It has been great to welcome all pupils back this week with a series of assemblies. In these assemblies we spoke about our school value of ambition, as well as covering aspects of positive relationships, expectations in relation to attendance and punctuality and also health and safety – fire arrangements. We are hopeful this will be a very settled year for all of our young people and we will do our best to work with you and them to help them achieve their potential.
We are looking forward to getting Knox Sport back up and running! Please click to see the sports on offer and to register. If anyone has any issues registering please contact Thomas Salkeld at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would encourage all of our young people to get involved with one or more clubs at the school (there will be many more advertised beyond sport) to learn new skills, make new friends and add to our Knox Academy community. It allows pupils to work with other young people in different year groups too.
S2 - A Night Under the Stars
Mrs Reynolds is running an S2 overnight camping trip on Thursday 6th October. The trip will involve walking, cycling, teambuilding and storytelling. There is a cost of £12.50 for this trip. There is a limited number of spaces, therefore pupils who are interested should see Mrs Reynolds before Thursday 1st September. This is a great opportunity to be involved in one of our first school trips of this session and to experience camping out! If your young person would like to go, and you would need some financial assistance with this, please contact your young person’s Pupil Support Leader.
S3 - Duke of Edinburgh Award Information Session
S3 pupils interested in finding out more about the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and how to apply for a place in the school extracurricular programme have been invited to come to an information session on Wednesday 31st August in Mr Boyle's room. Please can parents/carers support their young person to attend this meeting to hear about this award and to encourage them to sign up for it? Thank you.
Supporting Literacy at Home – Parents/Carers session
Next week, our school cluster is working with Stephen Graham, a literacy specialist who is visiting the authority from Australia, to support the teaching of Literacy in schools.
As part of this work, there will be an online session hosted on Thursday 1 September 2022, from 6.30-8.00pm, via Google Meet. Here, Stephen will share his work with you and speak to you about supporting Literacy, including reading, at home. I attended his session on Monday 22 August and it was extremely useful so I would highly recommend parents/carers to attend.
For those who cannot make it, the session will be recorded and shared at a later date.
To join this online session on Thursday 1 September at 6.30pm please click on this link.
Please ensure that all your contact information is updated in the forms the school is sending home to all parents/carers. SMS and emails are the main two ways we will liaise with you and are used for alerting you to things such as school closures etc. If you do need to update your details at any time during the year this can be done either via the Parents Portal, or by sending an email to email@example.com. Thank you.
Nasal Flu Vaccinations
A short reminder that these will take place at the school, on 27 September, for all eligible young people. Letters have been issued and these should be returned to the office or Mrs Fraser (Welfare) by Friday 2 September at very latest.
Google Classroom: Guardian Summary
Knox Academy uses Google Classroom to support learning at home and as part of our digital strategy we have rolled out an additional feature of Google Classroom which is designed to help Parents/Carers gain an overview of the set tasks and assignments.
This feature is called Guardian Summaries and it enables Parents/Carers to receive e-mail updates about:
Missing work—Work not turned in when the summary was sent.
Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails).
Class activities—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers.
As a parent/carer you will be able to control the frequency of these updates or decide to opt-out of receiving them at a later date.
Please can parents/carers also remind their young person that all Google Meets must be accessed via their EduBuzz accounts or access will be denied. This is for data protection reasons.
Setting up Guardian Summaries
To setup Guardian Summaries use the link: knox.is/guardiansummary which requires your child to log in via Edubuzz. This must be done by each child in your household for whom you wish to receive e-mail updates.
We will use the main contact email we have on record but there will be an option in the form to add a second email address. It is therefore essential that the pupil record is accurate so please contact us or use the Parents Portal if you wish to make any changes to your stored information.
Please also note that, due to GDPR regulations, your young person may choose to opt out of sharing information with you and if they decline permission we will not be able to set up the summaries for you. (By Calum Blair, CL Maths and Numeracy)
Devolved School Management (DSM)
The revised DSM guidelines were presented to the Education Committee at its meeting on 21 June 2022. These can now be viewed here.
Each term a large number of pupil items are left unclaimed. In order to minimise this, can parents/carers please ensure that items such as clothing and pencils cases are clearly marked with your young person’s name.
Murray Bowsher (S4) will be taking part in the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Golf event at the Fairmont in St Andrews, Fife at the end of September. This will provide him with a great opportunity to play against other talented golfers and hone his own golf skills. We wish him all these best for his performance.
Morven Kenny (new S1) competed in the Regional Championships (British age group championships) last weekend down in Sunderland. After racing in heats, she qualified for the main ‘A’ final race (top 25 in UK) along with a few other Scottish Girls in her age group. Although there were no individual medals by them, the Scottish IRC team finished 4th overall. A great achievement!
Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 6 September - Parent Council – School Library – 6.30-8pm – all parents welcome to attend
Friday 16 – Monday 19 September - Holiday (staff and pupils)
Tuesday 20 September - S2 Parents’ Evening – 4.30-6.30pm – in school
Our school calendar is updated regularly and should be used to access all information throughout the year and allows you to plan ahead too.
The Haddington Farmers Market is on this weekend from 9-1pm so if you can support our local businesses please do. Have a lovely weekend.
The Parent Council has requested a footer on my HT’s update that remains there year round and which offers quick links to remote learning resources, course choices, supported study and careers news. Clicking on these headings takes you straight to these pages.