Meadowpark

Charli Prime (Depute) writes a weekly update on events at Meadowpark. These can be viewed in the news stories displayed below.

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Meadowpark's School Improvement Plan for 2018-2019 has now been published.

Meadowpark News

Published: Fri 24 Jan 2020

Today we bid farewell to Judie Hadden, ASN Learning Assistant Extraordinaire! Judie and I were 2 of the original 3 staff who met in August 2015 to begin in a new provision in a school which was still being renovated and with 3 young people with hugely varying profiles. Staff and pupils operated out of one of the SfL rooms in Knox while I sat alongside Curriculum Leaders in what is now the Guidance room.  We worked closely together with our Knox colleagues to develop opportunities for our pupils. We were overjoyed to move to Meadowpark in June 2016 and have continued to grow in number and achievements. Judie has accommodated all these changes in her own inimitable way and we know that she will be an asset to her new employers. Our loss is very much their gain. A wee poem follows...Good-Bye Judie

Published: Fri 17 Jan 2020

It’s been great to have all staff and pupils back for a full week and settling quickly into the swing of things. The weather has been against us somewhat alternating between warm, wet, mild, cold and windy which has not been conducive to accessing outdoors at break and lunch. However our innovative staff have provided opportunities for socialising in the gym and common room.

A few brave souls have ventured outside and been a little thwarted because one of the playgrounds has had a ‘face lift – well, perhaps mud pack is a more accurate description…. read more here

Published: Fri 29 Nov 2019

We are renowned in Scotland for being shy and reticent when it comes to sharing success for fear of being the centre of unwanted attention. We are a nation of name callers and often begrudge the success of others and yet without perseverance and dogged determination some of the most inspirational Scots would not have achieved the recognition they justifiably deserve: Andy Murray, Chris Hoy, Annie Lennox, Calvin Harris, John Bellany, Sean Connery to name but a few.

With the recent introduction of achievement awards and ties we have increased our awareness and celebration of what many pupils in Knox Academy are achieving. There have been some exceptional nominations and recipients – have a look here

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Published: Fri 22 Nov 2019

From when we first opened the Meadowpark doors in August 2015 we have accessed our local community: making and following up plans for cooking and shopping in Tesco; attending Aubigny centre for swimming, badminton, gym sessions; accessing River Tyne for kayaking, nature discovery and discovering a myriad of cycle paths...read more here

Published: Fri 15 Nov 2019

Nobody likes sudden change particularly when we’ve been used to certain visuals, tastes, smells and sounds in a familiar environment. Making a move, even for all the right reasons can be very different from what we are used to. Therefore carefully planned and timed transitions are essential if we are to build on success for our young people as they move into the next phase of their lives and so for some this means beginning an early phased transition. We had a visit last week from a pupil who is currently in P7 and who will be joining us full time in August 2020. We had provided a social story with lots of visuals and during their visit they ticked off rooms and areas from their checklist. This allowed them to stay focused which helped to reduce anxiety levels and gave me an opportunity to carry out a brief formative assessment, including their delight at seeing some friends already happy here. Read more here...Newsletter 15.11.19