It was great to have the school at full capacity again on Monday and Tuesday as our new S1 pupils joined us for the final days of their transition. They all seemed to really enjoy the experience and keen for August to come around to join us full time. They were brilliant on their days here and we have really high hopes about what they will achieve in their six years at the school. Thank you to the P7s, their teachers and parents for making it such a successful transition and we look forward to seeing them all on August 16.
I will be writing home to all parents/carers on the week before we start back in August so you will all have the information you need ahead of schedule for the first day back. For anyone wanting information about the school day, uniform, extra-curricular activities you can access this now in our School Handbook (link available from 28 June 2023).
Our full time, permanent English teacher interviews will take place this Monday.
Interviews took place for our Welfare Assistant post took place this week and we have a preferred candidate subject to the usual pre-employment checks.
Parents’ and Pupils’ Information
It is always good to come together at the end of the year to celebrate the achievements of our young people and it was wonderful to present so many awards, to pupils of all year groups, last night. Over the evening we presented nearly 200 awards across a variety of areas; subject awards; community, sporting and musical awards. Thank you also to Haddington Rotary for their awards, which included Young Musician and Young Sportsperson of the Year. The Dux this year was awarded to Leila Maycock and the George Antell and Mavis Brown Antell award was presented to Hannah Pathirana, as the highest academic achiever over S4, S5 and S6. Hannah is going on to work for Project Trust for the next year out in Senegal.
The end of year awards ceremony is only part of our recognition of attainment and achievement across the year and our diligence awards, praise postcards, excelling at a level letters, Achievement Ties and Hot Chocolate Friday’s also highlight successes across the year.
Head Pupils’ Elections
Following interviews and an Open to Question session this week, the voting for the Head Pupils and Pupil Leadership Team takes place this morning. I will update you on Twitter as soon as the result is out – so if you don’t follow us on Twitter, please do (see below). The manifestos and campaign videos were superb so please do take a moment to have a look at them. Good luck to all candidates!
Results day is Tuesday 8 August 2023. Pupils’ certificates will arrive on 8 August and if they signed up for MySQA they will get their results by text or email on 8 August too. It is still not too late to sign up to get them by text – please click on this link here: Sign up to MySQA. Should any young person wish to appeal their results more information can be found here. When the school returns from the summer break, on 16 August, we can also advise and support young people with appeals. In the first instance, they should speak to their subject teacher.
Start of the New Term
I will be writing out to all parents/carers with details about this on 7 August 2023. In the meantime information about the school day, extra-curricular, school uniform and all other information can be found in our School Handbook (link will be active from 28 June 2023).
Annual Data Forms
Annual Data Forms for new S2 and S3 have been issued this week, and parents/carers are asked to complete and return these by the 18 August 2023. S4 to S6 will be issued in the new term.
The school uniform remains the same for next session and can be purchased from any retailers. S1 is given a school tie as a welcome gift and this will be issued on the first day of the new session. If your young person has lost their tie these can be purchased on SchoolPay and collected from the school office prior to the end of this term. We believe that wearing a school uniform promotes a sense of community and also equity. In a time where the cost of living is very high, it stops parents/carers feeling that they have to buy the latest fashions for their young people to wear to school and is clothing that is functional (even though perhaps not fashionable to pupils). It also makes their decision of what to wear every morning an easy one. We also have a fabulous uniform bank of new and preloved clothing should any pupils or parents/carers need any assistance with uniform – just ask their Pupil Support Leader to access any of this. Our aim is to make school as affordable as possible for our families.
Clothing Grants and Free School Meals
The thresholds have changed as of April for Free School Meals and School Clothing Grants. Paper application forms are available from our school office for those parents/carers who are unable to complete online ones and the school office can then assist in emailing these for you firstname.lastname@example.org
Knox Academy Way and Reconnecting
Following consultation with pupils, parents/carers and staff, our new approaches to expectations (The Knox Academy Way) and Smartphone Use (reconnecting PdF sent out two weeks ago via email) will be in place from 16 August. We would be grateful if you could discuss these with your young person (and staff here are also doing this at assemblies next week). Thank you for your support in making Knox Academy a great environment to learn and one that is safe for all to attend.
Ryan Pirie, Rory Leitch and Murray Bowsher are taking part in a golf challenge today for Teenage Cancer Trust. They are calling it ‘The Longest Golf Day’ and they each will play 4 rounds at four different golf course in East Lothian. The rounds started this morning at 4am, at Castlepark Golf Course and they hope to be finished between 9-10pm this evening. If you want to donate to this great cause and find out more about the fundraiser, the link is here.
Liam Scobie, new S4, has been selected to play for the Scottish 09's team in a 4 Nations Tournament at Inverclyde National Sports Centre, over three days, this weekend. We wish him all the very best.
If you have any success stories about your young person please send these in to our email@example.com so we can share these with everyone in our school and community. Thank you.
Please can parents/carers make an appointment if they wish to speak to a member of Pupil Support or the Senior Leadership Team. An increasing number of parents/carers have been turning up, without an appointment, wishing to be seen and although we want to see you, we have been unable to do so as we have been teaching or in pre-arranged meetings. By making an appointment with us via the office, or email, we can ensure a time and date. 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.
- Garleton - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lammerlaw - email@example.com
- Traprain - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for your diary:
Wednesday 28 June – term ends at 3.25pm
Wednesday 16 August – new terms starts for pupils – 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.
Thank you to all pupils, staff and parents/carers for your support throughout this session and I will look forward to working with you all again throughout session 2023-24. Finally, on behalf of all at Knox Academy, I would want to pass on our best wishes to any of our young people who are leaving school this year and venturing on to pastures new.
Have a fantastic summer break and hope the weather is kind to you wherever you are!
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