HEAD TEACHER'S UPDATE 14th DECEMBER 2018

It was great to see such a high turnout for our S1 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday night and so many S1 pupils attending with their parents, which allowed them to hear feedback too.  Parents/carers working together with the school is such an important part of raising attainment and achievement so if you were unable to attend for any reason, please contact your child’s guidance teacher to get an update from teachers.

Staffing

We have made an appointment in PE and await a start date being agreed with the candidate’s Head Teacher.

We are interviewing for a Biology teacher on Monday (1FTE) but unfortunately did not get any applications for our part-time temporary post and I am liaising with the authority to seek advice and support with this.

Mrs Caroline Falconer (DHT) is also going to be taking up a 23 month secondment as a Quality Improvement Officer with the South East Improvement Collaborative and a start date has still to be agreed for this.  This will create an acting DHT position at the school which will be advertised in the New Year.

We are also still actively recruiting for Home Economics and English (Ms Machen will be sending out a letter to S1 and S2 Parents/carers about arrangements in the interim until we appoint).

Best wishes to Steven Wands, our Active Schools Coordinator, who goes on secondment w.e.f 18th December. 

Knox Academy’s Choir

Twelve members of Knox Academy’s choir visited Haddington Care Home yesterday and performed Christmas carols for the residents. A good time was had by all.

Samye Ling

The Higher RMPS pupils have just returned from a great trip to the beautiful Buddhist temple, Samye Ling in Dumfries and Galloway.  Ani Sanchub, a nun, gave us a tour of the temple and an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.  Pupils then had an opportunity to try some meditation and ask questions.  We also had time to have a tour of the grounds and peace garden followed by a trip to the shop and Tibetan tearooms for a chat and a hot chocolate.  Pupils behaved very well despite a breakdown with the bus on the way home but thankfully everyone arrived home safe and sound and enjoyed their experience.  (by Liane Montgomery)

Aubigny Trip

The pupils and staff headed off to Aubigny yesterday.  I am sure they will benefit a lot from this trip in terms of immersing themselves in both the culture and language.  It was a shame their flight was delayed significantly and that the train arrangements for arrival at the other end had to be changed to a coach but I am sure this will not detract from the trip in any way! Thank you also goes to Jess Laudi and Hannah McBride for accompanying pupils on this trip.

Mid and East Lothian Badminton Championships

Over 100 pupils travelled from all over the county to Meadowmill Sports Centre to compete in the Mid and East Lothian Secondary Schools Badminton Championships which took place on Tuesday 27th November.

All 6 Secondary Schools from East Lothian and Newbattle Community High School from Midlothian had players representing their school at this prestigious event

Mid & East Lothian Schools Badminton Organiser Christine Black would like to thank all the Sports Co-ordinators, volunteers, coaches and parents who assisted and supported the tournament and to all the players who provided some excellent badminton throughout the day.

We are delighted to say that in the region of 20 Knox players competed in this event. Congratulations to those mentioned below that came away with silverware!

Final results – U14

Boys Singles – ‘B’ Final Winner – Calum Winter

Girls Doubles – Runners up – Romilly McBain & Ailsa Thompson

Boys Doubles – ‘B’ Final Winners – Calum Winter & Ethan Rettie

Mixed Doubles – Winners – Calum Winter & Romilly McBain

Final results – U16

Boys Doubles - Runners up – Calum Rettie & Ryan Baikie

Mixed Doubles Winners – Ryan Baikie & Niamh Robertson

Final results – U19

Boys Singles - ‘B’ Final Winners – Niall Holman

Basketball

Congratulations to both our senior and junior basketball teams yesterday for their sterling performances against Musselburgh Grammar School.  Although we didn’t win either match all the pupils put 100% effort in. Final scores were:  Junior team 19-18 and Senior team 38-28.  Thank you to Michelle Lewis for coaching and accompanying the teams.

Former Pupil News

Arran Marsh, who left Knox Academy in June, is taking to the stage at the Usher hall in Edinburgh to perform in A Christmas Wish.  Arran is currently studying for a BA Honours in Musical Theatre. I was lucky enough to meet Arran as he was part of the pupil panel who interviewed me for this Headship.  All at Knox Academy would like to wish Arran all the best for his performance.

East Lothian Flag

I was delighted to be invited along to the Lord Provost’s festive gathering last night at John Muir House. It was lovely to meet so many partners of East Lothian Council and hear about all the amazing things that have happened across the county during the year.  It was also a privilege to be at this very historic event and the launch of the East Lothian flag – which is very spectacular in blue, yellow and gold.  Hopefully we will see it flying in Haddington soon so everyone can admire it.

Finally, please do come along and support our Christmas Concert on Tuesday evening (18th) at 7pm.  Our S6 Panto, bound to be lots of laughs, is on Wednesday evening at 7pm (suggested donation of £3 on the door).  Our final day at school will involve all of our pupils participating in a Christmas Quiz, Scottish Country Dancing and watching the S6 perform their Panto again. We will all then gather in the hall to sing the Twelve Days of Christmas before the bell goes for the holidays – a lovely way to end the term.

Festive wishes

Sue Cook