Home Economics – Jo Donald, our current NQT, has been appointed to our HE position. Congratulations go to her.
Emma Murray – best wishes go to Emma, our Science Technician, who leaves us today to take up a post at Charles River.
We will run a virtual awards evening at the end of September and we will keep you posted about the exact details of this at the start of next session.
These begin on Tuesday 4 May. All assessments will be carried out under supervised conditions to ensure the validity and reliability of them. The Senior Leadership Team met with S4-S6 pupils this morning to go over the expectations during these assessments so they are clear about this. Please encourage your young person to prepare for these at home through a study programme and to ensure they ask their teachers for any support or clarification they require with their studies. The next four weeks will be an intense period for them, and we recognise this, and will do our utmost to support them in managing these assessments and preparing for them. Please do contact your young person’s Pupil Support Leader if you would like to discuss any support for them or if they need help managing their study programme.
National e-Learning Offer
E-Sgoil Support (May 2021)
As part of the National e-Learning Offer, E-Sgoil continues to offer support to learners complementary to in-school provision through Glow and it would be good if you can encourage your young people to access these resources.
STUDY SUPPORT WEBINAR
The Learning Spaces offer young people interactive subject specific support across a range of courses and levels from National 3 to Advanced Higher. This is really worth a look!
SENIOR PHASE HELP DESK
The Senior Phase Help Desk supports young people through "live" spotlight sessions which signpost learners, and teachers, to the Live, Recorded and Supported resources.
School Improvement Planning
I sent an email to all parents/carers earlier this week asking for your support in helping us identify the aspects we are doing well at Knox Academy and asking for the areas you think we can do better in or need to focus on for session 2021-22. By us all working together we aim to ensure we support all of our young people to achieve their potential. So far we have had 145 responses and it would be brilliant if we could get even more so we have the views of all or our parents/carers to support or school improvement journey. Your views are highly valued.
The questionnaire takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. If you require a hardcopy of this please email email@example.com to request this or alternatively phone the school on 01620- 823387.
LFD Test Kits
If you wish your young person to receive a test kit please complete the e-consent form. Pupils over 16 can consent themselves but parents/carers must consent for those under 16 (before any testing kits can be handed out to this age group).
If a pupil tests positive using the LFD test kit, they and their family should self-isolate and the pupil should book a PCR test through the NHS. Other members of the household do not need to book a test unless they are symptomatic. Please also note that if a pupil receives a negative LFD test result, but has possible Covid symptoms, they should book a PCR test and remain at home until they have a negative PCR test result.
A reminder that these LFD tests are only for use by pupils and cannot be used by anyone else other than those whom they are registered for. Please can you remind all young people to log their results each time they complete a test. Thank you.
Roll out of future LFD test kits - From Tuesday 4 May we will aim to offer pick up of kits as follows:
All year groups Friday mornings
Any pupil can also access kits from the office as before, as can staff members. Current guidance is x2 kits per each collection.
Although participation is voluntary it is recommended as it helps support our safe return to school and keeps our families/community safe too.
Positive Cases: Please report positive cases to the school by phoning us on 01620-823387. Please also report any positive cases to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you do not have access to email, telephone 01875 613921.Thank you.
Please note: Please do not send them if they, or anyone in your household has tested positive or has Covid-19 symptoms – a new continuous cough; fever/high temperature; loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia). Please self-isolate and book a test.
Dates for you diary:
Monday 3 May Bank Holiday
Monday 24 May Pupils’ holiday (staff in-service)
Tuesday 25 May In-service day for staff (SQA) – Pupils’ holiday
Monday 7 June In-service day for staff (SQA) – Pupils’ holiday
Have a lovely long weekend and we will look forward to seeing all of our young people back, refreshed, on Tuesday morning.