Yesterday morning we had our Remembrance Assembly and observed our two minutes silence across the school at the eleventh hour. This year’s assembly focused on Douglas Haig, Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces on the Western Front in 1915. One hundred years ago, in 1921, Earl and Lady Haig established the Earl Haig Fund to raise donations for veterans of the war. Today Poppy Scotland carries on that work to provide services and support to service personnel wounded mentally or physically through their duty. Many of you will have talked to our S6 Pupils who were in Tesco last weekend collecting for this fund.
Next Friday we will be raising money for Children In Need and this will be a dress down day for all pupils. Our senior pupils will be ‘dressing up’ in a variety of fun costumes and organising a bake sale. This day is always a lot of fun at school, as we come together as a school community to support a great cause - it is also great for everyone’s morale. It also links directly with our school vision of ‘kindness’ and value of ‘community’.
If you are able to donate any money to this charity please pass this to your young people so they can pop it in our collection buckets. Last year we raised £727.44 so it would be great if we can equal (or surpass) that total this year.
Flu Vaccination ‘Mop Ups’ for Pupils
NHS vaccination team advise that “mop-up” clinics will operate across NHS Lothian area for children who have not had their Flu vaccination in school.
If any child has missed this vaccination in school, then parents can contact the Community vaccination team on 0131 446 4082 to arrange a clinic appointment.
This takes place from Monday 15 – Friday 19 November. We are asking pupils and staff to wear odd socks to school on Monday to promote this – we are all different but all equal. This is not a dress down just an odd sock wearing day and there will be no fund raising associated with it. We will also be running events at school to discuss this with pupils and it would be great if parents/carers can also discuss this with your young people at home during this time to support the focus at the school. Parent/carer resources can be found here. Thank you
S4, S5 and S6 Prelims
Parents and pupils will have received a copy of the prelim timetable earlier this week. Those young people who have Alternative Assessment Arrangements (AAA) in place will be supported with these during their prelims too. There are lots of study sessions available to support senior pupils and I
would encourage them to attend these to help them prepare for these and their final SQA exams.
Reports – S4
These were issued yesterday and report on your young person’s achievement of a level, their effort, behaviour and home learning. In response to the survey that parents/carers and pupils completed in May, we have taken note of your feedback and changed our report to reflect this. Reports will now give one positive and two targets for pupils to help them focus on their next steps. The Curriculum section of our website will detail the content of courses to allow parents/carers to be able to see the work being covered in each term rather than reports going in to this detail. Any feedback you have on the reports would be most welcome via the tear-off slips included in the reports.
S4 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
On the 29 and 30 October, 15 pupils from S4 completed their practice expedition for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The traditional camping element of the award is, of course, suspended for now but the participants still had to complete two full days of navigating their way as they walked through different parts of the East Lothian countryside, carrying all the clothing and equipment they needed for the day, as well as planning and cooking a hot meal each day. This was the culmination of the training they had commenced way back in their S3 year which was disrupted by Covid.
The Haddington area has a strong record for community-led DofE groups but this group represents the first group run wholly by Knox Academy in many years and paves the way for many similar groups in the future. This group need to complete a qualifying expedition in June, as well as finish all of the volunteering, skills and physical activities they need to undertake, to gain their award in June. In the meantime, an S5 group will be commencing with their Silver Award before Christmas, aiming to complete their award early next academic session.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people and is highly-regarded by colleges, universities and employers, as well as providing valuable life skills and increased confidence to participants. S3 pupils in particular should look out for details of the next Bronze Award group to be run in the school, commencing later this academic session. (By Mr G Boyle)
Scotland's Biggest Parent's Event (SBPE)
To launch SBPE 2021, DYW Scotland will deliver a National Launch Event on Monday 15 November at 7pm, lasting approximately 25 – 30 minutes. The messages being delivered are in response to a survey of over 880 parents. This year contributors will cover the Young Person’s Guarantee, Labour Market Information (LMI) in Scotland (with a focus on green jobs and skills) and support for ASN schools and pupils. Contributions will include Skills Development Scotland and Enable Scotland
I would also like to draw your attention to the latest in Skills Development Scotland’s parental webinar series taking place on Wednesday 17 November at 18.30. This session focuses on post-school options and their professionally qualified careers advisers will be talking to parents about different pathways, options and how they can support informed career decisions for their young person.
Attendance Policy for Young People – East Lothian Council
Public consultation on East Lothain Council's draft attendance policy: Included, Engaged and Involved. A Positive Approach to Promoting Attendance School Attendance is now open until 16th November 2021. Please do have a read of this and have your say on it. Thanks.
Please continue to report all positive Covid-19 cases to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you do not have access to email, telephone 01875 613921. Please also inform the school so we can amend your young person’s attendance record. Pupils should continue to do twice weekly LFD tests. LFD kits are available every morning on arrival to school and during the day from the office. They can also be collected from pharmacies and test centres.
Please do not send pupils to school who have symptoms. They should self-isolate and book a PCR test and not return to school until they know this is negative and they have no symptoms.
The Parent Club also provides useful information on testing for pupils.
Dates for you diary (please also see the School Calendar for overview and updates):
Friday 19 November – Children In Need – dress down day
Tuesday 23 November – S3 Parents’ Consultation (virtual) – 5-7pm
Thursday 25 November – S5/6 Reports Issued
Thursday 25 November – Friday 10 December – S4/5/6 Prelims
Wednesday 8 December – S2 Parents’ Consultation (virtual) – 5-7pm
Thursday 9 December – Parent Council (virtual) – 6.30-8pm