HEAD TEACHER'S UPDATE 24 SEPTEMBER 2021

It was great to start today with a whole school breakfast to raise funds and awareness of the great work of Macmillan Cancer Support on the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.’ Lovely to see that a number of pupils and staff had been home baking too! Thank you to all parents/carers, pupils and staff who donated to this charity, which is very close to many of our hearts. I will update you on the amount raised via Twitter and my next HT’s news.

Knox Academy Awards Evening 2021

Our virtual Awards Ceremony for 2020/2021 will take place at 7pm on Thursday 30 September 2021.  A link will be provided on our school website and on Twitter in advance.

2022 Exam Timetable

The exam diet will start on Tuesday 26 April and finish on Wednesday 1 June 2022. Results day will be Tuesday 9 August 2022. The 2022 exam diet will only take place if it is safe to do so and SQA is therefore continuing to monitor public health advice. The exam timetable will be published by the end of September on the SQA website.

S2 Reports

These will be issued next Thursday, 30 September, 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.

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.

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 .

Extra-curricular Activities (Active Schools)

You can sign your young person up to Extra Curricular Activities.  Lots of our young people have signed up for activities but it would be great if everyone could sign up for at least one. These clubs and activities are great for supporting health and wellbeing as well as developing their skills and making new friends.

If anyone has any issues signing up to classes please get in contact with Thomas Salkeld  tsalkeld@elcschool.org.uk

Parent Council

The next meeting is on 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):

Thursday 30 September – S2 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)

The Haddington Farmers Market is on this weekend so great to support our local producers if you are in the vicinity.

Have a lovely weekend

Sue Cook

Please also remember to follow us at: www.ka-net.org.uk for the latest information and updates