A Word from Miss Cook, Head Teacher

Staffing News

Huge congratulations to Mr Steven Illingworth who achieved his Scottish Qualification for Headship award last week. Mr Illingworth is continuing his studies with a research project based on the impact of pupil attendance on attainment.

Good luck to Mr Phil Gilholm (Pupil Support) and Mrs Maria Miller (Cook) in their nominations for the Star Awards. These take place next Thursday evening.

School News

S4/5/6 Prelims

These are going well. We have a week and a half of prelims left and young people should ensure if they do not have an exam that they are in class progressing their learning in their other subjects. 

Parents/Carers Information

HMIe – Re-Visit – Final day to complete the survey (Friday 29 November)

HMIe will re-visit the school from Monday 9th – Thursday 12th December to review progress based on the initial inspection in November 2016 and their follow up in March 2018.  In light of this visit they always gather the views of stakeholders. An email and text was sent to parents/carers with a direct link to the survey. I would like to encourage you to complete the survey by Friday 29 November for one child or for each of your children in attendance at the school.  Thank you.

Haddington and East Lothian Area Partnership (HELAP)

Mr Blair (CL of Numeracy & Computing) and I attended this meeting last night to talk about our bids for funding to help support our school improvement plan. We placed two bids for funding. The first one was for chrome books for the school to support learning and teaching, and the second bid was for manipulatives, to support the teaching of maths.  We were very fortunate to have both these bids agreed. A huge thank you to HELAP for their support of Knox Academy.

Diligence Certificates    

As you will be aware from previous Head Teacher’s Updates, our new diligence certificates are about to be printed for all our pupils at the start of December. Diligence nominations, from subject teachers, are given to those pupils who demonstrate hard work and commitment, on a day to day basis throughout Term 1 (August – December).  The certificate will detail all subjects they have been nominated in. The ultimate aim is for pupils to be nominated in all of their subjects and if in term one they are not, to aim higher and achieve this in Term 2 (January – March/April). The idea behind these awards is to create ambition (one of our school values) and raise attainment and achievement through sustained effort and commitment to their studies.  More information on our diligence awards is available by clicking on this link Diligence Awards

Health, Wellbeing and Safety

To encourage health and wellbeing, it would be great if parents/carers could encourage their young person to walk/cycle/scooter to school if at all possible (ideally wearing something with high visibility at this time of year). If you do have to drop your young person at school by car, please can I ask you to ensure that you do not do so on the double yellow lines outside the school’s entrance.  This is an exceptionally busy area in the morning/end of day and by parking up on yellow lines, even just for a minute, this compromises everyone’s safety.  Thank you for dropping off your young person in a ‘safe area’ and ensuring the safety of all.

Dates for your diary (please also refer to the CALENDAR on the school website for all events across the year):

  • 25 November-12 December – S4/5/6 Prelims (attend normal classes unless in a prelim exam)
  • 3 December – Parent Council – School Library – 6.15-8pm
  • 4 December – S1 Parents’ Evening
  • 9-12 December - HMIe visit (continuing engagement)
  • 11 December – Christmas Concert – 7pm – Main Hall
  • 17 December – School Christmas Dance (tickets limited to 300) – 7-9.30pm
  • 19 December – S6 Panto – 6pm (donations on the evening at the door)

Sue Cook