Our second full week at Knox Academy and we are very much enjoying having all pupils back at school. They have been amazing at adapting to all the changes, and with the wearing of face coverings expected as of Monday, we will do our best to support this change too. I have spoken to many pupils this week, through visiting classes and seeing first-hand how engaged they are in their learning. Great to see that our school values of Ambition, Respect and Community are still very much in action.
Long-leet interviews for the Depute Head Teacher (Meadowpark) take place next Wednesday and short leet interviews the following Tuesday.
Health and Safety around the school
Just a short reminder that any pupil showing Covid-19 symptoms must not attend a school and you can book a test online at www.nhsinform.scot or by telephoning 0800 028 2816. Only if this test is negative should the pupil return to school (and an email with any result should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (who is our Welfare Auxiliary)). Please refer to the detailed information I sent out in the letter on Monday.
School College Partnership 2020-21 (SCP)
All SCP courses will be delivered online for semester 1. This includes East Lothian Works bespoke groups such as S4 Hair and Beauty and S3 Hair & Beauty 2020/21. This means there will be no face to face delivery until January.
Edinburgh College will still be available to teach the students at their allocated times, but as explained above it will be online only for this semester. SCP will be delivered on Tuesday and has sent out emails (w/c 17 August) for the pupils to self-enrol which can be completed on phone, tablet or PC, but they will need to be able to submit a personal photograph to complete the process. College will also forward a student handbook which will provide information on the college and introduce the SCP Coordinator who will be overseeing the classes. Pupils will have the opportunity to contact Edinburgh College if they encounter any problems. In the meantime pupils should check their “spam folder” if they have not yet received an email from Edinburgh College.
Scheduled online induction and transition sessions were held for SCP pupils w/c 24 August and will continue into next week (w/c 31 August). Pupils must attend these class sessions from 1:30-3:30pm with Mr Barnhurst. Failure to complete the induction may jeopardise the pupil’s college place.
Course delivery will commence the following week, the week beginning 7 September.
Once the courses have started i.e. from 7 September, the following arrangements will apply:
S5/6 – pupils may work from home on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, but only if parental consent, in the form of an email to Mr Russell (email@example.com) has been received.
S4 – pupils will attend the college class with Mr Barnhurst on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and complete the work set by their college course.
The other two periods designated as college are a Monday period 7 and a Friday period 4 (the last periods in the day). With parental consent in the form of an email to Mr Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org), pupils can finish school early and go home. Where consent is not granted or it is not possible for the pupil to travel home, they should remain in school and attend the Opportunity for Wider Achievement Class.
Should your family have no access to Wi-Fi at home, then please contact the school office at email@example.com by Tuesday 1 September. Alternatively, if your son/daughter would prefer to be re-coursed, then they need to speak to Mr Russell, DHT as soon as possible.
Virtual Awards Event – Wednesday 16th September
This event celebrates our young people’s performances in their subjects across 2019-20. Pupils in S1-S6 have been nominated by their teachers based on their hard work and commitment to their studies in S1-S3 and their performance in their SQA subjects in S4-S6. We also have a variety of special awards in areas such as music and the arts that will be awarded at this event. We will be writing home to all our award winners next week and asking for parental consent to share your young person’s name at our awards ceremony and also on our school website, social media and possibly the East Lothian Courier too. All pupils will be issued with a certificate for the general and subject awards and a medal for the special awards, including Dux, as they cannot take the trophies home (names will be engraved on trophies and these will be displayed in our foyer. We will also offer pupils the opportunity to have their picture taken with their trophy as a keep sake). We will share a link to the awards ceremony with all winners.
Please could all pupils who borrowed a device such as a Chromebook during lockdown, please return these to the school office as soon as possible. There are still a number of devices that have not been returned and it is vital that we get these back to school to be updated and also for learning and teaching in classrooms and to be able to reallocate to those young people having to work from home. Thank you.
Google Classroom Guardian Summary
As you’ll know, Knox Academy uses Google Classroom to support learning at home and as part of our digital strategy we want to roll out an additional feature of Google Classroom which is designed to help Parents/Carers gain an overview of the set tasks and assignments.
This feature is called Guardian Summaries and it enables Parents/Carers to receive e-mail updates about:
- Missing work—Work not turned in when the summary was sent.
- Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails).
- Class activities—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers.
As a parent/carer you will be able to control the frequency of these updates or decide to opt-out of receiving them at a later date.
Setting up Guardian Summaries
To setup Guardian Summaries use the link: knox.is/guardiansummary which requires your child to log in via edubuzz. This must be done by each child in your household for whom you wish to receive e-mail updates.
We will use the main contact email we have on record but there will be an option in the form to add a second email address. It is therefore essential that the pupil record is accurate so please contact us if you wish to make any changes to your stored information.
Please also note that, due to GDPR regulations, your child may choose to opt out of sharing information with you and if they decline permission we will not be able to set up the summaries for you. (Calum Blair, CL Maths and Numeracy)
A pack will be home containing a PC1 and an Annual Data Check form which is required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned. Packs will contain photo permission forms, email consent forms and school closure forms if we do not hold a copy on file.
If you have no email address, it is essential that you inform the school. Where this is the case, the weekly email information is automatically updated on our website.
Water Dispensers in School
All water dispensers in school are in use and students are encouraged to refill their own water bottles at breaktime and lunchtime.
We now have an “Attendance” inbox for parents to email with student absences/appointments. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first Parent Council of the session will take place, virtually, on Tuesday 1 September. If you would like to join us, please email Lesley Pirie, the Chair of the Parent Council, at email@example.com, so we can add you to our session. It would be great to welcome as many new parents/carers as possible. The meeting will run from 6.30-7.30.
Most of our communication is by email to parents/carers so if you have still to provide us with your email please do so ASAP so you don’t miss out on any information from us. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to give us your email information. Thank you. If you have a question to ask about your young person or a question in general about the school, please email your young person’s Pupil Support Leader in the first instance as they will be best placed to help you. If need be, they will refer any questions on to the House Depute Head Teachers. The email addresses are as follows:
Ms Adam - email@example.com (Garleton Pupil Support Leader (PSL))
Mr Meekison - firstname.lastname@example.org (Lammerlaw PSL)
Mrs Doig - email@example.com (Traprain)
Dr Lyon - firstname.lastname@example.org (PSL Support for Learning)
Ms Fox - email@example.com (PSL for Inclusion)