February 2021

Published: 26 February 2021

It has been lovely to welcome back a small number of S4-S6 pupils for practical based learning this week. Their application and productivity within the three hour sessions has been amazing and many young people have completed their work. We are now in the process of devising a timetable for weeks 3 and 4 (8 and 15 March) for S4-S6 pupils still to complete practical tasks and we will email this to parents/carers in the middle of next week. The usual mitigations of 2M social distancing – arrival, departure, corridors and classrooms is in place and the wearing of face coverings for all staff and senior phase pupils (unless exempt).  More details about this were in my letter last week.

Pupils who will be required to attend during weeks 3 and 4 will be contacted directly by their teachers via Google Classroom, and parents/carers will also get a text reminder for their young person the day before they are due to attend school. Transport for those who get home to school transport will also be arranged and the school or transport services will be in touch with you regarding these.

Engagement in remote learning continues to be good and a huge thank you to parents/carers for encouraging your young people to continue with a routine in terms of their learning.

Lateral Flow Test Devices for S4-S6

The latest information on this testing can be accessed by staff, senior pupils and families here. This information is kept up-to-date at all times. The testing only applies to the small number of pupils in S4-S6 attending school for practical tasks. However it will be applicable to all in S4-S6 as school resumes on a larger scale. All those pupils (S4-S6) and staff who attended school this week have been offered to be part of the testing programme and been given consent forms and kits if they wished to participate. Testing is voluntary but recommended. 

SQA Update

S3 Learner Pathways

Pupil Support Leaders (PSLs) have been having Google Meetings this week, with S3 pupils, to support them with their learner pathway subject choices for S4.  Thank you to those who engaged with this.

A reminder that S4 into S5 will have their coursing interviews w/b 1 March and S5 into S6 the w/b 8 March. Pupils should ensure they are checking their emails regularly as PSLs will be in touch with details as to when their interview will take place.

S2 Learner Pathways/Course Choice

We are keen to support our S2 pupils as they make their choices for S3.  Normally we would not have one to one course choice interviews for S2, but we would support them through the process as part of our PSE programme.

As that is difficult under the present circumstances, we would like to remind pupils that support is available and that they should contact their Pupil Support Leader directly (see below) if they have any questions about their course choices (Steven Illingworth, DHT).

Ms L Adam – Garleton

Mr S Meekison – Lammerlaw

Mrs W Doig - Traprain

In School Learning – all pupils

Parents/carers who are key workers are able to make an application to East Lothian Council to request a space in the in-school provision for P4-S3 pupils only. Priority will be given to those key workers in category 1 and category 2 where both parent/carers are key workers or where there is a single parent who is a key worker. Wherever possible, parents/carers should make use of informal young person care arrangements in line with the Scottish Government Guidance. As always, health and safety of our school community comes first. In order to ensure the risk of transmission remains low, there is a need to limit the number of pupils working in school with a focus on supporting those in the most need. When in school, all pupils will be working in defined ‘bubbles’ (including at break and lunchtimes), asked to ensure hand sanitising on entry/exit to the building, encouraged to wear face coverings (S4-S6 must wear these as do staff supporting this provision) and asked to maintain physical distancing at all times.

COVID-19

Positive Cases: Please continue to report any positive cases to covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk or telephone 01875 613921.

Please note: If your young person is attending school (or in-school provision), please do not send them if they, or anyone in your household has tested positive or has Covid-19 symptoms.  Please self-isolate and book a test. If they are in S4-S6 and attending school for a practical subject(s) and they test positive using the lateral flow device testing kit, they should also self-isolate and book a PCR test.

Learning Estate Review

East Lothian Council’s vision is to develop a modern, safe, sustainable learning estate that enhances and supports communities while improving the lives of families equally no matter what area they are in. We’re now undertaking a pre-consultation activity which will help to inform a review of our Learning Estate.

An online survey has been created to gather views from the community. This feedback will help inform how we move forward with a full Learning Estate Review.

