its festive session dates to align with our neighbouring authorities.  The revision of dates also helps address any potential issues that may arise in relation to possible positive Covid19 cases and the requirement to carry out contact tracing amongst pupils and staff once schools have closed.  Therefore the last day of this term will be brought forward by one day to Tuesday 22 December 2020 and the start of the new term will be brought forward by one day to Wednesday 6 January 2021.

Staffing

We say a fond farewell to Mrs Moira Weir, who has been our admin assistant to the Pupil Support Team and at Knox Academy for 18 years and leaves us on Friday 27 November. We would like to wish her well for her a long, happy and healthy retirement and thank her for all her hard work and commitment in her time at Knox Academy.

Health and Safety at school

East Lothian will move back to Tier 2 on 24 November and Lesley Brown, Head of Education, wrote to parents  and pupils on Wednesday to explain what this means for us in East Lothian schools. As of Tuesday, although it will no longer be a requirement for staff and pupils to wear face coverings in senior phase classes it is still being recommended wherever possible to reduce transmission of Covid-19. All our other safety protocols we have had in place since the start of term will remain unchanged. These include the wearing of face coverings for pupils and staff in corridors and social areas (when not eating).  If dry, pupils will be encouraged to be outside at break and lunchtimes to prevent gatherings and reduce the transmission of Covid-19.  They should bring a warm jacket, hat and gloves to keep them warm.  If wet, arrangements are in place to supervise different year groups in areas across the school.

Just a short reminder that any pupil showing Covid-19 symptoms must not attend school and you can book a test online at www.nhsinform.scot or by telephoning 0800 028 2816. Only if this test is negative should the pupil return to school. If pupils have the common cold, they should still attend school if they feel well enough to do so. An updated frequently asked questions about Covid-19, for parents/carers, has also been produced by the NHS and is well worth reading. 

If your young person is absent from school, Covid-19 related or other, work will be available to access on Google Classroom and also through E-sgoil (Glow user name and password required) and E-sgoil live webinars; Scholar UK (S4-S6), SQA (past papers); SQA (subject content to work through topics) and BBC Bitesize  and at Oak National Academy (some great resources for S1-S3 pupils).

S5/6 Prelims and S4/5/6 Structured Assessment (protocols)

A letter was sent home earlier this week to parents/carers and emailed to pupils about the protocols for assessments and prelims.  This letter also gave advice about studying and support for devising study timetables for your young person.

MYPAS digital drop in

MYPAS is excited to announce a new way for young people to contact us.  Our Digital Drop-In is available for young people, aged 12-21 within the Midlothian and East Lothian areas.

Young people will be able to chat with a MYPAS worker about any issue which is having an impact on their health and wellbeing, e.g. mental health, substance abuse, relationships, worries about school/ college/work etc.

Drop-ins will run on Mondays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm

Young people can access the Digital Drop-In by going to our website (http://www.mypas.co.uk/) and clicking on the Chat button during the above times.  All conversations are confidential and we will not ask for any contact details.

Diligence Awards  

These will be issued at the start of December. Diligence nominations, from subject teachers, are given to those pupils who have demonstrated hard work and commitment, on a day to day basis, throughout Term 1 (August – December).  The certificate will detail all subjects they have been nominated in. The ultimate aim is for pupils to be nominated in all of their subjects. If they are not, the goal for term two (January – April) is to aim higher and achieve this. The idea behind these awards is to create ambition (one of our school values) and raise attainment and achievement through sustained effort and commitment to their studies, thus ensuring they achieve their potential. These are really important awards and parents/carers should review these with their young person to identify their successes and also support them where ‘subjects’ missing require more sustained effort. More information on our diligence awards is available by clicking on this link Diligence Awards

Children in Need

After totalling all monies, our Children In Need morning, last Friday, raised £727.44 – which is phenomenal given that our usual activities did not take place. Fun was still had with dressing up/dressing down and it was wonderful to have such a spirit of citizenship demonstrated amongst our pupils to donate to such a great cause.

Communication

Please may I remind parents/carers that you are still not able to attend the school during the Covid-19 recovery unless by prior arrangement. This is to ensure everyone’s health and safety. All communication will be by telephone or email and any meetings will continue to be held virtually.

