Parents’ and Pupils’ Information
S6 Leavers’ Ceremony
This takes place this morning and it will be a celebration of their time here at the school. After a formal ceremony at 10am, and a farewell from me on behalf of all staff, pupils will head off for activities and a ceilidh. We will all come back together afterwards for a buffet lunch with all staff and the S6 pupils invited to this. We will say our final goodbyes on 21 April 2023, when we wish them all the best for their exams and future. I am sure we will also see many of them adorn our stage at our Awards Evening in June. I do hope they will all keep in touch with us. They have been a truly amazing year group and I am sure I speak for all staff when I say I really will miss them. They have been great ambassadors for the school.
Your Exams 2023
The SQA’s new learner booklet, Your Exams 2023, 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.
As we reach the Easter holidays, and three weeks from the SQA exams, we would encourage all those sitting SQA exams to use this time to prepare for these with some focused study . West OS will be offering a variety of live lessons in the run up to the exams and pupils can sign up for these here. These live lessons are a way of boosting skills and confidence across a wide variety of subjects (GLOW user name and password will be needed so ask any of your teachers if you don’t have these). This study tips video gives some great advice about study approaches.
Spring Concert – Thursday 30 March 2023
What a fabulous way to end the term by gathering together for a night of music and dance. What a talent we have here at our school and so professionally put together and run by our senior pupils – we are so proud of you doing this. Thank you to all who came along to support it and also to all those who bought raffle tickets, which raised money for Our Community Kitchen and future pupil run events.
Career Ready Graduation
Last Wednesday was an exciting day for our S6 Career Ready Cohort as they attended the virtual Graduation ceremony, along with another 680 pupils from across Scotland. Career Ready is a charity whose aim is "for every young person, regardless of background, to progress to a positive post-school destination and prosper in work and life." Our young people have engaged with masterclass events, developed individual relationships with a mentor from Business and completed a 4-week paid internship over the last 18 months. A huge thanks to the EDF, Charles River and Scottish Enterprise for supporting Knox Academy. This programme has a positive impact in preparing our young people to take on the next stage of their learning and career journey. Congratulations to them all. (By Mrs Ferguson)
Indian Cultural Event – Fundraiser in Aid of Our Community Kitchen
This will take place on Sunday 4 June 2023 at Knox Academy. Come along and enjoy a welcome drink, three course meal and an afternoon of dancing and entertainment. Buy your ticket now (£25) available from: Erica’s Florist | Gibson’s Graham’s the Jewellers Haddington Wines & Spirits Margiotta (Aberlady & Gullane) (By Elaine Gale, OCK)
School Improvement Planning for Session 2023-24
Thank you to all parents/carers who took time out to respond to this as your views are very important to us as we start planning for next session. I will keep you posted on what the themes were and how we plan to take these forward.
School Session Dates
The King’s Coronation date has now been added to the Session dates 2022 - 23.
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)
Young Musician of the Year
A massive congratulations to Ben Gentil (S6) who won East Lothian’s Young Musician of the Year last Friday evening. Ben now goes through to the Scottish Final, in May, in Glasgow. On finishing his S6, ben will head off to Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Dates for your diary:
Friday 31 March – Term Ends at 12.15pm
Monday 17 April – Term Starts for pupils and staff 8.26am
Monday 24 April – Exam leave starts for S4, S5 and S6
Have a lovely Easter break and I hope the weather is kind to us all! We will look forward to seeing all of our young people back on Monday 17 April at 8.28am.
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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