Next week is the final week of the SQA exams and the new timetable starts the following Monday, 5 June 2023. The attendance at exams has continued to be excellent and we now just have to sit and wait to see what the August results bring. I have every faith in our young people that they will have all done as well as they could as they have invested well in their studies throughout the session and in their preparation for these.
If you have any time on Saturday or Sunday, it would be great if you go along to support our pupils, staff and parent running in the 10k (Saturday) and half-marathon (Sunday). It is always good to get some encouragement from the sidelines. A huge thank you to those running (hours of training preparation) and those who have donated to such a great cause – Teenage Cancer Trust.
Tessa Martin (Music) leaves us today to take up a post at Castlebrae High School on Monday. We wish her all the very best in her new role.
We currently have adverts out for a Music teacher (1 FTE permanent) and a Technologies teacher (1FTE permanent).
Parents’ and Pupils’ Information
New Timetable and new S5 and S6 Induction (changed)
Our new timetable starts a week on Monday, 5 June. The new S5 and S6 Induction Programme has now been re-scheduled from Friday 2 June to Monday 5 June (period one). This is due to Battle of the Bands and the BGE Ceremony now taking place on Friday 2 June.
BGE Awards Ceremony
This will be held on Friday 2 June and is for S3 pupils. It is a ceremony that marks our young people’s achievements during the first three years at Knox Academy and outlines the exciting challenges ahead at Senior Phase (S4-S6).
Evening of Celebration
This will take place on Thursday 22 June 2023. Due to the success of last year’s ceremonies, which were split into S1-S2 and S3-S6, we are adopting the same set up this session. It allowed more parents/carers to attend due to the space available in the hall and to present all the Rotary Awards at these ceremonies too. More information will follow soon and those receiving awards will be sent a notification detailing their award.
Reconnecting at Knox Academy
We are keen, following the Covid years, to have a focus, next session, on reconnecting with our young people, and to ensure their undivided attention in classrooms so that teachers can teach and they can learn. Many lessons involve working with others and applying themselves to extended tasks. One of the ways that we can support our young people’s engagement in lessons is to ensure that smartphones are out of sight (in bags and switched off) during, and between lessons. The evidence is compelling as to why this is important for their learning and their mental health. We are not banning smartphones just looking to restrict their use. Pupils would be able to access their phones at break and lunch time (as in most work places) and if parents/carers needed to contact their young person in an emergency, the school office can be contacted. This will ensure that our young people can learn without distraction. If young people have their phones out in class, this is a distraction to them, others and the teacher and they will be asked to surrender their phone until break/lunch or the end of the day, when they will be returned. Parents/carers will be notified of this via text. We hope parents/carers will support our approach to ensuring the best learning environment for our all of our young people.
We will be doing a presentation on this, online, on Thursday 8 June from 6.30-7pm and would like to invite you along to hear why we are doing what we are doing, and the difference we believe it will make to learning and to the mental health and wellbeing of our young people. We presented on this topic to our Parent Council last week and they were very supportive of this approach after hearing the impact social media is having on young people’s learning and wellbeing. Invitations to the presentation will be issued nearer the time.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival Fundraiser
A group of staff, pupils and parents are running in the 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon, this Saturday and Sunday, for the Teenage Cancer Trust on the weekend of 27/28 May. This is a charity that is offering support for a pupil at Knox Academy and we wish to reach out as a community to offer our support. With only a few days to go we have nearly reached our target of £3000.00. The training has been really hard and challenged us all! We would appreciate any donations which can be given online.
We are having a bake sale today and a number of teachers volunteering to be gunged at break time too – all in the spirit of raising money for a great cause. We greatly appreciate the entire communities support! (L Borwick, CL of HWB)
If you have any success stories about your young person please send these in to our firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share these with everyone in our school and community. Thank you.
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.
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Dates for your diary:
Monday 5 June – New Timetable starts for all year groups
Thursday 8 June – Online Parents’ Info Evening on ‘Reconnecting and smartphones’ – 6.30pm
Thursday 22 June – S1/2 Awards Evening – 6-7pm; S3-S6 Awards Evening – 7.30-8.30pm
Wednesday 28 June – term ends
Wednesday 16 August – new terms starts for pupils – 8.28am
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