As most of our communication is by email to parents/carers, if you have still to provide us with your email please do so ASAP so you don’t miss out on any information from us.  Please send an email to admin@knox.elcschool.org.uk to give us your email information. Thank you.

If you have a question to ask about your young person or a question in general about the school, please email your young person’s Pupil Support Leader in the first instance as they will be best placed to help you.  If need be, they will refer any questions on to the House Depute Head Teachers.  The email addresses are as follows:

Ms Adam - ladam1@knox.elcschool.org.uk (Garleton Pupil Support Leader (PSL))

Mr Meekison - smeekison@knox.elcschool.org.uk  (Lammerlaw PSL) 

Mrs Doig - wdoig@knox.elcschool.org.uk  (Traprain)

Dr Lyon - vlyon@knox.elcschool.org.uk (PSL Support for Learning)

Ms Fox - sfox@knox.elcschool.org.uk (PSL for Inclusion)

Attendance

We now have an “Attendance” inbox for parents to email with student absences/appointments. Please email attendance@knox.elcschool.org.uk

Clothing grants are also available and if you would like support with this please contact your young person’s Pupil Support Leader (Ms Adam/Mr Meekison/Mrs Doig).

Useful Links

The links below that may be useful for parents/carers of S4/5/6 pupils:

knox.is/emaapplication – Educational Maintenance Allowance application form

knox.is/leaversform – Leavers’ Form (for Christmas Leavers and also for those leaving next May – when that comes).

Parent Council

If you would like to come along to our next Parent Council on Thursday 3 December, please let Lesley Pirie (Chair) know by emailing her at parentcouncil@ka-net.org.uk so you can be invited to the virtual meeting. 

Dates for your diary

2 December – S1 Parents’ Evening (virtual) – more information to follow shortly

3 December – Parent Council – 6.30 – 7.45 – virtual meeting

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe and well

Sue Cook

Please also remember to follow us at: www.ka-net.org.uk

Published: 13 November 2020

On Wednesday morning we held our Remembrance Assembly, and at 11am we observed our two minutes silence to remember those who gave their lives so we have our freedom. Although our senior pupils were unable to collect in our local town, we distributed tins and poppies to all local shops and primary schools. We hope to raise as much money as possible given the difficult circumstances this year. Thank you to all the S6 pupils who have made this possible.

Children In Need fund raising is taking place at the school today with a ‘dress up day’ for our S6 pupils, who have coordinated this morning, and a ‘dress down’ day for S1-S5.  The S6 outfits on show were truly amazing and so colourful and we even had appearances from Donald Trump and Boris Johnson (please follow us at to see the pictures).

Our amazing Pupil Leadership lead an assembly, yesterday, on Togetherness, which is the theme of this year’s Children in Need. This ensured that all of our pupils knew why we are raising money today and the support it will give many across the nation. It also helps us raise the importance of our role as national and global citizens.

Although we were unable to have the usual events such as ‘Pie the Teacher’ (many disappointed pupils, I am sure), and ‘leg waxing’ for the senior boys, our young people still seem to be having lots of fun and raising money for such a great cause. Thank you to all parents/carers who supported donations and we will be able to update you on the total raised next week (or check our Twitter feed which should have this information later on today).  

Health and Safety at school

At present we remain in Tier 3 in East Lothian so over and above all the health and safety protocols we have had in place since the start of term (e.g. one way system; break and lunches outside if dry; face coverings in corridors and social areas) we have also had to ask senior pupils and staff to wear face coverings in class. As an added measure for track and trace purposes, we also have QR codes in social areas/Food Court so pupils can scan this on their mobile phones and this allows us to know who they are sitting near for break/lunch if they are indoors for wet weather. Mr Illingworth has updated our individual pupil risk assessments for all those young people who have one. If you wish to discuss this further with him, or request one for your young person for health reasons, please email him at sillingworth@knox.elcschool.org.uk .

Just a short reminder that any pupil showing Covid-19 symptoms must not attend school and you can book a test online at www.nhsinform.scot or by telephoning 0800 028 2816. Only if this test is negative should the pupil return to school. If pupils have the common cold, they should still attend school if they feel well enough to do so. An updated frequently asked questions about Covid-19, for parents/carers, has also been produced by the NHS and is well worth reading. 

