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Knox Needs You !!

Though we have already informed you that the PSP will be holding their usual meeting, followed by the AGM, this Wednesday 9th February, we wanted to take a moment to encourage you to come along. It will be an excellent opportunity for you to see what goes on at our meetings and to find out what really goes on at Knox. All the parents/carers in the PSP have found it an extremely useful way of keeping in touch with the main issues that affect our children’s education and we value the opportunity to make our voices heard.

All parents/carers are welcome to come and we would be delighted to hear any fresh ideas or points of view that you may have. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 6:15 (7:30 for the AGM).

PSP & Annual General Meeting – 9th February 2011

The Knox Academy Parent School Partnership will hold its February meeting on Wednesday the 9th of February starting at 6-15pm.  Immediately afterward, the Partnership will hold its AGM at 7-30pm in the school library.

Please come along to both or either if you can.  A report on the activities of the Partnership over the last year will be presented to the AGM and there will be an opportunity for parents to raise any matters.

We hope to see you there.

The PSP.

Bad Weather School Transport Information

For those of us who rely on Don Prentice buses for school transport, you can get up to date information from their website under the ‘school routes’ section.  They announced at 7:15 this morning that there would be no school buses today.  Radio ForthEast Lothian Council and Knox Academy websites can also be checked.

For those pupils stuck at home because of the weather, there is a web page on the Knox Academy site with a list of “Snow Work” that can be done.

Caffeine Drinks

Our main aim, as a parent school partnership, is to facilitate ways for parents and school to work together to help our children to achieve their full potential.  We all want to do what we can to enable the children to make the most of their education.  Because of this, the teachers have asked us to highlight a genuine concern that they have regarding caffeine ‘energy’ drinks, which are proving to have a detrimental effect on the children’s ability to concentrate.  Please take the time to read this report and discuss it with your child.  Thank you.

As always , any feedback will be most welcome

Home Economics Update

We have received further clarification from school regarding HE provision which we thought you would be interested to see:

In S1 Home Economics is running as part of the ACE Fridays curriculum. Pupils work in the department for 3 hours a week for a third of the year (13/14 weeks).  During this time they will undertake a mixture of practical and theoretical tasks, therefore, if a pupils cooks for an ACE Friday morning, they will have done the equivalent of cooking for 3 lessons under the old timetabling arrangement.

In S2, there is a similar arrangement whereby pupils attend Home Economics for a third of the year three times a week, however, in this case the lessons are not on the same day, rather they are spread through the week.

S Ingham

Glitz, Glam and Fashion Night

Did you enjoy the Ecolife Night? If so, then you may be interested to know that Sue Ryder Care, who supported the event, are holding a

Glitz, Glam and Fashion Night

on       Wed 1st Dec   7pm – 9pm
at        Trinity Centre, Church St,   Haddington

Refreshments, Raffle and Stalls

Tickets available at Sue Ryder Care, Haddington

Make the Most of the Knox Website!

Are you a regular visitor to the school website? If not, you could be missing out.

Most of the subject departments update their pages regularly. You can find detailed information about your child’s courses, examples of worksheets and homework tasks. All of these will help you to help your child with their homework and revision.

The pupils are given information from the Daily Bulletin at school each day, and this is also available on the website. This will help you to see what is happening at school every day.

The Prelims timetable, the Head Teacher’s report, sports bulletins, and other ‘what’s on’ information can also be found on the school website,

Ecolife Thanks

If you were not able to come to this fantastic event, I can only say that you missed one of the most fun-filled events of the year. The PSP would like to offer their thanks and congratulations to Miss Slowther, Miss Ward and Dr Wilson from the Biology department, for all their hard work and dedication in organising such a wonderful evening. It was wonderful to see staff and pupils working together so well for such a good cause and having so much fun in the process. No –one who saw the fashion show will ever forget it. The models, pupils and staff, were terrific in promoting the clothing from local charity shops.  Well done, everybody!

If you were fortunate enough to attend, I’m sure the school would appreciate your feedback.

Any of you who have an interest in ecological matters would be more than welcome to become involved with the school eco-group. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the school and to witness the enthusiastic, creative work done by staff and pupils together. You can contact me, Vicky Cole, via the PSP website or contact any of the above named members of the biology department. We look forward to hearing from you.

Ecolife Evening

ECOLIFE         4th November

Swap In The City

Fashion Show

Craft Stalls

Don’t forget to come along and give us your support!

The staff and students have been working really hard to provide us with, what I am sure will be, a tremendous evening.

The event starts at 7pm and goes on until 9.

£3 at the door.

All are welcome

Home Economics

We have had a number of queries from parents regarding the amount of cooking undertaken in Home Economics. We raised this at our last PSP meeting and Mrs. Craig clarified that other activities were undertaken as part of HE as well as cooking. In 2nd year, there were three periods of HE per week, and one hour of cooking took place every 4 weeks. It was also explained that while cooking was still taking place, there was now more emphasis on the theory side of HE as part of Curriculum for Excellence. HE has moved from Technology to Health and Well Being within the school’s departments, and some aspects are now covered in other areas of the curriculum. Mrs. Craig clarified that the budgetary constraints which the HE department faces are no greater that those of any other department and that the school is not considering asking pupils to bring in their own ingredients.