I leave today after five years leading Meadowpark as Depute Head Teacher. Meadowpark has not only grown in pupil numbers during my tenure, from three to twenty eight, but with involvement from a wide range of professionals and community teams, Meadowpark has increased its range of facilities. These include Art Therapy and a wide range of outdoor activities e.g. creation of a sensory garden, Loose Parts Play, cycling and kayaking, life skills programmes, work experience and volunteering. We have continuously investigated all ways to enhance curriculum links so that more young people attend a variety of subject classes at Knox Academy...read here 30.10.2002
The East Lothian Council Facilities Team will deliver free school meals to the homes of pupils who are isolating to make sure they are still received.
Please phone the school (01620 823387) or email our school office if this applies to you.
Parents/carers with a child who is isolating should not visit the school building.
East Lothian Council are seeking feedback for the following draft policies:
- Included, Engaged & Involved: Inclusion, Equality and Accessibility for All; and
- Respect for All: Promoting Positive and Respectful Relationships in All our Schools.
These are the authority’s new inclusion policy and refreshed anti-bullying policy respectively. The inclusion policy has also absorbed the Accessibility Strategy to form one coherent document with an accompanying action plan.
Copies of the draft policies and subsequent survey will be live on the Consultation Hub from Thursday 29 October 2020 until Thursday 12 November 2020 and participation is encouraged in the process for children/young people, parents/carers and partner agencies to ensure they have their say.
I am proud to echo the words of Lesley Brown, Head of Education and Sue Cook, Head Teacher at Knox Academy in recognising the huge effort made by young people, families and staff to ensure that Meadowpark pupils are safe, achieving, respectful and active. While there is no denying that everyone is exhausted, staff and pupils manage to garner themselves each day to show that by cooperating, communicating and consolidating collective efforts, we have very good attendance overall and pupils are making progress. Read more here ...16.10.2020
Lesley Brown, Head of Education and Children's Services has written to families to thank everyone who has contributed to all that we have achieved since August, wishing us all a restful October break.
"As we approach the start of the October school holiday, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the considerable achievements of the past few months and to say thank you to our children, young people, staff and families for all that you have done since the start of the new school session."
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to invite you into the school, and therefore we are trialling virtual parents’ evenings via GoogleMeet. GoogleMeets are secure on-line video meetings through Google accounts (within East Lothian Council, Google accounts are our Edubuzz system).
The class teacher will arrange appointment times during lesson time just as in previous years; the class teacher will then set up a 1:1 meeting through the pupil’s Edubuzz account. This will appear as a meeting in their Edubuzz calendar and a link will be sent to their email inbox. We are confident that the majority of our pupils are highly skilled in how to manage these meetings following use over lockdown last term, but we will be providing individual support where required. We expect that parents and careers will join their young person beside the connected device to have a discussion about learning and progress in individual subject areas. For confidentiality reasons, we will not be adding parent email addresses to the meeting, and expect that you will join your young person for the meeting.
Children 1st Parentline provides emotional, practical and financial to families. They are able to provide one off bits of advice or continued advice and support over an extended time.
In the run up to bonfire night, Police Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Fire & Rescue are keen to keep everyone safe. In previous years we have seen firework-related anti-social behaviour (ASB) and disorder in this area, and we are asking for your help to prevent this occurring again. This year, we are also facing the added challenge of preventing the spread of COVID 19 within our communities. As a result organised fireworks displays and bonfires are unlikely to be permitted.
If you or someone you know are feeling anxious, depressed or have other worries about mental health, call CWIC team on 01620 642 963 between 9 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday.
An experienced worker will take your details and make an appointment for you to speak to a specialist mental health practitioner, who will ring you back at a at time that is convenient for you within the next 36 hours.
The practitioner will assess you over the phone, and provide help and support and sometimes a referral on to other services. This service is for over 18s.
East Lothian Council's Instrumental Music Service was delighted to present their first ever Digital Concert on Thursday 8 October 2020.
They were very excited to be able to come together again that evening for a virtual performance to perform a musical piece by our extremely talented Instrumental Instructor, Liz Woodsend.
It was an incredible opportunity for our young people to collaborate with our new friends from RAF Music over the last month. RAF Music prepared webinars for our young musicians and over the last week we have enjoyed live Google Meets sessions with these inspiring professional musicians. It has been fantastic to be able to have the young people come together again to share their passion for music.
For more information on East Lothian Council's Instrumental Music Service please visit their website or e-mail email@example.com. For more information on RAF Music or if you'd like to offer this opportunity to your young musicians, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.