HEAD TEACHER'S UPDATE 3 SEPTEMBER 2021

We have three values at Knox Academy: Ambition, Respect and Community (ARC). All we do at the school revolves around these core values.

Over the last few weeks we have been covering various themes at registration based around our values. These have been our Knox 90 – getting ready for learning in ninety seconds on arrival to classes. This is a consistent expectation for all year groups when they arrive in class. This is based on our values of ambition and respect. We also looked at ‘litter’ as part of our Eco-School approaches and this covers our values of respect and community. We also focus on the wearing of our school uniform to promote equity and a strong sense of community at the school.  Thank you to all pupils and parents/carers who support us with this by ‘buying in’ to our Knox Academy ethos.  If any families need support with uniform we have our uniform bank, as part of our Eco-school and the letter above gives a link to support for school meals and clothing if you are eligible.

In the coming weeks we will be looking at our approaches to Positive Relationships (ambition, respect and community) and the importance of attendance and punctuality (respect and ambition) to help ensure everyone achieves their potential. We will also be leading an assembly on Mental Health and Wellbeing (MHWB). Following this we will be doing a series of assemblies on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Our Pupil Leadership and Pupil Learning Teams will be involved in leading some of these assemblies.

Staffing

Congratulations to Jenn Davis who was appointed acting Principal Teacher at Meadowpark for this session.

Covid-19

Please can I ask for parental/carers support in ensuring your young people bring their own face coverings to school as we seem to be handing out an increasing number of disposable ones on a daily basis (upwards of 200).  Face coverings are also required on home/school and public transport, and in shops, so young people should be in good habits now in terms of having one (unless exempt) as the wearing of these has been in place for an extended period of time. As an Eco-School we are keen to promote the use of re-useable ones so we do not add to landfill.  Thank you for your support with this.

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.

LFD testing – Thank you to those pupils who have consented to take part in this programme of testing twice weekly and reporting these results online. Again, if positive LFD test is given, please self-isolate and book a PCR test.  If you wish to sign up for LFD testing please complete the online consent form.  LFD test kits can be picked up by pupils first thing in the morning or at reception any time during the school day.

Remote Learning Resources

Further resources have now come online as East Lothian has linked with West_OS.   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.  We have Girls Fitness, Netball and Basketball all starting next week. We also have some other non-sporting clubs starting up, such as Robotics. We look forward to seeing everyone getting active.

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

Google Classroom: Guardian Summary

Knox Academy uses Google Classroom to support learning at home and as part of our digital strategy we have rolled out an additional feature of Google Classroom which is designed to help Parents/Carers gain an overview of the set tasks and assignments.

This feature is called Guardian Summaries and it enables Parents/Carers to receive e-mail updates about:

Missing work—Work not turned in when the summary was sent.

Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails).

Class activities—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers.

As a parent/carer you will be able to control the frequency of these updates or decide to opt-out of receiving them at a later date.   

Please can parents/carers also remind their young person that all Google Meets must be accessed via their EduBuzz accounts or access to these will be denied. This is for data protection reasons.

Setting up Guardian Summaries 

To setup Guardian Summaries use the link: knox.is/guardiansummary which requires your child to log in via Edubuzz. This must be done by each child in your household for whom you wish to receive e-mail updates. 

We will use the main contact email we have on record but there will be an option in the form to add a second email address. It is therefore essential that the pupil record is accurate so please contact us if you wish to make any changes to your stored information.  

Please also note that, due to GDPR regulations, your young person may choose to opt out of sharing information with you and if they decline permission we will not be able to set up the summaries for you. (By Calum Blair, CL Maths and Numeracy)

Pupil News

Squash

Congratulations to Dylan Pearman (S5) who won his age group competition at Bridge of Allan & beat Senga Macfie in the final (she is a previous women's world no 14, played numerous world squash competitions / Commonwealth Games & won many junior competitions and a very experienced player).

In the Northern Junior Open Squash Championships in Newcastle Dylan won the under 17's & Jamie, his younger brother and now in S1, came 4th in the under 13's.

Dylan has been recently selected to train with the Scottish Squash Academy Squad -- this is the level below the elite professionals. Jamie has been recently selected to train with the Scottish Squash Talent Squad.

Congratulations to both boys on their squash performances and to their selections for the Scottish Squash Academy/Talent squads. Knox Academy is very proud of your achievements.

Achievements out of School

We are very keen to celebrate the success of our pupils so if your young person had achieved in an event out of school, please do contact us to let us know so we can celebrate it and share it with our community. Thank you.

Duke of Edinburgh

On Friday 24 September six of our senior pupils will be heading out to complete their DofE Silver award (qualifying) and then on 25/26 September 2021 to complete it. Let’s hope the weather stays fair for them. Best of luck to the team and staff team accompanying them.

 

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

Tuesday 7 September - Parent Council Meeting (online)   6.30-8pm (online)

Friday 17 September – Holiday (all)

Monday 20 September – Holiday (all)

Tuesday 21 September – all resume

if you wish to join our Parent Council Meeting it would be great to have you along (especially our new S1 parents/carers).  To join, please email our Chair of the Parent Council: parentcouncil@ka-net.org.uk.

 

Have a great weekend  

Sue Cook

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