The pre-consultation public survey will be open from Monday 22 February until Monday 15 March, during which time the survey will be accessible on the East Lothian Council Consultation Hub.

More information and the online survey can be found at https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/learning-estate-review-pre-consultation

If you have any queries please contact learningestatereview@eastlothian.gov.uk

Bake-Off – results

Meadow Park’s winner:  Haakon Christiansen - Biscoff Billionaire Traybake

S1: Zac Wishart - Chocolate and Caramel Ridiculous Cake

S2: Amiee Walker - Pool balls

S3: Ivy Briggs - Frog cake

S4: Anna Wood - Harry Potter The Monster Book of Monsters

S5: Sally Greenshields - Birthday Cake

S6: Alistar McKinlay - Pizza

Staff:  Maura Maloney - Sourdough Foccacia

Thank you very much to Mungos Well who has kindly sponsored this Bake-Off are providing flour as prizes to the winners - encouraging them to continue with their amazing baking. 

A huge well done to all who entered and for our super judges in the HE Department – Mrs Cochrane and Ms J Donald.  Photos os winning entries can be viewed on our Twitter feed. Keep your eyes peeled for the next competition.

Have a lovely weekend, and if you want to support local businesses, pop along to the Haddington Farmers Market that is on this weekend. Some lovely produce!

Sue Cook

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Published: 19 February 2021

I hope you all had a lovely February break and managed to get out and about, even in the snow. It has been good to see the pupils back online since Tuesday and we will look forward to seeing some of our senior phase pupils back at school, from 22 February, for learning and teaching of some practical subjects.  Some parents/carers and pupils may also wish to participate in our first ever School Bake-Off as a bit of fun during remote learning (please see details at the end of my HT’s update).

I wrote to parents/carers of S4-S6 pupils earlier on this week regarding the asymptomatic testing for senior phase pupils returning to school from 22 February. This testing does not apply to S1-S3 pupils.

I have also written out to all parents/carers of S4-S6 pupils regarding the phased return to school for those young people following practical subjects.  A very small number of pupils will be attending over the coming weeks to complete practical tasks for SQA subjects that cannot be done remotely. 

Staffing

I would like to welcome back Caroline Falconer, to her Depute Head Teacher position. Caroline was on secondment to the South East Improvement Collaborative as Quality Improvement Manager. She will link with Lynn Adam as the Garleton House Team.

SQA Update

Notification from SQA came on Tuesday evening that submission dates for provisional grades for SQA candidates has now been extended to Friday 25th June.  Further information can be found here.

S3-S6 Course Choices/Learner Pathway Reviews

A reminder that our coursing is due to start now and this will take place online e.g. pupils will submit their initial choices using a Google Form and the coursing interviews will be conducted using Google Meet, in the same way as the recent parent consultation evenings.

All pupils in S2-S5 received two emails before the February break (to their Edubuzz account). One with information to support them in making their choices and a second one with the Google Form they need to use to submit their choices (prior to their coursing interview).

This information is also available on the Course Choice area of our website:

  • S2 into S3 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 1 March 2021
  • S3 into S4 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 22 February 2021
  • S4 into S5 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 8 March 2021
  • S5 into S6 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 15 March 2021

The last question on the Google Form asks the pupil to confirm that their parent/carer is aware of the choices being submitted i.e. we will take this as equivalent to a parent/carer signature. Once the form has been submitted, the pupil will receive a copy of the Form as they have submitted it, so that they/ you have a copy.

Any questions relating to coursing should be directed to your young person’s Pupil Support Leader (Guidance Teacher) in the first instance (by David Russell, DHT)

Remote Learning Resources

Further resources have now come online as East Lothian has linked with West_OS.   All pupils can now access recorded video lessons on using their Glow login to support their learning and revision at home! (If they do not have their Glow Login details please ask them to email admin@knox.elcschool.org.uk to request these from our admin team). Pupils can find West­­_OS in the Glow App Library where they will be able to add the tile to their personal Glow Launchpad. There are lots of quality assured video lessons available for all our pupils across a range of subjects. Pupils will find this a great resource to support their learning and revision on Glow .

