General News

Published: 08 January 2021

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.

Best wishes,

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark team.

 

Published: 08 January 2021

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. 

Published: 06 January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

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.  

Kind regards
The Education Support Team

Published: 31 December 2020

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.

Website email subscribers can view this video on our website.

Published: 22 December 2020

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.

Full details of arrangements can be read in the letter from Lesley Brown (Executive Direction Education and Children's Services) - 22 December 2020

Published: 22 December 2020

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.

Website email readers can view the video on our website.

Published: 18 December 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

Published: 18 December 2020

Our Virtual Christmas Concert is now available within the concerts section of our website.  Previous concerts are also accessible on their individual pages.

Happy Christmas to everyone in our community.

 

Published: 04 December 2020

I’m really excited to report that our project with the Our Community Kitchen is about to make a leap forward as the funding is now in place to begin the "big build".  Pretty soon after Christmas we will be having the decking and planters constructed, ready for us and the wider community to get planting and grow some tasty veg.

On the theme of food, Tyne this week have been developing their independent living skills cooking pizzas from scratch. 

     

Leven have also been refining their culinary skills this week with some tasty fruit salads. 

Esk have been continuing their history project about this school building over the years.  They have produced some very artistic photography as part of that project. 

    

Forth have also been showing off their artwork skills, and I particularly like their modern Christmas tree art designs. 

Well done to all!

Have a super weekend.

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark Team.

 

Published: 02 December 2020

In the Mathematics Department we have worked very hard over the last two years to develop our teaching methods to support genuine understanding of Maths.

To that end I'd like to offer you the chance to be part of a series of virtual meetings where we will go through some of the methods we use in S1 (and build on in S2, S3, etc) and how we try to put it across to our classes.

Hopefully this insight will help de-mystify what we do in the Maths Department and open up a positive dialogue at Home about the Maths being learned - no more arguments because "it wasn't taught like that in my day!".

 

Sessions will run on 3 dates as follows:

  • Monday 11 January 2021, 6 - 7pm: we will look at how we use two-colour counters to teach 'negative numbers'
  • Monday 1 February 2021, 6 - 7pm: we will look at solving equations
  • Monday 1 March 2021, 6 - 7pm: we will look at the 'grid method' and why it is so useful for multiplication, division and algebra!

 

To sign up - and receive details nearer the time - please click here and complete the Google Form. You'll need to ask your child to login via their Edubuzz.

 

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