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.

S1 Parents’ Evening

Several parents have asked why the s1 parents’ evening is held so early on in the year. It seems that, some years ago, the parents requested an early meeting so that they knew who would be teaching their children and how the children were progressing before too much time had passed.

However, some parents are not too happy with this arrangement. The children have not met all their teachers so early on in the year, and there is a wait of about 18 months before the next parents’ evening. They would prefer a meeting in the summer term, when all the teachers have had chance to get to know the children thoroughly.

What are your views? Do you like the current arrangement or would you like it to be changed? Let us know your views and we can present them to the school. You can submit a comment to this article.

Thanks.

Advanced Higher Choices for 2010/11

Knox Academy have announced that they will be offering the following Advanced Higher course choices for 6th year pupils in August:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Modern Studies
  • RMPS
  • Business Management
  • History

Additionally, there will be an SCQF Level 6 qualification in Drama available.

This is an excellent range of courses and is the best for some years.

School Website Additions

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We have been working hard with the school over the past few months to look at ways of making its website more useful and accessible for both pupils and parents. This will be is covered in some detail in the next edition of Knox News, but we are particularly pleased at the move towards each department having its own section on the site. In time, departments will be able to post a range of curriculum materials on their pages, such as class materials, revision materials, lesson resources Continue reading School Website Additions

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.

PSP Election Outcome

By the close of nominations at the start of term, we had received one nomination for the vacant post on the Parent School Partnership.  Under the rules, this means that no election is required and the nominee, Vicky Cole, is duly appointed!

Vicky is an experienced secondary school teacher with a child in first year at Knox.  She is enthusiastically looking forward to contributing to the work of the PSP.

Congratulations Vicky!