A reminder that there will be a meeting tonight (Wednesday 26 April 2017) at 6.30pm in the hall to discuss the recent inspection, all will be made very welcome.
Our new supplier of Dress Code is Border Embroideries. All orders should be placed via the Border Embroideries website. Delivery can be made to your home address for £4.99 or to Knox Academy at no cost. See Border Embroideries website for detail surrounding delivery dates.
Further Information surrounding the expectations of school dress code can be viewed on our website.
The ordering process can be viewed below:
The new Food Court Menu for Spring 2017 - Autumn 2017 is now available online.
Listen again to the Spring Concert which was held on Wednesday 31 March 2018 on the concerts section of our website. Previous concerts are also accessible on their individual pages.
Thanks to Abby Hickman and Rebecca Mackenzie for filming the Spring Concert 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.
Activities Week Coordinator.
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.
|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|
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?
We appreciate your feedback.