Another busy week here at Knox.
The P7s turned up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for their two day visit on Tuesday and Wednesday. They got to grips with the school very quickly and seemed very much at home. It was great to see them bonding with their S6 buddies and I know that some of the P7s will be keeping in touch with the older pupils over the summer.
We’ve been having our “Money Week” this week – where, unsurprisingly, the theme of money has run through a lot of classes and lessons. We kicked off last Friday with the new S2 playing a giant “Game of Life” and we will be finishing off today with finding out if pupils know more about money, feel more comfortable about it and, hopefully, have developed their thinking around money and the cost of living. The school also hosted an IET Faraday Challenge Day yesterday for some of our new S2 pupils. The event was planned to tie in with the BBC's Make It Digital campaign and we were one of only 6 Scottish Secondary Schools to be selected to take part. This STEM activity was designed for six teams of six pupils and gave them an opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems involving the BBC micro:bit. Some photos can be found on our Twitter account. Thank you to Mr Murdoch and Mr McSwan as well as IET and the other visiting STEM Ambassadors for their time and expertise! The winning team was Eilidh Graham, Louise Allan, Tala Davidson, Charlie Henderson, James Cameron, Tristan Swan who took home an Amazon voucher for themselves and an exclusive IET Faraday/BBC micro:bit sports watch!
Today, I attended the final presentations from the pupils who have been working with Morrison Construction this week. Their brief was to design a new hospital for Haddington. There were 13 pupils from across year groups S4 to S6 who worked together in teams looking at various aspects of the construction from designing moods boards, to coping with specification sheets, to ensuring accessibility and ease of movement. The amount of work that they had done in a week was immense. Congratulations go to Hannah, Chloe, Simon, Cammy, Lucas, Joseph, Findlay, James, Scott M, Scott L, Saoirse, Melissa and Karina, and special thanks go to Ms Leggatt for keeping the teams together and focused, and to Morrison Contruction for their support and feedback.
There’s lots going on next week – weather permitting we’ll have the sports’ day finals on the field for everyone on Tuesday. Please ensure that youngsters are prepared for the vagaries of Scottish weather (i.e. pack extra sweaters and sunscreen). We also will be having our Awards’ Ceremony on Thursday evening at 7pm. School will close for the summer on Friday 1st July at 12.05pm.
Have a good week.