27 November 2015

Last weekend saw our two Young Enterprise teams showing off their products and strategy at the Young Enterprise Christmas Fair. The teams: Tenacity and Team Fusion did themselves proud, showing off their products – candles for Tenacity and wine glass charms for Team Fusion. They pitched their ideas and business plans well, and when it came to the judging Team Fusion had pipped Tenacity. Team Fusion were awarded 3rd place in Stall and Product, 1st place in Sales and Marketing and received overall first place for the event. As ever, we are equally proud of both teams and there is opportunity for both to garner awards at the Young Enterprise Awards eveing later on in the session. Congratulations to all the pupils for taking part (giving up their Saturday) and representing the school so well. Big thanks also go to the staff who assisted them and the local business advisers.

We are in the process of organising the immunisations that take place in school every year. If your child is due for an immunisation you will receive notification and some paperwork to complete. Please return it as soon as you can so that we can make all the necessary arrangements. Immunisation helps protect our communities from a wide range of illnesses. Thanks to immunisation, diseases such as polio have disappeared in the UK. However, these diseases could come back as they are still seen in many countries throughout the world - which is why it’s so important to get your jabs. The NHS Lothian school nurse team carry out an annual immunisation programme. The vaccinations will be given in spring term 2016. Consent packs are being issued now. Please discuss the consent pack at home and return it to school as soon as you can. The teenage booster to ensure protection from tetanus, diphtheria and polio will be offered to pupils in S3. This completes the programme, begun in infancy, to give life-long protection. In addition this year all S3 – S6 pupils are recommended a meningitis vaccine (ACWY). This is to protect against the W strain of meningitis which is on the increase across the UK.

This week all the pupils have been having their annual “Christmas Box” assembly. Every year tutor groups decorate and fill a box with goodies for the local elderly. The theme for this year’s boxes is “Christmas Treats”. My apologies go out to parents and carers if children are coming home and raiding the food cupboards – they have been told to ask first. Could you just check that anything that is donated is within its “use by” date? Also if anyone bakes or makes anything to go in the box, could they make sure that they list the ingredients and indicate the date that it was made. It’s always a treat to see all the boxes arrayed in the last week of term (judging is 15th December), and I know that the local care homes and social services (who help us to deliver the boxes) are always impressed with the quality of what we send out. Here’s hoping for a bumper year!

One of our senior pupils, Mark Jackson, is starring in a video raising awareness of improving access to sports stadia for people with disabilities. The film was made by CAFÉ – Centre for Access to Football in Europe. It’s a short but powerful film and you can catch Mark at 2 minutes and 39 seconds (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2Tf7J7ANRM )

Last night I had a very productive meeting with one of partners – Haddington Pipe Band. They do an enormous amount to support the Knox Academy Pipe Band. They have given me a pile of calendars to sell on their behalf, so if you want one, they are £5 and can be obtained by contacting myself. We will also have them on sale at the S1 Parents’ Consultation Evening, next Tuesday. I suspect that the Young Enterprise teams will also be taking that opportunity to sell their wares, so if you are an S1 parent, you would be well advised to bring your wallet with you.

The S1 Parents’ Evening starts at 5pm and finishes at 7pm. Pupils should have been making appointments for parents and carers during this week. If you haven’t heard about this evening, have a dig in school bags, or call your child’s Guidance Teacher. On Wednesday the 2nd December we have the final Parent School Partnership meeting of 2015. It starts at 6.15pm in the Library and is always a lively affair with good discussion. Any parent is welcome to come along and hear what’s going on.

Have a good week.

S Ingham