February 2017

Published: 24 February 2017

Firstly, some sporting news about a former pupil: Iain Trotter. He writes, “I've recently turned professional at boxing after a 50 fight amateur career, winning various titles and representing Scotland. I'm now looking to build a solid base of support at home and to spread word about my upcoming, televised, second pro fight on the 24th of March at Meadowbank Stadium, on Josh Taylor's Commonwealth title undercard. Tickets are priced £40, £60 and £100. I started training at 13 and fighting at 17. I had 50 amateur fights winning 35, boxing throughout Britain. I earned a silver medal in the Scottish Novice Championship and then went on to win gold in the Scottish Intermediate Championship, followed by two golds in the Eastern District Championships. I was the first senior champion out of Haddington and was part of the Scotland boxing team representing them. I am now trained by Billy Nelson who trained various champions, the most notable would be current World Champion, Ricky Burns.” It’s wonderful to hear about Iain’s success and I look forward to hearing how he does.

The results for this year’s East Lothian Cross Country are now in. Congratulations to everyone that represented the school in what proved to be a keenly contested event. The staff that went in support of the Knox Running Team were very impressed by the general level of effort and of how supportive the team members were of each other.

Last night we had a very positive evening for parents of new S1, entitled “WE R Listening”. It was not only an opportunity for parents to come in to hear about how we feel their children have settled in, but was also an opportunity to get feedback from parents about how we have done. The information that we got will be feeding into our School Improvement Plan, so we are really grateful to all the parents who were able to make it.

Can I remind parents that we are holding a new Coursing Event for S4/5 parents on Tuesday 28 February from 5.00 pm until 6.30 pm in the School Library? This is a drop-in and will give parents an opportunity to speak to our colleagues on a one-to-one basis about pre-vocational courses, College courses, Academies courses, Work Experience and Mentoring programmes. We look forward to seeing you there.

Next Wednesday there is a Parent Council meeting at 6.15pm in the Library. This will be followed by their AGM. Please come along and support if you are able to.

Have a great week.

S Ingham

Published: 10 February 2017

We’ve had another busy week of exams, and senior pupils have certainly earned a bit of a break over the next week. I was invigilating the Maths exams this week and pupils seemed to cope pretty well with what they were being asked to do. There were some pupils who felt that they were underprepared and we are going to be working with them over the next couple of months to help them with planning, organisation and revision strategies. There’s a lot that we can do between now and the exams and with the pupils’ continued effort and the support of parents and carers we will get them to where they need to be. Pupils should keep an eye out for revision classes at lunchtimes and after school – they are well advertised in departments.

Last week, a group of senior musicians went to entertain at the Probus Club Burns’ Lunch. We received this very kind feedback: The committee and I thank you for making our Burns Lunch very special, Teacher Elsie Orr and Alasdair, Ewan, Hannah, Molly, Kaye, Miriam, and Katie, were a credit to Knox Academy. The music was very special and the way they conducted themselves is something you should be very proud of.”

I am delighted to report that Rosie Greenshields has attained her Baden Powell Award. It was a year’s worth of work with a group of other Guides, working on projects to do with healthy living, and cooking, and research into topics e.g. fashion through the ages. As ever, things that are worthwhile are hard work, but Rosie relished it and I’d like to commend her for her efforts.

Our Librarian, Mr Plain has been asked to sit on the shortlist panel for the 2018 Scottish Teenage Book Prize. This is a real honour, reflecting Mr Plain’s previous work as part of the panel for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. I know that the Pupil Librarians will be really interested in the process and look forward to hearing how it all goes.

Can I commend to you the work of the Haddington Twinning Association? They do a lot to support the school’s links with Aubigny, but they need the funds to do it. They are holding a ceilidh on the 4 March at the Corn Exchange in Haddington and would love to have your support.

Just a reminder to S4/5 parents that we are holding a new Coursing Event on Tuesday 28 February from 5.00 pm until 6.30 pm in the School Library. This is a drop-in and will give parents an opportunity to speak to our colleagues on a one-to-one basis about pre-vocational courses, College courses, Academies courses, Work Experience and Mentoring programmes. We look forward to seeing you there.

The school closes at 12.05pm today and reopens for pupils on the 21 February at the usual time.

Have a great week.

S Ingham

Published: 03 February 2017

It has been another busy week here at Knox and the days seem to be flying past.

Senior pupils hit the ground running early on in the week as they had their first taste, this session, of sitting exams in the Hall. The pupils seemed to cope well with the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher English exams, and I’m hoping that they are similarly sanguine about the various Maths exams next week.

On Tuesday night, some of our senior linguists presented to Haddington Twinning Association about their visit to Aubigny. On member of the audience reported, “Everyone commented on how much they had enjoyed hearing about their experiences during their stay. French food and French hospitality seem to have made quite an impression!” Thanks to Ms McBride for supporting the pupils and to the Twinning Association for extending their kind invitation.

On Wednesday evening we held an information evening for parents of pupils in S3, 4 and 5, to explain option choices for next year. We had great input from colleagues from East Lothian Works, Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University and the Foundation Apprenticeship scheme, alongside Jennifer Jones from Skills Development Scotland. There will be an opportunity later on in the month for parents to revisit the various offers we make for pupils at an open afternoon held in the school – look out for more information.

Next week the school closes at 12.05pm until Tuesday 21st February.

Have a great week.

S Ingham