If your young person is absent from school, Covid-19 related or other, work will be available to access on Google Classroom and also through E-sgoil (Glow user name and password required); Scholar UK (S4-S6), SQA (past papers); SQA (subject content to work through topics) and BBC Bitesize  and at Oak National Academy (some great resources for S1-S3 pupils).

S5/6 Higher/Advanced Higher Prelims and S4/5/6 N5 Structured Assessments

Further to my letter to parents/carers last week, please find a link to a letter from Alice Clubb, DHT, about the prelim timetable and flexible study during this time.  We are currently working with our Curriculum Leaders to agree the dates for all subjects N5 structured assessments and we hope to have this out to parents/carers and pupils just before Christmas (these will take place between January and March – unless the estimates dates is extended by SQA and this may change). Planned in class assessments in some subjects will still be taking place before Christmas in line with course planning which has already been shared in these subject areas

Technology for remote learning

As you will be aware, all local authorities received some funding from the Scottish Government to support the purchase of chromebooks or laptops to support some young people with remote and learning and to ensure homes had a device should we go back in to lockdown or have to access remote learning.  We used the criteria set out by the Scottish Gvt and have issued the first set of chromebooks to pupils and will soon be issuing the second set when we receive these later on this month/early December.  If your young person does not have access to a device or if you do not have a good wi-fi connection (or none at all) please contact your young person’s House Team; garleton@knox.elcschool.org.uk; lammerlaw@knox.elcschool.org.uk; traprain@knox.elcschool.org.uk so we can look at how we can support you with this. Thanks.

Awarding of Achievement Ties

The Achievement Tie Committee awarded Achievement Ties or Endeavour Certificates to 23 of the 27 nominations (with three of these being awarded to former pupils who had been nominated last session due to lockdown we were unable to progress these at this point but still wished to recognise their commitment to the school and our community).  The following pupils were successful in their nominations and received their awards yesterday (Thursday). Great to note that achievements were in the area of sport; arts; community/volunteering and were at a school, regional and national level. 

Endeavour certificates were awarded to: Charlotte Orr S4 – school hockey team; Inika Robertson S2 Traprain - Sea Cadets. 

Half Colours Achievement Ties were awarded to: Leah Thomson S2 Garleton -  Commitment to Haddington Athletic Girls Football;  Ivy Briggs - S3 for years of dedication to orchestra, Jazz band at school and East Lothian levels;  Stella Stewart - S3 – swimming at regional and district level;  Lauren Clark S4 – school and regional swimming champion; Joss Arnold S4 – school, East Lothian Falcons and East Lothian Borders rugby teams; Abigail Watson S5 – Taekwondo; Carrie Evans S6- years of broadcasting for East Coast FM;  Joshua Halliday S6  - years of commitment to school and East Lothian Falcons; Hugo Elder S6 –  years of commitment to school and East Lothian Falcons rugby;   Duncan Reilly S6 –  years of commitment to school and East Lothian Falcons rugby;  Stephen Tennant S6 –years of commitment to school Rugby ; Rowan Hamilton S6 – years of commitment to school Rugby ; Holly Cameron S6 - years of commitment to swimming as a competitor, and coaching to support younger generations  Paris McCallum S6- years of commitment boxing and supporting the younger generation of athletes; Kaci Smith S5 (Dance and supporting wider community events)

Full Colours Achievement Ties were awarded to: Leila Maycock, S3 – Winner of UK National Writing Competition; Eilidh Robertson, S6 – Music- school and regional level; Rachel Broadley S6 – Regional and Scottish level - Badminton

Former pupils – awarded with Endeavour Certificates: Jocelyn McKnight: for her outstanding contribution to school life and supporting many pupils during her time at Knox Academy; Dillon Ball - years of commitment to school rugby and playing for East Lothian Falcons; Connor Lynn - years of commitment to school rugby and playing for East Lothian Falcons)

Congratulations to all who were nominated. The next Achievement Tie nominations will be in March 2021 and I know there are many more of our young people who meet the criteria for an Endeavour Certificate or Achievement Tie, so please apply for them (or encourage them to apply themselves).  Applications can be sent in from now onwards right up until the start of March 2021. It is important we continue to build the spirit of ambition and community as our school values and recognise all our young people who demonstrate these values at a school, local and national level.

