It was lovely to see our senior pupils all dressed up in bright costumes and characters to launch our Children in Need morning. This followed on from an assembly they prepared on Children in Need which the whole school watched on Wednesday. The bake sale at break time looks as though it is going to attract a lot of customers as pupils and staff have been busy making goodies for it; many of these in the keeping of the ‘spots and dots.’ The theme of Children in Need this year is ‘Together,’ and today we have certainly showed that spirit of community in coming together, having fun and raising awareness of this charity. Thank you to all who donated money to this amazing cause as this will make a difference to so many lives. I will update you on the amount we have raised next week and on Twitter.
Teri Devonald, one of our Pupil Support Assistants, leaves us this Friday after supporting our school for ten years. On behalf of us all I would like to wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement.
Tracey McConnachie (our Cook Supervisor) has been promoted to an Assistant Area Officer (Facilities Management) and will leave us on 3 December 2021 after working here almost 13 years. She has been amazing leading the team and we will miss her greatly! Maria Millar, who is a member of our current school meals team, has been promoted to Cook Supervisor, and will start on 6 December. Knowing the school well, the transition between the two will be seamless and our meals will continue being their usual high quality! Again, all at Knox Academy wish both of them all the very best in their new roles.
Vicky Lyon (Pupil Support Leader for Support for Learning) – Congratulations to Vicky who was appointed recently to a teaching post at Pathhead and will leave us at the end of term. We will miss her great knowledge and skill; not just in her expertise in SfL/ASN but across the wider school in terms of the activities she had led in her time here – including Duke of Edinburgh.
Congratulations also to one of our business support staff, Tricia Mulroy, who will leave us at the start of December to start a new post as secretary at Belhaven Hill School.
Term Dates (revised)
Following approval at the meeting of the Council’s Cabinet committee on 9th November 2021 and subsequent approval from Scottish Government for an exceptional school closure, an additional day’s leave has been granted to mark the occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Friday 3 June 2022. An updated calendar is on our website.
S4, S5 and S6 Prelims
Our prelims start next week and all of our young people should have their timetables for this and be engaging in a study programme to support their preparation for these. Pupils should attend school during the duration of their prelims unless flexible study leave is requested. It is essential is that all young people have access to their teacher to support their learning during the two and a half weeks of the prelim diet. Once a prelim has been sat in a subject, learning and teaching of course content will continue during timetabled time.
Reports – S5/6
These will be issued next week 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 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 report.
DigiInventors Challenge 2021
Congratulations to a small group of S3’s who entered the #DigiInventorsChallenge, in association with Glasgow Warriors and the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI). They were versed with identifying a health and care challenge faced on a daily basis. They were then asked to come up with a digital idea that could potentially be transformed into a real digital solution for their chosen challenge. I am delighted to say that our Team, JJA, were the East Lothian Council DigiInventors Challenge 2021 winners!! A huge thank you to them for working so hard on their challenge to help create a fitter, healthier and happier future for Scotland’s young people. (By Mrs S Stewart, Computing)
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Congratulations to twenty of our young people from the Knox Tyne 2020 Duke of Edinburgh Award group, who have now completed their Bronze National Navigation Award. Eighteen of them have also completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award. A great achievement! A huge thank you to all who have supported them with this.
Children’s Grief Awareness Week, 18-25 November 2021
Bereavement, Loss and Grief affects all of us during our lives. East Lothian Council has just has produced some resources to support our young people. This also coincides with grief awareness week. This initiative, founded by the charity Grief Encounter and supported by a wide range of charity partners, aims to raise awareness of the needs of bereaved children and young people in the UK and the benefits they obtain through the support of others.
Surveys for Parents/Carers and Pupils
Your views are sought on East Lothian Council’s Learning Review and also on the Scottish Government’s Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021. Please read below for more information on both and the links to the surveys. Thank you.
Learning Estate Review
The council is sharing detailed information on its school buildings with a new website giving a full picture of its estate at individual school, cluster and East Lothian level.
The website brings together information on the condition, suitability and capacity of existing schools and the council is keen to hear the views of families, communities and learners.
The events are part of the development of a Learning Estate Investment Plan for East Lothian. The plan will set out the council’s investment priorities for its schools to make sure that all facilities support high quality teaching and learning equally across the county, and to outline the investment needed for this to happen. It will also consider how school buildings support community use.
You can share your feedback by:
- Visiting the website and completing an online survey
- Emailing the Learning Estate team
- Attending an online drop-in session to give your views directly (Wednesday 1 December between 5-6pm (Haddington only))
The feedback will be analysed alongside the results of the online questionnaire that was issued in February and presented at a future council meeting. For more information, including dates of event in your area and a link to the questionnaire, click here. The consultation closes on 17 December 2021.
Consultation by the Scottish Government on The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021
Parents/carers, pupils and staff are being asked to give their views about: The ways that products can be obtained free of charge; the location where the products are stored and the types of products available free of charge. The consultation includes those who may need to use the products now and in the future. Parents/carers can complete the survey here. The consultation closes on 14 January 2022.
Please continue to report all positive Covid-19 cases to firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Pupils should continue to do twice weekly LFD tests. LFD kits are available every morning on arrival to school and during the day from the office. They can also be collected from pharmacies and test centres.
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.
The Parent Club also provides useful information on testing for pupils.
Dates for you diary (please also see the School Calendar for overview and updates):
Tuesday 23 November – S3 Parents’ Consultation (virtual) – 5-7pm
Thursday 25 November – S5/6 Reports Issued
Thursday 25 November – Friday 10 December – S4/5/6 Prelims
Wednesday 8 December – S2 Parents’ Consultation (virtual) – 5-7pm
Thursday 9 December – Parent Council (virtual) – 6.30-8pm
Thursday 9 December – Christmas lunch (Food Court) (sandwiches and fruit still available too)
Friday 17 December – End of Term (12.15pm)