HEAD TEACHER'S UPDATE 28th SEPTEMBER 2018

Good afternoon

It has been another busy week here at Knox Academy.  It has been the European Week of Languages and the Faculty has had a lot of exciting events for our young people to engage in as part of this week.  The sports teams are busy this weekend with Rugby and Hockey fixtures here at Knox Academy and Ross High School. We wish them luck in these!  Keeping with the theme of hockey, our senior girls’ team will have played 3 games within a week come Saturday.  This takes great effort and commitment so well done to all involved! They had a tough Cup Fixture against a very strong Loretto team on Monday. They matched them in the 1st half but Loretto's match fitness and sharpness showed in the second half and they managed to win the match. This had been our girls 1st match so things were bound to progress from there. They then played Fettes which turned out to be a fantastic game - The girls worked really well together as a team and the match ended in a draw after being keenly contested. 

Staffing

We said a fond farewell to Bev Skirrow (Business Manager) and Lauren Jeffrey after both being at Knox Academy ten years.  We wish them well in their future pathways.

We warmly welcomed Richard Watson in Technologies and William MacKay in Maths.

We have also have a preferred candidate for our Maths position (job share) and one candidate wil start after the October break.

We are currently recruiting in English and Geography.

European Week of Languages

Every year the Modern Languages department at Knox Academy celebrates the European Day of Languages with a whole week of events. Each morning registration classes went through videos and activities covering a variety of themes, including polyglots, multilingual celebrities and athletes, music in other languages, and a "guess the language" quiz! On Tuesday, we held our annual Euro quiz in the hall for S1s, which saw students working in groups to answer questions about European geography, flags, languages, and food. S3 students completed a carousel of activities in class which covered general knowledge, landmarks, flag, and dictionary skills. Finally, our two Advanced Higher French students visited S2 classes to give a presentation about their experience of learning languages, international school trips they've attended, and the benefits of learning languages. We hope that students have a deeper insight into the fun and benefits of learning other languages!

Dalguise - S6 Outward Bound Trip

 S6 were absolutely top-class at Dalguise this year. Their behaviour was a credit to the school; they managed to get the balance between that extra level of 'banter' that such a trip allows and maintaining respect just right, and were a pleasure to be away with. In terms of the activities they were brilliant too, pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and encouraging each other all weekend. For sure, the least stressful weekend away with S6 that I have experienced.

Not the least painful, though; I reckon a trip to the physio is required! (by Alex Redford).

A huge thanks to all the staff who accompanied the trip -which wouldn't have been possible without you.  The S6 I have spoken to all have said what an amazing and memorable time they had.

Hockey

Charlie Gates, in S5 and one of our Sports Ambassadors, has been picked for the Grange Men's first team hockey squad who are travelling to Barcelona next week to play two games in the Euro Hockey League. Grange are the current Scottish champions and Charlie has only really been involved with the first team since the end of last season so is thrilled they consider him good enough to be part of the European squad.  The Knox Academy community would like to wish him all the best for his and team's performance.

Squash

Congratulations to Dylan Pearman in S2 for his performance in coming 7th at the Scotstoun Squash Championships last weekend.  Three days of intensive matches against other competitors two years older than him as he has just gone up an age group.  We are very proud of you!

Have a lovey weekend

Sue Cook