It was great to go along and hear the S2 Battle of the Bands throughout the week and to see our pupils embracing it! What a talented group of young musicians and great to see everyone playing their part in their class’ performance. The final took place yesterday afternoon, in front of a large S2 audience (and some other year groups) and after much deliberation by the judges, 2I, aka The Backstreet Boys won with their rendition of ‘I Want It That Way.’ A huge congratulations to all our young people for your energy in your performances - the enjoyment and fun radiated from you! Massive thank you to Ms Martin, Ms Middlemiss and Mr Morrison for all their work with the young people from rehearsals to stage – you rock too! The Backstreet Boys have also accepted the invite to play at our S3 Broad General Graduation Ceremony (BGE) that takes place next Thursday afternoon.
A reminder that next Friday is a national holiday for us all as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Computing – we have appointed Jamie Balfour to this post, subject to the normal pre-employment checks
Liam Morrison – one of our Pupil Support Assistants, leaves us next Thursday to take up another post in East Lothian. We wish him all the very best. We will miss him lots as Liam has been a great support in the classroom and in all our musical events.
Curriculum and SQA Information
Booster and Immersion Sessions
A reminder that our supportive Booster and immersion sessions will take place over the coming weeks and all of our S4-S6 are welcome to attend these to support their SQA exams. No need to sign up – just come along.
Haddstock takes place this weekend and a number of our young people will be taking part in this. It would be great if as many of our pupils, parents and staff can pop in to support them. The programme is as follows:
Saturday 28 May 2022
- 10:00am Amber Washington-Mackay
- 10:30am Madelaine Routledge
- 11:00am Jessica Cole
- The Green (Upstairs)
- 1:00pm So Did We
St Mary’s Parish Church
- 12.00 Haddstock-Knox Music Project
5 minute film followed by live performances from Just Sing! Songwriting, Samba Street Band & Goat’s Toes Folk group
- 12.30 Primary School Woodwind Group featuring Knox Jazz Rhythm Section
- 12.40 Clarinet Trio
- 12.50 Knox Junior Woodwind
- 13.00 Haddington Primary - P6/7 class band
- 13.15 Law and Aberlady Primary School
- 13.35 Ivy Briggs + Leila Maycock Piano Saxophone Duo
- 14.00 Knox Jazz Band
- 14.25 Knox Guitar Group
Members from GOAT’S TOES FOLK GROUP will be busking so look out for them too!
Sunday 29 May 2022
St Mary’s Parish Church
An Anthem for East Lothian
- 12:30pm EVERYONE WELCOME! Join in to sing (Rehearsal)
- 3:30pm Public Dress Rehearsal
- 4:30pm Performance & Recording
SSE Renewables June visit to Knox Academy
SSE Renewables, in conjunction with 3D Web Technologies Ltd have developed a full-day STEM activity which involves 28 students (our new S3 Physics and Design Technology pupils) working in teams to design a wind farm using Virtual Reality technology. The pupils must consider various planning constraints, create a 3D visualisation, explore their design in a VR headset, undertake financial modelling and deliver a presentation. This looks to be a great day for our young people!
Evening of Celebration/Awards Evening
This will take place on Thursday 23 June 2022. There will be two sittings – one from 6-7pm and a later one from 8-9pm. Originally we thought that this would be S1-S3 for the earlier sitting and S4-S6 for the later sitting but this may change in light of the number of award winners and the aim to have as many seats for parents/carers too in line with the capacity of our hall. This may mean that this changes to S1 and S2 pupils from 6-7pm and S3-S6 pupils from 8-9pm (TBC). For this reason, please just save the date at present and we will detail the exact timings to prize winners and their parents via an email/letter over the next week.
We are looking forward to welcoming our P7s for their Transition Days on Friday 10 June and Monday/Tuesday 13/14 June 2022. Our Information Evening for Parents is on Tuesday 7 June, at Knox Academy, at 6pm. It will be great to meet with parents
S3-S5 interested in Medicine, Dentistry and Law
Medic Mentor, Dental Mentor, and Law Mentor are hosting 5 FREE LIVE VIRTUAL conferences this weekend. Use the links below for further details.
- Saturday 28th May - 9:00am - 1:30pm and Sunday 29th May - 9:00am - 1:30pm: UCAS GET INTO MEDICINE REGISTRATION
- Saturday 28th May 2pm - 5:30pm: INSIGHT INTO MEDICINE REGISTRATION
- Sunday 29th May: 2pm - 5:30pm UCAS GET INTO DENTISTRY REGISTRATION
- Saturday 28th May: 2:00pm - 6:00pm UCAS GET INTO LAW REGISTRATION
Please do encourage your young people to attend these conferences if they are interested in these professions.
These will be issued to our young people next week. Diligence nominations, from subject teachers, are given to those pupils who have demonstrated hard work and commitment, on a day to day basis, since the last Awards at the start of the year. 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 next year 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. (Alex Dickie)
S1- S5 (or new S2-S6) will have their heats on 7 June and finals 14 June. All pupils will be given the chance to take part.
Haddington Walkabout; 25 & 26 May 2022
How many times, when you are walking down Haddington’s streets, do you look up to the roofs or down to the ground? Knox Academy’s budding historians have been doing just that this week, exploring the past in person. In collaboration with the Haddington History Society, S2 and S3 History pupils have been out and about in the town, hunting down clues to the past in the cobbles, the pends, the alleys, the roofs and the windows as well as some of the established landmarks. We’ve found musket and canon holes in churches, identified the site of a 500 year old massacre, and come up close and personal with some of the remains of the Siege of Haddington in our own back garden - our playing fields – we’ll have to ask PE if we can dig! Next on the agenda is using old town maps and taxpayers’ rolls to discover who lived where during the Siege of Haddington – we already know that there’s some familiar names of families still going strong today. In the meantime, thanks to Mr Jon Cooper of the Haddington History Society, for his knowledgeable and passionate tour and to our S2 and S3 History pupils who were a credit to the school (By Miss Anderson, History)
If you have any success stories about your young person please send these in to our email@example.com so we can share these with everyone in our school and community. Thank you.
Dates for your diary:
- Thursday 2 June - S3 Graduation Ceremony (pupils only) 2.15pm- Assembly Hall
- Friday 3 June - Platinum Jubilee Holiday (staff and pupils)
- Monday 6 June - New Timetable – all year groups
- Tuesday 7 June - P7 Information Evening – at Knox Academy
- Thursday 16 June - S6 Prom
- Thursday 23 June - Awards Evening (two sittings) - (a) 6-7pm and (b) 8-9pm
The guidance for schools was updated on Monday 2 May. From Sunday 1 May public health advice changed to a ‘stay at home’ message replacing self-isolation for people who have symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19. People who have symptoms of Covid-19 and who have a fever or are too unwell to carry out normal activities will be asked to stay at home while they are unwell or have a fever. Pupils and staff will no longer be advised to take a PCR test. Full information on the stay at home guidance is available here. Continuing with our approaches to good hand hygiene, ventilation, physical distancing (where possible), and recommending face coverings be worn in social areas and larger gatherings will still be a feature until the end of the summer term. Face coverings are still recommended on school transport too. Our latest Risk Assessment can be read here.
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