March 2018

Published: 29 March 2018

The following letters provide information on arrangements for study leave, SQA arrangements for examinations, and results following the examination diet in May 2018.  

For pupils who are leaving school, we invite you to attend the Leavers' Ceremony on Friday 6 June 2018.

Published: 29 March 2018

The first East Lothian Youth Summit 2018 took place at the Brunton Hall on Wednesday 7 March 2018. This inaugural summit will hopefully create a benchmark for youth engagement across Scotland, and lay the foundations for a proposed bi-annual event.

Since our aim is ensure we acknowledge the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, we want to build an approach to engaging with children and young people which is co-productive, dynamic and responsive to ensure that all of the their voices, and their communities, are heard.  We have a duty to collaborate with young people and allow this co-working to inform the education service as set out in the ongoing development improvement plan. The information generated on the day will influence the new cycle of East Lothian planning in 2018.

The idea was to spark on-going conversations that generate 'Ideas for Change, and Ideas for Action' that East Lothian can pledge on.  The feedback from young people, facilitators and adult helpers was very positive and, excitingly, some initiatives have already progressed from the ideas that were generated.

A summary of the day can be found in the East Lothian Youth Summit Summary - ‘Ideas for Change, and Ideas for Action’.

Published: 26 March 2018

East Lothian Council invites comments on the draft school session dates for 2019/2020.  

Comments can be made through the East Lothian Consultation Hub between 27 March 2018 and 4 May 2018.

The consultation on the draft school session dates for 2019/2020 is to seek stakeholder views.  Our neighbouring authorities, City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council have set, or are in the process of setting, their session dates and these dates are available on the respective websites.  The East Lothian Council draft dates for 2019/2020 have taken cognises of our neighbouring authority dates and very much align with City of Edinburgh Council dates.

Published: 16 March 2018

Due to increased demand and other circumstances outwith our control we have had to adjust the coursing days for S4 and S5 Pupils.

THIS DOES NOT AFFECT THE INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEW TIMES YOU HAVE BEEN ISSUED

The coursing days are:

  • Monday 19 March 2018
  • Tuesday 20 March 2018
  • Wednesday 28 March 2018
  • Thursday 29 March 2018

The deadline for submission of the Course Choice form is 3.50pm on Thursday 29 March. In exceptional circumstances (particularly for families with an interview on Thursday 29th) we may be able to extend that deadline, however please discuss this with your Guidance Teacher in advance

Published: 13 March 2018

The S4-S5 Course Choice Information Booklet and supporting documents have been uploaded to the Curriculum area of the school website.  

Published: 13 March 2018

We delighted to announce that, since November, we’ve raised £229 for the School of Rugby through the Co-op Local Community Fund Charities Programme. Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up so far! This will go towards new training kit for the players – rugby balls are always needed and expensive – as well as essential first aid for games. We’re part of the scheme until October 2018 so please consider nominating us as your local charity as there’s still time for us to raise more and make a huge difference to the School of Rugby boys and girls at Knox Academy.

All you have to do is sign up to become a Co-op Member and shop at the Co-op. If you are already a member, visit https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/16298 and nominate Haddington School of Rugby as your local charity. And if not, it’s straight forward to join, costs you nothing AND, as well as raising money for the School of Rugby, you earn points to spend in store every time you shop. You can find out how to sign up here: www.coop.co.uk/membership.

Published: 12 March 2018

A reminder of an event not to be missed for any pupil interested in applying to Oxford University - this event covers all aspects of student life and the admissions process for Oxford including course choice, the college system, tutorial teaching, admissions tests and interviews. Tuesday 13 March, North Berwick High School, 6.30 - 8.00 pm.

Published: 09 March 2018

Online East Lothian Council payments are changing soon...watch this space for further details.

In the meantime, please continue paying online as per previous instructions. 

Published: 09 March 2018

The Knox Academy School Handbook has now been published for Session 2018-2019.

We look forward to welcoming P7s during their transition days in June 2018, before they become S1 pupils of Knox Academy in August 2018.

Published: 08 March 2018

We are excited to be launching Show My Homework, a new way to record and communicate homework at Knox Academy.  This is an online tool to help you keep track of your child’s homework. Show My Homework will allow you to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, all their deadlines and their submission status. We have decided to introduce this system to improve the way we communicate with parents and to give you access to the homework we set. This system will replace the school planner, which many of our young people do not use effectively.

You will be provided with login details to your personal account. This is linked to your child’s homework calendar where you will be able to see your child’s To-do List and any homework that is overdue. These logins will be sent out shortly.

To view all homework set without login details please visit our website www.ka-net.org.uk  the link for Show My Homework is on our Homepage. This will be available from the week beginning 19 March 2018.  Please note you will need to use the filter options at the top of the page to find your child’s homework.

This online tool should provide you with a number of benefits including:

  • 24/7 access
  • Ability to view quality and quantity of homework
  • Translation into over 50 languages
  • Apps available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices
  • Automated notifications before homework is due

We’ll be launching Show My Homework to pupils during the week beginning 12 March 2018 and we hope that this service will provide parents with a deeper insight into the homework your child receives. More importantly, we hope that it will improve your child’s organisation and time-management and will help them to keep on top of their workload.

To keep up to date on the move please download the Show My Homework app once you receive your login details. You will then be sent push notifications to let you know what homework is due. More information will be available on this on the school website shortly.

If you have any questions about the service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Show My Homework, who are always happy to help. Just visit help.showmyhomework.co.uk or call 0207 197 9550.  

If you’d like to get in touch with the school or provide feedback, please contact Mrs C Falconer (DHT).

Thank you once again for your support.

Published: 07 March 2018

On Tuesday 6 March 2018 our Home learning Policy was launched at an evening event to which all parents/carers were invited.

Some may not have been able to attend so these resources have been made available on our website in the Parent-Zone section.

Published: 07 March 2018

HM Inspectors from Education Scotland will be visiting us to conduct a continuing engagement visit during the week commencing Monday 19 March 2018. This visit is one year on from the publication of the Summarised Inspection Findings, following the inspection of Knox Academy in December 2016. You can find out more about inspection from the Inspection and review documentation pages of Education Scotland’s website.

As part of the inspection, Inspectors gather the views of stakeholders via an SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED which is available now.

I would like to encourage you to complete the survey.  Inspectors will also be meeting with groups of parents during the continuing engagement visit so to be part of that discussion you should complete the survey with additional links provided to indicate your interest in taking part.

You should complete the survey by 12 noon on Thursday 15 March 2018 for one child or for each of your children in attendance.

Kind regards

Lauren Rodger
Headteacher

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