Diligence Awards  

These will be issued at the start of December. Diligence nominations, from subject teachers, are given to those pupils who have demonstrated hard work and commitment, on a day to day basis, throughout Term 1 (August – December).  The certificate will detail all subjects they have been nominated in. The ultimate aim is for pupils to be nominated in all of their subjects. If they are not, the goal for term two (January – April) is to aim higher and achieve this. The idea behind these awards is to create ambition (one of our school values) and raise attainment and achievement through sustained effort and commitment to their studies, thus ensuring they achieve their potential. These are really important awards and parents/carers should review these with their young person to identify their successes and also support them where ‘subjects’ missing require more sustained effort. More information on our diligence awards is available by clicking on this link Diligence Awards

Communication

Most of our communication is by email to parents/carers so if you have still to provide us with your email please do so ASAP so you don’t miss out on any information from us.  Please send an email to admin@knox.elcschool.org.uk to give us your email information. Thank you. If you have a question to ask about your young person or a question in general about the school, please email your young person’s Pupil Support Leader in the first instance as they will be best placed to help you.  If need be, they will refer any questions on to the House Depute Head Teachers.  The email addresses are as follows:

Ms Adam - ladam1@knox.elcschool.org.uk (Garleton Pupil Support Leader (PSL))

Mr Meekison - smeekison@knox.elcschool.org.uk  (Lammerlaw PSL) 

Mrs Doig - wdoig@knox.elcschool.org.uk  (Traprain)

Dr Lyon - vlyon@knox.elcschool.org.uk (PSL Support for Learning)

Ms Fox - sfox@knox.elcschool.org.uk (PSL for Inclusion)

Attendance

We now have an “Attendance” inbox for parents to email with student absences/appointments. Please email attendance@knox.elcschool.org.uk

Clothing grants are also available and if you would like support with this please contact your young person’s Pupil Support Leader (Ms Adam/Mr Meekison/Mrs Doig).

Parent Council

If you would like to come along to our next Parent Council on Thursday 3 December, please let Lesley Pirie (Chair) know by emailing her at parentcouncil@ka-net.org.uk so you can be invited to the virtual meeting. 

Dates for your diary

2 December – S1 Parents’ Evening (virtual) – more information to follow shortly

3 December – Parent Council – 6.30 – 7.45 – virtual meeting

Have a lovely weekend

Sue Cook

Please also remember to follow us at: www.ka-net.org.uk

 

 

Published: 06 November 2020

This week saw our first ever virtual Parents’ Evening with our S3 cohort. This seems to have gone well based on initial feedback from staff, parents/carers and pupils.  In order to get an overall picture, if you attended the S3 Parents’ Evening please could you complete the evaluation form. Thank you.

As we moved to Tier 3 on Monday of this week, we have had to bring in extra Covid-19 procedures to mitigate the chance of Covid-19. These have included face coverings being worn by pupils and staff in senior phase classes.  Again, can I commend our pupils in working with us on this and accepting this in a very mature way.  Risk assessments for staff and pupils have also been updated accordingly to support them in being in school. However, if you do have any concerns about your young person attending due to health reasons (they may have been shielding during lockdown) I would advise you to discuss this with your GP. You may also wish to discuss this with Mr Illingworth (email: sillingworth@knox.elcschool.org.uk) who has been working with Pupil Support Leaders, Pupils and Parents/Carers on these risk assessments. 

We are also looking at moving some of our PE activities indoors and working through how we can do this in terms of maintaining health and safety in changing areas etc. More information will follow on this soon. In the meantime, pupils should pack PE kit for being outdoors.

The First Minister is looking to review our tier next week and we will know more at this stage as to whether we stay in Tier 3 for longer or change to a different level.

Staffing 

It was great to welcome Steve Johnson to our Senior Leadership Team this week. Steve joined us on Monday 2 November 2020 as the new Depute Head Teacher at Meadowpark.

Health and Safety at school

Just a short reminder that any pupil showing Covid-19 symptoms must not attend school and you can book a test online at www.nhsinform.scot or by telephoning 0800 028 2816. Only if this test is negative should the pupil return to school. If pupils have the common cold, they should still attend school if they feel well enough to do so. An updated frequently asked questions about Covid-19, for parents/carers, has also been produced by the NHS and is well worth reading. 

If your young person is absent from school, Covid-19 related or other, work will be available to access on Google Classroom and also through E-sgoil (Glow user name and password required); Scholar UK (S4-S6), SQA (past papers); SQA (subject content to work through topics) and BBC Bitesize.

