March 2017

Published: 31 March 2017

During week commencing 29 May 2017, a programme of activities and trips will run in place of the normal timetable. This programme has been arranged to give pupils a choice of experiences in a broad range of activities.

Now that Curriculum for Excellence is well established at Knox Academy we want Activities Week to add value to the experiences that pupils gain in the classroom. This can be through residential trips, which many pupils have already signed up for, or through home-based activities.

For those pupils not taking part in a residential trip we have organised a series of home-based activities which will hopefully suit a wide variation in interest. Some of the activities are selected due to the interests of the staff who are organising them and some due to requests from pupils over previous years. This is an ideal opportunity for pupils to choose something outside their comfort zone and perhaps develop new skills and interests.

Whatever activity your child chooses to participate in, the main aim of the week is to help them build confidence, develop new skills and make new friends.

Some of the activities are free or of minimal cost and only those that require transport or help from outside specialists or instructors will require a larger payment.

It is expected that all pupils in S2/3 will take part in the these activities unless they have already signed up for a residential trip.

Each pupil must choose 4 activities from the list in order of preference and we will endeavour to give them one of these. They should ensure that their choice form, which is at the back of this booklet, is returned by Wednesday 19 April 2017. No payment is required at this time.

Please note that pupils below -15 points will not be allowed to take part in activities that take place out with the school.
 

Alex Redford
Activities Week Coordinator.

Published: 31 March 2017

We are currently undertaking a review of our pupil support structures and have been listening to what pupil, parents and staff have been telling us regarding the House system.  As you know we recently trialled a Year Head system, with each DHT taking responsibility for two year groups. 

Following an evaluation, it has become clear that the House Head system seems to meet the needs of the pupils more effectively.  As a result we will be moving back to the House Head system after the Easter holiday. 

We will be having House assemblies after the holiday to explain the change to pupils.  It is worth pointing out that this will not involve a change with regards to who your son/daughter's Guidance teacher is. 

We have also added one of the three Pupil Support Workers to each house to act as another point of contact for pupils.

The following identifies the key staff per house.

  Garleton Lammerlaw Traprain
House Head C Falconer Y Binks S Illingworth
Guidance Teacher L Adam S Meekison W Doig
Pupil Support Worker A Freeman P Gilholm S Marnoch

 

Published: 29 March 2017

The latest edition of Knox Newsletter is now available for viewing and downloading on this website in the News section: News > The Knox Newsletter.

Published: 28 March 2017

Schools have to continually reflect and evaluate how they are ‘Getting It Right For Every Child’. We are currently exploring and developing our practices which will, in time, be formalised in policy. We will be focussing on further developing a culture and ethos that reflects the aims and values of our school – engagement, wisdom and respect. In order to build and sustain that positive ethos we need approaches and structures that can support this.
Positive relationships are the starting point for effective learning to take place. We are working towards a relational policy that puts positive relationships at the heart of everything we do. This is a journey that will see our approaches and practices develop over time. This journey will see us revisiting how we celebrate success and support and manage young people throughout their educational career at Knox Academy.

During this journey a working group will be set up to explore how we can celebrate success more effectively and training on Restorative Approaches will take place. We will continually reflect on our practice and adapt and amend as necessary, gradually establishing effective practice that will become a policy that meets the needs of all young people at Knox Academy.

This journey will take time. There are a range of areas we would like to address and are committed to working towards. In the short term, we need structures to promote positive behaviours whilst this process takes place.

We aim to involve you as parents and seek your feedback on our suggested way ahead. We have amended processes that we have previously used and updated them. The following documents outline our suggested interim approaches and structures. The Better Behaviour Better Learning Process document is written for teachers.

Please can you provide feedback on how that process feels from a parental perspective? Please can you look over the structures and approaches in the attachments and click on the link to answer a short questionnaire via Survey Monkey by Monday 4th April?

Please complete our Better Behaviour Better Learning Survey.

We appreciate your feedback.

Published: 28 March 2017

Once again this year, Knox Academy is offering Easter Revision Sessions to assist our pupils with additional support as they prepare for their Final Examinations.  This will be on offer Monday to Thursday of the second week of the holidays.  The Easter Revision timetable is available here.

The Library or a classroom will also be open on all 4 days between 10-12 noon and 12.30-2.30 pm for general study/revision. All pupils must sign in and out at the main entrance (am and pm), before attending any of the revision classes or studying in the Library. The school is not open to pupils outwith the times of the revision sessions.

School dress code is not required but pupils should be dressed appropriately. A high standard of behaviour is expected at all times in all parts of the school. A member of the Senior Management Team will always be on duty each day.

Published: 27 March 2017

Have you considered signing up to the MySQA Service?  This allows you the opportunity to receive examination results by SMS or email on the day rather than waiting for the post.  You can also confirm that your personal details are up-to-date including your address.

The SQA website (includes past papers and marking instructions) and Understanding Standards website are also useful resources for examination preparation.

Published: 22 March 2017

A reminder that the deadline for S2 pupils' course choices for next session is this Friday 24th March. Please ensure forms are returned to registration teachers by Friday.

Published: 21 March 2017

Check out the presentation.  Click on the main title to access.

Published: 17 March 2017

Along with Edinburgh College we have created a leaflet listing the Grades required, or preferred, in Mathematics, to study the course of your choice at Edinburgh College. There will hopefully be a Lifeskills Mathematics version soon too.

We have lists for: National 4, National 5 and Higher.

It is clear to see that there is lots of value in achieving a National 4 Qualification as well as National 5 or Higher.

Published: 15 March 2017

The BBC School Report team has successfully completed their submission for News Report Day.  The S2 pupils have been working extremely conscientiously to produce a news report on the growth of Haddington and its effect on the community including impact on the local hospital and high school.

The team consisted of: Louise Allan, Marylin Briggs, Hugo Elder, Carrie Evans, Eilidh Graham and Kyle Sutherland, 

Their news broadcast can be viewed on the BBC School Report area of the website.

Published: 14 March 2017

The inspection report produced by HM Inspectors following our inspection that took place at the end of November 2016 has been published today

I am delighted that the strengths of the school have been recognised in terms of our high attainment levels; the variety of courses on offer; our successes in partnership working; and the emerging, innovative practice in the use of technology.

I welcome the recommendations contained in the letter and the feedback from HMIe and have already started working with staff, East Lothian Council Education Department, and the Chair of the Parent Council as to how we move forward.  We are progressing quickly with recommendations relating to practice and processes. Other changes around planning, parental engagement and reinvigorating the vision, values and aims, are going to require more time, and we would like to involve all members of the school community.

If you would like to hear more about how we plan to move forward and how you can help, there will be a meeting for any interested parent/carer on 19 April at 6.30pm in the Hall.   I propose to hold update meetings throughout the time between now and the return of the Inspectors, and will inform you of those in due course.

I am looking at this as a real opportunity for Knox Academy to build on the undoubted strengths that we have.  This is an exciting time for everyone in Knox’s community as we now have a mandate to progress towards excellence in all areas.

 

S Ingham

Published: 13 March 2017

The S3 Course Choice booklet is now available online. It can be found under the Curriculum section of the website.

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