Category Archives: Topical

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,  www.ka-net.org.uk

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.

Activities Week Excursions

We have had a couple of queries re. the Activities Week Excursions recently and asked Mrs Craig for some feedback at our last PSP meeting. Mrs Craig explained that costs of excursions were kept as low as possible, with staff working to get the best deal possible in terms of booking early, accommodation and price haggling where possible. A question had been raised about visiting theme parks, and this was done at the request of pupils, for example on return journeys and was sometimes built into the package by tour operators. Again, the best price possible was always sought.

Financial assistance is available, and Mrs Craig emphasised that no child had been turned down from attending a school visit because of lack of funds.

Tim Holden
Chair, PSP

Tesco Lunchtime Shopping

We have had some correspondence regarding whether the 5th years should have to queue outside in order to gain entry into Tescos at lunchtime, particularly when the weather is bad. While this measure is designed to control the rush at lunch time the 5th years felt that there must be a better solution. Mrs Craig has spoken with the 5th years and is corresponding with Tescos to explore whether some alternative could be found.

We should be able to report back when we find what they come up with.

Knox Academy Cadet Force March & Service

The Knox Academy Combined Cadet Force marches into history!

(The service for laying up of the CCF colours)

After 104 years as part of the Haddington community Knox Academy CCF has been forced to close. On Sunday 5th Sept 2010 the CCF colours will be handed over to St Mary’s Church for safe keeping.  All current and past members of the CCF and members of the public who wish to show their support, are invited to march behind the CCF colours as they make their way to St Marys Church for the final time. There will be a Reception in the Town House afterwards to which all participants are welcome.

Timings:

  • 1000hrs   Muster outside the Corn Exchange
  • 1015hrs  Form up behind the pipe band
  • 1020hrs  March Off
  • 1100hrs  Church Service
  • 1200hrs  March back to Corn Exchange then Town Hall for Reception

Knox Academy Cadets Update

At last week’s Parent School Partnership meeting the Provost, Sheena Richardson, read out the following statement:

A Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Contingent is an educational partnership between a school and the Ministry of Defence.  For such a partnership to function to proper effect, the senior management team of the School must be closely and enthusiastically involved in the governance of the Contingent (or indeed the governance of any partnership with another Contingent).  These moral preconditions do not describe the situation with the Knox Academy CCF Contingent and therefore, the MoD must, with huge regret, endorse the Head’s decision to close the CCF.

However, the offer to form a closed detachment of Army Cadet Force (ACF) remains – a detachment based upon a school and whose membership is limited to pupils at the school.  This would be subject to further discussion and agreement by:

  • the school (brokered by the Provost and the Parents’ Group),
  • the existing Contingent Commander to take on the role of ACF Detachment Commander, and others including parents joining the ACF to assist in the running of the Detachment
  • The local ACF Battalion

Regrettably, a failure to deliver on any one of these agreements could mean that the only alternative is for Knox pupils to join one of the local ACF detachments, as individual cadets.  This is a relatively simple process, and a number of cadets have already transferred across as a matter of routine.

An agreement has been reached between the Provost and the MoD that the Haddington community dimension of this offer would need to be confirmed by 11 June 2010.

Home Economics Cooking

A number of parents have recently contacted us regarding the provision of materials for HE classes at the school. We took their queries to the PSP meeting on the 10th of March and Mrs. Craig informed us that she had already been made aware of the problem. Mrs. Craig assured us that the issue that had affected the availability of materials, for some HE classes, has now been resolved and that pupils should not notice any further disruption.

On behalf of the PSP, I’d like to thank those parents who got in touch with us on this topic and am pleased to report that the school was already on the case.

Knox Cadets Latest

At the meeting of the of the Community Council in February  the KACCF was discussed and it was evident that there was considerable support for the continuance of the KACCF if at all possible. Since that meeting the PSP together with Provost Richardson has met with the school. Mrs. Craig and Provost Richardson have also been in communication with members of the Ministry of Defence.

At our regular meeting of the PSP on the 10th March it was agreed that the Mrs. Craig would canvas volunteers from the teachers at the school who might be interested to assist in the running of the KCCF at some level. The PSP would also canvas support from the parent body. Following that a member of the PSP has volunteered to collate the responses and investigate the various possibilities that exist to develop sustainable future.

Knox Cadets Update

The PSP is very aware of the strength of feeling about the reported closure off the Knox CCF (Combined Cadet Force) and have presented the views received via our blog and by other means to the school. The topic was discussed at length at the PSP meeting of the 4th Feb which was attended both by Mrs. Craig and Provost Richardson. As a result of the meeting, the Parent Members were happy to support the position of the head on the following points:

1) The PSP parent members support the head teacher in enforcing East Lothian Education department’s policy of no firearms (live or disabled) on school premises.

2) The PSP parent members believe that it is entirely reasonable for the head teacher to decline the role of Commander in Chief of the CCF.

This said, the PSP is still keen to see the continuance of the CCF at Knox if this is at all possible. To this end we are, along with others, intending to investigate whether some compromise can be found with the MOD that will enable the force to continue, subject to the above caveats.

Knox Cadets: PSP Next Steps

Early in the New Year the Knox Parent School Partnership (PSP) is hoping to arrange a meeting with the school to discuss the issue of the Knox Combined Cadet Force (CCF).  We welcome comments from parents and interested parties on this issue which will be used to inform our discussions with the school.  Comments can be submitted to this post.  Comments already submitted can be read on our previous post on this subject.

The minutes of the meeting will be posted on this web site as soon as they become available.    The Knox Academy PSP meet on a regular basis and copies of all minutes can be viewed at the following address

https://www.edubuzz.org/knoxparents/psp-meetings-minutes/

The last PSP meeting was held in Knox Academy on Wednesday 2 December 2009, the next meeting is scheduled for February 3rd,  2010.

The topic of the disbandment or otherwise of the Knox Academy CCF was not raised at the December meeting so news of the cessation of this activity has come with some surprise.

The PSP.

3rd of February Update:Thanks to all who submitted comments on this topic, which were very informative.  We have now closed this post to further comments.