As per my letter to parents/carers back in August, we are still asking that pupils should not leave the school premises during break and lunchtime, unless they are in S4/S5/S6, as shops in the Haddington area will be unable to cope with a mass arrival of our pupils, physical distancing in large groups and also to serve our pupils within the 15 minute break time and the 40 minutes lunchtime -   they just don’t have the capacity to do this and they asked if we would support them with managing this situation.  By allowing our ‘senior phase learners’ in S4/S5/6 to go out at break and lunch, we feel we are still supporting our local community and balancing that with being able to offer areas across the school for other year groups should it be a wet weather day too. As an enhanced safety measure, we now have QR codes at our seated areas in the Food Court, social areas and assembly hall. This means we are able to use this information if need be for track and trace purposes and this complements the seating plans we have in place for all our classrooms. If the weather is dry, pupils will be asked to have their break and lunch outside, whilst remaining in small groups and ideally within their own age groups/year group. When using the playground areas and our playing fields at break and lunchtime it is vital that pupils put all of their litter in bins provided or take it home as PE groups run their classes their and these areas need to be ready for use at all times.

Community Windpower and BeGreen

A few weeks ago I put an application in to Community Windpower and BeGreen, in Dunbar, for some outdoor seating which we can use as a learning and teaching resource and a place for our young people to sit at break and lunch times. I am pleased to say that I received notification from them this week to say they are happy to support this.  I would like to thank them very much for doing so on behalf of the Knox Academy community. It will make a huge difference to us.

S4/5/6 Prelims

All parents/carers who have young people in S4/5/6 should have received a letter earlier this morning about SQA Arrangements for session 2020-21.  This has very important information in it so please do read it and discuss it with your young person.  We also had an assembly with all S4-S6 pupils this morning to brief them all about this.

Achievement Ties

The Achievement Tie Committee met last week to review the twenty-eight nominations that had been submitted and letters are going out today with the results of these nominations and there will be a presentation of ties and endeavour certificates next Thursday for those who were successful. I will update parents/carers next week with the names of those having achieved these and also the categories these were awarded in. The next nominations will be in March 2021.

Attendance

We now have an “Attendance” inbox for parents to email with student absences/appointments. Please email attendance@knox.elcschool.org.uk

School Meals/Free School Meals/Clothing Grants

For those receiving free school meals - The facilities team will deliver free school meals to the homes of pupils who are isolating. Please call or email our school office if this applies to you. Parents/carers with a child who is isolating should not visit the school building to pick these up. Thank you.

Clothing grants are also available and if you would like support with this please contact your young person’s Pupil Support Leader (Ms Adam/Mr Meekison/Mrs Doig).

Free Football

The Club and Community Sports Development Officer has been in touch to inform us of an exciting opportunity for young people in the Haddington area. Due to the ongoing restrictions and the limited options on a Friday and Saturday night for the young people in Haddington, it has created the opportunity for a partnership with a number of ELC services to provide ways and options to give our young people something to do - this includes piloting open football sessions on a Saturday night – please just turn up at the venue. Details are:   

Open Football (Under 18s)

Starts: Saturday 7th November

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Venue: 3G Whittingehame Drive

Cost: Free

S6 Fundraising Opportunity – Edinburgh Marathon

A recent announcement from the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has highlighted their intentions for the event to run in May 2021. Unfortunately, this year saw cancellation of the event and as such, has had a significant impact on charities across the nation. It is hopeful that the event will run as planned and we hope to have as many S6 pupils involved as possible, alongside staff members. The chosen charity will be a local charity and will be confirmed in due course. At present, we are looking for as many S6 pupils to show initial interest in the event - two distances will be offered: the 10k and the Half Marathon. All S6 pupils should have received an email from Ms Borwick with further details and a Google Form for submission. Please take into consideration how long would be required to prepare/train for this even. We are trying to make it a record breaking number of participants from Knox Academy doing their bit for the local community so if your young person is in S6, please can you encourage them to be involved! Thanks. Please direct any questions to Ms Borwick via EduBuzz.

Dates for your diary

2 December – S1 Parents’ Evening (virtual) – more information to follow shortly

3 December – Parent Council - Virtual - 6.30-7.45 

Sue Cook

Please also remember to follow us at: www.ka-net.org.uk