16 December 2016

As befits the season of goodwill to all, the school’s Amnesty Group has been working really hard to raise pupils’ awareness of Human Rights abuses around the world. Over the last few weeks the group has presented a week's worth of Assemblies, run a bake sale, an “Amnestea”, and organised a sponsored silence raising awareness and money for Amnesty. As Mrs Montgomery says, “they are a dedicated and enthusiastic group!”

Following on from her trip to Auschwitz, Ruby Smith attended a reception this week at the Scottish Parliament in conjunction with the Holocaust Educational Trust, as one of their young ambassadors. Ruby met the First Minister and spoke to her about her trip. There was also a Holocaust survivor in attendance who gave a testimony of the need to be open minded to the current refugee crisis. This is powerful stuff, and Knox is proud to be associated with this project.

In sporting news, three Knox Rugby players: Kyle Eadie, Freddie Cunningham and Simon Duke have been selected to play for the East Lothian Under 17 Rugby Squad. They have a match against a team from the Borders on Monday, so we wish them all the very best and hope for a successful encounter.

Last night saw the annual Christmas Dance here at the school. The theme was “Masquerade” and pupils duly arrived be-masked and in their finery. The atmosphere was super with the dance floor being full all evening. Thanks to the parents from the PTA who ran the cloak rooms and the refreshments table. Also thanks to all of the staff who gave up their evening to support the event – it was massively appreciated by the pupils and myself.

Next week we go into full Christmas-mode. We have the Christmas concerts on Tuesday (2pm and 7pm), enough Scottish Country Dancing as to exhaust a professional athlete, and the now famous S6 panto. The school closes at 4pm on Thursday (please note it is a full school day).

Have a great week.

S Ingham