October 2020

Published: 29 October 2020

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.

 

Published: 29 October 2020

East Lothian Council are seeking feedback for the following draft policies:

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.

Published: 16 October 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."

Read the letter from Lesley Brown in full. (PDF)

Published: 13 October 2020

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.

Full details of the arrangements can be found in the letter from Mrs Clubb (Depute Head Teacher)

Published: 13 October 2020

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.

More information is available on their website.

Published: 13 October 2020

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. 

Read the full letter from Police Scotland, East Lothian Council & Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

 

Published: 12 October 2020

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.

Published: 11 October 2020

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 ims@eastlothian.gov.uk. For more information on RAF Music or if you'd like to offer this opportunity to your young musicians, please contact rafms-mco@mod.gov.uk.

Website Email Readers should view the performance on our website.

Published: 11 October 2020

A summary of Study Support Sessions that are either already running or will be over the coming weeks are now available in the Extra-Curricular Study Support Timetable.

Please make use of these sessions, they can make a huge difference to your performance/attainment.

Published: 08 October 2020

As you may already have heard, Young Scot are working with Scottish Youth Parliament and YouthLink Scotland on a second full version of the Lockdown Lowdown survey.

The latest version of our #LockdownLowdown survey is asking 11-25-year-olds how they feel about their lives as lockdown restrictions change. The Scottish Government commissioned the survey, and they will use the results to shape their response to COVID-19.

In April, East Lothian young people submitted 94 responses to the first full survey, from a total of 2,418 across Scotland.  It would be great to get more young people from all across Scotland and from the widest possible range of communities  to complete it this time around to ensure that the results paint the full picture.
As one of the most impacted groups, it's essential that young people have their voices heard. Young people and their friends can also earn Young Scot Rewards points for sharing their opinions.  

Published: 03 October 2020

Knox Academy is pleased to invite applications for the following vacancies:

Closing Date: Sunday 18 October 2020

All current and previous vacancies can be viewed within our Recruitment section of our website.

Published: 02 October 2020

If you’ve got concerns about a child or young person ‘it’s better to say something than do nothing’ according to a new campaign.

Child Protection Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland, NSPCC Scotland and Police Scotland worked together on the campaign which is running online. They say:

“As Scotland’s children settle back into the school routine and slowly begin to return to clubs and out-of-school activities, the month-long campaign aims to raise awareness that while lockdown and the pandemic has been hard going for many families and children, it’s been a lot more challenging for some families than others.

“Families who were struggling to cope before the pandemic may have been pushed to crisis point during lockdown, and even the most settled families will have faced new challenges during this time. 

“Some children and young people may have experienced trauma for the first time, and some may have experienced neglect and abuse. This new campaign urges everyone to be alert to signs that all is not well for some children, and to take action if they’re worried that something is wrong.”

Find out what to do if you’re worried about that a child or young person is experiencing neglect, harm, abuse or exploitation at ChildProtection.scot

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