Children in Need
The funds raised this year was a whopping £1795.14. This was a joint effort with Haddington Primary in our bid to raise even more money for Children In Need. A huge thank you to our S6 who coordinated the fund raising activities for the morning and were instrumental in the success of it.
Best wishes to Rebecca Graham (PE) who leaves us today to take up a post at Berwickshire High School.
Parents’ and Pupils’ Information
S3 Parents’ Evening
Due to strike action, we are looking to re-schedule this parents’ evening and will update parents/carers ASAP with a new date.
Diligence nominations, from subject teachers, are given to those pupils who have demonstrated hard work and commitment, on a day to day basis, throughout Term 1 (August – December). We hope to issue these certificates just before the end of term.
These 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 term two (January – April) 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.
End of Term Arrangements
All parents/carers should have received the letter, on Wednesday, about the end of term arrangements.
Achievement Ties – Applications Open
During the month of December we are asking registration classes to bring in items of non-perishable food, toiletries or a donation which will be collected and distributed to the local food banks including the Lammermuir Larder in Haddington. With the ongoing cost of living crisis this is an important way of coming together and helping our local community. We appreciate all your generosity at this time of year
On Saturday 10 December our inaugural "Festive Fayre" will take place in the school from 10 am - 12 noon. S1 Business and Administration classes, as well as other groups including S6 Young Enterprise, will be presenting stalls offering a variety of festive products and gift ideas as well as some fun activities. There are no tickets for this event and parents/carers and pupils are invited to come along on the day to browse items and hopefully make some purchases too.
Christmas Dance payments.
The Christmas Dances are approaching quickly, and we are very much looking forward to them.
Junior Dance (S1-S3): Tuesday 6th December 7pm-9.30pm
Senior Dance (S4-S6): Thursday 15th December 7pm-9.30pm
In order to ensure the event is appropriately staffed, final payment of tickets is required by Friday 2nd December via the iPay system, as there will be no tickets available on the night. If you have not already registered for the iPay system, please contact the School Office for log-in information.
Pupils should arrive no earlier than 7pm to the school on the evening of the dance, and ensure they have transport home available at the end of the dance.
Amnesty International Write for Rights
The Amnesty International group will this year be writing letters and cards to people around the world who have had their rights taken away in some way. For example, Sasha from Russia who is in jail for opposing the invasion of Ukraine peacefully and Yren and Mariana, Trans students from Paraguay who simply want to be who they are without fear of attack. This is an opportunity for pupils to get creative and be a part of a global community showing solidarity.
The final meeting of the Parent Council will be on Thursday 1 December, from 6.30-8pm, in the school library. Please do come along. At this session we will be looking at a parental response to the National Discussion and Hayward Review – very important to have the parental voice on the table in relation to the direction of Scottish Education and the future of Qualifications and assessment. It would be great to see as many parents/carers along giving your views. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits too!
The S3, S4, Meadowpark and absentees photographs will take place on Monday 6 February 2023.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Pupil Support Team by emailing your young person’s House Team email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com if you would like to discuss any support we can offer.
Scottish Young Sportswoman of the Year
It is with great pleasure and pride that we can announce that Orla Winn (S5) won the Scottish Young Sportswoman of the Year 2022 for her outstanding performances in wakeboarding. Orla is the World Wakeboarding Champion for her age group.
Dates for your diary:
Friday 25 November – Monday 12 December - S4/5/6 Prelims
Tuesday 6 December - Dasher's Dance BGE (S1-S3): 7pm-9.30pm
Wednesday 14 December - Christmas Concert
Thursday 15 December - Blitzen's Ball Senior Phase (S4-S6): 7pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 10 January – S4 Parents’ Evening (online) 4.30-6.30pm
Monday 16 January – Course Choice Information Evening S2-S5 (online) – 6.30-7.30pm
Wednesday 18 January – Careers Fayre – at Knox Academy – all year groups – 6-8pm
Thursday 9 February – Diversity Evening – 5-9pm – at Knox Academy (tickets £5/£3)
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 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.
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