General News

Published: 24 March 2020

Please note the further update to arrangements for free school meals. From Wednesday 25 March 2020 and for the remainder of this week, those pupils receiving free school meals should pick these up from the Children's Hubs and NOT Knox Academy.

St Mary’s Primary School is the closest Hub to Knox Academy. These should be picked up between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Thank you.

Published: 24 March 2020

SQA has just released their statement following the First Minister’s announcement on Sunday.

The current public health advice has meant that SQA have had to make some really difficult decisions about coursework. This means that for this year, schools and colleges are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

We await further advice from the SQA regarding the estimation of grades to be submitted by teachers.

Read the full statement from Fiona Robertson (SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examiner)

Published: 24 March 2020

The Educational Psychology Service have produced a couple of documents to help manage during this time of school closure.

For Parents/Carers:
Your child will learn from your response to the current situation. Seeing you stay calm and resilient will be crucial to help them cope with the circumstances. It is helpful to maintain structure and routine for your child or children whilst schools are closed.
15 Tips for Parents/Carers

For Young People:
This is a strange time for everyone. We need to make sure we are avoiding physical contact and washing our hands to keep ourselves and others safe from a virus called COVID-19. This means school buildings have closed.
Tips for Young People

Published: 23 March 2020

Thanks to a very generous contact within our school community we have received a fantastic offer on a rolling basis for FREE Kindle Books.

  • Are you interested in the sea, epic, mermaids, mermen and marine conservation?
  • Reading Level? Anyone who can handle Northern Lights or the Hobbit should be comfortable with them. 
  • Some of the action is set in Scotland: The author is a scuba diver, so the action is based on real locations and real animals. 

The FREE books are available for 5 days from the dates below:

There are paperback versions too, but Amazon doesn't allow a giveaway on those (yet). 

Thanks to the author for his generosity.

Published: 22 March 2020

Thanks for the link from Mr McSwan, 

FREE Guitar lessons from Fender.

Published: 22 March 2020

There is now one S1 and one S2 Tech/CDT Google classroom.

Class codes 

S1 cnfrr5z

S2 njkr5sq

  • Miss Smith, Mr Watson and Mr Tait will all help within the classes.
  • Learning will be a mixture of computer and paper based learning.
  • We will post the equivalent of 1 period a week S1 and two periods a week S2, plus extension work.

To set yourself up download or get used to using the free software below for future learning.

We will set the equivalent amount of learning as you would have for each week, like a virtual timetable.

Free Software

INVENTOR:
Create an account using your EDUBUZZ email (2D and 3D CAD)
We are awaiting our school to be added so download the trial version just now.
INKSCAPE
Free Graphic Design software (flyers, logos, brochures, magazines)
PIXLR
Free online Photoshop clone (photos, logos)
TINKERCAD
Free online CAD program, very quick to learn.
YENKA
Free downloadable Electronic and Physics simulation software
GOOGLE SKETCHUP
Free in browser or downloadable CAD program, quick and easy to learn CAD
products and Architecture
RESEARCH & REFERENCE SOFTWARE
This also has a free 2D drawing app.
LOGO MAKER
Sign up using your Edubuzz email. This is a simple to use logo maker.
GRAFFITI CREATOR
Create some cool lettering for a design using the Graffiti text generator.

Stay safe, keep calm and carry on !

Published: 22 March 2020

Following First Minister's announcement (Sunday), NO PUPILS can come into school, even those who have coursework to complete.

Teachers will keep in touch via Edubuzz and Google Classrooms.

ONLY EXCEPTION:
Pupils in receipt of Free School Meals should collect these from Knox Academy (Reception Area) for this coming week w/c 23 March 2020. Updates will follow on Friday (27/03/20) for the following week.

Please continue to follow news on the school website (signup for automatic updates) and via Twitter .

Published: 22 March 2020

Some pupils who were issued with School Chromebooks to take home are likely to have found it necessary to keep reconnecting them to their network after use. A change has been made to the Chromebook management setting today by East Lothian Council IT to allow them to automatically connect to home networks. 

That change may not affect wireless network connections set up before today. You may need to use the "Forget" option in the network settings screen and connect it again.

If you are still seeing a problem with connections dropping:

  • click the settings area, bottom right of the screen, to open the settings menu
  • click the cog, top right of that, to open the full Settings page
  • click Network menu option on left
  • where you can see your network listed under Network, click it
  • on the next screen, click the right-arrow beside it
  • check that "Automatically connect to this network" is switched on (showing as blue).

Feedback on this would be appreciated, as it will have been affecting any learners with loan devices.

Published: 21 March 2020

Free school meals will be available from Monday 23 March 2020 for all children who are in receipt of free meals or receiving clothing grants.

For the next week (w/c 23 March 2020), all Knox Academy pupils entitled to Free School Meals will be served at Knox Academy, from 11.30 am until 12.30 pm.

Further details will follow for the final week of term before the Easter Holidays.

Published: 21 March 2020

On Thursday afternoon, pupils were issued with the BGE Home Learning Tasks Booklet. It is our intention to have a balance of work available for students online (through the GoogleClassroom platform) and written work. This booklet is not designed to start and finish, but more for student to pick individual questions or topics to work on for a time, then move to another area when completed.  They can of course share their learning with you as parents, or with their peers for a little encouragement, support and advice on how to improve.  

We would encourage students to follow a routine as much as possible for their own development.  

It will be our aim to update GoogleClassroom as often as is practically possible and a Parental Guide to GoogleClassroom is also available.

As suggested in the document, there are a lot of educational programmes both on the television and as podcasts so please use these to support learning and prompt family discussions.  A balance between computer, reading/writing and exercise will be vital in helping your child’s mental health over the coming weeks.

We will be in touch with more work in the future, and please be patient with us as we as staff get used to the new way of teaching and learning in the current climate.

A Clubb
Depute Headteacher

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