HEAD TEACHER'S UPDATE 1 OCTOBER 2021

A huge thank you to all who tuned in to our Knox Academy Awards Evening last night. I hope you all enjoyed celebrating the many young people at Knox Academy who received awards for Session 2020-21.  It was fantastic to award over two hundred and twenty pupils with awards for both academic attainment and wider achievement. A huge thank you to Mr Dempster and Mrs Falconer for coordinating this event, to all the prize winners and to all the musicians who played at the event. A final thanks to our Guest Speaker, Eilish McColgan, 10,000m Olympian in Tokyo, for her inspiring message to all of our young people.  Our diligence awards, which are awarded for hard work and commitment in each subject area, will be awarded in December – so everything to work for by our young people to ensure they are nominated in each of these.

Macmillan – World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

The final total raised was over £700.50. Thank you to all who gave so generously to this charity – it will make a huge difference to the amazing work they do.

2020 Exam Timetable

The exam diet will start on Tuesday 26 April and finish on Wednesday 1 June 2022 (if it is safe to run this exam diet and agreed by public health). Results day will be Tuesday 9 August 2022. The exam timetable for 2022 is now live on the SQA website.

S1 Reports

These will be issued on Friday, 8 October, and report on your young person’s achievement of a level, their effort, behaviour and home learning. In response to the survey that parents/carers and pupils completed in May, we have taken note of your feedback and changed our report to reflect this. Reports will now give one ‘positive progress comment’ and ‘two targets’ for pupils to help them focus on their next steps.  The Curriculum section of our website will detail the content of courses to allow parents/carers to be able to see the work being covered in each term rather than reports going in to this detail. Any feedback you have on the reports would be most welcome via the tear-off slips included in the reports.

School Session Dates

The consultation on School Session Dates for 2022/23 to 2024/25 will be open on the Council’s Consultation Hub from 27 September 2021 until 18 October 2021.  The consultation on the draft school session dates for these three school sessions is to seek stakeholder views.  Our neighbouring authorities, City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council have set, or are in the process of setting, their session dates and these dates are available on the respective websites.  The East Lothian Council draft dates for 2022/23 to 2024/25 have taken cognisance of our neighbouring authority dates.

COP 26 Local Champions

The United Nations COP26 Climate Summit starts on 01 Nov 2021. That means there is just over one month to go to one of the biggest events ever hosted in Scotland. The aim for the 200 world leaders in attendance will be to reach agreement on tackling the global climate emergency by limiting greenhouse gas emissions to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Young Scot is aiming to recruit 10 young people from each local Authority to join the COP26 Local Champions Network. As a Green Flag Eco-School this is a great network to be involved in so if your young person is passionate about making a difference and championing for climate change, please ask them to put their name forward for this role.

LGBT Inclusive Education 

As you may have seen, the launch of LGBT inclusive education was announced recently by Clare Haughey MSP, Minister for Children and Young People. This information pamphlet on LGBT inclusive education, created by the National Parent Forum of Scotland will give you lots of information about this launch. Knox Academy is currently working towards our Silver Charter Award.

No Knives Better Lives: Boys and Young Men Project Survey

Young Scot is working with Youthlink as they research what it is to be a boy or young man in Scotland today. The ultimate aim of the research is to help create a toolkit and series of training sessions to support youth workers and others working with young people to challenge stereotypes and assumptions about what it is like to be a boy or young man in Scotland today.  In association with their research they are asking if as many young people as possible can complete the questionnaires. Young Scot is asking if parents/carers can be around as young people complete the questionnaire so they have support. Information about the surveys can be found via the link above. 11-15 year olds should complete this survey. 16 years and over should complete this survey. The survey asks questions about things like gender identities and stereotypes, relationships, support networks and wellbeing. It will also ask about engagement in certain behaviours, such as risk taking and violent behaviours, and contact with the police. It should take 10-15 minutes to complete. If the young person is a Young Scot Member they can earn 200 Rewards points for completing the survey. If they are not a Member yet they can go to young.scot to sign up. Taking part in the survey is entirely voluntary, and young people can skip any questions they don’t want to answer. Young Scot will not identify any individuals in the reporting of the findings, and all data will be handled in line with data protection legislation.

Covid-19

Please report all positive Covid-19 cases to covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk or if you do not have access to email, telephone 01875 613921. Please also inform the school so we can amend your young person’s attendance record. Please do not send pupils to school who have symptoms. They should self-isolate and book a PCR test and not return to school until they know this is negative and they have no symptoms. Please note: the mobile testing unit will be at John Muir House Car Park Monday-Friday until 4pm each day.

Remote Learning Resources

As a number of pupils self-isolate, work is being provided on our own Google Classrooms. Additional work/learning can be accessed at E-sgoil, West_OS and the National E-Learning offer for both Broad General Education (BGE – S1-S3) and Senior Phase (S4-S6).   All pupils can now access recorded video lessons on using their Glow login to support their learning and revision at home! (If they do not have their Glow Login details please ask them to email admin@knox.elcschool.org.uk to request these from our admin team). Pupils can find West­­_OS in the Glow App Library where they will be able to add the tile to their personal Glow Launchpad. There are lots of quality assured video lessons available for all our pupils across a range of subjects. Pupils will find this a great resource to support their learning and revision on Glow .

Parent Council

The next meeting is on Wednesday 27 October 2021 at 6.30pm (virtual meeting). At this meeting our invited speaker is Dr Adam Burley, who will be talking about relationships and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). We will also have Dr Lyon who will answer questions on Additional Support Needs (ASN). If you would like to attend this meeting please email our Chair of the Parent Council: parentcouncil@ka-net.org.uk

Dates for you diary (please also see the School Calendar for overview and updates):

Friday 8 October – S1 Reports issued

Monday 18 – Monday 25 October – Pupils’ Holiday (October break)

Monday 18 – Friday 22 October – Staff break (Monday 25 – In-service)

Wednesday 27 October – Parent Council 6.30-8pm (virtual meeting)

 

Have a lovely weekend

Sue Cook

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