In School Learning – all pupils

Parents/carers who are key workers are able to make an application to East Lothian Council to request a space in the in-school provision. Priority will be given to those key workers in category 1 and category 2 where both parent/carers are key workers or where there is a single parent who is a key worker. Wherever possible, parents/carers should make use of informal young person care arrangements in line with the Scottish Government Guidance. As always, health and safety of our school community comes first. In order to ensure the risk of transmission remains low, there is a need to limit the number of pupils working in school with a focus on supporting those in the most need. When in school, all pupils will be working in defined ‘bubbles’ (including at break and lunchtimes), asked to ensure hand sanitising on entry/exit to the building, encouraged to wear face coverings (S4-S6 must wear these as do staff supporting this provision) and asked to maintain physical distancing at all times.

COVID-19

Positive Cases: Please continue to report any positive cases to covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk or telephone 01875 613921.

Please note: If your young person is attending school (or in-school provision) from 22 February onwards, please do not send them to school if they, or anyone in your household has tested positive or has Covid-19 symptoms.  Please self-isolate and book a test. If they are in S4-S6 and attending school for a practical subject(s) and they test positive using the lateral flow device testing kit, they should also self-isolate and book a PCR test.

Learning Estate Review

East Lothian Council’s vision is to develop a modern, safe, sustainable learning estate that enhances and supports communities while improving the lives of families equally no matter what area they are in. We’re now undertaking a pre-consultation activity which will help to inform a review of our Learning Estate.

An online survey has been created to gather views from the community. This feedback will help inform how we move forward with a full Learning Estate Review.

The pre-consultation public survey will be open from Monday 22 February until Monday 15 March, during which time the survey will be accessible on the East Lothian Council Consultation Hub.

More information and the online survey can be found at: eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/learning-estate-review-pre-consultation

If you have any queries please contact learningestatereview@eastlothian.gov.uk

Bake-Off

Welcome to Knox Academy’s first ever Bake Off!

The theme is anything goes.  Whether you want to make some delicious cookies, bake a cake, a pizza, or some fancy bread, it’s up to you.  All we ask is that you send us a picture of your bake before you devour it.  With a winner for each year group and a staff winner it would be great to see as many entries as possible.

Send your entries with your name and year group to scochrane@edubuzz.org for Mrs Cochrane and Miss Donald to judge by Monday 22nd February. Winners will be announced on Friday 26th February.

Here’s some links to get you thinking

Any questions, please get in touch scochrane@edubuzz.org.

Have fun and happy baking!

Sue Cook

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Published: 05 February 2021

I hope you are safe and well. You perhaps watched, read or heard about the First Minister’s statement on Tuesday regarding the re-opening of schools, from 22 February, to support senior phase pupils with course work in practical subjects. The vast majority of pupils will, however, continue with remote learning, with the focus on learning and teaching of content.  At this stage we are awaiting further guidance from the Scottish Government about this and we will communicate our plans with parents/carers and pupils by 19 February at latest. We will be working closely with other ELC secondary schools and our Director of Children’s Services to agree this plan.

COVID-19 asymptomatic testing programme for school/ELC staff and senior phase pupils will be offered following the February break and more information will be shared about this shortly.

Next week, 8-15 February (inclusive), is a holiday for all of our pupils and there will be no remote learning provided by teachers during this time. I would ask that pupils/parents/carers enjoy the holiday break and that staff are not contacted during this time. This allows everyone to have a relaxing and well-earned break.  

A reminder that there will be no in-school provision during the mid-term break either.

Remote learning and our in-school provision will re-commence on 16 February 2021.

Staffing

I would like to express a huge heartfelt thank you to Alice Clubb who finishes her seconded DHT post today at Knox Academy. She has been an amazing addition to our Senior Leadership Team and school over the last 23 months. We wish her well in her return to her substantive post as Curriculum Leader of Maths at North Berwick High School.

