Please see Parentline leaflet for your information.
We would like to take the opportunity to highlight again Children’s 1st Parentline which is available to all East Lothian parents.
Parentline provides emotional, practical and financial support to families.
They are able to provide one off bits of advice or continued advice and support over an extended time.
During this period of remote learning the principle we are working to is about delivering high quality remote learning opportunities for all young people which:
Provides timely feedback which is transparent, actionable, ongoing and consistent. Includes opportunities for connectivity to help pupils and teachers stay connected, support pupil well-being. Offers real-time support to pupils who need help accessing their learning. Contributes to an overall range of remote learning experiences, including collaborative learning experiences, which foster engagement and meet the needs of diverse groups of learners. Full details available in letter issued 12 January 2021 from our Head Teacher.
Firstly, a very Happy New Year to you all, and I hope you had a good Christmas as far as was possible.
It is the start to 2021 that we really didn't want, but I wanted to say thank you to you all for being so understanding and supportive. We are in good shape for Monday and many of you will have already heard directly from our teachers to explain how the access to online learning etc. will work.
There are bound to be glitches, but nothing we can't solve, and if you haven't been contacted by your child's class teacher yet, please don't worry. On Monday, we will be continuing to contact everyone to ensure that the technology is working as it should, and that you have all of the information you need.
Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark team.
First and foremost, Happy New Year to you and your families. I hope you managed to have some fun and relaxation during the festive break. I am sure you would agree with me in saying this is not the start we had wished for the New Year! However I know that we will work together, to provide the best support we can, to ensure our young people’s progress during the forthcoming period of remote learning. Full details available in letter dated 8 January 2021 from our Head Teacher.
Please see below timetables for S1 and S2 pupils only. S3 - S6 pupils should follow their usual timetables during this period of remote learning. Miss Cook will also be sending an email to all our pupils directly making them aware of the arrangements for Monday, so please ask them to check their EduBuzz accounts in advance.
As a result of the First Minister's announcement on Monday 4 January 2021, schools will be closed to most children other than children of key workers and the most vulnerable until 29th January 2021. This is a change from the initial statement from the First Minister on 19 December 2020 which required a phased return to school.
Due to the extended period of school closure, East Lothian Council has reopened the application process for key worker children to access places for in-school learning and childcare from Monday 18th to Friday 29th January 2021. This online application process is for new applicants who did not apply in the first round in December 2020. Those who have confirmed places already will roll over in to extended period and do not need to reapply.
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 childcare arrangements in line with the Scottish Government Guidance.
Any parents/carers who believe they are key workers under criteria set out by the Scottish Government will be invited to complete our online application.
The Education Support Team
Although 2020 brought unprecedented times for us all we must not lose sight of the amazing things that still happened at Knox Academy. Our pupils, staff, parents and community came together to live out our values of ambition, respect and community. This video brings some of the highlights together from across the year, and I am sure 2021 will bring even greater successes.
Schools in East Lothian had been due to re-open to all pupils on Wednesday, 6 January 2021.
However, as you may be aware, the Scottish Government has announced new plans for the return of children and young people in the New Year.
This is to support a phased return to the start of the new term. It comes as protections against Coronavirus (COVID-19) are tightened across Scotland to prevent the spread of the new, highly contagious strain of the virus.
East Lothian Provost John McMillan and Lord Lieutenant Michael Williams offer their thanks at Christmas to communities across the county for their outstanding work during 2020.
Firstly an apology for not getting a newsletter out last week, we were just working too hard!
I think “Festive Fun” sums everything up at the moment. Christmas for me has always been the best time to work in schools, and this year is no different.
We had Christmas jumper day last week and managed to raise a fabulous £44 for Save the Children by doing that. Thank you to all the families and carers who supported it.
There has been some brilliant Christmas crafting going on this week (as well as Literacy, Numeracy etc…..promise). It’s such a shame that we couldn’t host a Christmas Fair to show off the skills, but I can clearly see an enterprise project leading to a summer fair and festival. We have really enjoyed supporting our good friends at Our Community Kitchen, by making Christmas cards. These are to be sent by the community kitchen to members of the local community who for a variety of reasons may be quite isolated. I’m sure they’ll appreciate them and enjoy our Christmas messages.
I’ve been really proud to hand out Diligence Awards to a number of our pupils today. Those young people who gained awards will take the certificates home and I’m sure our parents and carers will all be very proud of them too. Not everyone gets an award and it is a big achievement so a real “well done” to them.
Monday and Tuesday coming will no doubt be full of more Christmas fun. We will be having an end of term assembly on Monday just before lunch, followed by a screening of an online pantomime in the afternoon (oh yes we will……). For those young people who aren’t in school at the moment, I’ll send links to the assembly and the panto so everyone can be fully involved.
Wishing you a very happy and safe Christmas,
Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark Team