General News

Published: 21 November 2019

Knox Academy will be hosting its third annual Careers Event and it's looking like this the best yet!

It will take place on Monday 3 February 2020 from 6pm.

We are working with 'Developing Young Workforce' and reaching out to our Parent and Employer networks to support the evening and the 'line up' is coming together as we speak.

In the meantime here are two useful sources of information:

  • You can find a video and accompanying infographics on the DYW website here.
  • For general interest, this SDS video, called Skills 4.0, highlights the skills that will be required in a changing workplace.

 

Published: 19 November 2019

Following our values of Respect, Ambition & Community as a school we have to set up an Inclusion Fund. We are all too aware there are so many amazing opportunities offered to pupils throughout their school career that can be difficult to access because of financial constraints and this should not be a barrier to participation.

Therefore, we’ve registered with Easyfundraising, it’s a great site where you can help us raise funds  by simply doing your everyday online shopping!

Over 4,000 big name retailers are included, such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, eBay, Boden and M&S.

Every time you shop through easy fundriaising we receive a small donation to say ‘thank you!’ It’s completely free and over £29M has been raised for causes just like us so far.

We want to raise as much as possible so please sign up and help us by clicking on the link.

Published: 15 November 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

Published: 14 November 2019

The UK Government has approved a change to the date of next year’s early May bank holiday from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May 2020 to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

As school session dates have already been published (with a holiday on Monday 4 May 2020), the Education Service is seeking your views on an proposed additional school closure day prior to submitting an application to do so to the Scottish Government.

Full details of this proposal can be found in the VE Day 75th Anniversary letter from Fiona Robertson, Head of Education and Childrens' Services

Complete this consultation to indicate your views on this matter, the closing date being Friday 6 December 2019.

Published: 14 November 2019

Two places for S1 have become available on the Christmas theatre trip to the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh to see a production of A Christmas Carol. The trip leaves at 9am on 13 December 2019, return to school by 1pm and costs  £16.50. See Miss Whitfield or Miss MacDonald for a permission letter as soon as possible. More information about the production can be found on the Lyceum website.

Published: 08 November 2019

As I write this at my desk surrounded by boxes of tissues, the waft of camphor, eucalyptus and menthol drifting to my nostrils from the scarf on which I have impregnated vapour rub, and sooking on a cherry lozenge to ease my tickly throat I realise with a shock that Winter has arrived.

A number of staff and pupils have been afflicted by this Meadowpark Misery – some worse than others and they are in the correct place – at home. Others, like me, are sniffly and feeling a bit ‘meh’ but able to carry on keeping at a safe distance: sharing is definitely not caring. It comes with the territory I suppose working physically closely as we do to support our young people through their anxieties and a reminder that we need to anti-bac the work spaces at the first sign of a sneeze. Read more here...08.11.19

Published: 06 November 2019

The Prelim Timetable and accompanying instructions are now available.

If you have any queries regarding the information contained in the timetable or instructions please do not hesitate to get in touch Mr Luke (Business Manager).

Published: 06 November 2019

The S6 Leavers Dance 2020 will take place on Friday 19th June 2020.

The total cost per head for current S6 pupils is £65.00. The following payment schedule should be adhered to :

  • £20.00 by Friday 29th November
  • £20.00 by Friday 31st January
  • £25.00 by Friday 28th February

All payments should be made online using the Ipay system. Anyone who has not set up their account as of yet should contact the school office to speak to Emma Maguire. Anyone who has concerns regarding paying for the above should contact Miss McBride ASAP for support.

The total cost includes transport to the venue, however, there is no transport organised for pupils at the end of the event so please ensure this is organised ahead of time.

Anyone with a dietary requirement should let Miss McBride know ASAP so this can be passed on to the venue.

Please ensure that you are aware of the attached document in relation the school's alcohol policy for the event.

 

 

Published: 01 November 2019

I’m not sure that everyone fully benefitted from the extra hour last Sunday – from the feedback I had it was an ‘excuse to pack more things into the day’ and ‘unfortunately the kids woke up early anyway.’ I had to stop myself from doing too much and actually set a reminder to switch off all devices, ignoring text messages and Instagram updates, run a bath, light candles and listen to some favourite music. I felt fantastic afterwards and slept extremely well that night. Note to self: grab as many daylight hours as possible and chill and still regularly. Read more here...01.11.19

Published: 01 November 2019

With the Prelim Diet getting ever closer (timetable to be published soon), its worth reminding everyone that there are a range of Study Skills resources available within the Student Zone on our website.

  • How do I plan a revision timetable?
  • Whats the best way to study?
  • How do I get the balance right?

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