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Your Co op shop is raising funds for Knox PTA

At our recent Knox PTA meeting, Sally Cunningham, reported that £400 has been raised by Co op customers.

Knox Academy PTA is the recipient of monies raised on 1% of co op branded items. You can opt to have all of the 1% from your shop to be allocated to Knox rather than across the 3 charities. We only have 3 more months left. Please use your card or think about getting a co op membership card to help these good causes.
Co op Community Funds

Transition to Knox – Focus Group

As part of the Knox school self evaluation Mr Blair (Teacher of  Mathematics) is hoping to look at the transition for parents and pupils P7/S1 and has asked the Parent Council for assistance. We thought one way to get views was to have a small focus group for an hour at Knox on Thursday 13th Nov.   We are hoping for around 10 parents in each group.
There will be two groups
1st Group for parents of children in P7  6.15 to 7.15
2nd Group for parents of children already in S1 7.30 to 8.30
The format of the meeting will be to answer around 5 questions in two groups and then a plenary session for open discussion.
The meeting will take place in the Learning Support room at Knox which is through the main doors, turn left and it is first on the right.
Please contact us (  if you can make it – just so we know how many home made brownies to bring

Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Scheme

There is a parent led group currently running at Knox Academy.  If any parent/carer with a child at Knox Academy wishes to set up another parent led Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme group, they should contact Jennifer Purves at the following address:

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Development Officer
Community Learning and Development
Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre
Haddington Road
EH21 8JJ

Tel:      0131 653 4064
Fax:     0131 653 4070

She will be able to assist you with setting up and put you in touch with the other group for support.

Working Together

The PSP have been discussing with Mrs Craig how parents/carers and the school can work together to help pupils achieve their full potential, particularly in exams. Mrs Craig has explained to us that teachers actively track pupils’ progress and intervene where there is cause for concern. There are regular revision lessons in most subjects at lunchtimes, after school and during the holidays. You can find the details of the revision and study sessions in the Extra Curricular section of the school website, and keep a look out for details of the upcoming Easter Holiday revision classes.

As parents and carers, we can encourage our children to attend these sessions wherever appropriate and, if we have concerns, then we can contact the school. It is important that we ensure that our children have a quiet place to study at home and have access to the internet, where possible, to see the material on the school website. We have also been asked to check our children’s homework diaries, to ensure that their homework is done regularly and is of a good standard.

Our aim is always to work closely with the school to help our children be the best that they can be. Don’t forget to check the school website regularly to see what is going on at the school. If you have any concerns or comments, feel free to contact us or contact the school directly.

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.

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