A Word from Mrs Ingham, Head Teacher

23 June 2017

What a great and busy week we’ve had!

We welcomed the P7s in for their two-day visit on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and what an impressive bunch they are! They coped so well with getting round the building, carrying all their stuff around, being prepared, and having a “can-do” attitude. The feedback that I got from them was really positive (lunch proved to be something of a highlight for a lot of them, as did science experiments!) and I think that they are in a really good place to transition to us properly in August. Thanks to all the S6 and staff who worked so hard across the primaries and in Knox to make this such a successful event.

As part of Money Week and our ongoing efforts to prepare pupils for leaving school we ran our first S6 'Developing Financial Futures' Day on Monday. We had three workshops being delivered by RBS MoneySense, the Stewart Ivory Foundation, and Citizen's Advice with topics ranging from Crowdfunding, Debt, Sources of Income, Student Funding, Homelessness and the transition to Independent Living - including sharing accommodation! SAAS (the Student Awards Agency Scotland) also delivered a talk to the S6 last week covering eligibility for support, tuition fee costs, bursaries/student loans entitlements, repaying your student loan and how to apply. All the S6 pupils attended this - whether they are intending on applying to university or not as some may be taking a year out and others may consider it at a later date. We are also working on an exciting 'Near to Peer' project with Edinburgh University and Young Enterprise; this will involve former pupils working with our current cohort in relation to preparedness for their financial futures, whether they are considering going to university, college or into work.

The pupils who took part in the Bridge Centre Motorbike Project attended a presentation on Wednesday lunchtime with the staff from the project. The pupils were rewarded with Advanced Bronze certificates for their biking skills, which saw them going from total novices on bikes to managing the bikes round a very challenging course. The staff from the Bridge Centre praised the Knox pupils as being the best pupils they have had on the project and were impressed at the quick progress they made on the bikes. They were also impressed at how well the pupils bonded and worked as a team on the numerous challenges that were set for them. It was great to see the pupils work towards their targets that they had set themselves for in school, and they intend to stick with these targets and develop them within school. Well done to: Molly MacIver, Holly Cameron, Summer Pilkington, Lucy Lemmon, Ethan Hammond, and Jakub Guzikowski. 

Yesterday S3 presented to members of the Haddington Twinning Association about the town’s association with Aubigny. When, I popped into the classes, I saw pupils presenting with clarity and confidence and they really impressed our visitors. Congratulations to all the pupils involved for their hard work (photos of certificate winners are on the school’s Twitter feed).

We’ve had a letter from Andy Edmonston, Chief Superintendent in charge of Police Scotland’s Road Policing Division in which he says, “As the weather improves and children and young people venture out on foot and bike to enjoy it, I seek your help in pushing the road safety message. I would encourage your students, pupils and staff alike to take responsibility for their own safety and to be mindful of the hazards walking and cycling on the roads present.” Given the proximity to the holidays I thought that I would share this message with parents and carers so that you can build on the road safety messages that we give at school.

Next week there is still a lot going on. We have Senior Prefect elections, Awards’ Ceremony on Wednesday evening, and the last day of term on Friday. We will be having a dress-down day on Friday and school will close for the summer at 12.05pm that day.

Have a great week.

S Ingham