Family Support Worker at Meadowpark – Congratulations to Paula Lackie who is the preferred candidate for this post following interviews last week.
Parents’ and Pupils’ Information
Pupils in S3-5 will have received a letter with their course recommendations by Friday 27 January. These should be used to inform their course choices for next session. If for any reason a pupil is missing a recommendation, they should speak to that class teacher and if they are looking to pick up a new subject they must speak to the relevant department and have their request approved (the relevant member of staff will sign it off on a centrally held spreadsheet). These processes mean we have a much higher chance of coursing pupils appropriately.
The Careers Fair was hugely successful. Thanks to everyone who came along and to those who organised it. We are already actively pursuing ongoing partnership working with some of the exhibitors.
Pupils in S2-5 will receive an email giving them access to the course choice Google Form from 27 January (it will also be available via the school website). There is no advantage to returning it really quickly! All the resources are available on the website (just click on the big green button on the Home page). The deadline for submission is 21 February. Any queries should be directed to Pupil Support Leaders in the first instance.
The school is being reviewed by East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services in relation to our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures and our approaches to Personalised Support for Pupils. Parents/carers, pupils and staff have been sent a questionnaire to complete as part of this review. It would be great if you can support this review by completing the questionnaires via the link sent to you on Monday 23 January. Thank you.
S3 Parents’ Evening
A reminder that this is now re-scheduled for next Thursday 2 February, from 4.30-6.30pm, and will take place at the school. Pupils should have made appointments with their teachers to help young people with their Learner Pathway choices for S4.
Diversity Evening – 9 February from 5-9pm
This is a really exciting event for our community as Knox Academy comes together with our associated primary schools to put on a huge event to celebrate our diversity and inclusion. As well as a show from 7-9pm (tickets are now available from the School Office), there will be an international market place and workshops. All in our community will be warmly welcomed. This letter gives all the detailed information. Please book workshops by today! (Google Form link for workshops sent to pupils and parents/carers). The food court will have haggis, neeps and tatties for sale and there will also be curries, calzone and lasagne (all of these meals will be £4 each). There will also be hummus, quiches, salads and ice creams (prices will vary for these). There will also be foods for you to sample at the food court too and a smoothie making bike for you to pedal and make your own tasty concoction. Please bring cash/change for food court purchases as these are cash only; however some of our vendors selling goods in the market place will be able to accept cards for larger purchases. We will look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the night and celebrating our diversity and inclusion at Knox Academy and in our wider community.
The NHS vaccination team is visiting Knox Academy on Tuesday the 25th of April 2023 to deliver the HPV Vaccine. All S1 pupils, and pupils in S2 – S4 and girls S5 to S6 who have not yet been vaccinated are eligible. The HPV vaccine is extremely effective against several types of cancer caused by HPV and other infections and is even easier to administer as only 1 dose is required. Those pupils who have already had 1 dose have a letter to confirm from NHS Scotland and this can be collected from the medical room during registration from Karen Fraser (week commencing 30/01/2023) (Karen Fraser, Welfare)
Tarmac is hosting a virtual careers evening on Tuesday 31 January to give parents, carers and potential candidates more info about our business and Graduate schemes.
Hear from our recruitment experts on the process and what to expect, as well as the experience of some of our 2022 grads.
Please register your interest by completing the on-line registration form
The next Parent Council meeting will take place this coming Tuesday, in the school library, from 6.30-8.00pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits available too. Please do come along to find out more about the school and meet other parents/carers too.
Pupils are most likely to reach their potential if they attend school every day and we hope that all of our young people attend 95% or above to ensure that they maximise their attainment and achievement. Being on time to school and lessons is equally important. Both these aspects will be vital in preparing all of our young people for learning, life and work beyond school and vital for our senior phase pupils as they progress hastily towards their SQA exams in April/May. We appreciate that illness or other events may prevent this from happening and we will do our best to support our young people at these times.
If your young person is absent/going to be absent, for any reason, please can parents/carers follow the advice in our attendance/absence policy. This keeps our records accurate and up-to-date. Thank you.
Our senior leadership team pupils were amazing ambassadors for the school at the Our Community Kitchen Burns Lunch on Wednesday. Lauren and Oscar were brilliant MCs, and Olivia great at the Selkirk Grace. Thanks to Hannah and Kirsty for their Red, Red Rose recitation. Calum playing the haggis in with Scotland the Brave was superb too.
A huge thank you Elaine Gale and the OCK team for delicious food, enjoyed alongside great company with members of our local community coming together to celebrate the life of Rabbie Burns. The event was rounded off with our very own talented Goat’s Toes playing folk songs and some dancing.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Pupil Support Team by emailing your young person’s House Team if you would like to discuss any support we can offer.
- Garleton - firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)
- Lammerlaw - email@example.com(link sends e-mail)
- Traprain - firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)
Dates for your diary:
Thursday, 2 February, S3 Parent Consultation (in person) - 4:30 to 6:30pm (in school)
Thursday 9 February – Diversity Evening – 5-9pm – at Knox Academy (tickets for show £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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