S2 Parents’ Evening

Thank you to all staff, pupils and parents/carers who attended our virtual parents’ evening on Wednesday. Again, this seems to have gone really well with some great discussions about learning, remote learning, next steps and choice options for S3.

S3-S6 Course Choices/Learner Pathway Reviews

Our coursing is due to start after the February break and given the current circumstances we are planning to do it all online e.g. pupils will submit their initial choices using a Google Form and the coursing interviews will be conducted using Google Meet, in the same way as the recent parent consultation evenings.

All pupils in S2-5 will receive two emails by Friday 5 February (to their Edubuzz account). One with information to support them in making their choices and a second one with the Google Form they need to use to submit their choices (prior to their coursing interview).

This information is also available on the Course Choice area of our website:

  • S2 into S3 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 1 March 2021
  • S3 into S4 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 22 February 2021
  • S4 into S5 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 8 March 2021
  • S5 into S6 – coursing interviews to be held w/b 15 March 2021

The last question on the Google Form asks the pupil to confirm that their parent/carer is aware of the choices being submitted i.e. we will take this as equivalent to a parent/carer signature. Once the form has been submitted, the pupil will receive a copy of the Form as they have submitted it, so that they/ you have a copy.

Any questions relating to coursing should be directed to your young person’s Pupil Support Leader (Guidance Teacher) in the first instance (by David Russell, DHT)

East Lothian Works

ELW have two events planned covering SCP and Full Time College for those looking to leaving school in the summer.

School College Partnership – Wednesday 17th February 5.30 – 6pm

Full Time College – Thursday 18th February 5.30 – 6pm

The google meet code is –

wuu-zafz-tqn   (the same code for both meetings)

In School Learning – all pupils

Parents/carers who are key workers are able to make an application to East Lothian Council by to request a space in the in-school provision. This needs to be done by 7 February to request a place for 16 February onwards. Priority will be given to those key workers in category 1 and category 2 where both parent/carers are key workers or where there is a single parent who is a key worker. Information about the category definitions can be found here: Wherever possible, parents/carers should make use of informal young person care arrangements in line with the Scottish Government Guidance. As always, health and safety of our school community comes first. In order to ensure the risk of transmission remains low, there is a need to limit the number of pupils working in school with a focus on supporting those in the most need. When in school, all pupils will be working in defined ‘bubbles’ (including at break and lunchtimes), asked to ensure hand sanitising on entry exit to the building, encouraged to wear face coverings (S4-S6 must wear these as do staff supporting this provision) and asked to maintain physical distancing at all times.

COVID-19

Positive Cases: Please continue to report any positive cases to covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk or telephone 01875 613921.

Please note: If your young person is attending the in-school provision from 16 February onwards, please do not send them to school if they, or anyone in your household has tested positive, or has Covid-19 symptoms.  Please self-isolate and book a test.

Children’s Mental Health Week

It’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health week and East Lothian Council has just launched their new Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Point.

The google site contains up-to-date information for children & young people, families, and school staff around a variety of mental health and wellbeing topics. It provides information and resources to sign-post to, as well support in having conversations around mental health. Please do take time to have a look at the site and access any resources you may need to support your young person’s and family’s mental health and wellbeing.

LGBT+ History Month

We will be celebrating this with a series of events throughout the month, starting this Friday. This is not just part of our quest to achieve our LGBT Silver Charter but integral to our approaches of inclusion and a celebration of all young people at our school and local and wider communities. The events have been organised by our LGBT+ Allies group and will take place every Friday. Register teachers will post materials for pupils to access and get involved in.

  • 5th Feb: UK Key LGBT+ dates in history
  • 12th Feb: Historical Figures
  • 19th Feb: Stonewall Riots
  • 26th Feb: USA Key LGBT+ dates in history

Thank you all for your support throughout the first half of this term - it has been much appreciated by our staff team. We will look forward to re-engaging with all of our young people on Tuesday 16 February. In the meantime, have a relaxing February break and stay safe and well.

Sue Cook

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