The assemblies this week have been based around our value of Respect. These have taken place in House Groups. The focus has been very much on building strong and respectful relationships in and collective responsibility to foster these in our school and wider community.
Senior Pupils’ Prelims
These will take place from Friday 24 November 2023 until Monday 11 December 2023 (inclusive). All parents/carers should have received a letter about these, from me, earlier on this week. A copy of the letter has also been shared with pupils.
Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RHSP) in Schools (parental consultation)
The parent consultation came about as a result of a coalition of NHS Boards commissioning independent research to explore with parents and carers a number of themes: How they support their child’s learning at home in terms of relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) topics; what they know and think about the RSHP learning going on at school; how they want home and school to work together (so that children and young people get the best learning experiences); and finally, what would help parents and carers at home in their role as their child’s teacher on all these matters.
The project is called the Chat and it is a new parental engagement project looking to find out what parents and carers want and need to support their child’s learning around RSHP.
There are a number of ways that parents/carers can get involved. The first opportunity is to be part of a group conversation about this area of learning. This can happen in different ways, described here:
Dyslexia Awareness Week 1st - 7th Nov 2023
Plans are underway to celebrate all our Dyslexic young people and staff. There are over 100 members of our school community who have a Dyslexia diagnosis and we are keen to celebrate their problem solving, creativity and excellent communication skills.
Please ask your young people to look out for our posters and activities at registration next week.
Finally Dyslexia Scotland is putting on a series of events during the week, if you are interested you can find all the details here.
Activities & Dates have now been updated for this term.
Free classes are now live to book and paid classes will be live to book from 1.11.23 from 6pm. You can find details of all activities available here. Active East Lothian activities have a FEE but are FREE to Pupils registered for Free School Meals, Care Experienced or Young Carers
Congratulations to Josh Grigor (S4) who won a silver medal at the Scottish Novices Boxing Championships with The Bronx Boxing Club. Josh is also off to Sweden next weekend to take part in a European event called ‘King in the Ring.’
Swim West Lothian (distance meet)
Congratulations to Boyd Fearnside (S2) and Lucy Hall (S3) who both brought home medals from this competition. Boyd (13yrs age group) won four medals: one gold (200m backstroke) and three silvers (200m fly/200m and 1500m freestyle) and Lucy (14 yrs age group) won three silver medals (200m fly/400m freestyle and 400m individual medley). Great results!
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 for your young person or to arrange an appointment to come in to speak to someone.
- Garleton - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lammerlaw - email@example.com
- Traprain - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for your diary:
23 November – S3 Parents’ Evening – 4.30-6.30pm (Knox Academy)
5 December – Parent Council – 6.30-8pm (School library – all welcome)
7 December – S1-S3 Christmas Dance
13 December – S4-S6 Christmas Dance
21 December – Christmas Concert – 7pm
Our school calendar is updated regularly and should be used to access all information throughout the year and allows you to plan ahead too.
Have a lovely weekend and if you are around in Haddington this weekend, the Farmers Market is on, selling lots of great local produce. It is well worth a visit!