It has been great to see our young people return after their mid-term break. Hopefully you all had a great time off even though the weather was a bit wet and blustery! This term is a busy one, particularly for our senior pupils as they prepare for their SQA exams in April/May. It is really important that they commit time to study now to ensure they are ready for these and so they are able to demonstrate their ability in them.
I sent a letter home to all parents/carers yesterday asking for your support with your young person wearing school uniform. Please can you discuss this with your young person as our expectations are high in terms of dress code (and conduct in the school and in our community). Parents/carers are a key part in promoting these expectations and supporting the work of the school - working together brings the best results for us all and we know young people function best when they know what is expected of them. Thank you.
Just over a week ago Nicola Sturgeon updated the Covid guidelines for schools, and these changes take place from Monday 28 February 2022. It is great to finally feel we are finally moving back to a more normal environment where we can see each other’s faces again after nearly two years! More details can be found in our updated Risk Assessment but in a nutshell:
Face coverings for staff and pupils can be removed in classrooms. If staff are going to be working with a pupil and be within 1-2M of a young person/other member of staff they must wear a face covering still.
Staff must retain 1-2M distancing still from each other and pupils and if they can’t, wear a face covering
Face coverings must be worn by pupils and staff in corridors and social areas (unless eating or drinking or exempt).
Anyone who still wishes to wear a face covering in classes should be supported to do so (staff or pupils)
The Library and Assemblies will be seen as communal areas/gatherings so face coverings must still be worn (unless staff presenting at the assembly)
We can start planning for transition events as P7s are now allowed to visit once a risk assessment is in place
All other mitigations remain - hand sanitising/cleaning work stations and desks/CO2 monitoring (all classrooms will have a monitor soon)/ventilation/one way system/twice weekly lateral flow tests/self-isolating if you test positive or have symptoms.
A further update will be released prior to 21 March when all mitigations may be removed (although we may keep the one way system as many pupils and staff feel safer moving through the corridors in one direction and also gives pupils a stretch of their legs between classes and time to regroup their thinking for a change of subject).
Please can you discuss these changes with your young person and also please continue to ask them to bring a face covering to school (unless exempt) to wear in corridors and social areas. Thank you.
LGBT History Month
This week Knox Academy has celebrated LGBT History month. During registration pupils have been learning about historical LGBT figures. Today, Friday, our young people and staff were invited to wear purple, or a bright colour, to celebrate LGBT History month. During the week pupils have also been offered the opportunity to sign the LGBT flag as a pledge to support any of their peers who identify as LGBT+ at Knox Academy and in our local and wider community.
Curriculum Information/Learning and Teaching
S2-S5 Coursing (Learner Pathways)
All pupils should have now submitted their course choice forms to Mr Russell. Please can parents/carers check with their young person that they have done this? The due date for these was 22 February.
S1 Parents’ Consultation
It was lovely to have so many S1 Parents/carers along to the first meeting with teachers since your young people started at Knox Academy. Teachers reported back that there was some really good conversations about progress and next steps and it was great see the pupils along listening to the feedback from their teachers too.
SQA Invigilation – Can you help?
The SQA exam diet is scheduled to take place from the 26th April 2022 to Wednesday 1st June 2022.
SQA Invigilators play a vital role in the effective running of the examinations and SQA is currently looking to appoint new SQA invigilators to support with the exams at Knox Academy.
If you are available for paid employment, on a part time or full time basis during the exam diet, please complete this form by Friday 25 February to register your interest. Thank you.
Parent/Carer Contact Details
The School Office frequently use e-mail and mobile telephone numbers to issue communication, on behalf of the school, and to contact parents and carers. To ensure that no communication is missed, please ensure that your details are current. Contact detail changes can be requested at any time by notifying the office via email@example.com. Many thanks. (Office Team)
Please continue to report all positive Covid-19 cases to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you do not have access to email, telephone 01875 613921. Please also inform the school so we can amend your young person’s attendance record. Pupils should continue to do twice weekly LFD tests. LFD kits are available every morning on arrival to school and during the day from the office. They can also be collected from pharmacies and test centres.
Please do not send pupils to school who have symptoms. They should self-isolate and book a PCR test and not return to school until they know this is negative and they have no symptoms.
We now have a dedicated section on our website for all things Covid, so please refer to it for the latest information.
We now have an “Attendance” inbox for parents to email with student absences/appointments. Please email email@example.com
Dates for your diary:
Friday 8 April - S6 Leavers’ Ceremony
Monday 11 April - Friday 22 April - Easter holidays
Monday 25 April - All pupils and staff return
Wednesday 27 April - *Exam leave starts for S4-S6
*Letters to parents/carers at start of March with more detailed information about exam leave
Parent Council Request
At the Parent Council meeting parents asked if there could be a footer on my HT’s update that stayed there year round and which offered quick links to remote learning resources, course choices, supported study and https://www.ka-net.org.uk/careersnews. Clicking on these headings takes you straight to these pages.
Please also look at our website for lots of other information. Please also follow us on Twitter for up-to-date news on a day to day basis.