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Curriculum and SQA Information
South East Improvement Collaborative (SEIC) – Research School
We have just been contacted by the Quality Improvement Officer from the SEIC to say that our application to become a SEIC Research School has been accepted. We will be focusing on Teaching for Excellence as our theme and this fits directly with the work our Learning and Teaching working group has being doing this session.
Easter Revision School and Booster Sessions
We are running a small Easter Revision School this year for S4-S6 to support our young people with preparation for their exams. The programme for this has been issued today and sign up forms will be issued to all S4-S6 pupils via their EduBuzz accounts on Monday. Pupils must sign up for this if they wish to attended the revision sessions during the Easter holiday as we need to know, ahead of schedule, who will be attending these as numbers are capped (20 for practical subjects and 30 pupils for the others). Our study programme also extends after the Easter holidays with in-school Booster sessions running at the end of the school day, and Immersion Sessions running the day before the exam in that subject. Targeted sessions will also take place for a small group of pupils, who will be invited in, over a three day period, to complete assessments/units of work required to achieve their National Qualifications.
National e-Learning Offer: e-Sgoil Easter Study Support
Easter Study Support will run between 7 and 14 April 2022 and comprises of live, interactive webinars delivered by experienced, GTCS registered teachers. 66 courses are on offer, with a total of 80 webinar groups. The service is free to all learners and last year learners’ evaluations were overwhelmingly positive. Registration is open for the month of March so this is your last chance to sign up for these. There may be upper limits for registration numbers on some courses, therefore registration is on a first come, first served basis. The link to the registration and information page on the e-Sgoil website is here and a short promotional video also gives more information about the offer.
Your Exams 2022
The SQA’s new learner booklet, Your Exams 2022, is now available. The booklet gives pupils information about how to approach exams, including preparation for exams, what to do on the day, when and how they’ll get results as well as information about exceptional circumstances and appeals. Please do have a read of this and ask your young person to do this too. We will be issuing a hard copy of this to all pupils next week too.
School Improvement Planning
Thank you to the parents/carers who have already responded - I do hope you will all manage to complete our questionnaire by today (it takes about 10 minutes to complete). The link was sent out again on Monday. The more responses we have will ensure we have a true representation of our school community’s views and what you believe are the important aspects we need to focus on to improve. Your views are very much valued.
Achievement Ties – Applications Now Open
A reminder that Achievement Ties applications are now open with the deadline for nominations this session on Friday 6 May 2022. Nominations can be completed through the google form found here .
For information please see the attached Presentation. A presentation to pupils is planned on this in the next week.
Young Enterprise Awards
Congratulations to Anna Grosse who won the Best Managing Director at the Young Enterprise Awards on Wednesday evening. Great work with her team to produce a stylish, bespoke bag which they sold across to the school to staff and pupils. A huge thank you also to Mrs Ferguson (Business) for leading/guiding this group.
Amy Reid and Oakleigh Robertson (S5) have qualified, with their reflective teams, at Saltire Team Gymnastics, for the Team Gym British Championships in Sheffield on 2/3 April. We wish them all the best from all at Knox Academy.
On Wednesday 16th March the senior netball team played Ross High School. This consisted of our S4 and S5 players - we had enough players to fulfil two teams. Some of these players were using this game to be formally assessed for their National 5 PE award. The contest between both teams was end to end, with both teams showing their ability to score under pressure. The game finished 18-8 to Ross High School with our goals coming from Ellie R, Ruby P and Annabelle M. Congratulations to all those that took part, as it had been over 2 years since we hosted a netball fixture. We look forward to welcoming Prestonlodge High School with their junior team in a few weeks. (By Lana Borwick, PE)
Please continue to report all positive Covid-19 cases to email@example.com 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. 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. Pupils should also continue to do a twice weekly LFD test and if this is positive, self-isolate until they get two negative LFD tests, two days apart after day 6. If they do not, they are able to return after day 10.
We now have a dedicated section on our website for all things Covid, so please refer to it for the latest information.
Dates for your diary:
Friday 8 April S6 Leavers’ Ceremony
Monday 11 – Friday 22 April Easter holidays (Easter Revision Sessions for S4-S6 who have signed up to these)
Monday 25 April All pupils and staff return
Wednesday 27 April *Exam leave starts for S4-S6
Have a lovely weekend - the weather forecast looks amazing! Our rugby teams are all in action at Knox Academy tomorrow - it would be great if you could come down and support them (the senior boys are playing for a place in the final at Neilson Park - 10.30am). Haddington Farmers Market is also on from 9-1pm - so great to go to that too if you can and support our local produce.
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