4 November 2016

Many apologies for not updating the website last week – I’m afraid I succumbed to the “lurgy” and was not in school. Consequently, this one’s a bit of a bumper edition:

A group of 14 senior pupils gave up the first day of their holidays to attend a model United Nations Conference at Edinburgh University. The conference started with a passionate and interesting presentation on UNESCO and its role from Edinburgh University Professor JP Singh, the Director of the Centre for Cultural Relations. Following this pupils were briefly taken through the Model UN structure before being split into councils. It is fair to say the conference was a steep learning curve but the pupils performed excellently, some even contributing to debates and drafting their own motions for consideration. Pupils expressed a desire to return next year now that they know what they are doing. I have no doubt that they will prove to be a force to be reckoned with on future debating platforms.

The school’s Green Team entered a competition recently entitled “Making Things Last”, run through Community Resources Network Scotland. The feedback that they received was really encouraging: “Thank you for submitting an entry for the Schools Challenge 2016 Competition on behalf of Knox Academy. We have received an amazing response to this challenge, plus a very high calibre of entries, which were all assessed by a panel. I am writing to advise you though that unfortunately, on this occasion, your entry has not been selected as the winner. Can I just say how very impressed we all were by the effort that had gone into Knox Academy’s entry and your school came up very high in the scoring process. We all know how important it is to reduce the consumption of paper and the pupils had some great ideas for enforcing this within their own school. In addition the entry was well presented and laid out. “

Congratulations to Eilidh Graham in S2, who has achieved God Undergraduate Level in the Children’s University. She has been invited to a graduation ceremony at Queen Margaret University where she will receive her award for her 100 hours of activity.

Last Friday the school held a Hallowe’en Dress Down Day and managed to raise £650 for charity. This was a great effort and, as well as dressing down, pupils held a bake sale and a “Pie the Teacher” event. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Last Thursday and Friday saw the now, annual, Macmillan Concert. Knox Academy was well represented and I have had some lovely feedback from members of the audience. All our musicians are in full-swing, preparing for Christmas and I know that they will do us, and themselves, proud.

“Fantastic! Great! Engaged! What a wonderful Library and kids!” that’s the way David Almond described his visit today. David spoke passionately about his life as a writer and the inspiration behind his novels. He demonstrated through a workshop how a simple question can develop into the start of a story. Knox pupils proved that they do not lack imagination; from giant earthworms taking over our sewers, to puddles becoming cushions, David saw how our pupils engage with creative writing and appreciated their amazing input into what was a lively and informative session.

And finally…we had the official opening of Meadowpark today. Thanks to everyone who joined us - it was a lovely event and an opportunity for us to say thank you to everyone who has had a role in the project. Thanks to Ms Prime, her team and the pupils for organising a great welcome, and fantastic refreshments.

Have a great week.

S Ingham